Still More Movies Heading to Theaters

By EW Staff
Updated February 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST


Fed up with his nagging society wife (Sigourney Weaver), a Connecticut schoolteacher (Douglas McGrath, who codirected with Peter Askin) winds up in the middle of the Bay of Pigs invasion when he pretends to be a CIA agent. BOTTOM LINE The movie’s been tied up in legal wranglings over the final cut and reshoots for nearly two years, but has Cuba ever been hotter? (Feb. 23)

The guys behind American Pie, Chris and Paul Weitz, return with this antic remake of the 1978 Warren Beatty charmer Heaven Can Wait (which was a remake of 1941’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan). Here, Chris Rock plays a struggling comedian who dies and comes back as a millionaire white guy. BOTTOM LINE The material would appear to be picked clean, but Rock’s usually solid. (Feb. 16)

A naïve Russian woman flees Moscow with her 10-year-old son, only to end up at a deserted seaside resort in Britain when she’s abandoned by her fiancé. BOTTOM LINE A festival favorite from Shooting Gallery, which imported last year’s sterling Croupier. (Feb. 23)

In this feature-length spin-off from the ABC Saturday morning cartoon Disney’s Recess, the kids at Third Street School are gearing up for summer vacation. But evil ex-principal Dr. Benedict (voiced by James Woods) hatches a plan to ruin their fun by creating a permanent winter. BOTTOM LINE What kid wouldn’t want to see a movie about summer vacation in the middle of February? (Feb. 16)

Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) plays the wife of a 19th-century French Canadian military officer who causes a scandal when she befriends a sailor accused of murder. Based on a true story, the drama is directed by Patrice Leconte, who made waves with 2000’s Girl on the Bridge. BOTTOM LINE It was a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, so it’s gotta be good. Right? (Feb. 23)


A sprinkling of international fare. In Journey to the Sun, a Turk and a Kurdish rebel form the unlikeliest of friendships in ethnically divided Istanbul. A Filipino boy witnesses his father commit murder in The Kite. Young lovers in rural New Zealand see their fairy-tale romance spin out of control in The Price of Milk. Trainspotting‘s Jonny Lee Miller is one of a group of karaoke-obsessed criminals in the British gangster comedy Love, Honour & Obey. Signs & Wonders tells of an expatriate American couple (Stellan Skarsgård and Charlotte Rampling) who live in Athens and struggle with infidelity and political activism. A French businessman tries to enliven his bland existence by pursuing a local actress in The Taste of Others. And speaking of la République Française, Winstar Cinema offers Tales of Rohmer, a 13-film retrospective of work by the director of Pauline at the Beach and Claire’s Knee. Meanwhile, the 3-D Wildcat Women is not from abroad, but features plenty of ’em, in a story about crime-fighting babes in the 1970s. Also in 3-D: Haunted Castle, the tale of an aspiring musician who visits a poltergeist-plagued house, will spook audiences in IMAX theaters alongside Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure, a documentary about a failed early-20th-century Antarctic expedition. Long Night’s Journey Into Day, Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffmann’s study of post-apartheid South Africa, won the 2000 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for documentaries. Rue McClanahan is the unlikely narrator of Lugosi: Hollywood’s Dracula, which details the life of the famed horror movie star. Also in the nonfiction realm: Split Decision, about champion latino boxer Jesus ”El Matador” Chavez, and Southern Comfort (a Sundance documentary prize winner), about a transsexual community in rural Georgia.