Well, there are a slew of new films that will bow on Friday, April 5th. I’ll offer my full and patented thoughts on Friday, but for now, here’s a preview!
NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VAN WILDER [Artisan – R]
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Tara Reid, Tim Matheson, Tom Everett Scott, Daniel Cosgrove, Emily Rutherfurd, Aaron Paul.
Directed by Walt Becker.
WHAT: A campus legend must find a way to get by after his father refuses to pay any more of his tuition bills.
BIG TROUBLE [Disney – PG-13]
Starring Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Janeane Garofalo, Dennis Farina, Johnny Knoxville, Omar Epps, Patrick Warburton, Tom Sizemore, Zooey Deschanel, Ben Foster, Heavy D, Jason Lee, Andy Richter, D J Qualls.
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
WHAT: An adaptation of humorist Dave Barry’s novel about a mysterious suitcase which brings together an eclectic group of characters.
HIGH CRIMES [Fox – PG-13]
Starring Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Jim Caviezel, Amanda Peet.
Directed by Carl Franklin.
WHAT: A successful lawyer is shocked to discover her husband has a hidden past as a classified military operative, and is accused of committing a heinous war crime.
TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC [Magnolia – LA]
Starring Morgan Fairchild, Henry Gibson, Howard
Hesseman, John Michael Higgins, Michael McKean.
Directed by Harry Shearer.
WHAT: The most powerful white men in America fear their secret summer retreats will be exposed by the media.
CRUSH [Sony Classics – R – NY, LA]
Starring Andie MacDowell, Kenny Doughty, Imelda Staunton, Anne Chancellor.
Directed by John McKay.
WHAT: A forty-year-old headmistress is reluctant to tell her friends that she has fallen in love with a 25-year-old.
LUCKY BREAK [Paramount – PG-13 – NY, LA]
Starring Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Robert Carlyle.
Directed by Peter Cattaneo.
WHAT: A prison inmate stages a musical play as a cover for his escape.
AMADEUS [WB – Limited]
Starring Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Berridge, Jeffrey Jones, Karl-Heinz Teuber.
Directed by Milos Forman.
WHAT: A re-release of Forman’s biopic on the famed composer.