Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Malcontent's summer movie preview, part deux

And here's what I might see this summer. Pretty slim pickens:

"A Prairie Home Companion": Altman's always worth a look, although it's hard to get that excited about a Garrison Keillor semi-biopic. And what's with casting Lindsay Lohan?;

"The Fallen Idol": A rerelease of the 1948 movie starring Ralph Richardson as a butler accused of murder. Never seen it, or heard of it, for that matter, but it's a collaboration between director Carol Reed and writer Graham Greene, who struck gold a year later with "The Third Man";

"The Devil Wears Prada": I'm just gay enough to be curious about this one, featuring Meryl Streep as a demanding fashion magazine editor and Anne Hathaway as her put-upon assistant;

"Little Miss Sunshine": Strong buzz surrounds this tale of a fractured family taking a road trip together to get their 7-year-old to her beauty pageant. Stars Toni Collette and Steve Carell. (Regardless, there's no way it will be as entertaining as the HBO documentary of a few years back, "Living Dolls");

Scoop": Has Woody Allen truly returned to form? "Match Point" was great, and the auteur returns with his two newest muses: London and Scarlett Johansson, who plays a journalism student who falls for a British aristocrat (Hugh Jackman);

"Factotum": Matt Dillon stars as a boozy writer in an adaptation of Charles Bukowski's novel about his fictional alter ego. "Barfly 2?";

And, of course "Art School Confidential," opening -- finally -- next week.

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