Only the strong survive
With: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bartha, Lainie Kazan.
The idea: Gorgeous gangster tries to sort out a bungled kidnapping.
Writer-director: Martin Brest.
So? Fairly high curiosity factor.
Dirty Pretty Things
With: Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sergi Lopez, Sophie Okonedo.
The idea: A shocking discovery at the London hotel where they work propels a desperate man and woman into the city’s underworld.
Writer: Steve Knight.
Director: Stephen Frears.
So? Unsavory business.
With: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Harold Gould, Chad Michael Murray.
The idea: Mother and teenage daughter get a new perspective when they switch bodies on the eve of Mom’s wedding.
Writers: Leslie Dixon and Heather Hach; based on the novel by Mary Rodgers.
Director: Mark Waters.
So? A remake that may work on its own terms.
And Now Ladies and Gentlemen
With: Jeremy Irons, Patricia Kaas, Thierry Lhermitte, Allesandra Martines.
The idea: Jewel thief and nightclub singer have an eventful encounter in Morocco.
Writer-director: Claude Lelouch.
So? Chanteuse Kaas’ screen debut.
With: Jean-Marc Barr, Leslie Caron, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Romain Duris, Kate Hudson.
The idea: Cultures clash when American sisters find romance and scandal in Paris.
Writers: James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; based on the novel by Diane Johnson.
So? Attractive material.
With: Stephen Chow, Ng Mang-Tat, Li Hui. Zhou Wei.
The idea: Disciples of the Shaolin martial arts school bring their tradition to the game of soccer.
Writers: Chow, Tsang Kan Cheong.
With: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman.
The idea: Obsessive-compulsive con man’s life is complicated by the unexpected arrival of his teenage daughter.
Writers: Nicholas Griffin & Ted Griffin; based on the book by Eric Garcia.
Director: Ridley Scott.
So? A girl in their soup.
With: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, James Urbaniak.
The idea: Comic-book writer Harvey Pekar chronicles the adventures not of a superhero, but of an everyman -- himself.
Writer-directors: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; based on Pekar’s comic book series.
So? Insightful, creative, took Grand Jury Prize at 2003 Sundance Festival.
Battle of Shaker Heights
With: Not available.
The idea: High schooler’s life is changed when he meets someone who shares his passion: reenacting World War II battles.
Writer: Erica Beeney.
Directors: Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin.
So? Project Greenlight No. 2.
Freddy vs. Jason
With: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger.
The idea: Clash of the slashers.
Writers: Damian Shannon & Mark Swift and David S. Goyer; story by Shannon & Swift.
Director: Ronny Yu.
So? Hong Kong’s Yu drops in on Elm Street.
With: Jackie Chan, Claire Forlani, Julian Sands, Lee Evans.
The idea: A mysterious medallion gives Chan superhuman powers.
Writers: Gordon Chan, Bey Logan.
Director: Gordon Chan.
So? We already thought he was super.
Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
Sony Pictures Classics
With: Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke, Shirley Henderson.
The idea: A former boyfriend meets resistance when he shows up to rekindle an old flame.
Writers: Paul Fraser and Shane Meadows.
So? Hooks and crooks.
With: Sofia Milos, Jason Isaacs, Emmy Rossum, Lupe Ontiveros, Seymour Cassel, Theresa Russell.
The idea: Portuguese American singer and single mom falls for the wrong man.
Writers: Jim Jermanok, Steve Jermanok.
Director: Dan Ireland.
With: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto.
The idea: L.A. teenager falls under the spell of some fast-paced peers.
Writers: Catherine Hardwicke and Nikki Reed.
So? Reed was 13 when she co-wrote the story, based on her experiences.
Bukowski: Born Into This
The idea: Close look at hard-living poet.
Director: John Dullaghan.
So? True grime.
With: Mike Vogel, Vince Vieluf, Adam Brody, Joey Kern.
The idea: Wannabes follow a skateboard star on his summer tour.
Writer: Ralph Sall.
Director: Casey La Scala.
So? Boarders hit the road.
With: Lisa Kudrow.
The idea: Record exec’s daughter takes over rap label.
Writer: Paul Rudnick.
Director: Richard Benjamin.
So? Culture clash for laughs.
My Boss’ Daughter
With: Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Jeffrey Tambor, Andy Richter.
The idea: Young exec house-sits for the boss, tries to stave off disaster.
Writer: David Dorfman.
Director: David Zucker.
So? House of mirth.
With: Jim Caviezel, Rhona Mitra.
The idea: Serial killer wields a ’72 El Dorado.
Writers: Hans Bauer & Craig Mitchell.
Director: Robert Harmon.
So? Harmon directed “The Hitcher” in ’86.
To Be and to Have
New Yorker Films
With: Georges Lopez.
The idea: In an isolated village in the French province of Auvergne, a dedicated teacher covers subjects ranging from math to making crepes.
Director: Nicolas Philibert.
Jeepers Creepers 2
With: Ray Wise, Jonathan Breck.
The idea: Busload of basketball players and cheerleaders represents meals on wheels for a voracious creature.
Writer-director: Victor Salva, based on characters created by Salva.
So? Cheap thrills.
With: Emmy Rossum, Mary McDonnell, Steven Bauer, James Badge Dale.
The idea: Singer-songwriter leaves Kansas City for New York to search for father she never knew.
Writers: Jill Footlick & Rachel Peters.
Director: Alan Hruska.
So? Rossum, from “Songcatcher,” plays the title character.
With: Donatella Finocchiaro.
The idea: Woman moves up in the world of Palermo’s Mafia, but struggles for respect.
Writer-director: Roberta Torre.
So? Based on true story.
With: Vlastimil Brodsky.
The idea: To his wife’s dismay, an elderly gent keeps retirement interesting by posing as other people.
Writer: Jiri Hubac.
Director: Vladimir Michalek.
So? Pleasantly old-fashioned.
Blue Gate Crossing
With: Chen Bo-lin, Guey Lun-mei, Liang Shu-hui, Joanna Chou, Cheng Ming-gin.
The idea: Complications ensue when a girl enlists a boy to convey her feelings for another girl.
Writer-director: Chin-Yen Yee.
So? Gender-bending Cyrano.
With: LisaRaye, N’Bushe Wright, Mos Def, Da Brat, Monica Calhoun.
The idea: Nurse is incarcerated among hardened criminals for killing her abusive husband, only to discover exploitation of another type -- by the justice system.
Writers: Preston A. Whitmore, Joyce Lewis.
Director: Neema Barnette.
With: Michelle Camarda, Goran Visnjic, Miranda Otto, Shirley Henderson.
The idea: Hypnotherapist’s ability to look into subjects’ minds leads him into the search for a killer.
Writers: Nick Willing and William Brookfield; based on the novel “Doctor Sleep,” by Madison Smartt Bell.
So? Efficient chills. Visnjic played the kind-hearted thug in “The Deep End.”
The Princess Blade
With: Hideaki Ito, Yumiko Shaku, Shiro Sano, Yoichi Numata, Kyusaka Shimada.
The idea: Futuristic samurai tale about an exiled royal and her outlaw band of assassins.
Writer-director: Shinsuke Sato.
So? Hard-boiled kicks.
With: Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow, Kate Bosworth, Dylan McDermott, Josh Lucas, Frankie G., Tim Blake Nelson, Carrie Fisher, Eric Bogosian, Christina Applegate, Janeane Garofalo, Natasha Gregson Wagner.
The idea: Multiple-homicide investigation leads to ruined porn star John Holmes.
Writers: James Cox & Captain Mauzner and Todd Samowitz & D. Loriston Scott.
So? So L.A. in the ‘80s.
With: Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Mark Addy, Benno Furmann, Peter Weller.
The idea: Young priest journeys to Rome to investigate the mysterious death of his mentor.
Writer-director: Brian Helgeland.
So? Occult chills.
Exorcist: The Beginning
With: Stellan Skarsgard, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar, Billy Crawford.
The idea: Prequel to “The Exorcist” follows Father Lankester Merrin (Skarsgard here, Max von Sydow in the 1973 original) on his first devilish adventure in post-WWII Africa.
Writers: William Wisher and Caleb Carr.
Director: Paul Schrader.
With: Maya Sansa, Regina Orioli.
The idea: A mother’s accidental death complicates matters for her daughter and her daughter’s lover.
Writers: Monica Stambrini, Ellen Stancanelli, AnneRitte Ciccone.
With: Steve Parlavecchio, Arthur Nascarell.
The idea: Nursing-home worker is tempted by the bright lights of Manhattan.
Writers: Christ Zois and Elia Zois.
Directors: Elia Zois.
So? Abel Ferrara collaborator Christ Zois (“The Blackout,” “New Rose Hotel”) teams here with son Elia.
With: Adam Chubbuc, Amanda Plummer, Bill Fagerbaake.
The idea: Stark look at the lives of skate kids in a central California town.
Writer: Harmony Korine.
Directors: Ed Lachman and Larry Clark.
So? “Kids” filmmakers Clark and Korine reunite to collaborate with cinematographer Lachman (“Far From Heaven”) on his directing debut.
The Secret Lives of Dentists
With: Campbell Scott, Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Robin Tunney.
The idea: Probes the complex and stormy marriage of two successful dentists.
Writer: Craig Lucas, based on the novella “Age of Grief,” by Jane Smiley.
Director: Alan Rudolph.
With: Carla Crespo, Tatiana Saphir, Veronica Hassan, Beatriz Thibaudin.
The idea: Buenos Aires salesgirl’s boredom ends when she’s kidnapped by two punkish lesbians.
Writers: Diego Lerman, Maria Meira.
So? Sharp, tender.
The Three Marias
With: Marieta Severo, Julia Lemmertz, Maria Mendonca, Luia Meriana.
The idea: Romantic betrayal and revenge in 1970s Brazil.
Writers: Heitor Dhalia, Wilson Freire.
Director: Aluizio Abranches.
So? Improbable but unsettling.