Summer Movies: Free Air-Conditioning at the Cineplex

Too hot to deal? Take shelter in the cool and dark of the matinee.

Summer movie season has arrived. There are an insane number of films on the list that follows, and plenty of room for optimism. To that end, we've tried to cut back on the snarky comments about pointless sequels and loathsome actors— although it's nearly impossible to let those infernal pirates sail by without a slap or two. But, hey, they can take it, because they're really, really rich, and because everyone knows pirates can't read. Happy summer, America. (And remember: All dates are for New York only and are subject to change.) —Chuck Wilson


JUNE 1

CRAZY LOVE
Director: Dan Klores.In this irresistible documentary, Klores tracks the insane lengths Bronx lawyer Burt Pugach went to woo the woman who rejected him. (Magnolia)

DAY WATCH
Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Maria Poroshina. Director: Timur Bekmambetov.The second film in Russian director Bekmambetov's proposed trilogy promises more blood and dizzying camera moves as the director explains how a 14th-century Mongol conqueror and his "Chalk of Destiny" lead to a modern battle between good and evil. (Fox Searchlight)

GRACIE
Cast: Carly Schroeder, Elisabeth Shue, Dermot Mulroney. Director: Davis Guggenheim.Inspired by events in her own family, co-producer Shue stars as the mother of a teenage girl (Schroeder) who decides to take her older brother's place on a boys' soccer team after he's killed in a car accident. (Picturehouse)

KNOCKED UP
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen. Director: Judd Apatow.A slob (Rogen) and a TV reporter (Heigl) get drunk, have sex, and inadvertently make a baby. (Universal)

MR. BROOKS
Cast: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, William Hurt. Director: Bruce A. Evans.Costner plays a rich Portland businessman who moonlights as a serial killer, a sideline at which he excels until a smart cop (Moore) and a blackmailing photographer (Cook) start messing with his master plan. (MGM)

PIERREPOINT—THE LAST HANGMAN
Cast: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan Director: Adrian Shergold.A drama based on the life of Albert Pierrepoint (Spall), an English grocery clerk whose secret life as a state executioner—he's credited with executing 450 people, including Nazi war criminals—is exposed, making him a social pariah. (IFC)


JUNE 6

12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST
Cast: Mircea Andreeseu, Teodor Corban, Ion Sapdaru. Director: Corneliu Porumboiu.In this Romanian comedy, a small town TV host wants to debate whether anyone in town actually participated in the overthrow of Communist leader Ceausescu 16 years earlier. The problem is that the only available guests are a history teacher with a hangover and a lonely old man. Winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes 2006. (Tartan)


JUNE 8

HOSTEL PART II
Cast: Lauren German, Bijou Phillips, Heather Matarazzo, Roger Bart. Director: Eli Roth. In a decidedly unkempt Slovakian dungeon, three vacationing Americans are flayed, decapitated, and generally mistreated by insane rich men with knives. (Lionsgate)

LA VIE EN ROSE
Cast: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud. Director: Olivier Dahan. The year's first bit of Oscar buzz is building for Cotillard's fierce performance in this biopic about French chanteuse Edith Piaf. (Picturehouse)

OCEAN'S THIRTEEN
Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin. Director: Steven Soderbergh.A band of very pretty people rob a casino. (Warner Bros.)


JUNE 15

EAGLE VS SHARK
Cast: Loren Horsley, Jermaine Clement, Brian Sergent, Rachel House. Director: Taika Waititi. At a costume party, a New Zealand oddball named Lily (Horsley), dressed as a shark, falls for a lonely guy named Jarrod (Clement), dressed as an eagle. (Miramax)


JUNE 22

A MIGHTY HEART
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Will Patton, Irrfan Khan. Director: Michael Winterbottom. Angelina Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, who journeyed to Pakistan to search for her husband Daniel, a reporter kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists. (Paramount Vantage)

BROKEN ENGLISH
Cast: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupard, Gena Rowlands, Drea de Matteo. Director: Zoe Cassavetes. In a rare dramatic role, Posey stars as a Manhattan hotel exec unlucky in love, until the night she meets and falls hard for a visiting Frenchman (Melvil Poupard, who was so good in 2005's Time to Leave). (Magnolia)

CAPTIVITY
Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gillies, Pruitt Taylor Vince. Director: Roland Joffé.A fashion model (Cuthbert) and her chauffer (Gillies) are kidnapped and tortured by one of her fans (Vince). Locked in a tiny room together, model and chauffer predictably fall in love and unite to defeat their captor. (Lionsgate)

DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE
Cast: Jaime Pressly, Holly Valance, Sarah Carter, Natasha Malthe, Devon Aoki. Director: Corey Yuen.Scantily clad beauties fight evildoers in this live action version of a popular video game. (Weinstein)

EVAN ALMIGHTY
Cast: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham Director: Tom Shadyac. Freeman returns in this talking-deity series. (Universal)

SEPTEMBER DAWN
Cast: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Terence Stamp. Director: Christopher Cain.A bearded Stamp plays Mormon leader Brigham Young in this dramatization of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre. (Black Diamond Pictures)

YOU KILL ME
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Tea Leoni, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Bill Pullman. Director: John Dahl. A noir comedy about an alcoholic Polish mafia hit man (Kingsley) ordered to dry out in San Francisco. (IFC)


JUNE 27

GHOSTS OF CITE SOLEIL
Director: Asger Leth.This documentary tracks the rivalry between two brothers who rule separate factions in a brutal Haitian gang. Music by executive producer and Haitian hero Wyclef Jean. (Think Film)

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