By Stephanie Zacharek
By Charles Taylor
By Chris Klimek
By Chris Klimek
By Amy Nicholson
By Amy Nicholson
By Stephanie Zacharek
By Alan Scherstuhl
Milos Forman, Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, dramatizes the rivalry between Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgard) and a powerful clergyman (Bardem) who's infatuated with Goya's teenage muse (Portman). (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Opens limited, with additional cities Aug. 3.
Cast: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken
Director: Adam Shankman
Filmmaker John Waters's lifelong dream of invading the suburban multiplexes of America finally comes true with this big-budget version of the hit Broadway play, which in turn was based on Waters's non-musical 1988 comedy. In full drag, John Travolta plays a '50s mom, continuing a tradition set by the late, great and much-missed drag queen Divine, to whom the part will always truly belong. (New Line Cinema) Opens nationwide.
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel
Director: Dennis Dugan
About Schmidt and Sideways writers Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor go seriously mainstream, joining with cowriter Barry Fanaro (Kingpin) for this broad comedy about two perpetually single New York firefighters who pretend to be lovers in order to receive domestic partnership benefits. (Universal) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Mamatha Bhukya, Urmila Dammannagari
Director: Rajnesh Domalpalli
Using a cast of non-professional actors, first-time filmmaker Domalpalli films a script he wrote as a student at Columbia University. Set in rural South India, it's the story of a 14-year-old girl who takes a job in the home of her landlady and is raped by the landlady's politically powerful son. (New Yorker Films) Opens New York, with additional cities to follow.
Cast: Ash Christian, Jonathan Caouette, Robin De Jesus, Joe Flaten
Director: Ash Christian
Much to the shock of high-school senior Rodney Miller (writer-director Christian), a hot new British student (Flaten) accepts his invitation to the prom. (Regent) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 27, additional cities August 3.
CUT SLEEVE BOYS
Cast: Chowee Leow, Steven Lim, Gareth Rhys Davies
Director: Ray Yeung
After the death of a friend, two perpetually single British Chinese men (Lim and Leow) vow to make themselves over (literally) to find new and lasting love. (Regent) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 27, and additional cites August 17.
I KNOW WHO KILLED ME
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond, Neal McDonough, Brian Geraghty
Director: Chris Sivertson
After escaping from a sadistic serial killer, a young woman named Aubrey Fleming (Lohan) awakens from a coma to say that she is not who authorities believe she is, and that the real Aubrey Fleming is still out there, in danger. (Sony) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante
Director: Laurent Tirard
Duris, who was extraordinary in 2005's The Beat That My Heart Skipped, stars as the great French playwright Molière. It's 1644 and the 22-year-old starving artist encounters a succession of people who will later inspire and appear in his greatest play, Tartuffe. (Sony Pictures Classics) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 27, with additional cities to follow.
Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin
Director: Scott Hicks
An acclaimed Manhattan chef (Zeta-Jones) with no time for anything but cooking is suddenly given charge of her nine-year-old niece (little miss sunshine) at the same time a handsome, spirited sous-chef (Eckhart) joins her staff. Sparks fly. (Warner Bros.) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Jason Behr, Elias Koteas, Rhona Mitra
Director: James Isaac
Rival werewolf factions battle over a half-human, half-wolf 13-year-old boy who doesn't yet know that he's going to someday be furrier than the other boys at school. (After Dark Films) Opens nationwide.
THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
Director: David Silverman
Please be funny. (Fox) Opens nationwide.
THE WILLOW TREE
Cast: Parviz Parastui
Director: Majid Majidi
In his first film in seven years, acclaimed Iranian director Majidi (The Color of Paradise) looks at the world through the eyes of a middle-aged professor whose lifelong blindness is reversed through a corneal transplant. (New Yorker Films) Opens New York, with additional cities to follow.
THIS IS ENGLAND
Cast: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley
Director: Shane Meadows
In 1983 England, during the tumultuous Margaret Thatcher era, a 12-year-old boy (Turgoose) whose father was killed in the Falklands falls in with a skinhead gang, whose leader (Graham) returns from jail, preaching racism and hate. (IFC First Take) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 27, with additional cities to follow.
JULY (date to be determined)
NAMING NUMBER TWO
Cast: Ruby Dee, Tuva Novotny, Mia Blake
Director: Toa Fraser
This family drama from New Zealand won the World Cinema audience award at last year's Sundance Film Festival. The great Ruby Dee stars as the matriarch of a vast Fijian-Kiwi family who decides, impulsively, to unite her clan for a great feast. (Cyan Pictures)
Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony
Director: Leon Ichaso
Latin singing sensation Anthony stars as the wildly popular 1960s and '70s salsa star Hector Lavoe, who couldn't overcome his addiction to cocaine and heroine. J. Lo plays Lavoe's wife. (Picturehouse) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith
Director: Julian Jarrold
This costume drama from the director of Kinky Boots imagines that at age 20, budding English novelist Jane Austen (Hathaway) had a romance with a penniless but handsome young lawyer (McAvoy), an affair that in the film's conceit became Austen's model for Pride & Prejudice. (Miramax) Opens New York and Los Angeles August 3, and additional cities August 10.
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