Army of Shadows
With: 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
* So? Illuminating
Down in the Valley
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.
With: 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
With: 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
20th Century Fox
With: 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
With the Steins
With: 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?
Tartan Pictures USA
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
With: 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
New Dog Distribution
With: 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
International Film Circuit
The 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
IFC First Take Films
With: 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
Samuel Goldwyn Films/Roadside Attractions
With: 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
With: 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
With: 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
With: 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
With: Voices by Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, William Shatner, Avril Lavigne