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Movies – June 2006

June, 2006
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Akeelah and the Bee

Nothing to do with the stinging, flying busy bodies, the film at hand continues a sudden renewed interest in spelling bees, taking the theme to a good place with its touching story of multi-cultural awareness. Akeelah (Keke Palmer) is a likable girl from the LA fashion shows typically ignore, on a quest to reach the spelling bee nationals in the face of many hurdles, helped along by an impressive cast and relevant storytelling.

Director: Doug Atchison
Starring Keke Palmer, Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett
Rating: PG



Escaping the combination of Disney and Pixar for even one summer is about as possible as automobiles running on fossilized good will. Nonetheless, the saga of race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his relationship with the goofy residents of humble township Radiator Springs probably contains more vroom than meets the valve train, especially with Pixar promising to deliver their most impressive product ever in terms of sheer animation superlatives.

Director: John Lasseter
Starring Owen Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, George Carlin, Bonnie Hunt
Rating: Pending, likely PG


X-Men: Last Stand

The requisite action quotient might as well be served by the dependable X-Men franchise, so far up two successes since its cinematic inception six years ago. For this outing, new characters Beast and Angel, a revived Jean Grey and world-wide conflict among mutants and humans provide a great impetus to test your movie-watching super powers.

Director: Brett Ratner
Starring Halle Barry, Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen, Kelsey Grammer
Rating: PG-13


Over the Hedge

What has to be the most pertinent release of the coming season, Over the Hedge deals with people and our place in the natural world, catch being it’s told from the animals’ perspective. Make no mistake, fluffy, cute animation or not, this film has quite the message regarding sustainable development and co-existence, and it’s incumbent upon you to make sure the kids watch it. 

Director: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
Starring Bruce Willis, William Shatner, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne
Rating: PG



Getting the family on a Recreational Vehicle and strutting off into the sunset is anyone’s summer fantasy, except for Robin Williams it promptly turns into a right nightmare amid family feuds, insane fellow campers and a slew of slapstick mishaps guaranteed to make your own vacation woes seem insignificant.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring Robin Williams, Jo Jo, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Daniels
Rating: PG

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