I wrote this for a mailing list I'm on, and decided to share it here. It's not comprehensive, but it's a pretty good list of what's coming up (minus the release dates, because someone was just asking if there were any good movies being released and I just wanted to provide titles). I'm leaving in my comments, because I'm lazy. I got most of my information from www.upcomingmovies.com The Two Towers is my #1 MUST SEE These are all my other MUST SEEs for the rest of the year. Some of these might/will not open wide until early 2003: - 8 Mile (dir. Curtis "LA Confidential" Hanson; Eminem. Gotta see it) - 25th Hour, The (dir. Spike Lee; killer cast starting with Edward Norton) - About Schmidt (dir. Alexander "Election" Payne; Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis) - Adaptation (dir. Spike "Being John Malkovich" Jonze, writer Charlie "ditto" Kaufman; Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep) - All or Nothing (dir. Mike "Topsy Turvy" Leigh; I'll see anything he does) - Ararat (dir. Atom "The Sweet Hereafter" Egoyan; ditto) - Auto Focus (dir. Paul Schrader; biopic with Greg Kinnear as Bob Crane) - Below (dir. David "Pitch Black" Twohy, writer Darren "Requiem For A Dream" Aronofsky ) - Bloody Sunday (about Sunday, January 30th, 1972 in Northern Ireland) - Bowling for Columbine (Michael "Roger & Me" Moore's new one) - Catch Me If You Can (dir. Spielberg; Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio) - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (dir. George Clooney, writer Charlie Kaufman) - Crazy as Hell (dir. Eriq La Salle. Sounds warped. I like warped) - Decade Under the Influence, A (dir. Ted Demme (RIP); doc about 70's filmmaking) - Equilibrium (stars Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Sean Bean. Grim futuristic thriller) - Far From Heaven (dir. Todd "Velvet Goldmine" Haynes; Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid) - Frida (dir. Julie "Titus" Taymor; Salma Hayek, about the artist Frida Kahlo) - Gangs of New York (dir. Martin Scorcese; Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis) - Grey Zone, The (dir. Tim Blake Nelson; Harvey Keitel, concentration camp film) - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (oh why not) - Hours, The (dir. Stephen "Billy Elliot" Daldry; Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore) - Heaven (dir. Tom "Run Lola Run" Tykwer, writers Krzysztofs, Kieslowski and Piesiewicz, Cate Blanchett) - Igby Goes Down (Kieran Culkin) - Life of David Gale, The (dir. Alan "Birdy" Parker; Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, Kate Winslet) - Magdalene Sisters, The (dir. Peter "My Name Is Joe" Mullan) - Moonlight Mile (Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal - can't pass up) - Naqoyqatsi (another one of those "quatsi" movies) - Personal Velocity (Fairuza Balk, Parker Posey, Kyra Sedgwick. getting raves at festivals) - Pianist, The (dir. Roman Polanski; Adrien Brody. won Palme d'Or, 2002 Cannes) - Punch-Drunk Love (dir. PT Anderson; Emily Watson, some dork) - Pinocchio (dir. Roberto Benigni; don't laugh, I think this will be wonderful!) - Rabbit-Proof Fence (dir. Phillip "Dead Calm" Noyce; Aborigine youth tragedy, score by Peter Gabriel) - Red Dragon (prequel to Silence of the Lambs) - Ring, The (remake, schemake, who cares, I want to see it) - Roger Dodger (tiny film that's gotten great reviews at Venice Film Festival) - Safe Conduct (dir. Bertrand Tavernier. about WWII French filmmakers) - Solaris (dir. Steven Soderbergh; George Clooney) - Spider - (dir. David Cronenberg, Ralph Fiennes, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave, Miranda Richardson) - Talk to Her (dir. Pedro Almodóvar; Ebert says it's his best yet) - Truth About Charlie, The (dir. Jonathan Demme; Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, remake of Charade) - Veronica Guerin (story of the murdered reporter, starring Cate Blanchett) - Welcome to Collinwood (Willian H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, George Clooney comedy) I will be EXTREMELY depressed if I can't see all of those. These look promising, and on the surface I want to see them all, but I have to learn more about them, read more, see reviews. - Abandon (I had no interest until I heard that Zooey Deschanel and Melanie Lynskey were in it) - Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (documentary about South African music during aparthied) - Banger Sisters, The (cringe, I know, but Sarandon and Hawn? Gotta see it, if only in matinee) - Barbershop (just sounds good to me) - Between Strangers (dir. Edoardo Ponti; directs his mom Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino) - Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (documentary about, well, Hitler's secretary) - Blue Car (just sounds interesting) - Chicago (just because) - Children of the Century (dir. Diane "Entre Nous" Kurys; Juliette Binoche as George Sand!) - Core, The (um, er, I'm a sucker for Aaron Eckhart) - Crime of Father Amaro, The (stars Gael Garcia Bernal of Y Tu Mama Tambien) - Das Experiment (fascinating premise, partially filmed in Wuppertal!) - Die Another Day (just because) - Down and Out with the Dolls (comedic story of the rise and fall of an all-girl indie rock band in Portland) - Emperor's Club, The (Kevin Kline, could be good) - Evelyn (dir. Bruce Beresford; Pierce Brosnan, John Lynch, Aidan Quinn AND Stephen Rea? Wow!) - Femme Fatale (film noir by Brian De Palma) - Formula 51 (dir. Ronny Yu; Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle) - Four Feathers, The (dir. Shekhar Kapur. I loved Elizabeth) - Friends and Family (comedy about gay hitmen) - Ghost Ship (title says it all) - God is Great, I'm Not (newest one with Audrey Tautou) - In Praise of Love (dir. Jean-Luc Godard) - Interstate 60 (cool cast, inc. James Marsden, Gary Oldman, Ann-Margaret !!) - Just a Kiss (dir. Fisher Stevens; Marisa Tomei) - Love in the Time of Money (Steve Buscemi, Rosario Dawson) - Love Liza (Philip Seymour Hoffman as a bereft widower) - Max (John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Leelee Sobieski. Noah Taylor as Hitler!) - Maid In Manhattan (dir. Wayne "Joy Luck Club" Wang; Jennifer Lopez. Oh shut up, I like her) - Man from Elysian Fields, The (Andy Garcia as a writer moonlighting as a male escort) - Mesmerist, The (Edger Allen Poe story set in modern LA) - No News from God (stars Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. sounds warped. I like warped) - Phone Booth (dir. Joel Schumacher; Colin Ferrell. They made a great team in Tigerland) - Pipe Dreams (plumber tries to change his image with women) - Pinochet Case, The (doc about, well, Pinochet) - Rising Place, The (I heard some buzz about this intimate indie set in the 1940's) - Rules of Attraction, The (dir. Roger "Killing Zoe" Avary; based on Bret Easton Ellis novel) - Russian Ark (I have no idea, but someone said it was beautiful) - Skins (dir. Chris "Smoke Signals" Eyre; Graham Greene) - Secretary (sounds warped. I like warped) - Shanghai Ghetto (doc about Holocaust survivors sneaking into China) - Slap Her, She's French (the previews are funny, maybe the movie is too) - Spirited Away (we'll see. I hate the dubbed into English thing) - Standing in the Shadows of Motown (documentary about Motown's Funk Brothers) - Star Trek: Nemesis (I'm not into Star Trek, but this could be good for non-Trekkers) - Sweet Home Alabama (dir. Andy Tennant; Reese Witherspoon, but I'd see it for Melanie Lynskey) - Transporter, The (dir. Corey Yuen, writer Luc Besson; courier gets into trouble) - Trapped (I don't know, but I like Kevin Bacon and Courtney Love) - Two Weeks Notice (Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant? C'mon, you know they're cute) - Weight of Water, The (dir. Kathryn Bigelow; Sean Penn) - White Oleander (nice cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Patrick Fugit, Robin Wright Penn, Renee Zellweger) - Young Unknowns, The (tiny indie, but was compared to Hurlyburly) I'm sure there are more that I don't know about or forgot to add. I'm also sure that I won't see a fraction of these films due to lack of money.