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Summer Movie Preview
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Tuesday, 13 June 2006 20:26

Summer is here, but it looks like it’s going to be a rainy one! Now we have an excuse to spend more time at the movies. Here’s a look through my eyes at what to look forward to (or not) in the coming months!


Nacho Libre –
Hmm… Jack Black in a spandex leotard… a somewhat disturbing visual. Let’s see if Jared Hess can duplicate the unprecedented success of Napoleon Dynamite.

Click –
Looks like Adam Sandler is once again playing himself in a mediocre comedy. In this one he plays a man who discovers a remote control that lets him pause, fast forward or rewind his life. Am I the only one who notices that this is the same old freeze-frame technology used in commercials five years ago? I don’t doubt it will do well at the box-office despite my tepid reaction.

The Devil Wears Prada –
Based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger about lives of the rich and snobby. Meryl Streep plays the cat to Anne Hathaway’s mouse as the editor of a fashion magazine. Looks promising, and I’ll bet Meryl makes Damien from The Omen look like an angel.

You, Me, and Dupree –
The preview is uninspiring but Owen Wilson is usually enough to spark my curiosity. He plays a houseguest who moves in with some newlyweds and never leaves.

Little Man –
The Wayans brothers return to waste your time and money yet again. I get the feeling these guys are conducting an experiment to see how bad a movie can be while still turning a profit. Marlon plays a little person who uses his baby disguise to get chicks. Wow. That is wrong on so many levels.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend –
Uma Thurman plays a superhero that unleashes her powers on the guy who broke up with her. Uma is at her best when the subject is revenge.

Bon Cop Bad Cop –
A Canadian film starring Colm Feore. I saw the preview at Empire 8 in Moncton recently and it got big laughs from the crowd. Hurray for Canadian content!

Clerks II –
The long awaited sequel to Kevin Smith’s cult classic. We’ll soon see if the wait was too long to bring back an audience.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby –
An unusual title will make or break this NASCAR comedy starring Will Ferrell.


Monster House –
Literally. An animated film about a house that gobbles people up. It looks like it will be fun but might have benefited from an October release instead of mid summer.

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties –
The first Garfield movie was such a huge failure that producers figure they have nothing left to lose.

The Ant Bully –
Apparently ants are so entertaining that we need a third full-length animated feature about them.


Superman Returns –
This new take on Superman should be worth seeing if only for the inspired casting of Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor! Bryan Singer left X-Men 3 to direct this latest installment, which is a continuation, not a remake of the Christopher Reeve classics. We’ll see how newcomer Brandon Routh fits his cape as the new Man of Steel.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest –

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow. The first movie was a surprise hit and good old-fashioned family entertainment. Even with gold teeth, matted hair, and grimy hands, Johnny is still sexy. It’s the eye-makeup. And the boots, don’t forget the boots…

Miami Vice –
Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx fill the high fashion shoes of Crockett and Tubbs. Don’t expect any pink shirts and white suits though, since this adaptation has been updated for today.

Horror / Thriller:

Pulse –
Another American remake of a Japanese horror film. Maybe we should have a Hollywood foreign exchange and send American writers abroad to learn creativity. This one is about ghosts in computers and cell phones.

Lady in the Water –
An intriguing story about a water nymph trapped in our world that gets rescued by Paul Giamatti. This just might be M. Night Shyamalan’s weirdest film yet.

Snakes on a Plane –

The name says it all. It’s got snakes. It’s got a plane. And it’s got Samuel L. Jackson.

A Scanner Darkly –

Live action photography and animation combine to bring this dark tale of the future, based on a Phillip K. Dick novel. Looks cool, but these stylized films seem to fall by the wayside. Reminds me of Ralph Bakshi’s animated Lord of the Rings, or Richard Linklater’s Waking Life.


The Lake House –

Slim pickings by way of summer romances. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock pair up again in this drama about two people connecting even though they live two years apart.

Scoop –
I know nothing about this movie but Hugh Jackman is in it, and where Hugh goes I go.

World Trade Center –

My worst nightmare: Terrorism and Nicholas Cage combined! This is a prime example of what a 911 movie shouldn’t be, and to make matters worse it’s directed by Oliver Stone.

Have a great summer. See you at the movies!