Looking ahead to what you can see at a cinema near you, the month of June 2010 has something for everyone. There are blockbusters, foreign films, as well as family fare fit for the school holidays.
A number of notable remakes highlight the movie schedule, including the rebooted A Nightmare on Elm Street and the latter-day version of The Karate Kid, with Jackie Chan. There are also talking animals galore and the return of Woody and Buzz, Tom Cruise, and the man of the moment in Hong Kong cinema, Ip Man.
Week of 3 June
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The Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker
The Story: As in the original 1984 film, a group of teenagers are stalked and killed, one by one, in their dreams – and in the real world – by a horribly scarred, razor-glove-wielding bogeyman known as Freddy Krueger (Haley).
The Buzz: Most of the stars in this film are relative unknowns, even the Oscar-nominated Haley, who was Rorschach in Watchmen. Meanwhile, Dekker is somewhat known for his Terminator and Heroes TV work, Kellan Lutz is Emmett Cullen from the Twilight movies, and Katie Cassidy – daughter of former teen idol David – has been touted as Megan Fox’s replacement on Transformers 3. So yes, there are young good-looking actors on hand.
inSing.com says: Johnny Depp cut his teeth in the original; will any of the young cast here break out in as big a way? Haley, who auditioned with Depp for the original, should make for a creepier, more sinister Krueger, but can the script avoid the usual troubles that bedevil a remake? We’ll find out, in a slash – I mean flash.
Also opening:Killers, an action comedy with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl as newlyweds whose marriage is threatened by his covert job; About Her Brother, a Japanese family drama directed by Yoji Yamada; and two family films, the comic strip-based Marmaduke and Furry Vengeance, with Brendan Fraser.
Week of 10 June
The Stars: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel
The Story: A rag-tag collection of former US Special Forces operatives work as mercenaries while running from the law for crimes they didn’t commit. Despite conflicting personalities, they pool their assorted talents and ingenuity to find a way to clear their names.
The Buzz: In development more than a decade, this film project really took off last year with Neeson, Cooper and mixed-martial-arts champ Quinton Jackson joined the cast. Biel and Sharlto Copley (District 9) round out the cast. With director Joe Carnahan (Narc) at the helm, this film should look great and feature superb action.
inSing.com says: Most audiences won’t be familiar with the characters of Neeson, Cooper and Copley (Hannibal, Faceman and Mad Murdock), but maybe some will remember that the immortal Mr T used to play the combustible BA Baracus. In any case, as long as they blow stuff up, joke around and make bad guys look silly, the A-Team should be a big hit.
Also opening:The Karate Kid, a China-based remake with Will Smith’s son Jaden, which Jackie Chan himself has said should be The Kungfu Kid; the quirky family film sequel, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, with Emma Thompson again; and two foreign films, Italy’sBaaria, an autobiographical epic, and France’s 22 Bullets, a thriller with Jean Reno.
Week of 17 June
The Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton
The Story: Andy’s beloved toys are back, and this time, they’re worried that with their owner heading off to college soon, they’re going to be left behind or thrown away. Fate has them landing at a day-care centre, where toys already there have special plans for them.
The Buzz: This film has been a long time coming, to say the least, following its predecessors (1995’s Toy Story and 1999’s Toy Story 2) after more than a decade’s passing. While Woody, Buzz and many of the other toys are still a whole lot of fun, much attention will be on the new characters, including a sassy Ken doll (voiced by Keaton).
inSing.com says:Toy Story 2 showed that attention to strong story-telling and care in creating well-defined characters – toys and humans – can help to shape a wonderful film, even if it is a sequel. We’ve come to expect a lot out of Pixar and the trust that Toy Story 3 will be as every bit as good as its predecessor, if not better, should not get misplaced here.
Also opening: The romantic comedy She’s Out of My League, with Jay Baruchel of the upcoming summer blockbuster The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; A Brand New Life, French-Korean director Ounie Lecomte’s drama, based on her own life; and Road to San Diego, an Argentine comedy about a fan obsessed with Diego Maradona.
Week of 24 June
The Stars: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard
The Story: A blind date brings a secret agent (Cruise) and an ordinary lovelorn woman (Diaz) together, hurling them into dangerous situations and putting them on a mission to keep a powerful device out of the wrong hands.
The Buzz: Nine years after Cruise and Diaz collaborated on Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, they are paired together once again for this comedy-cum-thriller. Based on the trailer, it looks like a manic, grinning Ethan Hunt has decided that he needs to have a relationship work, in spite of his hazardous job, and no matter how much it scares his love interest. Sarsgaard and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) also star.
inSing.com says: Not sure if fans want to see Diaz as a freaked-out civilian or a butt-kicking secret agent herself, but expect lots of over-the-top moments from Mr Cruise. One still cannot figure out what the title means, but hopes that director James Mangold (Walk the Line) can hold things together on this runaway thrill ride.
Also opening:The Legend is Born: Ip Man, a prequel to the Ip Man movies, hot on the heels of Ip Man 2; and Letters to Juliet, a sweet romance with Amanda Seyfried and Gael Garcia Bernal, by the director who brought you 13 Going on 30.
As part of the ongoing Singapore Arts Festival, there are a number of dance films on offer, June 5 and 6, at The Cathay. Also at The Cathay is the Italian Film Festival 2010, which takes place June 4 to 11.
For diehard film buffs, the classic nine-hour Holocaust film Shoahwill be playing on June 11 and 12 at the National Museum of Singapore. The director Claude Lanzmann is expected to attend the screening.
Note: All release dates are subject to change; all information correct as of press time.