Summer Movie Guide 2011

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

Horrible Bosses
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day as three men who decide to actually do what so many worker bees before them have dreamed of doing: kill their bosses. Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston co-star as the respective targets. Directed by Seth Gordon (The King of Kongs: A Fistful of Quarters).

The Ledge
A man (Charlie Hunnam) stands on the edge of a high building, preparing to jump. The cop (Terrence Howard) trying to talk him down, gradually learns that the jumper is involved in a complicated love triangle (Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler) and that this suicide attempt may actually be part of a murder scheme. Written and directed by Matthew Chapman.

Project Nim
Filmmaker James Marsh’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning documentary Man on Wire uses archival and re-enacted footage to tell the weird, sad, crazily true story of Nim, a chimpanzee who, in the 1970s, was taught sign language and raised as if he were a human child.

The Sleeping Beauty
French filmmaker Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, The Last Mistress) stages a series of lushly produced vignettes to imagine what was in the mind of Anastasia (Carla Besaïnou), the princess who slept for 100 years in Charles Perrault’s 17th-century fairy tale.

Zookeeper
The animals are talking to the zookeeper (Kevin James) and—even better—giving him sage advice on how to improve his love life. Rosario Dawson co-stars. Directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer).

JULY 15

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Voldemort had raised his wand. His head was still tilted to one side, like a curious child, wondering what would happen if he proceeded. Harry looked back into the red eyes, and wanted it to happen now, quickly, while he could still stand, before he lost control, before he betrayed fear…” Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes. Directed by David Yates.

Life, Above All
In this adaptation of Allan Stratton’s bestselling novel, “Chandra’s War,” Khomotso Manyaka stars as a 12-year-old girl struggling to protect her AIDS-stricken mother from the superstition and fear that rule their South African village. Directed by Oliver Schmitz.

Salvation Boulevard
Pastor Dan (Pierce Brosnan), TV evangelist, is all set to break ground on a pre-fab Christian community when he accidentally shoots a visiting atheist (Ed Harris). Greg Kinnear co-stars as the disciple who helps the good pastor cover up the mess. Directed by George Ratliff.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
The friendship between two women in 19th-century Shanghai is contrasted with a similar bond between two of their descendants, living in present-day China. Directed by Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) and based on Lisa See’s 2005 novel.

Tabloid
The latest film from documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War) is centered on an extended interview with Joyce McKinney, a beauty pageant queen who became a sensation in 1970s England after she was accused of kidnapping a young Mormon man. He claimed that she raped him. Then things got strange.

Winnie the Pooh
There are serious questions to be answered in the Hundred Acre Wood: Can an Eeyore become a Tigger? How big a hero can a Piglet be? And most importantly, does no one have a fresh pot of Honey for a Pooh Bear that missed breakfast? John Cleese narrates. Directed by Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall.

JULY 22

Another Earth
In this sci-fi-tinged love story from first-time writer-director Mike Cahill, the discovery of a 10th planet—a duplicate Earth—helps to unite a music professor (William Mapother) and the woman (Brit Marling) who killed his wife and child in a car accident.

Captain America: The First Avenger
Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers, a runty little guy who volunteers for a World War II Army experiment that turns him into a muscle-ripped superhero ready to take on a Nazi weapons genius named Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). Tommy Lee Jones co-stars for director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman).

Friends With Benefits
“No emotion. Just sex,” is the mantra agreed upon by two friends (Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake) who’ve decided that they’re both too damaged for love, and just need good, regular, no-strings sex. Good luck with that. Woody Harrelson and Patricia Clarkson co-star. Directed by Will Gluck (Easy A).

The Myth of the American Sleepover
It’s another suburban Saturday night in Michigan, and the handful of teens who fill this debut film from writer-director David Robert Mitchell are busy sneaking out of the house, smoking pot, and generally breaking the rules as they chase down adventure and romance.

Senna
Winner of the World Cinema Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, this documentary by Asif Kapadia tells the life story of Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian racecar driver who died in a 1994 Grand Prix crash.

JULY 29

Cowboys & Aliens
In the Wild West of old, Lonergan (Daniel Craig) and Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) are enemy gunslingers but their shootout will have to wait until they kill off the space aliens that have just landed in their dusty desert town. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man).

Crazy, Stupid, Love
Night after night, sad-sack Cal (Steve Carell), whose wife (Julianne Moore) has left him, sits in a bar and watches a young guy named Jacob (Ryan Gosling) effortlessly pick up women. Desperate, Cal asks him for a ladykiller make-over. Co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris).

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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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