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The year of the ultimate Kill

Kill Bill: Vol.2
Starring: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
Release date: Apr. 16.

Miramax Films 2003
POINT, AIM, SHOOT! The amazingly cool Uma Thurman takes on David Carradine who plays the infamous “Bill” she must kill. Splatter his brains, Uma!!

The movie you’ve been waiting months for. OK, so you’re going to have to wait a little longer than expected. The second half of Quentin Tarantino’s bloodthirsty revenge flick — touted as Tarantino’s fifth film — was initially planned to be out in February, but now sits at Apr. 16 on the release chalkboard.

In the first part of Kill Bill, we found our yellow track suited heroine The Bride (Thurman, who has been bestowed with a Golden Globe nomination for her steely-eyed role) slicing and dicing her way through members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad all the way up critics’ best-of-2003 lists.

Now, The Bride must defeat the one-eyed Elle Driver (Hannah), the towering Budd (Michael Madsen) and finally Bill himself (hooray, we get to see David Carradine die — if all goes well for The Bride, that is). The word on the street indicates that Vol. 2 will be loaded with more quirky conversational dialogue, a Tarantino staple that was somewhat lacking in the first movie, but we also hope the action will be as thrilling as that slaughterfest in the House of Blue Leaves tearoom.

—Brian Wong

The Ring 2
November 2004

So many sequels, so not worth your time. The Ring was scary — okay, terrifying. But a sequel to this scary movie will likely lead you to question why you liked the first one to begin with. Though the film boasts a new award-winning director, Noam Murro, the cast remains virtually the same, as will the basic premise, “twist,” television, videotape... If you’re craving a scare, go rent an old classic like It, and develop a new fear of clowns to replace your old one of wells, little girls and videotapes.

—Lori Mastronardi

Shrek 2
DreamWorks Pictures
May 21, 2004

The atypical fairy tale is back! Shrek and Princess Fiona, fresh from their honeymoon, embark on a new journey to the Kingdom of Far, Far Away to meet the in-laws. Fiona’s parents are not completely content with their daughter’s selection of a suitor; apparently, an ogre doesn’t suffice in the realm of wonderful son-in-laws. The familiar voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy are back, this time accompanied by Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett.

—Lori Mastronardi

Spiderman 2
Sony Pictures
July 2, 2004

Tobey Maguire returns in his dual role of the boyish Peter Parker and the amazing Spiderman. Kirsten Dunst returns as a redhead in the role of Mary Jane, the woman who will continue to lust over the mysterious superhero. And Alfred Molina brings a new flavour to the film as Dr. Octopus. Prediction: Dr. Octopus will do evil things, Spiderman will do good things to counteract the evil (while saving Mary Jane repeatedly) and everyone will live happily ever after until Spiderman 3.

—Lori Mastronardi



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