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ISSUE 115 VOL 21 PUBLISHED 5/10/2002

Flicks for fun

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer

Friday, May 10, 2002

In case you've forgotten what it's like to walk out of a movie theater into the warm summer air to get an ice cream cone, perhaps you should re-acquaint yourself with the idea. There will be plenty of opportunities to do that this season. "Spider-Man," starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, just kicked off the summer movie season to the tune of a $114-million opening weekend. Anyone got a can of Raid? But there are other summer releases that are sure to defeat Spidey. There's "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones," opening May 16. In response to criticism, fans found "The Phantom Menace" too cutesy, Lucas & Co. have guaranteed that this installment will be more on track with the originals. Mi-sa thinks Jar-Jar had better go bye-bye. Hugh Grant returns to romantic comedy (oh wait, he never left) in "About a Boy," costarring Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz, a story about a self-absorbed single guy who tries to pick up single moms. Opening against "Star Wars," this one's obviously meant to appeal to a different demographic, which could very well be a smart move. After the disappointing reception to "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," Steven Spielberg has a chance to redeem himself. With the help of Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, it looks like he has a good chance with "Minority Report." Cruise plays a cop who is anticipated to commit murder in futuristic Washington, D.C. But it doesn't take a psychic to predict that the Cruise-Spielberg combo will slay them all at the box office. They'll have to compete with four characters played by Mike Myers, though: Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard, and the newest creation of the Austin Powers franchise, Goldmember. After all of the hassle to get the film officially titled "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (MGM challenged the title and threatened to sue), it is likely box office receipts should make all the hassle worth it. Most of the original cast, including Seth Green, Michael York and Verne Troyer, will return, along with new additions Beyonce Knowles and Michael Caine, who will play Austin's father. Groovy, baby! "I see cornfields," could be the newest catch-phrase for Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan's latest, "Signs." Mel Gibson plays a minister/farmer who discovers strange crop circles in his fields. It's hard to live up to "The Sixth Sense," which Shyamalan found out with "Unbreakable," but this one's got a lot of buzz. If none of that suits you, head to a drive-in or drag your TV outside on a cool evening. Better yet, grab that ice cream cone afterwards and watch the lightning bugs. There's nothing better than letting a movie sink in on a still summer night.

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