film openings

Next Friday

CHILDREN OF MEN -- (Universal Pictures) Alfonso Cuaron directs this sci-fi drama about the lone pregnant woman on an Earth gone sterile, circa 2027. Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine star.


CODE NAME: THE CLEANER -- (New Line Cinema) Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu and Nicollette Sheridan star in this action-comedy spoof of The Bourne Identity.

FREEDOM WRITERS -- (Paramount Pictures) Hilary Swank stars as a teacher who helps her troubled charges confront the violence around them through the written word. Co-starring Baltimore's Mario.


HAPPILY N'EVER AFTER -- (Lionsgate) Animated tale about an evil alliance threatening Fairy Tale Land. With the voices of Sigourney Weaver, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.

LITTLE CHILDREN -- (New Line Cinema) Todd Field adapts Tom Perrotta's novel about two suburban, stay-at-home parents (Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson) who resort to an affair to assuage their anxieties.

THE PAINTED VEIL -- (Warner Independent Pictures) An update of the 1934 romance stars Naomi Watts as a neglected wife who finds meaning in an affair and in the fight against cholera. Edward Norton co-stars.

PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER -- (Paramount Pictures) Thriller about an 18th-century man with no scent who aims to make the ultimate perfume. Tom Tykwer directs.

THR3E -- (Fox) From the Saw school of horror, a thriller about a psychopath who makes a game out of death.

Jan. 12

ALPHA DOG -- (Universal)



MISS POTTER -- (Weinstein Co.)

NOTES ON A SCANDAL -- (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

PATHFINDER -- (20th Century Fox)

STOMP THE YARD -- (Screen Gems)

VOLVER -- (Sony Pictures Classics)