By Lindsay Toler
By Chad Garrison
By Brett Koshkin
By RFT Staff
By Lindsay Toler
By Riverfront Times
By Danny Wicentowski
By Pete Kotz
THE LORDS OF DOGTOWN
Directed by:Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen)
Written by:Stacy Peralta
What it's about:Another of Peralta's cinematic valentines (this one lightly fictionalized) to the 1970s beach-fun culture in Venice, California.
Why it will be fabulous:If you didn't get your sun-kissed fill from Peralta's Dogtown and Z-Boys and Riding Giants, this may be the summer movie for you.
Why it will be dreadful:You've more than likely had your fill of Peralta's surf-and-skate cheerleader act.
Directed by:Don Argott
What it's about:Paul Green, founder of the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Philly, teaches a bunch of kids between the ages of nine and seventeen how to get their Axl on in this documentary that was a big hit at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin -- the home, incidentally, of Richard Linklater, whose School of Rockwas the fictional version of this very true story.
Why it will be fabulous:Kids rock.
Why it will be dreadful:Star pupil C.J. Tywoniak loves himself a good guitar solo.
Directed by: Ken Kwapis (Dunston Checks In)
What it's about: Based on a popular novel by Ann Brashares, this teen-girl flick is the story of four friends whose lives go in separate directions. To keep in touch, they pass around a pair of pants that happens to be a perfect fit for all four of them.
Why it will be fabulous: It has the coolest title of the year by far.
Why it will be dreadful: One pair of pants that fits four different adolescent girls equally well?
THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY AND LAVA GIRL IN 3-D
Written and directed by:Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Spy Kids)
What it's about:In a pre-adolescent fantasy, a boy's imaginary friends -- superheroes all -- spring to life and pitch in to get him through a series of harrowing adventures.
Why it will be fabulous: Rodriguez likes playing with toys, and 3-D Nouveau should fit the bill.
Why it will be dreadful:Let's just say that unless you're an eleven-year-old diving into a box of gummy bears, you'd better bring a book.
Directed by: François Ozon
Written by: Ozon and Emmanuele Bernheim
What it's about:The five stages of romance between a man and a woman.
Why it will be fabulous: There's probably explicit sex.
Why it will be dreadful: Lousy title, lousy premise...it's an uphill slog toward the explicit sex.
Directed by:Chris Terrio (Book of Kings)
Written by: Amy Fox
What it's about: Yet another drama set in New York and following characters whose stories intersect.
Directed by:John Schultz (Like Mike)
Why it will be fabulous:Cedric's ability to play blue-collar could send this one to the moon.
Why it will be dreadful:Nobody can channel the spirit of The Great One. Do you get the feeling you'll pine for the murky black-and-white images and canned laughs that once emanated from your old Philco?
HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE
What it's about: Animated fantasy in which a young woman is transformed by a curse into an old hag and winds up in servitude at the castle-cum-vehicle of an infamous wizard.
Why it will be fabulous: If you don't like Miyazaki, you might not be human. If you don't know Miyazaki, now's the time.
MR. AND MRS. SMITH
Directed by:Doug Limon (The Bourne Identity)
Written by:Simon Kinberg
What it's about:An unhappy married couple who earn their paychecks as assassins learn that they've been hired to kill each other.
Why it will be fabulous:The Pitt-Jolie twosome should be fun to watch under Limon's fast-action framing.
Why it will be dreadful:This promises to be a plot-heavy romp that could easily fire blanks.