drama about a high school kid who finds refuge from his
troubled life by going online and chatting up fellow fans
of a gloomy pop star. Written and directed by Shunji Iwai
(Letters of Love). With Hayato Ichihara, Shugo
Oshinari, Yu Aoi, Ayumi Ito, Takao Osawa and Miwako Ichikawa.
Also known as Riri Shushu no subete. 146 min.
July 12 in New York. Cowboy.
about teen female surfers who try to balance life, love
and the bonds of friendship while preparing for a traditionally
all-male big-wave competition. Directed by John Stockwell
(crazy/beautiful) from a screenplay by Kario
Salem (The Score) and Lizzy Weiss. With Kate
Bosworth (Remember the Titans), Michelle Rodriguez
(Resident Evil), Matt Davis (Legally
Blonde), Sanoe Lake, Mika Boorem (Riding in
Cars with Boys) and Faizon Love (Made).
Also known as Surf Girls. July 12. Universal.
comedy about a rock manager and a young cub who, in order
to save the historic Country Bear Hall from foreclosure,
must reunite a long-split southern rock band composed
entirely of ursi americanus. Longtime TV writer-producer
Peter Hastings (Pinky and the Brain) makes
his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Mark
Perez (Frank McClusky C.I.) and Paul Rugg
(TV's Animaniacs). With Christopher Walken
(Chelsea Walls), Queen Latifah (The
Bone Collector), Diedrich Bader (Jay and Silent
Bob Strike Back), Daryl Mitchell (Black Knight),
and M.C. Gainey (Happy, Texas). Featuring
the voices of Haley Joel Osment, Charles S. Dutton, Brad
Garrett, Stephen Root, Richard Kind, James Gammon, Meagen
Fay and Stephen Tobolowsky. Flat. G. July 26. Buena Vista.
thriller, set in Nevada, about humans who take refuge
in a small town mall after a toxic waste spill creates
a race of building-size poisonous spiders. Directed by
Ellory Elkayem (TVs They Nest) from
a screenplay by Elkayem and Jesse Alexander (TVs
Alias). With David Arquette (See Spot
Run), Kari Wuhrer (Kissing a Fool),
Scarlett Johansson (American Rhapsody), Doug
E. Doug (That Darn Cat), Scott Terra (Ground
Zero), Rick Overton (Jackpot), Leon
Rippy (The Patriot), Matt Czuchry and Harlan
Griffith. Previously known as Arac Attack.
PG-13: Sci-fi violence; brief sexuality; language. July
19. Warner Bros.
comedy about a groom-to-be who manufactures a fake job
in a fake hotel to save the life of the pretty-but-suicidal
blind girl he meets. Directed by Zhang Yimou (Raise
the Red Lantern, Not One Less, The
Road Home). With Dong Jie, Dong Lifan and Zhao Benshan
(The Emperor and the Assassin). Also known
as Xingfu shiguang. 95 min. PG: Thematic elements;
language. July 26 in New York and Los Angeles. Sony Pictures
international man of mystery hops between the 50s,
the 70s and the current day after Dr. Evil and Mini-Me
escape from prison and team with the villainous Goldmember
to kidnap Nigel Powers, the superspys dad. Jay Roach
(Meet the Parents), who helmed the first two
installments, returns. Actor-screenwriter Mike Myers (the
Waynes World series) returns to portray
Powers, Evil, Fat Bastard and Goldmember. Other returnees
from parts one and two include Seth Green (Rat Race)
as Scott Evil, Michael York (Borstal Boy)
as Basil Exposition, Robert Wagner (Play It to the
Bone) as Number 2 and Mindy Sterling (How
the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Frau Farbissina.
Returnees from part two include screenwriter Mike McCullers
(Undercover Brother), Verne Troyer (Harry
Potter and the Sorcerers Stone) as both Mini-Me
and Mini-Austin, and Heather Graham (Sidewalks of
New York) as Felicity Shagwell. Newcomers to the
series include Michael Caine (Last Orders)
as Nigel Powers, Beyoncé Knowles (TVs Carmen:
A Hip Hopera) as Foxy Cleopatra, Nina Kaczorowski
(Tomcats) as Goldmembers henchwoman,
Aaron Himelstein (High Fidelity) as young
Powers, Josh Zuckerman as young Evil, Eddie Adams (Planet
of the Apes) as young Exposition, and Jim Piddock
(Best in Show) as the headmaster. Scope. July
26. New Line.
about a real-life Australian adventurer who saves a crocodile
from what he thinks are poachers, but are really CIA agents
attempting to retrieve the top-secret satellite beacon
the reptile swallowed. John Stainton makes his feature
directorial debut from a screenplay by Holly Goldberg
Sloan (The Big Green, Whispers: An Elephant's
Tale). With marrieds Steve and Teri Irwin as themselves.
Also with Magda Szubanski (Babe: Pig in the City),
David Wenham (Moulin Rouge), Lachy Hulme and
Kate Behan. Scope. PG: Action violence/peril; mild language.
July 12. MGM.
thriller, picking up where 1998s Hollywood
H20 left off, about a live Halloween-night Webcast
emanating from the former home of notorious serial killer
Michael Myers and the arrival of an unexpected
maniacal guest. Directed by Rick Rosenthal (Just
a Little Harmless Sex) from a screenplay by Larry
Brand (Overexposed) and Sean Hood. With Sean
Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance), Busta
Rhymes (Finding Forrester), Tyra Banks (Coyote
Ugly), Bianca Kajlich (Bring It On),
Brad Loree (Texas Rangers), Daisy McCrackin
(3,000 Miles to Graceland), Katee Sackhoff
(My First Mister), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American
Pie 2) and Jamie Lee Curtis (The Tailor of
Panama). Also known as Halloween: The Homecoming.
Flat. July 19. Miramax.
set in 1961 and based on a true story, about a Russian
submarine crew trying to avoid a nuclear catastrophe when
a ruptured coolant pipe threatens to precipitate a meltdown.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days,
The Weight of Water) from a screenplay by
Louis Nowra (The MatchMaker). With Harrison
Ford (What Lies Beneath), Liam Neeson (Gun
Shy), Joss Ackland (Passion of Mind),
John Shrapnel (The Body), Tim Woodward (B.
Monkey), Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (Devil's
Island), Shaun Benson, J.J. Field (Last Orders)
and Peter Sarsgaard (The Center of the World,
The Salton Sea). PG-13: Disturbing images.
July 19. Paramount.