My Super Ex-Girlfriend (July 21) The sight gags – especially the flying shark – look sharper than the dialogue in this mildly amusing trailer about a hapless guy (wooden but harmless Luke Wilson) trying to break up with a vindictive superhero (Uma Thurman). Your enthusiasm may depend on how much you want to see supporting players Wanda Sykes, Anna Faris, and Rainn Wilson perform variations on their standard comic personas.
Ghost Rider (Feb. 16, 2007) Here’s what I can tell: It’s about a skeleton. Who rides a motorcycle. Oh yeah, and he’s on fire. But is this a comedy or a drama? Will the title character let out a Crypt Keeper-style cackle as he zooms up the side of that skyscraper? And has Eva Mendes switched agents yet? These are the questions that linger for me. The important one (will I go see it?) has already been answered with a resounding ”hell to the no!”
The Namesake (Nov. 3) What sounds like a strange brew on paper – director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) adapts Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel with Harold and Kumar’s Kal Penn and Real World alum Jacinda Barrett – looks positively stirring in trailer form. It would take universally awful reviews to keep me from getting to this flick, especially considering I just finished reading Lahiri’s short-story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, and loved every page of it.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (TBD) Catch a look at the film that won the Palme d’Or Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival. Cillian Murphy, so terrific in Batman Begins and 28 Days Later, looks to continue his streak of well-reviewed performances as a young medical student who joins the fight for Irish independence in the 1920s.