Summer Movie Preview

Kristen Di Leonardo

“Cinderella Man”

June 3

Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger star in this summer’s moving inspirational drama, directed by Ron Howard. Once promising lightweight boxer, Jim Braddock is forced into retirement after a run of losses. During the worst times of the depression, Braddock works in a series of dead-end jobs to support his family. But his dreams of being in the ring again never died. “When America was on its knees, he brought us to our feet.”

“Mr. and Mrs. Smith”

June 10

John and Jane Smith are a married couple in lifeless suburbia. But John (Brad Pitt) and Jane (Angelina Jolie) each have a secret of their own. They are surprised to learn that they are both notorious assassins working for competing organizations and they have been hired to kill each other. When the truth comes out, sparks will fly.

“Batman Begins”

June 17

Christian Bale stars in the story of how Bruce Wayne became what he was destined to be: Batman. “Batman Begins” reveals the emergence of Batman as the crusader of crime in Gotham City. After the death of his parents, Bruce Wayne travels the world in search of ways to fight in justice and protect the fearful. Upon returning to Gotham City, Wayne reveals his shadow, the Dark Knight.

Co-stars include Michael Caine, Liam Neesom, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe and Katie Holmes.

“War of the Worlds”

July 1

Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” starring Tom Cruise premiers on July 1 and promises to be a huge summer hit. As aliens invade the world and the future of the human race is threatened, one family fights an extraordinary battle for survival. Based on H.G. Wells sci-fi classic, “War of the Worlds” costars Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins and Justin Chatwin.

“Charlie and the

Chocolate Factory”

July 15

When the young Charlie Bucket (Freddie Highmore) finds a golden ticket in his chocolate bar, he wins a chance to tour the most amazing chocolate factory in the world. He and his grandfather also meet the man behind it all, Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp) himself. Tim Burton’s remake of the classic original will be a wonderful treat for audiences, especially with Johnny Depp playing the eccentric “semi-sweet and nuts” Willy Wonka.


July 22

Psychological thriller, “November,” starring Courtney Cox will leave you questioning reality and nightmare. After her boyfriend is shot in a robbery, Sophie Jacobs tries in vain to forget what happened. Then her life begins to change; as the events to come become frighteningly unsure, her reality disappears. Filmed in only fifteen days, “November” will release on July 22, and is highly emotional and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful.

“The Brothers Grimm”

July 29

Two brothers, traveling con artists, go village-to-village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. But when they encounter a real magic curse, their real courage is put to the test. An action-adventure based on the legendary German brothers and folklore collectors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.

“Deuce Bigalow:

European Gigolo”

August 12

The adventures of Deuce Bigalow continue, but this time Deuce is sent to a school for Gigolo’s to reach their full potential. While in training he finds out there is a secret society of “he-whores,” of which he is the lowest rank. While he is there someone is killing off the higher-ranking male-gigolos. Deuce’s new line of clientele is as interesting as ever. Starring Rob Schneider and Eddie Griffin.

“The Skeleton Key”

August 12

In this supernatural thriller, a young woman, Caroline, (Kate Hudson) caring for an elderly woman (Gena Rowlands) and her husband, lives with them in a decrepit old mansion. From the writers of “The Ring,” this thriller is sure to terrify you. Set in the backwoods of New Orleans, Caroline finds this couple’s strange ramblings and secrets mysterious. Armed with a skeleton key, Caroline searched the house and found a deadly secret.

“Romance and


August 19

“Romance and Cigarettes” is a musical love story starring many big names. Two-timing Nick (James Gandolfini) must choose between his wife (Susan Sarandon) and his mistress (Kate Winslet). Featuring original music, “Romance and Cigarettes” is described as a “savage musical” and being compared to “Pennies From Heaven” and “The Honeymooners.” Costarring Christopher Walken.