Jan 212004
 
Authors: Jeremy Anderson

2003 provided us with more than our fair share of great movies.

Luckily, 2004 looks to follow suit or potentially even top the

previous year with a promising lineup of releases. I am eagerly

awaiting a number of movies set for release over the next twelve

months, but I have narrowed them down to the ten films I am most

looking forward to seeing this year:

“Shrek 2”

Fiona brings Shrek home to meet her parents in this sequel to

the hilarious 2001 blockbuster. My hopes are high that this second

chapter will do fans of its predecessor proud. Released May 21.

“Kill Bill Vol. 2”

“Vol. 1” was one of my favorite movies of 2003, so I am

salivating in anticipation to see Uma Thurman slice and dice her

way through the remainder of her list of those who did her wrong.

Released April 16.

“Van Helsing”

Hugh Jackman, playing the legendary monster hunter, takes on

Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Kate Beckinsale, hot off

her recent vampire work in “Underworld,” tags along to do some

slaying of her own. I just hope that the film gets the R rating its

material demands. Released May 7.

“Anchorman”

The thought of Will Ferrel as a 1970s TV news anchorman is funny

in itself, but the casting of Christina Applegate and “The Daily

Show with John Stewart’s” Steve Carell further this film’s chance

at success. Released July 9.

“The Village”

Details are sparse concerning M. Night Shyamalan’s fourth film

focusing on a village surrounded by a forest inhabited by mythical

creatures but Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) hasn’t disappointed me

yet and this premise is packed with potential. Release July 30.

“The Stepford Wives”

Although I have a feeling this remake of the cult film from the

70s will be a little lighter in tone, I can’t wait to see Nicole

Kidman, Matthew Broderick and Faith Hill (making her film debut)

breath new life into this story of wives being replaced by robots.

Released June 11.

“Troy”

The story of Achilles (Brad Pitt) setting out to retrieve Helen

of Troy finally gets the full-scale film treatment it deserves. You

can pretty much bet this film will be nothing short of incredible.

Released May 14.

“The Ring 2”

Naomi Watts returns in this film said to be both a sequel and a

prequel to the original. I consider “The Ring” to be the scariest

movie of all time, so I hope the filmmakers do not do what has been

done to countless other horror classics and follow it up with a

lame sequel. Released November 10.

“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”

I have yet to see much about this film starring Jude Law,

Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, but buzz is building that it

will be a thoroughly original and visually impressive spectacle.

Released over summer.

“The Passion of The Christ”

With all the controversy this film has received prior to its

release, it will be interesting to see if the final product is

worth the hype. Thankfully the idea of releasing the Aramaic

language film without subtitles was reversed, although the thought

of seeing Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene is enticing with or

without the ability to understand what she says. Released February

25.

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