Screens That's a wrap

The low-down on this week's premieres

Director Michael Bay cuts the cord from producer Jerry Bruckheimer for the first time in The Island, a sci-fi action flick set in the mid-21st century. When Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) and Jordan Two-Delta (Scarlett Johansson) find out that they are human clones whose only purpose is to provide parts for their originals, they attempt to escape the utopian society where they, the doubles, are raised and harvested. The film co-stars Steve Buscemi (Ghost World) and Academy Award nominees Dijimon Hounsou (In America) and Michael Clark Duncan (The Green Mile).

Its back to the diamond when Billy Bob Thornton takes over for Walter Matthau as the coach of the Bad News Bears, a remake of the 1976 film of the same name. In this underdog story, original screenwriter Bill Lancaster comes back to play hardball with Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Dont be surprised to see a Buttermaker with a little more cork in his bat.

In Hustle and Flow `see New Reviews, July 14-20, 2005`, Terrence Dashon Howard (Ray) stars as DJay, a pimp from Memphis whose dream is to become a famous rap artist. With help from a friend from the past and his working girls, DJay tries to turn his life around through music. Hustle won the Audience Award at this years Sundance Film Festival.

Musician and director Rob Zombie pays tribute to horror films of the 70s in his second grisly movie, The Devils Rejects `see New Review, this issue`. The film follows the Firefly family as they run from the law that is out to get them for a truckload of vicious murders.

Me and You and Everyone We Know `see "Sparks that fly but don't ignite"` is the first film by director Miranda July. It won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for originality in vision. It stars John Hawkes (Identity) as a shoe salesman and July (Jesus Son) as a contemporary artist looking for love.

- Kiko Martinez


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