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Well, the summer movie season unofficially kicks off this weekend with the release of two films that may not be bonafide "event" films but will probably bring some people out to see them in Kingdom Of Heaven and Crash. So, I figured there's no better time than now to start the seemingly annual Summer Movie Preview Thread.

Opening Friday, May 6th:
KINGDOM OF HEAVEN [D: Ridley Scott; Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons; It's the Crusades, done Gladiator-style.]
CRASH [D: Paul Haggis; Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillipe, many others; Ensemble drama dealing with racism. Great reviews so far.]
HOUSE OF WAX [D: Jaume Collet-Serra; Elisha Cuthbert, Paris Hilton; Remake of old horror film about wax sculptures that come to life.]

Opening Friday, May 13th:
KICKING & SCREAMING [D: Jesse Dylan; Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall; Will Ferrell coaching kids' soccer.]
MINDHUNTERS [D: Renny Harlin; Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater; Much-delayed slasher about FBI trainees getting hacked to bits during training exercise.]
MONSTER-IN-LAW [D: Robert Luketic; Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda; Lopez meets her fiance's mom, they don't get along.]
UNLEASHED [D: Louis Leterrier; Jet Li, Dennis Hopper; Jet Li fights back against mean master.]

Opening Thursday, May 19th:
STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH [D: George Lucas; Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor; The last Star Wars movie ever...maybe.]

Opening Friday, May 27th:
THE LONGEST YARD [D: Peter Segal; Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds; Prison inmates play football against guards.]
MADAGASCAR [D: Eric Darnell & Conrad Vernon; Voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer; DreamWorks' latest animated flick about animals escaping a zoo.]

Opening Friday, June 3rd:
THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS [D: Ken Kwapis; Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, Nancy Travis; Four friends share a summer apart via a shared pair of pants.]
CINDERELLA MAN [D: Ron Howard; Russell Crowe, Paul Giamatti, Renee Zellweger; Washed-up Depression-era boxer tries to fight back. Think Seabiscuit, except with a man instead of a horse.]
LORDS OF DOGTOWN [D: Catherine Hardwicke; Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch; All about skater culture in the 1970s, loosely based on award-winner documentary Dogtown & Z-Boys.]

Opening Friday, June 10th:
THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY & LAVA GIRL IN 3-D [D: Robert Rodriguez; Former WCW Champion David Arquette, George Lopez; Kid goes on coked-out adventures with his imaginary friends...IN 3D!]
THE HONEYMOONERS [D: John Schultz; Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps; Remake-of-sorts with friends trying to get rich, much to the displeasure of their wives.]
MR. & MRS. SMITH [D: Doug Liman; Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt; Secret agent spouses don't know each other's a secret agent.]

Opening Friday, June 17th:
BATMAN BEGINS [D: Christopher Nolan; Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, many others; Bruce Wayne avenges his parents' death by waging one-man war on crime.]
THE PERFECT MAN [D: Mark Rosman; Hilary Duff, Heather Locklear, Chris Noth; Teenager girl conspires to find perfect man for her single mother.]

Opening Friday, June 24th:
BEWITCHED [D: Nora Ephron; Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Michael Caine; Ferrell aims to remake Bewitched TV series, only to discover the woman he's casted as Samantha is actually a real witch.]
LAND OF THE DEAD [D: George Romero; Asia Argento, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper; It's another Romero zombie movie.]
HERBIE: FULLY LOADED [D: Angela Robinson; Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon, Michael Keaton; Finally, the remake the world's been clamoring for, as a young girl and her breasts find a magical talking car.]

Opening Wednesday, June 29th:
WAR OF THE WORLDS [D: Steven Spielberg; Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins; Spielberg & Cruise team up for 2nd time (first was excellent Minority Report) for adaptation of H.G. Wells novel about aliens invading Earth. Think Independence Day, but with a plot.]

Opening Friday, July 1st:
REBOUND [D: Steve Carr; Martin Lawrence; College basketball coach gets banned, relegated to coaching middle school team.]

Opening Friday, July 8th:
DARK WATER [D: Walter Salles; Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly; Remake of Japanese film about...uh...dark water in spooky apartment building.]
FANTASTIC FOUR [D: Tim Story; Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans; Adaptation of Marvel's first Silver Age comic book, as four friends gain fantastic powers and must use them to stop a crazy guy (who also got powers).

Opening Friday, July 15th:
CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY [D: Tim Burton; Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore; Remake of the insane classic about Willy Wonka's candy factory.]
WEDDING CRASHERS [D: David Dobkin; Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken; Two guys crash weddings to hook up with bridesmaids.]

Opening Friday, July 22nd:
THE BAD NEWS BEARS [D: Richard Linklater; Billy Bob Thornton; Thornton's a crazy drunk guy coaching a crappy little league team. Written by the guys who wrote Bad Santa.]
THE ISLAND [D: Michael Bay; Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson; Some utopian future turns out to not be as utopian as intended.]
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS [D: Rob Zombie; Sequel to House of 1000 Corpses.]

Opening Friday, July 29th:
THE BROTHERS GRIMM [D: Terry Gilliam; Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci; Two brothers fake getting rid of enchanted creatures for towns, then their bluff is called when they actually have to do it.]
MUST LOVE DOGS [D: Gary David Goldberg; Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney; Romcom.]
SKY HIGH [D: Mike Mitchell; Son of superheroes deals with life at superhero high school.]
STEALTH [D: Rob Cohen; Josh Lucas, Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx; Supercool near-future military A.I. develops mind of it's own, and humans have to shut it down.]

Opening Friday, August 5th:
THE DUKES OF HAZZARD [D: Jay Chandrasekhar; Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson; Them Duke boys are up to adventures in Hazzard County.]
THE PINK PANTHER [D: Shawn Levy; Steve Martin, Kevin Kline; Relaunch of old-school Pink Panther series.]

Opening Friday, August 12th:
DEUCE BIGELOW: EUROPEAN GIGOLO [D: Mike Bigelow; Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin; It's like the first one, but in Europe!]
FOUR BROTHERS [D: John Singleton; Mark Wahlberg, Chieweter Ejiofor; Four adopted brothers team up to avenge their mom's death.]
THE SKELETON KEY [D: Iian Softley; Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard; Hudson is hired to tend to old woman in spooky mansion.]

Opening Monday, August 15th:
RED EYE [D: Wes Craven; Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox; Bunch of folks caught on spooky red-eye flight.]

Opening Friday, August 19th:
THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN [D: Judd Apatow; Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd; Carrell plays a 40 year old virgin whose friends are hellbent on helping get some lovin'.]
DOMINO [D: Tony Scott; Keira Knightley, Christopher Walken; Keira Knightley as a bounty hunter. Based on a true story.]
VALIANT [D: Rob Letterman; Voices of Ewan McGregor, Ben Kingsley, John Cleese; Animated film about World War II carrier pigeons.]

Opening Friday, August 26th:
THE CAVE [D: Bruce Hunt; Morris Chestnut, Piper Perabo]

Kingdom of Heaven, Crash, Star Wars, Batman Begins, Domino (Tony Scott rules), Must Love Dogs (Cusack!), Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Depp!) & Cinderella Man.

Other than that, seems like a flimsy summer.

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.07
Not to be judgmental... ah, hell, never mind....

There's a whole lotta' crap-ola coming out this summer.

Let's see... remake of The Honeymooners, or the remake of Bewitched, or the remake of The Longest Yard, or the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or remake The Bad News Bears, or the remake of Dukes of Hazzard.

Some of these "remakes" were actual GOOD MOVIES TO BEGIN WITH!!! The TV shows, okay... well, there's some "hey, it's funny when we're stoned" potential, and that's fun for some folks.

I know! The Deuce Bigelow sequel! That'll save cinema as we know it! Huzzah!!!

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.07
Man, there are a lot of remakes this year. That said, I think the film that intrigues me the most is Crash. I might be looking foreward to some movies more than it, but Crash is written and directed by Paul Haggis (anybody who's seen Due South will understand why this would get my attention) and they've been showing a short clip of it on TNT during Law & Order that makes it look pretty interesting.

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
Color me excited for Star Wars and Batman Begins, which will probably be the only two movies I'll go out of my way to see in theaters this summer.

I'm slightly excited about the Chocolate Factory remake, and Valiant might be fun, since I like Chicken Run.

Overall, other than the two big ones, it seems like kind of a "blah" summer. Fortunately the two big ones, particularly Star Wars, I'm PSYCHED about.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.94
The only one I'm looking forward to is "Kicking and Screaming." Though I might check out "The Longest Yard."

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.61
    Originally posted by Freeway420

    Opening Thursday, May 19th:
    STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH [D: George Lucas; Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor; The last Star Wars movie ever.

Lets see, midnight showing tickets for the Emagine digital projector after waiting in line overnight? Check.

Tailgate party in the parking lot while waiting in line to be seated? Check.

Nerds from all around Detroit flocking to said tailgate? Check.

Is this nerd excited for a Star Wars movie that may actually top Empire? CHECK.

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.60
You know, I usually leave people alone when they express some kind of hope for Revenge, but if you actually think that it's going to be better than Empire, you sir, are out of your mind.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.61
Check the name, I'm psychotic. But lets check the evidence...

Revenge HAS to have:

1) Anakin versus Obi-Wan
2) The Emperor asserting some form of dominance
3) The Empire forming
4) The beginnings, if not all, of the Jedi Purge
5) The Birth of the Twins

I won't spoil anyone, but for those who've seen the trailer and especially for those who went to the big convention, Celebration III in Indianapolis a week or so ago, with the footage Lucas has put out right now the journey in between those five points is not going to be a series of clunkers like the fireplace scene from Episode 2. This movie has SERIOUS potential.

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.16

I'm really looking forward to "War of the Worlds" ... Because as Freeway said, the last time Cruise & Spielberg hooked up, it was pretty damn cool.


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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.99
Hopefully the War of the Worlds will be a hell of a lot more logical than Minority Report.


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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.34
How can you not have NIGHT WATCH listed there. Not only will this film be Lions Gate Films biggest moneymaker to date, but it'll prove to be this years Fellowship Of The Rings... YES, NIGHT WATCH looks THAT good. Be warned though, it's one drawback is that it's russian and I think they've dubbed it.

As for the rest of the summer... it does look like Hollywood's got some catching up to do, they're dragging behind something like 30% of where they were at this time last year, box office wise.

LAND OF THE DEAD is probably my #1 pick for the summer as I've been waiting for it for over a decade now and it's about damn time it got made.

BATMAN BEGINS can't be any worse then the last two BATMAN films, I hope. FANTASTIC FOUR will be fun to watch but I have a really bad feeling about it, like it's probably gonna suck and bomb at the same time. WAR OF THE WORLDS should be pretty damn loud and fun, it's got dumbed down popcorn film written all over it.

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN looks like last years KING ARTHUR... and I really Liked KING ARTHUR. I just don't think I can buy Orlando Bloom as a lead guy yet and I don't think the rest of the country will either. If it squeeks past $11 million it's first week, I'll be surprised.

MINDHUNTERS 'finally' sees the light of day, wasn't I looking forward to this film 2 years ago or so. What the hell happened?

STAR WARS... I'm torn. I wanna go see it and I'll probably enjoy it a lot, but after the horrendous PHANTOM MENACE and the slightly better then RETURN OF THE JEDI, ATTACK OF THE CLONES... I'm not that hopeful for it.

MR. AND MRS. SMITH could do well and it looks promising... hopefully it'll be better then the last time Brad Pitt was paired with a screen diva, THE MEXICAN, which also looked good before people actually saw it. I was reading that the studio was NOT doing any press showing of it, which is NEVER a good sign.

Lastly, be sure to check out ABC's HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS Saturday for the first look at what should be the 'End-All-Be-All' of Disney's live action film making experience. YES! The trailer for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE will be premiering during the telecast. The film doesn't come out till December 9th though. Disney is going all gangbusters with this one. They're simulcasting the trailer on ABC, The DISNEY Channel, ABC FAMILY (Is THAT what they're calling it now?), STARZ and then it's being shown around the world in almost EVERY country. It'll be put online at AOL and Verizon Wireless Cell Phones will be barraged with the trailer for it. You gotta hand it to them... NO ONE does advertisement like Disney.

EDIT: AWW HELL! Stupid me went and did something dumb like visit the STAR WARS web site... THIS looks fucking awesome! Go take a little peek at a music video for the movie, like they did for Duel Of The Fates. This makes that look like complete ass! Here's the link ... SO GOOD!

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.63
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    KINGDOM OF HEAVEN looks like last years KING ARTHUR... and I really Liked KING ARTHUR. I just don't think I can buy Orlando Bloom as a lead guy yet and I don't think the rest of the country will either. If it squeeks past $11 million, I'll be surprised.

Holy crap! Do you mean $11 million its first day? You can't possibly mean $11 million during its entire run.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    MINDHUNTERS 'finally' sees the light of day, wasn't I looking forward to this film 2 years ago or so. What the hell happened?


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Cerebus HAS to be kidding with the Narnia trailer. So not only will I get a first look at the biggest movie released on my birthday (HP:GOF) during the COS movie, but I get to see Narnia adapted as well. That is pretty damn cool.

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Anyone else buying the conspiracy theory that Katie "Beard" Holmes and Tom Cruise only are hooked up in order to cross-promote their upcoming summer blockbusters?

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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.63
Revenge of the Sith, Longest Yard, and Stealth look pretty cool, and I'll probably go see them, the others are wait and see still.

I'll probably check out Fantastic 4 too...too see how hot Alba looks in her superhero uni.

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WhoawhoawhoawhoawhoawhoaWHOA: Herbie TALKS in the upcoming movie!? SACRILEGE!

Hmmm...doesn't seem to, according to the flick's website. But they did give him a spoiler and pivoting headlights for the appearance of eyelids...weird.

Oh, and Matt Dillon getting the Thorndyke oil-in-the-face treatment...classic.

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Excellent point. I'd love to see the commercial crew show up and see that there is already a crew filming and be all congused. I didn't love this episode like I did "Launch Party" -- it was just OK.
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