April 2002 SF Movie Previews by David Marsh

Upcoming Movies

     
image 4 17 Space Station (IMAX)
4 19 The Scorpion King
4 19 Mutant Aliens (animation)
4 26 Jason X
5 3 Spider-Man
5 16 Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones

It's web slinging time!

     

coverScorpion King (April 19th)
You loved him in the Mummy Returns. Ok, maybe love is a bit strong. World Wrestling Federation Superstar "The Rock" (Dwane Johnson) is back as the Scorpion King. Rippling, bashing, and smooching his way across the silver screen. Since I'm pretty sure his WWF persona is acting, does this mean he had to play two roles at the same time to make the movie? Actually, I think he may do a pretty good job with this, but I'm wondering who the demographic they're after really is.

coverSpace Station (April 17th)
It's an IMAX movie/documentary that doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what up. The cast reads like the shuttle crew manifest (which it is to a large extent) and the narrator is Tom Cruise. See it at a really big screen near you.
IMDB: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0290296

Mutant Aliens (April 19th LA, NYC)
This kinky, independent, art animation premiered at Sundance last year to pretty good reviews. If you're lucky enough to live in LA or NYC (or even if you live there and don't feel all that lucky) pop in and see it. An evil space agency plots to put ads in space, opposed by an astronaut returned from the dead and a host of irradiated experimental animals.
There's sex too. At least that's what I think it's about .IMDB: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0277909

coverJason X (April 26th)
Can they be serious? Jason returns for the 10th time...to stalk military space station in the future. I almost want to see this. Almost. I bet they find a way to let you scream loudly in space, no matter what Aliens claims.
IMDB: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0211443

coverSpider-Man (May 3rd)
Did we mention that we're really looking forward to Spider-Man?
I could be dead wrong, but Tobey Maguire looks like a great choice to play Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, and the trailers we've been watching look awesome. Daniel Dern did a special Spider-Man Comics column, and on the day the movie opens, stores are giving away comics. I'm holding my breath and crossing my fingers, but I'm hoping it's going to really rock. IMDB: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0145487
Daniel Dern's SFRevu Comics Column: Spider-Man: The Movie

coverStar Wars II: Attack of the Clones (May 16th)
Send in the Clones! (Don't bother, they're here.)
It's the next to last hope for George Lucas and what was once Science Fiction's favorite saga. Can adolescent good looks save this storyline from the wrectched excess and infanile cuteness of the last movie? Jar-Jar Binks is back? In a jar? "A Jedi will not show anger, or hatred...or love." Gee, kind of sucks to be a Jedi, don't it?

Landmark Theater Restoration:Lowe's Theater, Jersey City

If you happen to live in the New York/New Jersey area, and want to see some classic SF on the big screen, you should stop by the newly restored "Landmark Loew's Theater" in Jersey City, NJ. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 in cooperation with Chiller Theater.

Friday April 26th 7:30 pm: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Saturday April 27th, 2:00 pm: Brain from Planet Arous (1958) / Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
Saturday April 27th, 7:30 pm: Forbidden Planet (1956)

General Admission is $5.00, Seniors and Children $3.00 www.loewsjersey.org  

2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu