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What, now Michael Bay wants an Oscar? He certainly wants to be James Cameron, turning the eponymous attack into a Titanic-sized romance and trying to one-up From Here to Eternity in the process. MAY 28
Fast Food Fast Women
Depressing-cute New York indie Amos Kolleck hits the bricks again, essaying loneliness and missed connections between Jamie Harris (Jared's brother), Lonette McKee, Mark Margolis, Louise Lasser, and others.
The directorial debut of National Geographic photographer Eric Valli (and the first Nepalese entry for the foreign-language Oscar) uses a mostly nonpro cast to depict a power struggle in a Tibetan mountain village.
The Road Home
Zhang Yimou continues in sentimental neorealist mode, with this tale of a peasant girl (Crouching Tiger's Zhang Ziyi) and her utter devotion to the local schoolmaster.
What's the Worst That Could Happen?
A Donald Westlake novel about an argument over a lucky ring between a wealthy schmo (Danny DeVito) and the burglar that tries to rip him off (Martin Lawrence) gets the aim-low, pay-per-view treatment, complete with William Fichtner and Nora Dunn stealing scenes.
Yet another intersecting-multithread relationship moviedo they teach these in scriptwriting seminars?by Brit newcomer/Three Coins in the Fountain fan David Kane, and starring Jane Horrocks, Olivia Williams, Catherine McCormack, Craig Ferguson (not on the writing team, thank God), Adrian Lester, and, briefly, Ian Hart.
For the English-language remake of a 1993 French hit, Jean Reno reprises his role as a nobleman transported from 12th-century France to present-day Chicago; Christina Applegate and Tara Reid are somehow embroiled.
Ring of Fire
The Johnny Cash tune presumably gets trotted out again, in this rodeo-circuit comedy written by James ("son of Robert") Redford. Daryl Hannah, Molly Ringwald, and Kiefer Sutherland try to recapture the '80s.
Wakin' Up in Reno
Or Kalifornia 2? Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron are crazy in love, but married respectively to Natasha Richardson and Patrick Swayze. As people in movies are wont to do, they all go on a long car trip together. (And then, we presume, Juliette Lewis shoots them all dead.)