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2010 Summer Movie Preview: June

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The summer movie season continues with popular 1980s remakes, high profile sequels, star-filled comedies, plus a couple "killer" movies.

NOTE: All dates subject to change. Check each film’s ratings and content.


Cropsey: This chilling documentary focuses on a Staten Island case of missing children and the real life subject accused in their disappearance. Filmmakers Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman look into the circumstantial mystery and discover the truth. (NY with LA release on July 9).

Finding Bliss: This comedy stars LeeLee Sobieski as an aspiring filmmaker who finds herself working in the adult film industry to help finance her own film. Matt Davis, Kristen Johnston, Denise Richards, and Jamie Kennedy co-star (NY with LA release on June 11).

Get Him to the Greek: Jonah Hill stars as an assistant tasked with delivering rock star Aldous Snow, played by Russell Brand, from London to Los Angeles. This music-filled comedy also stars Sean Combs, Rose Byrne, and Elisabeth Moss.

Killers: This action comedy about a couple, played by Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, on the run from everyone in their suburban paradise who could be a possible assassin. Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara, and Martin Mull also star.

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders: This documentary showcases the Doctors Without Border organization, particularly four doctors in Africa (NY, LA).

Marmaduke: The classic comic strip comes to life in this family comedy about the famous Great Dane, voiced by Owen Wilson, and his owners, the Winslow family. Ron Perlman, William H. Macy, and George Lopez co-star.

Ondine: This fantasy drama stars Colin Farrell as a fisherman who catches a female creature, played by rising star Alicia Bachleda. Directed by Neil Jordan (limited release).

Raajneeti: This drama focuses on politics in India as divided families vie for power amid chaos and corruption (limited).

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead: Jordan Galland writes and directs this Shakespearean themed comedy horror as actors, vampires, cops, and directors mix throughout an off Broadway play production. Jake Hoffman, John Ventimiglia, Kris Lemche, Jeremy Sisto, Devon Aoki, and Ralph Macchio star (NY, limited on June 18).

Splice: Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley star as scientists involved in a risky DNA experiment eventually named Dren in this sci-fi horror.

Whiz Kids: This documentary tracks three high school seniors who love science and work towards their goal of winning the Science Talent Search, a national competition (NY with an LA release on June 11).


Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage: This documentary on this well established music group also includes comments from Jack Black, Trent Reznor, Gene Simmons, and Taylor Hawkins (limited).


The A-Team: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson star in this TV series adaptation as Col. John Hannibal, Lt. ‘Faceman’, Capt. Murdock, and Sgt. B.A. Baracus. Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel also star.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen star the two famous artists in this romantic drama set in Paris, France during the 1920s (limited).

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema: Ralph Ziman directs and writes this urban crime drama, inspired by a true story, set in Johannesburg, South Africa (NY, LA, Houston).

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work: This documentary follows the famous comedienne and recent Celebrity Apprentice winner for a year and also features Don Rickles, Kathy Griffin, and Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers (limited).

The Karate Kid: This popular martial arts remake stars Jaden Smith who moves to China with his mother, played by Taraji P. Henson, and encounters Mr. Han, played by Jackie Chan, who teaches him defense and honor amid a new culture.

Kings of the Evening: This Great Depression drama centers on a unique fashion contest with a five-dollar prize to bring the community hope and relief. Tyson Beckford and Lynn Whitfield star (limited).

Winter’s Bone: This mystery drama, set in the Ozark Mountains, about a girl searching for her father to save her family (limited).


8: The Mormon Proposition: This documentary centers on the Mormon Church in Utah and the Proposition 8 ruling in California regarding gay rights (limited).

Cyrus: This comedy-drama stars John C. Reilly as a recent divorcee who begins a relationship with a spirited woman, played by Marisa Tomei, who has an unconventional relationship with her son, played by Jonah Hill. Jay and Mark Duplass write and direct while Catherine Keener co-stars (limited).

I Am Love: Luca Guadagnino writes and directs this drama about changes within a wealthy family including one of the son’s wife Emma, played by Tilda Swinton (NY, LA with wider release on June 25).

Jonah Hex: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Megan Fox star in this western thriller, based on the graphic novel, about a scarred bounty hunter hired to stop an evil plot.

The Killer Inside Me: This crime thriller centers on how a local deputy, played by Casey Affleck, takes a dark violent turn in his life. Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Simon Baker, Bill Pullman, Elias Koteas, and Ned Beatty also star. Directed by Michael Winterbottom and based on the Jim Thompson novel (limited).

Let It Rain: This comedy drama follows French feminist Agathe Villanova, played by Agnes Jaoui who also directs and co-writes the screenplay, through family events as she also becomes the subject of a documentary. Jean-Pierre Bacri stars and co-writes with Jaoui (limited).

Toy Story 3: Pixar and Disney continues the animated adventures of Woody, voiced by Tom Hanks, Buzz, voiced by Tim Allen, and their toy friends as their owner, Andy, goes away to college. Also playing in IMAX and 3D.


Dogtooth (a.k.a. Kynodontas): This family drama focuses on controlled communication over three teenage siblings. Yorgos Lanthimos directs and co-writes with Efthymis Filippou (NY).

Grown Ups: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph star in this coming of age comedy about former grade school classmates who reunite to honor their late basketball coach.

Knight and Day: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this action comedy directed by James Mangold. This globetrotting adventure keeps audiences guessing and co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, and Maggie Grace.

Restrepo: This National Geographic documentary follows U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan for more than one year (NY, LA).

South of the Border: Oliver Stone directs this political documentary about Venezuelan Presided Hugo Chavez (NY; LA release on June 2).

Wild Grass (a.k.a. Les herbes folles): Alain Resnais directs this compelling drama about two strangers caught up in unforeseeable events, adapted from the novel L’Incident by Christian Gailly. Sabine Azéma, André Dusollier, Emmanuelle Devos, and Mathieu Amalric star (limited).


Love Ranch: Taylor Hackford directs this drama, based on real events, about a Nevada couple, played by Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, who manage a brothel. Mark Jacobson writes the screenplay as Bai Ling, Gina Gershon, and Sergio Peris-Mencheta co-star (limited).

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: 30 Days of Night director David Slade helms this next installment where the vampire/werewolf rivalry continues as Bella, played by Kristen Stewart, gets ready to graduate school. Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, and Billy Burke return to the cast along with newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard who plays Victoria. Also playing in IMAX theaters.

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  • Lisa L

    Too bad A-team is only PG-13. Wanted some Matrix level R violence in that one. Maybe it will still be good.