The Lake House (D: Alejandro Agresti, 98 min)
Is it possible to combine too many genres? On imdb.com, The Lake House is billed as drama, fantasy, mystery and romance. To that list you might want to add "Reunion between two stars." That's the hook, obviously, as Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves reunite onscreen for the first time since their blockbuster hit Speed way back in - can it be? - 1994. Bullock plays a lonely doctor who's carrying on a correspondence with an architect (Reeves). They both have a connection with a gorgeous lake house. The twist? They're living exactly two years apart. Writer David Auburn , adapting the Korean flick Siworae , is no stranger to time-shifting narratives (he penned the play and film version of Proof). Bet he looked at a film called Ghost, too.
The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (D: Justin Lin, 104 min)
Director Justin Lin wowed Sundance a few years ago with Better Luck Tomorrow, an insightful look into the Asian-American experience. Hollywood came a-knockin' and hired him to helm the disastrous Annapolis, which played for about five seconds earlier this year. Now comes this second sequel to The Fast And The Furious . What were the producers thinking? "He's Asian, so he'll be able to handle the Tokyo scenes"? Lucas Black plays an American who gets caught up in something called "drift racing," which looks kinda cool in the trailers. Expect a lot of sex that was missing from that other movie about cars - the PG-rated one. Both films open Friday (June 16). Screened after press time - see reviews June 15 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.