Summer Movie Preview

Middle Man

In this fact-based drama, set in the late 1990s, Luke Wilson stars as a fixer of troubled businesses who meets two guys (Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht) who've figured out a way to transmit pornography over the internet. Wilson helps them get organized and superrich, and then the real trouble begins. Costarring James Caan, and directed by George Gallo.

The Other Guys

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg channel their inner Serpico in this comedy about two mediocre New York detectives who get a shot at the case of a lifetime. Costarring Eva Mendes and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman).

Step Up 3D

Filmmaker Jon M. Chu, who received some surprisingly good reviews for his work on Step Up 2, returns to direct the third installment in a popular series about the underground dance scene in New York. This edition has been filmed in 3-D, so expect to be kicked in the face by a hot dancer.


August 13

Eat Pray Love

Writer/director Ryan Murphy took time away from his hit TV show, Glee, to direct Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in the film version of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoir about her worldwide search for enlightenment after a rough divorce. James Franco, Billy Crudup, and Richard Jenkins costar.

The Expendables

Action gods Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Dolph Lundgren join forces to kick ass and blow things up in a film cowritten and directed by Sly himself.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

The road to everlasting love isn't going to be easy for musician Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), who must vanquish his new girlfriend's seven exes, all of whom happen to have superpowers. Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead).


August 20

The Lottery Ticket

It takes luck to win a megamillions lottery ticket, but it may take a miracle for Kevin (Bow Wow), a young Atlanta man, to keep his family, friends, and neighbors from getting their mitts on the ticket over a long Fourth of July weekend. Ice Cube and Loretta Devine costar in director Erik White's debut comedy.

Nanny McPhee Returns

When two spoiled city kids visit their country cousins on an English farm, it's a culture clash that only the ugly yet magical Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) can resolve. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Maggie Smith costar for director Susanna White in the second film of a projected trilogy.

The Switch

Drunk and jealous that his best friend, Kassie (Jennifer Aniston), didn't choose him to be her sperm donor, Wally (Jason Bateman) replaces the donor's swimmers with his own. Kassie moves away, but seven years later she's back, and wow, that kid sure looks like Wally, doesn't he? Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) codirect.

Takers

For the snazzily dressed, superefficient L.A. bank-robbing gang led by Idris Elba (Obsessed), there's one last big heist to pull off. (Isn't there always?) Their plan is brilliant, but the L.A. detectives played by Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez have one of their own. Paul Walker, Zoë Saldana, and Hayden Christensen costar.


August 27

Going the Distance

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play it for laughs in this comedy about the perils of sustaining a long-distance love. Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston costar. Nanette Burstein (American Teen) directs.

The Last Exorcism

An evangelical priest (Patrick Fabian) who's spent his life performing fake exorcisms on deluded people may have finally stumbled upon the real deal. Daniel Stamm directs a horror movie produced by actor/director Eli Roth (Hostel).

Piranha 3D

Spring break. College kids. Zillions of flesh-eating piranha fish. Got it? Elizabeth Shue and Jerry O'Connell try to save the day (but not their careers). Directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes).

Centurion

After a fierce battle with local tribesmen in Northern Britain, circa 117 A.D., a beleaguered band of Roman soldiers is trying to get home in this action drama from talented writer/director Neil Marshall (The Descent). Michael Fassbender and Dominic West star.


September 1

The American

"I am death's booking-clerk, death's bellhop." So states the narrator of Martin Booth's 2004 novel, A Very Private Gentleman. In this film version, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control), George Clooney is that "bellhop," who may or may not be an assassin but, either way, might soon be hunted like one.


September 3

Born to Be a Star

When a Midwest nerd (Nick Swardson) finds out that his parents were once porn stars, he hits the road to Hollywood to see if he too has the goods. Tom Brady directs this comedy, cowritten by Adam Sandler.

Machete

Director Robert Rodriguez, with the help of codirector Ethan Maniquis, has gone and made a real movie out of the fake trailer he created for the 2007 anthology flick Grindhouse. In his first starring role, the great Danny Trejo plays an ex-Mexican federale who's been (as the faker trailer puts it) "set up, double-crossed, and left for dead."


September 17

The Adjustment Bureau

It's love at first sight for Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) and ballerina Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), but is it fate or sinister earthly forces conspiring to keep them apart? Screenwriter George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of a 1954 story by Phillip K. Dick.

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