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A first run at the year's movies

SNEAKS '06 | Comedy

Sent With Hope Into The World, Each Is A Potential Hit -- But Filmgoers Always Have The Final Say.

January 15, 2006

East of A The ups and downs of a trio of East Village roommates (Patrick Breen, Scott Kraft and Nadine van der Velde) between 1985 and 1995 play out to the tunes of the era. With Adam Arkin, Glen Chin, David Alan Grier, Rashida Jones, Camryn Manheim, Melanie Mayron, Mary McCormack, Dina Spybey and Kathleen Wilhoite. Directed by Amy Goldstein. Cinema Libre, February

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Failure to Launch The desperate parents of an uber-slacker (Matthew McConaughey) hire the girl of his dreams to get him to finally leave home. With Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates. Directed by Tom Dey ("Shanghai Noon"). Paramount Pictures, March 10

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Fast Track Zach Braff and Amanda Peet star as a New York couple adjusting to their new home in Madison, Wis., where he goes to work with his father-in-law at an ad agency and she becomes a stay-at-home mom after being a high-powered attorney. With Jason Bateman and Donal Logue. Directed by Jesse Peretz ("The Chateau"). \o7The Weinstein Co., TBA

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For Your Consideration Writer-director Christopher Guest, co-writer Eugene Levy and the rest of their wacky ensemble ("A Mighty Wind") turn their satiric attention to Hollywood's award season. With Bob Balaban, Ricky Gervais, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Harry Shearer and Fred Willard. \o7Warner Independent Pictures, Sept. 22

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Freshman Orientation To insinuate himself into a beautiful sorority woman's life, a first-year student feigns a gay identity and lands himself at the center of campus advocacy. With Sam Huntington, Marla Sokoloff, Mike Erwin, Heather Matarazzo and John Goodman. Directed by Ryan Shiraki. \o7Regent Releasing, May

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Friends With Money The lives and loves of three married women and their lone single friend are the subject for writer-director Nicole Holofcener ("Lovely & Amazing"). Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Scott Caan, Jason Isaacs, Greg Germann and Simon McBurney star. \o7Sony Pictures Classics, April 7

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Garfield's A Tail of Two Kitties The big orange fur ball visits England with Jon (Breckin Meyer) in this twist on "The Prince and the Pauper." Jennifer Love Hewitt co-stars. Directed by Tim Hill ("Muppets From Space"). \o720th Century Fox, June 23

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A Good Woman The arrival of a penniless seductress begins a roundelay of flirtations and affairs amid the vacationing aristocrats on the coat of Amalfi. Based on Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan." Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson and Stephen Campbell Moore star. Directed by Mike Barker ("Best Laid Plans"). \o7Lionsgate, Feb. 3

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The Groomsmen Writer-director-star Ed Burns, playing a man facing marriage, joins his attendants -- played by John Leguizamo, Jay Mohr, Matthew Lillard and Donal Logue -- a week before the ceremony to hash out life's big questions. Brittany Murphy co-stars. \o7Bauer Martinez, Aug. 4

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Guys & Balls A soccer-playing German bakery worker gets tossed off his local team because he's gay. Maximilian Bruckner stars. Directed by Sherry Horman. \o7Regent Releasing, April

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I Could Never Be Your Woman Michelle Pfeiffer stars as a mother who falls for a younger man (Paul Rudd), while her daughter (Saoirse Ronan) experiences love for the first time. Tracey Ullman co-stars. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling. \o7Bauer Martinez, Sept. 15

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Imagine Me & You Piper Perabo play a young bride who falls in love with someone other than her betrothed on her wedding day, causing all manner of misunderstanding and complication. With Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie and Anthony Head. Written and directed by Ol Parker. \o7Fox Searchlight, Jan. 27

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In the Land of Women Jonathan Kasdan follows his father, Lawrence, and brother Jake into the director's chair with his debut about a heartbroken young L.A. man (Adam Brody) who flees to Michigan to care for his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) and becomes involved with a family of females across the street. With Kristen Stewart, Makenzie Vega, Clark Gregg, Carol Kane, Elena Anaya and Meg Ryan. \o7Warner Independent Pictures, May 5

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John Tucker Must Die Three girls conspire against the high school Romeo who has been three-timing them. With Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti Douglas, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel and Jenny McCarthy. Directed by Betty Thomas. \o720th Century Fox, TBA

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Just My Luck Lindsay Lohan plays a recent college graduate whose charmed life quickly turns sour after she kisses a stranger at a masquerade ball. Chris Pine, Faizon Love, Missi Pyle, McFly, Samaire Armstrong co-star. Directed by Donald Petrie ("Miss Congeniality"). \o720th Century Fox, May 12

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Kinky Boots Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a female impersonator who turns a failing English shoe factory upside down. With Joel Edgerton and Suzanne Mackie. Directed by Julian Jarrold. \o7Miramax Films, April 14

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