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Get Inside. It's Summertime!

Your guide to the season's hottest films (and the other ones, too)

JULY 4

INTRODUCING THE DWIGHTS

Cast: Brenda Blethyn, Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Richard Wilson

Director: Cherie Nowlan

From Australia, a comedy about an overbearing mother and comedienne (Blethyn), her two devoted sons and the new girlfriend who's coming between them all. Beware acid-tongued, jealous mothers. (Warner Independent) Opens limited.

LICENSE TO WED

Cast: Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski

Director: Ken Kwapis

Sadie (Moore) dreams of marrying her fiancé (Krasinski) at her family's church, but it's all booked up for the next two years. Except: There is one open day, and to score it, the couple must survive a marriage-prep course devised by a most unorthodox pastor, played by the ever unorthodox Robin Williams. (Warner Bros.) Opens nationwide.

RESCUE DAWN

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

Director: Werner Herzog

This taut and surprisingly straightforward action film from iconoclastic director Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man) tells the true story of Dieter Dengler (Bale), shot down over Laos in 1964, captured and thrown into a brutal North Vietnamese prison where he finds two Americans (Zahn, Davies) reluctant to join his escape plan. (MGM) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 4, with additional cities to follow.

TRANSFORMERS

Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson

Director: Michael Bay

Imagine if those nimble robot action figures gathering dust under your kid's bed decided to bulk up, rise up and take over Earth. With the director of Pearl Harbor and Armageddon at the helm, expect a long, noisy war. (Dreamworks/Paramount) Opens nationwide.

JULY 6

JOSHUA

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga

Director: George Ratliff

Everyone's thrilled when parents Brad and Abby (Rockwell and Farmiga) bring home their beautiful new baby girl. Everyone except 9-year old older brother Joshua (Kogan), that is. Soon evil plagues the family. (Fox Searchlight) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 6, with additional cities to follow.

JULY 13

DYNAMITE WARRIOR

Cast: Dan Chupong, Leo Putt, Panna Ritthikrai

Director: Chalerm Wongpim

A Martial Arts extravaganza from Thailand about a young boy trying to avenge the murder of his parents and also stop a group of cattle rustlers. Thai cattle rustlers. (Magnolia) Opens limited.

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Director: David Yates

An obscure British import, for which there's very little advance publicity. (Warner Bros.) Opens nationwide.

INTERVIEW

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller

Director: Steve Buscemi

Buscemi stars as a hardened political reporter who's sent to interview a soap star (Miller). As their interview stretches into a long night, each discovers unexpected depths in the other. Buscemi directs from a screenplay that he co-adapted from one written by Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was on the verge of directing Buscemi and Miller in the movie when brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist. (Sony Pictures Classics) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 13, with additional cities to follow.

MY BEST FRIEND

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Julie Gayet

Director: Patrice Leconte

A gentle comedy about a lonely, uptight businessman (Auteuil) who accepts a bet that he can meet and make a best friend within two weeks. (IFC) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 13, additional cities July 27.

THE STRANGERS

Cast: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman

Director: Bryan Bertino

In a remote vacation home, a young couple must defend themselves against three masked invaders. (Rogue) Opens nationwide.

TALK TO ME

Cast: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Director: Kasi Lemmons

Don Cheadle stars as Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, a legendary 1960s radio and talk show host who galvanized Washington D.C. by leading public protests against poverty and racism. (Focus) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 13, and additional cities July 13 and July 27.

TEKKONKINKREET

Director: Michael Arias

In this full-length anime film, director Michael Arias translates underground manga artist Taiyo Matsumoto's graphic novel, originally published serially in 1993, about the adventures of two street urchins, one with magical powers. (Yari Film Group) Opens New York and Los Angeles, with additional cities to follow.

JULY 20

ARCTIC TALE

Director: Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson

From National Geographic Films, a documentary that tracks an Arctic walrus named Seela and a polar bear dubbed Nanu from birth to adolescence to parenthood. (Paramount Vantage) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 20, and additional cities July 29.

CASHBACK

Cast: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans

Director: Sean Ellis

Filmmaker Ellis expands his Oscar-nominated short about a young art student (Biggerstaff) who, suffering from insomnia, goes to work at an all-night market. There he discovers that he can stop time, a trick that allows him to find unexpected beauties (female and otherwise) within the store. (Magnolia) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 20, with additional cities to follow.

FIERCE PEOPLE

Cast: Diane Lane, Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Perkins

Director: Griffin Dunne

Fifteen-year-old Finn (Yelchin), who dreams of becoming an anthropologist like his absent father, moves with his drug-addicted mother (Diane Lane) to an upscale New Jersey suburb and sets out to study the anthropologically peculiar ways of its wealthy inhabitants. (Lionsgate/After Dark Films) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 20, with additional cities to follow.

GOYA'S GHOSTS

Cast: Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman

Director: Milos Forman

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