July 19, 2007: Những phim hay của năm 2007

T H E  P O P C O R N  R E E L  P R O U D L Y  P R E S E N T S

Summer 2007<br />movie preview

&lt;!--[if !vml]--&gt;SEQUEL-MANIA RULES THIS SUMMER:&lt;!--[endif]--&gt;



2007 will be a busy summer for movies, particularly sequels -- primarily third films in a series. No less than six third episodes will explode across movie theater screens in the United States and Canada between May 1st and the end of August. Three of those six third episodes will be released in May -- and they happen to be the three biggest sequels of the summer -- "Shrek The Third", "Spider-Man 3" and "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End".

In June, the third "Ocean's" film hits the big screen ("Ocean's Thirteen") with Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin (both from 1989's "Sea Of Love") joining the crowded house of an eclectic cast that toplines with the likes of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle (all Oscar nominees or winners.) And in August, Matt Damon will be in another "third" film, "The Bourne Ultimatum", which is again directed by Paul Greengrass (Oscar-nominated director for "United 93".) And Brett Ratner (fresh from directing "X-Men 3") directs "Rush Hour 3", the third time directing Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson return for a fifth time with the corresponding film in the "Harry Potter" book series, "The Order Of The Phoenix", which hits the big screen on July 13. All three will appear in the sixth and seventh "Harry Potter" films to close out the series as well.

Bruce Willis will look to reignite the "Die Hard" genre after a 12-year absence (the ill-fated "Basic Instinct 2" came after a 14-year absence) with the fourth film in the series "Live Free Or Die Hard" (June 27), while Steve Carell will take over from Jim Carrey in the sequel "Evan Almighty" with Morgan Freeman reprising his role as the Lord Almighty himself (June 22). "Rise Of The Silver Surfer" will be the second film in the "Fantastic Four" series in mid-June (June 15).

Adam Sandler will venture back into more comedic confines with "I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry" (July 20), and seven days later the much-anticipated "The Simpsons Movie" will look to make a mega-millions box office killing on the big screen.

Michelle Pfeiffer is back on the big screen in a big way this summer in three films: "Hairspray", "Stardust" and "I Could Never Be Your Woman".

It's safe to say that if you like summer you should like at least one of the following films on the release list below.


HAIRSPRAY starring John Travolta and Queen Latifah (Musical) RUSH HOUR 3 starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan (Comedy)
Opening July 20 Opening August 10
Directed by Adam Shankman, based on the Tony Award-winning Directed by Brett Ratner (fresh from last summer's "X-Men" sequel), who
Broadway musical about racial tension and conflict, the film jumps into another "third" film, a sequel to the first two films he directed,
also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Nicole Blonsky and its been six years since "Rush Hour 2"

PREDICTIONS: "Live Free Or Die Hard" will be the summer's biggest disappointment and "Ocean's Thirteen" will fare less well than expected. The surprise hit of the summer will be "Bug", with Ashley Judd, and "The Bourne Ultimatum" will make a lot more money than its prior two films.
"License To Wed" will do very well on the comedy side, as will Adam Sandler's "Chuck and Larry". The "Fantastic Four" sequel will fare poorly.

If a Popcorn Reel audience member's opinion is any indication: <br />&quot;I don't like when they switch characters in sequels.  If they can't have the same actors they should just bag it.&quot;

-- a reader in Texas

"Bag it." Well, perhaps some of this summer's films ("Evan Almighty", "Fay Grim", "Ocean's Thirteen" will be a popcorn-only option!)

All dates are subject to change, and more films will be added to this list of summer releases, so keep checking back! Reviews of almost every film on this list will be added here, just prior to their release dates. By no means is this list exhaustive.

NOTE: The films are listed not in release date order, but in the order of predicted audience interest and response according to The Popcorn Reel.

&lt;!--[if !vml]--&gt;And now, in mostly pictures (and a few words) comes . . . The Popcorn Reel Summer 2007 Movie Preview.&lt;!--[endif]--&gt;

&lt;!--[if !vml]--&gt;The three biggest sequels of the summer, all opening in May 2007&lt;!--[endif]--&gt;

Image 15
SHREK THE THIRD May 18 SPIDER-MAN 3 May 4 (The new villains are Sandman and Venom)
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace
(Mike, where's Kanye West?)

Expected to be the summer's (and the year's) biggest hit. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush are joined by Chow Yun-Fat

&lt;!--[if !vml]--&gt;MAY&lt;!--[endif]--&gt;

LUCKY YOU May 4 Robert Duvall, Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore BUG May 25 Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr. (Horror/thriller)
High-stakes in the World Poker Championships, with romance Judd like you've never seen her before . . . afflicted with a deadly parasite

28 WEEKS LATER May 11 A sequel to Danny Boyle's gripping first film, this time with a new cast and director (Horror/thriller)

Actor Sarah Polley makes her film directing debut with this drama about a long-time marriage damaged by a spouse's affliction with Altzheimer's
This film showed (and triumphed) at the Sundance Film Festival in January and stars Julie Christie (above) in an already raved-about performance

THE HIP HOP PROJECT May 11 (Documentary)
A documentary film on former homeless teenager Chris "Kazi" Rolle (above) who inspires a multitude of New York City teenagers to make their life stories into indelible works of art via hip hop music, in order to re-discover and redeem themselves. Kazi's program inspires the teens to challenge, change and better themselves. Long-time Hip Hop Project supporter Russell Simmons partners with Bruce Willis to donate a music recording studio to the Project. Out of it all comes struggle, survival, triumph, compelling narratives and incisive social commentary. Matt Ruskin directs the documentary and Diana "Princess" Lemon, Christopher "Cannon" Mapp and Mr. Rolle are featured, with appearances by Mr. Simmons, Mr. Willis, Sway and Doug E. Fresh

DELTA FARCE May 11 (Comedy) GEORGIA RULE May 11 (Family drama)
Will this take-off film on war find a good-sized Lindsay Lohan joins Oscar winner Jane Fonda and Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman in Garry Marshall's film
audience this summer? Lionsgate takes a risk

THE EX May 11 (Comedy/drama)
Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Charles Grodin, Jason Bateman, who continues his quiet ascendancy back up the movie profile ladder

May 11 (Action/drama)
Andrew Lau ("Infernal Affairs") makes his English-language feature film debut helming a film about an FBI agent (Richard Gere) who has to investigate a sex-offender parolee's connection to a girl that is missing while Gere's character trains a replacement agent (Claire Danes)

ANGEL-A May 25 (Comedy/fantasy/drama)
This 2005 film directed and written by Luc Besson ("La Femme Nikita", "Leon: The Professional", "The Fifth Element") finally gets to see the light of day in the U.S. of A. Rie Rasmussen (left) and Jamel Debbouze ("She Hate Me" and "Days Of Glory") in a romance about a con man whose life is dramatically reshaped by a suicidal woman with an angelic aura

FAY GRIM May 18 (Action/drama)
Hal Hartley's sequel to his original film "Henry Fool", which was released ten years ago in the U.S. and Canada. So-called "indie (film) queen" Parker Posey (above, last seen in "Superman Returns") stars as the title character of the new film, which will be screened at the San Francisco Film Festival in April.

GOLDEN DOOR May 11 (Drama)
A big gamble by a Sicilian farmer in poverty, who decides to move his entire family over to the United States at the turn of the 20th Century. With Charlotte Gainsbourg (above, center). Emmanuelle Crialese writes and directs. The film will open the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 26, and will also be featured at the Cannes Film Festival.

The adventures of a group of air-guitarists, in a documentary directed by Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Anna Barber

&lt;!--[if !vml]--&gt;JUNE&lt;!--[endif]--&gt;

EVAN ALMIGHTY June 22 (Comedy)
Steve Carell plays a U.S. congressman summoned by God (Morgan Freeman) to build an ark in preparation for an imminent flood

June 29 (Action)
Bruce Willis returns to re-invigorate "Die Hard" after a 12-year-absence as John McClane, who's trying to stop an Internet computer terrorist network from closing down the entire United States. Post Y2K and 9/11 implications aplenty, but can Mr. Willis and "Live Free" director Len Wiseman do what Christian Bale and "Batman Begins" director Christopher Nolan did to re-energize a dormant "Batman" film series? The difference is that the latter did it after only a five or six-year absence, and that's where Messrs. Willis and Wiseman will face an uphill battle. Gentlemen, start your engines (and prepare to "Die" easy at the box-office??)

NANCY DREW June 15 (Mystery/adventure)
HOSTEL PART II June 8 (Extreme Horror)
Emma Roberts stars (above), and a sequel to this film is already in the works No mystery here. The poster says it all. Flesh and entrails. Enjoy.

The sequel to the 2005 film. This time the Four face their greatest challenge in the Silver Surfer

RATATOUILLE June 29 (Animation/comedy)
OCEAN'S THIRTEEN June 8 (Drama/adventure)
The misadventures of a rat from France, from Disney/Pixar The gang returns again via Steven Soderbergh, with Al Pacino added

A MIGHTY HEART June 22 (Drama)
Angelina Jolie (above) stars as Mariane Pearl, based on Ms. Pearl's book about Wall Street Journal writer and husband Daniel Pearl and his untimely murder in Pakistan

LA VIE EN ROSE June 8 (Drama)
This remarkable biopic by Olivier Dahan features an out-of-this world performance by Marion Cotillard ("A Good Year") as the famed, revered and tragic figure songstress Edith Piaf. With Gerard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Emmanuelle Saigner [Cotillard is at the center of photo]

June 15 (Comedy)
A pair of social misfits do anything for love, looking for it in all the wrong places with the best intentions to gain relationships in a film written and directed by Taika Waikuru

Photo of I Could Never Be Your Woman,  Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Rudd

MARTIAN CHILD June 29 (Comedy/drama) I COULD NEVER BE YOUR WOMAN June 15 (Comedy/drama)
John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Joan Cusack Michelle Pfeiffer (in her first lead starring role since "What Lies Beneath"
and "White Oleander" both in 2000) as a woman finding love with a
younger man (Paul Rudd)
Directed by Amy Heckerling ("Clueless", "Look Who's Talking")

YOU KILL ME June 29 (Drama/comedy)
Ben Kingsley as a hit man and Tea Leoni as a woman with similar aspirations. Is there love in the air? Are there "Whole Nine Yards" to spare? Or is this a film of its own pedigree? The smart money says yes, to all three questions.

KNOCKED UP June 1 (Comedy) MR. BROOKS June 1 (Drama/thriller)
When a dream girl-next-door gets pregnant following a Kevin Costner as a serial killer with an alter ego (William Hurt), with a dogged detective
one-night stand, for the young man in question consequences on his trail (Demi Moore). Lots of blood and sex is guaranteed with the R-rating for
and responsibility follow (or do they in this film?) "strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, nudity and language"
And this is supposed to be a comedy?

BAMAKO June 1 (Documentary)
Danny Glover is among those starring in this film set on the African continent. "Bamako" will be screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.

June 29 (Drama)
Frank Oz directs this film about two brothers trying to prevent an awful secret about their deceased father from being spilled by an extortionist during the deceased father's funeral

&lt;!--[if !vml]--&gt;JULY&lt;!--[endif]--&gt;

LICENSE TO WED July 3 (Comedy) Robin Williams, Mandy Moore

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX July 11 (Adventure) Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY July 20 (Comedy) A straight-up marriage: two straight guys get married for domestic partner benefits
Kevin James, from the American television sitcom "The King Of Queens", and Adam Sandler, the reigning king of box-office comedy, star

Image 24 Photo of

TRANSFORMERS July 3 THE SIMPSONS MOVIE July 27 (Animation/comedy)
Michael Bay directs more big-budget action -- this time If the film makes less than $100 million, it will probably be considered a failure
from the Hasbro action figures The pressure's on for David Silverman (director) and Dan Castellaneta and co.

An all-star cast in the latest film version of the Broadway musical includes John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Christopher Walken and Michelle Pfeiffer

July 27
Aaron Eckhart and Catherine Zeta-Jones in a romantic drama, an American remake of the German film "Mostly Martha"

A revolutionary six-hour documentary film by Jennifer Fox, who spent five years shooting this exploration of what it means to be a woman, and getting the in-depth stories of the ups and downs in a woman's everyday life, interviewing women around the world and putting the camera on herself at any time or in any state of being, as do other women, who also film themselves un-self-consciously. The documentary, which opens first in New York City in July, premiered at Sundance this year (see related

1408 July 13
John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in a mystery thriller about a debunker of supernatural experiences who confronts real terror after checking into a hotel room marked 1408

TALK TO ME July 20 (Drama)
Don Cheadle in a film based on the true story of a black ex-convict who becomes a highly-revered figure when he brings his brand of truth and opinion to a white-owned talk-radio station as a program host. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jon Voight, Taraji P. Henson ("Smokin' Aces")

LADY CHATTERLEY July 13 (Erotic drama)
An update of the famous Lady Chatterley novels, with a twist, from director Pascale Ferran

Brenda Blethyn in an Australian drama directed by Cherie Nowlan about a struggling comedienne whose demanding ways grate on her son's romantic relationship. Premiered at Sundance.

&lt;!--[if !vml]--&gt;AUGUST&lt;!--[endif]--&gt;

RUSH HOUR 3 August 10 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM August 3 (Action/drama)
Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, reunited after a six-year absence Bourne . . . Jason Bourne. Matt Damon is back as the assassin
in the action-comedy character based on Tom Clancy's novels, with Paul Greengrass
("United 93") directing once again

Image 33
STARDUST August 10 (Sci-fi adventure/fantasy)
With the most intriguing cast of the summer for sure: Siena Miller, Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole, Ian McKellen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ricky Gervais, Charlie Cox, Jason Flemyng and Billie Whitelaw

THE INVASION August 17 Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig GOOD LUCK CHUCK August 24 Jessica Alba, Dane Cook, Dan Fogler
A sci-fi thriller which sees both stars in the first of two films together (A comedy -- in case you were wondering)
Kidman and Craig will be in "The Golden Compass" in December
("Invasion" is based on the novel "The Body Snatchers")

Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett in the true story of a struggling journalist (Harnett) who literally stumbles upon a homeless man and later realizes that he was once a boxing champion (Jackson). "Champ" premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival in January. The cast of Rod Lurie's film includes Teri Hatcher, Kathryn Morris, Alan Alda, Harry J. Lennix, David Paymer and Peter Coyote

BECOMING JANE August 3 (Romantic drama)
Anne Hathaway ("The Devil Wears Prada") goes period piece with James McAvoy (last seen in "Starter For 10" and "The Last King of Scotland") playing Jane Austen before she became the Jane Austen

Michael Douglas stars in Mike Cahill's film about a mentally disturbed man who is convinced he has inherited gold from the gold rush era in California. The film screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival back in January.

August 31 (Drama)
Reportedly Catherine Keener's (left) best performance to date, as an abused and abusive mother who goes on trial. Loosely based on true events, the film is directed by Tommy O'Haver and appeared at January's Sundance Film Festival.

August 3 (Action/comedy)
Andy Samberg, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane
Daredevil stuntman tries to impress his unimpressed father-in-law

UNDERDOG August 3 (Comedy/adventure) TRADE August 31 Kevin Kline (Drama)
Mighty Mouse! No, it's Super (Under) dog!! Will this film bark silently? The trailer for this film doesn't hide: a bleak drama about sex-trafficking

DADDY DAY CAMP August 10 (Comedy)
The sequel to the Eddie Murphy hit comedy "Daddy Day Care", minus Mr. Murphy and Jeff Garlin. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars. Good luck, and good night.
Fred Savage -- yes, that Fred Savage (of "The Wonder Years" television series of the late 1980's and early 1990's) directs
The Popcorn Reel Summer 2007 Movie Preview was originally published on March 24, 2007.

No comments: