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Going the Distance
Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play it for laughs in this comedy about the perils of sustaining a long-distance love. Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston co-star; Nanette Burstein (American Teen) directs.
The Last Exorcism
An evangelical priest (Patrick Fabian) who has spent his life performing fake exorcisms on deluded people may have finally stumbled upon the real deal. Daniel Stamm directs this horror movie produced by actor/director Eli Roth (Hostel).
The Milk of Sorrow
Fausta (Magaly Solier), the daughter of a woman who was brutally raped during the political upheavals of 1980s Peru, believes she was born without a soul due to the violence she witnessed from her mother’s womb. Her search for peace informs this recent Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film from writer/director Claudia Llosa.
Spring break. College kids. Zillions of flesh-eating piranha fish. Got it? Elizabeth Shue and Jerry O’Connell try to save the day (but not their careers). Directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes).
After a fierce battle with local tribesmen in northern Britain, circa 117 A.D., a beleaguered band of Roman soldiers tries to get home in this action drama from the talented writer/director Neil Marshall (The Descent). Michael Fassbender and Dominic West star.
“I am death’s booking clerk, death’s bellhop.” So states the narrator of Martin Booth’s 2004 novel, A Very Private Gentleman. In this film version, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control), George Clooney is that “bellhop,” who may or may not be an assassin, but either way, he might soon be hunted like one.
Born to Be a Star
When a Midwestern nerd (Nick Swardson) finds out that his parents were once porn stars, he hits the road to Hollywood to see if he, too, has the goods. Tom Brady directs this comedy, co-written by Adam Sandler.
Director Robert Rodriguez, with the help of co-director Ethan Maniquis, has gone and made a real movie out of the fake trailer he created for the 2007 anthology flick, Grindhouse. In his first starring role, the great Danny Trejo plays an ex-Mexican Federale who has been (as the faker trailer puts it) “set up, double-crossed and left for dead.”
This article appeared in print in a shortened version as "(100) Days of Summer Movies: Enjoy the great indoors!"