Summer Movie Guide 2011

Superheroes, sequels, and TWO Conans! Summer has arrived.

Viva Riva!
In a crime thriller built around the real-world fuel wars that plague the Congo, a young gangster (Patsha Bay Mukuna) foolishly steals truckloads of petrol from his ruthless boss and soon finds himself surrounded by hit men and sexy women with secret agendas. Directed by Djo Tunda wa Munga.

JUNE 17

The Art of Getting By
George (Freddie Highmore), a disaffected Manhattan teen on the verge of expulsion at a posh private school, finds a kindred spirit, and a possible love interest, when he befriends a beautiful classmate (Emma Roberts). Michael Angarano, Rita Wilson, and an un-credited Alicia Silverstone co-star in this debut feature from writer-director Gavin Wiesen.

Buck
Wyoming horseman Buck Brannaman is an honest-to-goodness horse whisperer, and his gentle touch with wild horses (and ornery humans) is captured in this documentary by first-time director Cindy Meehl.

Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds goes sleekly green as the DC Comics superhero who keeps the universe safe from otherworldly villains with dastardly plans but less form-fitting outfits. Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale).

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Six penguins, to be exact, which unexpectedly enter the lonely life of New York real estate mogul Tom Popper (Jim Carrey), who immediately sends out for extra ice. Angela Lansbury co-stars. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls).

My Afternoons With Margueritte
In this gentle comedy from director Jean Becker, Gérard Depardieu stars as Germain, a small-town handyman who begins eating his lunch in the park each day alongside the 95-year-old Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesus), whose love of language and literature proves infectious.

Page One: Inside the New York Times
Filmed over the course of 14 months, Andrew Rossi’s documentary captures the Times and its staff—with a special emphasis on media journalist David Carr—as the Grey Lady is besieged by financial woes, Internet competition, and a bad case of the jitters.

JUNE 24

Bad Teacher
Sure, she drinks Jack Daniels in class, smokes pot on break, and ridicules her students, but junior high teacher Ms. Halsey (Cameron Diaz) sure is pretty, and now that she’s trying to snare a hopelessly wholesome substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), she might stop sleeping in class. Jake Kasdan directs.

A Better Life
A Los Angeles gardener (Demián Bichir), who’s constantly worried about being deported, struggles to raise his teenage son (José Julián), as neighborhood gangs begin enticing the boy to join up. Directed by Chris Weitz (About A Boy).

Cars 2
Radiators Springs’ resident race car champ, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), is off to Europe for the World Grand Prix, along with his best buddy, Mater the tow truck (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy). Michael Cain and Emily Mortimer voice the spy cars who think Mater’s a secret agent. Directed by John Lasseter.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop Filmmaker Rodman Flender follows Conan O’Brien on the 32-city comedy tour he embarked upon shortly after losing his “Tonight Show” hosting gig. Jim Carrey, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert appear in selected concert segments.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
In this documentary, co-directors Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman tell the complex story of Daniel McGowan, an environmental activist whose crusade against timber companies involved in deforestation eventually led him to be indicted as an “eco-terrorist” by the U.S. government.

A Little Help
A recently widowed, possibly alcoholic woman (Jenna Fischer from The Office) tries to pull herself together for the sake of her young son. Chris O’Donnell, Rob Benedict, and Lesley Ann Warren co-star for writer-director Michael J. Weithorn.

The Names of Love
In this satirical French comedy, a young woman named Bahia (Sara Forestier), who is half-Algerian, falls in love with a middle-aged, half-Jewish scientist (Jacques Gamblin). “This is so cool,” Bahia exclaims. “The two of us embody France!” Directed by Michel Leclerc.

JULY 1

Larry Crowne
Newly unemployed, the perennially optimistic Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) enrolls in junior college and begins to woo a perpetually cranky professor (Julia Roberts). Hanks directs, from a script he wrote with Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).

Monte Carlo
The dream trip 18-year-old Grace (Selena Gomez) and her two friends (Leighton Meester and Katie Cassidy) have taken to Europe is going horribly wrong until the press mistakes Grace for a British heiress. Suddenly, fancy hotel rooms, champagne, and hunky men are flowing their way. Directed by Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone).

Terri
Terri (Jacob Wysocki) is an overweight 15-year-old with no friends and no parents (he lives with his crazy uncle). When he starts wearing pajamas to school, the vice principle (John C. Reilly) decides to begin weekly counseling sessions, sparking a friendship that has unexpected repercussions for both. Directed by Azazel Jacobs.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Shia LeBeouf, Josh Duhamel, and Tyrese Gibson, seasoned veterans of the never-ending robot wars, head to Chicago to stop a fresh assault by the evil Decepticons. Michael Bay directs. In 3-D!

JULY 8

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
For his first film as director, actor Michael Rappaport documents the history of A Tribe Called Quest, the influential hip-hop band from Queens. Film footage includes the band’s 2010 reunion show in Japan.

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4 comments
Teresa Levy
Teresa Levy

I wonder if any of these movies will reach EU this summer. From what I know until now it seems very different. Cannes and Berlin occupy the critics. Oscars are still coming. We have more and more dificulty in seeing inependt US movies, so or vision is eschewed

m163
m163

I'm very proud to say I won't pay to see any of these movies....though maybe I'll catch some of them when some bootlegger puts them on justin tv for free.

IC1nyc
IC1nyc

Damn, looks like a crappy cinema season this summer

 

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