Hollywood Releases Preview – June, 2009

by HELEN GEIB

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Hollywood’s June lineup is heavy on comedy of various stripes – parodic, romantic, family-friendly, obnoxious, unintentional. Okay that last one is just a guess, but you have to admit the reviews for Transformers don’t inspire confidence in its sequel. In better news, Denzel Washington has a new movie and it looks like it’ll be a good one. Read on for the full list of this month’s multiplex releases.

June 5

The Hangover – You know how sometimes you see the same trailer over and over and it makes you wonder what it says about your taste in movies that the marketing people have you pegged as the target demographic? For the last couple of months, The Hangover has been that trailer for me. Bachelor party misadventures in Vegas starring Bradley Cooper and Justin Bartha; directed by Todd Phillips.

Land of the Lost – Will Ferrell’s latest is a parody of the 1970s TV show. Co-starring Danny McBride, Anna Friel, and, from the looks of the preview, lots of guys in creature suits interspersed with deliberately cheesy special effects. Directed by Brad Silberling (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events).

My Life in Ruins – I saw this romantic-comedy at a preview screening earlier this week and can only say I’m glad I didn’t have to pay for a ticket. More details in my review.

June 12

Imagine That – Eddie Murphy hopes to strike family film gold with this sweet-looking, potentially saccharine story of a high-powered businessman with career woes who puts his life back on track with the aid of his young daughter and her imaginary friends. This is the sophomore directing effort of screenwriter Karey Kirkpatrick.

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – Denzel Washington re-teams with frequent collaborator Tony Scott (who directed the ever-reliable Washington in Man on Fire and Déjà Vu) for this action-thriller about a New York City subway dispatcher compelled to act as hostage negotiator when a subway car is commandeered by gunmen. Co-starring John Travolta as the hostage-taker.

June 19

The Proposal – Romantic comedy with a green-card plot starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds and directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses). The trailer is decent, I like romantic comedies, and I really like Bullock, making this the second of the two movies I’m actually looking forward to seeing this month.

Year One – Harold Ramis directed and co-wrote this spoof of the roots of Western culture, or at least Hollywood movies based on Biblical and classical-world stories. Jack Black and Michael Cera star.

June 26

My Sister’s Keeper – Studio New Line Cinema goes for radical counter-programming with this drama based on Jodi Picoult’s novel about a family with a daughter dying of leukemia. Starring Jason Patrick, Cameron Diaz, and Abigail Breslin; directed by Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dog).

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Opens June 24) – Michael Bay returns as director and Shia LaBeouf as star in this sequel to 2007’s roundly panned, highly profitable Transformers. The special effects are sure to be amazing.<

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