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Friday, September 9, 2005

A look at some of the movies set to be released in North America, the week of 9 September, 2005.

Note, "fresh" or "rotten" refer to the movie's Rotten Tomatoes rating, based on North American critical reviews. The higher the percentage, the greater the percentage of critics that liked the movie.

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Nineteen-year-old college student Emily Rose (played by Jennifer Carpenter) was the victim of a demonic possession. The story follows the lawyer, Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) and her fight against the church and the priest named Father Richard Moore (Tom Wilkinson) who performed the botched exorcism. According to the director, this may be the first ever courtroom horror film.

The film is loosely based on the actual events of Michel in 1962. German director Hans-Christian Schmid is launching his own treatment of Anneliese Michel's story, Requiem, around the same time in late 2005. His movie stays very close to the real-world events and is a drama rather than a horror film.

Released by Sony Pictures. Also stars Campbell Scott, Shohreh Aghdashloo.

44% approval by North American film critics

The Man

An "on-the-take" federal agent turns up dead on the mean streets of Detroit, suspicions arise around street-wise agent Derrick Vann (played by Samuel L. Jackson). Vann's given 24 hours to recover the stolen arms and find the cop killers, but he's about to stumble upon an unlikely ally. The affable, optimistic dental supply salesman Andy Fiddler (Eugene Levy) is pulled into the mix after a case of mistaken identity, and must help Vann complete the mission.

Released by New Line Cinema.

16% approval by North American film critics

Also new to theatres

  • Answering the Call: Ground Zero's Volunteers (limited release, documentary regarding the World Trade Center disaster)
  • An Unfinished Life (limited release, starring Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez, 53% rotten)
  • Côte d'Azur (limited release in NYC/LA/Chicago/SF/Houston, stars Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, 69% fresh)
  • Curandero (Black magic in Mexico City, rated R)
  • Edge Codes.com: The Art of Motion Picture Editing (limited release in NY, documentary about film editing)
  • Green Street Hooligans (limited release in NYC/LA/CHI, starring Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, 40% rotten)
  • Keane (limited release in NY, starring Damian Lewis and Abigail Breslin, 69% fresh)
  • Mobsters and Mormons (limited release in Utah, stars Clayton Taylor and Scott Christopher, "When forced by the FBI to rat out mob boss Angelo Marcello, Carmine "The Beans" Pasquale, is a wanted man on the lam")
  • Salaam Namaste (limited release, stars Preity Zinta, Arshad Warsi, a love story)
  • Shoujyo: The Adolescent (limited release in SJ, stars Eiji Okuda and Mari Natsuki, a Japanese love story)
  • Steal Me (limited release in NYC, starring Cara Seymour, 17% "Rotten")
  • Touch the Sound (limited release in NY, documentary about deaf Grammy-winning classical percussionist Evelyn Glennie, 88% "Fresh")
  • Usher (limited release in NY, Curtis Harrington, Sean Nepita)

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