Summer Film Calendar

Your month-to-month guide to summer film

<i>Tomb Raider</i>
Tomb Raider


JUNE 1

The Animal: Rob Schneider gets doggie organ transplants, then curiously starts scratching and licking uncontrollably. Survivor's Colleen co-stars.

The King Is Alive: This Dogme film strands tourists in the African desert, where they re-enact King Lear while trying to stay alive. With Jennifer Jason Leigh.

<i>The Fast and the Furious</i>
The Fast and the Furious

Moulin Rouge: Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor belt out pop songs from the Police, U2, and Elton John (to name a few) in this turn-of-the-21st-century take on the infamous 19th-century Parisian nightclub. The always audacious Baz Luhrmann (William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet) directs.

What's the Worst That Could Happen?: Martin Lawrence and John Leguizamo are bungling burglars who set their sights on the mystical ring of a billionaire (Danny DeVito).


JUNE 8

Evolution: David Duchovny stars as a community college teacher who discovers a meteor that evolves into -- get this -- aliens. Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) directs the sci-fi spoof.

Swordfish: John Travolta continues his trend of playing bad guys with bad facial hair (see Battleship Earth ... or don't). Travolta is the evil mastermind who coerces a computer hacker (X-Men's Hugh Jackman) to steal millions in government funds. Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds) directs.


JUNE 15

Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Disney animated film (minus the singing and dancing) about the underwater colony of Atlantis.
<i>Cats and Dogs</i>
Cats and Dogs

Sexy Beast: Four-letter words fly in this darkly comic con-man story (and Sundance fave) starring Ben Kingsley.

Tomb Raider: Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft in the exhaustively hyped celluloid treatment of the popular video game. Should appeal to those who like a side order of breasts with their carnage.


JUNE 22

The Anniversary Party: Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming wrote, directed, and star in this digitally shot film about an, er, anniversary party. Co-starring many of the directing duo's friends, including Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. Reilly, and Kevin Kline.

Dr. Dolittle 2: Eddie Murphy's back, and so are those cute talking animals.

<i>Final Fantasy</i>
Final Fantasy

The Fast and the Furious: Drag racing and street fighting collide in this hot-rodding tale of star-crossed lovers from opposing gangs.


JUNE 27

Baby Boy: John Singleton's "companion piece" to Boyz N the Hood, about a single father (Tyrese) still living with his mother.


JUNE 29

A.I. (see Summer Film Previews)

The Closet: Hugely popular French comedy starring Daniel Auteuil as a straight man who plays gay in order to avoid losing his job. With Gerard Depardieu.

Crazy/Beautiful: Kirsten Dunst stars in this high school interracial romance as a navel-baring bad girl who woos an ambitious Latino classmate (newcomer Jay Hernandez).

<i>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</i>
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Pootie Tang: An Ebonics superhero (Pootie Tang) saves the day but can't string together intelligible sentences. Inspired by a skit from Chris Rock's now-defunct talk show. Starring Rock and Mr. Show's David Cross.


JULY 4

Cats and Dogs: Talking, kung fu fighting cats and dogs bent on world (or at least domestic pet) domination in this live-action comedy.

Scary Movie 2: The Wayans brothers try to reproduce Scary Movie's magic equation: TV stars + cheesy horror spoofing + ejaculation jokes = $157 million gross.


JULY 6

Kiss of the Dragon: Luc Besson produced and co-wrote this Jet Li action/thriller. With Bridget Fonda.

Lost and Delirious: File this one under Sexually-Confused-Girls-in-Catholic-School-Garb. Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly) stars as a prep-school girl coming of age.

<i>Ghost World</i>
Ghost World

The Vertical Ray of the Sun: Vietnamese film about four adults trying to come to terms with their deceased parents' complicated past.


JULY 11

Final Fantasy: In a not-too-distant future, completely computer-generated actors try to replace the need for human ones. Wait, that already happened. Based on the popular video game, Final Fantasy features the voice talent of Ming-Na, Ving Rhames, and Steve Buscemi.


JULY 13

Bully: Director Larry Clark (Kids) chronicles more dysfunctional teens. This time, they're homicidal.

Legally Blonde: Reese Witherspoon needs no peroxide in this romantic comedy about a scorned girlfriend who enrolls at Harvard to get closer to her ex and ends up investigating a murder.

The Score: Method men unite! Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando butt heads in this heist film.


JULY 18

Jurassic Park III: This third prehistoric-beasts-gone-bad effort hopes to reinvent the dinosaur, and without the direction of Steven Spielberg. (The Rocketeer's Joe Johnston directs.)


JULY 20

America's Sweethearts: Julia Roberts plays an assistant to her movie star/diva sister (Catherine Zeta-Jones) in this Hollywood spoof. All-star lineup includes John Cusack and Billy Crystal (who penned the script with Analyze This co-screenwriter Peter Tolan).
<i>Rat Race</i>
Rat Race

Made: Directorial debut from Jon Favreau (Swingers) reteams Favreau and Vince Vaughn as two fumbling crooks trying to get "made." Sean "Puffy" Combs co-stars.

The Princess and the Warrior: German director Tom Twyker recasts his Run Lola Run star Franke Potente as a nurse who survives an accident.

Sidewalks of New York: Writer/director Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen) goes back to the Big Apple with Heather Graham and Stanley Tucci.


JULY 24

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: John Cameron Mitchell's film adaptation of his off-Broadway cross-dressing rock musical wowed audiences at Sundance.


JULY 27

Baise-Moi: French officials were up in arms over Baise-Moi (which has been alternately translated as Fuck Me, Screw Me, or Rape Me -- but you get the point). The film shows the same kind of graphic sex and violence we've seen for years in film ... only this time it's perpetrated by women.
<i>Apocalypse Now Redux</i>
Apocalypse Now Redux

Planet of the Apes (see Summer Film Previews)


AUGUST 3

Ghost World: Terry Zwigoff (Crumb) adapts the hit underground comic by Daniel Clowes. Thora Birch (American Beauty) stars as a recent high school graduate who woos Steve Buscemi.

The Princess Diaries: A 16-year-old discovers she's actually the princess of an obscure European province. Julie Andrews provides the (silver) spoonful of sugar as as the Queen Mother.

Rat Race: Jerry Zucker's remake of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. With Jon Lovitz, John Cleese, and Rowan Atkinson.

<i>Osmosis Jones</i>
Osmosis Jones

Rush Hour 2: Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan reunite as the odd-couple crimefighting team.

Tortilla Soup: An English-language remake of Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman starring Hector Elizondo.


AUGUST 10

American Pie 2: The entire cast returns for a second helping of flatulence and fornication, helmed by the original's first assistant director James Rogers (Say It Isn't So).

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion: Sounds like Small Time Crooks in Fedoras. Helen Hunt and Dan Aykroyd star in Woody Allen's latest, about a jewel heist in the Forties.

<i>Serendipity</i>
Serendipity

Osmosis Jones: In this part animated/part live-action comedy, war breaks out between a virus and white blood cells (voiced by Chris Rock, David Hyde Pierce, Laurence Fishburne, Kid Rock, etc.). Bill Murray plays host body to the Farrelly Brothers' gross-out ingenuity.


AUGUST 15

Apocalypse Now Redux: Now there's even more napalm to smell with an additional 50 minutes of footage in the re-release of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam stunner.


AUGUST 17

American Outlaws: Irish It-boy Colin Farrell (Tigerland) plays Jesse James in this Western filmed in and around Austin.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin: John Madden's follow-up to Shakespeare in Love, based on Louis de Bernières' novel. Nicolas Cage plays an Italian army officer stationed on a Greek island in WWII; Penélope Cruz is the local who catches his eye.

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars: The granddaddy of horror aims for the stars in this interplanetary ghost story starring Ice Cube and Natasha Henstridge.

<i>Summer Catch</i>
Summer Catch

Rollerball: Remake of the Seventies Norman Jewison film about a futuristic extreme sport. Chris Klein (heir apparent to the Keanu Reeves throne of blank looks) plays the rollerball king.

Serendipity: Romantic comedy meditation on love and fate starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.


AUGUST 24

40 Days and 40 Nights: Fed up with girls, Josh Hartnett gives up sex for 40 days and 40 very long nights.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: Kevin Smith gives center stage to the lovably misogynistic halfwit Jay and his Zen-like counterpart. It is the rumored conclusion to Smith's Jersey quadrilogy (which also includes Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy).

O: Shakespeare in gym shorts. Columbine comparisons have put this high school basketball take on Othello on the shelf for over a year. Tim Blake Nelson (who played Delmar in O Brother, Where Art Thou?) directs Julia Stiles and Mekhi Phifer as the doomed couple and Josh Hartnett as the back-stabbing friend.

Soul Survivors: Long-delayed teen horror film starring Wes Bentley, Eliza Dushku, and Casey Affleck.

Summer Catch: Freddie Prinze Jr. and baseball. Do you think he'll get the girl?


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