Feature: Film Guide
Summer Film Guide 2007
Sequels, sequels and more sequels!
It looks like the unofficial motto for this summer’s movie season is, “The third time’s a charm!”
Between Labor Day and Memorial Day, cineplex patrons will be greeted by a swarm of franchise films offering up their third installment. We’ve already had Spider-Man 3. Shrek the Third is about to open. Still on the horizon: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Ocean’s Thirteen, The Bourne Ultimatum and Rush Hour 3. Of course, they’re all trumped by Bruce Willis returning for the fourth time as Detective John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard. Then again, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has got that beat with the fifth installment of its particular series. But if you really want to start adding up numbers, this August’s release of Halloween is technically the ninth outing for Michael Myers and pals.
Perhaps the motto of this summer should be, “If you haven’t seen it before, we don’t got it!”
Note: All opening dates are subject to change.
It Came from Hollywood (Or Not!)
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May 25Angel-AFrench action director Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita) changes gears with this arty romantic fantasy about a suicidal beauty who helps an inept scam artist save his hide from some nasty gangsters. BugWilliam Friedkin of Exorcist fame directs this psycho thriller about a paranoid, crazy war vet who sees insects everywhere and holes up with a lonely woman (Ashley Judd) in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. Based on the stageplay by Tracy Letts.Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndThe cast of the mega-blockbuster smasheroo return in another effects-filled sequel. This time around, Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom are sailing to the ends of the Earth and joining forces with all the world's pirate lords (including Chow Yun-Fat) to battle the bad guys. PaprikaJapanese master animator Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers) contributes this surreal sci-fi film about a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients’ dreams.WaitressIn this comedy-romance, a pregnant, unhappily married waitress (Keri Russell) falls in love with a newcomer to her small Southern town.
July 20Arctic Tale Hoping to cash in on some of the March of the Penguins action, this family-style documentary follows the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf and that of a mother polar bear and her cubs.
Fierce People Diane Lane plays a massage therapist who dreams of getting out of New York City to join the father of her son, an anthropologist in South America who's studying the Yanomami people.Goya's GhostsThe life of painter Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgård) is portrayed in this historical biopic by Milos Foreman, the man who gave us Amadeus. HairsprayJohn Waters' 1988 classic about life in music-mad ’60s Baltimore got turned into a hit Broadway musical. Now, it gets turned back into a movie—just like The Producers! Newcomer Nicole Blonsky stars and John Travolta dresses in drag.I Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryAdam Sandler and Kevin James star in this broad comedy about two firefighters who pretend to be married gay lovers in order to qualify for quality domestic partner benefits. So, it's basically La Cage Aux Folles in reverse.Introducing the DwightsThis coming-of-age comedy is set in Australia where a shy, inexperienced 20-year-old tries to break free of his raucous comedienne mother (Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn) with the help of an assertive girlfriend.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry