By AMY NICHOLSON
By ALAN SCHERSTUHL
By CAROLINA DEL BUSTO
By AMY NICHOLSON
By STEPHANIE ZACHAREK
By R. Scott Moxley
Trumbo. This tribute to blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Johnny Got His Gun), written by his playwright son, Christopher, features readings by Joan Allen, Kirk and Michael Douglas, and Paul Giamatti.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 10-year-old heroine of the popular Depression-era book series.
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D.Brendan Fraser digs deep.
Space Chimps.Animated monkeys blast into space to head off approaching aliens.
Fly Me to the Moon.Animated 3-D astronaut flies (very cute flies) go to the moon.
A LAUGH RIOT
The summer in comedy, romantic and otherwise
Postal. German action director Uwe Boll—a.k.a. the man bloggers love to hate—pokes fun at contemporary America in this comedy about two thieves who run afoul of Osama bin Laden and George W. (traveling separately) while planning a heist.
The Foot Fist Way.A strip-mall Tae Kwan 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.
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).
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.
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.
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. . . .
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).
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