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More films play with memory

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

In addition to "Paycheck," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Notebook" and "The Forgotten," these recent and upcoming movies play with memory:

"The Butterfly Effect" -- Through journals he kept as a boy, college student (and psychology major) Ashton Kutcher is able to re-enter his past, in an effort to change it for the better. Often, though, he just ends up making things worse -- except at the box office, where this was No. 1 with $17 million its first weekend.

"50 First Dates" -- It's like "Memento," but with romance, comedy and ... Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. She suffers from short-term memory loss, which is an obstacle in her on-again, off-again, on-again relationship with Sandler, a marine biologist. He turns to a pal, played by Rob Schneider, for help in meeting and wooing her every single day. Opens Feb. 13.

"Twisted" -- Ashley Judd is a detective investigating a serial killer who's knocking off her ex-boyfriends. She becomes a prime suspect when it's learned she blacks out before each murder. Oh, and she happens to be the daughter of a serial killer. Scheduled to open Feb. 27.

"The Stepford Wives" -- The 1975 film about wives in Stepford, Conn., who seem too perfect to be human, is being remade with a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler and Christopher Walken. Opens in June.

"The Bourne Supremacy" -- When a Chinese political figure is executed, all signs point to Jason Bourne, which isn't good news for Matt Damon's character, who must finger the real killer. He must find the truth behind his haunted memories and answers to his own fragmented past. Opens in July.

"The Manchurian Candidate" -- Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber and Meryl Streep star in a Jonathan Demme update of the 1962 political thriller about brainwashing that starred Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury. This time, the first Gulf War factors into the story rather than the Korean War. Opens later this year.

"I Huckabee's" -- Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin are existential detectives in this movie. Director and co-writer David O. Russell told Entertainment Weekly they are "somebody you hire to investigate your life. Or some situation in life." Sounds like mind games to us. Opens later this year.

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