The Longest Yard (directed by Peter Segal, 109 min)
Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. is traditionally big blockbuster movie time. Thing is, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith is still drawing crowds. So it'll be interesting to see what happens when The Longest Yard goes head-to-head with Darth Vader. The flick's got a different kind of force going for it. It remakes the 1974 Burt Reynolds flick - considered by some the best football film ever - with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock as prison inmates who battle the prison guards. Look for Reynolds himself as a coach, Nelly doing the rapper-turned-actor thing as a linebacker and James Cromwell in the Eddie Albert evil prison warden role. Touchdown or fumble? Find out this weekend. Opens Friday (May 27). For venues and times, see Movies, page 97. Screened after press time. See review May 26 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants (directed by Ken Kwapis, 119 min)
Like, there aren't enough sensitive teen girl movies out there already? Apparently, this one is different. Based on Ann Brashares's best-selling young adult novel, it follows four bestest girlfriends who take off for summer vacation and pass around a pair of cool second-hand jeans that fit each of them perfectly. (I hope they give them a good wash first.)
The big acting draw should be Joan Of Arcadia's Amber Tamblyn, here sporting two-toned hair, but there's also big buzz about newcomer America Ferrera . Director Ken Kwapis is well versed in all things tween; he penned some of the best episodes of Malcolm In The Middle. And co-writer Delia Ephron knows about sisterhood; her own siblings are writer/director Nora and novelist Amy. Opens Wednesday (June 1). For venues and times, see Movies, page 97. Screened after press time. See review in next week's NOW.