Faith No More

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

THE CHATEAU
May 1

Brothers inherit said cottage in rural France; phonetic mishaps (largely committed by appealingly goofball star Paul Rudd) and über-wacky hijinks ensue in Jesse Peretz's fitfully amusing DV farce.


A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT
May 1

Chris Marker delivers a three-hour portrait of the French left: their ideals, their culture, their fondness for felines.


HOLLYWOOD ENDING
May 3

The new Woody Allen. Plot under wraps as ever (actually we still don't know the plot of the last three). The title suggests media satire; the cast overflows with TV names: Téa Leoni, Debra Messing, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Scott Wolf.


SPIDER-MAN
May 3

Bitten by a radioactive spider, Tobey Maguire turns arachnoid hero; exposed to nerve gas, Willem Dafoe turns Green Goblin; the increasingly in-scrutable Sam Raimi turns F/X handmaiden.


JANICE BEARD
May 10

Scottish lass heads for London hoping to find a cure for mum's agoraphobia. Starring former Eighth Wonder frontwoman, ex-Mrs. Liam Gallagher, and longtime Brit tabloid fixture Patsy Kensit.


THE LADY AND THE DUKE
May 10

At age 81, Eric Rohmer makes his first DV feature, an austere French Revolution drama shot against blue screen and superimposed on painted backdrops.


THE PAROLE OFFICER
May 10

Framed for murder, a Manchester ne'er-do-well attempts to clear his name by stealing CCTV footage locked in a bank vault.


PROZAC NATION
May 10

Not more, not now, not again: Elizabeth Wurtzel's masturbatory self-pity party gets restaged as a star vehicle for Christina Ricci as the insufferable budding artiste. Mitigating factor: Anne Heche cast as a therapist.


UNFAITHFUL
May 10

Richard Gere's posh Westchester marriage goes haywire when wife Diane Lane has an affair with Olivier Martinez (of Before Night Falls). This is Adrian Lyne's bunny roast, so no doubt Gere goes nuts by the last reel.


CREMASTER 3
May 15

The final installment in Matthew Barney's visually opulent series, after Cremasters 4, 1, 5, and 2. Set mainly in the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim.


STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES
May 16

Is it that time again already?


ABOUT A BOY
May 17

Chris and Paul Weitz adapt Nick Hornby's myopic cutefest about a London bachelor who hooks up with single mums by masquerading as a single dad. John Cusack in High Fidelity added an intriguing layer of faintly repellent self-loathing to his Hornby stand-in, but star Hugh Grant don't play that.


THE BELIEVER
May 17

See essay.


CQ
May 24

Another Coppola gets behind the camera: Roman's ode to retro-futurist chic imagines the troubled production of a Barbarella-like romp in 1969 Paris.


ENOUGH
May 24

Stuck in a bad marriage, J. Lo decides to off the guy. Bit soon to be remaking Double Jeopardy, no?


INSOMNIA
May 24

Memento's Christopher Nolan vaults himself into big-budget Hollywood with, perhaps ominously, a remake. (Original director Erik Skjoldbjaerg, for his part, makes his H'wood arrival via Prozac Nation.) In a small Alaska town, Al Pacino tries to solve a murder while grappling with guilt over the accidental death of his partner; Robin Williams and Hilary Swank costar.


SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMMARON
May 24

DreamWorks' animated Cinema-Scope film tracks an Old West horse captured by the cavalry.


THIRTEEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING
May 24

Not a blackbird, but the pursuit of happiness: Jill Sprecher's tapestry follow-up to Clockwatch-ers tackles middle age, infidelity, vengeance, and more in discrete multiple narratives.


LATE MARRIAGE
May

Set within Tel Aviv's Georgian community, Dover Kosashvili's family tragicomedy swept the board at last year's Israeli Oscars.


Listings by Dennis Lim and Jessica Winter

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