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2001 Films

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Films: 2000 | 2001: Jan..Dec

SFFH films are in this color; other films shown are of associational, literary, or cinematic interest.
d. = director; wr. = writer(s); st. = stars
This page last updated 16 May 2001

Feb 2: Left Behind -- d. Victor Sarin. Based on the popular apocalyptic fantasy series by Tim LaHaye & Jerry Jenkins; released first on video this year, in theaters next year. website | IMDb

Feb 9: Hannibal -- d. Ridley Scott; st. Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore. From Thomas Harris's novel, follow-up to "The Silence of the Lambs". website | IMDb

Feb 23: Monkeybone -- d. Henry Selick; wr. Sam Hamm, based on Kaja Blackley's Dark Town comic book; st. Brendan Fraser, Whoopi Goldberg. A cartoonist is trapped in a fantasy world of his own creation. website | IMDb

Mar 2: The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick -- Limited release documentary/interview with the late SF writer.

Mar 9: Simon Magus -- wr./d. Ben Hopkins; st. Noah Taylor, Ian Holm, Rutger Hauer. A boy flees a 19th-century European village whose residents believe him possessed by the Devil. IMDb

Mar 30: Spy Kids -- d. Robert Rodriguez; wr. Robert Rodriguez; st. Antonio Banderas, George Clooney, Alan Cumming. website | IMDb

Apr 6: Just Visiting -- d. Jean-Marie Poire. Remake of popular French comedy about two 12th century Frenchman transported to present-day Chicago. website | IMDb

May 4: The Mummy Returns -- wr./d. Stephen Sommers; st. Brendan Fraser. Sequel. website | IMDb

May 16: Shrek -- d. Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson; wr. Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Roger S.H. Schulman, Joe Stillman; st. Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Camerorn Diaz (voices). Animated satire (directed at Disney) about an ogre and a princess; based on a William Steig storybook; state of the art computer animation. (DreamWorks) website | IMDb

May 18: Angel Eyes -- d. Luis Mandoki; wr. Gerald Di Pego; st. Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel. Chicago policewoman romances strange man who saves her life; maybe it's supernatural, maybe not. website | IMDb

May 18: Moulin Rouge -- d. Baz Luhrmann; wr. Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce; st. Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor. Musical set in 19th century Paris; an attempt to revive the form; mixed reception at Cannes. (Fox) website | IMDb

May 25: Pearl Harbor -- d. Michael Bay; wr. Randall Wallace; st. Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr. Big budget event pic about the Japanese attack on Hawaii -- from the director of the mostly reviled Armageddon. (Touchstone) website | IMDb

Jun 8: Atlantis: The Lost Empire -- d. Gary Trousedale & Kirk Wise; wr. Tab Murphy; st. Michael J. Fox, James Garner, Jim Varney, Leonard Nimoy (voices). Latest animation from Disney. (Disney) website | IMDb

Jun 8: Evolution -- d. Ivan Reitman; wr. Don Jakoby, David Diamond, David Weissman; st. David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones. SF comedy about aftermath of a meteor strike on Earth; heavily rewritten; cartoon spin-off already in development. (DreamWorks) website | IMDb

Jun 15: Tomb Raider -- d. Simon West; wr. Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Simon West; st. Angelina Jolie, John Voigt. Adaptation of popular video game. (Paramount) website | IMDb

Jun 22: Dr. Doolittle 2 -- d. Steve Carr; wr. Larry Levin; st. Eddie Murphy. Sequel. (Fox) website | IMDb

Jun 29: A.I. -- d. Steven Spielberg; wr. Steven Spielberg, Ian Watson, Brian Aldiss; st. Jude Law, Haley Joel Osment. Spielberg's production of Stanley Kubrick's uncompleted project, from a short story by Brian Aldiss. website | IMDb

Jul 4: Cats & Dogs -- d. Larry Guterman; wr. John Requa, Glenn Ficarra; st. Jeff Goldblum; voices of Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon. Live action/CGI hybrid about the war between felines and canines. (Warner Bros.) website | IMDb

Jul 4: Scary Movie 2 -- d. Keenen Ivory Wayans; wr. Shawn Wayans, et al; st. Tim Curry, Chris Elliott, Tori Spelling. Sequel. (Dimension) IMDb

Jul 11: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within -- d. Hironobu Sakaguchi; wr. Al Reinart & Jeff Vintar; st. Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Ving Rhames (voices). Computer-game adaptation with the latest CGI animation -- the latest step in replacing actors with virtual actors. (Columbia) website | IMDb

Jul 18: Jurassic Park III -- d. Joe Johnston; wr. Peter Buchman; st. Sam Neill, William H. Macy, Tea Leoni, Laura Dern. Sequel. (Universal) website | IMDb

Jul 27: Planet of the Apes -- d. Tim Burton; wr. William Broyles Jr., Lawrence Konner, Mark D. Rosenthal; st. Mark Wahlberg, Kris Kristofferson, Tim Roth, Helena Bonham Carter. New version -- not a remake, the director insists -- of the 1968 Charlton Heston film; hugely expensive. (Fox) website | IMDb

Aug 10: Osmosis Jones -- d. Peter & Bobby Farrelly; wr. Marc Hyman; st. Bill Murray. Live action/animation about virus vs. cops inside Bill Murray's blood stream; gross-out comedy meets Fantastic Voyage. (Warner Bros.) website | IMDb

Aug 10: The Others -- wr./d. Alejandro Amenábar; st. Nicole Kidman, Fionulla Flanagan, Alakina Mann, James Bentley. Atmospheric thriller about a woman and her two children in a haunted house off the coast of England. website | IMDb

Aug 24: The Curse of the Jade Scorpion -- wr./d. Woody Allen; st. Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, Dan Aykroyd. 1940s period comedy involving an insurance investigator whose mind is invaded by a thief's. (DreamWorks) website | IMDb

Aug 24: Ghosts of Mars -- d. John Carpenter; wr. Larry Sulkis, John Carpenter; st. Ice Cube, Natasha Henstridge. Mars colonists are possessed by Martian ghosts. (Screen Gems) website | IMDb

Aug 24: Happy Accidents -- wr./d. Brad Anderson; st. Marisa Tomei, Vincent D'Onofrio. Woman dates a guy who claims he's from the future; opening only in New York. (IFC Films) IMDb

Aug 31: Jeepers Creepers -- wr./d. Victor Salva; st. Gina Phillips, Justin Long. Thriller about a road trip and a supernatural force. (United Artists) website | IMDb

Sep 7: Soul Survivors -- wr./d. Steve Carpenter; st. Wes Bentley, Casey Affleck, Eliza Dushku. Supernatural thriller; much-delayed (partly to reduce the rating from R to PG-13), which is never a good sign. website | IMDb

Sep 28: Hearts in Atlantis -- d. Scott Hicks; wr. William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King; st. Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis, David Morse. A young boy is befriended by a mysterious boarder. website | IMDb

Oct 12: Mulholland Drive -- wr./d. David Lynch; st. Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring. David Lynch weirdness about two women in LA; won him Best Director at Cannes. website | IMDb

Oct 19: From Hell -- d. Albert & Allen Hughes; wr. Terry Hayes, Rafael Yglesias; based on graphic novel by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell; st. Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm. The hunt for Jack the Ripper. website | IMDb

Oct 26: 13 Ghosts -- d. Steve Beck; wr. Todd Alcott, Richard D'Ovidio, James Gunn, Neal Stevens; st. Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, F. Murray Abraham. Remake of 1960 William Castle thriller. IMDb

Oct 26: K-PAX -- d. Iain Softley; wr. Bryant Goluboff, Charles Leavitt, based on novel by Gene Brewer; st. Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey. A man who claims to be from another planet is sent to a mental hospital. website | IMDb

Nov 2: Monsters, Inc. -- d. Pete Docter; wr. Andrew Stanton; st. voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, James Coburn. Pixar animation about monsters that inhabit kids' closets. website | IMDb

Nov 2: The One -- d. James Wong; wr. Glen Morgan, James Wong; st. Jet Li. Jet Li fights the Jet Li from an alternate universe. IMDb

Nov 16: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- d. Chris Columbus; wr. Steven Kloves, based on novel by J.K. Rowling; st. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Maggie Smith. Need you ask?. website | IMDb

Dec 14: Vanilla Sky -- wr./d. Cameron Crowe; st. Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Jason Lee. Remake of Open Your Eyes (first film of The Others director Alejandro Amenabar). IMDb

Dec 19: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring -- d. Peter Jackson; wr. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens; st. Elijah Wood, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee. First part of ambitious adaptation of Tolkien's trilogy, to be released in yearly installments. (New Line) website | IMDb

Dec 21: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius -- d. John A. Davis. Kiddie animation about a boy and his robot dog rocketing into space to defeat evil. IMDb

Dec 21: The Majestic -- d. Frank Darabont; wr. Michael Sloane; st. Jim Carrey. Capra-inspired story of blacklisted 1951 screenwriter who loses his memory and is mistaken for someone else in a small town. IMDb

Dec 25: A Beautiful Mind -- d. Ron Howard; wr. Akiva Goldsman, based on nonfiction by Sylvia Nasar; st. Russell Crowe, Ed Harris. Biopic about schizophrenic mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. IMDb

Dec 25: Impostor -- d. Gary Fleder; wr. Caroline Case, Ehren Kruger, David Twohy, Scott Rosenberg; st. Gary Sinise, Vincent D'Onofrio. Based on the Philip K. Dick story. IMDb

Film listings are drawn Coming Attractions, Web Film Release Schedule, IMDb's upcoming movie releases, and periodic listings in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly. Dates are for scheduled first releases in major US cities, and are highly subject to change!.
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