Summer Movies: Free Air-Conditioning at the Cineplex

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

LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
Cast: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q. Director: Len Wiseman. Maverick cop John McClane (Willis) takes on a cyber terrorist (Olyphant) with the help of a geek sidekick (Mac ad kid Long). (Fox)


JUNE 29

DEATH AT A FUNERAL
Cast: Ewen Bremmer, Peter Dinklage, Matthew Macfadyen. Director: Frank Oz. A black comedy about a British funeral where the mourning family is slowly coming unhinged, thanks to accidental drug trips, unexpected trysts, and the unnerving appearance of the dead patriarch's secret gay lover. Great trailer. (MGM)

EVENING
Cast: Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Red- grave, Patrick Wilson, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close. Director: Lajos Koltai.Novelist Michael Cunningham ( The Hours) adapts Susan Minot's exquisite 1999 novel, in which a dying woman travels back in her mind to a wedding 40 years before at which she fell tragically, in love. (Focus)

GYPSY CARAVAN
Director: Jasmine Dellal. Doc follows five renowned Gypsy bands as they tour four countries in six weeks. (Shadow Distribution)

RATATOUILLE
Voice Cast: Patton Oswalt, Brian Dennehy, Brad Garrett, Janeane Garofalo. Director: Brad Bird.Pixar Animation and the director of The Incredibles team up to tell the inspiring tale of Remy the Parisian Rat, who dreams of being a master chef. (Buena Vista)

SICKO
Director: Michael Moore.Moore shifts his obsessive gaze to the American health care system. (Weinstein)

VITUS
Cast: Bruno Ganz, Fabrizio Borsani, Teo Gheorghiu. Director: Fredi Murer.12-year-old piano prodigy (real life virtuoso Gheorghiu) crumbles under pressures from his family in Switzerland's entry for last year's Best Foreign Film Oscar. (Sony Pictures Classics)


JULY 4

INTRODUCING THE DWIGHTS
Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Richard Wilson. Director: Cherie Nowlan. From Australia, a comedy about an overbearing mother and comedienne (Brenda Blethyn), her two devoted sons, and the new girlfriend who's coming between them all. (Warner Independent)

LICENSE TO WED
Cast: Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski. Director: Ken Kwapis.Sadie (Mandy Moore) dreams of marrying her fiancé (John Krasinski) at her family's church. To score the one open date, the couple must survive a marriage-prep course devised by a most unorthodox pastor (Williams). (Warner Bros)

RESCUE DAWN
Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies. Director: Werner Herzog.The true story of Dieter Dengler (Bale), shot down over Laos in 1964 and thrown into a North Vietnamese prison. (MGM)

TRANSFORMERS
Cast: Shia LeBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson. Director: Michael Bay.Imagine if those nimble robot action figures gathering dust under your kid's bed decided to bulk up, rise up, and take over Earth. (Dreamworks/Paramount)


JULY 6

JOSHUA
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga. Director: George Ratliff.Everyone's thrilled when Brad and Abby (Rockwell and Farmiga) bring home their new baby girl. Everyone except 9-year-old brother Joshua (Kogan), that is. Soon evil plagues the family. Maybe Joshua is more than just smart. (Fox Searchlight)


JULY 13

1408
Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack. Director: Mikael HStephen King penned the short story that inspired this scary movie about a professional haunted house debunker (Cusack) who checks into a room many have entered and few have exited. (Weinstein/MGM)

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson Director: David Yates.Obscure British import, for which there's very little advance publicity. (Warner Bros)

INTERVIEW
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller. Director: Steve Buscemi.Buscemi stars as a hardened political reporter who's sent to interview a soap star (Miller). Adapted from a screenplay by murdered Dutch director Theo van Gogh. (Sony Pictures Classics)

THE STRANGERS
Cast: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman. Director: Bryan Bertino.In a remote vacation home, a young couple face three masked invaders. (Rogue)

TALK TO ME
Cast: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor. Director: Kasi Lemmons. Don Cheadle stars as Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, a legendary 1960s radio and talk show host who galvanized Washington D.C. by leading public protests against poverty and racism. (Focus)

TEKKONKINKREET
Director: Michael Arias. In this anime film, Arias translates Taiyo Matsumoto's graphic novel on two street urchins, one with magical powers. (Yari Film Group)


JULY 20

ARCTIC TALE
Director: Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson.From National Geographic Films, a doc tracking an Arctic walrus named Seela and a polar bear dubbed Nanu from birth to parenthood. (Paramount Vantage)

CASHBACK
Cast: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans. Director: Sean Ellis.Ellis expands his Oscar-nominated short about a young insomniac art student (Biggerstaff) who goes to work at an all-night market. There he discovers that he can stop time. (Magnolia)

FIERCE PEOPLE
Cast: Diane Lane, Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland. Director: Griffin Dunne. Fifteen-year-old Finn (Yelchin), who dreams of becoming an anthropologist like his absent father, moves with his drug-addicted mother (Diane Lane) to a New Jersey suburb and sets out to study its wealthy inhabitants. (Lionsgate/After Dark Films)

GOYA'S GHOSTS
Cast: Stellan Skarsgärd, Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman. Director: Milos Forman.Forman dramatizes the rivalry between painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgärd) and the clergyman (Bardem) infatuated with Goya's teenage muse (Portman). (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

HAIRSPRAY
Cast: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken. Director: Adam Shankman. In full drag, John Travolta plays a '50s mom, continuing a tradition set by the late, great, and much missed drag queen Divine, to whom the John Waters–penned part will always truly belong. (New Line Cinema)

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