THE GLASS HOUSE
Thriller , Columbia
The idea: Orphaned teenager and younger brother have reason to suspect the motives of their wealthy new guardians.
Writer: Wesley Strick.
Director: Daniel Sackheim.
So? Producer Neal Moritz knows teen thrills ("I Know What You Did Last Summer"). HAIKU TUNNEL
Comedy , Sony Pictures Classics
With: Josh Kornbluth, Warren Keith, Helen Shumaker, Harry Shearer.
The idea: Career temp fouls up big-time when he goes permanent at a law firm.
Writers-directors: Josh and Jacob Kornbluth
So? A step into film for Josh, who built a name as a mathematician-turned-monologuist.
Romantic comedy , IFC Films
With: Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio, Holland Taylor, Nadia Dajani.
The idea: A young woman's new beau claims to be a time traveler from the future.
Writer-director: Brad Anderson.
So? Quirky fun.
Comedy-drama , Paramount
With: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, D.B. Sweeney.
The idea: Forced to coach inner-city baseball team, in-debt gambler becomes attached to his ragtag charges.
Writer: John Gatins, based on book by Daniel Coyle.
Director: Brian Robbins.
So? Robbins segues from high school gridiron ("Varsity Blues") to urban hardball.
KILL ME LATER
Drama , 7th Art
With: Selma Blair, Max Beesley, Brendan Fehr.
The idea: Suicidal woman becomes bank robber's hostage.
Writer: Annette Goliti Gutierrez.
Director: Dana Lustig.
So? Three (and counting) fall movies about women and bank robbers.
LISA PICARD IS FAMOUS
Comedy , First Look
The idea: Struggling actress suddenly hits the fast track.
Writers: DeWolf and Kirk.
So? Wry mockumentary on effects of fame.
THE TURANDOT PROJECT
Documentary , Zeitgeist Films
The idea: Zubin Mehta and film director Zhang Yimou mount the opera in Beijing.
Director: Alan Miller.
So? Oscar-winning documentarian, interesting subject.
Drama , Cowboy Booking International
With: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Antonio Perez Dechent.
The idea: A blood feud between two Gypsy families in Spain.
Writer-director: Tony Gatlif.
So? Not just for lovers of flamenco.
WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP
Documentary , BBC Arena/Cinemax
The idea: Based on Michael Lesy's 1973 book about a small Midwest town beset by a series of human disasters in the 1890s.
Director: James Marsh.
So? Unusual blend of vintage photos and black-and-white reenactments.
Comedy , Touchstone
The idea: Hit men, hormonal teens, dumb criminals cross paths in Miami.
Writers: Robert Ramsey & Matthew Stone.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld.
So? Talent and ingredients are there, but...THE ENDURANCE:SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARYANTARCTIC EXPEDITION
Documentary, Cowboy Booking Intl.
The idea: Liam Neeson narrates the dramatic survival story, supplemented by interviews with participants' descendants.
Director: George Butler.
So? Compelling material.
Musical drama , Fox
With: Mariah Carey, Max Beesley, Shawntae Harris (Da Brat), Tia Texada, Ann Magnuson.
The idea: Rising star confronts family and career hurdles.
Writers: Kate Lanier and Cheryl L. West.
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
So? Worth the long wait?
Documentary , IFC Films
The idea: High school football team buoys a declining Ohio community.
Director: Kenneth A. Carlson.
So? Directing debut for veteran documentary producer.
THE IRON LADIES
Comedy-drama , Strand
With: Chaichan Nimpoonsawas, Sahaparp Virakamin, Giorgio Maiocchi, Gokgorn Benjathikul.
The idea: The true story of a Thai volleyball team made up mainly of gay, transvestite and transsexual players.
Writers: Visuthichai Boonyakarinjana, Jira Maligool and Yongyoot Thongkongtoon.
Director: Yongyoot Thongkongtoon.
So? The folks at ESPN wouldn't believe it, or show it if they did.
Drama , Lions Gate
With: Ian Hart, Claire Hackett, Anthony Borrows, David Hart.
The idea: A family struggles with hard times in 1930s Liverpool.
Writer: Jimmy McGovern.
Director: Stephen Frears.
So? Fascinating observation of fascism and anti-Semitism.
MEGIDDO: OMEGA CODE 2
Adventur , e Gener8Xion Entertainment
With: Michael York, Michael Biehn, Diane Verona, Udo Kier.
The idea: More millennial mayhem, with York returning as the antichrist.
Writers: John Fasano & Stephan Blinn.
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith.
So? The original, financed by evangelist Paul Crouch, got attention for tapping undamentalist audience.
SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK
Comedy , Paramount Classics
With: Edward Burns, Dennis Farina, Rosario Dawson, Heather Graham, Brittany Murphy.
The idea: Love Manhattan style, as seen through "interviews" and vignettes involving six searchers.
So? "Sex and the City" as Burns might see it.
Drama , Warner Bros.
With: Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Cliff Curtis.
The idea: Veteran cop initiates idealistic young cop into his world of moral ambiguity.
Writer: David Ayer.
Director: Antoine Fuqua.
So? Nothing ambiguous about Washington's performance.
Comedy-drama , 5 Card
With: Dante Basco, Eddie Garcia, Tirso Cruz III, Gina Alajar.
The idea: An eventful birthday party intensifies the conflict between a Filipino American teen and his father.
Writers: Gene Cajayon and John Manal Castro.
So? Insightful glimpse into a culture rarely seen on U.S. screens.
DON'T SAY A WORD
Thriller , Fox
With: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy, Famke Janssen, Oliver Platt.
The idea: Mental patient holds the key to the release of a psychiatrist's kidnapped daughter.
Writers: Anthony Peckham & Patrick Smith Kelly, based on the book by Andrew Klavan.
Director: Gary Fleder.
So? Impressively tense.
Drama , Providence Entertainment
With: Dante Basco, Ryan Browning, A.J. Buckley, Derek Hamilton, Cassidy Rae.
The idea: Four friends embark on an extreme sports road trip.
Writers: Eric Hannah & Craig Detweiler.
So? If you're into it, you're into it.
HEARTS IN ATLANTIS
Drama , Warner Bros./Castle Rock
With: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis.
The idea: Mysterious boarder befriends a troubled boy in 1960 Connecticut.
Writer: William Goldman.
Director: Scott Hicks.
So? Goldman and Stephen King (on whose work it's based) have a way with words, and Hicks has a way with drama.
Drama , Lot 47
With: Brian Cox, Paul Franklin Dano, Billy Kay.
The idea: Long Island teen is buffeted by crises involving friends, family and sexual identity.
Writers: Stephen M. Ryder, Michael Cuesta and Gerald Cuesta.
Director: Michael Cuesta.
So? Provocative, with an unsettling performance by Cox.
SOBREVIVIRE (I WILL SURVIVE) Drama Hollywood Independents
With: Emma Suarez, Juan Diego Botto, Mirtha Ibarra, Rosana Pastor.
The idea: A woman's eventful life includes a pivotal, intimate friendship with a gay artist.
Writers: Alfonso Albacete, Lucia Etxeberria and David Menkes.
Director: Albacete and Menkes.
So? What "The Next Best Thing" might have looked like if it had been made by Europeans. VAMPIRE HUNTER D BLOODLUST
Fantasy , Urban Vision Entertainment
With: The voices of Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Pamela Segall, Mike McShane.
The idea: Bounty hunters pursue bloodsuckers in animated feature.
Writer-director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri.
So? Fans of anime can't wait.
Comedy , Paramount
With: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Milla Jovovich, Jerry Stiller, Jon Voight.
The idea: Dim-bulb pinup finds out why male models never live past 30.
Writers: Drake Sather & Ben Stiller and John Hamburg.
Director: Ben Stiller.
So? Can Stiller sustain one gag for a whole movie? Mike Myers proved it can be done. Twice.
THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT
Space-western musical Artistic License
With: Cory McAbee, Rocco Sisto, Gregory Russell Cook.
The idea: The travels of an interplanetary trader.
So? From the San Francisco cult band the Billy Nayer Show.
Action-drama Warner Bros.
With: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elias Koteas, Francesca Neri, Cliff Curtis, John Leguizamo, John Turturro.
The idea: Vengeance drives an L.A. firefighter's relentless pursuit of an infamous Colombian terrorist.
Writers: David Griffiths & Peter Griffiths, from a story by Ronald Roose and David Griffiths & Peter Griffiths.
Director: Andrew Davis.
So? Davis hasn't scored since "The Fugitive"; Arnold could use a hit too.
Documentary Sony Pictures Classics
The idea: A look at the friendship and musical teaming of Jerry Garcia and mandolinist David Grisman.
Director: Gillian Grisman.
So? Garcia fans will be happy.
Period action Miramax
With: Donnie Yen, Sze-Man Tsang, Yu Rong Guang, Jean Wang.
The idea: The title character is a mysterious defender of the oppressed poor.
Writers: Tsui Hark, Elsa Tang and Lau Tai Mok.
Director: Yuen Woo-Ping.
So? Woo-Ping choreographed the action in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "The Matrix."
With: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski.
The idea: Two brothers play a practical joke on a trucker and soon wish they hadn't.
Writers: Clay Tarver & J.J. Abrams.
Director: John Dahl.
So? Dahl has ironic noir skills; Walker had high exposure in "The Fast and the Furious."
MAX KEEBLE'S BIG MOVE
Comedy Walt Disney
With: Alex D. Linz, Larry Miller, Jamie Kennedy, Zena Grey, Josh Peck.
The idea: Schoolboy takes parting-shot revenge on bullies, then finds out he's not moving away.
Writer: Credits in arbitration.
Director: Tim Hill.
So? Hill, nephew of George Roy Hill, also directed "Muppets From Space."
Romantic comedy Miramax
With: John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, John Corbett.
The idea: Chance meeting leads couple to entrust their future to destiny.
Writer: Marc Klein.
Director: Peter Chelsom.
So? Charm to burn.
VA SAVOIR (WHO KNOWS?)
Comedy Sony Pictures Classics
With: Jeanne Balibar, Sergio Castillitto, Marianne Basler, Jacques Bonnaffe.
The idea: An Italian theater troupe's Paris engagement triggers romantic complications.
Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent and Jacques Rivette.
So? This year's New York Film Festival opener.
With: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, January Jones.
The idea: Two prison escapees' bank-robbing spree makes them a sensation with the public.
Writer: Harley Peyton.
Director: Barry Levinson.
So? Willis and Thornton make a gnarly but engaging pair; Blanchett has savoir-flair.
BETTER THAN SEX
Comedy Samuel Goldwyn/Fireworks
With: David Wenham, Susie Porter.
The idea: Photographer and dressmaker progress from one-night stand to parts unknown.
Writer-director: Jonathan Teplitzky.
So? "Last Tango in Paris" minus the angst.
With: Chris Kattan, Peter Berg, Chris Penn, Richard Roundtree, Vinessa Shaw.
The idea: Easygoing veterinarian infiltrates the FBI to help out his mob-boss dad.
Writers: David Garrett & Jason Ward.
Director: Rob Pritts.
So? Dumb but it might be funny to adolescents.
DANCING AT THE BLUE IGUANA
Drama Lions Gate
With: Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly, Elias Koteas.
The idea: A study of the inner lives of performers at a Valley strip club.
Writers: Michael Radford, David Linter.
So? Radford and cast developed the story in improv sessions.
Drama Cowboy Booking International
With: Anas Reboux, Roxane Mesquida.
The idea: Centers on a 12-year-old girl's dawning sexual awareness.
Writer-director: Catherine Breillat.
So? France's Breillat raised eyebrows with sexually explicit "Romance."
Drama Paramount Classics
With: William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer, Meat Loaf Aday.
The idea: Mistaken identity leads to the ostracizing of a New York couple during World War II.
Writer: Kendrew Lascelles (adapting an Arthur Miller novel).
Director: Neal Slavin.
So? Directing debut by award-winning photographer.
THE LAST CASTLE
The idea: Escalating confrontation between court-martialed general and prison warden.
Writers: David Scarpa and Graham Yost.
Director: Rod Lurie.
So? Stellar cast directed by an actors' director.
With: James Nesbitt, Olivia Williams, Timothy Spall, Christopher Plummer.
The idea: A group of inmates plots a memorable exit when the warden stages a musical.
Writer: Ronan Bennett.
Director: Peter Cattaneo.
So? Cattaneo showed his comedy chops on "The Full Monty."
Drama Universal Focus
The idea: Mystery, manipulation and murder in Hollywood.
Writer-director: David Lynch.
So? Fans are eager for Lynch's return to surrealism.
Comedy Lions Gate
With: Brian O'Halloran, Jerry Lewkowitz, Matt Maher, Ethan Suplee, Bryan Johnson, Kevin Smith.
The idea: Clown graduates from kids' birthdays to bachelor parties.
Writer-director: Bryan Johnson.
So? Debut of Kevin Smith protege Johnson.
THE HUMAN BODY
Documentary Discover Pictures
The idea: Special effects and scientific imaging depict active innards on seven-story screen.
Writer: Richard Dale.
Director: Peter Georgi.
So? Biology, Imax-style.
Thriller First Look Pictures
With: Pawalit Mongkolpisit, Premsinee Ratanasopha, Patharawarin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit.
The idea: A mute hit man's chance for redemption rests with a young girl on the city's seamy streets.
Writers-directors: Oxide Pang and Danny Pang.
So? Twin brother filmmakers won acclaim at 2000 Toronto festival.
With: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane.
The idea: Jack the Ripper revisited, complete with an alleged conspiracy in high government chambers.
Writers: Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias, based on series of graphic novels.
Directors: Allen and Albert Hughes.
So? Fascinating choice of material, directors.
Drama Warner Bros.
With: Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sam Rockwell, Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay.
The idea: Veteran thief is caught in a web of betrayal and blackmail.
Writer-director: David Mamet.
So? Trademark Mamet twists and intrigue.
Drama Empire Pictures
With: Mark Rylance, Kerry Fox, Timothy Spall, Alastair Galbraith, Marianne Faithfull.
The idea: Unacquainted but active couple engage in impersonal sex every Wednesday.
Writers: Patrice Chereau and Anne-Louise Trividic.
So? The French do sex well.
Thriller Artisan Entertainment
With: Steve Martin, Laura Dern, Helena Bonham Carter, Kevin Bacon, Scott Caan.
The idea: Attractive patient introduces straight-arrow dentist to new pursuits, including sex, drugs and murder.
Writer: David Atkins; story by Paul Felopulos & Atkins.
So? Ironically amusing.
ON THE LINE
Romantic comedy Miramax
With: Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Al Green, Jerry Stiller.
The idea: Chicago boy meets girl on the El, loses her, seeks her in flamboyant fashion.
Writers: Eric Aronson & Paul Stanton.
Director: Eric Bross.
So? 'N Sync's Bass and Fatone beat Britney et al to the big screen.
RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS
With: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Brittany Murphy, Adam Garcia, Lorraine Bracco, James Woods.
The idea: Writer Beverly Donofrio's memoir about coping with teenage motherhood.
Writer: Morgan Upton Ward.
Director: Penny Marshall.
So? Marshall and producer Jim Brooks team for the first time since "Big."
Animated Fox Searchlight
With: Wiley Wiggins.
The idea: "Dazed and Confused's" leading man traverses a surreal landscape.
Writer-director: Richard Linklater.
So: Filmed as live action, then computer-painted frame by frame. Artistic breakthrough or tech toy?
Comedy Lot 47
With: Fabrizio Filippo, Don McKellar, Marya Delver, Tammy Isbell.
The idea: Interconnected office, apartment and dining complexes, and a bet to see who can stay indoors the longest.
Writer-director: Gary Burns.
So? Popular at 2000 Toronto festival, but it sounds not unlike "Big Brother."
Horror New Line
With: Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Michael T. Weiss, Khalil Kain, Bianca Lawson.
The idea: Snoop's spirit seeks revenge on those who killed him.
Writers: Tim Metcalfe and Adam Simon.
Director: Ernest Dickerson.
So? Potentially effective role for Snoop.
Sci-fi/fantasy Newmarket Films
With: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle.
The idea: Sharp suburban teenager may be hallucinating, but warnings from a friend from the future only he can see prove uncannily correct.
Writer-director: Richard Kelly.
So? Refreshingly offbeat.
HIGH HEELS AND LOW LIFES
With: Minnie Driver, Mary McCormack, Kevin McNally, Mark Williams, Danny Dyer, Michael Gambon.
The idea: Bank robbery provides two women a chance to spice up their dull lives.
Writer: Kim Fuller.
Director: Mel Smith.
So? More Brit wit.K-PAX
With: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Alfre Woodard, Mary McCormack.
The idea: A mental patient's plan to return to the planet he calls home affects a psychiatrist and fellow patients.
Writers: Charles Leavitt, based on novel by Gene Brewer.
Director: Iain Softley.
So? Good trailer makes you want to see it.
LIFE AS A HOUSE
Drama New Line
The idea: Disenchanted draftsman finds purpose, triggering renewal of family bonds.
Writer: Mark Andrus.
Director: Irwin Winkler.
So? Performances across the board elevate this tear-jerker.
Horror Warner Bros.
With: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Alec Roberts, F. Murray Abraham.
The idea: Widower and kids confront aggressive spooks in their new glass-and-steel house.
Writer: Neal Marshall Stevens.
Director: Steve Beck.
So? Remake of William Castle's 1960 schlocker.
With: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau.
The idea: Young Parisian delights in anonymously righting people's lives.
Guillame Laurant & Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
A mega-hit in France.
THE ANNIHILATION OF FISH
Drama Regent Entertainment
With: James Earl Jones, Lynn Redgrave, Margot Kidder.
Two aging eccentrics form an unlikely bond.
Anthony C. Winkler.
Cast and director make this worth a look.
BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF/LE PACTE DES LOUPS
Period thriller Universal Focus
Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Jeremie Renier, Emelie Dequenne.
An unlikely pair pursues a murderous creature ravaging the French countryside.
Might be scary.
Sinister stepfather, divorced dad and boy crying wolf.
Lewis Colick; story by Colick & William S. Comanor & Gary Drucker.
Could be good. Will anyone notice?
THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
Drama USA Films
Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Tony Shalhoub, James Gandolfini.
Unfaithful wife and unraveling blackmail scheme.
Joel and Ethan Coen.
Stylish noir, but those allergic to smoke take note. Beautiful black-and-white.
Animated comedy Walt Disney/Pixar
Goings-on at the title corporation, whose business is scaring kids.
Credits not final.
The Pixar team hasn't missed yet.
MY FIRST MISTER
Comedy-drama Paramount Classics
Albert Brooks, Leelee Sobieski, Desmond Harrington, Carol Kane, Mary Kay Place, Michael McKean.
Alienated teenager and middle-aged mall clothier brighten each other's lives.
Feature directing debut for Lahti, who won a '96 Oscar for short film.
Jet Li, Delroy Lindo, Jason Statham, Carla Gugino.
Man sets out to destroy his alter ego in parallel universes.
Glen Morgan and James Wong.
Wong and Li are worth keeping your eyes on.
Drama Lions Gate
Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman.
Three people reunite 10 years after high school to hash out unresolved conflicts.
Only three characters? They'd better be interesting.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Black, Jason Alexander, Joe Viterelli, Susan Ward.
Tony Robbins' hypnosis enables the title character to envision a homely woman as Gwyneth Paltrow. And when he snaps out of it?
Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly & Sean Moynihan.
Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly.
High comedy pedigree. Or is it low?
Marines protect Navajos and their crucial code during World War II.
John Rice & Joe Batteer.
Woo teamed with Cage in "Face/Off" and with Slater in "Broken Arrow."
Burnt Money (Plata Quemada) (drama, Strand), from writer Marcelo Figueras and director Marcelo Pineyro, is the true story of two notorious bank robbers (and lovers) in 1960s Argentina.... Fighter (documentary, First Run Features), from director Amir Bar-Lev, is about two Holocaust survivors who return to the scene of one's harrowing escape 50 years earlier.... No Man's Land (drama, United Artists) is writer-director Danis Tanovic's acclaimed film about three soldiers--one Bosnian, one Serbian and one atop a spring-loaded bomb.... The Operator (drama, First Look), from writer-director John Dichtor, features a smug attorney who insults directory assistance and soon regrets it.
ALSO IN THE FALL
In Dinner Rush (drama, Access Motion Picture Group), from director Bob Giraldi, the action unfolds behind the scenes at a trendy TriBeCa restaurant .... La Cienaga (comedy, Cowboy Booking International), from director Lucrecia Martel, observes an aristocratic family decaying in the swamps of northern Argentina.... Lockdown (drama, Palm Pictures), stars Richard T. Jones, Gabriel Casseus, De'Aundre Bonds and Master P in the tale of a young man who contends with gangs and guards when he's wrongly imprisoned.... In A Matter of Taste (drama, Attitude Films), a young waiter and wealthy businessman embark on a soon-to-be-rocky relationship in a story written by Gilles Taurand & Bernard Rapp and directed by Rapp.
EDITOR: Kinsey Lowe
CAPSULES: Richard Cromelin
RESEARCH: Kevin Crust