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FALL SNEAKS

Heading Fast and Furiously Into Fall

September 09, 2001

Friday

THE GLASS HOUSE

Thriller , Columbia

With: Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane, Bruce Dern, Trevor Morgan, Stellan Skarsgard.

The idea: Orphaned teenager and younger brother have reason to suspect the motives of their wealthy new guardians.

Writer: Wesley Strick.

Director: Daniel Sackheim.

So? Producer Neal Moritz knows teen thrills ("I Know What You Did Last Summer"). HAIKU TUNNEL

Comedy , Sony Pictures Classics

With: Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Helen Shumaker, Harry Shearer.

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.

HAPPY ACCIDENTS

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.

HARDBALL

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.

Director: Dunne.

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.

VENGO

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.

Sept. 21

BIG TROUBLE

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.

GLITTER

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?

GO TIGERS!

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.

LIAM

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.

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