The idea: Career temp fouls up big-time when he goes permanent at a law firm.
Writers-directors: Josh and Jacob Kornbluth
So? A step into film for Josh, who built a name as a mathematician-turned-monologuist.
Romantic comedy , IFC Films
With: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio, Holland Taylor, Nadia Dajani.
The idea: A young woman's new beau claims to be a time traveler from the future.
Writer-director: Brad Anderson.
So? Quirky fun.
Comedy-drama , Paramount
With: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney.
The idea: Forced to coach inner-city baseball team, in-debt gambler becomes attached to his ragtag charges.
Writer: John Gatins, based on book by Daniel Coyle.
Director: Brian Robbins.
So? Robbins segues from high school gridiron ("Varsity Blues") to urban hardball.
KILL ME LATER
Drama , 7th Art
With: Selma Blair, Max Beesley, Brendan Fehr.
The idea: Suicidal woman becomes bank robber's hostage.
Writer: Annette Goliti Gutierrez.
Director: Dana Lustig.
So? Three (and counting) fall movies about women and bank robbers.
LISA PICARD IS FAMOUS
Comedy , First Look
With: Nat DeWolf, Laura Kirk, Griffin Dunne, Mira Sorvino, Carrie Fisher, and cameos by Spike Lee, Charlie Sheen.
The idea: Struggling actress suddenly hits the fast track.
Writers: DeWolf and Kirk.
So? Wry mockumentary on effects of fame.
THE TURANDOT PROJECT
Documentary , Zeitgeist Films
The idea: Zubin Mehta and film director Zhang Yimou mount the opera in Beijing.
Director: Alan Miller.
So? Oscar-winning documentarian, interesting subject.
Drama , Cowboy Booking International
With: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Antonio Perez Dechent.
The idea: A blood feud between two Gypsy families in Spain.
Writer-director: Tony Gatlif.
So? Not just for lovers of flamenco.
WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP
Documentary , BBC Arena/Cinemax
The idea: Based on Michael Lesy's 1973 book about a small Midwest town beset by a series of human disasters in the 1890s.
Director: James Marsh.
So? Unusual blend of vintage photos and black-and-white reenactments.
Comedy , Touchstone
With: Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Janeane Garofalo, Stanley Tucci, Johnny Knoxville, Patrick Warburton.
The idea: Hit men, hormonal teens, dumb criminals cross paths in Miami.
Writers: Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld.
So? Talent and ingredients are there, but...THE ENDURANCE:SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARYANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
Documentary, Cowboy Booking Intl.
The idea: Liam Neeson narrates the dramatic survival story, supplemented by interviews with participants' descendants.
Director: George Butler.
So? Compelling material.
Musical drama , Fox
With: Mariah Carey, Max Beesley, Shawntae Harris (Da Brat), Tia Texada, Ann Magnuson.
The idea: Rising star confronts family and career hurdles.
Writers: Kate Lanier and Cheryl L. West.
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
So? Worth the long wait?
Documentary , IFC Films
The idea: High school football team buoys a declining Ohio community.
Director: Kenneth A. Carlson.
So? Directing debut for veteran documentary producer.
THE IRON LADIES
Comedy-drama , Strand
With: Chaichan Nimpoonsawas, Sahaparp Virakamin, Giorgio Maiocchi, Gokgorn Benjathikul.
The idea: The true story of a Thai volleyball team made up mainly of gay, transvestite and transsexual players.
Writers: Visuthichai Boonyakarinjana, Jira Maligool and Yongyoot Thongkongtoon.
Director: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon.
So? The folks at ESPN wouldn't believe it, or show it if they did.
Drama , Lions Gate
With: Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, Anthony Borrows, David Hart.
The idea: A family struggles with hard times in 1930s Liverpool.
Writer: Jimmy McGovern.
Director: Stephen Frears.
So? Fascinating observation of fascism and anti-Semitism.
MEGIDDO: OMEGA CODE 2
Adventur , e Gener8Xion Entertainment
With: Michael York, Michael Biehn, Diane Verona, Udo Kier.
The idea: More millennial mayhem, with York returning as the antichrist.
Writers: John Fasano & Stephan Blinn.
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith.
So? The original, financed by evangelist Paul Crouch, got attention for tapping undamentalist audience.
SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK
Comedy , Paramount Classics
With: Edward Burns, Dennis Farina, Rosario Dawson, Heather Graham, Brittany Murphy.
The idea: Love Manhattan style, as seen through "interviews" and vignettes involving six searchers.