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Sequels saturate summer season

By Joyce Bertolami/Special to the Advocate
GateHouse News Service

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The 2007 summer movie season has begun, with many of the fun film sequels we have looked forward to, such as:

On May 4, “Spider-Man III” entered theaters, starring Tobey Maguire as “Spidey” and Kirsten Dunst as his love interest again. Spider-Man battles his inner demons as well as an old foe played by James Franco. With new villains (Topher Grace and Thomas Hayden Church), this third installment has given us another great movie in the series that has grossed over $151 million in its opening weekend and $60 million in its second, raising the bar for the summer movies in both quality and big box office. Rated PG-13, 139 minutes.

May 11 saw “28 Weeks Later,” the sequel to 2002’s “28 Days Later,” which began the horrific tale of an incurable virus that spreads throughout the United Kingdom. This year’s installment chronicles attempts to re-populate London. With Robert Carlyle of “The Full Monty,” zombies reign supreme. R, 99 min.

May 18 brought us “Shrek the Third,” with our ogre-king voiced by Mike Myers again. Having married Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), the king has tired of his role so he entices an imposter (Diaz’s former real-life beau, Jason Timberlake) with the help of old buddies Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss (Antonio Banderas). PG-13, 90 min.

Tomorrow, May 25, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” will burst into theaters and the third and supposedly last movie of this series will probably outgross the first “Pirates” box office of $305 million and the second’s $423 million. The familiar and gorgeous talents of Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly are joined by Chow Yun-Fat, playing a pirate from Singapore, and Rolling Stone Keith, who is too much fun as possibly Depp’s father. PG-13, 168 min.

On June 8, the boys are back in “Ocean’s Thirteen,” the third installment of a movie series originally inspired by the 1960s Rat Pack romp “Ocean’s Eleven.” Clooney, Pitt, Damon, Garcia and Cheadle are back with one very lucky lady, Ellen Barkin, and movie veteran Al Pacino to plan heists and high jinx in Las Vegas.

“Evan Almighty,” a followup to the 2003 Jim Carrey comedy “Bruce Almighty,” arrives June 22. This time, Steve Carell, who had a minor role in the original, takes the lead.

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will thrill audiences for a fifth time July 13 as romance blossoms between Harry, again played by Daniel Radcliffe, and Cho Chang (Katie Leung). A villainous teacher (Imelda Staunton of “Vera Drake”) will continue the wizardry student’s life of peril as the journey continues.

August, too, is loaded with sequels and remakes. On Aug. 3, “The Bourne Ultimatum” will bring us a third visit from Matt Damon in this familiar spy thriller; Aug. 8’s “Daddy Day Camp” will give Eddie Murphy — hot off his great performance in “Dreamgirls” — the chance to hopefully give us a better film than the 2003 original, “Daddy Day Care”; “Rush Hour 3,” Aug. 10, teams Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker for one more foray into the comic action genre; and on Aug. 31 we have “Halloween,” a remake of the John Carpenter classic, with Scott Taylor-Compton in the original Jamie Lee Curtis role.

In July, “Hairspray,” the John Waters cult classic, comes from Broadway with John Travolta in drag, and “The Simpsons Movie” hits the big screen. But just when you think that summer has run out of new ideas, we get some promising animated films like “Surf’s Up” and “Ratatouille” in June. There also will be some grown-up morsels offered in “Mr. Brooks,” with Kevin Costner on a killing spree, Katherine Heigl of “Grey’s Anatomy” in “Knocked Up,” and “No Reservations,” with Catherine Zeta Jones and Abigail Breslin of “Little Miss Sunshine.” Stay tuned for reviews of all these films coming to theaters throughout the summer.

Joyce Bertolami of Woburn is a wedding and event videographer online at Love movies? Check out her book series at

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