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Mao’s Last Dancer
From director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) comes the true story of Chinese-born ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who was sent to dance with the Houston Ballet as part of a 1970s cultural-exchange program. Li eventually married an American, sparking an international tussle between the two countries. Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan and Chi Cao star.
In this fact-based drama, set in the late 1990s, Luke Wilson stars as a fixer of troubled businesses who meets two guys (Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht) who’ve figured out a way to transmit pornography over the Internet. Wilson helps them get organized and super-rich, and then the real trouble begins. Co-starring James Caan and directed by George Gallo.
The Other Guys
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg channel their inner Serpico in this comedy about two mediocre New York detectives who get a shot at the case of a lifetime. Co-starring Eva Mendes and Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman).
Step Up 3D
Filmmaker Jon M. Chu, who received some surprisingly good reviews for his work on Step Up 2, returns to direct the third installment in the popular series about the underground dance scene in New York. This edition has been filmed in 3D, so expect to be kicked in the face by a hot dancer.
The Wildest Dream
In June 1924, English mountain climber George Mallory and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, vanished near the summit of Mount Everest. Mallory’s body was found 75 years later by American climber Conrad Anker, who joins first-time filmmaker Anthony Geffe to re-create Mallory’s original climb. Narrated by Liam Neeson.
Bill (Robert Hill) and his son Karl (co-writer Robin Hill, acting opposite his father) of Brighton, England, are gangsters, but not the really scary kind. Fresh out of prison, they want to relax but can’t helping thinking there’s a traitor in their midst in this black comedy from writer/director Ben Wheatley.
Eat Pray Love
Writer/director Ryan Murphy took time away from his hit TV show Glee to direct Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in the film version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir about her worldwide search for enlightenment after a rough divorce. James Franco, Billy Crudup and Richard Jenkins co-star.
Writer/director Samuel Maoz takes us inside a four-man Israeli Army tank as the soldiers move into a bombed-out Lebanese town in this war drama set in the early days of the 1980s war.
Mesrine: Killer Instinct
In what’s sure to be one of the great roles of his career, Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises) plays legendary French gangster Jacques Mesrine, who both charmed and terrorized the nation in the 1970s. This is the first of a two-part epic from director Jean-Francois Richet.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The road to everlasting love isn’t going to be easy for musician Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), who must vanquish his new girlfriend’s seven exes, all of whom happen to have super powers. Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead).
Tales From Earthsea
Taking over a project his father, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), long dreamed of making, first-time filmmaker Goro Miyazaki helms this anime adaptation of Ursula LeGuin’s revered Earthsea fantasy novels.
On the road from Johannesburg to Capetown for his wedding, a groom and his best man encounter all manner of oddities—including a pro-apartheid bar and a hitchhiking goat—in this South African comedy hit directed by Jann Turner.
The Lottery Ticket
It takes luck to win a mega-millions lottery ticket, but it may take a miracle for Kevin (Bow Wow), a young Atlanta man, to keep his family, friends and neighbors from getting their mitts on the ticket over a long Fourth of July weekend. Ice Cube and Loretta Devine co-star in director Erik White’s debut comedy.
Nanny McPhee 2
When two spoiled city kids visit their country cousins on an English farm, it’s a culture clash that only the ugly-yet-magical Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) can resolve. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Maggie Smith co-star for director Susanna White in the second film of a projected trilogy.
After the dramatic intensity of his acclaimed films Head On and The Edge of Heaven, Turkish-German director Fatih Akin lightens up with this comedy about a young Hamburg man’s attempts to save his failing restaurant, win back his girl and keep his parolee brother out of jail. Co-writer Adam Bousdoukos stars.
Drunk and jealous that his best friend Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) didn’t choose him to be her sperm donor, Wally (Jason Bateman) replaces the donor’s swimmers with his own. Kassie moves away, but seven years later, she’s back, and wow, that kid sure looks like Wally, doesn’t he? Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) co-direct.
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