COMING SOON: Teen Flick Gets ‘Down to You’

Tired of Oscar-worthy dramas? In the mood for (hey!) a teen flick? Your time is here (again).

Down to You,” a Generation Y romance starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles, leads the pack of new releases this week, presumably to the delight of the nation’s mall rats.

Elsewhere, a host of critically acclaimed (or in teenspeak: boring and long) films previously in limited engagements will add screens. That list includes: “Angela’s Ashes,” “A Map of the World” and “Titus“.

Here’s a complete list of films opening this week:


Angela’s Ashes” (Paramount) — Adapted from Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, this film documents the author’s childhood in Ireland during the 1930s and ’40s. Emily Watson (“Hilary & Jackie“) and Robert Carlyle (“Trainspotting“) co-star as Frank’s working-class parents. Directed by Alan Parker. (Expanded release)

“Diamonds” (Miramax) — In an effort to bond with estranged son Dan Aykroyd, former prizefighter Kirk Douglas takes his son and grandson on a road trip to Reno in search of 13 stolen diamonds, stashed away years ago. Lauren Bacall co-stars. (Expanded release)

Down to You” (Miramax) — Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles play a young college couple whose precarious romance is blighted by the pull and tug between true love and the temptation to wander astray from commitment. (Wide release)

A Map of the World” (First Look) — Based on the novel by Jane Hamilton, this drama casts Sigourney Weaver as a married woman whose tranquil life in rural Wisconsin is shattered after the accidental drowning of a friend’s daughter. Julianne Moore, Chloe Sevigny and David Strathairn co-star. (Expanded release)

Play It to the Bone” (Buena Vista) — Out-of-work boxing rivals (and friends) Woody Harrelson and Antonio Banderas get the chance of their lifetimes to work together in Las Vegas. Directed by “Bull Durham‘s” Ron Shelton. (Expanded release)

Rear Window” (USA) — A restored version of the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Jimmy Stewart as a housebound magazine photographer whose voyeuristic pastime unwittingly unravels a murder in the apartment facing his rear window. (Limited release)

Titus” (Fox Searchlight) — In Shakespeare’s epic tale of revenge, Anthony Hopkins stars as Titus Andronicus, the Roman general who sows the seeds of vengeance when he executes the son of the enemy queen, played by Jessica Lange. Alan Cumming co-stars. (Expanded release)

Topsy-Turvy” (USA) — Acclaimed director Mike Leigh‘s tale of operetta composers Gilbert and Sullivan. The film traces the duo’s bumpy collaboration. Jim Broadbent and Allan Corduner co-star. (Expanded release)