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Shuk’s summer movie preview

By Mark Polishuk
Gazette Staff

The Gazette’s summer issues may be coming to a close, but Hollywood’s big-budget holiday releases just keep on coming. Here’s a look at some of the most notable films still to come this summer.

Chronicles of Riddick (June 11): Connecting Vin Diesel to Judi Dench in the “six degrees” game just got a lot easier. Both star in this prequel to Pitch Black as Diesel reprises his role as the anti-hero who must protect Earth from an evil despot (Colm “Trudeau” Feore).

Garfield (June 11): Bill Murray as the voice of a computer-animated Garfield? Wake me when they make a movie of U.S. Acres.

The Terminal (June 18): Steven Spielberg directs this dramedy about an immigrant (Tom Hanks) whose country collapses while he’s flying to the U.S.A. As a result, he is not permitted to live anywhere besides the airport. The Spielberg/Hanks combo is basically a guarantee of quality, so you might even see Terminal up for a few Oscars come January.

Dodgeball (June 18): Vince Vaughn stars as the leader of a ragtag dodgeball team that challenges Ben Stiller’s Yankees-esque superteam. This might be the only film this year that tops the Paris Hilton video for the number of times people are hit in the face with balls.

Fahrenheit 9/11 (June 25): Michael Moore’s Cannes Festival-winning, Bush-bashing documentary has found a distributor and will be hitting theatres soon. MIT students are asked to wear bibs to prevent their drool from hitting the theatre floor.

Spider-Man 2 (June 30): Spidey deals with the pressures of being a superhero, girl trouble, money trouble and the psychotic, metal-armed Doctor Octopus (Alfred Molina). Hopefully this film follows in the footsteps of X2 and Superman II as super-sequels that top the original.

The Clearing (July 2): Robert Redford is kidnapped by Willem Dafoe, who possibly wants a refund from The Last Castle. One of the rare summer movies that’s actually targeted at an adult audience.

Anchorman (July 9): Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, a swashbuckling San Diego news anchor in the 1970s. His machismo is threatened, however, by a new female anchor (Christina Applegate). You can’t go wrong with unleashing Will Ferrell for 90 minutes, and the previews look hilarious.

I, Robot (July 16): A sci-fi epic that ponders the philosophical question of what happens when artificially intelligent robots begin to think (and kill) for themselves. One suspects the answer will be a giant CGI fight scene. Ah, philosophy. Will Smith stars, Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City) directs.

The Bourne Supremacy (July 23): Matt Damon returns as superspy Jason Bourne, except this time he doesn’t have amnesia. Basically, it’s just him walking around kicking ass. Gotta love the complex plots of sequels.

The Manchurian Candidate (July 30): Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep star in this remake of the classic political thriller. Not to be confused with the Incompetent Candidate, starring George W. Bush.

Collateral (Aug. 6): Jamie Foxx stars as a cabdriver who finds himself acting as a hitman’s chauffeur. And of course, when you think of actors that can play a bad-ass hitman, you think... Tom Cruise? Curious casting aside, director Michael Mann’s strong track record seems to ensure that this should be worthwhile.

Aliens vs. Predator (Aug.13): An Internet chatroom debate is finally brought to the big screen. I’m still holding out for Godfather vs. Goodfellas.



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