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Get Inside. It's Summertime!

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

CHARLIE BARTLETT

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis

Director: Jon Poll

Kicked out of private school, Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) soon finds himself dispensing easily acquired Ritalin, Xanax and Wellbutrin to his depressed public school classmates. Soon he's giving psychiatric advice from his bathroom, a development that makes him the enemy of school principal Robert Downey Jr. (MGM) Opens nationwide.

HOT ROD

Cast: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane

Director: Akiva Schaffer

Saturday Night Live star Samberg plays Rod Kimble, a motorcycle stuntman who plans to jump 15 buses to raise money for a life-saving operation his abusive stepfather (McShane) desperately needs. Once said stepfather is healthy, Rod plans to kick his ass. (Paramount) Opens nationwide.

RESURRECTING THE CHAMP

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Rod Lurie

After realizing that a homeless man (Jackson) is a former boxing champ, sports reporter Hartnett tries to revive the boxer's career and also boost his own. (Yari Film Group) Opens nationwide.

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn

Director: Paul Greengrass

In the final film of the Bourne Trilogy, former CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Damon) dodges bullets and flying cars (again) while investigating (again) the mysteries of the past he can't remember (again). Regression therapy might have been easier. (Universal) Opens nationwide.

THE TEN

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux

Director: David Wain

Ten comic vignettes, set in the modern day, inspired by the Ten Commandments. (Think Film) Opens New York and Los Angeles August 3, with additional cites to follow.

UNDERDOG

Cast: Jim Belushi, Peter Dinklage, Brad Garrett

Director: Frederik Du Chau

In this live-action family comedy, a lab accident gives a beagle superpowers and the ability to speak (via Jason Lee's voice). So when evildoers descend on the city, it's Underdog—complete with a cool cape—to the rescue. (Walt Disney Pictures) Opens nationwide.

AUGUST 10

BRATZ: THE MOVIE

Cast: Paula Abdul, Nathalia Ramos, Skylar Shaye

Director: Sean McNamara

A live action film inspired by a popular line of dolls. Barbie must be sojealous. (Lionsgate/Crystal Sky Pictures) Opens nationwide.

DADDY DAY CAMP

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr.

Director: Fred Savage

Former child star Savage makes his feature directorial debut in this sequel to Daddy Day Care, in which Cuba Gooding, Jr. takes over Eddie Murphy's role as a dad who this time out opens a summer camp for kids. (Tri-Star) Opens nationwide.

ROCKET SCIENCE

Cast: Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto

Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Blitz, director of the popular spelling bee documentary Spellbound, helms this comedy about a chronic stutterer (Thompson) who joins his high-school debate team at the insistence of the school's beautiful debate team queen (Kendrick). (Picturehouse) Opens nationwide.

RUSH HOUR 3

Cast: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker

Director: Brett Ratner

The funny cop and the whirling dervish cop head to Paris to break up a Chinese crime gang. Quick, go rent the first two and bone up on the backstory. (New Line Cinema) Opens nationwide.

STARDUST

Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Peter O'Toole

Director: Matthew Vaughn

A young Englishman follows a falling star and ends up in the fantasy land of Faerie, where the star is a beautiful girl (Danes) being hunted by an evil witch (Pfeiffer). Based on a graphic novel by the revered sci-fi/fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. (Paramount Pictures) Opens nationwide.

THE SIGNAL

Cast: A.J. Bowen, Justin Welborn, Anessa Ramsey, Scott Poythress

Directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry

Told in three parts by three different directors, this horror film discovers what happens when a mysterious electronic transmission ignites a city populace's murderous aggressions. (Magnolia) Opens nationwide.

TWO DAYS IN PARIS

Cast: Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg

Director: Julie Delpy

In a comedy that marks the directorial debut of actress Delpy, the filmmaker brings her American boyfriend (Goldberg) to meet her parents in Paris. Things to not go well. Delpy's real-life mom and dad, Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, portray her onscreen parents, and early word has it that they give terrific performances. (Samuel Goldwyn) Opens limited.

AUGUST 17

FANBOYS

Cast: Sam Huntington, Chris Marquette, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel

Director: Kyle Newman

A comedy about four sci-fi geek best friends who travel cross country in order to break in to George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch and somehow screen the as-yet unreleased Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. One suspects that Mr. Lucas does not make a cameo. (MGM) Opens nationwide.

THE INVASION

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel

In the umpteenth riff on Jack Finney's classic 1955 novel, The Body Snatchers, a Washington D.C. psychiatrist (Kidman) comes to believe that the reason people around her are acting stranger than usual is that aliens have taken them over. (Warner Bros.) Opens nationwide.

THE KING OF KONG

Director: Seth Gordon

A documentary that follows a middle school science teacher as he battles a hot sauce mogul for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic Donkey Kong. (Picturehouse) Opens limited.

LOOKING FOR CHEYENNE

Cast: Mila Dekker, Aurélia Petit, Malik Zidi,

Director: Valerie Minetto

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