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SUMMER 2006 MOVIE PREVIEW

article by David Blackwell

The summer movie series is here and the following movies among many are out in theaters this summer. If it's not out now, release dates are always subject to change.

Sequels and Big Budget films:

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 3 (May 5)- Tom Cruise continues with another installment this time helmed by ALIAS creator J.J. Abrams.

POSEDION (May 12)- Kurt Russell is part of the cast for another version of THE POSEDION ADVENTURE.

THE DA VINCI CODE (May 19)- Tom hanks, Audrey Tatou, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany star in the Ron Howard directed adaptation of the bestselling novel (written by Dan Brown) that has the Catholic Church in an uproar.

X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (May 26)- Brett Ratner steps in to direct this third installment based on the popular Marvel Comics series.

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT- Do we really need another movie in this series about car racing.

SUPERMAN RETURNS (June 30)- Since stepping down from the chance to direct X-MEN 3, Bryan Signer turned his attention to a new Superman movie that takes place ten years after SUPERMAN 2 and ignores the two movies that came after it or something like that in this latest incarnation of the Big S to come to the big screen. kevin Spacey is Lex Luthor this time.

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (July 7)- Johnny Depp returns as the gay drunk pirate or whatever the hell he is playing as Captain Jack Sparrow is marked for death by Davey Jones and his minions from underwater. Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley return to reprise their roles for this film and the third film due out next year.

CLERKS 2 (Aug 18)- Another dose of Jay and Silent Bob come your way from the mind of writer/director Kevin Smith. If you like Kevin Smith and CLERKS, you'll want to see it. If you can't stand him and think he has no talent, avoid it.

Remakes:

THE OMEN (June 6, 2006)- For a remake being released on 6-6-06, I could care less about the son of Satan.

THE LAKE HOUSE (June 16)- A remake of a South Korean romance where a woman communicates via the mail box through letters that are two years from her time frame from a different person who owned the house she now owns. Starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

PULSE (July 14)- A remake of a Japanese Horror film.

MIAMI VICE (July 30)- I liked director Michael Mann for he was the producer of the MIAMI VICE TV series and the director of the great crime flick HEAT, but I'm less than thrilled over his choices for the actors to buy Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Tubbs (Jamie Foxx). I'll see it to see if the casting was right because I love the TV series.

Other films of interest:

THE PROMISE (May 5)- A Chinese film in the grand tradition of HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS.

THE PROPOSITION (May 5)- An Aussie Western starring Guy Pearce and Emily Watson.

A SCANNER DARKLY (July 7)- In the animation style of WAKING LIFE, this adaptation of paranoid sci-fi writer Phillip K. Dick stars Keanu Reeves.

PATHFINDER (July 14)- Vikings versus Native Americans over 1000 years. You don't need to know anymore than that.

WORLD TRADE CENTER (August 9)- Yet another movie looking at the events of 9-11-2001. Stars Nicholas Cage. Don't care to see this one since my birthday is September 11th.

THE REAPING (Aug 11)- Hilary Swank plays a former missionary who must regain her faith when she can't debunk a religious myth she is investigating.

ZOOM (Aug 11)- Tim Allen is a retired superhero who teaches people to use their powers in a film that Marvel Comics tried to sue over the concept being like the X-MEN too much.

THE ILLUSIONIST (Aug 18)- Edward Norton is a magician caught up in a love triangle in the 1900.

THE NIGHT LISTENER (Aug 18)- Robin Williams continues to go for dramatic roles in this film about a radio talk host who wonders if an ill girl he has communicated with is part of a hoax.

SNAKES ON A PLANE (Aug 18)- Great title and Samuel L. Jackson knows it.

THE DESCENT (August)- The ending has been changed to make this horror movie supposedly more audience friendly.

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