Leah Rozen rates the buzzworthiness of new films starring Scarlett, Benicio, Angelina and more

By Leah Rozen
Updated May 14, 2008 04:20 PM
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This year’s Cannes Film Festival kicks off Wednesday night and man with the whip – that would be archeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones – has crowds whipped up. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has its world premiere on Sunday in this French seaside resort town.

But while Indiana Jones is the hottest archaeologist of the festival, here’s a quick look at five other films screening this year that promise plenty of buzz:

1. Changeling

Director Clint Eastwood, last represented at the festival with Mystic River in 2003, offers a period drama set in Los Angeles in 1928. Angelina Jolie stars as a mother whose young son disappears while she’s at work, only to reappear mysteriously a few months later. But is this boy really is her child?

2. Blindness

Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo star in an apocalyptic drama about what happens when people suddenly lose their sight due to a plague. Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian director who rocketed to international success with City of God and then made The Constant Gardner, directed.

3. Che

Benicio Del Toro dons a beard and beret to play Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the medical student-turned-revolutionary who fought alongside Fidel Castro in Cuba. Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13) directed this two-part film, which has a combined tuchas-testing running time of more than 4 hours.

4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Two young American women, played by Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall, find romantic adventure in Barcelona with an artist (Javier Bardem), though he’s still entangled with his ex-wife (Penélope Cruz). Woody Allen directed, marking his third outing with current on-screen muse Johansson.

5. Two Lovers

Joaquin Phoenix portrays a depressed young man who, after moving back in with his parents, becomes involved with two women (Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw). This is Phoenix’s third film with director James Gray; their earlier collaborations were We Own the Night, which had its premiere at the Cannes film festival last year, and The Yards.