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Mike Myers stars in "The Cat in the Hat."

Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star: TV child star of the '70s, Dickie Roberts (David Spade) is now 35 and parking cars. Craving to regain the spotlight, he auditions for the role of a "normal" guy, but the director quickly sees he is anything but normal. Desperate to win the part, Dickie hires a family to help him "replay" his childhood and thereby assume the identity of an average, everyday kid. Sept. 5.

The Order: After a series of unexplained murders, renegade priest Father Alex Bernier begins an investigation that hurls him into a maelstrom of unimaginable evil, murder and the knowledge that there is a fate worse than death. Sept. 5.

Thirteen: A good girl can't resist the lure of popularity offered by the baddest girl in her school. Experimentation with sex, drugs and self-mutilation ensues. With Nikki Reed, Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter. Sept. 5.

Cabin Fever: As a last hurrah after college, friends drive to a remote cabin to enjoy their last days of decadence before entering the working world. But when a horrible flesh-eating disease strikes, the survivors have to find help before they're all killed by the virus, or by the local lynch mob out to stop its spread. Sept. 12.

Matchstick Men: An obsessive-compulsive agoraphobe, flim-flam man Roy is barely hanging on to his wits. He seeks the help of a psychoanalyst to get him back into swindling shape. Instead, he learns he's got a 14-year-old daughter who wants to meet the father she's never known. Sept. 12.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico: Antonio Banderas is back as El Mariachi, who, coaxed out of retirement by the evil scheme of a drug lord and a corrupt FBI agent (Johnny Depp), responds in the only way he knows how, with bullets. Salma Hayek and Willem Dafoe also star. Sept. 12.

Anything Else: Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci are young lovers who learn that love at first sight isn't all it's cracked up to be in this latest from Woody Allen. Sept. 19.

The Fighting Temptations: Darren, a morally vacant and debt-ridden advertising executive in New York, travels back to his small Southern town in Alabama to attend his aunt's funeral -- and to cash in on an inheritance. However, to collect, he must first lead the local church gospel choir to success at a national competition. With Cuba Gooding Jr., Beyonce Knowles and Mike Epps. Sept. 19.

In This World: Jamal and Enayat are Afghan cousins. Enayat is to be smuggled to England to have a shot at a better way of life. Thanks to his powers of persuasion and his knowledge of English, Jamal is allowed to accompany his cousin on his secret journey. But when the boys arrive in Istanbul, a whole new world opens up before them. Sept. 19.

Lost in Translation: A washed-up TV star and the young wife of a photographer meet in Tokyo as they embark upon a "soul-searching mission." Their lives are further enlightened when they bump into a young action movie star, who is also staying at their hotel and is promoting her latest film. Sept. 19.

Secondhand Lions: An introverted 14-year-old (Haley Joel Osment) reluctantly finds himself spending the summer with a pair of cranky great-uncles (Michael Caine and Robert Duvall). Though at first appalled by their gruff manner, he becomes enthralled -- and the old men's spirits are restored -- as exotic tales of their youthful exploits introduce him to a world of imagination. Sept. 19.

Duplex: Alex and Nancy (Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore) have it pretty good. They are a young couple in New York City with bright futures. But one thing is missing: a home of their own. When they find one, it comes with one feature they didn't expect: an upstairs rent-controlled tenant, Mrs. Connelly, who isn't quite as easygoing or frail as Alex and Nancy originally anticipated. Sept. 26.

The Rundown: When Travis, the son of an underworld kingpin, disappears in the Amazon in search of a priceless artifact, Beck, the kingpin's retrieval expert, is sent to get him. Despite their hostility -- and their love for the same woman -- the two must eventually join forces to fight the evil head of a gold-mining corporation after the same treasure. With The Rock, Seann William Scott and Christopher Walken. Sept. 26.


Out of Time: Matt Lee Whitlock (Denzel Washington) is chief of police in small Banyan Key, Fla. He's respected and loved by his community. But when Banyan Key is shocked by a double homicide, he finds himself in a race against time to solve the murders before he himself falls under suspicion. With Sanaa Lathan, Dean Cain and Eva Mendes. Oct. 3.

The School of Rock: Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is a wild man guitarist with delusions of grandeur. Kicked out of his band and desperate for work, Dewey impersonates a substitute teacher and turns a class of fifth-grade high-achievers into high-voltage rockers. Oct. 3.

Dopamine: Rand, a computer animator, has created an artificial intelligence creature designed to interact with children and teach them responsibility. When his prototype is forced into practice at a school, Rand encounters Sarah, a teacher he was inexplicably drawn to at his favorite bar one fateful evening. Sparks fly, but will their differences keep them apart, or will love -- and maybe a little dopamine -- conquer all? Oct. 10.

Good Boy!: Twelve-year-old Owen Baker discovers his new dog, Hubble, is actually an interplanetary scout from the dog star, Sirius. Thousands of years ago, dogs from Sirius came to colonize and dominate Earth. But these dogs have strayed from their mission, and Owen must help Hubble to train neighborhood pooches to shape up for a visit from their leader, the powerful Great Dane -- with the fate of all Earth dogs hanging in the balance. Oct. 10.

House of the Dead: Unsuspecting teens stumble upon the living dead in an old house. When one teen dies, the others band together to get revenge. Oct. 10.

Intolerable Cruelty: A slick Beverly Hills divorce lawyer, Miles Massey (George Clooney), frames the hard-edged Marilyn Rexroth (Catherine Zeta-Jones) -- wife of a top client -- to free his client from a huge divorce settlement. Marilyn vows to get revenge by marrying Miles -- and taking him to the cleaners. But love gets in the way. Oct. 10.

Kill Bill Vol. 1: A bride (Uma Thurman) is left at the altar -- shot by her would-be groom (David Carradine). Bad move: She's an ex-assassin with access to a samurai sword. Lucy Liu and Daryl Hannah also get into the act. Oct. 10.

Mystic River: When the daughter of Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn) is found murdered, his childhood friend Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) -- now a detective -- is assigned to the case. Sean's personal life starts unraveling as his investigation takes him back into a world of violence and pain he thought he'd left behind. With Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney. Oct. 15.

Pieces of April: Wild child April Burns has a big problem. Against her own better judgment, she's invited her estranged, straitlaced family for Thanksgiving dinner. To make matters worse, her oven doesn't work. So, while April (Katie Holmes) asks her eccentric neighbors for help in cooking her turkey, the Burns Family begins a reluctant journey from suburban Pennsylvania toward New York City and disaster. Oct. 17.

Runaway Jury: A juror tries to manipulate his peers but finds himself battling a ruthless jury "consultant" who will stop at nothing to secure the proper verdict in a trial against a gun manufacturer. With John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman. Oct. 17.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: An update on the tale of young people who fall into the clutches of Texas cannibals led by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. Oct. 17.

Beyond Borders: A romantic tale set across many years centers on a medical student who thinks he has found his calling as an international disaster relief worker -- until he gets sidetracked by a philanthropic socialite entrenched in a troubled marriage. The two keep inadvertently meeting up and develop a relationship, against the ever-changing backdrops of disasters and wars. Stars Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen. Oct. 24.

Gothika: Brilliant criminal psychologist Dr. Miranda Grey (Halle Berry) awakens to find herself a patient in her own mental institution and with no memory of a murder that she apparently committed three days ago. Miranda soon realizes that she has become the pawn of a vengeful spirit, and with time running out she must determine if she is being led farther from her sanity or closer to the truth. Penelope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr. co-star. Oct. 24.

Scary Movie 3: Another parody of fantasy genres, wherein an orphan embarks on a magical quest to rid the universe of evil. Oct. 24.

The Singing Detective: Dan Dark (Robert Downey Jr.), an unsuccessful and bedridden novelist, begins to mentally rewrite one of his novels, with himself in the leading role. He drifts off into a fantasy world set in 1945 with spies, criminals and '40s music. Under the care of the eccentric Dr. Gibbon (Mel Gibson), the mental voyage becomes the key to conquering his illness. Oct. 24.

Alien: The Director's Cut: A ship sent to investigate an SOS distress call encounters an alien that begins to kill the crew members one by one. Sigourney Weaver stars. Oct. 31.

In the Cut: After the brutal murder of a young woman in her neighborhood, a professor tests the limits of her own safety by propelling herself into an impossibly risky sexual liaison with a detective. As the affair increasingly pushes the limits of sexuality, she grows wary about the motives of every male she has contact with -- including the detective. Stars Meg Ryan. Oct. 31.

Sylvia: The story of celebrated American poet Sylvia Plath and her turbulent marriage to a future poet laureate of England, Ted Hughes. Ted (Daniel Craig) and Sylvia (Gwyneth Paltrow) were a sensuous, volatile, brilliant -- and doomed -- couple who emerged as two of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Oct. 31.

The Human Stain: A distinguished professor at a prestigious New England College (Anthony Hopkins) makes a careless remark, his professional life is soon battered by allegations of racism, and his personal life becomes infected with the cancer of a lie that he has been living for 50 years. October date TBA.

The Station Agent: When his only friend dies, a young dwarf, Finbar McBride, moves to an abandoned train station in rural New Jersey to live the life of a hermit. His attempt at solitude is soon interrupted, however, by interactions with his neighbors, including a struggling artist coping with the recent death of her young son, and a talkative Cuban hot dog vendor. October date TBA.


The Matrix Revolutions: In this third installment, an ever-more-superhuman Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) battle a machine invasion to save Zion, the center of human resistance -- considered the last real-world city. Nov. 5.

Elf: Many years ago, a playful toddler accidentally ended up in one of Santa's bags of presents, and got whisked away to the North Pole. Now a tall, fully grown man, Buddy (Will Ferrell) regularly causes havoc in Santa's workshop. He is unable to fully fit in with the elves and becomes forlorn. Buddy's adopted elf father suggests that it's time for him to travel out into the world of men, but it may be just as hard for Buddy to fit into this new world. Nov. 7.

21 Grams: This story explores the emotionally and physically charged existences of Christina (Naomi Watts), Paul (Sean Penn) and Jack (Benecio Del Toro) who, though initially not even acquainted, become irrevocably intertwined in a fusion of love, redemption and obsession. Nov. 14.

Honey: An ambitious, hard-working dancer and choreographer (Jessica Alba) gets that one break, but it feels to good to be true. And it is -- until the exuberant energy of a group of neighborhood kids brings her back to the sheer joy of letting it all out on the dance floor. Nov. 14.

Looney Tunes: Back in Action: Daffy Duck quits his job at a Hollywood studio because he feels that Bugs Bunny gets all the attention. Daffy teams up with a recently fired stuntman who wants to find his father's mythical lost "Blue Diamond." Soon, the duo are traveling across the world, with a studio executive and Bugs Bunny hot on their trail, trying to get Daffy to come back. Nov. 14.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World: Based on the best-selling novels of Patrick O'Brian, the film stars Russell Crowe as "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, who pits his crew of the H.M.S. Surprise against a much better armed and ruthless privateer, in a chase that takes him to the far side of the world. Nov. 14.

Tupac: Resurrection:A documentary based upon the life and music of the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur. Nov. 14.

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat: On a rainy day, while their mother is away, a bored little boy and girl are visited by a cat in a stovepipe hat (Mike Myers), who -- along with Thing No. 1 and Thing No. 2 -- quickly proceeds to make an utter mess of the house. Nov. 21.

Radio: The story of the relationship between a prominent high school football coach (Ed Harris) in a small South Carolina town and the illiterate, mentally challenged man nicknamed Radio (Cuba Gooding Jr.) whom he mentors. Although their friendship raises eyebrows at first, Radio's growth under the coach's guidance ultimately inspires the local townsfolk. Nov. 21.

Bad Santa: It is the height of the festive holiday season, and merry shoppers have begun their yearly pilgrimages to their local malls. Among the drove is a pair of con men on a decadent road trip as Santa and his elf. Rather than spreading good cheer, the duo's motive is to rob each establishment, a strategy that becomes complicated when they encounter a precocious 8-year old. With Billy Bob Thornton and Bernie Mac. Nov. 26.

Big Fish: The story of braggart and exaggerator Edward Bloom and his son, William, who after a long estrangement returns home only to learn his father is dying of cancer. Desperate to know the complicated man before it's too late, William sets about trying to unravel fact from fiction. Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Billy Crudup star. Nov. 26.

In America: With their two young daughters in tow, Johnny and Sarah emigrate from Ireland to New York City in pursuit of a dream. The family uses ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life. Ultimately it is their kindness to a stranger and that stranger's response that builds their new home. Academy Award-winning Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father) directs. Nov. 26.

Timeline: Three students working on an archaeological dig must travel back in time to 14th-century France to rescue their professor, an obsessive academician who has become trapped after venturing into his favorite era to study it first-hand. Nov. 26.

Love Actually: An ensemble comedy that tells 10 separate but intertwining stories of love, mainly set in London, with all the vignettes leading up to a big climax on Christmas Eve. From aging rock stars to a stony headmistress to a monolingual Portuguese housemaid -- love arrives in many forms, shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is funny, sometimes it's sad, other times it's just plain stupid. November date TBA.


The Last Samurai: An epic set during the 1870s that centers on Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American hired by the emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. This places the officer at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him. Dec. 5.

The Missing: In 1886 New Mexico, a father (Tommy Lee Jones) returns home to make peace with his now-grown daughter, Maggie (Cate Blanchett). When Maggie's own daughter is kidnapped, she teams up with her father to rescue her. Dec. 10.

Love Don't Cost A Thing: Alvin Johnson, a brilliant outcast, has come to regret the years of intellectual endeavors that prevented him and his un-hip friends from getting girls and hanging out with the "elite" kids. When queen of the elites Paris Morgan wrecks her mother's car, Alvin (Nick Cannon) steps in. The catch: In exchange for $1,500 in car parts and Alvin's automotive expertise, Paris (Christina Millian) agrees to act as though they're dating. Can Alvin rein in his newfound ego before he loses his true friends, his scholarship and a shot at a real relationship with Paris? Dec. 12.

Something's Gotta Give: At 60, Harry Langer is one of New York's most eligible bachelors. When young auctioneer Marin invites him to a beach house in the Hamptons, he expects a romantic tryst. However, an unexpected visit from Marin's mother interrupts their plans. When Harry comes down with a sudden illness, Erica and Harry are forced to spend quiet time together. With Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Frances McDormand and Keanu Reeves. Dec. 12.

Stuck on You: A comedy about the oppositional relationship that evolves between a set of conjoined twins named Bob and Walt (Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear). One day, the duo lands a job on a TV show starring Cher, which results in quick fame and fortune. But will the new changes in their lives ultimately drive the twins apart? Dec. 12.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King: As the shadow of Mordor grows across the land, Aragorn is revealed as the hidden heir to the ancient kings. And while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing, the One Ring comes ever closer to the Cracks of Doom. Dec. 17.

The Barbarian Invasions: A revisiting of the principal characters of Denys Arcand's 1986 film The Decline of the American Empire. Remy, in his early 50s, is hospitalized. His ex-wife, Louise, asks their son Sebastien, long estranged from his father, to come home from London. Sebastien hesitates, but relents and soon is moving heaven and Earth to ease the ordeal that awaits Remy. He also reunites the merry band that marked Remy's past around his father's bedside. Dec. 19.

Mona Lisa Smile: Set in 1953 New England, a drama centering on a free-spirited Berkeley grad, Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts), who accepts a position to teach at Wellesley, a prestigious -- and conservative -- college for women. With Julia Stiles, Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Dec. 19.

Cheaper by the Dozen: When Tom Baker (Steve Martin) gets a job offer to coach football at Northwestern University in Chicago, he and his wife, Mary (Bonnie Hunt), move to the big city, which is a big change for them and their 12 children. Co-stars Hilary Duff and Piper Perabo. Dec. 25.

Cold Mountain: Inman (Jude Law), a Confederate soldier, is wounded in battle before heading home to North Carolina to his beloved Ada (Nicole Kidman), who is desperately trying to hold onto the farm of her deceased father. Inman's long journey takes him through the crumbling Confederacy, as he meets people who want to both aid and hinder his mission. Dec. 25.

House of Sand and Fog: Massoud Amir Behrani (Ben Kingsley) is living a lie to fulfill a dream. Once a member of the Shah of Iran's inner circle, he has brought his family to America to build a new life. Despite a pretense of continued affluence, he is barely making ends meet until he sees his opportunity in the auction of a house being sold for back taxes. Through a bureaucratic mistake, the house had been improperly seized from its rightful owner, Kathy Lazaro (Jennifer Connelly), a self-destructive alcoholic. Kathy decides to fight to recover her home at any cost. Dec. 25.

Paycheck: Brilliant computer engineer Michael Jennings (Ben Affleck) routinely has his short-term memory erased, so he can't divulge information about the top secret projects he works on. For his most recent gig, he gets not a paycheck, but a collection of random objects, and he is told that he had agreed to forfeit his payment. With his memory erased, Jennings must use the objects to discover what the deal is. Oh, and his last employer now wants him dead. Dec. 25.

Peter Pan: One more adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic novel. Does it ever really grow old? Dec. 25.

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