Movie Article

Also playing in September

''A Secret,'' ''Elite Squad,'' and ''A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,'' will be hitting theaters this month

Balls of Fury didn't satisfy your yen for table-
tennis comedy? Try Ping Pong Playa (9/5), about a Chinese-American with mad skills who tries to lead a group of youngsters to Pong 
glory.... If that's too bouncy, we'll let you in on A 
Secret (9/5), a romantic tragedy set in Nazi-
occupied France.... In the dark Scottish dramedy Mister Foe, Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) plays a 
 voyeuristic young man trying to find love and come to terms with his mother's death (9/5).... Fans of 2003's City of God, get your next 
 Brazilian-grit fix from Elite Squad (9/19), a drama set in the crime-ridden slums of Rio.... John Cusack adds a new chapter to one of Hollywood's most perplexing careers by voicing a hunchbacked lab assistant in the CGI kiddie comedy Igor (9/19).... Which may prove downright cheery compared with Hounddog, a Southern gothic drama better known as "the 
 Dakota Fanning rape movie" (9/19).... What if you moved into a new house and found yourself being terrorized by your neighbor? What if that neighbor was a cop (Samuel L. Jackson)? What if Neil LaBute 
 directed a thriller called Lakeview Terrace (9/19)... Kate Hudson, Dane Cook, and Jason Biggs star in a tragedy set in Nazi-occupied France. Kidding! It's the R-rated romantic comedy My Best Friend's Girl (9/19)! ... Remember the riots that broke out at the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting? 
 If not, Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron will drop some history on you in Battle in Seattle (9/19).... Conflict of a more domestic sort is the focus of Wayne Wang's Chinese father-daughter drama A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (9/19).... Pro rugby gets its long-awaited uplifting-sports-movie treatment (complete with Rudy's Sean Astin!) in Forever Strong (9/26).... The 
 latest Iraq-related film, The Lucky Ones (9/26), stars Rachel McAdams, Michael Peña, and Tim Robbins as soldiers on a road trip.... If that's too heavy, Humboldt County (9/26), about a med student living among pot farmers, should take the edge off.


Originally posted Aug 15, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints