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Thrillers! Satires! Westerns! Indies! Blockbusters! Sequels!

A lad in north-England coal-mining country follows his dream by joining a dance class. A likely bid for Full Monty?esque middle-class Anglo cockle-warmer of the season.

Dr. T and the Women
(October 13)

True, he's due to deliver a winner any minute now, but if there's a less appropriate director than Robert Altman to make a movie about a gynecologist, we can't think who. (All right, maybe Woody Allen.) Richard Gere plays the good doctor; Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, and (God help her) Farrah Fawcett are among the sitting ducks.

Willem Dafoe as real vampire Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire
photo: Jean-Paul Kieffer
Willem Dafoe as real vampire Max Schreck in Shadow of the Vampire

(October 13)

More college potboiling, this time about racism.

Just Looking
(October 13)

A horny Bronx teen assigns himself a summertime goal: to witness two people shtupping. Directed by the former George Costanza, though Kramer was the bigger voyeur.

Lost Souls
(October 13)

She probably should have retired after her bold, untoppable USO performance in the South Park movie, but Winona Ryder soldiers on with this umpteenth Exorcist exorcism.

(October 13)

More DV hipness; this one's a postapocalyptic fantasy.

(October 20)

Brendan Fraser hops on the multi-personality/alt-destiny bandwagon with this fantasy, in which a tech geek sells his soul to the devil (Elizabeth Hurley, natch).

Just One Time
(October 20)

An East Village fireman and his fiancée consider threesomes with members of both sexes. Very Three's Company.

Pay It Forward
(October 20)

Haley Joel Osment gets a challenge from his teacher (Kevin Spacey) that complicates the kid's relationship with his troubled single mom (Helen Hunt). Director Mimi Leder has lots of TV movies under her belt; this sounds like another one.

Ring of Fire
(October 20)

The Johnny Cash tune presumably gets trotted out again, in this rodeo circuit dramedy written by James "son of Robert" Redford. Daryl Hannah, Molly Ringwald, and Kiefer Sutherland try to recapture the '80s.

A Room for Romeo Brass
(October 20)

Shane Meadows, one of the U.K.'s brightest kitchen-sink hopes, zeroes in on the friendship between two 13-year-olds, one tubby and black, the other skinny and white.

The Yards
(October 20)

James Gray's Little Odessa was one of the most promising American debuts in recent memory; his subway-yards family crime drama could be one of the season's must-sees, gloomy advance word from Cannes notwithstanding. Mark Wahlberg heads a solid cast that includes James Caan, Joaquin Phoenix, and Ellen Burstyn.

Sound and Fury
(October 25)

Excellent advance word for this documentary about cochlear implants, seen by some deaf activists as a threat to their language and way of life; the film promises difficult questions about definitions of identity, culture, and abuse.

Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
(October 27)

Everyone said it couldn't be done—capitalize on the original's $240 million with another mock-doc sequel—and it probably can't be. But Joe Berlinger, of Brother's Keeper and Paradise Lost fame, is in there pitching.

(October 27)

Julian Hobbs's doc sniffs around serial killers' artwork and the galleries that hoard the stuff.

George Washington
(October 27)

24-year-old David Gordon Green has a great eye, but his first feature, which owes perhaps too much to Days of Heaven and Gummo, is a psychologically dubious portrait of neglected Southern kids.

The Little Vampire
(October 27)

A little brat (the one from Jerry Maguire) makes friends with a little vampire brat, and they fly around and stuff. Reserved for children you actively despise.

Loving Jezebel
(October 27)

Hill Harper is a mild-mannered Casanova with married-girlfriend problems.

Lucky Numbers
(October 27)

What would the fall/winter season be without that pestilent wind called Nora? Now Ephron assays a let's-rip-off-the-Lottery scenario of her own genius devising, with John Travolta, Lisa Kudrow, Bill Pullman, and Tim Roth wondering if things could get much worse.

(October 27)

Denys Arcand charts the career of a French Canadian supermodel—and finally satisfies the overwhelming demand for fashion-world satires created by Prêt-à-Porter.

A Time for Drunken Horses
(October 27)

Iranian filmmaker-actor Bahman Ghobadi makes a bid for international recognition with this tougher-than-leather neorealist odyssey about a family of children attempting to survive in the Kurdistani wilds.

Venus Beauty Institute
(October 27)

Nathalie Baye plays a promiscuous Paris beautician, looking for love in all the wrong places.

Boys Life 3

Another gay-shorts anthology.

Live Nude Girls Unite!

Strippers unionize in this shrill, egomaniacal first-person doc.

Me & Isaac Newton

It seems the only thing Michael Apted can do right is docs, so here he is, grilling seven scientists about how they attack unified field theory, robot technology, lemur conservation, language cognition, gene therapy, etc.

The Personals

A young Chinese woman suffers the pitfalls of want-ad romance.

The Story of O

Euro version of the beloved sadomasochistic classic.

Too Tired to Die

Fallen Angels' Takeshi Kaneshiro has a day to live. Mira Sorvino plays Death.


The Amati Girls
(November 3)

Is it redundant to have Cloris Leachman, Mercedes Ruehl, and Sean Young in the same movie?

Charlie's Angels
(November 3)

Why is Hollywood cash-interested in remakes of TV series that can only be watched in reruns with half a beer bag on and the motivational inertia of a roadkill dog? Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu are the new Trio of Big Hair.

The Golden Bowl
(November 3)

Attack of the 50-Foot Merchant Ivory; this time they've got one of Henry James's more neglected novels in their jaws.

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