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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Happening”

UPDATE 06.10: Turns out that The Happening will indeed screen for critics, but that I’ll have to miss the screening because of a prior commitment. But would you believe that I’ll make up for that with a screening of Get Smart [opens wide June 20] that I just learned of?


I know that I’m just about the only person who loved Ang Lee’s Hulk from a few years back, but I’m still looking forward like crazy to The Incredible Hulk [opens wide June 13]. I’m guessing the Lee’s arthouse comic-book movie will share more than a little in tone and attitude with this one, if only because we’ve got a serious Artiste Actor in Edward Norton taking over the lead role. Norton cowrote the script, too — how amazing is that? When I talk about superhero stuff being taken seriously these days, this is the kind of thing I’m talking about.

I’m still waiting to hear if M. Night Shyamalan’s new flick, The Happening, will screen for critics, and frankly we’re running out of time: the movie opens this Friday, June 13. I keep giving Shyamalan a chance because I respect that he’s an original voice — I just wish he’d use it more. Anyway, even if the film doesn’t screen, I’ll catch it on Friday — if nothing else, I love the cast: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo — and report ASAP after that.

I missed the screening of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl [opens limited June 20; opens wide July 2] I was supposed to see last week, so I’ll catch it this week.

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