Thursday, April 18, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 133



Can you smell what's cooking at the movies?

By Geronimo Rodriguez
Daily Cougar Staff

Note: The following is a list of films opening this weekend. Along with a brief synopsis, the list is intended to provide moviegoers with general
information about the films. These are not movie reviews.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

The Rock stars in the new action/science-fiction film The Scorpion King, which opens in theaters Friday.

The Scorpion King (Universal, PG-13) is a spin-off of Stephen Sommers' blockbuster The Mummy series.

In Scorpion, The Rock's character, Mathayus, seeks to defend all living people against Memnon (Steven Brand), a villainous leader.

The wrestler was introduced in The Mummy Returns, but save for a few minutes in the beginning, his character was mostly computer-generated. This
time, Rock will carry the acting load.

Along with Rock's appeal, the film will be ushered in with hopes of writer Jonathan Hales being able to entertain with a swashbuckling and inventive
story line. Hales' credits include Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III.

Chuck Russell directed the film, which also stars Kelly Hu and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Sandra Bullock plays detective in the crime thriller Murder by Numbers (Warner Brothers, R).

It isn't rare to see Bullock try something different, as most of her roles are just that. She does well in most cases, especially in her role as the feisty FBI
agent in Miss Congeniality.

Murder by Numbers follows two high school students who are accused of committing a series of murders.

Along with Bullock's presence, another reason this film just might add up is that Barbet Schroeder directed it. Even though the veteran filmmaker has
not really worked with such a plot, he's led a number of worthy films, which include Barfly, Reversal of Fortune and Our Lady of the Assassins.

Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt also star in the film, which was written by Tony Payton.

The romantic comedy Crush (Sony Classics, R) follows the sexless life of three women and how one gets involved with a man and actually has
something to talk about.

The film, which was written and directed by John McKay, stars Andie MacDowell, Imelda Staunton, Anna Chancellor and Kenny Doughty.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (IFC Films, PG) follows a young Greek woman as she falls in love with a man who doesn't share her heritage. This sparks
questions about culture and family.

Joel Zwick directed the romantic comedy, which was written by Nina Vardalos.

Vardalos fills the lead role of the film, which also stars John Corbett, Lainie Kazan and Joey Fatone.

The foreign film Son of the Bride (Sony Classics, R) follows the incidents involving an older couple's son after they decide to renew their vows and, this
time around, get married in a church.

The Argentinean film, which is in Spanish with English subtitles, was nominated for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Juan Jose Campanella co-wrote and directed the dramatic comedy, which stars Ricardo Darin, Hector Alterio, Norma Aleandro Natalia Verbeke and
Eduardo Blanco.

Last Waltz (Universal, PG) follows a crucial decision a man makes. Decades later, he reflects on his action and recognizes he's done wrong.

Teresa Fabik wrote and directed the Swedish film, which stars Lennart Lindberg, Samuel Hellström, Erik Rosén and Maria Aström.

The Angelika Film Center continues its Sensational Cinema program with the Japanese film Akira (Pioneer, NR).

Akira follows a motorcycle gang leader whose friend stumbles into a secret government operation known as Akira.

Katsuhiro Ôtomoto directed the Japanese film, which stars Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki and Mami Koyama.

The Angelica is also presenting a tribute to French cinema.

It will feature La Bûche, The Town is Quiet, Maelström and The Young Girls of Rochefort. All films are in French with English subtitles.

Daniéle Thompson co-wrote and directed Bûche, which stars Sabine Azéma, Emmanuelle Béart, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Claude Rich.

It follows a wealthy family sharing their time with one another for the holidays.

The Town tells the story of a number of characters who find their lives overlapping.

Robert Guediguian wrote and directed the film, which stars Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan and Jacques Pieiller.

Maelström follows a woman after she drives her car into a river and a man saves her, changing her life.

Denis Villeneuve wrote and directed the film, which stars Maria-Josee Croze and Jean-Nicholas Verreault.

The 1967 musical Young Girls features veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve.

Admission is $7.50, but a pass for the four-day festival can be purchased for $16.50 (excluding the Sunday matinee).

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