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Sneaks 2003 | Drama

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

Against the Ropes. Boxing manager Jackie Kallen is the real-life inspiration for this fictional story of a fighter (Omar Epps) and his handler (Meg Ryan). With Tony Shalhoub, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington. Directed by Charles S. Dutton. Paramount, March

All the Real Girls. Small-town Southern boy experiences lust, love and betrayal on his way to growing up. Directed by David Gordon Green ("George Washington"). Sony Pictures Classics, Feb. 14

Angela. Donatella Finocchiaro stars as a woman seeking respect within the contemporary Mafia of Sicily. Directed by Roberta Torre. First Look, May

Assassination Tango. Robert Duvall directed and stars as a veteran hit man seduced by the rhythms of the dance. Luciana Pedraza and Ruben Blades co-star. United Artists, March 28

Better Luck Tomorrow. Looks at the explosive mix of ambition and boredom fueling the Asian American high school generation. Directed by Justin Lin. Paramount/MTV Films, April

Beyond Borders. A woman (Angelina Jolie) is drawn from her wealthy London life into some of the world's harshest regions by the pleas of an idealistic doctor (Clive Owen). Directed by Martin Campbell. Paramount, TBA

Big Fish. Tim Burton directs Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup and Jessica Lange in the story of a father-son relationship and fanciful tall tales. Columbia, Fourth quarter

Blue Car. Neglected teenage girl develops an increasingly complex relationship with her English teacher. With Agnes Brucker, David Strathairn. Miramax, April 25

Carandiru. Director Hector Babenco delves into the lives of the inmates at Latin America's largest prison, the overcrowded Sao Paulo House of Detention. Sony Pictures Classics, Fall

Casa de los Babys. John Sayles wrote and directed this story of six American women anxiously waiting to adopt in a South American country. Daryl Hannah, Mary Steenburgen, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Marcia Gay Harden star. IFC Films, June 28

Cet Amour. A student's obsession with an author leads to love, despite the fact that the author, played by Jeanne Moreau, is several years older. Directed by Josee Dayan. New Yorker Films, TBA

Chaos. Frenchwoman leaves behind her husband and bourgeois life to care for a prostitute who's the target of vicious criminals. Directed by Coline Serreau. New Yorker Films, TBA

Charly. Idealistic Mormon falls for carefree woman who's about to marry another man. Excel Entertainment Group, Friday

City of Ghosts. James Caan, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard and Gerard Depardieu appear with Matt Dillon in his directing debut about an American on the run from an insurance scam in Cambodia. United Artists, April 25

The Clearing. Robert Redford and Helen Mirren's dream life is shattered and their marriage tested when Willem Dafoe kidnaps Redford. Directed by Pieter Jan Brugge. Fox Searchlight, Fall

The Company. Robert Altman applies his distinctive technique to the world of dance, focusing on a promising member of the Joffrey Ballet (Neve Campbell, whose peers are played by the actual Joffrey corps). Sony Pictures Classics, Fall

Confidence. Edward Burns as a con man who gets in over his head when his target turns out to be a mobster's accountant. Director James Foley's cast includes Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman. Lions Gate, April 25

The Cuckoo. A Lapp woman in Finland shelters two members of enemy armies near the end of World War II. Directed by Alexander Rogozhkin. Sony Pictures Classics, June 27

The Dancer Upstairs. John Malkovich directs the story of an idealistic policeman in pursuit of the guerrilla leader who threatens to destroy their Latin American nation. Javier Bardem stars. Fox Searchlight,

Feb. 26

Dark Blue. Veteran LAPD detective Kurt Russell tutors rookie Scott Speedman on the ins and outs of intimidation and corruption as they investigate a high-profile quadruple homicide. Ving Rhames co-stars. Ron Shelton directed, from a story by James Ellroy. United Artists, Feb. 21

Devdas. Bollywood musical based on the classic Indian novel of a tragic, timeless love. Eros Entertainment, March 14

Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights. The 1987 surprise hit is retold, set in Cuba on the eve of revolution. An American rich girl learns new moves from local pool boy Diego Luna ("Y Tu Mama Tambien"). Artisan, Nov. 21

Dirty Pretty Things. Stephen Frears ("The Grifters") depicts a London underworld, focusing on a young man and a chambermaid at a crime-ridden hotel. Miramax, April 11

The Dreamers. Bernardo Bertolucci directs the story of three young cineastes drawn together in Paris against the backdrop of the city's 1968 political tumult. Fox Searchlight, TBA

The Event. Parker Posey, Olympia Dukakis, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar, Jane Leeves head an ensemble cast in director Thom Fitzgerald's tale set among the gay population of Manhattan's Chelsea district. ThinkFilm, Spring

Gerry. Director Gus Van Sant and stars Casey Affleck and Matt Damon wrote the script about two friends who get lost while hiking. ThinkFilm, Feb. 14

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