By Anna Merlan
By Roy Edroso
By Carolyn Hughes
By Chuck Strouse
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Weinstein
By Tessa Stuart
THIS SO-CALLED DISASTER
Michael Almereyda's backstage documentary follows a production of Sam Shepard's The Late Henry Moss from rehearsals to opening night. Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, and Shephard are among the interviewed.
Rumor has it that Mandy Moore shows off her previously untapped "subversive" side in this dark comedy about a girl (Jena Malone) at a Baptist high school whose former friends, led by Moore, turn on her when she becomes pregnant.
LAWS OF ATTRACTION
Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan star as New York City divorce lawyers who fall in love. Moore may be the most interesting actress in Hollywood, but she'll be hard-pressed to salvage this hackneyed rom-com setup. Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors) directs.
THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD
Guy Maddin's deliriously retro visuals drive this witty satire of American hubris, set in 1933 Winnipeg. In what may be her best role since Blue Velvet, Isabella Rossellini plays a wealthy beer baroness who stages a global competition to determine which nation's music truly deserves to be called the most melancholy.
SUPERSTAR IN A HOUSEDRESS
Craig Highberger's doc turns the spotlight on the late Warhol superstar Jackie Curtis, poet, playwright, and transvestite co-star of Paul Morrissey's 1971 Women in Revolt. Featuring interviews with various luminaries, including the Voice's own Michael Musto. Lily Tomlin narrates.
NEW YORK MINUTE
Those Olsen twins will have more than a minute during their stint at NYU, but they only have a day in this formula comedy, where they play Long Island teensa nerd (Ashley) and a rebel (Mary-Kate)working out their differences on a day off from school.
Bram Stoker's Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman)not a geezer intellectual this time aroundbumps heads with Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster, and the Wolf Man. He'd probably take on the Mummy, too, if Stephen Sommers hadn't already directed two Mummy movies.
COFFEE AND CIGARETTES
Jim Jarmusch's new film consists of a series of vignettes loosely organized around . . . coffee and cigarettes. A number of former Jarmusch collaborators make appearances, including Roberto Benigni, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, and Ghost Dog soundtrack producer RZA.
Das Boot helmer Wolfgang Petersen sets off to sea again, this time for an ambitious adaptation of The Iliad. The script, promisingly, is by 25th Hour's David Benioff, and the trailer's shot of the thousand ships gave us chills. But Brad Pitt as Achilles? Ye gods!
S21: THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE
This documentary from Cambodian-born filmmaker Rithy Panh revisits the atrocities perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, a period that saw the deaths of some 1.7 million Cambodians. The film brings one of the genocide's survivors face-to-face with some of his former guards.
END OF THE CENTURY
This doc tells the Ramones story from Queens origins through CBGB heyday up to the recent passings of Joey and Dee Dee. Co-directors Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia mingle live footage with interviews featuring all the original Ramones, along with other musicians, including Deborah Harry, and the late, great Joe Strummer.
If his recent role choices are any indication, this character isn't much of a stretch for Eddie Murphy.
THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS
Lars von Trier issues a challenge to his mentor Jorgen Leth: Leth will remake his 1967 short, The Perfect Human, five times, each time abiding by a different set of Lars-imposed restrictions. Will Leth pass the test? More importantly, will the films be good?
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
After possibly bringing Western civilization to a new cultural low with the ludicrous Mel Gibson Revolutionary War drama The Patriot, director Roland Emmerich turns to a considerably more probable scenario in this near-future-set disaster movie with Dennis Quaid as a climatologist trying to save the earth from global warming.
HOW TO GET THE MAN'S FOOTOUTTA YOUR ASS
Mario Van Peebles directs and stars as his father Melvin in this docudrama about the making of the elder Van Peebles's 1971 Molotov cocktail Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.
After winning a large settlement in a lawsuit, a man uses the money to start the first all-black airline, NWA. Would you get on a plane with Snoop Dogg as the pilot? Would you get on a plane with Tom Arnold as a passenger?
THE TIME OF THE WOLF
Not to be confused with Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf, Michael Haneke's newest film reunites him with Piano Teacher star Isabelle Huppert. Set in the aftermath of some unexplained disaster, the film chronicles Huppert's efforts to keep herself and her two children alive in the French countryside.