From gritty to funny this week in theaters


Published: Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2003 at 10:01 p.m.
Local movie theaters premiere a wide range of films this week, from a gritty, crime drama to a comedy featuring Nicolas Cage.
"Adaptation" stars Cage as both a talented but insecure screenwriter and his very opposite twin brother.
The film deals with the writer's attempt to adapt an offbeat book into a movie. But he can't do it.
Meanwhile his brother, who isn't a good writer, pounds out a bad script about a serial killer and sells it.
Cage plays Charlie Kaufman and his twin, Donald. There really is a Charlie Kaufman, who wrote "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation."
Also starring Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and John Cusack, the movie opens Friday at Royal Park.
Also opening Friday at Royal Park is "Narc," with Jason Patric and Ray Liotta. Patric plays an undercover cop who hits bottom after a case involving a baby's death.
But he's pulled back into the business after Liotta's partner is killed in the line of duty.
Among the other dramas premiering in Gainesville this week are "Evelyn" and "All or Nothing."
Pierce Brosnan departs from his usual role as a dashing spy to play a father desperately trying to recover his children from an orphanage after his wife leaves the family.
The film is set in 1950s Ireland and based on a real case. The country's Family Act of 1941 didn't allow a single father to care for his kids. The movie opens Friday at Butler Plaza.
"All or Nothing," starting Friday at the Hippodrome Cinema, is set in London, where a couple rediscovers their love after an unexpected tragedy.
Other movies premiering are "Antwone Fisher," about an emotionally troubled U.S. Navy ensign and his psychiatrist; "Just Married," a comedy starring Ashton Kutcher from "That '70s Show;" "El Crimen Del Padre Amaro," a foreign drama about a priest who falls in love with a teen-age girl; and "Intacto," a thriller that focuses on people who are preternaturally lucky. All open Friday at Butler Plaza. "Just Married" also premieres at Gator Cinemas Oaks 4 West.
Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or fisherl@gainesvillesun.com.

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