3"THE PRINCESS DIARIES." A 15-year-old American (newcomer Anne Hathaway) discovers that she's really
3"THE PRINCESS DIARIES." A 15-year-old American (newcomer Anne Hathaway) discovers that she's really royalty, and must take lessons from her queen grandma (Julie Andrews) on how to act like a true princess. Garry Marshall, who helmed another modern-day Cinderella tale in "Pretty Woman," directs this Disney bonbon.
"RAT RACE." Casino owner John Cleese sends six gamblers (including Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., and "Mr. Bean" Rowan Atkinson) on a treasure hunt in this Jerry ("Airplane," "The Naked Gun") Zucker-directed farce. While clearly itching to be another "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," don't be surprised if it turns out to be a lot closer to that 1987 dud "Million Dollar Mystery" instead. ~~
"RUSH HOUR 2." "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sensation Zhang Ziyi joins Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker for this sequel to their $141-million-grossing 1998 fish-out-of-water buddy action comedy. Original director Brett Ratner returns as well, so expect a modicum of quality control.
10"AMERICAN PIE 2." Follow-up to the raunchy 1999 teen flick features the same cast of youthful miscreants (including Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, and Seann William Scott) cutting loose during college summer vacation. No word yet on which pastry will be violated this time.
"THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION." This circa-1940 Woody Allen comedy stars Allen as an insurance investigator who butts heads with newly-hired office efficiency expert Helen Hunt. Dan Aykroyd and Charlize Theron (who had one of her best screen roles in Allen's "Celebrity") round out the cast. *
"JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK." When Miramax tries to rip off their comic book characters, Garden State slackers Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (writer/director Kevin Smith) spring into action to reclaim their personages. *
"OSMOSIS JONES." Those naughty Farrelly Brothers go PG for this live-action/animation combo in which Bill Murray eats a rotten hardboiled egg, sending white-blood-cell cop Chris Rock to the rescue. *
17"AMERICAN OUTLAWS." While we probably didn't need another re-telling of the Jesse James legend, superstar-in-the-making Colin Farrell ("Tigerland") should guarantee that this is at least the sexiest Jesse anyone has encountered. *
"Captain Corelli's Mandolin." "Shakespeare in Love" director John Madden's oft-delayed adaptation of the well-regarded 1994 novel casts Nicolas Cage as an American WWII officer stationed on a tiny Greek island whose natives include Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz and Brits John Hurt and Christian Bale. ~~
"Rollerball." John McTiernan ("Die Hard") follows up his successful 1999 retooling of "The Thomas Crown Affair" with another remake of a bad Norman Jewison movie: 1975's James Caan clunker about a futuristic, ultra-violent version of roller derby.
"Serendipity." Romantic comedy in which made-for-each-other John Cusack and Kate Beckinsdale are separated by fate--but must reunite 10 years later before marrying the wrong partners. Playing the couple's funny and supportive best friends are Jeremy Piven and Cleveland native Molly Shannon.
24"JOHN CARPENTER'S GHOSTS OF MARS." With Ice Cube and Pam Grier prominently featured in the cast, scary movie vet Carpenter's red planet chiller feels more like an urban action flick--not that there's anything wrong with that.
"SOUL SURVIVORS." This teen horror flick (about the survivor of a car accident plagued by nightmares) has been sitting on the shelf so long it's probably sprouting mold. A pre-"American Beauty" Wes Bentley has a supporting role. ~~
"Summer Catch." THIS SUMMER'S FREDDIE Prinze Jr. movie that nobody is waiting for. Prinze plays the pitcher on a Cape Cod farm team who romances local rich kid Jessica Biel (TV's "7th Heaven"); bet he strikes out the first time he goes to bat. ~~
31"ALL THAT GLITTERS." Pop star Mariah Carey stars in this rags-to-riches showbiz saga (think "Funny Girl" meets "A Star is Born") which at least has the makings of a "so-bad-it's-good" guilty pleasure. ~~