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Summer movies: Releases through August 2009
Please note! All dates subject to change without notice. "Limited" means limited release on that date.
Battle for Terra 3D (Roadside Attractions) This animated war movie is an ecological allegory about humans invading a peace-loving alien planet in order to save the human race. Danny Glover, Evan Rachel Wood, James Garner and Brian Cox are among the voice-actors.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (New Line/Warner Bros.) Matthew McConaughey is haunted by the ghosts of his exes as he attends his younger brother's wedding. Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas and Anne Archer are also in the cast.
Is Anybody There? (Big Beach Films) Michael Caine co-stars in this tale of a small boy growing up in a retirement home on the coast of England in the 1980s.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) We learn how the dude with the killer fingernails first figured out how to use them, and why he went on the run in this Hugh Jackman prequel to the X-Men films.
Next Day Air (Summit) Donald Faison, Mos Def and Mike Epps star in this action comedy about a UPS driver who delivers a package of cocaine bricks to the wrong address.
Star Trek ( Paramount) J.J. Abrams' updating and rebooting of the franchise with a new cast playing the "young" Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock, Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho), who meet for the first time in this adventure that boldly goes where many others have gone before.
Adoration ( Sony Classics) Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's latest is a comment on Net culture as a teen invents a fanciful life for himself and his family on the web causing controversy and consternation.
Rudo y Corsi (Focus) Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna reunite to star as sibling rivals within the world of Mexican professional soccer in this Carlos Cuaron comedy-drama.
Angels & Demons (Sony) Tom Hanks returns in this sequel to the worldwide smash The Da Vinci Code promises more history, mystery and the threat of a terrorist act against the Vatican. The Catholic Church is already hinting at condemning the picture.
Lorna's Silence (Sony Classics) This Cannes Film Fest fave is a Belgian drama by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and is about murder, sham marriages and heroin in Liege.
Management ( Samuel Goldwyn) Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn play a lonely saleswoman and the goofy hotel clerk who falls for her and comically pursues her across country in this indie comedy.
Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros.) Sort of a prequel to the many Terminator movies and sequel to the Sarah Connor Chronicles TV series, this picks up the story after Skynet has destroyed most of human civilization and John Connor ( Christian Bale) and others struggle to survive.
Dance Flick (Paramount/MTV Films) The Wayans family produced and stars in this riff on the current dance musicals craze on film and TV.
Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian (Fox) Ben Stiller returns as the museum night watchman whose dead exhibits come to life after dark, only now he's trying to rescue exhibits that have been shipped to The Smithsonian. Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais return, and Amy Adams shows up as Amelia Earhart.
The Limits of Control (Focus) Jim Jarmusch directed this Spanish-set mystery that includes Gael Garcia Bernal, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.
The Girlfriend Experience (2929 Films) Steven Soderbergh's comedy about a New York call girl coping with life, boyfriends and Johns in the days leading up to the 2008 presidential election.
Drag Me to Hell (Universal) Alison Lohman stars in this Sam Raimi horror thriller about a young woman cursed by an old woman and forced to live out her revenge. Best title ever!
Up (Walt Disney/Pixar) Pixar's latest is about a grumpy old man ( Ed Asner) who ties balloons to his house and takes a trip, with a Boy Scout trapped on his front porch.
Departures (Regent) This Oscar-winning Japanese drama is about a cellist who takes a job at a funeral home preparing bodies for the journey from life into death.
The Lonely Maiden (Yari Film Group) Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and Marcia Gay Harden star in this comedy about security guards who try to steal artworks they've become attached to.
The Hangover (Warner Bros.) The groomsmen lose the groom after a night of drinking and have to retrace their steps to find the guy in time for his big day in this guy-bonding comedy.
Land of the Lost (Universal) Will Ferrell and Danny McBride are the adults in this revival of the 1970s (and '90s) kiddie TV adventure series about folks who stumble into a world of dinosaurs and other menacing creatures.
My Life in Ruins (Fox Searchlight) Nia Vardalos attempts a big fat Greek comeback in this comedy about a tour guide who rediscovers romance on a trek through Greece. Richard Dreyfuss also stars.
Adoration (Sony Classics) Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's latest is a comment on Net culture as a teen invents a fanciful life for himself and his family on the web causing controversy and consternation.
Away We Go (Focus) Sam Mendes directed this road comedy about an expectant couple ( John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) who travel America looking for the perfect place to raise their family.
Seraphine (Music Box Films) Yolande Moreau has the title role in this utterly absorbing portrait of a famed French primitive artist and the dealer who discovered her.
Imagine That (Paramount) Eddie Murphy's latest has him playing a failing financier whose problems are solved when he drops in on his daughter's imaginary world.
The Taking of Pelham 123 (Sony/Columbia) It's Denzel Washington as the cop vs. John Travolta as the crook in this Tony Scott remake of the classic heist thriller about a hijacked New York subway train.
Moon (Sony Classics) Sam Rockwell stars as a lone astronaut-prospector who wonders if he's losing his mind when he finds an injured fellow astronaut on the Moon. Very 2001-ish, with Kevin Spacey as the voice of his computer. 6/19/09
The Proposal (Touchstone) Sandra Bullock plays a Canadian who pretends to be engaged to her long-suffering assistant ( Ryan Reynolds) to avoid deportation.
Year One (Sony/Columbia) Jack Black, Olivia Wilde and Michael Cera don fur for this caveman culture comedy from Judd Apatow and director Harold Ramis.
Whatever Works (Sony Classics) Woody Allen's latest comedy stars the ever-dyspeptic Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson. O'Horten (Sony Classics) Norwegian Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories) directed this drama about an aging train engineer's last night before retirement.
The Brother's Bloom (Summit) Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo star in this dramedy about veteran con men who take "one last job."
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount) Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and Co. learn that nothing metal ever "dies." It's just recycled.
Fireflies in the Garden (Senator Entertainment) A Robert Frost poem was the inspiration for this all-star melodrama about a family torn by tragedy. Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Carrie-Anne Moss, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson and Ioan Gruffud are among the stars.
My Sister's Keeper (New Line) Nick Cassavetes' latest is a drama about a couple who find themselves facing moral and ethical choices in order to save their child's life, choices that causes their other child to take them to court. Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin and Jason Patric star.
Cheri (Miramax) Stephen Frears directed this adaptation of a Colette novel about the effects of a romance between an aging courtesan ( Michelle Pfeiffer) and the rich young man she seduces (Rupert Friend).
The Hurt Locker (Summit Entertainment) Action auteur Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break) makes a comeback with this thriller about bomb disposal teams in war torn Iraq. Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes and David Morse are among the stars. (opens wider July 10 and July 24)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) Those Ice Age mammals confront dinosaurs in this sequel to the popular animated comedies.
Public Enemies (Universal) Michael Mann's 1930s gangster epic about J. Edgar Hoover and Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) going after the likes of Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Babyface Nelson. Johnny Depp (Dillinger), Billy Crudup (as Hoover) and Marion Cotillard also star.
Bruno (Universal) Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat brings his fey Austrian fashionista to this mockumentary designed to make Bruno, and the folks who meet him, look foolish
I Love You, Beth Cooper (Fox) A shy valedictorian decides to declare his love for class hottie Hayden Panettiere in this Chris Columbus high school graduation comedy.
500 Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight) Zooey Deschanel is the woman who doesn't believe in love and Joseph Gordon-Levitt just the guy to convince her otherwise in this romantic comedy.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Senator Entertainment) A much delayed "Who will die next?" horror thriller starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros.) Harry's growing pains continue in his sixth year at Hogwarts, a year of deathly secrets about Lord Voldemort that fall into Harry's hands. This features the same director who did the last Potter picture.
In the Loop (IFC Films) James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan and Anna Chlumsky are among the stars in this satiric farce about underlings' efforts to keep the U.S. president and British prime minister from starting a war the underlings don't want.
All Good Things (The Weinstein Co.) A missing persons case may cause the downfall of a New York real estate dynasty in this drama starring Ryan Gosling Frank Langella, Kirsten Dunst and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
G-Force ( Walt Disney Pictures) This 3D comedy adventure from Jerry Bruckheimer features talking government agent guinea pigs. Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Nick Cage and Penelope Cruz have lent their voices to it.
Orphan (Warner Bros.) Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard star in this Supernanny horror tale about a couple who get more than they bargained for when they adopt a child.
The Ugly Truth (Sony) Katherine Heigl plays a TV producer and Gerard Butler is a correspondent who puts her to a series of tests to find out why she's still single in this romantic comedy.
Adam (Fox Searchlight) Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne star in this drama about an autistic man who befriends the woman who lives upstairs.
Funny People (Universal) Judd Apatow's latest is about a veteran comic ( Adam Sandler) who learns that he is dying and takes a young comic ( Seth Rogen) under his wing, all in an effort to form one "genuine" friendship before he dies.
They Came From Upstairs (Fox) Kids try to protect their vacation home from alien invaders in this animation-plus-live-action comedy. Ashley Tisdale, Doris Roberts, Kevin Nealon and Andy Richter are in the cast.
The Cove (Roadside Attractions) This shocking documentary is about Taji, Japan, a town that makes it an annual habit to round up and slaughter dolphins to keep the mammals from eating up all their sushi.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount) Brendan Fraser leads an elite squad into battle with an evil arms dealer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his henchmen in this film based on the animated TV series.
Julie & Julia (Sony) Meryl Streep stars as the chef, bon vivant, and Francophile Julia Child and Amy Adams plays the young woman who tries to emulate All Things Julia in this Nora Ephron comedy.
Shorts (Warner Bros.) A Robert Rodriguez child's fantasy about a magic rock that allows a kid to make his world right, until it falls into the hands of evil grownups.
Mesrine: A Film in Two Parts (Senator Entertainment) This two-part French bio-thriller is about a famous French gangster, played here by Vincent Cassel. With Gerard Depardieu and Cecile de France.
Paper Heart (Overture) Michael Cera and Charlene Yi star in this romantic comedy about a documentary filmmaker (Yi) on a road trip/quest to discover the meaning of "love." (wider release, Aug. 14).
A Perfect Getaway (Rogue) Psychopaths stalk two couples (Steve Zahn, Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant and Kiele Sanchez) on a Hawaiian vacation in this thriller from the director of Pitch Black.
Bandslam (Walden Media/Summit) High school kids bond over music when they form a group to try and win the battle of the bands.
District 9 (Screen Gems) One of Peter Jackson's protégés, Neill Blomkamp, directed this secretive sci-fi project.
Post Grad ( Fox Atomic) Alexis Bledel stars in this comedy about a college grad who moves back home to try and figure out what to do with her life.
The Time Traveler's Wife (Warners) Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana star in this drama about a librarian (Bana) born with a gene that makes him travel through time, and the consequences that has on the great love of his life.
Ponyo (Walt Disney Pictures) This animated film from Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki is about a very young mermaid who longs to become human and who makes friends with a five year old boy in the process.
Taking Woodstock (Focus Features) Ang Lee's comic version of how Woodstock, the seminal concert and cultural happening, was accidentally brought together back in 1969. Funniest casting? Eugene Levy as Yasgur, as in "Yasgur's Farm." (opens wider 9/9 )
The Goods: The Don Ready Story (Paramount Vantage) Jeremy Piven stars in this car-lot comedy about a "used car liquidator" hired to turn around a failing car dealership. With Ving Rhames.
Inglourious Basterds (The Weinstein Co.) Brad Pitt and Mike Myers star in Quentin Tarantino's misspelled WWII thriller about Jewish commandos sent to avenge themselves on Nazis.
Final Destination: Death Trip 3D (New Line) More teenagers meet their maker when they least expect it, and this time they die in 3D.
H2: Halloween 2 (Dimension) Rob Zombie's Halloween sequel.
The Boat That Rocked (Universal) Philip Seymour Hoffman and Billy Nighy are among the stars of this Richard Curtis comedy about pirate radio in the UK in the 70s.
Mardi Gras (Screen Gems/Sony) Carmen Electra, Danneel Harris and Arielle Kebbel are among the stars in this girls-and-boys-gone wild at Mardi Gras comedy.
It Might Get Loud (Sony Classics) Davis Guggenheim's documentary about the electric guitar features chats with/demonstrations by Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge.