Thursday, May 18, 2006


Seven movies are opening tomorrow, only three nationwide, and only one for which the viewing public over 17 is probably waiting - THE DA VINCI CODE. It will open with OVER THE HEDGE from Dreamworks, and SEE NO EVIL.

Actually, THE DA VINCI CODE is opening world-wide, starting in China. From there, it will follow the International Time Line around the globe. I think by now all my readers know something about THE CODE. I read the book, and expect to see it tomorrow. I shall post much more about it.

OVER THE HEDGE (d. Tim Johnson & Karey Kirkpatrick) is another cutie-pie animated film from Dreamworks populated with talking animals voiced by celebrity actors: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner, Nick Nolte, Thomas Haden Church, Allison Janney, etc.

SEE NO EVIL (d. Gregory Dark) is not to be confused with the alternate title for George Clooney's SYRIANA. This one is a horror flick aimed at the 13 to 20 year-old, hormone-pumping teens who are ending the school year in many places as I write, and are ready to p-a-r-t-y. The taglines? "Eight Teens, One Weekend, One Serial Killer," and "This Summer, Evil Gets Raw." I think you get the picture. It may do very well its first weekend out up against a kiddy flick and an intellectual adult movie. On the other hand, it may not.

The four films in limited release for those who live in New York and Los Angeles deserve a mention, but I doubt that anyone is holding his/her breath to see them. In the New York area only: LEMMING and MOUTH TO MOUTH.

In the New York and L. A. areas: THE KING (d. James Marsh). Mexican actor Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal portrays twenty-one year old Elvis who, recently honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy returns to Corpus Christi, Texas, to seek out his gringo father, whom Elvis has never known because he was raised by his Mexican mother. His father is pastor of a local Baptist church, and he immediately rejects Elvis. Violence and tragedy of biblical proportions are unleashed when Elvis enters into a relationship with his half-sister. I give the synopsis for this film because Bernal is wonderful eye candy for female viewers and a good actor, too. Besides, this film intrigues me since I once lived in Corpus Christi, and I've known some ministers who weren't all their congregations thought they were. Really!

Then, there is something called TWELVE AND HOLDING in very limited release. I think THE DA VINCI CODE and OVER THE HEDGE will edge out the rest by a significant margin. Happy viewing!

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