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SEPT. 7



Published: Sun, September 2, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



SEPT. 7

'THE MUSKETEER'

The latest attempt to revive the Dumas classic features Justin Chambers (Jennifer Lopez's Italian suitor in "The Wedding Planner") as D'Artagnan; Stephen Rea; Catherine Deneuve; and Mena Suvari. Look for them all to be upstaged by Tim Roth in another villainous turn.

'ROCK STAR'

Mark Wahlberg leaves those "Planet of the Apes" monkeys behind to become a heavy-metal god in this 1980s-set comedy. Despite the casting of Jennifer Aniston as Wahlberg's girlfriend, this is not a May/December romance.

'TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME'

Vivica A. Fox cooks up a scheme to get back at her cheating beau, Morris Chestnut; professional scene stealer Anthony Anderson ("See Spot Run," "Exit Wounds") plays Chestnut's best friend.

SEPT. 14

'THE GLASS HOUSE'

A "Hand That Rocks The Cradle"-style thriller in which Leelee Sobieski and Trevor Morgan are sent to live with seemingly upstanding legal guardians Stellan Skarsgard and Diane Lane after their parents die in a car accident.

'HARDBALL'

"Dangerous Minds" meets "The Mighty Ducks." Keanu Reeves is forced to coach an inner-city peewee baseball team to pay off a gambling bet.

Sept. 21

'BIG TROUBLE'

Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black," "Get Shorty") tries to retrieve the mojo he lost in "Wild, Wild West" with a wacky caper movie adapted from the Dave Barry novel. Featured in the ensemble cast are Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Dennis Farina, Janeane Garofalo, Tom Sizemore and MTV "Jackass" Johnny Knoxville.

'TRAINING DAY'

Denzel Washington, an undercover narcotics cop, takes rookie Ethan Hawke under his wing in a gritty urban action drama from Antoine Fuqua ("The Replacement Killers").

SEPT. 28

'DON'T SAY A WORD'

Psychiatrist Michael Douglas must pry information out of a catatonic patient (Brittany Murphy) to secure the release of his kidnapped daughter.

'HEARTS IN ATLANTIS'

An impressionable 12-year-old boy (Anton Yelchin) is befriended by his mother's mysterious boarder (Anthony Hopkins). Sound icky? Maybe not; this coming-of-age film was adapted from a Stephen King novel by William Goldman, who previously adapted King's "Misery." Scott Hicks ("Shine") directed.

'ZOOLANDER'

Male model Derek Zoolander (director/co-writer Ben Stiller) is brainwashed by fashion designer Will Ferrell into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia in this zany farce based on a character Stiller first created for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Owen Wilson ("Shanghai Noon") co-stars.

OCT. 5

'COLLATERAL DAMAGE'

He's baaaaaaack! Arnold Schwarzenegger tries to jump-start his stalled career by playing a fireman who travels to South America in hopes of avenging the murder of his family. Director Andrew Davis, who was nominated for an Oscar for 1993's "The Fugitive," knows how to make exciting, intelligent action films.

'JOY RIDE'

A cross-country road trip turns nightmarish for Paul Walker ("The Fast and the Furious"), Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn in cult director John Dahl's ("Red Rock West," "The Last Seduction") latest nail-biter.

'MAX KEEBLE'S BIG MOVE'

When his dad announces that they're moving, Max (Alex D. Linz, the fine young actor from "Bounce" and "One Fine Day") decides to get even with some pesky schoolyard bullies. Unfortunately, dad's transfer falls through. This Disney release could be a sleeper hit with young males.

OCT. 12

'BANDITS'

Barry Levinson's ("Rainman," "Good Morning, Vietnam") latest comeback attempt in which a pair of gentlemen bank robbers (Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton) get sidetracked by a runaway wife (Cate Blanchett).

'CORKY ROMANO'

Chris Kattan of "Saturday Night Live!" plays a nerdy veterinarian whose mob family asks him to go undercover and infiltrate the F.B.I. Who said the "Dumb and Dumber" comedy genre was dead?

'THE LAST CASTLE'

Court-martialed general Robert Redford butts heads with nasty military-prison warden James Gandolfini; Mark Ruffalo from "You Can Count on Me" is the young officer torn between them. Bonus points: Director Rod Lurie's last film, "The Contender," got Oscar nominations for Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges.

OCT. 19

'AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE'

In the political unrest of prerevolutionary France, an aristocrat ("Boys Don't Cry" Oscar winner Hilary Swank) schemes to steal a priceless necklace that will restore her family's honor.

'FROM HELL'

Allen and Albert Hughes ("Menace 2 Society," "Dead Presidents") travel to 1888 London for this Jack the Ripper retelling based on a popular comic book series. Hunting the notorious serial killer is Johnny Depp.

'NOVOCAINE'

Pitch black farce in which a milquetoast dentist, Steve Martin, gets involved in a twisted murder plot cooked up by his painkiller-addicted patient (Helena Bonham Carter).

'ON THE LINE'

Shy adman (Lance Bass of *N Sync) meets his dream girl (Emmanuelle Chriqui) on a subway train but doesn't get her number. To help locate this mystery lady, he enlists the aid of his best friend (fellow *N Sync-er Joey Fatone).

'RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS'

Drew Barrymore ages from 15-35 in this Penny Marshall-directed dramedy about a former bad girl who makes good. No, this isn't Barrymore's autobiography -- although it could be her first Oscar nomination.

OCT. 26

'BONES'

Twenty years after his death, Jimmy Bones (rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg) returns as a vengeful ghost hellbent on cleaning up his former 'hood. Directed by former Spike Lee cinematographer Ernest Dickerson ("Juice"), and co-starring the formidable Pam Grier as an urban psychic.

'HEIST'

David Mamet's ("State and Main," "House of Games") comic caper flick stars Gene Hackman as a thief who's forced into pulling one last score by fence Danny DeVito.

'K-PAX'

Jeff Bridges -- returning to his "Fisher King," "Fearless," "Starman" beat -- plays a psychiatrist trying to help a patient (Kevin Spacey) who may or may not be an alien from another planet.

'LIFE AS A HOUSE'

The film that asks the immortal question: Do all baby boomers go to heaven? Dying architect Kevin Kline enlists ex-wife Kristin Scott Thomas and estranged son Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker in next year's "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones") to help build his dream house.

'13 GHOSTS'

A widower (Tony Shalhoub) and his teen-age daughter (Shannon Elizabeth) inherit a spooky mansion from an eccentric uncle in this state-of-the-art remake of the campy 1960 William Castle chiller.

NOV. 2

'THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE'

The Coen brothers' follow-up to their biggest hit ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") is a noirish, 1940s-set, black-and-white melodrama about a barber (Billy Bob Thornton), his cheating wife (Frances McDormand) and her sleazy lover (James Gandolfini).

'MONSTERS, INC.'

Disney tries to reclaim some of the ground lost to DreamWorks and "Shrek" with this latest computer-animated wonder from Pixar. But with "Harry Potter" nipping at their heels, it'll be tough to match the grosses of past Pixar smashes like the "Toy Story" movies and "A Bug's Life."

'THE ONE'

Martial arts superstar Jet Li lives in parallel universes of good and evil in director James Wong's ("Final Destination," "The X-Files") "Matrix"-style sci-fi thriller. Sounds too complicated for me.

NOV. 9

'DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE'

John Travolta must save his 11-year-old son from the boy's psychotic stepfather (Vince Vaughn); Teri Polo from "Meet the Parents" plays the mom.

'SHALLOW HAL'

Hypnotized into seeing only the beauty within, male chauvinist oinker Jack Black falls for morbidly obese Gwyneth Paltrow in this latest nonpolitically correct laugh riot from the irrepressible Farrelly brothers.

'WINDTALKERS'

American Indian soldiers who used their language to thwart Japanese translation attempts during World War II are the subject of "MI: 2" director John Woo's thoughtful battle flick.

NOV. 16

'HARRY POTTER ANDTHE SORCERER'S STONE'

Champion native Chris Columbus nabbed the highly coveted assignment of transferring J.K. Rowling's phenomenally popular children's books to the screen. Good, bad or indifferent, this will surely rule the holiday box office.

NOV. 21

'BLACK KNIGHT'

Martin Lawrence, a Medieval world theme park worker,gets catapulted back to 16th-century England where he must battle evil king Tom Wilkinson ("The Patriot"). I guess Lawrence already used "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" as a movie title this year.

'THE NEW GUY'

High school nerd DJ Qualls ("Road Trip") becomes a big man on campus with the help of jive-talking con man Eddie Griffin ("Double Take").

'SPY GAME'

Tony Scott ("Enemy of the State," "True Romance") directs Robert Redford and Brad Pitt in the story of a veteran CIA operative who must rescue his prot & eacute;g & eacute; from a Chinese prison.

DEC. 7

'ALI'

Michael Mann ("The Insider," "Heat") casts perennial lightweight Will Smith as heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali in a $100-million Ali biopic spanning 1964-1974.

'OCEAN'S 11'

Oscar-winning "Traffic" director Steven Soderbergh's remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper features the hottest cast of the year (George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon) in a Las Vegas casino-heist yarn that has to be more fun than the one in Kevin Costner's woebegone February stiff "3000 Miles to Graceland."

DEC. 14

'NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE'

A raunchy, "R"-rated spoof of teen movies hoping to mine "Scary Movie" box-office gold. The original title ("10 Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can't Hardly Wait to be Kissed") cracked me up; the new one is merely puzzling.

'VANILLA SKY'

Cruise and Cruz (that's Tom and Penelope) team up for Cameron Crowe's ("Almost Famous," "Jerry Maguire") reimagining of "Others" director Alejandro Amenabar's 1999 art house hit "Open Your Eyes."

DEC. 19

'FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING'

The first of New Zealand cult director Peter Jackson's ("Heavenly Creatures") three eagerly anticipated J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" movies that were shot back to back. Hobbits, wizards, elves and dwarfs, oh my!

Dec. 21

'GANGS OF NEW YORK'

Director Martin Scorsese describes his $90-million epic set on the streets of lower Manhattan in the 1860s as "a cross between a Western and a gangster film." With Leonardo DiCaprio starring as a young man out to avenge the murder of his father (Daniel Day Lewis), he can call it anything he likes.

'JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS'

The latest Nickelodeon transfer to celluloid finds 10-year-old Jimmy saving the world with the help of his robot dog and lots of nifty gizmos.

'JOE SOMEBODY'

Tim Allen reteams again with his "Santa Clause," "Home Improvement" director John Pasquin for a touchy-feely comedy about a divorced corporate drone who learns self-respect the hard way.

'THE MAJESTIC'

Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile") shoots for another Best Picture nominee with this Capra-esque fantasy about a blacklisted 1950s screenwriter (Jim Carrey) who gets amnesia, winds up in a small town and is mistaken for a soldier presumed dead in WWII.

'THE ROYAL TENEBAUMS'

Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson play former childhood prodigies who return home for a fractious family reunion with Mom and Pop (Anjelica Huston and Gene Hackman) in Wes Anderson's follow-up to his 1998 masterpiece "Rushmore."

DEC. 25

'BAD COMPANY'

From mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer ("Pearl Harbor") and director Joel Schumacher ("Tigerland") comes a buddy/action comedy featuring the unlikely pairing of Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock as a CIA agent and the Jersey City scalper he recruits. One guess who plays whom.

'A BEAUTIFUL MIND'

Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars as true-life Nobel Prize-winning mathematician (and bisexual) John Forbes Nash Jr. who developed several innovative scientific formulas before suffering a schizophrenic breakdown in the 1950s.

'THE SHIPPING NEWS'

Lasse Hallstrom ("Chocolat," "The Cider House Rules") directs this Miramax adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's Pulitizer-winning novel about a man (Kevin Spacey) who moves with his daughter from upstate New York to Newfoundland after the death of his less-than-virtuous wife (Cate Blanchett).

'THE TIME MACHINE'

Inventor Guy Pearce travels 800,000 years into the future for this new version of the H.G. Wells classic that again pits the slave-like Elois against monstrous Morlocks.

DEC. 26

'HOW HIGH'

Rappers Method Man and Redman play rappers Silas and Jamal who get into Harvard after smoking some high-grade pot. When their dope supply runs out, so do their chances of graduating.




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