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Summer 2005 • ships from May 19 2005
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148 packed pages!

Summer Blockbusters
For your expectations...

We preview the brightest and best films on release this summer, from the budget-busting remake of War of the Worlds to the comic-book forays of Batman and the Fantastic Four, the ‘Day Glo’ joys of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the explosive arguments of Mr and Mrs Smith. Plus we look forward to the bustling batch of blockbusters lined up for the end of the year and the beginning of 2006, as well as tracking down the biggest hits from the year of our ‘birth’, 1950…

War of the Worlds 2005
• Tom Cruise tells us how he and Spielberg came to collaborate again, what it was like to work under the dynamic director on such a huge project, why he’s always been a fan of the darkness and ‘character’ of the original book, but why he’s also glad some humour has been introduced.

Batman Begins
• ‘Caped Crusader’ Christian Bale rejoices at the fear and ferocity which has been returned to the franchise, reveals why he was so psyched to play an internally tortured ‘Dark Knight’, and admits that the mix of characterisation and action was just right to finally convince him to head towards the limelight

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
• Tim Burton’s new version of the Roald Dahl book is painted in primary colours, but it won’t be as sweet as it’s sugar-coated look suggests. We delve inside the factory doors to see what’s in store for lovers of the marvellous and the macabre

Mr and Mrs Smith
• Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie embark on a marriage from hell that should really be a match made in heaven. They’re both assassins undercover, but neither of them knows about the secret life of their significant other. We ‘zero in’ on the killer aspects of the script, cast and crew

Fantastic Four
• Michael Chiklis, star of hit TV show The Shield, tells us how he did his Thing on the set of the latest ensemble superhero movie, why his bulky costume inhibited his people-person skills, and why we should expect as much characterization as thrills and spills

John MillsJohn Mills Tribute
• We look back on the extensive career of this theatrical knight and 'British Great', with an appreciation of his formidable contribution to the movie world in his many guises

Carly (Elisha Cuthbert) and Nick (Chad Michale Murray)House of Wax
• 52 years after the original shocker caused a stir, we talk to the cast and crew about carving out a new version that still burns with the same fire, and ask whether Paris Hilton can act

20th Century Fox 70th Anniversary
• The list of pioneering and blockbusting films that have emerged from the Fox studios is contains classic movies from start to end, but the road to cinematic success hasn’t always run smooth, as we find out

It’s All Gone Pete Tong
• Comedian Paul Kaye has stopped haranguing film stars and has joined their ranks. He tells us about his new film, his fear of Woody Allen and his inability to say no to a challenge

Censorship in British Cinema
• UK films are actually constrained by far more censorship than our democratic principles of free speech might suggest. We go behind the cutting room floor and find a set of shocks in store

The Aviator
• Kate Beckinsale tells us what it was like to play “the most beautiful woman in the world”, Eva Gardner, and work under movie maestro Martin Scorsese

• Director Taylor Hackford reveals just what he was doing during those 15 years of preparation, and why he took the creative approach to representing Ray Charles’s life that he did

Director’s Chair
• Danish director Anders Rønnow Klarlund’s innovative new film Strings stars wooden puppets whose lips can’t move. He tells us why he followed this extraordinary cinematic path

Plus all the latest Hollywood gossip!
• Have Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner secretly married?
• Jane Fonda insists Jennifer Lopez isn’t a diva
• The Bond casting couch cools off for a while, as Dame Judi Dench insists Brosnan will reprise the role

The Bigger Picture
• Three double page pictures of some of the hottest films on the movie horizon We take a look at The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wes Craven’s mid-air thriller Red Eye and Keira Knightley’s action adventure Domino

Vox Pops
• We ask cinema-goers in London’s Leicester Square to reveal their thoughts on Kingdom of Heaven

The Film That Changed My Life
Trainspotting director Danny Boyle tells us why Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now has had the greatest influence on his movie tastes and career

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What Film Review is all about!
18 packed pages bringing you the next four weeks of releases!

New Movies! 30 brand spanking new releases –
including the above as well as...

  • Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
    Is it the best film ever to hit the Galaxy?

  • Sin City
    What director Robert Rodriguez and an all-star cast did with the noir graphic novel

  • Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
    Matthew McConaughey leads the ensemble cast in this talkative drama

Home Entertainment – 15 pages reviewing the latest cable and satellite films showing at home, videos, books, CDs, DVDs…

  • We log on to The Matrix Online in our brand new games section!
  • Closer hits the DVD shelves
  • Kramer Vs Kramer returns to the small screen

Despatches: – 32 packed pages of the
hottest movie news and gossip

  • We take a peek at Superman Returns as the film makers prepare to go on a publicity frenzy

  • The cast of 2006’s The Da Vinci Code are revealed

  • Joel Silver pans Catwoman and Elektra but backs his Wonder Woman film to succeed

  • Competitions
    We’ve got DVDs of Harold and Kumar Get the Munchies, The Aviator, Total Recall Special Edition, Priscilla Queen of the Desert Special Edition, and I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. Not to mention a Sony DVD player and various goody bags. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is answer a pertinent question correctly, complete our crossword, or write us a letter!

  • Film Facts
    All your cinematic conundrums and queries answered by our resident expert

  • Next Issue
    We look ahead to the upcoming War of the Worlds, dip our toes into the US remake of Japanese horror Dark Water, go wild with the animated adventure Madagascar, join The Wedding Crashers and find out why The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

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