By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
Finally, Bean awaited the film's broadcast date on September 30, and after a minimum 45-day window required by the network, IDP's theatrical run in January. But after the September 11 attacks, Showtime chose to postpone the premiere, according to a press release, "to a time when our audience might be more receptive to this kind of strong drama." The newly scheduled TV premiere has consequently pushed the theatrical release to the spring; as Bean notes, "Now we're coming out against Star Wars [Episode II]."
As The Believer's long-delayed trip to audiences finally reaches its end, the writer-director is ultimately looking to move on. "I'm ready for this thing to be over," Bean says. "I already went through all this anxiety about how the film is going to be treated. Is anybody going to care? Is anybody going to like it? Now I have to go back to that again." Bean also wants to return to his next project, "about a man who's being driven crazy by the noise in New York City," he says. "I hope it's a comedy."
KISSING JESSICA STEIN
In this adaptation of the Broadway hit Lipschtick, the titular successful singletonheretofore straighttries batting for the home team via the personals.
A multithread narrative chronicles disparate encounters between Israelis and their bedouin neighbors.
When a photojournalist (David Strathairn) goes missing and is presumed dead in the war-torn Balkans, his wife (Andie MacDowell) mounts a perilous search effort. Tragic parallels with current news may add extracinematic frisson; the leading lady's oddly elegant ineptitude always does.
PAULINE & PAULETTE
Not the tale of a powerful film critic and her worshipful acolyte, but an Oscar-baiting Belgian tearjerker about geriatric sisters.
This acclaimed doc follows seven Palestinian and Israeli children in Jerusalem over a period of four years.
Led by machine-gunning Milla Jovovich in ripped gown and hooker boots, a state-sponsored band of starship troopers battle a tyrannical supercomputer and its minions of flesh-eating scientists. Directed by Mortal Kombat's Paul "No, I'm the Other One" Anderson.
In an attempt to burnish its image, a police department drafts rookie hotshot Eddie Murphy and just-the-facts vet Robert De Niro as stars of a Cops-like TV series. Directed by Tom Dey, who somewhat peppered the buddy-movie formula in Shanghai Noon.
Y TU MAMA TAMBIÉN
A pair of stoner pals hit the road with a hot babe in Alfonso Cuarón's comedy, the most successful Mexican movie ever.
YUGOSLAVIA: THE AVOIDABLE WAR
Widely praised in the U.K., this documentary plumbs the consequences of Western intervention in the Balkan conflicts.
Wesley Snipes returns as the vampire-slaying hero, with Mexican pulp auteur Guillermo del Toro at the helm, but here's all you need to know: The villain, a creature who sucks blood through his palms, is played by Luke Goss, one of the twins in '80s Brit teenybopper group Bros.
SON OF THE BRIDE
Argentina's Oscar entry finds a navel-gazing fortysomething struggling seriocomically through a midlife crisis.
A trio of rowdy bosom buddies get booted from their dorm and don drag to live in the "DOG House," a women's residence so named for its dearth of hotties. Next up in the misanthropic-college-comedy sweepstakes: Raise the Roofie, an irreverent date-rape romp.
VERY ANNIE MARY
SHOT IN THE HEART
Honey, I froze the kids: A scientist develops a mechanism that makes time stand still, but accidentally amber-izes his son and a friend.
DEATH TO SMOOCHY
Barney hatred gets its own black comedy. Robin Williams's washed-up kids-show host tries to snuff out Edward Norton's guy-in-the-rhino-suit. Enlivening the supporting cast, Catherine Keener and Jon Stewart play the network execs.
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VAN WILDER
Sixth-year college senior tries to defer graduation indefinitely. Audiences try to prevent desperate resuscitation of obsolete franchise.
NO SUCH THING
A toilet-mouthed monster embarks on a murder spree, attracting the attention of an inexperienced journalist (Sarah Polley). Hal Hartley's always hit-and-miss; for what it's worth, the trailer is excruciating.
David Fincher goes for another high-concept mindfuck. When burglars invade her New York townhouse, Jodie Foster and child hole up in a secret antechamber for a protracted session of claustrophobic terror.
THE PIANO TEACHER
Austrian director Michael Haneke's latest instrument of torture subjects Isabelle Huppert, playing a repressed music instructor, to a series of grueling debasements; the actress responds with one of the greatest performances of her career.
High school coach Dennis Quaid tries out for major league baseball at age 35. Unrelated to the Clint Eastwood/Charlie Sheen cop buddy movie, which is good. Written by the guy responsible for Finding Forrester, which is not.