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Sneaks `05

Projecting the year at the movies

For A Fresh Slate Of Films, The Axiom Holds True: Most Everything Sounds Promising In January.

January 16, 2005|Capsules compiled by Kevin Crust and Kinsey Lowe

Dust to Glory. "Step Into Liquid" director Dana Brown steps onto dry ground for this chronicle of the Baja 1000, a point-to-point endurance race that includes motorcycles and trophy trucks. IFC Films, April 8.

Gunner Palace. In the months after the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq, U.S. soldiers housed in Uday Hussein's bombed-out Adhamiya Palace fight a daily life-and-death struggle for survival. Directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein. Palm Pictures, March 4.

In the Realms of the Unreal. Academy Award winner Jessica Yu ("Breathing Lessons") profiles the late outsider artist Henry Darger, who worked as a janitor but also created more than 300 paintings and a 15,000-page illustrated novel. Wellspring, Jan. 21.

INSIDE Deep Throat. Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato ("The Eyes of Tammy Faye") explore the cultural phenomenon behind the 1972 porn classic "Deep Throat." Universal Pictures, Feb. 11.

A League of Ordinary Gentleman. Bowling legends Wayne Webb and Walter Ray Williams Jr. are among those featured in this look at attempts to revitalize the Professional Bowlers Assn. tour. Directed by Chris Browne. Magnolia Pictures, March 25.

Murderball. Highly competitive quadriplegic athletes engage in a fast-paced, full-contact sport that tests their abilities to transcend their physical limitations. Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro. ThinkFilm, summer.

Mondovino. Director Jonathan Nossiter ("Sunday"), who also happens to be a sommelier, consultant and wine writer, traveled across three continents to uncork the complexities and subtleties involved in the production, distribution and consumption of wine. ThinkFilm, April.

Naked Fame. After a successful career as a gay adult film star, Colton Ford attempts to make the leap into the music industry as a singer-songwriter. Directed by Christopher Long. here!/Regent Releasing, Feb. 25.

The Nomi Song. New Wave singer Klaus Nomi sang pop music like opera and was an underground club sensation before dying from AIDS-related complications in 1983. Directed by Andrew Horn. Palm Pictures, Feb. 4.

Rock School. Pint-sized guitar gods learn the riffs and licks of Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa from their exacting teacher in a Philadelphia music program. Newmarket Films, March.

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus. Roaring through the South in a beat-up 1970 Chevy Impala, alt-country singer-songwriter Jim White gives a guided tour to some of the off-the-interstate locales and milieus that inspire his music. Directed by Andrew Douglas. Shadow Distribution, April.

Tell Them Who You Are. Director Mark Wexler explores his intricate relationship with his father, cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler. ThinkFilm, May.

Up for Grabs. Barry Bonds' record-setting home run ignites a free-for-all over ownership of the baseball -- and more important, the right to sell it. Directed by Mike Wranovics. Crooked Hook Productions, April.

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. A homeless San Francisco street musician's relationship to these exotic, escaped pets who breed in the wilds of the city leads him in an unexpected direction. Directed by Judy Irving. Shadow Distribution, March 4.

Year of the Yao. Chinese basketball star Yao Ming makes the difficult transition to the NBA as a rookie center for the Houston Rockets. Directed by Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern. Fine Line Features, spring.

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Musical

The Boys and Girl of County Clare. Sibling rivalry tears at three Irish brothers when they meet up at a ceili music competition 30 years after they went their separate ways. Colm Meaney and Andrea Corr star. Directed by John Irvin). IDP/ Samuel Goldwyn Films, March 11.

Bride & Prejudice. Jane Austen done up Bollywood-style in "Bend It Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha's globally inspired musical. With Aishwarya Rai and Martin Henderson. Miramax Films, Feb. 11.

The Producers. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick reprise their roles in Mel Brooks' astonishingly successful Broadway musical based on his 1968 movie about two schemers with the perfect plan to make a fortune by putting on a sure-fire flop. With Will Ferrell. Stage director Susan Stroman makes her feature film debut. Universal Pictures, Dec. 21.

Rent. Jonathan Larson's popular rock opera based on "La Boheme" makes it to the screen with much of the original cast. Rosario Dawson joins Taye Diggs, Jesse L. Martin and Idina Menzel. Directed by Chris Columbus. Columbia Pictures, Nov. 11.

Romance and Cigarettes. James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet star in writer-director John Turturro's working-class love story about an ironworker who loses his way. United Artists, TBA.

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Animation

The Animation Show. Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt present award-winning shorts from around the world, including work by Bill Plympton and Georges Schwizgebel. The Animation Show, Feb. 18.

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