Movie shorts for the week of June 15…


June 15, Wednesday:

Batman Begins ‘— A bat is born…Another Batman movie, another Batman. This time around, it’s Christian Bale who stars as a young Bruce Wayne/Batman, with Memento’s Christopher Nolan directing.

June 17, Friday:

The Perfect Man ‘— Duff… Man…Hilary Duff’s annual summer movie co-stars TV’s Heather Locklear and TV’s Chris Noth. Duff plays a teenage girl (a stretch, we know) who attempts to set her single mother up with ‘— get this ‘— the perfect man.

Heights ‘— Writer-director Chris Terrio’s debut is an ensemble Merchant-Ivory production set in a 24-hour period in (present-day) New York City. Glenn Close heads the cast. LIMITED

My Summer Of Love ‘— This coming-of-age story finds two 16-year-old English girls developing an attraction for each other. LIMITED

June 22, Wednesday:

Herbie: Fully Loaded ‘— The fifth Beetle … film number five in the Herbie the Love Bug series (albeit the first installment in 25 years) finds the self-driving Volkswagen now owned by Lindsay Lohan and training for the NASCAR circuit. KITT, you’ve been served.

In Theaters:

Mr. & Mrs. Smith ‘— The couple that kills together stays together…The on-screen (we did say ‘“on-screen,’” right?) relationship between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is the focus of this comedic thriller about two married assassins whose next targets are… each other. Doug Liman directs.

The Adventures Of Shark Boy And Lava Girl In 3-D ‘— Robert Rodriguez’s latest 3-D spectacular for the young ‘uns follows a 10 year old on his adventures with his two imaginary pals. NATIONWIDE

High Tension ‘— Two college girls make the big mistake of going to a secluded countryhouse to study for their exams in this French slasher flick. Turns out it isn’t really any quieter out in the country, what with all the screaming.

The Honeymooners ‘— Cedric The Entertainer handles the Jackie Gleason role of Ralph Kramden in this feature film update of the classic sitcom. Presumably, the threats of spousal abuse have been scaled back from the original. NATIONWIDE

Cinderella Man ‘— Russell Crowe: Always looking for a fight… Ron Howard’s Depression-era drama is based on the true story of New Yorker Jim Braddock (played by Russell Crowe), a dirt-poor man who turned (successfully) to boxing as a means to feed his family. Reneee Zellweger and Paul Giamatti also star.

Lords Of Dogtown ‘— This fictionalized version of the Venice/Santa Monica skateboarding scene in the 1970s (as documented in Dogtown and Z-Boys) was written by that documentary’s director (Stacy Peralta) and directed by Thirteen’s Catherine Hardwicke. Heath Ledger and Johnny Knoxville star. NATIONWIDE

Rock School ‘— Life imitates art (well, maybe not art, but School of Rock) in this documentary, which focuses on rock music instructor Paul Green and his pre-teen and teenage students. LIMITED

The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants’— To us, it’s just another pants movie, but if you’re a teenage girl, you’ll recognize this as an adaptation of Ann Brashares’ bestselling novel about four friends who share a pair of jeans’—magical jeans. Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel (TV’s Rory Gilmore) star.

The Longest Yard ‘— Every 31 years like clockwork …The 1974 Burt Reynolds comedy about a football game between a group of prisoners and their guards has been remade as a 2005 Burt Reynolds comedy about a football game between a group of prisoners and their guards. Adam Sandler and Chris Rock also head up the cast.

Madagascar ‘— DreamWorks Animation’s latest attempt to boost its flagging stock price finds a group of CGI animals in the Central Park Zoo deciding to head back into the wild, with presumably hilarious results. The vocal cast includes Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer and Sacha Baron Cohen (aka TV’s Ali G.). NATIONWIDE

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith ‘— Good night Jar Jar, well, it’s time to go…as the Roman numeral indicates, this is the sixth and final installment in George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy. Or something like that. You know the score: Anakin gets angry, turns to the dark side, falls in some lava, and puts on a Darth Vader costume. But it isn’t all bad news; Jar Jar has little screen time, and there’s a whole army of Wookies. And it may just be good enough to make you forget all about episodes I and II.

Kicking & Screaming- Imagine a soccer version of The Bad News Bears with Will Ferrell as the coach. Now imagine it not sucking. Well, one out of two ain’t bad.