Forty Very Promising Movies For 2007

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Article Date: January 14, 2007 | Publication: TheDay.Com (CT) | Author: Steve Murray, Cox Service
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While Oscar voters are busy deciding their favorite films of 2006, the rest of us can look ahead at 2007 titles that intrigue us the most. Here's a selective list of 40 that look promising in this new year's early light. But remember: Even “Fur” sounded promising a year ago.

(As always, opening dates are subject to change.)

“Pan's Labyrinth,” Guillermo del Toro's thrilling, bloody adult fairy tale, is technically a 2006 movie, but opens nationwide this month. (Jan. 19)

“Letters From Iwo Jima” gives the flip-side, Japanese point of view to “Flags of Our Fathers,” also directed by Clint Eastwood; it's another 2006 movie now opening nationwide. (Jan. 19)

“Daddy's Little Girls,” writer-director Tyler Perry's latest Atlanta-shot romance, stars Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. (Feb. 14)

“Black Snake Moan” stars Christina Ricci as a deep-fried nympho, and Samuel L. Jackson as her sexual healer, in the latest from “Hustle & Flow” director Craig Brewer. (Feb. 23)

“Zodiac” brings director David Fincher (“Seven”) back to the screen with the story of San Francisco's unsolved serial killings; with Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal. (March 2)

“300” is the latest big-screen version of a Frank Miller (“Sin City”) novel, the tale of the Battle of Thermopylae, starring Gerard Butler, directed by Zack Snyder (the not-so-lame “Dawn of the Dead” remake). (March 9)

“Grindhouse” teams Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, paying tribute to skeazebucket '70s exploitation movies with their individual parody films “Planet Terror” and “Death Proof.” (April 6)

“The Nanny Diaries” has Scarlett Johansson coping with Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti's overprivileged brat. (April 20)

“The Kingdom” concerns a team of U.S. agents investigating the bombing of a U.S. facility in the Middle East; with Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper. (April 20)

“Spider-Man 3” takes Tobey Maguire to the dark side as he battles Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace). (May 4)

“Georgia Rule” teams Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan as strong-willed woman and her rebellious granddaughter. (May 11)

“Shrek the Third” finds Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) facing the dubious possibility of assuming the throne. (May 18)

“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End” wraps things up for Geoffrey Rush, Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp. (May 25)

“Sicko” sics documentary filmmaker Michael Moore on the American health care system. (June)

“Ocean's 13” reunites Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, but not Julia Roberts — so we won't have to see her pretending to be herself again. (June 8)

“A Mighty Heart” stars Angelina Jolie as the wife of ill-fated journalist Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman), directed by Michael Winterbottom. (June 22)

“Transformers,” the live-action robots-from-space flick, is director Michael Bay's last chance to make amends for “Pearl Harbor,” “Bad Boys II” and “The Island.” (July 4)

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” sics Lord Voldemort and his evil minions on Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione and Ron. (July 13)

“Hairspray” offers us John Travolta in drag, Queen Latifah as Motormouth Maybelle and Michelle Pfeiffer as a snooty mom in the musical version of John Waters' '80s flick. (July 20)

“The Simpsons Movie” brings Springfield's finest to the multiplex. The plot? Unknown. But this family is always good for a smart laugh. (July 27)

“No Reservations” stars Catherine Zeta-Jones as a chilly chef (!) who gets thawed out by fellow cook Aaron Eckhart in a remake of the German “Mostly Martha” (July 27).

“Stardust” takes “Layer Cake” director Matthew Vaughn into Neil Gaiman's fantasy world; starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. (July 27)

“Becoming Jane” gives us Anne Hathaway finding and losing love as the young Jane Austen; co-starring James McAvoy and Maggie Smith. (Aug. 3)

“The Invasion” is the latest redo of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, from “Downfall” director Oliver Hirschbiegel. (Aug. 17)

“The Bourne Ultimatum” reteams Matt Damon with his “The Bourne Supremacy” director, Paul Greengrass, who shot last year's stunning “United 93.” (Aug. 3)

“Michael Clayton” stars George Clooney as a high-profile attorney whose clients' problems come back to haunt him; with Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton. (Sept. 14)

“The Brave One” sets Jodie Foster on a path of vengeance after a brutal assault in the new film from director Neil Jordan; also starring Terrence Howard. (Sept. 28)

“American Gangster” takes director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe out of that “Good Year” vineyard (where they never belonged) and back into action. (Nov. 2)

“Fred Claus” introduces us to Santa's grumpy brother (Vince Vaughn), with Kriss Kringle himself played by Paul Giamatti and Ludacris as an angry elf. (Nov. 9)

“Reservation Road” stars Joaquin Phoenix and Jennifer Connelly in a drama about two families reeling from a hit-and-run killing; from “Hotel Rwanda” director Terry George. (Nov. 9)

“Beowulf” finds director Robert Zemeckis using his “Polar Express” animation method to tell a darker ancient tale; written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. (Nov. 16)

“His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass” stars Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (again) in an adaptation of the first book of Philip Pullman's fantasy trilogy. (Dec. 7)

“I Am Legend” offers Will Smith as the last human in a world overrun with vampire-like mutants; from “Constantine” director Francis Lawrence. (Dec. 14)

“Charlie Wilson's War” stars Tom Hanks as the real-life congressman involved with covert operations in Afghanistan; co-starring Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, directed by Mike Nichols. (Dec. 25)

“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” stars Brad Pitt as the former and Casey Affleck as the latter. (Release date TBA)

“Lions for Lambs” features Robert Redford in front of and behind the camera; the drama about a platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan co-stars Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. (TBA)

“Margot at the Wedding” is the latest from writer-director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”), starring the ubiquitous Nicole Kidman and Baumbach's wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh. (TBA)

“No Country for Old Men” is the Coen brothers' version of the Cormac McCarthy novel about murder, heroin and money near the Rio Grande, with Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson. (TBA)

“Synecdoche, New York” is written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and that's all we know, but it's enough. (TBA)

“There Will Be Blood” marks the return of Paul Thomas Anderson (“Magnolia”), directing Daniel Day-Lewis in an adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel “Oil!” (TBA)