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Sneaks 2002 | Drama

Life on the Serious Side

January 20, 2002

HIGH ANTICIPATION

About Schmidt. In this comedy-drama from the "Election" team of director Alexander Payne and co-writer Jim Taylor, Jack Nicholson is a retired widower who gains perspective driving a Winnebago across Nebraska. (New Line) (Fall)

Adaptation. "Being John Malkovich" scribe Charlie Kaufman reunites with director Spike Jonze for the story of an unraveling screenwriter played by Nicolas Cage entwined with novelist Meryl Streep and an orchid poacher (Chris Cooper), the subject of her book. (Columbia) (TBA)

Buffalo Soldiers. Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris and Scott Glenn star in a satire about Army base drug-dealing and other malfeasance. (Miramax) (July 17)

Catch Me if You Can. Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio team for the true-life tale of a master con artist and his determined pursuer. (DreamWorks) (November-December)

Chicago. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere head the cast in writer Bill Condon and director Rob Marshall's adaptation of the musical. (Miramax) (Dec. 25)

Cinderella Man. Lasse Hallstrom directs Russell Crowe in the story of boxer Jim Braddock, whose Depression-era rise to fight for the heavyweight championship thrilled the nation. (Universal) (November-December)

The Count of Monte Cristo. Jim Caviezel is the vengeful noble in the latest telling of Dumas' classic. Guy Pearce plays the backstabbing best friend. (Buena Vista) (Jan. 25)

8 Mile. Curtis Hanson directs Eminem in a story based on the rapper's life. With Kim Basinger. (Universal) (Summer)

Four Feathers. Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson revisit the story of a British officer's effort to redeem his honor during the 1898 Sudan conflict. Written by Michael Schiffer and Hossein Amini, directed by Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth"). (Paramount) (TBA)

Frida. Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina are art stars Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Director Julie Taymor's cast includes Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas and Edward Norton. (Miramax) (Fall)

Gangs of New York. Leonardo DiCaprio plots revenge on a gang leader amid the turbulence of 1860s New York. With Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz. Directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by heavy-hitters Jay Cocks ("The Age of Innocence"), Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and Kenneth Lonergan ("You Can Count on Me"). (Miramax) (July 12)

Goodbye Hello. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a bereaved fiance torn between his almost in-laws (Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon) and another woman who unexpectedly enters his life. With Holly Hunter. Written and directed by Brad Silberling ("City of Angels"). (Touchstone) (Fall)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A dark force threatens Hogwarts in the second film of the series. (Warner Bros.) (Thanksgiving)

Hart's War. War hero Bruce Willis plots an escape from a German POW camp and the destruction of a nearby munitions plant. Written by Billy Ray and Terry George, based on a John Katzenbach novel. Directed by Gregory Hoblit. (MGM) (Feb. 15)

Heaven. Cate Blanchett as a British teacher tangling with drug dealers in Italy. Tom Tykwer directs the late Krzysztof Kieslowski's final script. (Miramax) (March 15)

The Hours. Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) casts a spell on two future readers of "Mrs. Dalloway," Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. David Hare's script is based on Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer-winning novel. Directed by Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot"). (Paramount) (Fourth quarter)

The Life of David Gale. Alan Parker directs Kevin Spacey as a death-penalty opponent who finds himself on death row. With Kate Winslet, Laura Linney. (Universal) (Fall)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Part 2 of the trilogy continues Frodo's quest. (New Line) (Dec. 18)

Possession. Gwyneth Paltrow and Aaron Eckhart are scholars who discover a bond between two Victorian poets. David Henry Hwang ("M. Butterfly"), Laura Jones ("The Portrait of a Lady") and director Neil LaBute adapted A.S. Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel. (USA Films) (June 7)

The Road to Perdition. "American Beauty's" Sam Mendes directs Tom Hanks as a Depression-era hit man who finds himself on the wrong end of his line of work. With Paul Newman, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh. (DreamWorks) (July 12)

Windtalkers. John Woo directs Nicolas Cage as a Marine assigned to protect an invaluable Navajo "code talker" (Adam Beach) during World War II. (MGM) (June 14)

CURIOSITY FACTOR

All or Nothing. Writer-director Mike Leigh follows a working-class London family through an eventful weekend. (United Artists) (Fall)

Brown Sugar. Rappers Mos Def, Queen Latifah and Method Man appear in this story of a music critic and a record executive who bonded at the onset of hip-hop. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa. (Fox Searchlight) (Summer)

City by the Sea. Detective Robert De Niro confronts a troubled past when his estranged son becomes a murder suspect. With Frances McDormand, James Franco. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. (Warner Bros.) (April 26)

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