–Next (April 27) What’s up with Hollywood’s recent obsession with people who can see the future? If the mass-casualty-catastrophe-viewing character played by Nicolas Cage (pictured) can really do it, wouldn’t he have predicted that people would laugh at his haircut? And that they’d be annoyed by the redundancy of seeing an actor his age in […]


Fracture (April 20) Now, this is a recycled concept movie that still manages to look intriguing. (As interesting, as, say, the fact that the trailer plugs Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar win, but not Ryan Gosling’s nomination. Might be worth adding, folks.) Gosling is a hot-shot prosecutor with one last case to try: a man (Hopkins) who […]

'The Ex'

The Ex (June 16) This summer’s Wedding Crashers? Zach Braff stars as a man whose wheelchair-bound coworker (a scene-stealing Jason Bateman) once hooked up with his wife (Amanda Peet). We note Bateman’s paralysis only because it’s the punchline of the trailer’s two funniest jokes, which we won’t ruin for you here. Jason Bateman as a […]

'Across the Universe'

Across the Universe (Sept. 28) So here’s one that sounds, well, interesting. Julie Taymor (Frida) directing Evan Rachel Wood (remember when she was on Profiler?) in a period musical about young love in the Vietnam War era — built around the catalog of the Beatles. It looks strange and compelling and maybe great or maybe […]

'Nanny Diaries'

The Nanny Diaries (April 20) I was hoping this might be another translation of a ho-hum book into a better movie (a la The Devil Wears Prada), but this trailer is not a good sign. Despite a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson (pictured), Laura Linney, and Chris Evans, the scenes pieced together here might be […]

'Knocked Up'

Looks like somebody’s going for a two-peat. Universal has just released the one-sheet poster for Judd Apatow’s summer comedy Knocked Up, and it looks strikingly similar to the poster for the director’s 2005 smash The 40-Year-Old Virgin. This time, however, it’s Apatow protégé Seth Rogen’s burly, bemused mug staring back at us, instead of Steve […]

'The Astronaut Farmer'

Am I the only one who thinks Warner Bros. really needs to make it clear in the trailer for The Astronaut Farmer (which opens Feb. 23) that Billy Bob Thornton’s character—a farmer named Charles Farmer, who’s preparing to launch himself into space with a homemade rocket—actually has a degree in aerospace engineering and isn’t just […]