By Julie Keller
The stars of this issue's movies are full of mayhem and mischief. Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones are planning the biggest heist of the century, Shakespeare's fairies and imps are toying with the hearts of local citizens, and Matthew Broderick is pulling some shenanigans with a high school election.
Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa, A Cool Dry Place) has a problem. It seems his right hand has a mind of its own. And unfortunately, it's up to no good. When he wakes up on Halloween morning, he discovers his bloodthirsty hand has turned his parents into a bloody mess. And that's just the beginning. Seth Green (TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") and Elden Henson (The Mighty) are Anton's irresponsible right-hand men (heh, heh) in this dark comedy.
No swinging vines for Brendan Fraser in this remake of Boris Karloff's 1932 flick of the same name. Fraser plays a treasure-seeker who stumbles upon an ancient tomb in Egypt's City of the Dead in the year 1925 and accidentally unleashes you guessed it the mummy, a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror. Terror is right think about that 3,000-year-old morning breath. Ugh.
Written by music industry insiders, Clubland takes you behind the scenes with a band that's just dying to make it big. Real-life musician Jimmy Tuckett plays Kennedy Johnson, your typical waiter by day/musician by night who dreams of landing a record deal. Look for a cameo by Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and don't miss the soundtrack of up-and-coming bands we hear it's kick-ass.
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After watching this film about two macho air-traffic controllers, you're gonna pray that John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton are as far away from your airport as possible. They play two controllers involved in a clash of egos while they try to direct the 7,000 daily flights in and out of three New York City airports. The film's director says it's more about people crashes, not plane crashes, but you'll probably want to buckle that safety belt extra tight the next time you take to the air.
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Another of the brilliant bard's classics is being brought to the silver screen. With a magnificent cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, Calista Flockhart, Kevin Kline and Stanley Tucci as Puck, this story of whimsy and romance set in 19th century Tuscany will remind us again why Shakespeare is considered one of the primary playwrights in history.
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Hollywood's exotic beauty of the moment Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Mask of Zorro) stars as an insurance investigator who poses as a master thief to catch a legendary burglar none other than Sean Connery. But as much as we love Sean Connery, he has really got to stop with these romances with women young enough to be his granddaughter. It's getting a little embarrassing. You don't see Gloria Stuart running around with Matt Damon, do you?
The Very Thought of You
Don't know about you, but we fell in love with Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love, and this romantic comedy is probably not going to do much to dissuade our crush. He's one of three friends who meet and fall in love with the same American tourist (Monica Potter, Patch Adams) during her whirlwind trip to London. The big question of the movie: Which guy will she pick? That's a no-brainer on our end.
Detroit Rock City
Well, Gene Simmons has done a lot of things in his day paint his face, breathe fire, spit up blood but now he's co-producing a movie. Set in 1978, the film follows four teenagers who embark on a quest to attend a KISS concert. Edward Furlong (American History X) and Natasha Lyonne (The Slums of Beverly Hills) are two of the teens who are unwavering in their passion to see their favorite rock group live. These teens prove they can scam their way into a sold-out show. And that's not all. They even prove they can rock 'n' roll all night and party everyday.
Never Been Kissed
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To her ultimate horror, Chicago Sun-Times copy editor Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) is forced to go undercover at the local high school while working on a story about today's teenagers. Not only is she forced to relive her horrific adolescence, but she also has to figure out a unique angle for her story, all while negotiating the awkward start of a new romance. This also marks Barrymore's debut production effort. But we have one question: What the heck does Drew know about being a geek?
The Mod Squad
In the first of potentially countless movie renditions of Aaron Spelling television shows, Claire Danes (Polish Wedding), Giovanni Ribisi (The Other Sister) and Omar Epps (Scream 2) bring the '70s classic "Mod Squad" to life. They play three juvenile delinquents enlisted to work as undercover operatives and infiltrate the dangerous criminal element of today's youth culture. Now, if Hollywood could give us a movie version of "Charlie's Angels," we'd be in heaven.
In an era of what seems like an endless supply of high school coming-of-age comedies, it's often hard to distinguish the hilarious from the hokey. But American Pie does its best to pull away from the norm. It's a story of a group of high school seniors who vow to lose their virginity by prom night.
And the most inexperienced, embarrassing-incident-prone character, Jim, is played by newcomer Jason Biggs. But don't assume he was as inept with women in high school as his on-screen counterpart. "I wasn't a pimp or anything, but I had girlfriends and I dated," he says.
After seeing his antics onscreen including being caught in compromising positions by his dad, broadcasting a strip tease over the Internet, and a, um, solo love scene with an apple pie we're surprised he ever gets any action. But he does have some advice for picking up chicks. "Just go for it," he says. "Don't be afraid. Don't back out of a situation. If you think it's all right, go for it. Otherwise, nine times out of 10, you'll lose out."
Oh, and after the pie incident, will Biggs ever come near an apple pie again? "Absolutely not. I haven't touched one since."
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