2002-09-26 / Arts & Entertainment

Fall Movie Preview — Part Two

By DNA Smith

By DNA Smith

Elijah Wood returns in the second installment of “The Lord of the Rings”  trilogy of feature films in December’s “The Twin Towers.”Elijah Wood returns in the second installment of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy of feature films in December’s “The Twin Towers.”

©2002 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

I previously listed some notable September and October releases. Here are the biggies for November and December. Is it me, or does any one else smell sequels?

NOVEMBER

Femme Fatale (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Antonio Banderas) — Becca plays a hot and sexy jewel thief; Banderas is the hot and sexy dude on her — how you say? — tail. Jes. Jes. Directed by Brian DePalma. (11/8)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Daniel Radcliffe, Kenneth Branagh) — Film adaptation of the second book in the J.K. Rowling series about a boy wizard’s adventures at boarding school. Supposedly, the Quidditch match in this version will be better than the ho-hum game played in the first film. (11/15)

Die Another Day (Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry) — The 20th installment of the series has James Bond driving a tricked-out Aston Martin and an even more tricked-out Halle Berry. Yeah, Baby! (11/22)

DECEMBER

Adaptation (Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep) — Director Spike Jonze’s follow-up to the quirky and cool "Being John Malkovich," involves a weird orchid grower, a reporter and screenwriter, and the clashing and merging of identities. (12/6)

Analyze That (Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro) — Badda-boom, badda-bing. Another sequel. Who’da thunk it. If you liked "Analyze This" you’ll probably be camping out for this one. Serves you right. (12/6)

Star Trek: Nemesis (Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner) — Thankfully, this is to be the final movie in a lackluster series. The major selling point for me is not the special effects, but that Jonathan Frakes isn’t directing. Maybe the fourth time will be a charm. (12/13)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen) — Part two of the mind-blowing fantasy trilogy boasts more than 600 effects shots, epic battle scenes and tales of forbidden Hobbit Love. (OK, I made that last one up.) (12/18)

Gangs of New York (Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz) — It’s about time. This historical epic from director Martin Scorsese got shelved after the 9/11 attacks. Now, after more than a year, we can finally see what all the fuss was about. (12/24)

About Schmidt (Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates) — Black comedy wherein Nicholson plays a 60-something-year-old guy who’s just realized he’s squandered his life. (12/25)

Pinocchio (Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi) — Co-written and directed by "Life is Beautiful" star and Oscar-winner Benigni, this adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s fairy tale about a puppet who longs to be a real boy could be the sleeper hit of the holiday season. (12/25)

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