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Opening the treasure chest

SNEAKS / THE LIST

The movies have quite an assortment of baubles to carry us through the dog days.

May 07, 2006

Friday

Army of Shadows

Drama

\o7Rialto Pictures

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday May 09, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 54 words Type of Material: Correction
"Goal" screenwriters: The list of summer movies in Sunday's Calendar said that the film "Goal! The Dream Begins" was written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, with a story by Mike Jefferies and Adrian Butchart. The final credits list all four as writers, with Jefferies and Butchart also getting the "story by" credit.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday May 14, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 55 words Type of Material: Correction
"Goal!" screenwriters: The list of summer movies in the May 7 Calendar said the film "Goal! The Dream Begins" was written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, with a story by Mike Jefferies and Adrian Butchart. The final credits list all four as writers, with Jefferies and Butchart also getting the "story by" credit.

\f7With: Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Mann, Christian Barbier, Serge Reggiani

The idea: The 1969 World War II story of a simple man who finds himself involved in the French Resistance.

Writers: Jean-Pierre Melville, based on the novel by Joseph Kessel

Director: Melville

* So? Illuminating

Down in the Valley

Drama

\o7ThinkFilm

\f7With: Evan Rachel Wood, Edward Norton, David Morse, Rory Culkin, Bruce Dern

The idea: An aimless San Fernando Valley teen befriends a drifter who romances her with his cowpoke charm, much to the consternation of her father.

Writer-director: David Jacobson

* So? Dysfunction junction

Goal! The Dream Begins

Drama

\o7Touchstone Pictures

\f7With: Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel, Marcel Iures, Sean Pertwee, Alessandro Nivola

The idea: A Mexican American from L.A. gets a shot at playing for Newcastle United in Britain's top soccer league.

Writers: Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, story by Mike Jefferies and Adrian Butchart

Director: Danny Cannon

* So? Talk about culture clash

Just My Luck

Comedy

\o720th Century Fox

\f7With: Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Faizon Love, Missi Pyle, McFly

The idea: A recent college graduate's charmed life quickly sours after she kisses an unlucky stranger at a masquerade ball.

Writers: I. Marlene King and Amy B. Harris; story by Jonathan Bernstein & Mark Blackwell & James Greer and King

Director: Donald Petrie

* So? Demo-specific

Keeping Up

With the Steins

Comedy

\o7Miramax Films

\f7With: Jeremy Piven, Jami Gertz, Garry Marshall, Doris Roberts, Larry Miller, Daryl Sabara

The idea: A Brentwood boy's bar mitzvah gets supersized by his parents.

Writer: Mark Zakarin

Director: Scott Marshall

* So? What's unusual about that?

Lady Vengeance

Action

\o7Tartan Pictures USA\f7

With: Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-sik

The idea: The vengeance trilogy concludes with a tale of a woman released from prison after 13 years -- with a score to settle.

Writers: Park Chan-wook, Jeong Seo-Gyeong

Director: Park Chan-wook

* So? Revenge as an art form

Poseidon

Action

\o7Warner Bros.

\f7With: Kurt Russell, Josh Lucas, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Mia Maestro, Jimmy Bennett, Andre Braugher

The idea: Passengers struggle to reach the surface after their luxury ocean liner capsizes.

Writer: Mark Protosevich, based on the novel by Paul Gallico

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

* So? Not "Titanic," and that's probably a good thing

Saving Shiloh

Drama

\o7New Dog Distribution

\f7With: Jason Dolley, Ann Dowd, Scott Wilson, Gerald McRaney, Taylor Momsen

The idea: A sixth-grader and a dog try to help a man find salvation.

Writers: Dale Rosenbloom; based on the story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Director: Sandy Tung

* So? Dog's life

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Documentary

\o7International Film Circuit

\f7The idea: A group of inmates at a Kentucky correctional facility finds performing "The Tempest" a transformative experience.

Director: Hang Rogerson

* So? Inmates versus iambic pentameter

Three Times

Drama

\o7IFC First Take Films

\f7With: Shu Qi, Chang Chen

The idea: A love story told through three eras: 1966, a young woman and a soldier fall in love in a billiards hall; 1911, the Japanese occupation of Taiwan is the setting as a married diplomat meets a courtesan; 2005, a young bisexual woman becomes involved in a three-way love affair.

Writers: Hou Hsiao-hsien, T'ien-wen Chu

Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien

* So? Tricks of the mind

Wah-Wah

Drama

\o7Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions

\f7With: Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Julie Walters, Nicholas Hoult, Miranda Richardson

The idea: A coming-of-age story set in 1969 Swaziland in Africa, as it begins independence and as a teenage boy's family gradually dissolves.

Writer-director: Richard E. Grant

* So? It's about to hit the fan

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May 19

Clean

Drama

\o7Palm Pictures

\f7With: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Martha Henry, Beatrice Dalle

The idea: A drug addict moves to Paris to straighten out her life after her fading rock-star husband overdoses.

Writer-director: Olivier Assayas

* So? Hopefully more interesting than most movies about drug addicts

The Da Vinci Code

Thriller

\o7Columbia Pictures

\f7With: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany, Jurgen Prochnow, Jean Reno

The idea: Big-screen adaptation of the mega-seller about a murder at the Louvre and 2,000-year-old religious intrigue.

Writer: Akiva Goldsman, based on the book by Dan Brown

Director: Ron Howard

* So? Unstoppable

Moonlight

Thriller

\o7Indican Pictures

\f7With: Laurien Van den Broeck, Hunter Bussemaker, Andrew Howard, Jemma Redgrave

The idea: A wealthy teenage Dutch girl discovers a wounded boy her own age, an Afghani drug courier, and hides it from her parents.

Writer: Carel Donck

Director: Paula van der Oest

* So? Nasty consequences

Over the Hedge

Animated

\o7DreamWorks

\f7With: Voices by Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Avril Lavigne

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