Peter Jackson looms even larger, as The Frighteners, starring Michael J. Fox, gets a re-re-release and some additional footage. The comic book-adaptation Fantastic Four arrives with a thud, and a vintage King Kong rip-off sounds vaguely amusing.
- Fantastic Four - Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, and Ioan Gruffudd are The Fantastic Four, Julian MacMahon is Dr. Doom. Our very own Tom Biro reviewed it and, well, evidently watching it is akin to a disappointing, "terribly short sexual experience." But hey, it's out on DVD now, so now you can have that experience in the privacy of your own home.
- Cinderella Man - Here comes Jim Braddock, "washed-up Irish palooka" and boxing come-back legend! Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger star in this period piece, recounting the true-story of Braddock and his cauliflower ears. It's either a heart-warming tearjerker or a middle-of-the-road "eh, I'll watch it" kind of film. Cinematical's hyper-critical eye, Ryan Stewart, reviewed the film back in June. Check it out.
- The Dukes of Hazzard - Johnny Knoxville and Seann William Scott as Luke and Bo Duke, respectively. Jessica Simpson adds cleavage in the role of Daisy, and Willie Nelson fuels The General Lee with his own special brand of bio-diesel. Oh, wait, no, he just plays Uncle Jesse. Will the Duke boys stop Boss Hog (Burt Reynolds) from stealing the family farm? Oh my! Watch and see!
- The Frighteners: Peter Jackson's Director's Cut - Michael J. Fox is a paranormal investigator out to stop a supernatural killer. The film was Mr. Jackson's first big studio production, and here we're treated to an extra 14 minutes of footage as homage to how unbelievably popular he has since become, although the New York Times' Dave Kehr still thinks it falls short. As far as entertainment value goes, Fox is his naturally charming self and the spook bit alternates from silly to genuinely creepy.
- Konga - Waaay back in 1961 some clever Brits decide to add an 'A' to the end of Kong, take away the "born in the jungle" bit (and the fact that King Kong is an ape, not a chimp), add a unscrupulous botanist (aren't they all?) and a "carnivorous plant serum" and Voila! Giant chimp terrorizes London. Big Ben looms in the distance as a "gee, haven't I seen this somewhere before?" visual reference.