Garfield How does Bill Murray follow a groundbreaking role that scored him an unlikely Oscar nomination? He does the voice of a cartoon cat. Murray is Garfield, the Sunday-funnies feline, who is brought to life as a computer-generated character starring alongside real people, real dogs, and real lasagna. Exciting? Put it this way: If Garfield were shown on Tokyo hotel TV, nothing would get lost in translation because everyone would be getting plenty of sleep. June 11


The Stepford Wives You’ve got to be careful about the suburbs, what with those nice houses, well-manicured lawns, and robot housewives. That’s the message behind the creepy Ira Levin novel The Stepford Wives, which spawned a 1975 feature film, three sequel TV-movies, and, now, a remake starring Nicole Kidman and Bette Midler as nonrobotic wives trying to figure out why their neighbors are so much better than they are. Midler is an inspired choice as an outspoken eccentric, and Kidman — back in a good dramedy for the first time since 1995’s To Die For — is even better. The rest of the cast is equally well-assembled. Matthew Broderick is Kidman’s clean-cut husband, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close are a suspicious neighborly couple, and Jon Lovitz is Midler’s wacky mate. June 11

— Joe Guinto