Who's Who: Mike Myers, Antonio Banderas, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Julie Andrews and John Cleese supply the voices.
What's What: Call it an animated "Meet the Parents." When Princess Fiona (Diaz) brings home her new man -- er, ogre (Myers, reprising the title role) -- the bride's upper-crusty mother and father (Andrews and Cleese) are less than pleased. In an inspired nod to his roles in both "Desperado" and "The Mask of Zorro," Banderas plays the feline hit man, Puss in Boots, hired to whack Shrek (above). (May 19)
COFFEE AND CIGARETTES
Who's Who: Roberto Benigni, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Cate Blanchett, Joie Lee, Bill Murray and Tom Waits star. Jim Jarmusch writes and directs.
What's What: How many of the above cast names do anything for you? None? Okay, how about comedian Steven Wright, musicians Meg and Jack White of the White Stripes, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan or maybe the Wu-Tang Clan's GZA and RZA? Still nothing? In that case, turn in your hipster credentials on the way out. All others bow down before indie king Jarmusch's black-and-white homage to coffee, cigarettes and surrealism, structured around a sequence of conversations about Elvis, Abbott and Costello and physicist-inventor Nikola Tesla that are as stimulating -- and nutritionally empty -- as caffeine and nicotine. (May 21)
Who's Who: Rodrigo Noya stars. Alejandro Agresti directs.
What's What: Don't kick yourself for missing the opening-night offering of the recent Washington DC International Film Festival. Returning to town is Argentine filmmaker and Filmfest DC fave Agresti's autobiographical tale of a bespectacled 8-year-old matchmaker (charmer Noya) who inadvertently manages to fix up a lonely neighbor with his estranged father's soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. (May 21)
Who's Who: Val Kilmer, Jonathan Tucker and Rachael Leigh Cook star.
What's What: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" Tucker, playing a Marine trainee under the tutelage of a tough drill instructor (Kilmer), goes on leave and falls for a crazy -- I mean, literally, insane -- pop musician (Cook). (May 21)
Who's Who: Andrei Zvyagintsev directs.
What's What: A reunion between Russian brothers (Vladimir Garin and Ivan Dobronravov) and their estranged father (Konstantin Lavronenko) alters the familiar dynamic between the boys, escalating from a contest of wills to hostility to violence. (May 21)
Who's Who: Ki-duk Kim writes and directs.
What's What: On the one hand, there's violent sex and mutilation afoot in this offering from "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter . . . and Spring" director Kim of South Korea. On the other, the story of a mute woman's revenge on the men who have mistreated her has also been described as "mesmerizing." (May 21)
Who's Who: Michael S. Ojeda writes and directs.
What's What: Winner of the best actress prize at the Milan International Film Festival, Oxana Orlenko plays a woman who flees the Balkans to America in a shipping container in this noirish, hard-boiled drama. (May 21)
Who's Who: Tom Arnold, Snoop Dogg, Method Man (above) and Mo'Nique star.
What's What: The staff and crew of the first all-black airline would rather their customers get down with their bad selves than get "up, up and away" in this high-flying comedy. (May 28)
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
Who's Who: Dennis Quaid, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sela Ward and Ian Holm star. Roland Emmerich directs and writes (with Jeffrey Nachmanoff).
What's What: Global climate change on a freakish scale is the villain in this zeitgeist-y mother-of-all-disaster-films from the maker of "Independence Day" and the 1998 "Godzilla." (May 28)
Who's Who: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Patrick Fugit, Macaulay Culkin and Mary-Louise Parker star.
What's What: As you might expect from a film boasting the imprimatur of activist-rocker Michael Stipe's Single Cell Pictures, "Saved!" is a dark, edgy satire about a Baptist high schooler (Malone) whose former friends, led by goody-two-shoes Moore, demonize her when she gets pregnant. (May 28)
Who's Who: Kate Hudson, John Corbett (right), Joan Cusack, Helen Mirren, Hayden Panettierre, and Spencer and Abigail Breslin star. Garry Marshall directs.
What's What: The schmaltz-loving Marshall ("The Princess Diaries," "Beaches"), who cut his teeth in sitcoms, helms this featherweight dramatic comedy about a single, childless Manhattanite (Hudson) whose glamorous lifestyle comes crashing down to earth -- somewhere in the vicinity of Queens -- when her late sister's will leaves her in charge of two orphaned nieces and a nephew. The question is: Who makes whom grow up? Which I'll answer with another question: Didn't "Uptown Girls" cover the same ground? (May 28)
LOVE ME IF YOU DARE
Who's Who: Yann Samuell writes and directs.
What's What: French best friends Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard) move from a lifetime of platonic one-upmanship to a future filled with passionate canoodling. (May 28)
A SLIPPING DOWN LIFE
Who's Who: Lili Taylor and Guy Pearce star.
What's What: In first-time writer-director Toni Kalem's adaptation of Anne Tyler's novel, Taylor plays a shy, overweight lonely-hearts (well, she's overweight in the book) obsessed with a rock musician (Pearce) she has heard on the radio, to the point that she carves his name in her forehead. Oddly enough, he does not run screaming away from her. (May 28)
LIFE OF BRIAN
Who's Who: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Graham Chapman star and write. Jones directs.
What's What: On the 25th anniversary of its original release, the Pythons bring their religious satire back to theaters, taking shameless advantage of "The Passion of the Christ" hoopla. (May 28)
THE CLAY BIRD
Who's Who: Tareque Masud directs and writes (with Catherine Masud).
What's What: Set in the period of the 1960s just before Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan, "The Clay Bird" follows the struggles of an East Pakistani boy (Nurul Islam Bablu) to adjust to a strict Islamic school. (May 28)
Who's Who: Bruno Dumont writes and directs.
What's What: Frenchman Dumont, who made the award-winning (and disturbing) 1999 crime drama "Humanity," directs this California-desert-set tale, which is not to be confused with "29 Palms," starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Jeremy Davies. According to the official synopsis, this one involves "frantic sex, impassioned fights and hasty reconciliations." What's not to like? (May 28)
Who's Who: Robert Parigi directs.
What's What: A man develops an unhealthy obsession with a sex doll.
HARRY POTTER AND
THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
Who's Who: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Gary Oldman and Alan Rickman star. Alfonso Cuaron directs. Steven Kloves writes.
What's What: Convicted murderer Sirius Black (Oldman) is out of the slammer and looking for Harry in what may be the darkest addition to the Potter saga so far. That's probably thanks to Harry's puberty, not to mention Cuaron of "Y Tu Mama Tambien" fame. (June 4)
THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI
Who's Who: Yoji Yamada directs and writes (with Yoshitaka Asama).
What's What: Based on novels by Shuuhei Fujisawa, Yamada's Oscar nominee for best foreign-language film concerns the rising and falling fortunes of a Japanese samurai ("The Last Samurai's" Hiroyuki Sanada). (June 4)
Who's Who: Hector Babenco directs and writes (with Fernando Bonassi and Victor Navas).
What's What: Babenco ("Kiss of the Spider Woman") returns to a prison setting to dramatize the events leading up to a notorious real-life uprising in a Brazilian penitentiary. (June 4)
IN MY SKIN
Who's Who: Marina de Van writes, directs and stars.
What's What: A disturbed Frenchwoman (de Van) becomes obsessed with self-mutilation. (June 4)
Who's Who: Robert Schwentke directs and writes.
What's What: A German weirdo collects human tattoos, and -- shades of "The Silence of the Lambs" -- he doesn't wait for his donors to be done with them. (June 4).
KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS
Who's Who: Michel Ocelot directs and writes.
What's What: Based on Senegalese folk tales, this 1998 animated film by French-born, Guinea-raised Ocelot follows an African boy's adventures as he tries to end the curse on his village. (June 4)
THE STEPFORD WIVES
Who's Who: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken, Faith Hill, Jon Lovitz and Glenn Close star. Frank Oz directs. Paul Rudnick writes.
What's What: Despite being billed as a comedy -- okay, comedy-thriller -- and despite the presence of Lovitz, acerbic screenwriter Rudnick's contemporary updating of the 1975 women's-lib-themed film, based on Ira Levin's book about a town of preternaturally compliant wives, could elicit fewer gut-busting laughs than dark, knowing chuckles. One reason: Walken, who brings a creepiness to his comedy -- even when he guest-spots on "Saturday Night Live." (June 11)
THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
Who's Who: Vin Diesel, Thandie Newton, Karl Urban, Colm Feore and Judi Dench star.
What's What: Playing an alien "air elemental," Judi Dench (that's Dame Judi Dench to you) may or may not be on the side of antihero Diesel, reprising his "Pitch Black" role as Richard B. Riddick, a fugitive captured by an evil overlord (Feore) bent on achieving galactic domination through an army of necromongers. I promise you one thing: Unless they make "Pitch Black 3," you will ever read the words "Judi Dench" and "necromongers" in the same sentence again. (June 11)
THE BLIND SWORDSMAN: ZATOICHI
Who's Who: Takeshi "Beat" Kitano writes, directs and stars.
What's What: Japanese comedian-turned-cult-sensation Kitano plays a sightless killing machine in this slice 'n' dice comedy hybrid about a masseur-assassin. (June 11)
GARFIELD: THE MOVIE
Who's Who: Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Love Hewitt (left) star, with Bill Murray supplying the voice of the computer-generated title character.
What's What: Garfield (Murray) investigates a dognapping in this part CGI, part live-action adventure, based on the popular comic strip about an orange tabby cat. (June 11)
Who's Who: Mario Van Peebles, Nia Long, David Alan Grier, Rainn Wilson, Ossie Davis and Adam West star. Mario Van Peebles directs and writes (with Dennis Haggerty).
What's What: Inspired by Melvin Van Peebles' book about the making of his critically polarizing but historically significant 1971 film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song," son Mario Van Peebles, playing his father, tries to get inside the notorious filmmaker's head, but ends up going not too much deeper than his character's period-perfect mini-'fro. (June 11)
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Who's Who: Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan (above), Cecile De France and Jim Broadbent star.
What's What: Accompanied by trusty sidekicks Chan and De France, Coogan's inventor Phileas Fogg races around the world by balloon and other means in this Disney take on the Jules Verne adventure novel. Sure-to-be tongue-in-cheeky cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kathy Bates, Luke and Owen Wilson, and Rob Schneider promise a welcome lack of sobriety to approaching a classic. (June 16)
KAENA: THE PROPHECY
Who's Who: Kirsten Dunst, Richard Harris and Anjelica Huston supply the voices.
What's What: A teenage girl struggles to save her dying village in this animated feature. (June 18)
Who's Who: Jared Hess directs.
What's What: Newcomer Jon Heder (right), a fine arts major at Brigham Young University, turns in a starmaking performance as the title character, a sweet but painfully awkward Idaho high-school student whose uber-geek behavior gets put to quietly heroic use in this hilarious comedy from first-time director Hess, who co-wrote the deadpan script with wife Jerusha. (June 18)
Who's Who: Anna Paquin and Lena Olin star.
What's What: Something bad is haunting the house that Paquin and mom Olin have just moved into in the countryside. Let's hope it's not the ghost of cheesy movies. (June 18)
DODGEBALL: A TRUE
Who's Who: Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn star.
What's What: Gym owner Vaughn enters a team of misfits in a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament to raise money to save his failing business. Grown-ups playing dodgeball? Now that's funny. Or maybe it's just the sight of Ben Stiller (right), as Vaughn's business and dodgeball rival, in that ridiculous blond wig and porn-star mustache. (June 18)
Who's Who: Jehane Noujaim directs.
What's What: Arab American filmmaker Noujaim's documentary is already controversial for what some have called its overly sympathetic (and others merely balanced) portrait of Qatar's al-Jazeera news operation. (June 18)
Who's Who: Tom Hanks (below), Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diego Luna and Stanley Tucci star. Steven Spielberg directs.
What's What: Inspired by a true story, Spielberg's latest features Hanks as an immigrant who becomes permanently stranded in a New York airport when upheaval in his homeland (the fictional Balkan state of Krakozhia) invalidates his passport. Flight attendant Zeta-Jones brings sex appeal as his love interest, but can Hanks, who almost got lost beneath the prosthetic teeth, swampy southern drawl and Col. Sanders suit of his character in "The Ladykillers," rise above doing a Balki Bartokomous or Latka Gravas caricature? (June 18)
Who's Who: Lucas Belvaux directs.
What's What: Belvaux's three full-length films, each made in a different genre and featuring parallel but separate story lines and recurring characters, include the thriller "On the Run" (June 11), the romantic comedy "An Amazing Couple" (June 18) and the melodrama "After the Life" (June 18).
THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR
Who's Who: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger and Mimi Rogers star. Tod Williams writes and directs.
What's What: Novelist John Irving's plots must be getting too big to fit in a single film. Like 1998's "Simon Birch," a radical condensation of Irving's "A Prayer for Owen Meany," "The Door in the Floor" is based on the author's "A Widow for One Year" -- but only the book's first half. Writer-director Williams ("The Adventures of Sebastian Cole") tells the story of a couple (Bridges and Basinger) coming to terms with the deaths of their two sons. (June 23)
Who's Who: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Jaime King star. Keenen Ivory Wayans directs and writes (with brothers Shawn and Marlon).
What's What: If the popularity of the "Scary Movie" juggernaut is any indication, "White Chicks" -- which features Shawn and Marlon Wayans playing black FBI agents going undercover as white women -- should pack 'em in, not to mention pack in a record number of dumb-blonde jokes. (June 23)
IN HIS GRAVE
Who's Who: Robert Kane Pappas produces, writes and directs.
What's What: Documentarian Pappas targets Orwellian doublespeak. (June 23)
Who's Who: Thomas Jane stars.
What's What: "The Punisher's" Jane plays a Robin Hoodesque South African cop-turned- bank-robber in this 1980s-set drama, based on the true story of a man disillusioned with the apartheid system. (June 25)
Who's Who: Guy Pearce stars. Jean-Jacques Annaud directs and writes (with Alain Godard).
What's What: Filmmaker Annaud ("Enemy at the Gates") returns to the family-friendly flavor of his 1988 "The Bear" with a tale of twin tiger cubs -- one a cuddler, the other a fighter -- who are forced by a man (Pearce) to fight each other as adults. (June 25)
Who's Who: Anne Reid and Daniel Craig star.
What's What: A grandmother (Reid) has an affair with a man (Craig) who is sleeping with her daughter. (June 25)
Who's Who: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd and Jonathan Pryce star. Irwin Winkler directs. Jay Cocks writes.
What's What: Accompanied by a ghostly "This Is Your Life"-style emcee (Pryce), aging songwriter Cole Porter (Kline) looks back at his life, career and romantic entanglements -- or at least a highly structured, stage-musical version of them. With a great performance by Ashley Judd as the bisexual composer's long-suffering wife, and with beautifully integrated performances of Porter's music by such contemporary singers as Elvis Costello, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow and Diana Krall, "De-Lovely" is less, yet so much more, than a slavishly factual biography. (June 25)
Who's Who: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams and Gena Rowlands star. Rowland's son, Nick Cassavetes, directs.
What's What: Told in flashback, Cassavetes' unspooling of Nicholas Sparks's 1996 book reveals a story of undying love. (June 25)
MY SISTER MARIA
Who's Who: Maximilian Schell directs and writes (with Gero von Boehm).
What's What: Austrian actor Schell takes an affectionate documentary look at the life and career of his sister, actress Maria Schell. (June 25)
THE HUNTING OF THE PRESIDENT: THE TEN-YEAR CAMPAIGN
TO DESTROY BILL CLINTON
Who's Who: Harry Thomason and Nickolas Perry direct.
What's What: Forget subtlety. If the title of this documentary, based on the best-selling book by Gene Lyons and Joe Conason, doesn't make its political sympathies clear enough, remember that co-director and Arkansas native Thomason is as well known for being a rabid F.O.B. (Friend of Bill) as he is for his work as a producer and director of such sitcom fare as "Designing Women." (June 25)
Who's Who: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina and James Franco star. Sam Raimi directs.
What's What: Peter Parker (Maguire) has his web-shooting hands full in this big-deal sequel to the slick, hands-down winner of 2002's summer action-movie sweepstakes. What with college coursework, a photography job, unrequited love for the girl next door (Dunst), a best friend (Franco) out to avenge his father's death from the first movie and a new super-villain, maybe Spidey can seek schedule-juggling advice from the multi-tentacled baddie Doc Ock (Molina). Then again, maybe a PDA is a better idea. (June 30)
THE STORY OF
THE WEEPING CAMEL
Who's Who: Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni write and direct.
What's What: Set in the Gobi Desert and utilizing real herders as actors, the blending of fiction with documentary tells the story of a mother camel who rejects her newborn calf after a difficult delivery. (Sometime in June)
Who's Who: Tanit Jitnukul directs and writes (with Kongkiat Khomsiri, Patikarn Phejmunee and Buinthin Thuaykaew).
What's What: Set in 1765 Thailand, the film dramatizes the efforts of a small village to ward off the advancing Burmese army. (Sometime in June)
THE BEST OF YOUTH
Who's Who: Marco Tullio Giordana directs.
What's What: The political and the personal are intertwined in a tale of two Italian brothers. (Sometime in June)
Who's Who: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Jesse Spencer star.
What's What: Aussie swimming champ Tony Fingleton (Spencer) prevails despite growing up with an alcoholic father (Rush) in this fact-based drama. (Sometime in June)
Who's Who: Damien Nguyen, Bai Ling, Tim Roth and Nick Nolte star.
What's What: Norwegian Hans Petter Moland, who made the bittersweet road movie "Aberdeen," about a woman and her estranged father, directs this drama (whose script was inspired by an idea supplied by playwright Terrence Malick) about a young Vietnamese man who goes off in search of -- surprise! -- his estranged father. (Sometime in June)
Who's Who: Ferzan Ozpetek directs and writes (with Gianni Romoli).
What's What: A woman in a humdrum marriage becomes close to the elderly man that her husband has taken in. (Sometime in June)
Who's Who: Emily Mortimer and Jack McElhone star.
What's What: A mother (Mortimer) protects her deaf son (McElhone) from the painful truth that they left his father by making up letters from him. (July 2)
AMERICA'S HEART AND SOUL
Who's Who: Louis Schwartzberg directs.
What's What: Ordinary Americans are profiled in this cross-country documentary travelogue. (July 2)
Who's Who: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy star. Richard Linklater directs and writes (with Hawke and Delpy).
What's What: Linklater's sequel to his 1995 romance, "Before Sunrise," about finding love on the train to Vienna, picks up nine years later, when the characters played by Hawke and Delpy run into each other again in Paris. (July 2)
Who's Who: Emmanuelle Beart stars.
What's What: A French World War II war widow (Beart) flees Paris with her 13-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter, taking refuge in an abandoned house with the assistance of a mysterious and sexually attractive teenage boy. (July 2)
Who's Who: Clive Owen (left), Keira Knightley, Stephen Dillane and Stellan Skarsgard star. Antoine Fuqua directs.
What's What: A couple of things about this period piece hint that it ain't your father's "Knights of the Round Table."1. Producer Jerry "Boom Boom" Bruckheimer. 2. Director Fuqua, known for "Training Day" and other red-meat fare. 3. Knightley, whose tattooed Guinevere looks, from press photos, like something out of "Xena: Warrior Princess." (July 7)
Who's Who: Alexa Vega stars.
What's What: Call it "Mean Girls" lite. A team of uncool middle-schoolers competes with the Queen Bees in an all-night scavenger hunt for dibs on the best cafeteria table. (July 9)
ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND
OF RON BURGUNDY
Who's Who: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Steve Carell and Fred Willard star. Adam McKay directs and writes (with Ferrell).
What's What: Expect a blend of the stupid and the surreal in this 1970s-set script by former "Saturday Night Live" head writer McKay and his pal Ferrell -- a hot ticket since "Old School" and "Elf" -- playing a boorish, sexist television news anchor threatened by an upstart female reporter (Applegate). (July 9)
BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS
Who's Who: John Dullaghan writes and directs.
What's What: Hard-drinking, hard-living poet and counterculture icon Charles Bukowski is the subject of a documentary. (July 9)
TIME OF THE WOLF
Who's Who: Isabelle Huppert, Beatrice Dalle and Patrice Chereau star.
What's What: I'd like to respect the wishes of one Internet user, who warned that "even a three-word summary can ruin" this special little film, but I've got to say something: A woman and her family show up at their country home to find it occupied by strangers. There, and I didn't even say anything about global cataclysm. (July 9)
REMEMBER ME, MY LOVE
Who's Who: Gabriele Muccino directs and writes (with Heidrun Schleef).
What's What: An Italian father (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) is torn between love for his wife (Laura Morante) and passion for another woman (Monica Bellucci). (July 16)
A CINDERELLA STORY
Who's Who: Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray star.
What's What: Like "Ella Enchanted" and "The Prince & Me," "A Cinderella Story" attempts to freshen up the old fairy tale by replacing the fairy godmother with an Internet hookup. (July 16)
Who's Who: Will Smith (below), Bridget Moynahan, Chi McBride, Bruce Greenwood and James Cromwell star.
What's What: In this CGI-heavy adaptation of Isaac Asimov's 1950 sci-fi yarn, Smith, assisted by cyborg-psychologist Moynahan, plays a Chicago cop, circa 2035, investigating the murder of a scientist with a robot as the prime suspect. (July 16)
Who's Who: Stacy Peralta directs and writes (with Sam George).
What's What: Documentarian Peralta explores the roots and history of American surf culture. (July 16)
Who's Who: Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott direct.
What's What: Abbott and Achbar (co-director of the acclaimed, left-leaning "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media") cast jaundiced eyes on corporate power. (July 16)
SEDUCING DR. LEWIS
Who's Who: Jean-Francois Pouliot directs.
What's What: French Canadian yahoos attempt to seduce a cosmopolitan doctor from Montreal into setting up shop on their remote island in this comedy, nominated for several Genie Awards at the most recent edition of what is considered the Canadian Oscars. (July 16)
THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
Who's Who: Matt Damon, Franka Potente (below), Joan Allen and Julia Stiles star.
What's What: "The Bourne Identity" director Doug Liman settles into the producer chair here, handing over the reins of the sequel about a professional killer/recovering amnesiac (Damon) and the woman who loves him (Potente) to "Bloody Sunday" writer-director Paul Greengrass. (July 23)
Who's Who: Halle Berry (right), Benjamin Bratt and Sharon Stone star.
What's What: It's all purrr-fectly infuriating. How did the beloved character known to every DC Comics fan as Selina Kyle turn into someone called Patience Philips? And where's Batman -- not to mention the rest of Catwoman's costume? Is she a superhero or a villain? What happened to Gotham City, for that matter? And what is French director Pitof's whole name? Meee-ow! (July 23)
A HOME AT THE END
OF THE WORLD
Who's Who: Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Roberts and Sissy Spacek star. Michael Mayer directs. Michael Cunningham writes.
What's What: Adapted by "The Hours" writer Cunningham from his 1990 book about a love triangle, theater director Mayer's film debut probes the dynamic between Bobby Morrow (Farrell), his older girlfriend (Wright Penn) and his gay childhood friend (Roberts). (July 23)
Who's Who: Nuri Bilge Ceylan writes and directs.
What's What: An Istanbul commercial photographer (Muzaffer Ozdemir) frets about gulfs -- the one between his artistic ideals and his need to make a living and the one between him and his ex-wife.
THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
Who's Who: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight star. Jonathan Demme directs.
What's What: Neither Streep nor Washington had even seen John Frankenheimer's 1962 film before embarking upon Demme's version, updated from the Korean War to Operation Desert Storm. Their performances, as the domineering mother of a presidential candidate and an Army major who suspects that the woman's son (Schreiber) is being manipulated, will be unencumbered by comparisons with Angela Lansbury and Frank Sinatra -- at least in their eyes. (July 30)
METALLICA: SOME KIND
Who's Who: Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky direct.
What's What: The filmmakers of "Brother's Keeper" and "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills" look at the behind-the-scenes bickering and therapy sessions of the heavy-metal band Metallica. (July 30)
Who's Who: Bill Paxton, Anthony Edwards, Sophia Myles and Ben Kingsley star. Jonathan Frakes directs.
What's What: "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor-turned-director Frakes cut his teeth helming movies spun off of the "Trek" TV franchise, so he might be the logical choice for this live-action version of the cult British TV series from the 1960s, which featured puppets playing a family of intrepid rescue pilots. (July 30)
Who's Who: Janet McTeer and Olympia Dukakis star. Kristian Levring directs and writes (with McTeer).
What's What: As he did with his Dogme film "The King Is Alive," Danish director Levring sits back and watches as people taken out of their element -- in this case a British family that has traveled to a Malaysian trading post -- behave increasingly badly. (July 30)
Who's Who: Margarethe von Trotta directs and writes (with Pamela Katz).
What's What: Using flashback, director von Trotta revisits the World War II-era protest by Aryan women to save their Jewish husbands, who, despite assurances that the men would be immune from persecution, were imprisoned by the Nazis. (July 30)
HAROLD AND KUMAR
GO TO WHITE CASTLE
Who's Who: John Cho and Kal Penn star.
What's What: The title says it all: A pair of twenty-something waste products hit the road in search of burgers. Duuude. (July 30)
MARIA FULL OF GRACE
Who's Who: Joshua Marston writes and directs.
What's What: Desperate to escape her country, a Colombian girl (Catalina Sandino Moreno) agrees to transport illegal drugs to New York in her stomach. (July 30)
Who's Who: Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, Sigourney Weaver, Bryce Dallas Howard (right) and William Hurt star. M. Night Shyamalan writes and directs.
What's What: Something wicked this way comes, just beyond the city limits, in Shyamalan's closely guarded tale of a small, 19th-century town hemmed in by an unnamed malevolent presence. But what? And is it "Sixth Sense" spooky or "Signs" supernatural? (July 30)
DONNIE DARKO -- THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Who's Who: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone and Noah Wyle star.
What's What: The cult film about a high-school boy (Gyllenhaal) who takes orders from a giant, malevolent rabbit returns with 20 minutes of additional footage. (Sometime in July)
Who's Who: Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe star.
What's What: Dutch-born Pieter Jan Brugg turns from producing such classy, complex fare as "The Insider," "Bulworth" and "The Vanishing" (the good one, not the American remake) to directing for the first time, with a psychological thriller about a businessman (Redford) whose kidnapping leads to the revelation of secrets. (Sometime in July )
Who's Who: Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton star. Michael Winterbottom directs.
What's What: Set in a repressive "1984"-like future in which travel from city to city is restricted to those with proper documentation, a roving investigator (Robbins) has an affair with a woman (Morton) who has been accused of forging illegal travel documents. Once their tryst has ended, he wants to see her again, but because he does not have the necessary paperwork, he can visit her only by breaking the law himself. (Aug. 6)
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR
Who's Who: Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen star.
What's What: It's the Battle of the Horror Movie All-Stars. May the better beast win. (Aug. 6)
SHE HATE ME
Who's Who: Bai Ling, Ellen Barkin and Monica Bellucci star. Spike Lee writes and directs.
What's What: A fired biotech executive contracts out his stud services to lesbians looking to get impregnated. (Aug. 6)
Who's Who: Tom Cruise (below), Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo star. Michael Mann directs.
What's What: A silver-haired Cruise plays against hero-type in director Mann's thriller about a coldblooded contract killer with a lengthy hit list who commandeers a Los Angeles taxi and its hapless human "collateral" (Foxx), who is forced to chauffeur the assassin on his appointed rounds. Will the actors' chemistry -- and unorthodox casting -- work? (Aug. 6)
JU-ON: THE GRUDGE
Who's Who: Takashi Shimizu writes and directs.
What's What: This Japanese horror film concerns the aura of evil that clings to a house where something bad -- worse than mildew, in fact -- once occurred. (Aug. 6)
PRINCESS DIARIES 2:
Who's Who: Anne Hathaway (right), Heather Matarazzo, Hector Elizondo, John Rhys-Davies and Julie Andrews star. Garry Marshall directs.
What's What: The heir apparent to the throne of the mythical Genovia (Hathaway) moves from protocol gaffes to marriage proposals in this sequel to the genial 2001 comedy, which finds our young heroine in need of a quickie marriage in order to keep the crown. They grow up so quickly these days, don't they? (Aug. 11)
Who's Who: Um, no one you ever heard of. Trust me.
What's What: The multimedia kiddie entertainment phenomenon (think Pokemon) attempts to branch out of television, milking the movie cash cow with its own feature-length orgy of esoteric anime-style nonsense intelligible mainly to 5-year-olds. (Aug. 13)
Who's Who: Rhys Ifans (right) and Miranda Otto star.
What's What: An Australian man (Ifans) becomes a celebrity after taking flight in a folding chair tied to helium balloons. (Aug. 13)
WE DON'T LIVE
Who's Who: Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts, Peter Krause and Laura Dern star.
What's What: Director John Curran's adaptation of an Andre Dubus story about two ultra-competitive, self-loathing couples sounds like "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice." (Aug. 13)
EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING
Who's Who: Stellan Skarsgard stars.
What's What: Father Merrin meets the demon Pazuzu for the first time in Renny ("Cutthroat Island") Harlin's "Exorcist" prequel. Considering that there is already one other shelved version of this story (by Paul Schrader, no less), it doesn't bode well. (Aug. 20)
Who's Who: Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Zhang Ziyi star. Zhang Yimou directs.
What's What: Warriors clash and swords clang in this Oscar-nominated film about pre-unification China. (Aug. 20)
Who's Who: Chris Kentis writes and directs.
What's What: Based on a true story, this low-budget digital video feature -- with nary a special effect in it -- tells the harrowing story of divers who became stranded in shark-infested waters off the Great Barrier Reef. (Aug. 20)
WITHOUT A PADDLE
Who's Who: Matthew Lillard, Seth Green, Dax Shepard, Ethan Suplee, Abraham Benrubi and Burt Reynolds star.
What's What: How can you not care that Burt Reynolds, in a twist on "Deliverance," plays a psychotic mountain man stalking a trio of lost canoeists in the Oregon wilderness? (Aug. 20)
BONJOUR MONSIEUR SHLOMI
Who's Who: Shemi Zarhin writes and directs.
What's What: In a refreshing departure from the obvious, the Israeli film "Bonjour" focuses not on the politics of the Middle East but on the very human tale of a kindhearted Israeli boy (Oshri Cohen) who offers a helping hand, an occasional ear and a knack for home cooking to the members of his eccentric family. (Aug. 20)
THE YES MEN
Who's Who: Chris Smith, Dan Ollman and Sarah Price direct.
What's What: Smith, who made the very dry, very funny films "American Job" and "American Movie," teams with Ollman and Price to document the antics of a group of anti-corporate activists who pose as World Trade Organization officials at business conferences.
ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID
Who's Who: Morris Chestnut and Matthew Marsden star.
What's What: Killer snakes threaten a flower-hunting expedition in this horror sequel, which gets my prize for best title of the summer. (Aug. 27)
A THOUSAND CLOUDS
Who's Who: Julian Hernandez writes and directs.
What's What: A gay teenager pines for a former lover in this Mexican drama. (Aug. 27)
Who's Who: Nick Stahl and Joshua Close star.
What's What: "Oliver Twist" gets a "Queer Eye" makeover, relocating the Charles Dickens story from grubby 19th-century London to contemporary Toronto and the underworld of gay hustlers. (Aug. 27)
TOM DOWD AND THE
LANGUAGE OF MUSIC
Who's Who: Mark Moormann directs.
What's What: Legendary recording engineer and record producer Tom Dowd, who helped define the sound of such Atlantic Records artists as Aretha Franklin, is profiled. (Sometime in August)
COWARDS BEND THE KNEE
Who's Who: Guy Maddin writes and directs.
What's What: Filmmaker Maddin tells the story of a hockey player named -- get this -- Guy Maddin, but played by Darcy Fehr, who becomes involved with the beautiful daughter of the proprietor of a hair salon doubling as an abortion clinic and brothel. Yeah, I don't get it either. (Sometime in August)
THE BROTHERS QUAY'S
Who's Who: Timothy and Stephen Quay, who work under the archaic moniker the Brothers Quay, write and direct.
What's What: The latest work from the ever-uncategorizable identical twins focuses on medical curiosities amassed by Sir Henry Wellcome, an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose collection included Japanese sex aids and amputation saws. (Sometime in August)
Who's Who: Ben Sombogaart directs.
What's What: The 2003 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film follows the diverging stories of orphaned twin sisters in World War II, one of whom grows up in a conservative farming community in Nazi Germany, the other of whom is sent to live with an affluent Dutch aunt. (Sometime in August)
THE GREEN BUTCHERS
Who's Who: Anders Thomas Jensen writes and directs.
What's What: Didja hear the one about the butcher who sat on his meat grinder? He got a little "behind" in his work. In a black comedy whose plot synopsis sounds eerily reminiscent of "Sweeney Todd," two Danish men open a butcher shop with unorthodox sources of fresh meat. (Sometime in August)
Who's Who: Zach Braff, Ian Holm, Method Man, Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard star. Braff writes and directs.
What's What: This Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee -- the writing and directorial debut of "Scrubs" actor Braff -- centers around a depressed young man (Braff again) who quits his meds, returns to his home in New Jersey and meets a quirky, difficult beauty. Sounds like "Jersey Girl," if Kevin Smith had made it 10 years ago, instead of "Clerks." (Sometime in August)
ZHOU YU'S TRAIN
Who's Who: Gong Li stars.
What's What: A woman (Li) embarks on an affair with a man she meets during her weekly commute to visit her boyfriend. (Sometime in August)
TOUCH OF PINK
Who's Who: Jimi Mistry and Kyle MacLachlan star.
What's What: A Londoner (Mistry) resists the efforts of his traditional mother back in Canada to fix him up with a nice Muslim girl -- not because he isn't Muslim, but because he's gay. (Sometime in August)
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS
Who's Who: Emily Mortimer, Jim Broadbent, Stockard Channing and Peter O'Toole star.
What's What: Actor Stephen Fry ("Wilde," "Gosford Park") tries his hand at directing in this adaptation of novelist Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies."(Sometime in August)
Who's Who: Bob Smeaton directs.
What's What: Cobbled together from hours of footage shot during a traveling Canadian rock festival in 1970 featuring Janis Joplin, the Band and others, "Festival Express" attempts to evoke an earlier, more stoned time. (Sometime in August)
Who's Who: Sandrine Bonnaire and Fabrice Luchini star. Patrice Leconte directs.
What's What: Mistaken for a psychiatrist, financial adviser Luchini continues to let a distraught Bonnaire confide her marital woes to him, one office visit after another. (Sometime in August)
I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD
Who's Who: Clive Owen, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Malcolm McDowell and Charlotte Rampling star.
What's What: A retired crook (Owen) gets back in the game while investigating the suspicious death of his brother. (Sometime in August)
GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE
Who's Who: Mamoru Oshii writes and directs.
What's What: Oshii follows up his 1995 sci-fi anime adventure with a second installment, set in a not-too-distant future where the lines between human beings, soul-possessing cyborgs and soulless robots are blurred. (Sometime in August)
THE HEART IS ELSEWHERE
Who's Who: Giancarlo Giannini stars. Pupi Avati writes and directs.
What's What: Winner of the best-director prize at Italy's Oscar-equivalent David di Donatello Awards, "Heart" tells of a bittersweet romance between a male "ugly duckling" and his blind "swan."(Late summer)
Who's Who: Reese Witherspoon (left), Eileen Atkins, Jim Broadbent, Gabriel Byrne, Bob Hoskins and Rhys Ifans star.
What's What: Ruthless social climber Becky Sharp (Witherspoon) makes her way up the rungs of the high-society ladder in director Mira "Mississippi Masala" Nair's film -- the latest of several based on William Makepeace Thackeray's satiric novel of 1847-48. (Sept. 1)
Who's Who: Eve, Queen Latifah, Danny Glover, Tim Meadows and Ja Rule star.
What's What: A newly signed pro basketball player throws his family and friends a celebratory barbecue, where high jinks ensue. (Sept. 3)
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