ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Hobbit falls short of Grand
Movie screens heat up
Of beer and penises
Maggie's makes dinner of dessert
The Weekend rocks sweetly
Movie screens heat up
By Mark Polishuk
Aside from those "enthusiasts" who are planning to see
Attack of the Clones 20 times, moviegoers have several other options this summer.
THE BOURNE IDENTITY
Starring: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Julia Stiles
Directed by: Doug Liman
Jason Bourne (Damon) is an amnesiac who eventually discovers he is a secret agent, being chased by his very own spy organization. Sucks to be him. Fortunately, he still remembers how to fight, so he's not completely screwed.
WINDTALKERS (Jun. 14)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Christian Slater.
What's summer without a war movie? This film is about Navajo natives known as "code talkers," recruited by the US government during WWII to create a military code that the Japanese army can't break.
SCOOBY DOO (Jun 14)
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard
Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Yes, that's right, a live action version of
Scooby Doo. And, just to make it more absurd, the cast includes Buffy the vampire slayer, Mr. Bean, and the poster child for bad movies - Freddie Prinze Jr.
MINORITY REPORT (Jun. 21)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Cruise plays an officer for a police force which is able to look into the future and arrest criminals before their crimes are even committed. When Cruise's character is accused of a future murder, he hits the road.
THE ROAD TO PERDITION (Jul. 12)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason-Leigh
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
In a radical role departure, "nice-guy" Hanks plays a hitman who sets out to avenge the murder of his wife and son. With a great cast and a great director in Sam Mendes
(American Beauty), Perdition is likely to be considered an early contender for the Academy Awards.
AUSTIN POWERS in GOLDMEMBER (Jul. 26)
Starring: Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles
Directed by: Jay Roach
Mike Myers is back as Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard and new villain Goldmember in the third installment of the Bond-spoofing series. This one is about... well, the plot is pretty much incidental, isn't it?
SIGNS (Aug. 2)
Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Shyamalan, the director of
The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, is a master of supernatural thrillers. Gibson plays a small-town reverend who discovers an enormous crop circle in his cornfield. He is then inspired to build a baseball diamond... no wait, wrong movie.