November 12, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

November 5

Alfie In the role that made Michael Caine famous in 1966, Jude Law is the playboy every woman in New York City wants to sleep with. Who’d buy that?

Fade to Black Jay-Z would not go gently into retirement without one sold-out night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Narrated by Hova himself, the documentary captures his fabled November 2003 concert and reflections on the journey that got him there.

The Incredibles The folks at Pixar (Finding Nemo) hope to continue their streak with an animated tale about former superheroes called back into action. Voices by Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and studio staple John Ratzenberger.

November 10

Overnight In 1996, Harvey Weinstein bought bartender Troy Duffy’s script, The Boondock Saints. This docu chronicles Duffy’s journey from new Hollywood It Boy back to obscurity.

The Polar Express Chris Van Allsburg’s Christmas Eve tale comes to life in Robert Zemeckis’ ”performance capture” CG adventure featuring Tom Hanks.

November 12

After the Sunset Master thieves Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek have retired to the Bahamas, but FBI agent Woody Harrelson (yes, this is a comedy) thinks they’re plotting to steal the large diamond that’s soon to visit their island. From director Brett Ratner.

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason The sequel picks up six weeks and 71 orgasms later, as Bridget (Renée Zellweger) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) are still going strong. Cue his new colleague (Ladder 49‘s Jacinda Barrett), everyone’s favorite wanker (Hugh Grant), and multiple misunderstandings.

Bright Future Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes. When one factory worker is jailed, his socially awkward friend comes of age while taking care of his tank full of exotic jellyfish.

Kinsey Liam Neeson plays controversial author and sex researcher Alfred Kinsey.

La Petite Lili In this modern telling of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Swimming Pool‘s Ludivine Sagnier seduces her boyfriend’s mother’s lover, a famous director who makes her a star in Paris — then tries to reconnect with her ex-b.f. after he turns their story into a film.

Noel Christmas Eve in New York isn’t holly jolly for a divorcée (Susan Sarandon), squabbling fiancés (Paul Walker and Penélope Cruz), and a street hustler (Drowning Mona‘s Marcus Thomas). But with a few miracles — and an uncredited appearance by Robin Williams — we sense a happy ending for Chazz Palminteri’s feature directorial debut.

Who Killed Bambi? A naive student nurse gets weak-kneed for a surgeon. But he’s hiding something — namely the crimes he commits on female patients at night. A stylized debut from French director Gilles Marchand.

November 19

Bad Education Director Pedro Almodóvar spent 10 years on this script, about two schoolboys (including Gael García Bernal) — whose budding romance was interrupted by a pedophile priest — who meet up again 16 years later.

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