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Summer Movie Preview

The season of big budget bangs uses its brain.

July 4

Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

With the help of Johnny Depp, illustrator Ralph Steadman and a treasure trove of 1960s and '70s archival footage, filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) tracks the life of the mad-genius journalist.

July 11

Religulous

Comedian Bill Maher takes on religion in this documentary from Curb Your Enthusiasm director Larry Charles.

July 18

Lou Reed's Berlin

In a concert film directed by Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Lou Reed performs, for the first time ever, his magnificent 1973 song-cycle "Berlin."

July 25

American Teen

In this Sundance hit, filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture) tracks a year in the life of four Indiana teens.

August 22

Man on Wire

Filmmaker James Marsh explores the ultimate high-wire act: tightrope walker Philippe Petit's 1974 illegal stroll between the Twin Towers.

TAKE THE KIDS: The summer in family fare

June 6

Kung Fu Panda

Po the Panda learns martial arts in order to protect his village against a marauding snow leopard. Featuring the voices of Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black.

June 27

WALL-E

The new computer 'toon from Pixar director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) takes place 700 years in the future, when a lonely Earth robot called WALL-E and a sleek 'bot from space named EVE team up for adventure.

July 2

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl

In a role likely to make Dakota Fanning pea-green with envy, Abigail Breslin stars as Kit, the mystery-solving ten-year-old heroine of the popular Depression-era book series.

July 11

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D

Brendan Fraser digs deep.

July 18

Space Chimps

Animated monkeys blast into space to head off approaching aliens.

August 8

Fly Me to the Moon

Animated 3-D astronaut flies (very cute flies) go to the moon.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

The magic jeans follow America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel to college and beyond.

August 15

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

George Lucas, who sure knows how to stretch an idea, produced this animated film about Anakin Skywalker's glorious Jedi days before Darth got his mitts on him.

August 22

Wild Child

Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew) as a spoiled Malibu teen (is there any other kind?) who's sent to a strict English boarding school.

A LAUGH RIOT: The summer in comedy, romantic and otherwise

May 30

The Foot Fist Way

A strip-mall tae kwon do instructor (Danny McBride) with lots of attitude and few actual skills prepares for a big fight. Giving Jody Hill's no-budget comedy some cache? Will Ferrell's championing.

Sex and the City: The Movie

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon as four New Yorkers with unlimited clothing and brunch budgets.

June 3

The Wackness

Josh Peck as a teenage pot dealer in 1994 New York. His best client? His shrink, played by Ben Kingsley (who's everywhere this summer).

June 6

The Go-Getter

A nineteen-year-old (Lou Taylor Pucci) encounters Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone after stealing a car to head across country to find his long lost brother.

Miss Conception

Heather Graham has one month to conceive a child and enlists her friend (Mia Kirshner) to help her find a father. But that's not all! The title has a double meaning!

Mister Foe

Jamie Bell is Hallam Foe, a seventeen-year-old with an obsession for jumping across Edinburgh rooftops and a thing for beautiful girl Sophia Myles.

The Promotion

John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott duke it out for the manager job at a Chicago grocery store in this consumer satire from writer-director Steve Conrad, who penned The Pursuit of Happyness.

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

A pumped-up Adam Sandler stars as an Israeli Mossad agent fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a Brooklyn hairstylist.

June 20

Get Smart

Steve Carell is Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway Agent 99 in this film version of the mid-1960s TV show about an inept super-spy and his smarter, sexier sidekick.

The Love Guru

Mike Myers dons a Mahatma beard and golden swami robes to play an American raised in India who dreams of becoming a Brooklyn hairstylist (or America's go-to self-help guru). With Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.

June 27

Finding Amanda

Brittany Snow is a Vegas stripper so badly in need of rehab that her mother enlists her uncle (Matthew Broderick) to steer her sober. Trouble is, he might just need to take a detour to the track...

July 4

Diminished Capacity

On the heels of his wife's SATC shebang, Matthew Broderick opens another movie, this time starring as a brain-injured man who hits the road with his dementia-addled uncle (Alan Alda) and high-school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen).

July 25

Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite as newly related men who discover that two fools are better than one.

July 11

Meet Dave

Dave (Eddie Murphy) is an alien, new to Earth. Dave tries to adjust to Manhattan life, all the while being supervised by a command post of tiny (alien) people in his head (whom we see).

Kenny

Kenny Smyth (Shane Jacobson), Australian porta-potty entrepreneur, hopes to find a little respect at a Nashville convention of...porta-potty entrepreneurs.

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