Cannes 2008 Movie Preview
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
THE PLAYERS Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Scarlett Johansson
THE PLOT Two young American women, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) come to Barcelona for a summer holiday. Vicky is sensible and engaged to be married; Cristina is emotionally and sexually adventurous. In Barcelona, they're drawn into a series of unconventional romantic entanglements with Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a charismatic painter, who is still involved with his tempestuous ex-wife Maria Elena (Penelope Cruz).
THE PLAYERS Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich
THE PLOT Christine Collins' (Angelina Jolie) prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned. But amidst the frenzy of the photo-op reunion, she realizes this child is not hers. Facing corrupt police and a skeptical public, she desperately hunts for answers, only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever.
THE PLAYERS Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Sandra Oh, Mark Ruffalo
THE PLOT When a city is ravaged by an epidemic of white blindness, those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine where, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble.
Synecdoche, New York
THE PLAYERS Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman
THE PLOT Theater director Caden Cotard's life in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her, a new relationship has prematurely run aground, and a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his body's autonomic functions.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
THE PLAYERS Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf
THE PLOT Indy's recent activities have made him the object of suspicion, and the government has put pressure on the university to fire him. Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who offers a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist: If he'll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history: the Crystal Skull of Akator. Chief among their rivals is Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world.
Kung Fu Panda
THE PLAYERS Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu
THE PLOT Po (voiced by Jack Black) is the biggest fan of Kung Fu, which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. Po becomes the unlikely hero who ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.