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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!"
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