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Oh, the places we'll go

Including remakes and originals, sequels and prequels, plus several Episodes 3 of three, almost 300 titles represent more than most people can see. Organized roughly by genre, movies of 2003 are dominated by drama, but comedy and action have traction; so do documentaries, horror and thrillers and "Bears." Oh my.

January 19, 2003|Richard Cromelin and Kevin Crust

And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen. Claude Lelouch wrote and directed the story of a jazz singer and a jewel thief. Patricia Kaas and Jeremy Irons star. Paramount Classics, May 2

The Big Bounce. Elmore Leonard's novel is the source for a slice of Hawaiian noir, with Owen Wilson leading the way in a web of schemes and double-crosses. Directed by George Armitage. Warner Bros., Sept. 26

The Butterfly Effect. A man learns how to revisit his childhood, but the trips into the past wreak havoc with the present. New Line, TBA

Le Cercle Rouge. Jean-Pierre Melville's 1970 jewel heist yarn is presented for the first time in the U.S. in its complete, French-language version. Stars Alain Delon, Gian Maria Volonte, Yves Montand. Rialto, March 14

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday January 23, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 15 inches; 563 words Type of Material: Correction
"The Core" release -- "The Core," a thriller from Paramount Pictures starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank, opens March 28. Sunday's Sneaks issue of Calendar incorrectly listed it as being released Feb. 28.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday January 26, 2003 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 4 inches; 145 words Type of Material: Correction
"The Core" release -- "The Core," a thriller from Paramount Pictures starring Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank, opens March 28. Last Sunday's Sneaks issue of Calendar incorrectly listed it as being released Feb. 28.

The Core. Scientists journey into the Earth on a mission to reactivate its core, which has mysteriously stopped spinning. Aaron Eckhart is the lead geophysicist, and Hilary Swank and Bruce Greenwood are his subterranean pilots. Directed by Jon Amiel. Paramount,

Feb. 28

Dreamcatcher. Four friends confront an alien force when they're caught in a blizzard. Lawrence Kasdan directs a cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Tom Sizemore and Donnie Wahlberg. Written by Kasdan and William Goldman, based on Stephen King's novel. Warner Bros., March 28

The Eye. A blind woman has her sight restored, but her new corneas' donor hasn't exactly left the scene. The Hong Kong-Thailand-U.K. production is directed by twins Oxide and Danny Pang. Palm Pictures, June

Final Destination 2. Death once again stalks teens, this time a group that mysteriously survives a tragic highway mishap. Directed by David Ellis. New Line, Jan. 31

Godsend. Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Robert De Niro in a thriller about a murdered child and a cloning experiment gone awry. Directed by Nick Hamm. Lions Gate, Fourth quarter

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. The relationship between a student ("Amelie's" Audrey Tautou) and a married, older doctor is examined from each perspective. IDP/Samuel Goldwyn,

Feb. 14

Highwaymen. Jim Caviezel seeks his wife's murderer, whose signature weapon is a 1972 Cadillac El Dorado. Directed by Robert Harmon. New Line, TBA

Hypnotic. Hypnotherapist Goran Visnjic uses his mind-reading abilities to aid police in their hunt for a ritualistic killer. First Look, March

Identity. Ten travelers take shelter from a storm at a desert motel, where they begin to be eliminated one by one. John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, and Rebecca De Mornay are among the cast directed by James Mangold. Columbia, March 21

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. Director Mike Hodges and star Clive Owen (the "Croupier" team) in the story of a former gang boss who rejoins the fray when his brother is killed. Paramount Classics, Oct. 7

In the Cut. Lonely Meg Ryan strikes sparks with a homicide detective in a psychological thriller directed by Jane Campion, who co-wrote with source author Susanna Moore. Screen Gems, Aug. 15

Mindhunters. Christian Slater, Val Kilmer and LL Cool J are among a group of eight FBI agents being picked off by someone in their midst. Directed by Renny Harlin. Dimension, Aug. 22

The Order. Writer-director Brian Helgeland's story of a priest (Heath Ledger) who encounters disturbing mysteries when he investigates a mentor's death. Also starring Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy. Fox, TBA

Out of Time. Denzel Washington is a Florida Keys police chief whose world is threatened by a double homicide. Directed by Carl Franklin. MGM, Oct. 3

The Recruit. CIA man Al Pacino helps rookie Colin Farrell learn the ropes, and taps him for a special assignment. Bridget Moynahan and Gabriel Macht also star. Directed by Roger Donaldson. Touchstone, Jan. 31

Runaway Jury. Behind-the-scenes manipulation marks the landmark trial of a firearms firm. With John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz. Based on the John Grisham novel. Directed by Gary Fleder. Fox, Summer

Suspect Zero. FBI agent undertakes a disorienting investigation of a serial killer who targets other serial killers. With Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Carrie-Anne Moss, Harry J. Lennix. Paramount, TBA

Swimming Pool. French writer-director Francois Ozon's English-language debut concerns British mystery author Charlotte Rampling and an unsettling sojourn in southern France. Focus Features, TBA

Tycoon. The true story of a science student who becomes a wealthy man by exploiting Russia's post-Soviet economic meltdown. Directed by Pavel Lounguine. New Yorker Films, TBA

Untitled Philip Kaufman/Arnold Kopelson Project. Police detective Ashley Judd makes an unsettling discovery about the serial killings she's been assigned to investigate: The victims are all ex-boyfriends. Andy Garcia is her partner and Samuel L. Jackson the paternal police commissioner. Directed by Philip Kaufman. Paramount, TBA

Wrong Turn. That's the last thing a group of kids should take when the West Virginia woods are teeming with hungry hillbillies. Fox, March

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