In a Sept. 11 Sunday Arts list of fall films, actor Eli Wallach was referred to as "the late Eli Wallach." He is alive. (Published 9/14/2005)

Note: Dates are subject to change.


TBD -- "A Good Woman" stars Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson in Mike Barker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's delicious play "Lady Windermere's Fan." The romantic roundelay, in which a group of 1930s upper-crusters romp on the Amalfi coast, also features a supporting turn from Tom Wilkinson. Yum.

TBD -- "The Libertine" stars Johnny Depp as John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, a notorious playboy of the 17th century who scandalized London with his drinking, womanizing and provocative play about Charles II (John Malkovich), then earned unexpected posthumous acclaim as a serious poet.


15 -- DC Labor Filmfest 2005 begins its run at the AFI's Silver Theatre and Cultural Center with the opening-night film "Mardi Gras: Made in China," a documentary about where those funky beads on your rearview mirror come from. Other highlights: appearances by filmmaker Barbara Kopple with her seminal films "Harlan County, USA" and "American Dream," screenings of "The Phantom of the Operator," composed of footage of female telephone operators through the ages, and "Maids," from hot Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God," "The Constant Gardener"). Through Sept. 20.

16 -- "Cote D'Azur," from French filmmakers Oliver Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, takes place during summer vacation in France, when Marc and Beatrix take their teenage children to the Mediterranean coast, and a series of romantic encounters and misunderstandings ensue when biker boys, best friends and current and former lovers show up.

16 -- "The Baxter" refers to the recurring romantic comedy character that never gets the girl. Here, the Baxter is Elliot Sherman (Michael Showalter), whom we meet during the eventful two weeks before his wedding. Showalter, of "Wet Hot American Summer" and Comedy Central's "Stella," writes and directs.

16 -- "Cry Wolf" features the classic teen-horror setup, that of a practical joke gone horribly awry. A group of high school students creates a serial killer called "The Wolf" after one of their classmates is found murdered; after the kids start spreading rumors about their fictional killer's next victims, and those people turn up dead, things get, like, all weird and scary.

16 -- "G" is being described as a hip-hop "Great Gatsby," in which a young man named Summer G (Richard T. Jones) is spurned by a social-climbing beauty, then amasses a fortune in the music business and moves to the Hamptons to win her affections. With Blair Underwood and Chenoa Maxwell.

16 -- "Everything Is Illuminated" marks the directorial debut of actor Liev Schreiber, who adapts the bestselling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer about a young man who travels to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather's life during World War II. Elijah Wood, embarking on a new career having nothing to do with hobbits, stars.

16 -- "Just Like Heaven" stars Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo in a frothy rom-com about a guy who moves into a San Francisco apartment, only to have it claimed by a perky young woman whose mysterious way of disappearing and walking through walls sparks some supernatural suspicions. From Mark Waters ("Mean Girls," "Freaky Friday").

16 -- "Lord of War" looks like it could be a pretty nifty action thriller, with Nicolas Cage as an arms dealer who confronts the problematic morality of his career as he's being stalked by an Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke). Written and directed by Andrew Niccol ("Gattaca"), with Bridget Moynahan and Jared Leto.

16 -- "Venom" comes from the creator of "Scream" and the director of "I Know What You Did Last Summer," and stars Agnes Bruckner, Method Man and Bijou Phillips as a bunch of young 'uns fighting for their lives against voodoo forces in a Louisiana swamp.

18 -- "Neria," a Zimbabwean film starring Jesese Mungoshi in the title role of a widow trying to maintain her family after the death of her husband, is screened as part of CinemAfrica at AFI's Silver Theatre.

21 -- The 2005 Washington Latin American Film Festival at AFI's Silver Theatre kicks off with the Brazilian film "Benjamin," about an aging male model who reexamines his life when he meets a woman who resembles his last great love. The festival will feature new films from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Through Oct. 3.

21 -- "Emmanuel's Gift" is a documentary about a disabled orphan, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who rode a bike across Ghana to call attention to negative perceptions of the disabled in that country. Oprah Winfrey narrates.

22 -- The Korean Film Festival DC 2005 kicks off at AFI's Silver Theatre with a screening of "Die Bad," a meditation on crime and violence from first-time director Ryu Seung-wan. Through Oct. 20.

23 -- "Corpse Bride" is a playfully ghoulish animated romp from Tim Burton ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"), in which a young man jokingly puts his fiancee's engagement ring on the finger of a skeleton, then must deal with the willful bag of bones when it comes to life as a dead woman insisting she's his rightful wife. Voiced by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson.

23 -- "El Crimen Perfecto" looks like a wicked black comedy, about a power-hungry manager of the ladies' floor of a department store who murders a rival for his job and then must deal with his only witness, a scheming saleswoman with ambitions of her own. From the Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia.

23 -- "Flightplan" stars Jodie Foster as a bereaved widow who loses her 6-year-old daughter on a flight from Berlin to New York and must convince the plane's disbelieving crew (Sean Bean, Peter Sarsgaard) that the child really exists.

23 -- "Proof," from the successful Broadway play, stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Catherine (reprising her West End stage role), who must come to terms with the death of her mentally unbalanced but brilliant mathematician-father (Anthony Hopkins) and his powerful influence on her life.

23 -- "King of the Corner," directed by and starring Peter Riegert ("Local Hero," "The Sopranos"), is a black social comedy about a marketing executive who is coping with the usual trials and tribs of mid-life, including an ambitious protege (Jake Hoffman), an ailing father (the late Eli Wallach), a precocious daughter (Ashley Johnson) and a fed-up wife (Isabella Rossellini). Eric Bogosian plays the rabbi who tries to help Riegert's character find his way through the minefield.

23 -- "Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D" is an IMAX film that promises audiences the opportunity to walk the lunar surface alongside the 12 astronauts who've experienced it; Tom Hanks narrates.

23 -- "Roll Bounce" brings back the roller-skate jams of the 1970s in a coming-of-age story about a skater named X (Bow Wow, Lil' no more) who rules the local rink with his friend but must cope when the establishment threatens to close. With Chi McBride and Mike Epps.

23 -- "Dirty Love" stars Jenny McCarthy in a slapstick comedy -- which she wrote -- and which the studio describes as "one woman's chaotic quest for true love" in this "knowing, funny, trashy, guilty pleasure in the spirit of 'Porky's' and National Lampoon." 'Nuff said.

23 -- "The Thing About My Folks" was written by Paul Reiser specifically for Peter Falk, who co-stars in a semi-autobiographical comedy. Falk and Reiser play father and son, who go on an unexpected road trip when a family crisis unfolds; the film was directed by Raymond De Felitta, whose "Two Family House" was a modest hit on the festival circuit a few years back.

23 -- "Wild Safari 3D: A South African Adventure" is an IMAX documentary that takes viewers on a safari to see the country's big five -- the elephant, Cape buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion -- animals considered the continent's most dangerous.

30 -- "The Greatest Game Ever Played" tells the true story of a little-known sports story, that of the amateur golfer Francis Ouimet, who in 1913 wrested the U.S. Open championship from his idol and reigning golf hero Harry Vardon. Shia LaBeouf ("Holes") plays Ouimet, with Stephen Dillane as Vardon. Bill Paxton directs.

30 -- "Green Street Hooligans" has Elijah Wood fleeing to the London home of his sister (Claire Forlani) after his unfair expulsion from Harvard. Once there, his brother-in-law introduces him to the brutal, violent world of football hooliganism (no worries, Chelsea fans, they're West Ham supporters).

30 -- "A History of Violence" marks the highly anticipated comeback of director David Cronenberg ("Crash," "Dead Ringers") with a drama about the owner of a diner who kills someone in self-defense and the impact on his family. With Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt and Ed Harris. This one got good feedback at Cannes.

30 -- "Into the Blue" stars Jessica Alba, Ashley Scott and Josh Brolin in an action thriller about a group of divers that runs afoul of a drug lord after running across some of his merchandise in a sunken airplane. From the capable director John Stockwell ("Blue Crush," "Crazy/Beautiful").

30 -- "Keane" features Damian Lewis as William Keane, a troubled young man who is searching for the young daughter he lost in New York's Port Authority bus terminal, but whose bouts with mental illness suggest she may never have existed, and that his interest in young girls might have more disturbing motives. From writer-director Lodge Kerrigan ("Clean, Shaven").

30 -- "Mirrormask" is a live-action fantasy from acclaimed graphic artist Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman (creator of the "Sandman" comic series), in which a 15-year-old girl (Stephanie Leonidas) longs to run away from the circus her family works in and join real life; her journey, however, makes her wonder whether reality even exists.

30 -- "Oliver Twist" is Roman Polanski's take on the much-adapted Charles Dickens tale about a plucky orphan living in 19th-century London. Barney Clark plays young Oliver and is joined by Harry Eden as the Artful Dodger and Ben Kingsley as Fagin.

30 -- "Serenity" is Joss Whedon's feature-length adaptation of his TV science fiction series "Firefly," in which the titular space ship plies the skies 500 years in the future, when ship captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his crew, having lost the galactic war, pick up two mysterious space fugitives with surprising results.


TBD -- "A Cock and Bull Story," from the dependably interesting British director Michael Winterbottom ("9 Songs," "24-Hour Party People"), is a self-referential comedy about Winterbottom's attempts to film the famously un-adaptable novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman." With Jeremy Northam as Winterbottom, Steve Coogan as Shandy and a wonderful supporting cast including Stephen Fry, Gillian Anderson and Shirley Henderson.

TBD -- "Manchuca" is a political drama and coming-of-age tale that takes place in Santiago, Chile, in 1973, where two 11-year-old boys from different sides of the tracks witness the impending military coup through vastly different lenses.

TBD -- "The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio" stars Julianne Moore as Evelyn Ryan, the real-life mother of 10 children, who in the 1950s begins to enter and win jingle contests as a way to support her family. Based on the bestselling book by Terry Ryan, with Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.

TBD -- "Separate Lies" marks the directorial debut of Julian Fellowes, who wrote the delectable "Gosford Park." Here, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson play a happily married couple whose lives are turned upside down with the arrival of a man named Bill, played by Rupert Everett.

TBD -- "Where the Truth Lies" stars Alison Lohman as a celebrity journalist who becomes obsessed with the truth behind the story of a legendary show business team, played by Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. Written and directed by Atom Egoyan, from the novel by Rupert Holmes.

1 -- The series "Italy's Cinema Sud" begins at the National Gallery, featuring films by directors from southern Italy, including Vittorio De Seta, Gianni Amelio, Pier Paulo Pasolini and Antoinetta de Lillo. Through Oct. 23.

2 -- The series "Mary Pickford Restored and Rediscovered" kicks off at the National Gallery and will feature new prints of little-known Pickford features such as "Sparrows," "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" and "A Good Little Devil," as well as a handful of rarely seen short films. Through Oct. 15.

4 -- AFI's Mid-Atlantic Regional Showcase (MARS) is a monthly series supporting local and regional film and video artists. "We Are Arabbers," Scott Kecken and Joy Lusco Kecken's documentary about the disappearing culture of street vendors in Baltimore, is October's offering at the Silver Theatre.

5 -- The DC Asian Pacific Film Festival begins at AFI's Silver Theatre, with highlights including Grace Lee's "The Grace Lee Project," in which the director explores the ubiquity of women with her name in the Los Angeles area and the overachieving ethic they seem to share. Through Oct. 16.

7 -- "Dear Wendy" stars Jamie Bell as a young pacifist whose views are challenged when he happens upon an antique handgun and joins a club of vintage gun aficionados. The film features a soundtrack by the classic 1960s band the Zombies.

7 -- "Good Night, and Good Luck" features David Straitharn as the legendary CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, and chronicles his efforts to bring down Sen. Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s. Written and directed by George Clooney (who plays CBS executive Fred Friendly), featuring Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels.

7 -- "Two for the Money" brings together Matthew McConaughey, as a onetime football star who develops an uncanny ability to predict sports results, and Al Pacino, the head of a sports consulting operation who smells financial opportunity.

7 -- "The Squid and the Whale" is Noah Baumbach's autobiographical story of how he and his brother coped with their parents' divorce while living in Brooklyn in the 1980s. With Jesse Eisenberg and Owen Kline, and featuring Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.

7 -- "Waiting" features an ensemble cast of up-and-comers in a teen comedy about a bunch of restaurant drones who fight boredom with a series of unsavory antics. With Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long and Anna Faris, written and directed by first-time filmmaker Rob McKittrick.

7 -- "Wallace & Gromit -- The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" marks the long overdue big-screen feature debut of the title characters, a man and his dog brought to delightful life by clay animation genius Nick Park; here, the team do battle with a mysterious vegetable-eating monster, which threatens their burgeoning rabbit-control system. From the team that brought you "Chicken Run."

14 -- "Domino" stars Keira Knightley as Domino Harvey, the daughter of actor Laurence Harvey ("The Manchurian Candidate"), who left a career as a fashion model to become a bounty hunter (the real-life Domino recently died). From action master Tony Scott ("Enemy of the State," "Crimson Tide").

14 -- "Elizabethtown" features Orlando Bloom as a young man whose life seems to be falling apart until he attends his father's funeral in his Kentucky home town and, fulfilling the dead patriarch's final wish, begins to turn his fortunes around. Kirsten Dunst plays the flight attendant he falls in love with. From Cameron Crowe ("Jerry Maguire," "Almost Famous").

14 -- "The Fog" is an atmospheric spooker about a fog that descends on a little seaside town precisely 100 years after a boat sank off the coast in -- what else? -- mysterious circumstances. John Carpenter, the filmmaker behind 1980's "The Fog" (remember, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Adrienne Barbeau?) gets script credit and co-produced. Rupert Wainwright ("Stigmata") directs.

14 -- "Innocent Voices" is set in 1980s El Salvador, when a young boy must decide whether to enlist in the army or join the guerrillas. Based on the true story of Oscar Torres, played by Carlos Padilla.

14 -- "North Country" stars Charlize Theron as a single mother who rallies her female co-workers to fight the sexist practices of the mining company for which they work; the story is based on the real-life first-ever sexual harassment suit filed in the United States. Directed by Niki Caro ("Whale Rider"), with Frances McDormand and Sissy Spacek.

14 -- "Tony Takitani" tells the story of a cerebral, emotionally withdrawn artist whose life changes when he falls in love with a woman who loves high fashion; after they marry, her fascination with clothes begins to turn to obsession, which eventually leads down an unexpectedly dark path. Adapted from the Haruki Murakami novel by Jun Ichikawa.

14 -- "Touch the Sound" tells the story of the deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who lost her hearing when she was 12 but went on to become a Grammy-winning musician, earning world renown for her innovative use of such "instruments" as drums, chopsticks and high heels. From Thomas Riedelsheimer, who made the wonderful documentary "Rivers and Tides," about artist Andy Goldsworthy.

14 -- "The War Within" stars Ayad Akhtar as Hassan, a Pakistani engineering student who, after being wrongly apprehended as a suspected terrorist, becomes so enraged that he joins a sleeper cell. His activities eventually bring him into contact -- and conflict -- with his long-lost best friend, Sayeed (Firdous Bamji), who is pursuing the American dream in New Jersey.

15 -- The series "French Cinema Under the Occupation" begins at AFI's Silver Theatre with a screening of "The Raven" (1943), Henri-Georges Clouzot's mystery about paranoia and revenge that grip a small town when its denizens begin to receive anonymous poison-pen letters. At AFI through Nov. 7.

21 -- "Derailed" stars Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen as executives who are married, but not to each other, and who must turn the tables on a blackmailer who discovers their affair in order to save their families. Moral of the story: Don't cheat!

21 -- "Doom" is a science fiction-horror-action thingie about a team that answers a distress call from a research station on Mars only to discover scary creatures from another dimension. The Rock plays Sarge. 'Nuff said.

21 -- "Capote" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote, who gets friendly with one of the killers while researching his book about the brutal murder of a Kansas family, "In Cold Blood."

21 -- "Dreamer" stars Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning and Kris Kristofferson in the true story of a father and horse trainer (Russell) who sacrifices all to save an injured racehorse and bring her back to the track. "Terms of Seabiscuit," anyone?

21 -- "Reel Paradise" is a documentary about independent film representative John Pierson, who moved with his family to Fiji for one year to show movies at a decrepit theater on a tiny island. Rip-offs, family arguments, illness and very little hilarity ensue.

21 -- "Shopgirl" features Claire Danes, Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman in the adaptation of Martin's comic novella about a young Saks Fifth Avenue clerk who becomes romantically entangled with a successful older man and a young suitor.

21 -- "Stay" is a thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, about an Ivy League professor who tries to keep one of his students from committing suicide. Directed by Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland").

28 -- "The Legend of Zorro" finally brings back Antonio Banderas in the role he made his own in Robert Rodriguez's delightful 1998 "The Mask of Zorro." Here, husband and father Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) reluctantly returns to swashing his buckles on the eve of California's impending statehood. Catherine Zeta-Jones reprises her role as Zorro's fiery love interest, now wife.

28 -- "Nine Lives" traces the lives and loves of nine women, each of whom is dealing with trials and disappointments in her life. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia ("Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her"), and starring Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning, Holly Hunter and Lisa Gay Hamilton.

28 -- "Prime" is a romance, set in New York, between a divorcee (Uma Thurman) and a younger painter (Bryan Greenberg) who falls madly in love with her.

28 -- "Saw 2" brings back the dreaded serial killer Jigsaw, who wreaked such havoc in the hit 2004 horror flick. Here, he plays his deadly game with a new group of victims, who are forced to kill each other while detective Eric Mason (Donnie Wahlberg) tries to track down the murderer. Boo!

28 -- "Three Extremes" is a trilogy of horror films by acclaimed Asian independent directors, including Fruit Chan ("Dumplings," featuring Bai Ling as a woman who goes to extreme measures to stay young), Takashi Miike ("Box," about a young woman confronted by her tragic past) and Chan-wook Park ("Cut," about a film director facing the revenge of a disgruntled extra).

28 -- "The Weather Man" stars Nicolas Cage as a Chicago meteorologist who wants to move to New York but whose career aspirations are at odds with his family's wishes. The comic drama (or is that dramatic comedy?) co-stars Michael Caine and Hope Davis, and was directed by Gore Verbinski ("Mousehunt," "Pirates of the Caribbean").


TBD -- "Bee Season" stars Juliette Binoche as a woman whose life spins out of control when her husband seeks refuge from their troubled marriage by coaching their daughter to the spelling bee championships. With Richard Gere and Flora Cross, adapted from the popular novel.

4 -- "Three of Hearts: A Post-Modern Family" introduces Sam, Steven and Samantha, two men and a woman who live and love together while they radically reinvent the notion of family values. Documentary makers Susan Kaplan and David Friedson catch up with the threesome as they prepare to welcome a baby into their unconventional home (Jules if it's a girl, Jim if it's a boy?).

4 -- "Protocols of Zion," by documentarian Marc Levin, explores the historical and cultural roots of the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that Jews were responsible for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

4 -- "Chicken Little" is the animated adaptation of the classic children's tale about the little chicken that famously (and falsely) insisted that the sky was falling; here, the story has been "opened up" to explore Chicken Little's attempts to rehabilitate his reputation after his warnings prove false. But it's heartwarming, really. With the voices of Zach Braff, Steve Zahn, Joan Cusack and Fred Willard.

4 -- "The Family Stone" stars Claire Danes as the straitlaced girlfriend of Thad Stone (Tyrone Giordano), who is the favorite son of an eccentric family played by Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson and Luke Wilson, among many, many, many others.

4 -- "The Matador" features Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear as a hit man and a businessman whose chance encounter in a Mexico City bar has consequences that neither could anticipated.

5 -- The series "The Mexico of Luis Bunuel" begins at the National Gallery, featuring seven of the films Bunuel made while living in Mexico, including "Los Olvidados," "Mexican Bus Ride," "El" and "Illusion Travels by Streetcar." Through Nov. 26.

8 -- The European Union Film Showcase kicks off at AFI's Silver Theatre. Through Jan. 1.

9 -- "The New World," from the seldom heard-from Texas filmmaker Terrence Malick, stars Colin Farrell as the 17th-century explorer John Smith, whose confrontations with the indigenous people he met when he landed in America are explored here.

11 -- "Jarhead" features Jake Gyllenhaal as Anthony "Swoff" Swofford, a former Marine who recounted his experiences in Saudi Arabia and fighting in Kuwait in his best-selling memoir of the same name. Sam Mendes directs, and Jamie Foxx and Peter Sarsgaard co-star.

11 -- "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" finds Robert Downey Jr. in his comeback role as a petty thief and aspiring actor who becomes embroiled in a murder mystery when he is brought to Los Angeles to audition for a role. With Michelle Monaghan as the young actress he falls for, and Val Kilmer as the detective who's on his case. Written and directed by go-to action-comedy guy Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon" 1, 2, 3 and 4).

11 -- "Zathura" is a fantasy about the adventures of two boys whose house is hurled into space, sending them on an intergalactic adventure. Adapted by Jon Favreau from the Chris Van Allsburg book, the film stars Josh Hutcherson and Jonah Bobo.

11 -- "Jesus Is Magic" stars comedian Sarah Silverman in a film based on her stand-up act, in which she shares her iconoclastic views on sex, race and politics.

11 -- "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " stars 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) in the true-life account of his own journey from dealing drugs to becoming a multimillionaire rap star. We normally wouldn't much care, but the director here is none other than Jim Sheridan ("My Left Foot," "In America"). Drink a Guinness like it's your birthday!

18 -- "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" finds an older Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) pitted against formidable contenders in the Triwizard Tournament, while his nemesis, evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), lurks.

18 -- "Pride and Prejudice" features Keira Knightley heading an ensemble cast in the latest -- and, heaven help us, the last -- adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Knightley plays Elizabeth Bennet; her co-stars include Brenda Blethyn, Jena Malone, Donald Sutherland and Matthew MacFadyen as Mr. Darcy.

18 -- "Walk the Line" casts Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, the famous country and western legend who struggled with a stern father, addiction to pills and his lifelong love for June Carter (Reese Witherspoon).

19 -- A free "Cine Chile" series of more than a dozen films at the National Gallery of Art provides a historical survey of Chilean cinema, as well as the Washington premiere of "Salvador Allende" (Nov. 20), Patricio Guzman's documentary about the slain national leader. Through Dec. 31.

23 -- "Dying for Dolly" stars Usher as a deejay who saves a mobster (Chazz Palminteri) from being murdered and finds himself hired to watch over the gangster's beautiful daughter Dolly (Emmanuelle Chriqui).

23 -- "Ice Harvest," a romantic caper set in wintry Wichita, follows Charlie (John Cusack), an unscrupulous attorney as he hatches a scheme to embezzle money from a Kansas City boss and skip town with a beautiful strip club owner, Renata (Connie Nielsen). Also features Billy Bob Thornton.

23 -- "Just Friends" stars Ryan Reynolds as a recording executive reunited with his old high school crush, whose rejection of him turned him into a womanizer.

23 -- "Rent," the movie version, features many of the Broadway show's original stars (including Taye Diggs and Jesse L. Martin) as East Villagers struggling with life, love, AIDS and more.

23 -- In "Yours, Mine & Ours," a remake of the 1968 Lucille Ball-Henry Fonda comedy, Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo are single parents who really want to get married to each other, but their combined 18 children make any plans almost impossible.

25 -- "Pulse," a Japanese ghost story directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, is about the eerie reappearance -- in grainy computer and video images -- of a man who has recently committed suicide.


2 -- "Aeon Flux" stars Charlize Theron as an underground rebel in a state-run world 400 years in the future.

9 -- "Syriana," a political thriller from writer-director Stephen Gaghan ("Traffic"), follows a global web of characters caught up in power games in the energy industry.

9 -- "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" recounts the adventures of children who enter a wardrobe that leads them into the mystical land of Narnia. They link forces with a lion, Aslan, to face Narnia's evil witch.

9 -- "Memoirs of a Geisha" features the great troika of Chinese actresses (Ziyi Zhang, Gong Li and Michelle Yeoh) playing, oddly, Japanese characters in this story about a village girl who leaves a traditional rural background to become the privileged, renowned geisha Sayuri (Zhang).

14 -- "King Kong," a remake of the 1930s classic, is about an enormous gorilla living on a remote jungle island among creatures from prehistoric times. When he's captured and brought back to New York, the trouble begins for New York and a beautiful human (Naomi Watts) whom the gorilla has fallen for.

16 -- "Brokeback Mountain" details the growing relationship between a Wyoming ranch hand (Jake Gyllenhaal) and a rodeo cowboy (Heath Ledger), who meet in the summer of 1963 and become firm friends.

16 -- "All the King's Men" stars Sean Penn as Willie Stark, a populist southern politician whose honesty becomes corrupted as he becomes part of the system he previously declaimed. This remake of the 1949 film, based on the Robert Penn Warren novel, also features Kate Winslet.

16 -- "Lucky You," set in the poker-playing world of Las Vegas, is about a professional player (Eric Bana) whose gambling agenda is derailed when he runs into his estranged father.

21 -- "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" brings back Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt as the parents of the multi-child Baker family, who take a vacation and find themselves in a competition with another family led by a strange father (Eugene Levy).

21 -- "Fun With Dick and Jane" stars Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni as a married couple who, in this remake of the 1977 movie that starred George Segal and Jane Fonda, decide that robbery is an excellent way to take care of those nagging household bills.

21 -- Louis Malle film series: A retrospective of Louis Malle's work is presented by the American Film Institute, the National Gallery of Art and La Maison Francaise, and includes approximately 20 films, including "My Dinner With Andre," "Pretty Baby," "Damage" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants." Through Dec. 15.

21 -- "The Producers" brings things full cycle: First it was a 1968 film comedy by Mel Brooks, then a successful Broadway musical and now, a movie starring its original Broadway duo: an unlucky producer (Nathan Lane) and his accountant (Matthew Broderick) who stumble into a get-rich-quick plan for their bad play.

23 -- "Hard Candy," a creepy-sounding psychological drama, tracks a 32-year-old photographer (Patrick Wilson) who solicits an Internet meeting with a 14-year-old girl (Ellen Page) and meets his match.

23 -- "Munich," directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Eric Bana as the Mossad agent who is assigned to track down the Palestinian terrorists who planned the infamous 1972 capture and massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games.

23 -- "The Ringer" stars Johnny Knoxville who, desperate to pay off a big debt, poses as a Special Olympics contestant. (We don't really get it either.)

25 -- "The Passenger" is a re-release of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1975 lyrical mystery about a journalist (Jack Nicholson) who assumes the identity of a dead man and finds himself traveling on a treacherous journey through Africa, Spain, Germany, England and Spain.

25 -- "Rumor Has It" stars Jennifer Aniston as a newspaper journalist who makes some intriguing discoveries about her family's past in this Rob Reiner film, which pulls some of its plot from 1967's "The Graduate."

25 -- "Match Point," Woody Allen's romantic murder-mystery set in London, is about the macabre developments that await a tennis instructor (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) when he marries the daughter of a rich English family and finds himself falling for a femme fatale (Scarlett Johansson).


TBD -- "Night Watch" is based on Sergei Lukyanenko's trilogy of science fiction novels -- "Night Watch," "Day Watch" and "Dusk Watch" -- in which the forces of light and darkness clash together in contemporary Moscow.

TBD -- "The Barnyard" is an animated comedy from Steve ("The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius") Oedekerk about a group of strange barnyard animals who love to dance and sing when humans aren't around.

TBD -- "Little Manhattan," file under junior romance, is about Gabe (Josh Hutcherson), a preteen who falls in love with fellow fifth-grader Rosemary (Charlie Ray) and pursues his own New York romance with her.

TBD -- "Last Holiday" stars Queen Latifah as a shy store clerk (yes, we just typed shy) who, believing she has a fatal illness, takes a last-fling journey to Europe.

TBD -- "Undertaking Betty" is a dark comedy set in a Welsh town, in which two owners (Alfred Molina and Christopher Walken) of competing funeral parlors have a business war. Also features Naomi Watts and Brenda Blethyn.

TBD -- "Twin Sisters," a Dutch film, is about, yes, twin sisters who are separated after the death of their parents -- Anna is sent to Germany, Lotte remains in the Netherlands. But when World War II breaks out, they find themselves separated by more than mere geography.

TBD -- "Art School Confidential" stars Max Minghella (to answer your question: yes, dad is successful filmmaker Anthony) as an art student whose high opinion of himself runs into a massive reality check when he enters a prestigious art school full of even more talented and arrogant types.

TBD -- "Romance & Cigarettes," a musical, stars James Gandolfini as a bridge-builder, husband to Kitty (Susan Sarandon) and father of three daughters, who must face the consequences when he strikes up an affair with a redhead (Kate Winslet).

TBD -- "White Countess," a James Ivory period piece set in 1930s Shanghai, is about the relationship between a jaded, blind American diplomat (Ralph Fiennes) and Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a White Russian countess in her thirties who fled the Bolshevik Revolution as a child.

TBD -- "Friends With Money" is about four women (Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack and Catherine Keener) who face the familiar complications of love, life and money in their West Coast lives.

6 -- "Casanova" stars Heath Ledger as the famous Venetian whose sexual exploits with countless women is really a quest to find the true meaning of love. From director Lasse Hallstrom ("Chocolat").

6 -- "Grandma's Boy" stars Allen Covert as Alex, a 35-year-old video game tester who has to move in with his grandmother and her two contemporary roommates. Features Rob Schneider and David Spade.

6 -- "Running Scared" follows the consternation of a mob flunky (Paul Walker) when a neighbor's kid steals one of his stashed murder weapons and shoots another mobster.

13 -- "Freedomland" stars Samuel L. Jackson as a detective investigating a white woman's claims that her missing child was kidnapped by an African American man. Loosely based on the true story of Susan Smith.

13 -- "Glory Road" stars Josh Lucas as coach Don Haskins whose Texas Western team, in 1966, became the first college basketball team with five black starters to win the NCAA national championship.

20 -- "Underworld: Evolution" finds Kate Beckinsale reprising her role as the vampire warrior Selene, caught in a war between vampires and werewolves.

20 -- "Take the Lead" follows the story of a French immigrant who volunteers at an inner-city high school. Also features Antonio Banderas and Alfre Woodard.

27 -- "Big Momma's House 2," as if anyone on the planet even asked for this, marks the return of Martin Lawrence as the FBI agent who once again dresses up as "Big Momma" so he can investigate a woman under investigation for murder.

27 -- "Annapolis" stars James Franco as a boxer who fulfills his dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy. Jordana Brewster plays an upperclassman who not only helps train him but, hold the phone, falls in love with him.

27 -- "Roving Mars," an Imax film, is Walt Disney Pictures' tribute to Spirit and Opportunity, the two "rovers" that explored the Red Planet for Mission Control.

Barney Clark, left, has the title role and Ben Kingsley plays Fagin in Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist," due out Sept. 30.It's clay time: The creators of "Chicken Run" are back in action with "Wallace & Gromit -- The Curse of the Were-Rabbit," set for release on Oct. 7.

Bow Wow, left, is the big wheel in the roller-skating flick "Roll Bounce," set for release on Sept. 23. The coming-of-age tale is set in the 1970s.Harmonic convergence: Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny Cash and June Carter in "Walk the Line," opening in mid-November.Rosario Dawson and Adam Pascal bring "Rent" to the screen Nov. 23.