By AMY NICHOLSON
By ALAN SCHERSTUHL
By CAROLINA DEL BUSTO
By AMY NICHOLSON
By STEPHANIE ZACHAREK
By R. Scott Moxley
August. Josh Hartnett is a Manhattan entrepreneur riding the rise and rapid fall of the dot.com boom-and-bust. (Not a horror movie.)
Boy A.After spending most of his life in prison for a notorious crime, a young man (Andrew Garfield) adjusts to life on the outside.
Baghead. In a film reported to be heavier on character development than psycho terror, two couples in a remote cabin are being watched by a potential killer. Oddly, this is a mumblecore movie (by the brothers Duplass).
Brideshead Revisited.A wildly popular '80s PBS mini-series, Evelyn Waugh's classic novel of English manners comes to the screen with Matthew Goode as Waugh's narrator and Emma Thompson as the lady of the manor.
The Longshots.Although it's probably the last film people would have expected him to helm, rock star Fred Durst makes his directorial debut with the true story of the teenage girl who became the first female to play on a Pop Warner football team. Akeelah and the Bee's Keke Palmer stars, with Ice Cube as the coach.
Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America.Two Vikings lost in 11th Century North America attempt to survive, and then rebuild, while struggling to overcome their instinct toward war. Features very little dialogue and a reportedly intense rock soundtrack. Headbangers, take notice.
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers.Director Wayne Wang (Eat a Bowl of Tea, The Joy Luck Club) returns to his indie roots with the story of an elderly man (Henry O) who comes from China to Spokane to visit his newly divorced daughter.
Choke. A sex-addicted con artist (Sam Rockwell), his deranged mother (Anjelica Huston) and a recovering chronic masturbator (Brad Henke) populate Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck (Fight Club) Palahniuk's novel.
Elegy. Ben Kingsley is a womanizing English professor who slowly comes unraveled by his obsessive affair with a student (Penelope Cruz). Based on a novella by Philip Roth, with Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson.
Towelhead. A love-it-or-loathe-it film from Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) about a 13-year-old Lebanese-American girl (Summer Bushil) who encounters racism and sexual abuse when she moves to Houston. With Aaron Eckhart.
The summer in foreign film
The Unknown Woman. Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore's complex thriller about a Ukrainian woman (Kseniya Rappoport) with a tragic past but questionable motives who insinuates herself into the life of a young Italian family.
Mongol. This recent foreign-film Oscar nominee recounts the early years of Genghis Khan, the mighty 12th Century warrior and conqueror of all he surveyed.
The Last Mistress.Director and provocateur Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl) heads to 19th Century France, where a young nobleman (Fu'ad Ait Aattou) tries to shake his obsession with his longtime mistress (Asia Argento, 2008's most prolific actress).
A Girl Cut in Two.Reportedly inspired by the 1906 murder of New York architect Stanford White, this thriller by French director Claude Chabrol concerns a TV reporter (Ludivine Sagnier) torn between two charismatic—and possibly treacherous—men (Benoit Magimel and François Berleand).
JUST THE FACTS
The summer in docs
Bigger, Stronger, Faster. The war over steroids in sports, as experienced by filmmaker Christopher Bell and his pro-wrestler and pro-lifter brothers, both unapologetic juicers.
Encounters at the End of the World.Werner Herzog, who knows a thing or two about living life to the extreme, heads to Antarctica to meet the researchers who man one of the world's most remote science stations.
The Sky Turns.After 35 years away, filmmaker Mercedes Alvarez returns to the tiny Spanish village where she was the very last child to be born.
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