Fall Movie Preview

Here’s a comprehensive, annotated list of movies scheduled for release through the end of the year. Opening dates are highly subject to change.


Rock Star: The lead singer in tribute heavy-metal band (Mark Wahlberg) is recruited to replace the real thing. With Jennifer Aniston; Stephen Herek (The Mighty Ducks) directs. (Sept. 7) 

Soul Survivors: Casey Affleck (Ben’s brother) as a dead car-crash victim who comes back as a ghost to haunt his former girlfriend; delayed and re-cut to get a PG-13 rather than an R rating. (Sept. 7). 

The Musketeer: Justin Chambers (Liberty Heights) as young D’Artagnan, supported by Catherine Deneuve, Stephen Rea, Tim Roth and Mena Suvari. Directed by Peter "End of Days” Hyams. (Sept. 7) 

Two Can Play That Game: An African-American comedy formerly known as How to Make Your Man Behave in 10 Days or Less, with Viveca A. Fox, Morris Chestnut and Anthony Anderson. (Sept. 7) 

Vengo: Spanish saga of feuding gypsy families. (Sept. 7). 

A Matter of Taste: French thriller about a wealthy man and his professional food taster. (Sept. 7) 

Bounce: Behind the Velvet Rope: Documentary on bouncers in New York and London (Sept. 7) 

The Iron Ladies: The true story of a transvestite volleyball team that makes it to the Thai national championships. (Sept. 7) 

A Weekend in Prague: Documentary about 1952 Communist show trials in Czechoslovakia. 

L.I.E.: Drama about a disaffected 15-year-old who becomes involved with a much older sexual predator played by Brian Cox (the original Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter). Generated controversy at Sundance. (Sept. 7). 

The Glass House: Leelee Sobieski and Trevor Morgan as teen orphans who begin to suspect their adoptive parents (Diane Lane, Stellan Skarsgard) had something to do with their birth parents’ death. (Sept. 14) 

Deuces Wild: Gang warfare in 1958 Brooklyn with Matt Dillon, Stephen Dorff and Deborah Harry, directed by Scott Kalvert (The Basketball Diaries). (Sept. 14). 

Hardball: The Mighty Ducks re-set in Chicago's infamous Cabrini Greens housing projects, with Keanu Reeves as a reluctant baseball coach. Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) directs. (Sept. 14). 

Iron Monkey: A Chinese Robin Hood tale, directed by martial-arts choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and The Matrix) (Sept. 14). 

Waking Up in Reno: Two pairs of couples — Patrick Swayze, Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Natasha Richardson — squabble en route to a Monster Truck rally (Sept. 14). 

Dinner Rush: Danny Aiello is the owner of a Tribeca restaurant with family problems, mob and otherwise, in this ensemble comedy directed by Bob Giraldi. (Sept. 14). 

The Prime Gig: Vince Vaughn as a fast-talker recruited by a stock-selling scheme headed by Ed Harris and Julia Ormond. Directed by theater legend Greg Mosher. (Sept. 14). 

Sentimental Destinies: Decade-spanning French saga of a minister (Charles Berling) who leaves the church to marry. With Emmanuelle Béart, Isabelle Huppert. Directed by Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep) (Sept. 14). 

China: The Panda Adventure: IMAX biopic of an American woman who researched them in 1930s China. (Sept. 14). 

Haiku Tunnel: Sundance sensation about an officer temp who freaks out when he becomes a perm. (Sept. 14). 

Our Lady of the Assassins: A gay writer returns to his hometown of Medellin, Colombia and brushes up against the drug cartel. Directed by Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune). (Sept. 14). 

Children Underground: Documentary about Romanian children who live in subway tunnels; won a jury prize at Sundance. (Sept. 19) 

Glitter: Mariah Carey's starring debut, delayed from a planned summer debut because of her recent problems, is a semi-autobiographical tale of a young singer's rise to the top (Sept. 21). 

Big Trouble: Ensemble piece from humorist Dave Barry's novel, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) with a cast including Tim Allen, Janeane Garofalo, Rene Russo and Andy Richter. (Sept. 21). 

Halloween: The Homecoming: Michael Myers' eighth appearance, if anyone's counting, with Jamie Lee Curtis taking time out from telephone commercials. Rick Rosenthal directed installment No. 2. (Sept. 21). 

Training Day: Denzel Washington as a veteran Los Angeles narcotics officer teamed with rookie Ethan Hawke. (Sept. 21). 

Go Tigers: Documentary follows the season of a high-school football team in Massillon, Ohio, where they take the sport very seriously. (Sept 21). 

Megiddo: Omega Code 2: Sequel to last year's religious-oriented sci-fi sleeper, with Michael York, Michael Biehn and Diane Venora. (Sept. 21). 

Vampire Hunter — Bloodlust: Animated thriller. (Sept. 21). 

American Astronaut: Black-and-white, science fiction musical created a small sensation at Sundance. (Sept. 21). 

Sidewalks of New York: The latest romantic comedy from director-star Ed Burns, still trying to match the success of his debut The Brothers McMullen. With Heather Graham and Stanley Tucci. (Sept. 21). 

The Endurance: George Butler (Pumping Iron) directed this riveting documentary that uses actual footage and photos shot in 1915 to trace an ill-fated Antarctic Expedition. (Sept. 21). 

Liam: Stephen Frears' follow-up to High Fidelity, which bowed last year in Toronto, is a radical change of pace — a powerful drama about fascists in pre-World War II Liverpool. (Sept. 21). 

Don't Say a Word: Thriller with Michael Douglas as a psychiatrist whose daughter is kidnapped. (Sept. 28). 

Zoolander: A dim male model gets mixed up in international intrigue. Directed and starring Ben Stiller, as a character he created for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. (Sept. 28). 

Hearts in Atlantis: Scott Hicks (Shine) directs the latest Stephen King adaptation, starring Anthony Hopkins as a mysterious stranger who comes to the aid of a single mom (Hope Davis) and her young son in Connecticut. (Sept. 28) 

Va Savoir! (Who Knows!): This year's New York Film Festival opener is the latest from 72-year-old French master director Jacques Rivette (best known in this country for Celine and Julie Go Boating). It's a romantic comedy adapted from a play by the legendary Luigi Pirandello. (Sept. 28). 

Extreme Days: A quartet of pals partake in extreme sports during a pre-adulthood road trip. (Sept. 28). 

A Time of Favor: Ultra-orthodox youths plot a terrorist attack in this award-winning Israeli film. (Sept. 28) 


The Wash: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem in a wacky comedy set in a Los Angeles car wash. (Oct. 3) 

La Ciénaga: Drama of decadent Argentinian aristocrats. (Oct. 3) 

Collateral Damage: Arnold Schwarzenegger as a fireman who hunts the terrorist who killed his wife and daughter in an attack on a Colombian motorcade in Los Angeles. Directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive). (Oct. 5). 

Joy Ride: Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski in a thriller about a homicidal trucker, directed by John Dahl (Red Rock West). (Oct. 5). 

Max Keeble's Big Move: A seventh grader (Alex D. Linz) learns to stand up to bullies in this Disney flick. (Oct 5). 

Serendipity: Romantic comedy with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as college sweethearts who try to find each other a decade later. Directed by Peter Chelsom (Town and Country) (Oct. 5). 

Burnt Money: Fact-based Spanish thriller about the exploits of two gay bank robbers. (Oct. 5). 

Grateful Dawg: Documentary traces the final days of Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia. (Oct. 5). 

Better Than Sex: Australian romantic comedy with a cast of two. (Oct. 5.) 

Focus: From an Arthur Miller novel. William H. Macy and Laura Dern as a gentile couple who experience anti-Semitism in 1940's Brooklyn. (Oct. 10). 

Bandits: Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton as crafty bank robbers who squabble over their hostage, played by Cate Blanchett. (Oct. 12). 

The Count of Monte Cristo (Oct. 12): Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld) directs Jim Caviezel as the imprisoned nobleman in Alexandra Dumas's oft-adapted novel. With Guy Pearce and Richard Harris. (Oct. 12). 

The Last Castle: Robert Redford as a wrongly imprisoned three-star general who leads an inmate revolt against a corrupt warden (James Gandolfini). (Oct. 12). 

Novocaine: Steve Martin as a dentist who's seduced into a life of crime by a pretty patient (Helen Bonham Carter). Laura Dern plays his hygienist/girlfriend. (Oct. 12). 

Waydowntown: Calgary, Alberta's extensive glassed-in tunnels and walkways are the setting for this urban comedy. (Oct. 12). 

Mulholland Drive: David Lynch's latest Southern California thriller was expanded from an unsold TV pilot. The cast includes Laura Harring, Billy Ray Cyrus and Ann Miller. (Oct. 12). 

The Operator: A telephone operator uses technology to wreak vengeance on a Dallas attorney who offends her. (Oct. 12). 

Raw Deal: A Question of Consent: Actual camcorder footage of frat-party sex is the core of this controversial documentary that bowed at Sundance about a stripper who claims she was raped. (Oct. 12). 

Vulgar: Very black comedy about a New Jersey layabout who gets more than he bargained for when he advertises his services to perform as a clown at parties. Starring Brian O’Halloran of Clerks; that film's director, Kevin Smith, is executive producer and has a cameo. (Oct. 12). 

Corky Romano: Chris Kattan as the son of a Mafia boss (Peter Falk) who signs up as an FBI agent to see what they've got on the old man. (Oct. 19). 

From Hell: A Scotland Yard inspector's (Johnny Depp) hunt for Jack the Ripper leads him to Buckingham Palace. Allen and Albert Hughes (Menance II Society) direct from a script based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore. (Oct. 19). 

Riding in Cars With Boys: Penny Marshall's first directing stint since The Preacher's Wife is a fact-based, decades-spanning story of an unmarried mom (Drew Barrymore) and her struggles. With Steve Zahn and Lorraine Bracco. (Oct. 19). 

The Affair of the Necklace: Hillary Swank (Boys Don't Cry) as a woman who becomes embroiled in royal intrigue in 18th-century France. Charles Shyer (Father of the Bride) directs a cast includes Adrien Brody and Jonathan Pryce. (Oct. 19). 

Waking Life: Unusual animated film from director Richard Linklater, who filmed actors (including Wiley Wiggins and Ethan Hawke), then had artists create trippy images from his footage. (Oct. 19). 

The Cat's Meow: Peter Bogdonavich (Paper Moon) recounts the mysterious 1924 death of director William Ince on board a yacht whose passengers included William R. Hearst, Marion Davies and Charlie Chaplin. (Oct. 19). 

History Lessons: Documentary on lesbian activism. (Oct. 19). 

Intimacy: English-language French romantic drama raised eyebrows at Sundance with its graphic sex scenes. (Oct. 19). 

Bones: Snoop Dogg, again, as a dead man who returns as a ghost to clean up the 'hood. With Pam Grier. Directed by Ernest Dickerson (Juice). (Oct. 24). 

K-PAX: Kevin Spacey as a mental patient who insists he's from another planet; Jeff Bridges plays his intrigued shrink. (Oct. 24). 

Trembling Before G-d: Documentary about gay Hasidim in New York. (Oct. 24). 

Heist: David Mamet (State and Main) writes and directs a thriller about a jewel robbery being plotted by Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito. (Oct. 26). 

13 Ghosts: Remake of William Castle's 1960 haunted-house shocker starring Shannon Elizabeth, Tony Shalhoub and F. Murray Abraham. (Oct. 26). 

Van Wilder: Party Liaison: He'll do anything to stay in college for a seventh year in this teen comedy. (Oct. 26). 

Donnie Darko: Fantasy about an alienated teen (Jake Gyllenhaal), his imaginary six-foot rabbit and his guidance counselor (Drew Barrymore, who also produced). (Oct. 26). 

Invincible: Legendary German director Werner Herzog tackles the true story of Zesha Breitbart, a Jewish strongman in '30s Berlin. Tim Roth plays Hitler's clairvoyant. (Oct. 26). 

Life as a House: Kevin Kline as a dying man who comes to terms by building a house; with Kristin Scott Thomas and Mary Steenburgen. Irwin Winkler directs. (Oct. 26). 

The Town Is Quiet: French ensemble drama set in present-day Marseilles. (Oct. 26). 

On the Line: Eric Bross (Restaurant) directs a romantic comedy set on Chicago's subways (Oct. 26). 

Bobby G. Can't Swim: Drama about a Hell's Kitchen drug dealer (Oct. 26). 

What Time Is It There?: Jean-Pierre Leaud (The 400 Blows) in renowned Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang's (The River) new twist on long-distance romance. (Oct. 26). 

Maelstrom: Eye-opening French Canadian film narrated by a talking fish. (Oct. 26). 

Domestic Disturbance: John Travolta as a divorced dad who suspects his son's stepdad of murder. (sometime in October). 

The Third Wheel: Romantic comedy about a couple on a first date and a homeless guy who ends up joining them. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have supporting roles. (sometime in October). 

Imposter: Long-postponed Gary Sinise vehicle about a weapons engineer who's suspected of being an extraterrestrial. (sometime in October). 


Monsters Inc.: Much awaited computer-animated epic about secret household creatures from Pixar (the Toy Story movies). With the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. (Nov. 2). 

The One: Action thriller with Jet Li as a Los Angeles cop who battles a version of himself from a parallel universe. James Wong (Final Destination) directs. (Nov. 2). 

Amélie: A huge hit in France, this romantic comedy is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Alien: Resurrection). (Nov. 2). 

Brotherhood of the Wolf: Unusual French historical horror film with spectacular action sequences, elaborate special effects and crossover potential. (Nov. 2). 

Happenstance: French romantic comedy. (Nov. 2). 

My First Mister: Albert Brooks as a middle-aged man who changes the life of a disaffected teenager (Leelee Sobieski). Directed by Christine Lahti (Nov. 2). 

Tape: Intense two-person psychodrama with Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard, set in a motel room and directed by Richard Linklater. (Nov. 2). 

Otomo: Fact-based German film about an immigrant from Cameroon who gets into trouble with the police in 1989 Berlin. (Nov. 7). 

Shallow Hal: Gwyneth Paltrow dons a fat suit for the latest from writer-directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly, about a womanizer (Jack Black) she becomes involved with. (Nov. 9). 

Windtalkers: Action master John Woo (Mission: Impossible 2) directs a World War II tale of a Marine (Nicolas Cage) assigned to a Navajo code expert. (Nov. 9). 

The Man Who Wasn't There: Latest from the Coen Brothers (O Brother, Where Are Thou?) is a stylish, black-and-white homage to film noir that starts out with a barber (Billy Bob Thornton) trying to blackmail the boss (James Gandolfini) of his wife (Frances McDormand). (Nov. 9). 

Metropolis: Japanese animation set in a futuristic city. (Nov. 9). 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Much-awaited adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestseller about a wizard in trailing (newcomer Daniel Radcliffe). Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire) directs a cast including John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane and Richard Harris. (Nov. 16). 

The New Guy: A nerd (D.J. Qualls) gets a makeover in this teen comedy. (Nov. 16). 

Black Knight: Martin Lawrence does the Connecticut Yankee thing in this time-travel comedy about a hustler who takes on an evil king. (Nov. 21). 

Spy Game: A retired spy (Robert Redford) rescues his protégé (Brad Pitt) in this thriller directed by Tony Scott. (Nov. 21). 

The Fluffer: A gay version of Boogie Nights centering on a young innocent who takes a delicate job in the '70s adult-film industry. (Nov. 21). 

In the Bedroom: A middle-aged couple (Sissy Spacey, Tom Wilkinson) are stressed when their son starts dating the ex-wife (Marisa Tomei) of a violently jealous man. (Nov. 23). 

Super Troopers: Sort of a cult comedy version of Police Academy about wacky state troopers in Vermont, with Brian Cox. A hot ticket at Sundance. (Nov. 30). 

Lucky Break: A prison-break comedy is director Peter Cattaneo's first since The Full Monty. With Christopher Plummer as the warden. (sometime in November). 


B-52: Documentary on the legendary bomber. (Dec. 5). 

Ali: Will Smith beefs up to play Muhammad Ali, beginning from the time he was Cassius Clay, under the direction of Michael Mann (The Insider). (Dec. 7). 

Ocean's Eleven: Remake of the Brat Pack classic about a casino heist, with a starry ensemble headed by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Directed by Oscar-winner Stephen Soderbergh (Traffic). (Dec. 7). 

Heaven: The latest from German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), a revenge drama starring Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi. (Dec. 7). 

Piñero: Benjamin Bratt, best known as Julia Roberts' ex, plays Nuyorican poet Miguel Piñero in a biopic co-starring Giancarlo Esposito, Rita Moreno and Mandy Patinkin. (Dec. 7). 

The Business of Strangers: Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles as a CEO and a temp who play games with a sleazy salesman in an airport hotel in this Sundance dazzler. (Dec. 7). 

Vanilla Sky: Cameron Crowe's followup to Almost Famous reunites him with his Jerry Maguire star, Tom Cruise, in a remake of the Spanish romantic thriller Open Your Eyes with Penelope Cruz and Jason Lee. (Dec. 14). 

Not Another Teen Movie: A spoof that tries to do for teen movies what Scary Movie die for horror movies. (Dec. 14). 

Out Cold: Snobs vs. slobs at a ski report. (Dec. 14). 

Lord of the Rings: The first of three lavish movies derived from J.R.R. Tolkien's triology, with Cate Blanchett. (Dec. 19). 

Little Otik: Part-animated Czech fantasy. (Dec. 19). 

Gangs of New York: Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz in a crime epic set in 19th-century Gotham. (Dec. 21). 

The Accidental Spy: Jackie Chan as a California exercise-equipment salesman who learns his long-lost parents were professional spies. (Dec. 21). 

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Animated adventure with the voices of Martin Short and Patrick Stewart. (Dec. 21). 

Joe Somebody: Comedy about a wimp (Tim Allen) who learns to fight back. (Dec. 21). 

The Majestic: Jim Carrey makes another bid for an Oscar as an amnesiac blacklisted writer who's mistaken for a World War II hero. Directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile) (Dec 21). 

Gosford Park: Robert Altman directs a remake of the French classic The Rules of the Game, set in 1930s England with a cast including Alan Bates, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi and Helen Mirren. (Dec. 21). 

Lantana: Australian murder mystery with a lot of buzz and Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia and Barbara Hershey (Dec. 21). 

The Shipping News: Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules) directs another Oscar-seeking adaptation of a best seller, this one starring Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. (Dec. 25). 

The Time Machine: Simon Wells directs a remake of his grandfather H.G.'s classic starring Guy Pearce as the time-traveling scientist. (Dec. 25). 

A Beautiful Mind: Russell Crowe in the true story of a schizophrenic mathematics genius; directed by Ron Howard (The Grinch). (Dec. 25). 

Bad Company: A CIA agent (Anthony Hopkins) recruits a jive-talking bookie (Chris Rock) to replace his math-genius twin at Harvard. (Dec. 25). 

The Royal Company: Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston and Ben Stiller as a family of eccentric New York geniuses. Directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore). (Dec. 25). 

Monster's Ball: Prison drama exploring the faces of American racism, with Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger and Halle Berry. (Dec. 25). 

Dark Blue World: Czech flyers in the Royal Air Force, World War II. (Dec. 25). 

How High: Method Man and Redman as successors to Cheech and Chong in a pot comedy. (Dec. 26). 

Pauline and Paulette: Drama about 75-year-old twins. (Dec. 28). 

No Man's Land: Incisive drama set during the Bosnian war won the screenwriting award at this year's Cannes Festival. (Dec. 28).

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