Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
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?
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
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?
War of the Worlds
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.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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.