No matter how much crap Nicolas Cage throws at the screen, I still consider him one of the most inventive and exciting actors working today. His performances in Moonstruck, Leaving Las Vegas, Honeymoon In Vegas, The Rock, Wild at Heart, Bringing Out The Dead, Adaptation, and one of the best comedies of all time, Raising Arizona, are great enough to make you wish he would be a little choosier with his roles. The guy can still do great work, as he did in the unfairly overlooked The Weather Man, (not to be confused with Cage's The Wicker Man or The Family Man), but I always fear he's one or two movies away from becoming a joke. So it is with a heavy heart that I bring you the poster for his new project Next, which is exactly what I said when I read about the movie.

Next was directed by Lee Tamahori, best known for XXX: State of the Union, Die Another Day, and getting arrested for soliciting a prostitute while dressed as a woman. On the plus side, it does have Jessica Biel, who is so hot I can't look directly at her. And Julianne Moore is also in it, who I generally like but who is no stranger to unintentionally hilarious performances herself (Just crack a beer and rent Freedomland - hoo boy!). Next releases on April 27, and you can check out the trailer here. Cage stars as a Las Vegas showroom magician (what is it with him and Vegas movies?) who can see a few minutes into the future. (Reminds me of that old Saturday Night Live sketch with Christopher Walken -- "Ed Glosser, Trivial Psychic"). The plot concerns a terrorist group threatening to blow up Los Angeles, and Moore's character captures Cage's character in hopes of using his mind power to stop the destruction. The script is based on the Philip K. Dick story The Golden Man. Dick adaptations have made for some awesome movies - see Blade Runner and Total Recall, and some horrible ones - see Paycheck, which this movie reminds me of right down to their eerily similar posters. Put the two up next to each other on your screen and see for yourself.