Sunday, January 12, 2003

Movies Releases This Winter



Release dates are subject to change.

A Guy Thing - Jason Lee falls for Julia Stiles on the eve of his wedding to Selma Blair. Jan. 17

The Hours - Nicole Kidman as Virginia Wolff influences future generations in the persons of Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep. Ed Harris co-stars. Steven Daldry directs. Jan. 17

Kangaroo Jack - Hapless dopes Jerry O'Connell and Anthony Anderson lose a pile of mob money to a kangaroo. Jan. 17

National Security - Hapless dopes Steve Zahn and Martin Lawrence bust up the town as over-eager security guards. Jan. 17

The Pianist - Adrien Brody portrays a real-life concert pianist who survived Nazi oppression in Warsaw. Roman Polanski directs. Jan. 17

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - George Clooney directs Sam Rockwell in the screen version of game-show host Chuck Barris' bizarre autobiography. Jan. 24

Darkness Falls - A small town is terrorized by an evil spirit in the form of the Tooth Fairy. Jan. 24

The Way Home - A spoiled city kid adjusts to rural life with his grandmother in this acclaimed Korean import. Jan. 24

Biker Boyz - Laurence Fishburne stars as the champion racer in an African-American motorcycle club. Jan. 31

Final Destination 2 - Doomed youngsters still can't escape Death, in this sequel to the 2000 cult hit. Ali Larter returns; most of the other original stars do not. Jan. 31

The Recruit - Al Pacino prepares Colin Farrell for a career as a CIA agent by sending him after a mole. Jan. 31

Deliver Us From Eva - LL Cool J is hired to distract Gabrielle Union from interfering in her in-laws' lives. Feb. 7

How to Lose a Guy - Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey trade complications on the way to finding true love. Feb. 7

Shanghai Knights - Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson (Shanghai Noon) take their Old West crime-buster act to London to track Jack the Ripper. Feb. 7

Daredevil - Ben Affleck plays a blind superhero based on a Marvel comic-book series. Jennifer Garner co-stars. Feb. 14

The Jungle Book 2 - Haley Joel Osment provides the voice of Mowgli in this sequel to the Disney children's favorite. Feb. 14

Gods and Generals - Robert Duvall co-stars as Robert E. Lee in this Civil War drama about Stonewall Jackson (Stephen Lang). Feb. 21

The Life of David Gale - Kevin Spacey plays a death-penalty opponent who finds himself on death row for rape and murder. Kate Winslet co-stars. Feb. 21

Old School - Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn decide to recapture the frat-house experience. Feb. 21

Cradle 2 the Grave - Taiwanese agent Jet Li lends a hand after the daughter of gang leader DMX is kidnapped during a jewel heist. Feb. 28

The Guest - Ashton Kutcher thinks he will have a chance to romance Tara Reid when her father, who is also his boss, asks him to house-sit. Feb. 28

The Hunted - Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio Del Toro co-star in the tale of an FBI tracker stalking a killer who hunts people for sport. Feb. 28

Boat Trip - Hapless dopes Cuba Gooding Jr. and Horatio Sanz mistakenly end up on a gay men's cruise. March 7

Bringing Down the House - Escaped prisoner Queen Latifah wreaks havoc on Steve Martin's tidy life. March 7

The Perfect Score - Life lessons are learned after a group of high-school students conspire to steal the answers to SAT tests. March 7

Tears of the Sun - Bruce Willis must rescue doctor Monica Bellucci and 70 refugees from an African war zone. Antoine Fuqua directs. March 7

What a Girl Wants - Amanda Bynes travels to London to find her long-lost birth father, Colin Firth. March 7

I'll Be There - Fading pop star Craig Ferguson learns he has a long-lost teenaged daughter (Charlotte Church). March 14

Identity - Ten strangers, including Rebecca De Mornay, John Cusack and Clea Duvall, are stranded in a remote hotel where a killer starts picking them off. James Mangold directs. March 21

Piglet's Big Movie - A new entry in Disney's long line of Winnie the Pooh sequels features songs by Carly Simon. March 21

The Core - Scientists Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo and Aaron Eckhart dig deep to set things right when the Earth's core threatens to stop spinning. March 28

Release dates TBA

Against the Ropes - Meg Ryan portrays a real-life female boxing promoter.

Agent Cody Banks - Frankie Muniz is recruited as an under-age secret agent.

The Bread My Sweet - Scott Baio stars in a well-received low-budget film about a man who proposes to a woman on the day they meet.

Dark Blue - Kurt Russell plays a Los Angeles detective working on a dangerous case in the days before the L.A. riots.

El Crimen del Padre Amaro - Controversy and awards have greeted this Mexican import about an idealistic young priest tempted by love and corruption.

Evelyn - Pierce Brosnan stars as a real-life Irish father who battled age-old prejudice to win custody of his children.

Head of State - Chris Rock directs himself as a Washington alderman chosen to run for president.

House of 1,000 Corpses - A car full of young people breaks down on a country road - well, you know the rest. Written and directed by rocker Rob Zombie.

Johnny English - Rowan Atkinson weighs in with his own spy spoof. John Malkovich co-stars.

Intacto - Strange events follow when certain people decide to challenge their own unnatural luck in this Spanish import.

Love, Liza - Cincinnati native Todd Louiso directs Philip Seymour Hoffman as a man devastated by his wife's suicide. Kathy Bates co-stars.

Madison - Based on the true story of a local winner in the famous Madison, Ind., hydroplane races, this family drama starring Jim Caviezel was filmed on the Ohio River.

Max - In the days after World War I, art dealer John Cusack meets an embittered artist named Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor).

Personal Velocity - Director Rebecca Miller used her own short stories as the basis for this film about women escaping oppressive men.

Prozac Nation - Christina Ricci stars as the depressed heroine of this tale based on the autobiographical best seller by Elizabeth Wurtzel.

Talk to Her - Spanish master Pedro Almodovar leaves two women in a coma while the men in their lives try to figure out what to do.

The Weight of Water - Photojournalist Catherine McCormack struggles to understand a century-old crime, and her own life. Sean Penn co-stars; Kathryn Bigelow directs.

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