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In the star-studded stretch between now and New Year's, Halle Berry develops amnesia, Helen Mirren gets naked, an animated French grandma comes to the rescue, Ben Kingsley buys a house -- and Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr reprise their steamy Hawaiian clinch. Will Santa bring Oscar IOUs?

November 09, 2003|Editor -- Kinsey Lowe; Capsules -- Richard Cromelin and Kevin Crust


Anything for Love

Musical romance

IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

With: Isabel Rose, Cameron Bancroft, Andrew McCarthy, Eartha Kitt

The idea: Woman whose reality doesn't live up to her dreams must choose between life with or without music.

Writers: Robert Cary, Rose

Director: Cary

* So? Provocatively quaint.

Bobby G. Can't Swim

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday November 13, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 53 words Type of Material: Correction
Movie Sneaks -- The listing in the Nov. 2 Calendar for "Cheaper by the Dozen" mischaracterized the movie as a drama; it is a comedy. Also in those listings, the movie "Honey" misidentified the director as Billie Woodward; his name is Billie Woodruff. And "Anything but Love" was misidentified as "Anything for Love."


Gabriel Film Group

With: John-Luke Montias, Susan Mitchell, Vincent Vega

The idea: Small-time drug dealer overreaches, plunging into a dark journey of redemption.

Writer-director: Montias

* So? True grime.




With: Chiara Mastroianni, Angela Molina, Lucia Sanchez, Lio, Clovis Cornillac, Jacques Gamblin

The idea: Interrelated stories involving the recipients of various parts of a mighty bovine slain at the conclusion of a bullfight.

Writer-director: Delphine Gleize

* So? An acquired taste.

Looney Tunes:

Back in Action

Animated/live-action comedy

Warner Bros.

With: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin

The idea: Backlot high jinks involving Bugs, Daffy, etc.

Writer: Larry Doyle

Director: Joe Dante

* So? High hopes vs. low expectations.




The idea: Journey of redemption for two girls convicted of violent crimes at very young ages.

Director: Liz Garbus

* So? Illuminating.

The Gospel of John

Religious drama


With: Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Richard Lintern, Stephen Russell, Scott Handy, Stuart Bunce, Lynsey Baxter, narrated by Christopher Plummer

The idea: Jesus as fearsome political troublemaker, adapted rather literally from the fourth Gospel.

Writer: John Goldsmith

Director: Philip Saville

* So? An affecting movie about Jesus that hasn't made headlines.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World



With: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd

The idea: The Royal Navy's greatest fighting captain balances duty and friendship as he pursues an enemy on the high seas during the Napoleonic wars.

Writers: Peter Weir & John Collee, based on the novels by Patrick O'Brian

Director: Weir

* So? Commanding performances, epic sweep.

Tupac: Resurrection



With: Tupac Shakur

The idea: The life of the enigmatic rapper told in his own words, with family photographs and home movie clips.

Director: Lauren Lazin

* So? Touching.

Nov. 21

The Barbarian Invasions



With: Remy Girard, Stephane Rousseau, Dorothee Berryman, Louise Portal, Dominique Michel, Yves Jacques, Pierre Curzi, Marie-Josee Croze, Marina Hands

The idea: Relationships of "The Decline of the American Empire" are revisited 17 years later as a dying man faces his family and others.

Writer-director: Denys Arcand

* So? Irreverent, poignant.

The Big Empty


Artisan Entertainment

With: Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, Bud Cort, Daryl Hannah, Adam Beach, Gary Farmer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Brent Briscoe, Melora Walters, Kelsey Grammer, Sean Bean

The idea: Aspiring actor who never gets any callbacks is recruited as a courier for a mysterious blue suitcase that may hold a key to an extraterrestrial portal in the California desert.

Writer-director: Steve Anderson

* So? Space oddity.



Pathfinder Pictures

With: Lisa Lu, Vivian Wu, Joe Lando

The idea: Sightless Asian American widow living with her son and his wife is confronted by a man who claims her husband was a killer.

Writers: Anna Chi, Jared Rappaport

Director: Chi

* So? Secrets confronted.

Dr. Seuss' the Cat

in the Hat



With: Mike Myers, Kelly Preston, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning, Spenser Breslin, Amy Hill, Sean Hayes

The idea: Stripe-hatted feline turns upside-down the world of two lonely children.

Writers: Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Shaffer, based on the book by Dr. Seuss

Director: Bo Welch

* So? Trick or treat.

9 Dead Gay Guys


TLA Releasing

With: Glen Mulhern, Brendan Mackey, Simon Godley, Steven Berkoff, Raymond Griffiths, Fish, Karen Sharman

The idea: Supposedly straight Dublin pals become working boys in London whose clients begin turning up dead.

Writer-director: Ky Mo Lab

* So? Amusingly bad taste.

The Revolution Will

Not Be Televised



With: Hugo Chavez, Pedro Carmona, Jesse Helms, Colin Powell

The idea: Filmmakers get caught up in bloody coup in Venezuela, reveal the folly of relying on TV news.

Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnachia O'Brian

* So? Politically revealing.



Warner Bros.

With: Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

The idea: Psychiatrist wakes up incarcerated as a murder suspect in the prison where she works.

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz

* So? Women behind bars.

21 Grams


Focus Features

With: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro

The idea: Lives of three unrelated individuals are changed by tragedy.

Writer: Guillermo Arriaga

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

* So? Innaritu's last film was "Amores Perros."

Nov. 26

Bad Santa

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