Summer Movie Preview

The season of big budget bangs uses its brain.

August 1

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Filmed in black and white, this Manhattan comedy tags along with a 29-year-old man (Scoot McNairy) on a craigslist date with a beautiful but super-intense young woman (Sara Simmonds).

The Rocker

Rainn Wilson steps out of The Office and into leather pants for this comedy about a failed rock drummer getting a second chance — with his nephew's high-school band.

Swing Vote

On the eve of the presidential election, one drunken ne'er-do-well (Kevin Costner) has the power to cast the sole deciding vote. Could be non-fiction.

August 8

Pineapple Express

Seth Rogen and James Franco are stoned on the best weed of their life, and also running for their lives from a killer cop in a film penned by Rogen and Superbad writing partner Evan Goldberg and directed by indie darling David Gordon Green. (Admission is half-price if you bring your own bong.)

August 15

Bottle Shock

Based on the true story of a French wine-shop owner (Alan Rickman) who traveled to Napa in 1976 to set up a blind taste test between French and California wines. The must-see summer flick for wine lovers.

Tropic Thunder

Ben Stiller (who also directs), Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. go all Rambo as Hollywood actors who don't realize that their military training is actually in a real war. With Tom Cruise in a fat-suit cameo all the world wants to see (including you).

August 22

Hamlet 2

This Sundance favorite stars Steve Coogan as a Tucson high-school teacher whose sequel to Shakespeare's "bummer" of a play thrills his students and freaks out their parents.

The House Bunny

Ditzy Playboy bunny Anna Faris becomes college sorority housemother, a plot line that must have made for a terribly efficient pitch meeting.

The Accidental Husband

Grey's Anatomy heartthrob Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the ubiquitous Colin Firth compete for Uma Thurman's heart in this romantic comedy from actor-turned-director Griffin Dunne.

August 29

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen down Barcelona way, steering Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Scarlett Johansson (yet again) through the complications of three-way love.

DANCING QUEEN: The summer in ABBA films

July 25

Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Amanda Seyfried dance and sing to the music of — who else? — ABBA.

***As with summer weather, baseball, and presidential race forecasts, all dates are subject to change.

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