Fall Movie Preview — Part Two
By DNA Smith
©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?
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)
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)