Semester in films looks half promising, half depressing

The spring semester seems to be kind of sketchy for the film industry. Several sequels are in store and some interesting plots lie ahead. Hopefully each film will be entertaining, but unfortunately, that is a far cry from what will most likely happen. We can all hope, though, that each film will blow us away with quality and cinematography.

There are only a few milestone films left for January. ‘Annapolis’ looks like it has the potential to be a fairly decent film, and it seems to have enough drama and intensity to go around, not to mention James Franco and Tyrese Gibson in two lead roles. ‘Big Momma’s House 2’ is sure to be funny if it is anything like the first film, with Martin Lawrence returning as an FBI agent in disguise. Then, of course, there is ‘Nanny McPhee,’ starring Emma Thompson as a magical nanny. I am not quite sure what to think about this film. It looks some what cheesy and uneventful. ‘Tristan and Isolde,’ starring James Franco and Sophia Myles, will also be in theaters.

February will bring with it the completion of the ‘Final Destination’ trilogy, and since I have not seen the first two, I cannot really compare ‘Final Destination 3’ to much of anything. Yet just by reading the plot, my premonition for the film is that it will not be all that great, especially since none of the original stars are even alive for the third installment. Maybe ‘The Pink Panther’ with Steve Martin or ‘Freedomland’ with Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore will do it for me though. Also, ‘Dr. Dolittle’ is going to talk to even more animals with its third installment.

In March, we start off with ’16 Blocks.’ Bruce Willis will be trying to escort a witness to the courthouse, but it sounds like they have some problems along the way. Wes Craven’s ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ is yet another remake where apparently “the lucky ones die first.” ‘She’s the Man’ looks ridiculously stupid but for some reason, a lot of people will probably like it since it has Amanda Bynes in it. ‘Inside Man’ is sure to be the top in the box office this month. Denzel Washington has never let me down, so I do not see him doing it now. ‘Ice Age 2: The Meltdown,’ with the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah, and ‘Basic Instinct 2’ with Sharon Stone will wrap it up for March.

Antonio Banderas will kick off April with ‘Take the Lead.’ Right behind this drama/musical will be ‘Scary Movie 4.’ I have seen bits and pieces from the previous three films, and I think this film has some comedic potential. ‘Flight 93’ will then try to recapture the last moments aboard the high-jacked plane on Sept. 11.

May seems to hold some hope for audiences everywhere. ‘Mission: Impossible III’ with Tom Cruise will try to keep this decade old series alive with its third installment. Hopefully, it does not disappoint us. Then ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ novel turned film, will try its hand at the big screen, starring Tom Hanks and Ian McKellan. ‘X-Men 3’ will most likely leave an impressive mark. The first two films only got better with progression, so this film should follow the same pattern.

Overall, the rest of the semester promises to bring movies worth discussion. Assumably, only some will be worth it.

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