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After "The Weather Man" and "The Wicker Man" Can Nicolas Cage Deliver?

Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2007 1:41 AM

Nicolas Cage stars in the new release "Next" as a man who can see two minutes into the future, and the government comes to him to stop a bomb detonation in Los Angeles.

There was a time when Cage's name on the movie poster alone would promise a good movie that would be entertaining, if not always Oscar-worthy. Cases in point: "The Rock," "Con Air," "Gone in 60 Seconds," and last year's "World Trade Center."

However, he's also had a few stinkers along the way, many of them recent. Most notably in that category are "The Weather Man" and last year's "The Wicker Man." Combined, those two movies had a budget of $75 million and made a total of just under $37 million in the U.S. box office. "Ghost Rider" enjoyed some modest success with a first place finish when it opened in February, but it just barely made back its $110 million budget in the U.S. box office.

So, can we trust Nicolas Cage's name attached to a movie to judge its potential? Maybe, maybe not. Our Featured Critic calls the movie inconsistent with characters that are not well developed. I suggest you check out the full plot summary, photos from the movie, and the trailer and decide for yourself.

If you decide to pass on "Next" you've got some other choices to pick from. Like a strange cross between "Survivor" and YouTube, WWE's Stone Cold Steve Austin stars in "The Condemned." Prisoners with a death sentence are sent to an island to fight to the death, with the winner getting his freedom.

In "The Invisible," a writer with a bright future is attacked and left for dead, and now stuck in limbo, his only chance to live is to solve the mystery behind his attack. If you think that's a strange plot for a movie, check out Jamie Kennedy as a break dancer in "Kickin' It Old Skool."

But come next weekend, all of these movies will be a distant memory. "Spider-Man 3" opens in theaters for midnight shows on Thursday, with a full slate of showtimes on Friday. It's going to be kicking off one of the biggest summer blockbuster seasons we've seen in a long time!

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