The low-down on this week's premieres
Considered by some to be the first courtroom horror film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose tells the true story of Anneliese Michel, a young German girl who died during an attempted exorcism. Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) is the lawyer defending Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson), the priest on trial for negligent homicide. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (Hellraiser: Inferno, which went straight to video in 2000).
From Lasse Hallstrom, the director that brought you The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, comes An Unfinished Life, starring Robert Redford (The Clearing), Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), and Jennifer Lopez (Shall We Dance?). Lopez plays a woman who reunites with her estranged rancher father-in-law and tries to make amends.
In The Man, Samuel L. Jackson (Coach Carter) is (what else?) badass special agent Derrick Vann, who is looking for the man who killed his partner. Along the way, Vann teams up with dental-supply salesman Andy Fidler (Eugene Levy) for an odd new partnership. At only 84 minutes, the film looks like a quick stakeout.
From Academy Award-nominated director Fernando Mierelles (City of God) comes The Constant Gardener, based on the best-selling novel by John le Carré, which follows British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) as he searches for the truth behind the murder of his wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz). `See "The root of some evil," September 1-7, 2005.`
In the German film The Edukators (Die Fetten Jahre sind vorbei), three friends prove their political radicalism by vandalizing the houses of rich Berliners. But when they break into the house of Hardenberg (Burghart Klaussner), a businessman one of them owes money, the childish misdemeanor turns into a kidnapping.
Jumping one country over to France, Á tout de suite (Right Now) is the story of an art student named Lili (Isild Le Besco), who falls in love and runs away with Bada (Ouassini Embarek), a bank robber.