Summer Film Preview 

There is nothing quite like a warm summer evening, a cold beer, and a 40-foot high projection of Audrey Hepburn in front of you. Sigh. Read on for all the big summer releases (in case you crave air conditioning), along with the more important outdoor screening line-up.


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My Sister's Keeper (Nick Cassavetes)
John's son is a great director of actors, so it should be fun to see what Alec Baldwin and Jason Patric do for him here. On the other hand, John's son's movies are otherwise terrible, so this shouldn't be any fun at all.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Michael Bay)
Even though the writers of Star Trek (and Fringe!) are behind this, let's not kid ourselves. "Michael Bay" is practically in the dictionary, and we all know what it means.


The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
The toughest female director in Hollywood tackles Iraq. Expect a box-office hit, because if there are two things America loves, it's strong women and movies about Iraq.

Surveillance (Jennifer Lynch)
David's daughter, notorious author of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, directs her first film since Boxing Helena. Word on the blogosphere is "meh."


The Beaches of Agnès (Agnès Varda)
If your grandmother had a flickr page, and also happened to be Jacques Demy's widow, and also once dressed up like a potato at the Venice Biennale... her flickr page still wouldn't be quite as goofily moving as Varda's cineautobiography. Sorry. Man, we wish Agnès Varda was our grandmother.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier)
The third installment of Dreamworks' franchise will be in 3D, so we're sure you'll get to see that squirrel go crazy trying to hang onto his acorn, except this time he'll pop out into your face or something. Get your wallet out!

Public Enemies (Michael Mann)
Johnny Depp, as John Dillinger, and Christian Bale, as G-Man Melvin Purvis, face off in Mannworld, a bright-dark place of masculine codes and epic showdowns. Will this movie feature a totally anachronistic throbbing synthesizer score like Last of the Mohicans did? God, we hope so so hard.

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Bruno (Larry Charles)
In 2006, Sacha Baron Cohen taught us that Americans were racist. This time, we think he's going to teach us that we're homophobic. Thank you, sir! May we have another?

Humpday (Lynn Shelton)
Bromance? Mumblecore? Mark Duplass? We like some of those things.

I Love You, Beth Cooper (Chris Columbus)
Chris Stepmom Columbus? Pass. Wait, the screenplay is by a Simpsons writer? Eh, still pass. (My Life in Ruins is by a former Simpsons writer, too.)

Soul Power (Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
Did you know the Rumble in the Jungle had an accompanying concert? If you saw When We Were Kings, you did. And will want to see this concert doc.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates)
If this isn't about vampires, what do we care?

Somers Town (Shane Meadows)
This is England director Meadows returns with another carefully realized study of working class Brits falling in love and butchering the King's English.


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500 Days of Summer (Marc Webb)
Remember after Mysterious Skin, Brick and The Lookout, when everyone was all like, "Ooh Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so effin talented", and then he hasn't taken an interesting role since? Maybe this will be the one that makes us say, "Oh yeah, remember how effin talented JGL is?" Or maybe it'll be his turn as Cobra Commander in the upcoming G.I. Joe movie.


All Good Things (Andrew Jarecki)
The arguably opportunistic director of Capturing the Friedmans comes back with a fictional small-town mystery. We're not sure how we feel about that, but we're happy that Ryan Gosling, Frank Langella and Philip Baker Hall are in it.

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