Movies for the week of May 4…
Opening MAY 6:
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.
Le Grand Role’— This French dramedy centers on an actor who finally gets his big break (starring in a Yiddish film adaptation of ‘“The Merchant Of Venice’”) just as his wife suffers a serious illness.
Jiminy Glick In La La Wood’— Martin Short’s Comedy Central interview show ‘“Primetime Glick’” has, for what presumably was once a good reason but currently escapes us, been turned into a feature-length movie. Absent the real-life celebrity interviews that provide the television program with much of its humor, there’s a Fatty Arbuckle-esque Hollywood murder mystery scandal to drive the plot.
Mysterious Skin’— Gregg Araki’s adaptation of Scott Heim’s novel pairs two young men who are troubled by demons from their past: Neil, who was molested by his Little League coach, and Brian, who was, he believes, abducted by aliens.
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.
Batman Begins’— 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. 6/17/05
War Of The Worlds’—Steven Spielberg is the latest to take a stab at adapting H.G. Wells’ invading Martians story. Considering that Tom Cruise’s name will be joining Spielberg’s on the posters, we’re guessing he’ll be quite successful at it. 6/29/05
Fantastic Four’—The latest comic book series to move to the big screen is Marvel’s Fantastic Four, with our super-powered heroes being played by Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Ioan Gruffudd. 7/1/05
Bewitched’—It’s not quite a remake of the classic television sitcom, but rather, a movie about a remake of the classic television sitcom. No, Charlie Kaufman didn’t write the script–that job fell to Nora Ephron, who also directs. Will Ferrell stars as the actor playing Darrin Stephens, and Nicole Kidman stars as the actress in the Samantha role. The catch: she’s not just playing a witch; she really is one. 7/8/05
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory’—It’s hard to imagine a more interesting and creepy Willy Wonka than Gene Wilder, but Johnny Depp will certainly give it a try in this new take on the classic Roald Dahl story by director Tim Burton. 7/15/05
The Pink Panther’—Trying to inhabit the role made famous by the incomparable Peter Sellers is certainly risky business, but if anyone can do it–and that’s a big if–Steve Martin might just be the man. 9/23/05
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire’—Installment number four is entrusted to director Mike Newell, with Ralph Fiennes joining the cast. At some point, J.K. Rowling is going to have to start writing the books faster, because the movies are starting to gain on her. 11/18/05
The Brothers Grimm’—Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys) is slated to direct this dark tale that intertwines the real life stories of the famed brothers with elements of their fiction. The cast includes Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Jonathan Pryce and Robin Williams. 11/23/05
King Kong’—Peter Jackson’s next challenge after the Lord Of The Rings trilogy is remaking the 1933 classic ape story. Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody star. 12/14/05
The Producers’—Mel Brooks’ comedy has gone from movie to Broadway musical and now back to movie again in this new on-screen version utilizing the Broadway version’s songs and stars (Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick). 12/21/05
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’—The first of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles Of Narnia series to make it to the big screen stars Tilda Swinton as the evil White Witch. If it does well at the box office, the good news for Disney is that there are six more books in the Chronicles just waiting to be made into sequels. 12/25/05