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May
Mission: Impossible III - May 5th - I am so tired of Tom Cruise. Repeat: I am so tired of Tom Cruise. I'm may see this anyway, though, because it marks the directorial debut of J.J. Abrams (Alias) and includes Laurence Fishburne, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames and Greg Grunberg. It'll also be water cooler conversation.

The Da Vinci Code - May 19th - I read the book and was unimpressed. I found it fluffy and predictable. I suspect I'll see it anyway because my husband wants to see it. It may make a better movie than a book, and it does have Audrey Tautou in it.

X-Men: The Last Stand - May 26th - I'm worried about this. It's not directed by Bryan Singer, but by Brett Ratner, and Nightcrawler isn't in it. Of course I'm going to see it, but I enjoyed the first two so much that I'm concerned about the material being in different directorial hands.

June
Cars - June 9th - Despite the talent involved, I'll probably wait for this on Netflix. It just doesn't look quite as appealing as some of the other Pixar endeavors.

Superman Returns - June 30th - Here's what Bryan Singer left X-Men to do. I don't know why, but nothing about the trailer makes this look very appealing, in my opinion. This production and screenplay has been bounced around Hollywood for so long that I have very low expectations. I hope I'm wrong.

A Prairie Home Companion - June 2006 - It certainly has stars in it, and Robert Altman is directing it, so it might be really good. We'll see.

July
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - July 7th - The first one was better than I expected, and I think this one has the potential to be even better, now that the director and writers know what they have in Johnny Depp.

A Scanner Darkly - July 7th - From the same director who did Waking Life, which is still in my Netflix queue. This actually looks kind of appealing.

You, Me and Dupree - July 14th - I might Netflix this one, but it's a comedy starring Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon, and Kate Hudson. Matt and Kate get married, and just after their wedding, Owen Wilson becomes a houseguest who overstays his welcome and hijinks ensue. Could be entertaining.

Lady in the Water - July 21st - It's M. Night Shyamalan's new movie. Supposedly, it's a slightly different direction for him: this is a story that he told his children. Stars Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Miami Vice - July 28th - Pros: Michael Mann, creator of the original show, is directing it. Jamie Foxx is starring in it. Cons: Rumors of tensions on the set and budget problems. Unknown: Colin Farrell. He's definitely not the first person to come to my mind to play Crockett, but he might surprise and do a good job. I loved the original, so I'll likely give this one a go unless reviews just completely trash it.

August
Snakes on a Plane - August 18th - Mace Windu gets medieval on some snakes in a plane. It has Samuel L. Jackson in it, muthafucka, and he's gonna take on some fuckin' snakes, you dig? In a plane. Yeah. :) This has popcorn potential. We'll see.

September
The Black Dahlia - September 15th - Set in the 1940s, two Los Angeles cops investigate the murder of a young woman, and uncover corruption and conspiracy within the police department in the process. Based on a novel by James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential), and starring Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank and Aaron Eckhart. Directed by Brian De Palma. Good cast and good director, so it has some potential.

Running With Scissors - September 15th - I don't know. My boss liked the book quite a bit, so I might go see it just to be conversant.

Yankee Irving - September 15th - Christopher Reeve's last project. Dana Reeve was involved as well. A young boy travels a thousand miles to help Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees win the World Series. The animated tale is voiced by Brian Dennehy, Whoopi Goldberg, William H. Macy, Mandy Patinkin, Rob Reiner and Robert Wagner, among others.

The Children of Men - September 29th - Alfonso Cuaron, I'll give you one more chance. I didn't like what you did with Azkaban so much, but perhaps you'll do better with science fiction. Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Michael Caine and Chiwetel Ejiofor (yay!) star in a tale involving humanity facing its own extinction due to an infertility defect in the population.

October
The Prestige - October 20th - Christopher Nolan directs Christian Bale, David Bowie (!), Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlett Johansson in a movie about rival musicians in turn-of-the-century London who battle one another for trade secrets, and they become murderers. Andy Serkis has a minor role, too. Hey, after Memento and Batman Begins, I'm more than willing to put myself in a theater to see more of Nolan's work. Good cast, too.

November
Stranger Than Fiction - November 10th - Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhall, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson star in a drama about an IRS auditor who finds himself the subject of narration that only he can hear. Ferrell appears to be in the process of trying to make a transition to more serious roles to broaden his range, and this is one of them.

The Painted Veil - November 17th - I want to see this but David doesn't, which almost certainly means that I'll end up Netflixing it. Naomi Watts and Edward Norton star.

December
Eragon - December 15th - S'pose I really ought to read this before seeing the movie. Adaptation of the fantasy novel. Stars Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and Robert Carlyle. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix won't be out until 2007, so why not?

Unknown
Inland Empire - Sometime in 2006 (probably in the fall), David Lynch's new movie will be out. Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton, Justin Theroux, Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Ormond, and Michael Paré are all in it, and it's a mystery about a woman in trouble in Los Angeles, but c'mon: Lynch is directing and Angelo Badalamenti is doing the music. That's pretty much all the incentive that I need to be there.

As You Like It - Sometime in 2006, Kenneth Branagh will get back to doing Shakespeare, and this time he'll be directing Brian Blessed, Jonathan Broadbent, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kevin Kline and Janet McTeer in As You Like It.

Out of all of them, I think I'm most curious about The Prestige in October. It sounds like it could be intriguing.

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arafel
Mar. 27th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
It's a good thing I'm not president of Comedy Central, because when Tom Cruise was threatening not to promote MI3 if they replayed the Scientology episode of South Park, my response would have been "Is that a threat or a promise?"
pointedview
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'd have been right there with you, cheering you on. Also, while this isn't grounds for dismissal, Tom isn't getting any younger or any less overexposed. Like the Bond franchise, I don't think it would hurt the Mission: Impossible series to put a fresh face in there.
jasondemotte
Mar. 27th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
Of the ones you listed, I'm very interested in X-Men 3, Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribean 2, and Snakes on Plane. Being a comic geek explains the first two, the first Pirates movie was much better then I expected, and Snakes on Plane is about snakes on plane.

Ones I kinda want to see, but not guaranteed to go to quite yet are Davinci Code (haven't read the book, I already know the "secret" and Tom Hank's hair in the trailer bothers me, but I can't recall a Ron Howard film I didn't like), Cars (the previews don't do much for me either, but not all Pixar previews hooked me either until I sat down and watched the whole movie), A Scanner Darkly (looks interesting, but it's coming out the same day as Pirates 2, and might be too experimental) and maybe Miami Vice (I think I might be more interested if they had set it in the 80's).
pointedview
Mar. 28th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'll say this: V for Vendetta is the first movie I've seen in the theaters this year, and it was well worth the trip. So far, out of my anticipated releases, it's the one to beat. I'm sure something will, mind you, but it's gotten 2006 off to a decent cinematic start, in my opinion.
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