By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
Second-string Mystery Men, with Rob Lowe and Melissa Joan Hart.
A Louisiana pre-Nam boot camp circa 1971, as imagined by repentant hack Joel Schumacherthe unknown cast and minuscule budget are supposed to signal integrity. Name actors and glossy production values are not the problem with Joel Schumacher movies.
Seasoned hack Stephen Hopkins traps Gene Hackman's lawyer and Morgan Freeman's cop on a Caribbean isle for murder-related mind games.
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Can there be a a thin drop left of anemic blood in po-pomo slasher decon? And could it be sucked from the chicken neck to a sequel nobody was waiting for?
Woman on Top
Doe-eyed Spanish pepper Penélope Cruz hits America in the lead of this frothy batch of formula, as a Brazilian cook escaping to San Francisco, making friends with drag queens, and struggling toward chef superstardom.
Best in Show
Tireless shooter of fish in barrels, Christopher Guest does a Waiting for Guffman on the dog-show circuit.
Twilight: Los Angeles
Slam director Marc Levin films Anna Deavere Smith's acclaimed one-woman show about the Rodney King incident and its aftermath.
Barenaked in America
Jason Priestley documents the Barenaked Ladies' latest tour of the States. There is at least one Voice staffer who thinks "It's All Been Done" is a pretty good song.
The tag line is all you need: "Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life." Ensuring maximum treacle carnage for this beauty-pageant "satire," Sally Field directs.
The Broken Hearts ClubA Romantic Comedy
Variously described as a gay Big Chill and a millennial Boys in the Band. Consider yourself warned.
Karyn Kusama's gritty but clumsy Sundance hit about girl boxing in Red Hook bears the great weight of buzz on its shoulders, but if you don't expect much, it may pay off.
Remember the Titans
Denzel Washington does noble suffering again as a high school football coach in barely integrated 1970s Virginia. Director Boaz Yakin becomes a formulaic Hollywood utility man.
Crime boss Ben Kingsley lures ex-con Ray Winstone out of retirement in this invariably Lock-Stock-ish crime caper, given requisite flash by Jonathan Glazer, best known for his Radiohead underpass-collision clip.
Spike Lee satirizes network television. The target's hardly fresh, but wait, there's a gimmickit's Lee's first venture into digital video. With Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Savion Glover.
Is Adam Garcia, stage star of London's Saturday Night Fever, the new John Travolta or the new Jennifer Beals? Here he's an Australian steelworker who pursues a tap-dancing career. Like a maniac, maniac on the floor, no doubt.
Tours the brief history of computer animation with a "saucy synthetic hostess" named Phig, voiced by Jenna Elfman.
Digimon: The Movie
Like Pokémon, only digital, we presume.
Gratuitous remake of the hard-boiled 1971 Brit-noir that earned Mike Hodges (surprise indie success story of this year with smash hit Croupier) his cult rep. For some reason, Stephen T. Kay, who last made The Mod Squad, directs, and Sylvester Stallone takes the Michael Caine role.
Meet the Parents
Austin Powers helmer Jay Roach does a wedding-jitters comedy with Ben Stiller as a nurse (named Greg Focker) who clashes with his fiancée's dad (Robert De Niro).
Not a bio of Anne Sexton (when's that going to happen?), but a tough priest-vs.-crooks programmer that marks Eric Roberts's return from straight-to-tape land.
Requiem for a Dream
Pi's indie cherry bomb Darren Aronofsky takes on Hubert Selby Jr.'s novel and sets out to make a normal, albeit druggy, movie. With Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly as two of those really, really beautiful junkies.
Two Family House
A pair of clans unexpectedly come together in this Sundance Audience Award winner.
Whispers: An Elephant's Tale
Animated fluff about pachyderms, with voices by Anne Archer, Angela Bassett, and Joan Rivers.
The Red Stuff
Leo De Boer's amused doc visits with the last living icons of Soviet self-celebration, the cosmonauts from the early '60s, and swathes them in archival visions of Red festoonery. On a Film Forum double bill with Aki Kaurismaki's Total Balalaika Show, in which the Leningrad Cowboys join the Red Army Choir for a concert in Helsinki.
The Animal Factory
Steve Buscemi, who could have made a terrific movie called The Tao of Steve, returns to directing with a dark prison tale starring Edward Furlong and Willem Dafoe.
Already smirking through daydream-believer poses on posters blanketing Lower Manhattan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck ask us to fall in love all over again, with them. The premise sounds like another Random Hearts; Paltrow will be sure to do lots of tearless crying.
A sex scandal returns to haunt a female vice presidential candidate. Given Rod Lurie's last thudding attempt at political commentary (the war-what-is-it-good-for sermon Deterrence), this could be less diverting than the real contest.