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May 04, 2003

June 6

The Eye

Thriller

Palm

With: Lee Sin-je, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, Candy Lo.

The idea: Corneal transplant has interesting side effects, including clairvoyance and foresight.

Writers: Oxide & Danny Pang, Jo Jo Hui Yuet Chun.

Directors: The Pangs.

So? Goose-bump city.

Prozac Nation

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday May 04, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," an animated adventure from DreamWorks, will be released July 2. Today's Calendar Summer Sneaks list incorrectly has it as June 27.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday May 11, 2003 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 0 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas," an animated adventure from DreamWorks, will be released July 2. The Summer Sneaks list last Sunday incorrectly had it as June 27.

Drama

Miramax

With: Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange.

The idea: Girl's bright promise is crushed by depression.

Writers: Frank Deasy and Larry Gross; based on the book by Elizabeth Wurtzel; adaptation by Gail Neiderhoffer.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjaerg.

So? Wasted.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Action

Universal

With: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser.

The idea: Ex-cop, ex-con, undercover agent, fast cars.

Writers: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas; based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.

Director: John Singleton.

So? Accelerated Singleton.

Whale Rider

Drama

Newmarket Films

With: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis.

The idea: Girl's presence complicates matters as a Maori tribe searches for a new leader.

Writer-director: Niki Caro.

So? Magical import.

June 13

Capturing the Friedmans

Documentary

HBO/Magnolia Pictures

With: Arnold and Elaine Friedman and their three sons.

The idea: The disintegration of a Long Island family when the father is accused of trafficking in child pornography, and worse.

Director: Andrew Jarecki.

So? Compelling and very disturbing.

Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Comedy

New Line

With: Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Eugene Levy, Luis Guzman, Mimi Rogers.

The idea: Prequel situates the brainless duo in high school.

Writers: Robert Brener and Tom Gammil & Will Gluck; story by Brener; based on characters created by Peter Farrelly & Bennett Yellin & Bobby Farrelly.

Director: Troy Miller.

So? Levy and Guzman lend comic credibility.

From Justin to Kelly

Musical

Fox

With: Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini.

The idea: The "American Idol" stars go to a beach party.

Writer: Kim Fuller.

Director: Robert Iscove.

So? Reality snipes.

The Heart of Me

Drama

ThinkFilm

With: Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, Paul Bettany, Eleanor Bron.

The idea: Two sisters fall for the same man in the years before and after World War II.

Writer: Lucinda Coxon; based on the novel "The Echoing Grove" by Rosamond Lehmann.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan.

So? A tad dry.

Jet Lag

Comedy

Miramax

With: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno, Sergi Lopez.

The idea: Chance meeting at a Paris airport sets romance in motion.

Writers: Daniele Thompson, Christopher Thompson.

Director: Daniele Thompson.

So? Love on a layover?

Love the Hard Way

Drama

Kino International

With: Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier.

The idea: Sleazeball and saint plunge into a torrid affair, with unfortunate results.

Writers: Marie Noelle, Peter Sehr.

Director: Sehr.

So? Implausible.

No Turning Back

Drama

Kino

With: Jesus Nebot, Lindsay Price, Chelsea Rendon.

The idea: Widowed Honduran and his 6-year-old son try to start a new life in Southern California.

Writer-directors: Nebot, Julia Montejo.

So? Harrowing.

Rugrats Go Wild

Animated adventure

Paramount

With: Voices of Nancy Cartwright, Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, E.G. Daily, Flea.

The idea: The Pickleses meet the Thornberrys on a deserted island.

Writer: Kate Boutilier.

Directors: Norton Virgien, John Eng.

So? Bruce Willis utters the first words from Spike the dog.

June 20

Alex & Emma

Comedy

Warner Bros.

With: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau, David Paymer.

The idea: New stenographer complicates author's effort to finish book -- which is literally a matter of life or death.

Writers: Jeremy Leven and Adam Scheinman & Andy Scheinman & Rob Reiner.

Director: Reiner.

So? Potential chemistry.

Bollywood/Hollywood

Comedy-musical

Magnolia Pictures

With: Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak.

The idea: An Indian man pulls a ruse to meet his mother's requirements for his bride.

Writer-director: Deepa Mehta.

So? Good credentials, but....

Friday Night

Drama

Wellspring

With: Valerie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon.

The idea: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a young Parisian woman.

Writers: Emmanuele Bernheim, Claire Denis; based on Bernheim's novel.

Director: Denis.

So? Anxiety and sex.

The Good, the Bad

and the Ugly (1966)

Western

MGM Classics

With: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef.

The idea: The Man With No Name, 37 years later.

Writers: Luciano Vicenzioni & Sergio Leone; story by Agenore Incrocci & Furio Scarpelli and Vicenzioni & Leone.

Director: Leone.

So? Third of the classic spaghetti westerns that made Eastwood a movie star.

The Hulk

Action

Universal

With: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte.

The idea: Green giant confronts three other super-mutants from the same experiment that created him.

Writer: James Schamus.

Director: Ang Lee.

So? Adventure with a pedigree.

Langrishe, Go Down

Drama

Castle Hill

With: Jeremy Irons, Judi Dench, Annette Crosbie, Susan Williamson, Margaret Whiting, Harold Pinter.

The idea: Fallen aristocrat embarks on passionate affair with unscrupulous academic.

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