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2007 Summer Movie Preview
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 28 May 2007 00:00
Ok, so I’m a little late with the movie preview… But don’t blame me. In the immortal words of Milli Vanilli, “blame it on the rain” folks! After all, if the sun would actually make an appearance a little more often, it might actually feel like summer movie season is here. But despite the fact that a few major Hollywood Blockbusters have already come and gone this season, there is still plenty left to look forward to!

Comedy:

Knocked Up –
Like a virgin – The 40 Year Old Virgin that is, Knocked Up is penned by Judd Apatow who proved that raunchy comedy can still have a heart. Hopefully lighting will strike twice with this comedy starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl.

Evan Almighty –
Speaking of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Steve Carell himself is returning to theatres. Reprising his scene stealing role from Bruce Almighty, Carell plays an anchorman who is chosen by God to be the next Noah. If nothing else it will be fun to see Carell swarmed with animals two by two!

License to Wed –
Another alum of The Office (John Krasinski) stars as a hubby-to-be who is forced to take marriage prep classes. Mandy Moore and Robin Williams also star.

Hairspray –
Kill me now! Before I have to witness the spectacle of John Travolta in a fat suit playing the mother – that’s right, I said mother – of a teenager determined to dance on television. This will be Travolta’s first singing role since Grease. I love musicals but this does nothing for me.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry –
About ten years too late… this comedy is about a couple of firefighters (Kevin James and Adam Sandler) who pretend to be gay in order to qualify for benefits. This concept is so outdated, and but it may still hit a few sore spots.

The Ten –
An off-the-wall festival flick that sounds pretty intriguing. The biblical ten commandments are shown in a modern and non-traditional light. This film that is getting rave reviews and features an amazing ensemble cast.

Rush Hour 3 –
Was this really necessary? I’m glad to see Jackie Chan is still kickin’ but this movie gets a big “No thank you” from me. Chris Tucker is the human embodiment of nails on a chalk board.

Wedding Daze –
After a bad breakup a guy jokingly asks a waitress to marry him, and she spontaneously says “Yes”. But perhaps this impromptu arrangement will work in their favor. Starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher from Wedding Crashers.

Family

Nancy Drew –

A contemporary take on the classic books has Nancy investigating a Hollywood murder that took place in her own home. This looks like it might be a lot of fun, and besides young girls could use more smart, quasi-nerdy role models!

Rattatouille –
This is Pixar’s latest offering so it has some pretty big expectations to live up to. The preview looks promising and sets the scene about a rat named Remy who loves culinary arts.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix –

Part five of the series with another new director, but thankfully the same cast as the previous installments fans of the Potter series are breathing a sigh of relief. Is it possible that a seven part movie series can pull off top-notch quality every time? I for one can’t wait to find out!

The Simpsons Movie –
Rumors of this have been flying since I was in the seventh grade! Let’s hope it was worth the wait.

Stardust –

A quirky fantasy about a star (literally) that falls to earth (Claire Danes) and then must escape from a witch obsessed with staying young (Michelle Pfeiffer). Looks very opulent and interesting!

Action:

Ocean’s Thirteen –

The boys are back for another go round and this time they are out to prove the critics wrong. Apparently George Clooney signed on to prove that they can do better than Ocean’s Twelve which was a flop.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer –
I can’t believe the first film, one of the worst in recent history, even did well enough to spawn a sequel. Let’s hope the actor’s faces have thawed enough to display some sort of emotion. I’ve never seen acting look like it hurts so bad.

Live Free or Die Hard –

With this typically American patriotic title, you know there’s bound to be a flag shot somewhere. Bruce Willis returns looking more bad ass than ever. I’m intrigued simply because Justin Long costars (the Mac guy from the commercials).

Transformers –
Three words: “I – Can’t – Wait”.
Judging from the previews this will be a winner and it will be nice to see what Shia LeBeouf (last seen in Disturbia) does next.

Rescue Dawn –
I watched a preview for this recently and it actually had me intrigued. I’ve had enough of war movies, but this one looks different and focuses on the capture of a US pilot during the Vietnam War. Christian Bale stars.

The Bourne Ultimatum –
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is on the run again and lets hope that this third installment isn’t a let down like Spiderman 3.

Horror / Thriller:

Mr. Brooks –

When he’s given good roles Kevin Costner can still do great things as he demonstrated in The Upside of Anger. Here he gets to sink his teeth into the life of a serial killer which could prove to be a rewarding career move.

Hostel Part II –
Uughh. I don’t plan on seeing this, but feel free if you are so inclined. Personally I don’t think I could stomache it!

1408 –
Based on a Stephen King short story about a hotel room that becomes the personal hell of anyone who inhabits it. Looks like it could provide some fun Hollywood style seat jumpers.

I Know Who Killed Me –
Apparently Lindsay Lohan found shooting this film very emotional given the subject matter about a woman who takes on a different life after escaping a serial killer. Too bad about the unfortunate title that makes it sound like a made for TV drama starring Tori Spelling.

Drama:

A Mighty Heart –

In 2002 the world was shocked by Internet video showing the beheading of kidnapped reporter Daniel Pearl. Angelina Jolie stars in the challenging role of his widow in the time leading up to and after his death.

Sicko –
Michael Moore’s follow up to Farenheit 911. This time he’s skewering the American health care system.

Goya’s Ghosts –
Stellan Skarsgard plays the artist Francisco Goya, alongside Nathalie Portman as his muse. Likely to be thought provoking and beautiful at the very least.

No Reservations –
It will be nice to see Catherine Zeta-Jones on the big screen again. The actress will play a master chef in this sweet looking romantic drama, alongside young Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine).

El Cantante –
After the disaster of Gigli it is amazing that Jennifer Lopez is willing to chance co-starring with her real life romantic lead. In this case she plays opposite her real life husband, Marc Anthony in this film about a latin superstar. This actually looks promising judging from previews.

Becoming Jane –
Films based on the work of Jane Austen are a weakness for me, so it is no surprise that I’m very excited to see this film about the authoress herself! Anne Hathaway stars as Jane.

As you can see there is lots to look forward to. Have a great summer and see you at the movies!