V No. 6
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Comedy about two committed bachelors who
routinely crash weddings to meet girls, and
what happens when one of them decides he’s
finally met the love of his life. Directed
by David Dobkin (“Shanghai Knights”)
from a screenplay by longtime TV writers
Steve Faber (“Married … With
Children”) and Bob Fisher (“The
Trouble With Normal”). With Vince Vaughn
(“Be Cool,” “Mr. and Mrs.
Smith”), Owen Wilson (“Meet the
Fockers”), Rachel McAdams (“The
Notebook”), Christopher Walken (“Around
the Bend”), Will Ferrell (“Kicking & Screaming”),
Bradley Cooper (“Wet Hot American Summer”),
Jenny Alden (MTV’s “Undressed”),
Ivana Bozilovic (“Van Wilder”),
Isla Fisher (“I Heart Huckabees”),
Jennifer Massey (“The Joyriders”),
Rachel Sterling (“A Man Apart”),
Ellen Albertini Dow (“Road Trip”),
Ned Schmidtke (“XXX: State of the Union”),
and Jane Seymour (“Head Office”).
July 15. New Line.
Mandarin-dialect drama, set mostly in a Beijing
suburb’s sprawling theme park, about
a young Chinese dancer who befriends a troubled
Russian visitor. Written and directed by
Zhang Ke Jia (“Unknown Pleasures”).
With Tao Zhao (“Unknown Pleasures”),
Taisheng Chen, Zhong-wei Jiang, Jue Jing
and Yi-qun Wang. Also known as “Shijie.” July
French-language drama following a young couple’s tumultuous
relationship as it evolves through five distinctly different stages.
Directed by François Ozon (“8 Women,” “Swimming
Pool”) from a screenplay by Emmanuèlle Bernheim (“Friday
Night,” “Swimming Pool”). With Valeria Bruni
Tedeschi (“It’s Easier for a Camel”), Stéphane
Freiss (“Betty Fisher and Other Stories,” “Le
Grand Role”), Françoise Fabian (“Season’s
Beatings”), Michael Lonsdale (“Ronin”) and Géraldine
Pailhas. Also known as “Cinq fois deux.” Flat. 90 min.
R: Strong graphic sexuality; language; some drug content. June
Drama about a young, mentally
disabled man who is left to fend for himself – and
guard his inheritance – after his mother
passes away. Allan Mindel makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Richard
Murphy. With Troy Garity (“After the
Sunset”), Alison Folland (“She
Hate Me”), Randy Quaid (“The Adventures
of Pluto Nash”), Bruce Dern (“Masked
and Anonymous”), Debra Monk (“Palindromes”)
and Josh Brolin (“Melinda and Melinda”).
R: Language; sexual content; some violence;
brief drug use. 85 min. June 17. Tartan.
The Perfect Man
Comedy about a
teen daughter’s efforts to boost her
newly-divorced unlucky-at-love mom’s
confidence – by fabricating a perfect
mate. Directed by Mark Rosman (“A Cinderella
Story”) from a screenplay by Gina Wendkos
(the “Princess Diaries” series).
With Hilary Duff (“Raise Your Voice”),
Heather Locklear (“Uptown Girls”),
Amy Acker (“Catch Me If You Can”),
Vanessa Lengies (TV’s “American
Dreams”) and Chris Noth (“Mr. 3000”),
Michelle Nolden (“Hostage”), Mike
O’Malley (“28 Days”) and
Caroline Rhea (“Christmas with the Kranks”).
PG: Some mildly suggestive content. Universal.
comedy-drama about a lonely, withdrawn technical
illustrator who begins dating a woman with
an all-consuming need to buy designer clothing.
Directed by Jun Ichikawa from his own screenplay.
Based on the novel by Haruki Murakami. With
Hidetoshi Nishijima (“Dolls”),
Issei Ogata (“Yi yi”), Yumi Endo,
Rie Miyazawa and Shinohara Takahumi. June 10.
Documentary about the year
in the lives of the emperor penguins, who
many obstacles as they trek across Antarctica
to their breeding grounds for mating. Written
and directed by Luc Jacquet. Narrated by Charles
Berling, Romane Bohringer and Jules Sitruk.
Also known as “La Marche de l’empereur.” Rated
G. June 24 limited; wider July 8; wider July
15; wider July 22. WIP.
thriller about a singer who, after his car
breaks down in the woods at night, encounters
a seemingly friendly innkeeper who turns out
to be a psychopath. Directed by Fabrice Du
Welzan from a screenplay by Welzan and Romain
Protat. With Laurent Lucas (“Who Killed
Bambi?”), Jackie Berroyer (“Look
at Me”), Philippe Nahon (“The Code,” “High
Tension”), Brigitte Lahaie (“Henry & June”),
Jo Prestia (“Femme Fatale”) and
Philippe Grand’ Henry. Also known as “Calvaire.” June
musician Paul Green, who runs a real-life
school of rock in Philadelphia that teaches
to be rock stars. Directed by Dan Argott.
R: Language. June 3. Newmarket.
Comedy, set on
Halloween in West Hollywood, Calif., about
a group of drag queens who conspire to return
reality-show star Anna Nicole Smith’s
kidnapped dog Super-Pie. Directed by Lee Friedlande
from a screenplay by Celia Fox. With Smith
(“Naked Gun 33 1/3”), Christian
Keiber (“My Favorite Martian”),
Federico Dordei (“The Journey”),
John Williams (“The Whole Ten Yards”),
Alanna Ubach (“Meet the Fockers”),
Guillermo Díaz (“The Terminal”),
Alexis Arquette (“Spun”), Jason
London (“Grind”), Tim Meadows (“The
Cookout”), Antonio Sabato Jr. (“Testosterone”),
Lisa Arning (“Hollywood Homicide”)
and Dariush Kashani. Flat. 92 min. R: Sexual
content. June 10. Indican.