Faith No More

'The Believer' Makes the Long Pilgrimage to the Silver Screen

THE SWEETEST THING
March 29

Sick-of-men best friends Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate go on a raunchy road trip. Cruel Intentions' Roger Kumble directs.


TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC
March 29

Losing my religion: Ryan Gosling as Jewish neo-Nazi Danny Balint.
photo: Fireworks Pictures
Losing my religion: Ryan Gosling as Jewish neo-Nazi Danny Balint.

Simpsons linchpin and Spinal Tap bassist Harry Shearer helms a mock exposé of a secret retreat for the rich and powerful.


TIME OUT
March 29

Laurent Cantet follows Human Resources with another festival favorite. A middle-management exec gets canned and invents a new job, convincing friends to invest in his make-believe business.


ONE GIANT LEAP
Late March

Two globe-trotting musicians, armed only with laptop and digital-video camera, produce New Age travelogue.


ABC AFRICA
April 5

Abbas Kiarostami's first DV effort documents the Uganda Women's Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO), which toils in a nation where 2 million have died of AIDS, 2 million more are infected, and 1.6 million children have lost one or both parents to the disease.


BIG TROUBLE
April 5

A bomb-in-suitcase subplot delayed Barry Sonnenfeld's crime-caper farce (adapted from the Dave Barry novel) from its original September release date.


CRUSH
April 5

Bridget Jones times three in this tale of the Sad Fucksters' Club, with Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor, and expat Andie MacDowell.


FRAILTY
April 5

Director Bill Paxton also stars as an insane heartland dad who thinks God has commissioned him as his own personal hit man, possibly transforming his youngest son into an angel of death as well.


HIGH CRIMES
April 5

Kiss the Girls' Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman reunite for Rules of Engagement 2, playing army attorneys who defend Judd's husband (Jim Caviezel) when he's put on trial for war crimes in El Salvador.


HOME MOVIE
April 5

Chris Smith's follow-up to American Movie explores the unusual living spaces of five families.


KUNG FU SOCCER
April 5

Hong Kong football hooligans lay Chan-style waste to the field.


LES DESTINÉES
April 5

Olivier Assayas's generation-spanning epic is a galvanizing departure for the director, a mild rebuke to heritage cinema (the kinetic, decidedly anti-genteel lensing is by French cinematography juggernaut Eric Gautier), and a lavish acting playground for stars Charles Berling, Emmanuelle Béart, and Isabelle Huppert.


KARMEN GEI
April 10

Bizet's opera is relocated to present-day Dakar for the first black Carmen since Otto Preminger and Dorothy Dandridge's 1954 version.


CHANGING LANES
April 12

Falling Down squared: Commuters Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson lock horns in an escalating road-rage war on FDR Drive.


HUMAN NATURE
April 12

Being John Malkovich writer Charlie Kaufman updates Truffaut's Wild Child in this surprisingly clunky comedy about nudity, civilization, and body hair. Music video stylist Michel Gondry directs; Spike Jonze's deadpan understatement is sorely missed.


CHELSEA WALLS
April 19

Thirty characters, five stories, one interminable day of boho posing at the Chelsea Hotel. Novelist Ethan Hawke's directorial debut.


GIRLS CAN'T SWIM
April 19

Over the course of one pivotal summer, a small-town French teen and her city-mouse best friend realize that the onset of hormones and sexual discovery has fractured their bond.


THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE
April 19

Megalomaniac Hollywood producer Robert Evans gets an ego massage. Narrated by Robert Evans.


MURDER BY NUMBERS
April 19

FBI agents Sandra Bullock and Ben Chaplin go on the trail of two whiz-kid murderers (Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt). Barbet Schroeder, fresh off Our Lady of the Assassins, returns to hack anonymity.


THE SCORPION KING
April 19

The quarreling nomadic tribes of ancient Gomorrah try to unite against an evil despot in this Mummy spin-off, starring Dwayne Johnson, a/k/a the Rock.


WORLD TRAVELER
April 19

Bart Freundlich follows Myth of Fingerprints, his J. Crew catalog come to life, with . . . a bit of Gap-ad Beat Generation chic, perhaps? Billy Crudup hits the road.


FACING THE MUSIC
April 24

A university music department suffers under draconian budget cuts and considers a strike in this Australian documentary.


DEUCES WILD
April 26

Scott Kalvert, whose two most notable directorial credits are The Basketball Diaries and Form, Focus, Fitness: The Marky Mark Workout, revamps West Side Story, loses the songs, and transports it across the East River to Brooklyn. With Matt Dillon, Stephen Dorff, and Fairuza Balk.


DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS
April 26

The former is a slum near Santa Monica; the latter are members of a skateboarding collective called the Zephyr team, captured here with narration by Sean Penn.


FRANK MCKLUSKY C.I.
April 26

An insurance claims investigator goes undercover. Starring Dave Sheridan, a veteran of MTV's Buzzkill, with Randy Quaid and Dolly Parton as the McKluskys.


RAIN
April 26

Young girl with boozy mom and loser dad comes of age in '70s New Zealand.


SOME BODY
April 26

A late-twentysomething schoolteacher abandons the inert comforts of a long-term relationship for the perilous badlands of L.A. singledom in this Dogme-inspired DV feature.


LUCKY BREAK
April

In Peter Cattaneo's first film since The Full Monty, a pair of bank-robbing buddies stage a musical as a front for their prison escape—très Sound of Music! Olivia Williams, Rushmore's Miss Cross, costars as the stir shrink.


MURDEROUS MAIDS
Mid April

Yet another retelling of the homicidal Papin sisters' saga, Jean-Pierre Denis's version is nimbly shot and expertly paced, though its preeminent asset is Sylvie Testud's shattering performance as the deranged elder sister.


THE MYSTIC MASSEUR
Late April

How's this for a Celebrity Death Match: Ismail Merchant versus V.S. Naipaul.


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