The Ant Bully (July 28): Anybody else feeling like they’ve seen one too many animated movie ads in the last couple months? (Don’t all answer at once!) Nonetheless, I’ve got to admit Ant Bully looks a little more intriguing than the competition. Not sure if it’s the presence of Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, and Julia Roberts, or just the fact that, well, ants are inherently fascinating.
The Night Listener (Aug. 4): In all honesty, I’d probably have gone to see Just My Luck if it had counted Toni Collette, Bobby Canavale, and Sandra Oh, among its cast, but thankfully, all three ended up in this big-screen adaptation of Armistead Maupin’s best-seller instead. This Robin Williams vehicle looks like an intelligent chiller, and its DJ-in-peril theme conjures up the night terrors I got watching 1971”s Play Misty for Me on cable as a kid. (Who knew Lucille Bluth could be so scary?)
The Groomsmen (TBD): Call me a meany, but the trailer for Ed Burns’ latest macho-dudes-have-feelings-too flick makes me wonder if I could get away with writing the same blog item over and over and over, and just giving it a different title. Then again, maybe Burns could pique my interest by hiring costar Brittany Murphy to cut the soundtrack. It couldn’t hurt.
Charlotte’s Web (Christmas) Yeah, Babe’s been here and done this, but having grown up with E. B. White’s classic, and seeing that the film stars the most powerful woman in Hollywood (Dakota Fanning, pictured), I think we can make room for the new piglet on the block. In other words, I’m already choked up. You?