These are some of the highlights of the silver screen
offerings for the New Year.
Once again, it’s time to take a look ahead at some of
the films due
out in 2005. This is not a comprehensive list by any
means; I’m just
culling through the ones the IMDB
lists with definite release dates in the next few
months. Release dates are subject to change without
- January 7 – White Noise: A story about the
communicating with the living.
- January 14 – Elektra: The
Daredevil spinoff. The
screen writer is an unknown, but the director is Rob
Bowman (who also
directed X-Files: Fight the Future and
Fire), so it seems like a good place to use
certificats I got for Christmas.
- January 28 – Hide and Seek: Based on the
may or may not be genre, but it looks interesting
- January 28 – Alone in the Dark: A movie
about a paranormal
detective starring Christian Slater and Tara
- February 4 – Boogeyman: The Boogeyman is
- February 18 – Constantine: In another
adaptation, Keeanu Reeves investigates the
- February 18 – Son of the Mask: Jamie
Kennedy and Alan
Cumming are pretty likeable in most things, but I
have a bad feeling
about this one.
- February 25 – Cursed: Friends band
together to protect
themselves from a werewolf.
- March 11 – Robots: A CGI film with the
voice talents of
Robin Williams, Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Mel
Brooks, Greg Kinnear,
Drew Carey, and Amanda Bynes.
- March 11 – A Sound of Thunder: A great
cast goes back in
time to hunt dinosaurs and botches things up.
Inspired by a Ray
Bradbury short story.
- March 18 – The Ring Two: It’s a sequel.
What more need
- March 18 – Steamboy: I hadn’t heard of it,
but it sounds
like it has promise. Anime.
- April 1 – Sin City: Based on the comic
co-directed by creator Frank Miller, so it should be
adaptation to say the least.
- April 8 – The Cave: A monster under the
- April 15 – The Amityville Horror: A remake
- May 6 – The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The
panic. The teaser trailer convinces me that they are
the major story elements and with some of what fans
love about it.
Hopefully, that’ll translate into the rest of the
- May 19 – Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of
the Sith: A
Thursday opening this time, which is an interesting
previous releases were all on Wednesdays. A
Wednesday release usually
indicates faith in word of mouth advertising to fill
the seats over
that crucial first weekend. A Thursday release does
that, too, but if
the Thursday’s a holiday, then it gives the
filmmakers a chance to
break opening day box office records because matinee
be more readily available. They’re going for
marketing based on
income for this one. As of today, there are no other
films slated for
release that week, and no genre releases for the rest
of the month.
Nobody expects to be able to compete with it, which
is another good
sign about the studio-side word of mouth. This may
well be the best
of the prequels, but will it compete with the
- June 10 – The Adventures of
Shark Girl and
Lava Boy in 3-D: A boy’s imaginary superhero
friends come to
- June 17 – Batman Begins: This
is looking good so
- June 29 – War of the Worlds:
collaboration of Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise gets
opening. This is my prediction for the gargantuan
hit of the summer,
although it certainly won’t be a strictly accurate
- July 1 – Fantastic Four: I love the
comics, but I’m not
sold on the casting, director, or screenwriter.
Expect a review.
- July 1 – Undead: A zombie flick.
- July 8 – Bewitched: Nicole Kidman and Will
Ferrell are the
leads in this TV-show-turned-movie.
- July 15 – Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory: Another Tim
Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration. Should be
- July 22 – The Island: Sounds like a
dystopia with a
promising cast of Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson,
Buscemi. Directed by Michael Bay.
- July 29 – Stealth: Another “A.I. gone
- August 5 – Doom: Based on the id software
- August 19 – Zu Warrios: The entire
“Soldiers fight to save the universe in ancient
China.” It was
purchased for distribution in a package deal with
Hidden Dragon, Shaolin Soccer, and
- September 2 – The Woods: A horror film
creepy in the woods next to a private girls’
- September 16 – A Scanner Darly: Keeanu
Reeves and Winona
Ryder star in this Philip K. Dick adaptation. The
book has been
tempting me for some time.
- September 23 – The Corpse Bride: A dead
woman wants some
action. Another Tim Burton / Johnny Depp
- September 30 – Serenity: You can’t take
the sky from me,
but Timeshredder went and claimed the review before I
did. You can
expect a few Bureau 42 authors to be in line opening
- October 7 – The Wallace and Gromit Movie: The
Curse of the
Wererabbit: Wallace and Gromit on the big screen.
- October 14 – The Fog: A ghost story in
- October 21 – Land of the Dead: Directed by
- November 4 – Chicken Little: The sky is
- November 18 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of
Fire: A great
book that will be difficult to effectively adapt to a
- November 25 – The Brothers Grimm: Like
Quest, but with magic, and possibly not a
- November 25 – Zathura: A house gets
blasted into space.
- December 9 – The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch, and
the Wardrobe: A fantasy classic hits the big
- December 16 – King Kong: The remake by the
man who brought
us The Lord of the Rings. Expect a