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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, September 6, 2002

Fall film preview

Left to right: "Frida," "The Ring," "The Four Feathers," "Swimfan." These films are part of Hollywood's fall slate, along with "Red Dragon," featuring the return of Hannibal Lecter.

By Jack Garner
Gannett News Service

What goes around comes around at the movies this autumn.

Sequels, prequels and remakes dot the Hollywood landscape.

Filmgoers will be invited to view new versions of the classic adventure "The Four Feathers," a new twist on TV's salt-and-pepper espionage heroes in "I Spy," and the return of Hannibal Lecter, in a film that details the early years of everyone's favorite cannibal.

The 1963 romantic thriller "Charade" also gets a new treatment, as does the steamy Italian film "Swept Away," and the much-loved juvenile novel "Tuck Everlasting."

And Tim Allen's version of Santa Claus is back for another ho-ho-ho.

Sure, a few new things are also on tap, including a biopic on the life of artist Frida Kahlo, an adaptation of the popular novel "White Oleander," a where-are-they-now comedy about two aging rock 'n' roll groupies, and a sci-fi thriller that takes us into the Earth's core.

Left to right: "The Truth about Charlie," "White Oleander," "Waking Up in Reno," "City by the Sea." These films are part of Hollywood's fall slate, along with "Red Dragon," featuring the return of Hannibal Lecter.


• "City by the Sea" — A cop is working on a murder case in which his son becomes a main suspect.
• "Swimfan" — The new girl in town (Erika Christensen) is violently attracted to the high-school swimming star.

Sept. 13

• "Barbershop" — An ensemble comedy set in a popular barbershop on Chicago's South Side. Ice Cube stars for debut director Tim Story (a rap video veteran).
• "Stealing Harvard" — Comedy about two inept clowns who try to rob a bank so one of them can pay for his niece to attend Harvard. Tom Green and Jason Lee co-star.
• "The Transporter" — Action thriller about a guy who is assigned to smuggle aliens into the country, and messes up the job.

Sept. 20

• "Ballistic: Ecks Versus Sever" — An espionage actioner constructed along the lines of a video game, about two long-time opposing spies (Antonio Banderas and Lucy Liu) who discover they might be on the same side.
• "The Banger Sisters" — A where-are-they-now saga about two former rock 'n' roll groupies and their dysfunctional lives today. Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon co-star.
• "The Four Feathers" — Grand adventure saga best remembered from a classic 1939 film about a young British officer who goes undercover during an 1898 war in the Sudan. Heath Ledger, Djimon Hounsou and Kate Hudson star for director Shekhar Kapur (of "Elizabeth" fame).
• "Trapped" — Domestic thriller about a doctor's wife (Charlize Theron) who's forced to try to save her diabetic daughter from ruthless kidnappers, played by Kevin Bacon and Courtney Love.

Sept. 27

• "Sweet Home Alabama" — Romantic comedy about an unsophisticated Southern-born woman (Reese Witherspoon) who flees her husband, heads north, reinvents herself in Manhattan and gets engaged — and then must go home to obtain a divorce from the husband.
• "The Tuxedo" — Jackie Chan stars in this comedy-thriller about a cabbie who stumbles into the espionage business.
• "Moonlight Mile"— This limited-release drama is about the relationship that develops between the parents of a just-deceased young woman and the grieving young man to whom she was engaged. Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon and Jake Gyllenhaal co-star.

Oct. 4

• "Jonah: The Veggietales Movie" — Believe it or not, this film details the Bible story of Jonah and the Whale, as told with talking vegetables. It marks the theatrical debut of the popular series of talking-vegetable videos constructed with Christian themes.
• "Red Dragon" — A prequel to "The Silence of the Lambs," featuring a younger Hannibal Lecter. Edward Norton stars as an agent (and near-victim of Lecter) who enlists his former assailant to help him solve another case.
• "Welcome to Collinwood" — This comic tale is about a gang of working-class guys in a Cleveland suburb who conspire to rob a pawnshop. George Clooney stars.

Oct. 11

• "Below" — A thriller about the crew of a U.S. submarine in World War II who are shocked to find "something else" in the water around them other than Nazi U-boats. Bruce Greenwood stars.
• "Brown Sugar" — Romantic comedy that's been described as an African-American "When Harry Met Sally," about the friendship and maybe love between a record company executive and a magazine editor. Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan co-star.
• "Knockaround Guys" — The long-delayed release of a comedy-thriller about the sons of big-time mobsters who try some gangland shenanigans of their own. Vin Diesel and Dennis Hopper head the ensemble.
• "Pokemon 4ever" — Here's yet another adventure starring those ubiquitous Japanese animated characters.
• "Tuck Everlasting" — A new adaptation of a popular juvenile novel about a 15-year-old girl who discovers her neighbors have discovered a fountain of youth. The cast includes Sissy Spacek, Ben Kingsley, William Hurt and young Alexis Bledel.
• "Punch-Drunk Love" — The latest from eccentric filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (of "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia"). Adam Sandler stars as a guy who's addicted to phone sex, but is pursued by thugs for failure to pay his phone sex tab.
• "Swept Away" — A remake of the Lena Wertmuller Italian classic about a wealthy woman marooned on an island with a working-class guy — and the steamy romance that develops. Madonna stars for director-husband Guy Ritchie. The male role is played by Adriano Giannini, the son of Giancarlo Giannini, who starred in the original.
• "White Oleander" — An adaptation of a popular novel about the relationship between a woman imprisoned for murdering her ex-boyfriend, and her daughter on the outside who's trying to get Mom out of the slammer. Michelle Pfeiffer and Alison Lohman co-star. Limited release.

Oct. 18

• "Abandon" — A psychological thriller about a college student (Katie Holmes) under pressure who begins to hallucinate about her boyfriend, who has disappeared.
• "Formula 51" — A crime comedy-drama about an American illicit drug chemist and dealer (Samuel L. Jackson) who tries to break into London's rave scene with a rare new drug. Robert Carlyle co-stars.
• "The Ring" — Western remake of a Japanese thriller about a woman who discovers a video with a frightening history: Anyone who views the tape is dead within a week. Naomi Watts (of "Mulholland Drive") stars.

Oct. 25

• "Ghost Ship" — Thriller about a salvage crew that discovers a 1953 passenger ship — and the horrors that still remain on board. Gabriel Byrne heads the cast.
• "Jackass: The Movie" — Insane as it may seem, this is a theatrical film version of the bizarre MTV show in which Johnny Knoxville takes on extreme dares to do stupid stuff.
• "Paid in Full" — The saga of a Harlem drug lord and his crisis of conscience. Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer co-star for first-time director Charles Stone III.
• "The Truth about Charlie" — Remake of the 1963 film "Charade," about the conflict between a woman whose husband dies — and leaves her nothing — and a mysterious man who shows up, claiming the deceased had a ton of money, and owed it to him. Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton co-star.
• "Frida" — A biopic on the life and times of famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) and her rocky relationship with fellow artist Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina). Limited release.
• "Waking up in Reno" — The tale of two Southern working-class couples who travel to Reno, Nev., for a truck show, but are soon dealing with lots of infidelity issues. Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron co-star.

Nov. 1

• "The Core" — A sci-fi thriller about the crew of a ship assigned to dive deep into the Earth's core to discover what's been causing major temperature changes. Hilary Swank and Aaron Eckhart co-star.
• "I Spy" — A remake of the '60s TV series about a multiracial espionage team. This time, it's Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson in the roles originally created for Bill Cosby and Robert Culp.
• "The Santa Clause 2" — A sequel to the fantasy about a guy (Tim Allen) who discovers he's the new Santa Claus.