EW Staff
August 20, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT


The Cookout

Fish don?t fry in the kitchen when a recently moneyed NBA draftee gets his rowdy family together for a backyard feast to the dismay of his new neighborhood. Rapper Storm P plays the B-baller finally getting a piece of the pie, while security guard Queen Latifah makes sure those beans don?t burn on the grill. (Sept. 3)


As a pompous hustler scammin? his siblings out of their inheritance, John C. Reilly recruits ”Y Tu Mamá También’s” Diego Luna into his world of tricks in a remake of Argentina?s ”Nine Queens.” The George Clooney?Steven Soderbergh-produced flick costars Maggie Gyllenhaal as the duped sister. (Sept. 10)

A Dirty Shame

John Waters? NC-17?rated fornication farce stars Tracey Ullman as a woman whose post-concussion syndrome requires healing of the sexual variety. Chris Isaak is there to provide that lovin? feeling. Also stars Johnny Knoxville. (Sept. 24)

Enduring Love

Samantha Morton and Daniel Craig lament a fatal hot-air-balloon accident before duking it out with fellow mourner/psycho Rhys Ifans, as adapted from Ian McEwan?s peculiar stalker story. Think ”The Talented Mr. Ripley” with Philip Seymour Hoffman replaced by a hot-air balloon. (Sept. 17)

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Nominated for Cannes? Palme d?Or, Mamoru Oshii?s lush follow-up to his 1995 anime cult hit shows an advanced society where the distinction between human and humanoid doesn?t exist. (Sept. 17)


Producer Mel Gibson pitched the story about a series of murders planned by an actor who doesn?t seem to like photographers. The film (with Tom Sizemore and Cole Hauser, below) marks the feature directorial debut of Gibson?s former barber. Seriously. (Sept. 3)

Paper Clips

In 1998, the students of Tennessee?s Whitwell Middle School set out to collect 6 million paper clips to visualize the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust. What the 425 predominantly white classmates lack in diversity, they make up for in heart…and steel. (Sept. 8)

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Milla Jovovich returns to the videogame spin-off with another movie involving a viral outbreak and the subsequent proliferation of bloodthirsty zombies. But this one?s special, if for no other reason than it?s set in a place named Raccoon City. (Sept. 10)

When Will I Be Loved

Vamp of all vamps Neve Campbell (above) really knows men in James Toback?s modern-day noir that mixes ”Double Indemnity” and ”Honeymoon in Vegas” with an Altmanesque assemblage, but friskier. Much friskier. (Sept. 10)


A thriller featuring ”The Perfect Score”’s Chris Evans as a young man who receives a cell-phone call from a frantic stranger (Kim Basinger) claiming she?s been kidnapped but doesn?t know her whereabouts. Adding to the suspense, Evans? phone battery is dying! And detective William H. Macy has a mustache! Egad! (Sept. 10)

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