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Summer Movie Guide 2011

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

The Devil’s Double
The true story of the Iraqi army lieutenant who was forced to undergo plastic surgery to become the body double for Uday Hussein, Saddam’s psycho-killer son, inspired this Scarface-like thriller. Dominic Cooper plays both versions of Uday. Ludivine Sagnier co-stars. Directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day).

The Future
“I’ve been gearing up to do something incredible for the past . . . 15 years,” declares Sophie (Miranda July) as she and her boyfriend, Jason (Hamish Linklater), embark on a 30-day life experiment they hope will open them up to new ways of living. Written and directed by July, whose first film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, was a 2005 hit.

Good Neighbors
Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, and Emily Hampshire co-star in this off-beat Canadian thriller about an apartment complex whose residents are on edge over a serial killer on the loose in their neighborhood. Written and directed by Jacob Tierney.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
The Hangover 2
The Hangover 2

The Guard
Brendan Gleeson is Boyle, an unkempt, vulgar Irish policeman who teams with a straight-laced FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to solve a series of Galway murders. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh.

Point Blank
In the new thriller by director Fred Cavayé, a rising star in French cinema, a male nurse (Gilles Lellouche) is forced to kidnap a criminal patient in order to meet the demands of the bad guys who are holding his pregnant wife hostage.

AUGUST 5

Bellflower
Young men with too much time on their hands, Woodrow (writer-director Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) like to play with flamethrowers, which they figure will come in handy when the end-times come. Or maybe they’ll be useful if Woodrow’s new girlfriend (Jessie Wiseman) does him wrong.

The Change-Up
Two buddies—a hunky single guy (Ryan Reynolds) and a bored married guy (Justin Bateman)—experience a magical body switch and discover the pros and cons of living the other’s life. Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).

Magic Trip
The infamous 1964 cross-country trip novelist Ken Kesey and his band of “Merry Pranksters” took across America—while happily blitzed-out on a new drug called LSD—is recalled in this new documentary by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and Alison Ellwood (American High). Narrated by Stanley Tucci.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
After altering the genetics of a chimpanzee, a young scientist (James Franco) is astonished when his test subject escapes and then launches a primate war against humans. Directed by Rupert Wyatt.

Smurfs 3D
They’re back and bluer than ever. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays star. Directed by Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua).

The Whistleblower
Rachel Weisz stars as the real-life Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who went to Bosnia in 1999 as a U.N. peacekeeper and eventually uncovered a sex-trafficking operation with ties to the U.N. itself. Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, and David Strathairn co-star for director Larysa Kondracki.

AUGUST 12

Final Destination 5
Death, that ultimate serial killer, continues to hunt down the lucky, then not-so-lucky teens who escaped his first attempt to claim them, this time during a bridge collapse. Directed by Steven Quale.

The Help
In 1962, a budding journalist (Emma Stone) returns to her Jackson, Mississippi, hometown and stirs up trouble when she begins interviewing and writing about the black women who work as maids for the town’s rich whites. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Cicely Tyson co-star. Written and directed by Tate Taylor, adapting Kathryn Stockett’s bestseller.

Higher Ground
Making her directorial debut, Vera Farmiga stars as a lifelong evangelical Christian and community leader who begins to question her faith in mid-life, a journey that eventually affects everyone around her. Based on a true story.

Littlerock
When their car breaks down in a tiny town outside Los Angeles, Japanese tourists and siblings Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka) and Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) stay a while, and become involved in the lives of the locals. This is the debut film of writer-director Mike Ott.

Seven Days in Utopia
After suffering a public humiliation, a promising young golfer (Lucas Black) hits the road but gets stranded in a Texas town where he’s befriended by a rancher (Robert Duvall) who happens to know a thing or two about golf, and about life. Melissa Leo co-stars. Directed by Matthew Dean Russell.

30 Minutes or Less
The only method Dwayne (Danny McBride) can devise to raise the cash he needs to hire a hitman (Michael Peña) to kill his father (Fred Ward) is to strap a bomb onto a pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) and order him to go rob a bank. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).

AUGUST 19

Amigo
The rarely discussed U.S. occupation of the Philippines at the turn of the 20th century is dramatized in the new film from writer-director John Sayles (Matewan). Joel Torre stars as a mild-mannered village elder torn between loyalty to his people and a desire to appease the Americans. Garret Dillahunt co-stars.

Circumstance
In present-day Tehran, two high school girls, Atafeh (Nikohl Boosheri) and Shireen (Sarah Kazemy), fall in love. Written and directed by Maryam Keshavarz.

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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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