Screen en­coun­ters of the third kind

Three is the magic num­ber this sum­mer as the block­busters dip into the pot a third time. So it’s three­quels for Pi­rates, Shrek, Ja­son Bourne and the Oceans crew. Michael Dwyer has a week-by-week guide to this sea­son’s open­ings

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THE NIGHT OF THE SUN­FLOW­ERS/ LA NOCHE DE LOS GI­RA­SOLES Be­gin­ning with the dis­cov­ery of a dead wo­man in a field of sun­flow­ers, Jorge Sanchez-Cabezudo’s Span­ish thriller is six over­lap­ping chap­ters from dif­fer­ent points of view. 28 WEEKS LATER Juan Car­los Fres­nadillo takes over from Danny Boyle as di­rec­tor for the se­quel to 28 Days Later, and Robert Car­lyle and Rose Byrne head the new cast. The US army has de­clared Lon­don free of the deadly virus and open for re­pop­u­la­tion when a car­rier un­wit­tingly in­fects the city. MAY 18 BLACK SNAKE MOAN Writer-di­rec­tor Craig Brewer fol­lows his over­rated Hus­tle & Flow with a melo­drama star­ring Samuel L Jack­son as a mid­dle-aged blues mu­si­cian who chains a pro­mis­cu­ous young wo­man (Christina Ricci) to a ra­di­a­tor and spouts scrip­ture to her. With Justin Tim­ber­lake. ZO­DIAC Jake Gyl­len­haal, Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruf­falo fea­ture in David Fincher’s in­trigu­ing, fac­tu­ally-based thriller deal­ing with a no­to­ri­ous se­rial killer who ter­rorised San Fran­sisco in the 1970s, leav­ing cryp­tic clues to taunt the po­lice. JIND­ABYNE Based on a Ray­mond Carver short story ( So Much Wa­ter So Close to Home), Ray Lawrence’s com­pellin Aus­tralian drama ad­dresses the moral dilem­mas that en­sue af­ter four men find a dead wo­man in a river and con­tinue their fish­ing week­end be­fore re­port­ing the dis­cov­ery. Gabriel Byrne and Laura Lin­ney head a fine cast.

The saga picks up where it left off last sum­mer – on a cliffhanger end­ing – as Johnny Depp camps it up again as pi­rate Jack Spar­row. Ge­of­frey Rush re­turns from the first film, and join­ing the JUNE 1 reg­u­lar cast are Chow Yun-Fat and Rolling FLY­BOYS Tony Bill’s ae­rial ac­tion ad­ven-

SMY BEST FRIEND/MON MEILLEUR AMI Pa­trice Le­conte’s highly en­ter­tain­ing se­ri­ous com­edy fea­tures Daniel Au­teuil as an ar­ro­gant Paris an­tiques dealer who re­alises he has no friends and then has a fate­ful en­counter with a lo­qua­cious taxi driver (Dany Boon). UM­MER­TIME, and the busi­ness is boom­ing. Ad­mis­sions are jump­ing and Hol­ly­wood ex­pects an all-time high. The sea­son’s heavy with high-profile fran­chises, and there’s no com­pe­ti­tion from the Olympics or the World Cup. The only im­ped­i­ment to a bumper sea­son would be a heat­wave, but that would be a boon in many coun­tries such as the US where au­di­ences flee hu­mid­ity for air-con­di­tioned cine­mas.

The sea­son kicks off to­day with the global re­lease of Spi­der-Man 3, the first of many “three­quels” to some of the most prof­itable pro­duc­tions in his­tory (see panel) – Pi­rates of the Caribbean 3, Ocean’s Thir­teen, Shrek the Third, Rush Hour 3, The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum.

Then there are the se­quels – Evan Almighty, 28 Weeks Later, AreWe Done Yet?, The Fan­tas­tic Four 2 (“big­ger, much more ex­pen­sive” than the first, ac­cord­ing to 20th Cen­tury Fox), and Hos­tel Part II, which joins Va­cancy and Par­adise Lost in that CON­VER­SA­TIONS WITH OTHER WOMEN cheaper, much gorier but lu­cra­tive cy­cle of First-time di­rec­torHans Canosa makes ex­movies fea­tur­ing tor­tured tourists and travten­sive use of split screen as he ex­plores ellers. We’ll get the fourth Die Hard movie, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a man (Aaron the fifth Harry Pot­ter film, and spin-offs Eck­hart) and a wo­man (Helena Bon­ham from television ( The Simp­sons Movie), toys Carter) who meet at a wed­ding re­cep­tion. ( Trans­form­ers), books ( Nancy Drew) and Broad­way ( Hair­spray).

You might well ask if there is any­thing re­motely orig­i­nal on our screens this sum­mer. Thank­fully, some dis­trib­u­tors will risk counter-pro­gram­ming against the block­busters with such di­verse and crit­i­cally ad­mired movies as Zo­diac, Knocked Up, Hal­lam Foe and an in­ter­na­tional lineup that in­cludes more than a dozen new French movies.

Cha­cun à son goût. Bon ap­petit. JOE STRUM­MER: THE FU­TURE IS UN­WRIT­TEN Five years af­ter his death at the age of 50, the for­mer lead singer and gui­tarist with The Clash is the sub­ject of a doc­u­men­tary di­rected by Julien Tem­ple. MAY 11 GOOD­BYE BAFANA Bille Au­gust’s South African drama spans over 20 years to chart the cap­tiv­ity of Nelson Man­dela (Den­nis Hays­bert) on Robben Is­land and his re­la­tion­ship with war­den Joseph Fi­ennes. MAY 24 PI­RATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3: AT WORLD’S END

Stone Keith Richards as Teague Spar­row. ture is set in 1916, as young Amer­i­cans fly with the French forces be­fore the US en­ters the war. With James Franco, Martin Henderson and Ir­ish ac­tor Keith McEr­lean. PAR­ADISE LOST Yet an­other movie in which a hol­i­day turns into hell for back­pack­ers, this time in the Brazil­ian jun­gle. Re­leased in the US as Turis­tas, it stars Josh Duhamel, Melissa Ge­orge and Des­mond Askew. WA­TER In Deepa Metha’s Os­car-nom­i­nated drama a head­strong young widow (Lisa Ray) rebels against the harsh re­stric­tions of In­dian so­ci­ety in the 1930s. WED­DING DAZE Co­me­dian Michael Ian Black di­rects a ro­man­tic com­edy in which a lovelorn young man (Ja­son Biggs) im­pul­sively pro­poses to a wait­ress (Isla Fisher), who, to his sur­prise, agrees to marry him. JUNE 8 ARE WE DONE YET? Au­di­ences may be cho­rus­ing the ti­tle if this se­quel is as inane as its pre­de­ces­sor. The cen­tral char­ac­ters are played again by Ice Cube and Nia Long. OCEAN’S THIR­TEEN Af­ter a thor­oughly dis­ap­point­ing tale of Euro­pean heists in Ocean’s Twelve, the crooks led by Danny Ocean (Ge­orge Clooney) re­turn to Las Ve­gas for an­other ma­jor scam. Al Pa­cino and Ellen Barkin join the reg­u­lar cast, which in­cludes Brad Pitt, Matt Da­mon and Don Chea­dle. SCOTT WALKER: 30 CEN­TURY MAN The god­like ge­nius of the reclu­sive singer-song­writer is cel­e­brated in Stephen Ki­jak’s fas­ci­nat­ing doc­u­men­tary, which is packed with archival ma­te­rial – and fea­tures a rare, ex­pan­sive in­ter­view with Walker. MA­GI­CIANS David Mitchell and Robert Webb, from the Chan­nel 4 com­edy Peep MAY 25 Show, play for­mer part­ners in a cel­e­brated THE FAM­ILY FRIEND/L’AMICO DEL FAMIGLIA stage magic act, pit­ted against each other Writer-di­rec­tor Paolo Sor­rentino fol­lows in a tour­na­ment with a valu­able prize. The Con­se­quences of Love with the story of an odi­ous 70-year-old loan shark (Gi­a­como Rizzo) meet­ing his match in a young wo­man (Laura Chi­atti) whose wed­ding he is fund­ing JUNE 15 in re­turn for sex­ual favours. DANS PARIS Writer-di­rec­tor Christo­pher Honore pays homage to the Nou­velle Vague move­ment in his en­gag­ing pic­ture of two brothers – one ir­re­spon­si­ble (Louis Gar­rel), the other de­pressed (Ro­main Druis) – liv­ing with their di­vorced fa­ther. EX­ILED/FONG JUK Hong Kong ac­tion movies vir­tu­oso John­nie To fol­lows Elec­tion and its se­quel with a gang­ster thriller. The set­ting is Ma­cau in 1998, a year be­fore the Por­tuguese is­land colony is due to be handed over to China.

FAN­TAS­TIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SIL­VER SURFER The su­per­heroes re­turn, played again by Chris Evans, Ioan Gruf­fudd, Jes­sica Alba and Michael Chik­lin. This time they have to deal with in­ter­ga­lac­tic her­ald Sil­ver Surfer (Doug Jones) and the re­turn of their neme­sis, Dr Doom (Ju­lian McMa­hon). TELL NO ONE Young French ac­tor Guillaume Canet’s sec­ond movie as a di­rec­tor is a mur­der mys­tery with a for­mi­da­ble cast fea­tur­ing Fran­cois Cluzet, Marie-Josee Croze and Kristin Scott Thomas. TEN CA­NOES Di­rec­tor Rolf de Heer col­lab­o­rated closely with an Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity for his film rooted in an­cient myths and trig­gered by a man’s lust for his brother’s third and youngest wife. VA­CANCY Nim­rod Antal, the Hun­gar­ian di­rec­tor of Kon­troll, makes his US de­but with a thriller star­ring Luke Wil­son and Kate Beck­in­sale stay­ing at a seedy ho­tel where guests be­come the sub­jects of slasher movies. Long En­gage­ment, A Good Year) plays Edith Piaf from her teens to her un­timely death at 47. Olivier Da­han di­rects.

LA VIE EN ROSE Mar­ion Cotil­lard ( A Very ian peas­ant fam­ily on a jour­ney in search of a new life in the US. HOS­TEL PART II Ex­pect more gore in what sounds less like a se­quel than a re­make with a change of gen­der. This time the US stu­dents blithely wan­der­ing into a tor­ture cham­ber in Slo­vakia are women – played by Lauren Ger­man, Heather Matarazzo and Bi­jou Phillips. Eli Roth di­rects again. PARIS, JE T’AIME A com­pi­la­tion of 18 short films set in the French cap­i­tal and com­mis­sioned from an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of direc­tors, among them Alexan­der Payne, Gus Van Sant, Ger­ard Depar­dieu, Tom Tyk­wer, Wal­ter Salles, Wes Craven, and Joel and Ethan Coen. year for his provoca­tive pic­ture of an inar­tic­u­late young farmer (Samuel Boidin) go­ing to war in an un­named Mid­dle East coun­try. THE FLY­ING SCOTS­MAN Jonny Lee Miller plays ama­teur Ayr­shire cy­clist Gra­ham Obree who set a new world record in 1993 – on a bi­cy­cle he as­sem­bled from scrap metal and parts of a wash­ing ma­chine. Ir­ish au­thor De­clan Hughes is one of the screen­writ­ers. Douglas Mackin­non di­rects. THE UGLY DUCK­LING AND ME The new an­i­mated fea­ture from Gal­way-based Magma Films is an adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen fairy­tale, scripted by Ir­ish writer Mark Hod­kin­son. The voice cast in­cludes Morgan Jones, David Ty­lack, Bar­bara Bren­nan and Michelle Read. SHREK THE THIRD Shrek (Mike My­ers) and his friends find a suc­ces­sor (Justin JULY 12 Tim­ber­lake) to the ail­ing king, while PrinHARRY POT­TER AND THE OR­DER OF THE cess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) tack­les a coup PHOENIX Play­ing Luna Love­g­ood, 15-yeard’etat plot­ted by Prince Charm­ing (Ru­pert old Ir­ish ac­tress Evanna Lynch joins cast Everett). The voice cast also in­cludes Edreg­u­lars led by Daniel Rad­cliffe, Ru­pert die Mur­phy, An­to­nio Ban­deras, Julie AnGrint and Emma Wat­son for the fifth mov­drews and John Cleese. ie in the en­ter­tain­ing se­ries. David Yates di-

rects. JUNE 22 GHOSTS OF CITÉ SOLEIL The Haitian slum of Cité Soleil – named as the most dan­ger­ous JULY 4 place on earth by theUN– fea­tures in a riv­etJULY 13 LUCKY YOU Eric Bana plays a poker player DIE HARD 4.0 Bruce Wil­lis dons his dirty

Ro­main Duris plays the 17th-cen­ing doc­u­men­tary di­rected by As­ger Leth. cop­ing with per­sonal prob­lems as he tries white vest for the first time in 12 years to MOLIÈRE

tury play­wright and ac­tor in a movie that to win a tour­na­ment in Las Ve­gas. With reprise his role as the re­mark­ably re­source-

imag­ines a sce­nario for his mys­te­ri­ous dis­THE HITCHER The re­make of the taut, lowDrew Bar­ry­more, Robert Du­vall and Rob­ful de­tec­tive, John McClane, this time tan-

ap­pear­ance early in his ca­reer. Di­rected by bud­get 1986 thriller in­serts a wo­man ert Downey Jr. Di­rected by Cur­tis Han­gling with ter­ror­ists in­tent on shut­ting

Laurent Ti­rard. (Sophia Bush) into the car (and the plot­son. down the US com­puter in­fra­struc­ture. line), as she and her boyfriend (Zachary Knighton) make the big mis­take of giv­ing a JUNE 29 JULY 6 lift to a mass mur­derer (Sean Bean). THE GOLDEN DOOR Char­lotte Gain­sFLANDERS/FLAN­DRES French writer-di­recbourg stars in Emanuele Cri­alese’s Ital­tor Bruno Du­mont took the run­ner-up ian drama set in 1913 and fol­low­ing a Si­cilaward, Le Grand Prix du Jury, at Cannes last

SMALL EN­GINE RE­PAIR (see panel) Sum­mer movie previews con­tinue on next page

Yo ho ho ho: Third time lucky for Pi­rates of the

Caribbean star­ring (left to right) Ge­of­frey

Rush, Keira Knight­ley and Johnny Depp

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