By Stephanie Zacharek
By Charles Taylor
By Chris Klimek
By Chris Klimek
By Amy Nicholson
By Amy Nicholson
By Stephanie Zacharek
By Alan Scherstuhl
LIGHTS IN THE DUSK
Cast: Janne Hyytiäinen, Maria
Järvenhelmi, Maria Heiskanen
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Koiskinen (Hyytiäinen) is a lonely Helsinki night watchman who finds himself suddenly being wooed by a beautiful blond (Järvenhelmi) whose intentions may not be completely aboveboard. (Strand) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 13, with additional cities to follow.
EAGLE VS SHARK
Cast: Loren Horsley, Jermaine
Clement, Brian Sergent, Rachel House
Director: Taika Waititi
At a "dress as your favorite animal" party, a New Zealand oddball named Lily (Horsley), dressed as a shark, falls for a lonely guy named Jarrod (Clement), dressed as an Eagle. Love and comic mayhem follow. (Miramax) Opens New York and Los Angeles June 15, and additional cities June 29.
FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba,
Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis,
Director: Tim Story
In this sequel to a film every comic geek saw but few loved, a silver-skinned cool dude superhero on a surfboard joins forces with the Fab Four to once again defeat the evil Dr. Doom. (Fox) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss,
Dylan Baker, K'Sun Ray
Director: Andrew Currie
In 1950s suburbia, where an invasion of zombies has been thwarted and the flesh-eaters turned into household servants, young Timmy's family finally gets a zombie housekeeper/pet of their own, a benign, wise hulk that Timmy dubs "Fido." (Lionsgate) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Sam Worthington, Victoria Hill,
Gary Sweet, Matt Doran
Director: Geoffrey Wright
Australian filmmaker Wright (Romper Stomper) sets Macbeth (Worthington) and his murderous mum (Hill) in a modern-day Melbourne, where Duncan (Sweet) is a crime boss whose end is near. (Union Station Media/Truly Indie) Opens Seattle June 15, San Francisco June 29, New York July 6, with additional cities to follow.
Cast: Emma Roberts, Rachael Leigh
Cook, Tate Donovan
Director: Andrew Fleming
The rare summer movie that may appeal to your grandmother, this big screen adaptation of the young-adult mystery series stars Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric, niece to Julia) as a modern-day version of the plucky 1930s teen sleuth. Give it a chance, though: Fleming wrote and directed Dick. (Warner Bros.) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Katharina Thalbach, Dominique
Horwitz, Andrzej Chyra
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Reportedly inspired by the life of renowned Polish activist Anna Walentynowicz, Strike dramatizes the founding of the Polish Solidarity movement through Agnieszka (Thalbach), a shipyard welder whose tireless fight for worker's rights sparks a revolutionary political movement. (Red Envelope/Laemmle Zeller) Opens New York and Los Angeles June 22, with additional cities to follow.
Cast: Kyle Shewfelt, Miklos Zoltan
Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Hungary's entry for last year's foreign film Oscar is inspired by events in the life of director Hajdu's brother, Miklos, who stars in this sports drama as a champion gymnast haunted by his childhood in a brutal Hungarian sports camp. Wounds begin to heal as he trains and befriends a young Canadian gymnast (real-life Olympic medalist Shewfelt). (Strand) Limited.
Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson,
Director: Mikael Håfström
Stephen King, who knows a thing or two about scary hotels, penned the short story that inspired this scary movie about a professional haunted house debunker (Cusack) who checks into a room many have entered and few have exited. We will not reference the Eagles. (Weinstein/MGM) Opens nationwide.
A MIGHTY HEART
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman,
Will Patton, Irrfan Khan
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Angelina Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, whose bestseller A Mighty Heart detailed her 2002 journey to Pakistan to search for her husband Daniel, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed by Islamic fundamentalists. Futterman (who wrote Capote) portrays, in flashback, the late Daniel Pearl. (Paramount Vantage) Opens nationwide.
Cast: Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney,
Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis
Director: Jonathan King
In this horror comedy from New Zealand, a young man with a pathological fear of sheep (yes, sheep) returns to his family's farm to find that it's been overrun by mutant, flesh-eating sheep (yes, sheep). (Weinstein) Opens in New York June 22, with additional cities to follow.
Cast: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud,
Gena Rowlands, Drea de Matteo
Director: Zoe Cassavetes
In a rare dramatic role, Posey stars as a Manhattan hotel exec unlucky in love, until the night she meets and falls hard for a visiting Frenchman (Poupaud, who was so good in 2005's Time to Leave). For her feature debut, writer-director Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of the late John Cassavetes, cast her mother, the great Gena Rowlands, to play Posey's disapproving mom. (Magnolia) Opens in New York and Los Angeles June 22, with additional cities to follow.
Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gilles,
Pruitt Taylor Vince
Director: Roland Joffé
A fashion model (Cuthbert) and her chauffeur (Gilles) are kidnapped and tortured by one of her fans (Vince). Locked in a tiny room together, model and chauffer predictably fall in love and unite to defeat their captor. What's unexpected here is the presence behind the camera of Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission), who's either slumming for a buck or attempting to elevate the torture-horror genre to a higher plain. We'll see. (Lionsgate) Opens nationwide.
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