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Morning Glory

Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Goldblum, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson
30 July
Morning Glory


It has J.J. Abrams name attached to it, and anyone who remembers how sensational last year’s Star Trek known how good he can be. Sadly, he is sitting in the Executive Producer’s chair this time. Also on board are Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, and Diane Keaton. Sounds great, right? But then there is also Sherlock Holmes’ spoiler Rachel McAdams as well. The last great behind the scenes of TV comedy was James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News, so this light froth will have a lot to live up to. Don’t look to the screenwriter for any help, however. The last movies written by Aline Brosh McKenna were 27 Dresses and the Fame remake, respectively. Ouch.


 

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Charlie St. Cloud

Director: Burr Steers
Cast: Zac Efron, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta
30 July
Charlie St. Cloud


Zac Efron is still seeking that big post-High School Musical hit, and while 17 Again was decent, it didn’t exactly play beyond the tween to 20 demo. True, few saw him in the terrific Orson Welles and Me, but with this take on Ben Sherwood’s 2004 novel, he might finally have the broad appeal acceptance he’s been looking for. Playing a young man who can see ghosts (the result of a car accident as a kid), there is an element of humor and heart in this friendly fable. Though Burr Steers reappearance as a director doesn’t do much for us (he was behind the previously mentioned body switching comedy), we will reserve judgment. After all, the studio bumped this from a Fall to Summer run.


 

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Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Director: Brad Peyton
Cast: Chris O’Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Paul Rodriguez, Roger Moore
30 July
Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore


It’s been almost ten years since a love of all things Babe and some stiff CGI gave this story of curs vs. kitties a substantial ankle biter payoff. Though some of the original cast returns, this looks like an attempt to cash in based on name and concept only. As we have seen throughout the last few years, studios aren’t too discriminating when it comes to live action kids fare. Just look at G-Force, or the recent Furry Vengeance as an example. Still, with almost everyone having a favorite pet preference, there might be some bark left in this already old dog yet.


 

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Beastly

Director: Daniel Barnz
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris, Lisa Gay Hamilton
30 July
Beastly


At first, it smacks of pseudo Twilight material - a snobbish high school boy plays a mean joke on the resident outside (who just happens to be a witch). One pissed off Miss later and our jerk is now a monster, given one year to redeem himself and find true love or stay hideous forever. Enter sensitive girl Lindy who just so happens to be the daughter of a dangerous drug addict. In a convoluted deal, she comes to live with the ‘creature’ beginning a journey of love and overlooking superficial personality traits that sounds a little to pat to be plausible. Still, it has some solid supernatural potential.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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