20 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 20, 1999
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Jake Uoyd as young Anakin Skywalker casts a deadly shadow in "Star Wars: Episode l - The Phantom Menace."
Summer of 'Star Wars' also.
promises 'Spy,''South Park'
By Bryan Lark the normally kiddie-aimed fare that the pact can be found in "Mystery Men:' in
Daily Arts Writer heat brings. which wannabe superheroes, including
For the first time since Steven Chief among the kiddie fare is the Ben Stiller, William H. Macy and Janeane
Spielberg's "Jaws" invented the concept of annual Disney animation and merchandis- Garofalo,use their strange talents to
the summer blockbuster in 1975, a sum- ing extravaganza, continuing this year uphold truth, justice and stuff.
mer movie season seems to be predictable with "Tarzan," which finds the Lord of the Other superheroes out for justicec:
and unexciting. Apes, voiced by Tony Goldwyn, in the summer include Matthew Broderick it
This summer isn't predictable and company of a feisty Jane (the voice of "Inspector Gadget" and Will Smith and
unexciting for lack of promising projects Minnie Driver) and a wisecracking ape Kevin Kline in "Wild, Wild West:' as
vying for attention, it's predictable and (voice of Rosie O'Donnell), among oth- equally gadget-aided folk who save the
unexciting because the inevitable jugger- ers. Old West world from Kenneth Branagh ir
naut that is the exciting, unpredictable The wisecracking menagerie of the the latest snarky effects-fest from Barry
"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Muppets also returns to the big screen, Sonnenfeld ("Men In Black").
Menace" is sure to turn everything else with "Muppets from Space," which Also travelling back in time
into runners-up and also-rans. follows Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie to the summer of 1977, is Spike
But for the last summer of this century, and friends on an immature inter- Lee and "Summer of Sam," a
the also-rans couldn't be more attractive or galactic mission to determine what film recently slapped tl
worthy of the "Star Wars" spillover. planet Gonzo actually calls home. an NC-17 rating tha
The likely first runner-up to George For the juvenile in all of us, first lows the lives of Bron>
Lucas and company in the summer dollar there's the R-Rated "South Park" friends, including
derby is Mike Myers, who will once again movie, suitably titled, "Bigger, -3John Leguizarm
don the frilly lace kravat and Italian boots Longer and Uncut." Second, there's and Mira Sorvino
("Bonjourno, boys!") as company man Adam Sandler and "Big Daddy" as they live through
Austin "Danger" Powers in "Austin which finds the erstwhile waterboy the paranoia sur-
Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" so thirsty for affection that he rounding Davic
This second entendre-filled Powers adopts a 5-year-old Berkowitz's '77 Sor
adventure, in theatres June 11, finds the tyke to woo the ' of Sam murders.
International Man of Mystery and his ladies. Also on the
Mars symbol matched by mod Venus Also sure to make side is "Lost So6, "
Heather Graham, cheekily named Felicity the ladies swoon is the starring Winom
Shagwell, when he travels back in time to one-two punch of Brad Pitt and Ryder as a church
retrieve his mojo from Dr. Evil. Edward Norton in "Fight Club" lady who uncovers
Also shagging this summer are Tom But don't expect too much hunk- an evil mystery -
Cruise and Nicole Kidman, in Stanley iness and/or romance from this, t'could it be Satan? -
Kubrick's sexy swan song "Eyes Wide the dark, violent latest from .f}with helpful cop Ber
Shut," which will finally be exposed on director David Fincher, who Chaplin.
July 16 after nearly three ultra-secretive previously spread his own Others getting to feel lik
years in production. brand of sunshine with a cop this summer are Martir
All that's been seen of "Eyes" thus far, "Seven" and "The Game." Lawrence and Luke Wilson ir
namely the nakedly ambitious trailer that A decidedly more sunny the mistaken-identity, buddyr
spent sixty seconds showing only Cruise summer hunk can be found in comedy "Blue Streak."
and Kidman pawing at each other, promis- Brendan Fraser, who may make Julianne Moore buddies ui
es an interesting, very adult alternative to the jump to mega-star this sum- to married man Jeremy
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Hugh Grant gazes at superstar Julia Roberts in the romance "Notting Hill."
Getting a year's worth of stuff into a car is like trying
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