Summer's Must-See Flicks
April 21, 2005

Summer means school's out, baseball's on and the movie studios are gearing up for a blockbuster battle at the box office.

With "War of the Worlds," "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" and "Batman Begins," everyone is bringing out their big guns to get you into theaters.

Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger gave us the inside scoop on what we can expect from the summer movies, observing, "In the summer, it's pretty action heavy."

"Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"
"It doesn't get more intense than this "Star Wars" flick, Karger insisted. In fact, he revealed, "There are already people camping out to watch this movie."

"War of the Worlds"
The super team of Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg is sure to bring out the crowds for their epic film.

"'War of the Worlds' is about our deepest fears and the concept of what happens when this planet is invaded," Spielberg revealed. "And it's not one of my sweet benign alien odysseys."

"I think 'War of the Worlds' is going to be fantastic," Karger added.

"Batman Begins"
And from aliens to caped crusaders, the buzz on "Batman Begins" is that Christian Bale will be fantastic in the starring role.

"It could be a great way to revitalize that old franchise," Karger noted.

Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell are reviving the hit '60's series, bringing Darren and Samantha to the big screen this summer.

"It's not that hard to play in love with Nicole Kidman," Ferrell admitted of his role.

"He has this insane mind," Kidman said about Will. "I love that combination -- a little kindness with a little kind of wild and crazy mind."

"Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
"'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' has probably gotten more attention for the rumored romance between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt," Karger said. "I am more interested to see what their on-screen chemistry is like."

In the movie, Brad and Angelina play married assassins who must assassinate each other.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
But if a family flick is what you're after, look no further than Tim Burton's magical remake, which includes Johnny Depp playing the wacky role of Willy Wonka.

"Bad News Bears"
Also for families is "Bad News Bears," a remake starring Billy Bob Thornton and Greg Kinnear, about a drunk who must coach a little league team.

"Cinderella Man"
Word has it that "Cinderella Man" may be this summer's first Oscar contender. Russell Crowe stars in the story about a boxer during the depression era, with RenČe Zellweger and Paul Giamatti also in the film.

Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is back in his first film since "Ray," and he's in a very different role, taking on an automated high-tech warplane that develops an evil mind of its own. "It's a really high-octane, high-energy summer thriller," Karger said.

And with so many movies to choose from, it looks like there'll be thrillers at theaters all summer long.

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