New at the Theater
Summer rolls on with its parade of adventuresome, plotless fare from Hollywood. Let the thinking films wait for fall.
Next out of the cinematic litter box is "Catwoman," the old tale of Batman's sexy nemesis, done up in a large package with very small wardrobe.
Catwoman is the story of shy, sensitive artist Patience Philips (Halle Berry), a woman who can't seem to stop apologizing for her own existence. She works as a graphic designer for Hedare Beauty, a mammoth cosmetics company on the verge of releasing a revolutionary anti-aging product.
When Patience inadvertently happens upon a dark secret her employer is hiding, she finds herself in the middle of a corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever. In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into a woman with the strength, speed, agility and ultra-keen senses of a cat.
With her newfound prowess and feline intuition, Patience becomes Catwoman, a sleek and stealthy creature balancing on the thin line between good and bad. Like any wildcat, she's dangerous, elusive and untamed. Her adventures are complicated by a burgeoning relationship with Tom Lone (Benjamin Bratt), a cop who has fallen for Patience but cannot shake his fascination with the mysterious Catwoman, who appears to be responsible for a string of crime sprees plaguing the city.
There's lots of butt-kicking action here, but not much more. The best part of going might be the argument over who made the coolest catlady - Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriweather, Michelle Pfeiffer, Annette Bening (the original feline cast in this flick), Ashley Judd or Gwyneth Paltrow, who were both up for the role. Well, me-ow.
Note that although this is PG 13, it's full of sexual situations, violence and language that isn't cut out for kiddies.
Also coming up are:
* Thunderbirds, a childish futuristic mystery;
* The Village, a psychological thriller with Sigourney Weaver;
* Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, a dumb adventure with hamburger-hungry dudes;
* The Manchurian Candidate, remake of a political conspiracy with Denzel Washington
Fri, Aug 6:
* Little Black Book and Collateral.
Wed, Aug 11:
* The Princess Diaries 2
Fri, Aug 13:
* Alien vs. Predator
Fri, Aug 20:
* Exorcist: The Beginning and Benji: Off the Leash!