Dan Owen reviews

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CoverCoverMOVIE NEWS X-MEN IIIIt is strongly rumoured that director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) wants mutantprostitute Stacy X – from the later Uncanny X-Men comics – to be involved inthe next movie. Unknown actresses Katie Nauta (right) and Aya Sumika (far-right) are apparentlyauditioning. THE FLASHScreenwriter David Goyer (Batman Begins) has spoken more about his upcomingadaptation of comic-book superhero The Flash, to ‘Daily News’.

Goyer: “Fans know there’s been more than one Flash over the years. There’sbeen a lot of speculation and rumour, but both Barry Allen and Wally Westwill be in this movie.”

“We’re going to go into the ‘Speed Force’ and a lot of the cosmic aspects ofthe character from the more recent past. Trust me, we’re going to do a lotmore than have the Flash run on water and create vortexes. I have a guy fromM.I.T. helping me with all of this. We’re going to be playing withrelativity, Doppler effects and all kinds of things like that. Audienceswill be amazed.”


All figures are weekend box-office gross.

  • 1. War of the Worlds (2005) ($77.1m) (total to date: $113m)
  • 2. Batman Begins ($19.3m) (total to date: $155m)
  • 3. Mr & Mrs Smith ($12.7m) (total to date: $146m)
  • 4. Bewitched (2005) ($11.1m)
  • 5. Herbie: Fully Loaded ($10.8m)
  • 6. Madagascar ($6.70m) (total to date: $172m)
  • 7. Rebound ($6.00m)
  • 8. Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Sith ($5.03m) (total to date: $367m)
  • 9. The Longest Yard ($4.00m) (total to date: $149m)
  • 10. Land of the Dead ($3.26m)


  • 1. War of the Worlds (2005) (£8.64m)
  • 2. Batman Begins (£1.37m)
  • 3. Mr & Mrs Smith (£0.72m)
  • 4. Star Wars Episode III: Return of the Sith (£0.34m) (total to date: £38.4m)
  • 5. A Lot Like Love (£0.25m)
  • 6. Gong Fu (£0.18m)
  • 7. Sin City (£0.13m)
  • 8. Paheli (£0.11m)
  • 9. The Pacifier (£0.08m)
  • 10. Sarkar (£0.05m)


All the following are U.K. release dates, and are subject to change.

  • 8th July 2005: Punishment Park (1971), The Car Keys, Overnight, Wonderful Days, The Descent
  • 15th July 2005: EMR, The Wedding Crashers, One Love, Madagascar, The Debutantes
  • 22nd July 2005: Fantastic Four (2005), No Entry, Silver City, Dark Water
  • 29th July 2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), 29 Palms, Shallow Ground, Whisky
  • 5th August 2005: Herbie: Fully Loaded, Stealth, Because of Winn-Dixie, Stealth, The Devil’s Rejects, Beautiful Boxer, Yes, Dear Wendy, The Last Days, Wolf Creek
  • 12th August 2005: The Island, Fever Pitch (2005), The Rising, Supercross, Crash (2004), Primer
  • 19th August 2005: The Skeleton Key, Bewitched, Paradise Now, R-Point, Danny the Dog, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Bewitched (2005),
  • 26th August 2005: Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, The Dukes of Hazzard (2005), Bad News Bears, Intruder, The Cave
  • 2nd September 2005: The Business, The Honeymooners (2005), Red-Eye, On a Clear Day, Vital
  • 9th September 2005: Cinderella Man, Land of the Dead, Rock School, The Man, The Longest Yard
  • 16th September 2005: Four Brothers, Must Love Dogs, Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • 23rd September 2005: The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Revolver
  • 30th September 2005: Goal!, Corpse Bride, A History of Violence, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Aeon Flux, The Perfect Man, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, The History of Violence
  • 7th October 2005: Night Watch, Oliver Twist (2005), The Constant Gardener, Serenity, The Kinky Boot Factory
  • 14th October 2005: Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Wererabbit, Lord of War, The Dark
  • 21st October 2005: Nanny McPhee, Murderball, Elizabeth Town, Syriana, Sky High, Broken Flowers
  • 28th October 2005: Doom, Flightplan, The Legend of Zorro
  • 4th November 2005: V for Vendetta, The Exorcism of Emily Rhodes,
  • 11th November 2005: Everything is Illuminated, The New World, Hustle & Flow, In Her Shoes
  • 18th November 2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • 2nd December 2005: Tickets
  • 9th December 2005: Hey Mr DJ, Just Like Heaven, The Chronicles of Narnia: Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Shopgirl, Brokeback Mountain
  • 14th December 2005: King Kong (2005)
  • 16th December 2005: The Hawk is Dying
  • 30th December 2005: Stray Dogs
  • TBA: The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3D, Domino, The Pink Panther (2005), Halloween 9, Final Destination 3D, Noel, The Tiger and the Snow, Underworld: Evolution, Walk the Line

All the following are U.S. release dates, and are subject to change.

  • JUNE: War Of The Worlds (29)
  • JULY: Fantastic Four (1), Bewitched (8), Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (15), The Island (22), The Dukes Of Hazzard (29)
  • AUGUST: 3001 (5), Doom (5), Deuce Bigelow European Gigolo (12),
  • SEPTEMBER: Birth Of The Pink Panther (23), Legend Of Zorro (23), Serenity (30), Spy Hunter (30)
  • OCTOBER: Wallace & Gromit (7), The Fog (14), Land Of The Dead (21)
  • NOVEMBER: Cars (4), Harry Potter 4 (18), Brother Grimm (23)
  • DECEMBER: Chronicles Of Narnia (9), Underworld 2 (9), King Kong (14), The Producers (24), Zathura (21), Mad Max Fury Road (31), Die Hard 4 (31)

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Reviewer of movies, videogames and music since 1994. Aortic valve operation survivor from the same year. Running DVDfever.co.uk since 2000. Nobel Peace Prize winner 2021.


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