(100) Days of Summer Movies

[Summer Guide] Flicks to help you enjoy the great indoors

Knight and Day
Tom Cruise is a renegade secret agent and Cameron Diaz his unwitting blind date and, all too suddenly, his reluctant sidekick in a mission to save a brilliant scientist (Paul Dano). Directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma).

Restrepo
Journalist Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and photographer Tim Hetherington take along a movie camera to shadow the 173rd Airborne Brigade as they battle the Taliban amid the unforgiving terrain of the Korengal Valley. Winner of this year’s Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

South of the Border
Early reviews suggest director Oliver Stone’s documentary about America’s rocky relationship with its South American neighbors, which features the director taking a road trip with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, is surprisingly even-handed, though we aren’t expecting FOX News to snap up the broadcast rights.

Wild Grass
French auteur Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad), who turns 88 this summer, enlists two of his favorite actors, André Dussollier and Sabine Azéma, for this comic tale of romantic obsession, unending movie-love, and the transcendent glories of the colors red, yellow and blue.

  

JUNE 30

Love Ranch
Taylor Hackford (Ray) directs his wife, Helen Mirren, along with Joe Pesci, in the so-crazy-it-has-to-be true story of Sally and Joe Conforte, whose 1970s Reno brothel, known as “Mustang Ranch,” led the way to legalized prostitution in Nevada.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
A dreamboat vampire, a hunky werewolf, a confused teenage girl—stop us if you’ve heard of this one. Directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night).

  

JULY 2

The Girl Who Played With Fire
For the second film in the Stieg Larsson “Millennium Trilogy” (the first was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace return as a financial journalist and tattooed hacker, respectively, who are once again up to their necks in murder and intrigue.

The Last Airbender
Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) adapts Nickelodeon’s animated fantasy series about a 12-year-old (Noah Ringer) with the ability to control all four elements—Water, Earth, Air and Fire. No pressure there.

Twelve
Gossip Girl
heartthrob Chace Crawford is the best-looking drug dealer on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Emma Roberts his clueless girlfriend in this adaptation of Nick McDonell’s best-seller, published, famously, when the author was only 17. Directed by Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo’s Fire) and featuring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as Crawford’s rival.

 

JULY 7

The Kids Are All Right
Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play a Southern California lesbian couple with two teenagers they had with the sperm of an anonymous donor. When the kids track down their biological father (Mark Ruffalo), the mothers are more than a little freaked. Written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon).

 

JULY 9

Countdown to Zero
In this documentary about the likelihood of a nuclear bomb going off in the near future, director Lucy Walker divides the cause for a possible detonation into three categories: accident, miscalculation and insanity.

Despicable Me
There are villains aplenty in this 3D animated comedy, chief among them the cranky, unfulfilled Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) whose plan to steal the moon is hitting a few snags.

Great Directors
Some of the world’s filmmaking iconoclasts—Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch and Agnès Varda among them—discuss their methods and madness in this documentary by Angela Ismailos.

Predators
The alien creature that stalked Arnold Schwarzenegger back in 1987 and spawned a host of bad sequels is back, thanks to executive producer Robert Rodriguez. Adrien Brody, Lawrence Fishburne and Topher Grace are the unlucky mercenaries about to become alien bait.

[Rec] 2
This sequel to the decidedly creepy Spanish horror film Rec (the Hollywood version was called Quarantine) picks up moments after the original ended, as a special-ops team enters a Barcelona apartment, the inhabitants of which are infected with a virus that turns them drooly and demonic. 

 

JULY 16

The Concert
A disgraced Russian conductor (Aleksei Guskov) seeks to rewrite history in this drama from Romanian director Radu Mihaileanu. Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) co-stars.

Inception
Arguably the most anticipated movie of the summer, if not the year, this thriller from writer/director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) is shrouded in secrecy. We do know that Leonardo DiCaprio heads up a team of “dream thieves” that includes Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe (though maybe he’s the bad guy).

Kisses
A 10-year-old boy fights with his father on Christmas Eve and runs away to Dublin with a neighbor girl in tow. Filmmaker Lance Daly’s follow-up to The Halo Effect has been much-admired on the festival circuit.
 

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Nicolas Cage, teaming up again with National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub, plays a modern-day conjurer who enlists an NYU student (Jay Baruchel) to help him save the world from an evil wizard (Alfred Molina). The adventure film was reportedly inspired by the Mickey Mouse-as-sorcerer sequence in Fantasia (that scares us just a little bit).

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