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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Tim Burton (dir) ( / ) - Wonka's chocolate candies are the best in all the world... and he's holding a contest for five lucky winners to tour his factory. Charlie Bucket, a poor boy in London, finds one of the precious Golden Tickets... and enters a world beyond his wildest imagination.
This feature, the second to be based on the novel by Roald Dahl, is directed by Tim Burton and stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.

Fantastic Four by Tim Story (dir) (20th Century Fox July 1, 2005 / ) - JULY 8 - This July is "Clobberin' Time!" when the Fanastic Four leap off the pages of Marvel's comics and onto the silver screen. Reed Richards leads his friends (and one rival) into space to track an oncoming 'radiation storm'... with unimaginable results. The results are simply--fantastic. Directed by Tim Story, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans and Julian McMahon. (see review)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead by George Romero (wr/dir) (Universal Pictures / ) - JUNE 24 - The fourth (and last?) of Romero's zombie epics, this movie picks up the story years after the events of Day of the Dead, where the surviving remnants of humanity huddle inside a walled city. But the dead haven't gone away... and they've learned a few tricks since last we saw them... (see review)

Night Watch by Timur Bekmambetov (wr/dir) (Fox Searchlight / ) - The first installment of a Russian horror trilogy, this 2004 release has gained critical acclaim abroad. When the balance between mankind and nocturnal supernaturals is upset, a devastating war may be inevitable-- with none coming out as winners. Opening in limited release July 29.

The Island by Dreamworks SKG ( / ) - Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor) lives in a community of strict rules and regulations-- but there is a way out: a lottery. Winners go to "the island," a paradise where they will live happily ever after. But things are not that simple, and soon he finds himself on the run with Jordan Two-Delta (Scarlett Johansson). If he finds the truth, he just might survive...

Directed by Michael Bay. Also starring Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Steve Buscemi and Michael Clarke Duncan.

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