SFF Summer Movies 2008
SFF Summer Movies 2008
Iron Man: The adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series, about industrialist and inventor Tony Stark, who builds a unique suit of armor and fights off terrorists and other bad guys as superhero Iron Man. Stars Robert Downey Jr., Terrance Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges, and is directed by Jon Favreau.
Speed Racer: The adaptation of the iconic cartoon series, about a young race car driver and his car, the Mach 5, in the race of his life. Stars Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Hiroyuki Sanada, Richard Roundtree and Matthew Fox, and is directed and produced by the Wachowski brothers, Andy and Larry.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: The next entry in the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ famous children's fantasy series sees the four Pevensie siblings return to Narnia to find that centuries have passed there and another evil ruler has taken over the land. They set out to help rightful heir, Prince Caspian, take back his throne. Stars Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage and Liam Neeson.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Indiana Jones. Is. Back. Finally. The fourth movie has Indy taking on the Russians for some fun in the jungle during the Cold War. Stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent, directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Spielberg and George Lucas.
Kung Fu Panda: An animated feature from DreamWorks about a lazy panda waiter who turns out to be the Chosen One and who must train to be a martial arts master and save ancient China. Stars the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan and Ian McShane.
The Happening: An apocalypse comes to threaten humanity and a couple try to escape it. Stars Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Betty Buckley and Spenser Breslin and is written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
The Incredible Hulk: Second time is the charm as the big green guy from Marvel Comics returns for another incarnation in film, this time with Edward Norton playing his alter-ego, Dr. Bruce Banner. Stars also Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson and Lou Ferrigno.
Get Smart: The film adaptation of the beloved comic television series about inept spy Maxwell Smart and his loyal partner Agent 99, as they fight the dangerous agents of Chaos. Stars Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terrance Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner, James Caan and Masi Oka, and directed by Peter Segal.
WALL*E: Pixar’s newest animation entry is a SF tale of Wall*E, a robot left on an abandoned Earth to clean up the garbage for centuries, who develops his own intelligence. Then a spaceship arrives. Stars the voices of Frank Willard, Jeff Garlin and Ben Burtt, and is directed and written by Oscar-winner Andrew Stanton.
Wanted: An adaptation of Mark Millar’s graphic novel series about an ordinary cubicle worker, Wesley Gibson, who learns he has superpowers as a death agent of Fate, and joins the secret society The Fraternity in a search for his father’s killer. Stars James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common and Angelina Jolie.
Hancock: Will Smith plays a superhero whose sarcastic, abrasive and selfish ways and destructive tactics annoy the people of Los Angeles. When he saves the life of a grateful PR executive, he’s forced to face his vulnerabilities and gets a makeover. Stars also Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron and Eddie Marsan and is directed by Peter Berg.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army: The big red horned one returns in this second outing of the comics superhero. This time, Hellboy has to deal with a renegade leading an army of creatures out of Hell. Stars Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Gross, Thomas Kretschmann and John Hurt and is directed and written by Guillermo del Toro.
Journey to the Center of the Earth: Jules Verne’s classic novel gets another film treatment in which a scientist and his nephew find a pathway to the center of the Earth and a mysterious land that lies there. Stars Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson and is directed by special effects whiz Eric Brevig.
The Dark Knight: The second installment of the adaptation of darker Batman from the comics, in which the Caped Crusader encounters his ultimate nemesis, the Joker. Stars Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Space Chimps: An animated feature from 20th Century Fox about chimpanzees who are sent out into space by NASA and have to work together to save the inhabitants of a strange planet from an evil tyrant. Stars the voices of Jeff Daniels, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth, Andy Samberg, Kenan Thompson, Omid Abtahi and Zack Shada.
The X-Files 2: The long awaited second feature film adaptation of the ground-breaking television series, in which FBI agents Scully and Mulder deal with bad alien stuff. Stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Xzibit, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Callum Keith Rennie and Adam Godley, and is directed by series creator Chris Carter from a script written by Carter and Frank Spotnitz.
The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor: The third installment of the blockbuster action adventure film series finds Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser,) his archeologist wife Evelyn (now played by Maria Bello,) brother-in-law Jonathan (John Hannah,) and now grown son Alex (Luke Ford) battling an ancient Chinese emperor mummy who Alex accidentally frees and who they must prevent from awaking his 10,000 warriors. Also stars Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Wong and Isabelle Leong and is directed by Rob Cohen.
Blindness: Based on Jose Saramago’s acclaimed novel about a city suffering an epidemic of blindness that breaks down the social order. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover and Alice Braga and is directed by Fernando Meirelles from a screenplay by Don McKellar.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2: The four young women who share the magical pair of jeans are back in this adaptation of the bestselling YA fiction series by Ann Brashares, and now they’re dealing with college and separation. Stars Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Jesse Williams.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: An animated feature from Lucasfilm Animation that will pave the way for the up-coming animated television series about the formation of the Evil Empire and the struggle of the Jedi Knights. No, Jar-Jar Binks probably doesn’t die.
Fly Me to the Moon: An animated feature from Summit Entertainment about three flies who sneak aboard Apollo 11’s mission to the moon and change the course of history. Stars the voices of Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd, Nicollette Sheridan, Tim Curry, Ed Begley Jr., Adrienne Barbeau, Robert Patrick, Trevor Gagnon, Philip Daniel Bolden, David Gore and Buzz Aldrin. Yes, that Buzz Aldrin, the guy who actually went to the moon.
Babylon A.D.: Based on the novel by Maurice G. Dantec, about a veteran-turned-mercenary (Vin Diesel) who agrees to escort a woman from Russia to Germany, unaware that she’s the host for an organism that a cult wants to harvest into a genetically-modified Messiah. Also stars Gerard Depardieu, Michelle Yeoh, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Strong, Radek Bruna, Melanie Thierry and Lambert Wilson, and is directed by Mathieu Kassovitz from a screenplay by Eric Besnard.