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TOY STORY 3 Released: July 19 Voice cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton. Director: Lee Unkrich
For anyone who reads my film page on a monthly basis, you’ll know I made a bold statement in the last issue that little known action-comedy MacGruber was possibly going to be this year’s The Hangover. It has currently made $8m compared to The Hangover’s $467m, and bombed so badly it didn’t even make it to the Showcase in Peterborough.
all-time in 1999’s Toy Story 2 could possibly even better it – particularly with sensational early reviews Stateside. This time Woody (Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Allen) and co. are accidentally dumped at a day care centre with now 17 year-old Andy heading to college.
Their initial elation is soon thrown into turmoil as devious Lotso bear (Ned Beatty) rules with an iron fist So to regain what little integrity I – and the gang have to hatch an have left, I’m going to make escape plan to get back to Andy’s another bold statement: this will be house. the biggest animation of the year. I usually hate a ‘license to print Okay, so that’s pretty much a money’, but when it’s expected to ‘gimme’, but this sequel to (in my be this good (and in 3D too) I don’t opinion) the greatest animation of really care…
SHREK FOREVER AFTER
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Released: July 2
Released: July 9
It was featured last month, and as the second major animation release in July deserves another mention, even though Shrek’s (Mike Myers) fourth outing – which I hate saying is also in 3D – has underperformed in the States compared to the previous instalments.
This deserves a bigger mention, but I’ve just got roped into taking my mum to a special first screening and have therefore thrown my toys out of the pram – as Bella (Kristen Stewart) chooses between Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner), or something like that.
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PREDATORS Released: July 8 Cast: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace. Director: Nimrod Antal
Under the production guidance of Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) hopefully this franchise will be successfully re-ignited after the god-awful Aliens vs Predator: Requiem. Early trailers look promising as Adrien Brody’s (King Kong) mercenary leads a team of cold-blooded killers – including Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3) and Danny
Trejo (Desperado) – to an alien planet. Unfortunately the you-knowwhat hits the proverbial fan, as they’ve been duped into coming to the home world of the Predators – as prey being hunted for sport. At the time of writing I’m not sure if that is still worse than watching England in the World Cup. If they’ve won it, I’ll gladly take that back with euphoric glee…
THE KARATE KID
Released: July 16
Released: July 28
Released: July 28
This thriller from The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan could quite conceivably be the best original film of the summer, particularly with skilled dream-catching thief Leonardo DiCaprio headlining a cast that also boasts Michael Caine, Cillian ‘Scarecrow’ Murphy and Ellen ‘Juno’ Page.
This remake of the muchloved 1984 original spanked The A-Team when they were released together Stateside, but will this family-friendly flick – which sees Will Smith’s son Jaden and Jackie Chan fill the Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita roles – do the same over here?
Still keeping my fingerscrossed despite this re-imaging of the classic TV series only garnering mixed reviews across the Atlantic, as Liam Neeson, The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper and UFC fighter Rampage Jackson star respectively as the legendary Hannibal, Face and B.A. Baracus.
All release dates are correct at the time of going to press.