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Eyes Wide Shut highlights summer films
MOVIES from page 3_
“Arlington Road” It’s been show
ing in Europe some, and advance buzz
is fairly positive. Jeff Bridges stars as a
professor who believes neighbor Tim
Robbins might be a domestic terrorist.
Sounds like a thriller that will keep you
thinking after you leave the theater.
Might just work, but it can’t be like
Bridges other bomb movie, “Blown
Must see factor: kkkk Bridges
and Robbins are worthy adversaries.
“American Pie” A teen coming
of-age movie that chronicles four high
school senior boys trying lose their vir
ginity at prom. Should be lewd, crude
and right along the lines of “There’s
Something About Mary.” Why another
movie of this caliber exists is unknown.
Great advance buzz. It will draw if it’s
Must-see factor: kkkk The
buzz makes it worth the watch.
“Muppets From Space” Muppets
from space. Very self-explanatory, I
Must-see factor: irtck “Tarzan”
might steal much of the glory,
“Eyes Wide Shut” Cruise.
Kidman. Kubrick. It’s a tale of sexual
obsession about two married psycholo
gists (Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman)
who explore their erotic boundaries
with patients. Little else is known.
From late director Stanley Kubrick,
“EWS” could be a stunning success or
a fail completely. It’s a huge risk for all
involved, especially Cruise, who has
his leading-man value at stake.
Must see factor: ★★★★★ A
great deal is on line for the two stars.
It’s worth watching just for that. The
film ought to thought-provoking either
“Drop Dead Gorgeous” A mock
umentary about small Minnesota town
where two beauty pageant contestants
(Denise Richards and Kirsten Dunst)
engage in a battle royale for the title. It
looks very promising and funny.
Must-see factor: ★★★★
Richards is worth the looks alone.
“The Blair Witch Project” A
pseudo-documentary about three col
lege students who head into the
Maryland hills to investigate a haunt
ing legend. The result had Sundance
Film Festival audiences chilled and
Must-see factor: ★★★★,/2 The
independent sleeper of the summer.
“Lake Placid” A monster-in-the
water thriller that looks an awful lot
like “The Relic” or the fresh water ver
sion of “Jaws.” I am not impressed.
Bridget Fonda and Bill Pullman star.
Must-see factor: ★ One word:
“Inspector Gadget” Matthew
Broderick stars in a movie adaptation
of the cartoon favorite. Look for
tongue-in-cheek humor from the vil
lain Rupert Everett.
Must-see factor: irkVi Harmless
entertainment at best.
“The Haunting” From director
Jan DeBont, the movie focuses on sci
entist Liam Neeson who does a study
on patients at a haunted house. Expect
spooky haunted house items through
out. De Bont promises to leave most of
the special effects behind and focus on
the horror. We’ll see.
Must-see factor: irtrk Could be
cool. Or it could be De Bont’s last film,
“Summer of Sam” Spike Lee’s
chronicle of 1977 New York City, a.k.a
the summer Son of Sam struck The Big
Apple. Sex and violence will be at the
forefront in this film, which stars
Adrian Brody and Mira Sorvino. The
film originally drew an NC-17 rating.
It didn’t go over fabulously at the
Cannes Film Festival.
Must-see factor: ★★★Vz Lee’s
films are always well-made, but it may
be hard to discern a plot point from this
one. Seems more like a meditation than
“Runaway Bride” The second
Julia Roberts movie of the summer.
She re-teams with Richard Gere and
plays a woman who’s left several men
waiting at the altar. Gere’s the reporter
who writes a story about her. I wonder
if they fall in love?
Must-see factor: ★★★★ Julia
struck gold with “Notting Hill” People
will flock to this movie. For sure.
“Deep Blue Sea” Mechanical
sharks that kill people under water.
Why? Samuel L. Jackson stars.
Must-see factor: ★Vz Aren’t we all
tired of water action movies?
“Outside Providence” A father
(Alec Baldwin) sends his son (Shawn
Wayne Hatosy) to a private school out
side the Rhode island town. Written by
“Mary’ creator Bobby Farrelly.
Must-see factor: ★★Vz Farrelly’s a
plus, but it’ll hard to follow
“Rushmore” on the prep school scene.
“Dick” Retro-comedy, set in 1974,
about two girls (Michelle Williams and
Kirsten Dunst) who are on a school trip
to Washington, D.C ., and stumble on
the Watergate scandal.
Must-see factor: itickVi “Forrest
Gump” revisionist history? Fm there.
“Fight Club” Brad Pitt is Tyler
Durden, the creator of a secret under
ground fight society that ensnares
bored highbrow Edward Norton.
Helena Bonham Carter is the woman
who gets between them. David Fincher
(“Seven” “The Game”) directs.
Must-see factor: irkirkVi The
limited buzz has been astounding.
Norton’s on the top of his game and
Carter’s one of the best, too.
“Mystery Men” A comedy of
clumsy superheroes (among them Ren
Stiller and William H. Macy) who must
take on an evil villain (Geoffrey Rush)
when the real superhero goes down.
Must-see factor: ★★★V2 Stiller’s
on a roll. It will be fun to see Rush in a
comedic role this side of Shakespeare.
“The Thomas Crown Affair” It
got moved from a June 18 date to give
it breathing room from a similarly
plotted “Entrapment” Pierce Brosnan
is rich thief who steals for the hell of it.
Rene Russo is the woman trying to stop
Must-see factor: ★★★14
Something tells me it’ll be good. Russo
is at least nice to look at.
“The 13th Warrior” The pushed
back date of “Thomas Crown” gives
director John McTieman the distinc
tion of directing two movies opening in
three days. Here, Antonio Banderas
plays a banished feudal man who joins
warrior to battle a beast in medieval
times. The script was written by
Michael Crichton, based on his book
“Eaters of the Dead”
Must-see factor: lor ihe movie s
been on the shelf for a year. Not a good
“Mickey Blue Eyes” Hugh Grant
is Mickey, whose girlfriend (Jeanne
Tripplehom) has a father that is a mob
Must-see factor: irk'A Doesn’t
seem too exciting.
“Detroit Rock City” Edward
Furlong and Natasha Lyonne star as
teens trying to break their way into a
1978 KISS concert. KISS stars as
Must-see factor: irtrkVi Hard to
turn down a movie full of KISS, isn’t
“Teaching Mrs. Tingle” Kevin
Williamson’s directing debuts sees a
student (Katie Holmes) hold her
teacher (Helen Mirren) hostage for a
good grade. Title changed from
“Killing Mrs. Tingle” because of
Columbine tragedy in Colorado.
Must-see factor: ★ ★‘A Katie
Holmes still isn’t there as an actress. Be
surprised if she can carry this movie.
“The Muse” Albert Brooks directs
and stars as a down-and-out screen
writer who get divine intervention
from muse Sharon Stone.
Must-see factor: ★★★★ Brooks
last wrote “Mother,” a gem screenplay.
Stone, unlike Holmes, can act.
“Blue Streak” Martin Lawrence is
a crook who goes to prison and pomes
back out to look for his hidden dia
mond... in a police station. Lawrence
hasn’t hit it big since “Bad Boys.”
Must-see factor: ★★★ Lawrence
needs to go back toward drama.
AUGUST 27 ,
“Stigmata” Get ready for the
Apocalypse movies at the end of centu
ry. This one’s a rip off of “The
Exorcist” as priest Gabriel Byrne tries
to save religious damsel in distress
Patricia Arquette. The first in the line of
' Must-see factor: ★ ★‘A The
movie’s been shelved a couple times.
“Bowfinger” Steve Martin and
Eddie Murphy team up for the first
time as Martin stars as a director trying
to geeky action movie star Murphy in
his film. Martin wrote it, so it’ll have a
touch of the comic genius.
Must-see faotor: ★★★★ Martin
and Murphy are still among the best in
the comedy business.
“Universal Soldier: The Return”
Jean-Claude Van Damme is back and
the movie world is poorer for it.
Must-see factor: V-rk Do not see.
“The Astronaut’s Wife” Johnny
Depp is an astronaut who may have
brought something evil back from the
moon. Charlize Theron is his wife who
gets understandably spooked.
Must-see factor: ★★★★*/2 Depp
is worth three stars himself and plot
seems like a winner.
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