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August movies

Collateral, Thunderbirds, Alien vs. Predator, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Yu-Gi-Oh!, The Exorcist: The Beginning, Jet Li's The Hero, Without a Paddle, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

By STEVE PERSALL
Published May 20, 2004

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Collateral
Thunderbirds
Alien vs. Predator
Jet Li's The Hero
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Film Reviews
'Thunderbirds' needs more boom
Thunderbirds
Cruise-ing along, but stalled in the end
Collateral
Let this 'Book' gather dust
Little Black Book
The royal treatment continues
The Princess Diaries 2:
The Royal Engagement
Too much story to tell
The Door in the Floor
Up the creek . . .
Without a Paddle
Martial arts genre has new 'Hero'
Jet Li's The Hero

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Collateral - A professional killer (Tom Cruise) commandeers a cab whose driver (Jamie Foxx) chauffeurs him through a long night of assignments. Director Michael Mann (The Insider, Heat) has a knack for urgency that should make this a wild ride.

Thunderbirds - The quaintly clumsy puppet show becomes a live-action science fiction adventure. Bill Paxton leads a family of interplanetary crimefighters against a would-be galaxy conqueror. The film is directed by Jonathan Frakes, who has plenty of Star Trek experience to inspire him.

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Alien vs. Predator - Let's get ready to grumble. Two famous monsters of filmland collide in a loser-eats-Earth battle. Sigourney Weaver and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stayed far, far away from this one.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement - Anne Hathaway (Ella Enchanted) returns as a newly crowned princess rebelling against an arranged marriage. Garry Marshall (Raising Helen) is one of two directors with two films on the summer slate.

Yu-Gi-Oh! - Toss away those Pokemon cards. Another role-playing fantasy seduces children these days and, of course, a movie must follow.

AUG. 20

The Exorcist: The Beginning - A prequel to the 1973 horror classic traces the demon-busting origins of Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard). Renny Harlin's second movie of the summer originally wasn't his; John Frankenheimer quit a month before his death and Paul Schrader's version was scrapped, leading to Harlin reshooting most of the movie.

Jet Li's The Hero - An enormously popular Hong Kong martial arts flick comes to U.S. shores.

Without a Paddle - Burt Reynolds trashes fond memories of Deliverance by playing a crazy hermit helping three young canoe explorers escape dangerous drug dealers.

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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid - Hiss. Boo.

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