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It was a long, hot summer. Now, here's a week-by-week list of what's cool for this season.

September 07, 2008


Alice Neel

A documentary about one of the great portrait painters of the 20th century, exploring the struggles she faced as a female artist, a single mother and a painter who defied convention. Directed by Andrew Neel, the painter's grandson. Laemmle Theatres and Arthouse Films

Burn After Reading

Two gym employees stumble upon the memoir of an ousted CIA official and attempt to exploit their find. With George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton. Written and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen. Focus Features

The Doorman

Fictional documentary follows the glamorous, jet-set celebrity lifestyle of a New York City nightclub doorman. With Lucas Akoskin. Written by Akoskin and Wayne Price. Directed by Price. Gigantic Pictures

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, September 07, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
"Battle in Seattle": In today's Fall Sneaks issue of Sunday Calendar, a listing for the film "Battle in Seattle" said ThinkFilm was the distributor. The distributor is Redwood Palms Pictures.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, September 14, 2008 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 46 words Type of Material: Correction
Fall Sneaks: Last Sunday's fall movies preview list said ThinkFilm was the distributor for "Battle in Seattle." The distributor is Redwood Palms Pictures. Also, a listing for "He's Just Not That Into You" said the film would open Oct. 24. The release date is Feb. 6.


Filmmaker Irena Salina's investigation of the world water crisis focuses on the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply. Oscilloscope Pictures

Righteous Kill

Veteran New York police detectives are assigned a murder case that appears to be connected to one they solved years earlier. With Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Curtis Jackson, Brian Dennehy. Directed by Jon Avnet. Written by Russell Gewirtz. Overture Films

A Secret

On his 15th birthday, a young boy living in post-WWII Paris discovers a dark family secret that ties his family's history to the Holocaust. With Cecile De France, Patrick Bruel. Directed by Claude Miller. Screenplay by Miller and Natalie Carter. In French with English subtitles. Strand Releasing

Sukiyaki Western Django

Tale of two clans warring over treasure hidden in a hardscrabble mountain village. With Quentin Tarantino, Hideaki Ito, Masanobu Ando, Directed and co-written by Takashi Miike with Masa Nakamura. First Look Studios

Surfer, Dude

A down-on-his-luck long-boarder encounters flat waves upon his return to Malibu, forcing him to participate in what he views as the heinous world of virtual-reality video games and reality TV. With Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Scott Glenn. Written and directed by S.R. Bindler. Anchor Bay Entertainment

Tired of Kissing Frogs

An unlucky-in-love graphic designer catches her boyfriend cheating and decides to embark on a lusty search for Prince Charming, gaining wisdom about love along the way. With Ana Serradilla, Juan Manuel Bernal, Miguel Rodarte, Itati Cantoral, Ana Layevska. In Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Jorge Colon. Written by Joaquin Bissner. Distrimax US


Set against a backdrop of the first Gulf War, a 13-year-old Arab American girl goes to live with her strict father in Houston, where she faces bigotry, hypocrisy and her burgeoning sexuality. With Aaron Eckhart, Summer Bishil, Toni Collette, Maria Bello. Screenplay and directed by Alan Ball. Warner Independent Pictures

Tyler Perry's

The Family That Preys

Kathy Bates and Alfre Woodard (below, from left) star as the matriarchs of upper-crust and working-class families being torn apart by greed and scandal. With Sanaa Lathan, Cole Hauser, Tyler Perry. Written and directed by Perry.

The Women

An eclectic, multigenerational group of women share their joys and betrayals. With Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachman. Screenplay and directed by Diane English. PictureHouse

Young People . . .

Five stories trace a single sexual encounter each among four couples and a threesome, all leading to a stream of complications. With Carly Pope, Callum Blue, Diora Baird, Sonja Bennett. Directed and co-written by Martin Gero with Aaron Abrams. Blowtorch

SEPT. 19


A new sheriff and his deputy square off against a powerful rancher. With Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger, Ed Harris. Screenplay by Robert Knott & Ed Harris. Directed by Harris. New Line

The Duchess

The 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, presaged her descendant Princess Diana's popularity and public scrutiny. With Ralph Fiennes, Keira Knightley. Screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, Anders Thomas Jensen, Saul Dibb. Directed by Dibb. Paramount Vantage

Ghost Town

A man who dies is miraculously revived after seven minutes, leaving him with the ability to see the dead, one of whom wants him to break up the impending marriage of his widow. With Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear. Written by David Koepp & John Kamps. Directed by Koepp. Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Pictures


A precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music of Elvis Presley. With Dakota Fanning, Piper Laurie, David Morse, Robin Wright Penn. Written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier. Empire Film Group


The long-suffering, hunchbacked lab assistant yearns to become a scientist in his own right and win the prestigious Evil Science Fair. With the voices of Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, John Cusack, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno. Directed by Anthony Leondis. Written by Chris McKenna. MGM/The Weinstein Co.

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