Opening MAY 13:
Monster-In-Law- J.Lo vs. J.Fo …Jane Fonda ends her 15-year hiatus from the big screen for… a chance to be Jennifer Lopez’s mother-in-law in a Meet The Parents knock-off? Perhaps retirement was the better option.
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.
Mindhunters- On a remote island used for training FBI agents in the art of psychological profiling, the trainees realize that one of them is actually a serial killer and is murdering the others one by one. Can the agents use their newly-learned techniques to catch the killer? Will they at least be able to win the immunity challenge and avoid being murdered for another week? Can a movie that has sat on the shelf for several years make any money? Val Kilmer stars for director Renny Harlin.
Unleashed- Known as Danny The Dog in Europe, Luc Besson’s hybrid action/drama flick stars Jet Li as a man raised as a slave and treated (literally) like a dog by a crime boss (Bob Hoskins) who uses him to attack his enemies until he is rescued by a kindly blind man (played, naturally, by Morgan Freeman).
Layer Cake- This English gangster film marks the first turn behind the camera for Matthew Vaughn, who previously served as a producer on three Guy Ritchie films.
Mad Hot Ballroom- Elementary schoolers in a ballroom dance contest? Sounds like a hit documentary to us.
Modigliani- Andy Garcia stars as the Italian painter in this biopic set in 1919 Paris.
Tell Them Who You Are- Mark Wexler’s documentary, ostensibly about the career of his father (cinematographer Haskell Wexler), becomes more about the pair’s father-son relationship as the movie progresses.
Kingdom Of Heaven’—For all of you 12th century fans…Ridley Scott’s latest historical epic is set during the Crusades, withOrlando Bloom and Liam Neeson heading the cast.
House Of Wax’— This horror movie about a pair of murderous brothers who display their victims’ corpses in an abandoned house of wax figures features such ‘“stars’” as Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Jared Padalecki and Paris Hilton.
Brothers’— A man steps in to care for his older brother’s family when the latter–a UN peacekeeper on a mission in Afghanistan–is missing and presumed dead. His growing relationship with his sister-in-law poses a problem, however, when the not-so-dead brother is found and returns home.
Crash’—Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Paul Haggis makes his directorial debut with this racially-charged ensemble drama about a baker’s dozen of Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect. The cast includes Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock and Brendan Fraser.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’—Don’t panic… at least until you read the reviews…Douglas Adams’ beloved novel gets the big-budget Hollywood treatment, with Adams himself writing the first draft of the script before his death. You’ll see some scenes that weren’t in the book, and you’ll also see Martin Freeman (from BBC’s ‘“The Office’”) as Arthur Dent, Mos Def as Ford Prefect, and Sam Rockwell as both heads of Zaphod Beeblebrox.
XXX: State Of The Union’— This sequel to the 2002 spy movie XXX returns neither the director (Rob Cohen) nor the star (Vin Diesel) of that movie, but does feature Ice Cube and Samuel L. Jackson, with Lee Tamahori directing. All in all, it sounds like an upgrade.
3-Iron’— This Korean drama follows a young homeless man who breaks into and lives in vacant homes while their owners are away… that is, until one home proves to be not so vacant after all. Can you say ‘“love interest’”?
Beauty Shop’— At least it beats ‘Supercuts: The Movie’ …Queen Latifah, Mena Suvari, Kevin Bacon and Alicia Silverstone star in this spinoff from Barbershop. Yes, people, we have a franchise. Repeat: we have a franchise. [Rated PG-13]
Guess Who’—Ashton Kutcher is the new Sidney Poitier?…In this bizarro (and comedic) take on Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Ashton Kutcher is invited to meet the in-laws (including Bernie Mac), who are surprised to discover that he’s white.