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Summer 2005 movie guide

A scene from 'Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith'
A scene from ‘Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith’ Supplied photo

May 20

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

DIRECTORGeorge Lucas
STARRINGHayden Christensen, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor
PLOTAnakin Skywalker (Christensen) finds himself dangerously close to the Dark Side of the Force and comes into conflict with Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor).
BUZZWe finally learn how Darth Vader turns evil in what looks to be the darkest of all the Star Wars films. Internet fans are practically salivating over the fight scene between Anakin and Obi-Wan. After two disappointing Wars prequels, could Sith be the one that finally lives up to the buzz?

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in a scene from 2005's 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith'
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in a scene from 2005’s ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’ Supplied photo

June 20

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

DIRECTORDoug Liman
STARRINGBrad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Adam Brody
PLOTA married couple (Pitt and Jolie) discover that they both lead double lives as assassins and that they have just been hired to kill one another.
BUZZThanks to Pitt’s divorce from Jennifer Aniston and a rumoured relationship with Jolie (which both have denied), Smith’s stars have become tarnished by tabloids. Could those rumours affect the reception of this otherwise interesting, True Lies-esque thriller?

June 29

War of the Worlds

DIRECTORSteven Spielberg
STARRINGTom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and Tim Robbins
PLOTAs Earth is invaded by Martian war machines, one family fights for survival.
BUZZIt was expensive. Greenlit just a year ago with a record budget of $200 million, plot details are being closely guarded. Still, we hope after bouts with seriousness that Spielberg’s Worlds is more like Jurassic Park than Minority Report.

A scene from 2005's 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
A scene from 2005’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Supplied photo

July 15

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

DIRECTORTim Burton
STARRINGJohnny Depp, Freddie Highmore and David Kelly
PLOTYoung Charlie Bucket (Highmore) wins the chance to tour the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world and meet the man behind it all, the eccentric Willy Wonka (Depp).
BUZZOne of the best children’s books of all time in the quirky hands of Burton and Depp — we’re already waiting in line for this one. Apparently, Burton stays quite faithful to the original novel. Interesting trivia: shock rocker Marilyn Manson was Burton’s first choice to play Wonka, but it didn’t happen due to scheduling conflicts.

Christian Bale as Batman in a scene from 2005's 'Batman Begins'
Christian Bale as Batman in a scene from 2005’s ‘Batman Begins’ Supplied photo

July 17

Batman Begins

DIRECTORChristopher Nolan
STARRINGChristian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman and Ken Watanabe
PLOTA revelation of the origin of Batman (Bale), and his emergence as a crusader against evil in Gotham City.
BUZZHow could you not get excited about this one? The Batman franchise looks total
ly reinvigorated — now lead by an amazing genre-bending director and screenwriter (Memento’s Nolan) and an edgy actor as the Dark Knight (American Psycho’s Bale). With so much talent involved, it would take a massive screw-up for this to not be a critical and commercial smash. Warner Bros. seems convinced, too, putting forward an unprecedented $100 million marketing push — the most ever for a single film in history.

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