Plan every moviegoing hour! Your day-by-day guide to the season's releases.


— FEMME FATALE Brian De Palma directs Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as a vamp who breaks hearts and swipes jewels. (Warner Bros.)


— 8 MILE It’s not a biopic. Really, it isn’t. Sure, Eminem plays a Detroit rapper with mother issues — but that could be anyone. Curtis Hanson (Wonder Boys) directs the bad boy’s Hollywood crossover. (Universal)

— ETOILES: DANCERS OF THE PARIS OPERA BALLET Nils Tavernier’s documentary about France’s premier ballet company. (First Run)

— FAR FROM HEAVEN An homage to ’50s melodramas starring Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. See story on page 70. (Focus)

— HUSH! A dramatic look at the complexities of gay-straight relationships in Japan. (Strand)


— PLEASURE + PAIN A documentary from music photographer Danny Clinch follows roots-rock mainstay Ben Harper for 18 months on the road. (7th Art)


— ARARAT Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) examines a historical horror, the 1915 genocide that wiped out one million Armenians, through the prism of modern-day Toronto, where an 18-year-old boy (David Alpay) struggles with his ancestors’ brutal past. (Miramax)

— EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO Carlos Carrera’s story of a priest (Y Tu Mama Tambien’s Gael Garcia Bernal) who falls for a teenage girl (Ana Claudia Talancon) is Mexico’s biggest-ever hit. (Samuel Goldwyn)

— HALF PAST DEAD The press notes proclaim that the role of Sascha Petrosevitch, an undercover FBI agent in a maximum-security prison who gets caught in a war over an inmate’s $200 million cache, ”fit Steven Seagal like a glove.” Seagal expands: ”Sascha’s different from [my] other characters in that he’s more… sensitive.” Well, his name is ”Sascha.” Morris Chestnut and rappers Ja Rule and Kurupt costar. (Screen Gems)

— THE WAY HOME This small-scale drama — about a 7-year-old city boy (Yoo Seung-ho) sent to live with his mute, hill-dwelling grandmother — is breaking box office records in South Korea. (Paramount Classics)

— HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) returns for a second term at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This semester, the students are turning to stone, Harry’s hearing voices, and the ghost of a dead girl haunts the school…hey, it’s The Ring! (Warner Bros.)

— STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN ”This is the ultimate celebration of American music,” says director Paul Justman. ”These guys provided the soundtrack to our lives.” These guys are the Funk Brothers, who brought the backbeat to the likes of Marvin Gaye and the Supremes, and this music-filled documentary is their story. (Artisan)

— INTERVIEW WITH THE ASSASSIN A hack TV cameraman may have stumbled upon the story of the century: His neighbor claims to be the second assassin of JFK. Gunman or paranoid crank? Back or to the left? (Magnolia)