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Coming to a cinema near you in 2006...

2 February 06 words: Ben Lee
A run-down of films out over the next year including Casino Royale, Superman Returns, Da Vinci Code, X-Men 3 and World Trade Center

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in Casino Royale

Casino Royale Daniel Craig is James Bond in what’s allegedly going to be the grittiest 007 yet. It’s a remake of the 1967 movie and even though it has a November release date, it’s still not fully cast. Hurry up guys.

The Darwin Awards
Anyone familiar with the famed site will know that the title refers to awards given to people who have the dumbest deaths. Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes star as investigators in what’s sure to be the year’s darkest comedy.

Hard Candy
One of the most shocking films from the festival circuit, this will be one the year’s most talked about movies. It concerns a creepy photographer who meets up with a naïve 14-year-old girl he has encountered on a chatroom. But appearances can be deceptive.

The Fountain
Darren Aronofsky’s epic sci-fi drama spans over 1000 years with three parallel stories. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz star in all three in a film which promises to be about ‘love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in the world’. Has the potential to be incredible.

The Da Vinci Code movieThe Da Vinci Code
Tom Hanks and Ron Howard team up to bring one of the most popular novels from recent years to the big screen. The loudest trailer ever has shown us that no expense has been spared in the adaptation although Christian groups are already trying to force a boycott.

Grind House
Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino team up to present two horror movies, one made by each. Authentically reminiscent of old-style double features, the pair are also making fake trailers for the mid-section. Should be a massive cult success.

Little Miss Sunshine
One of 2005’s big breakout stars Steve Carrell goes the indie route in 2006 with this comedy. It follows a family who are determined to get their daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant and go on a cross-country road trip. The buzz from Sundance is amazing.

A nourish tale set in high school, the buzz around Brick is sizzling. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a loner who delves into a dark underworld to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. Has been one of the crowning successes from many festivals.

Final Destination 3
Anyone who, like me, took great pleasure in watching unknown teenagers get brutally and inventively murdered in the first two will be excited about this. This time the terror starts after a violent roller coaster accident. 

Stranger Than Fiction
From Marc Forster, who in my opinion is one of the best directors working today, comes this bizarre conceit. Will Ferrell stars as a man who find his every move narrated by an unseen figure. An interesting support cast includes Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson.

Flight 93
One of the year’s two films which are finally tackling the events of 9/11. Directed by Bourne Supremacy helmer Paul Greengrass it follows one of the planes which was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania. Could potentially be hugely powerful.

Superman ReturnsSuperman Returns
One of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year stars newcomer Brandon Routh as the man of steel. Director Bryan Singer, of X Men fame, promises the film will be light and whimsical unlike recent superhero fare. 

I can already attest to the fact that Junebug is one of the finest films of the year. A finely drawn drama about a dysfunctional family, it possesses a realism and detail rarely seen in similar offerings. It will be hard to find but I urge you to track it down.

Lady In The Water
The new movie from M Night Shyamalan, the twistmeister behind The Sixth Sense and Signs arrives this summer with a bucket load of hype. It stars Paul Giametti as a janitor who finds an otherworldly woman in the pool of the building where he works. The teaser trailer is horrible but Shyamalan rarely disappoints.

American Dreamz
The brothers behind About A Boy and In Good Company try their hand at satire with this critique of American society. Hugh Grant stars as a Simon Cowell like figure while Dennis Quaid stars as a stupid Texan president.

Thank You For Smoking
A satirical comedy with Aaron Eckhart as a tobacco spokesman who had the job of spinning the ‘upside’ of smoking. This is also compared with his relationship with his young son. The film also stars Maria Bello, William H Macy and Katie Holmes.

Little Children
An adaptation of the best-selling novel from Election writer Tom Perrotta, this stars Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly as bored housewives looking for fun. They find a dark underbelly beneath the surface of suburbia.

World Trade Center
The other 9/11 movie of the year comes from conspiracy nut Oliver Stone. It stars Nicolas Cage as a port authority police officer trapped beneath the rubble of the world trade centre. Out of the two films, what with its Stone lineage, this one could be the one to stir up controversy.

The most likely candidate for big brit-comedy of the year, this documentary follows three couples competing for the ‘most original wedding of the year’. The impressive cast includes Martin Freeman (The Office), Jessica Stevenson (Spaced), Jimmy Carr and Julia Davis (Nighty Night).

X Men 3
The new installment in one of the better received superhero franchises of recent years sees Rush Hour director Brett Ratner taking over directing duties from Bryan Singer. All the principals are returning, along with Vinnie Jones (ouch) and Kelsey Grammer joining the bunch. Fans are already up in arms about some ‘serious’ changes.

The Visiting
Nicole Kidman refuses to go away again in 2006 and stars in this ‘re-imagining’ of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Co-starring new Bond Daniel Craig, Kidman stars as a psychiatrist who discovers her son may be the key to stopping an alien invasion.

Pirates Of The Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
The first Pirates was a massive success, both with critics and audiences, so a sequel was a given. All the regulars are back, this time with Keith Richards on board as Depp’s father. It’s being filmed back-to-back with the third installment so expect more where this one comes from.

The Squid and The Whale
Another hyped indie hit about a dysfunctional family, this one has garnered excellent reviews. Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney star as parents going though a divorce in the 80s and the film follows the impact on their two children.

V For VendettaV For Vendetta
Produced by the Wachowski brothers, famous for the Matrix trilogy, this highly-anticipated future-set actioner is already famous for being the reason Natalie Portman shaved off her hair and went all Ripley on us. The trailer promises both incredible action and a subversive streak.

Julianne Moore stars as a mother who claims her son was stolen in broad daylight by a black man, causing a massive race riot in the community. Samuel L Jackson stars as a detective trying to calm the storm. A rousing trailer suggests good things when this hits in Spring.


And 5 films you may wish to avoid...

Snakes On A Plane
The title says it all. Samuel L Jackson is stuck on a plane where an evildoer releases some Snakes on a Plane. This could be a contender for funniest movie of the year. 

Jason Statham, the most unconvincing new breed of action star, headlines this thriller with a profoundly stupid concept. A hitman has been given a poison which means he has to keep his adrenaline at a specifically high level all day or he will die. Its Speed in a body!

Basic Instinct 2Basic Instinct 2
Any film which stars Stan Collymore going dogging in an opening ‘cameo’ is doomed. Especially when it’s sole purpose is to show audiences that Sharon Stone is ’still hot’. She’s been tirelessly hyping it up, claming it pushes even more boundaries than the first. Yawn.

Take The Lead
Anyone in the mood for another inspirational teacher movie? Anyone? Well for those who are interested, Antonio Banderas stars as a ballroom teacher who inspires some innercity kids. I’m sure he’s gonna ‘break all the rules’ and more.

Date Movie
From one of the geniuses who had vaguely something to do with Scary Movie, comes this attempt to spoof the romantic comedy genre. Alyson Hannigan, Willow from Buffy, is the one who will be boring us with numerous pratfalls and gross-out jokes.


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