Matt Damon gets ready to rumble in The Bourne Ultimatum. moviesBourne again In his own quiet way, Matt Damon has built a solid career out of playing not-quite-at-ease characters. That toothy grin hides a lot. No wonder he's so good as Jason Bourne, the amnesiac assassin with the quick reflexes who's trying to discover who he is while fighting off attacks from other hired hands.
In The Bourne Ultimatum , returnees Joan Allen , Julia Stiles , Chris Cooper (hey, wait - didn't he get knocked off before?) and Brian Cox (ditto) join newcomers like Albert Finney and Paddy Considine . Expect lots of action, terse dialogue and a ton of armchair travelling. The excellent Paul Greengrass (United 93), who directed the 2004 instalment, is on board for the ride. Opens August 3.
Three times a Lady
Among late summer's various prestige pic/costume dramas/potential Oscar bait offerings (Becoming Jane, Klimt), Lady Chatterley looks the most promising. It's an adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's once-scandalous book, of course, but it's French and it's based on Lawrence's second version of the story.
Marina Hands (The Barbarian Invasions) won a César (France's Oscar) playing the title character, an upper-class woman who falls for her hunky gardener, Parkin ( Jean-Louis Coullo'ch ). It remains to be seen whether director Pascale Ferran can transplant the very English story onto French turf. Opens August 24.
You've got to have cojones to call your film Superbad . Imagine those catty headlines if the film really sucks. Not much chance of that, since Superbad's co-writer/co-star Seth Rogen helped make this summer's Knocked Up (that was his mug on the poster) one of the most profitable films of the year.
Jonah Hill and Brampton boy Michael Cera (Arrested Development) play two socially retarded high school seniors who are nervous because they're going to different colleges in the fall. Better title: The 18-Year-Old Virgins? Opens August 17.
Remember how Leonardo DiCaprio was all chummy-chummy with An Inconvenient Truth's Al Gore at the Oscars? Now we know why. Leo's co-written, produced and narrates The 11th Hour , a feature-length look at solutions to global climate change featuring a ton of experts like Bill McKibben our very own David Suzuki . Maybe it'll be Leo accepting the gold statuette next winter. Opens August 24.
Get in a TIFF
Although it doesn't happen for another month, the Toronto International Film Festival buzz is building fast and furious for new films by the Coen Brothers ( No Country For Old Men ), David Cronenberg ( Eastern Promises ), Shekhar Kapur ( Elizabeth: The Golden Age ), Denys Arcand ( L'Age Des Tenebres ) and gala opener director Jeremy Podeswa ( Fugitive Pieces ). Expect lots of pre-fest coverage in our paper and online, but in the meantime, here are some dates you should keep in mind. The complete film list comes out August 21, premium ticket packages (galas, etc.) go on sale August 25, and advance ticket forms come out August 28 (you can find one as an insert in the August 30 issue of NOW), to be completed by 1 pm on August 31. Also, if you're interested in being one of those kind people who get a shout-out thanks before every film, there are still two TIFF volunteer orientation sessions remaining: on August 1 and August 11. Confused? Try www.tiff07.ca.
A slightly lower-profile fest is rolling out this month. The Bicycle Film Festival is now in its seventh year and treks across the globe from Tokyo and Sydney to New York and London. No details yet on Toronto's edition, but apparently 11,000 people attended the one in NYC. For updates, check out www.bicyclefilmfestival.com. Runs August 22 to 25.