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

A hit on the festival circuit, this French romantic comedy tells of two women, Cheyenne (Dekker) and Sonia (Petit), who are madly in love with one anther but separate when they can't come to terms on where and how they should live. (Regent) Opens New York and Los Angeles Aug. 17, and additional cities September 7.

PENELOPE

Cast: Christina Ricci, Catherine

O'Hara, Peter Dinklage, James McAvoy,

Reese Witherspoon

Director: Mark Palansky

A modern day fable about a young woman afflicted with a pig snout of a nose, the result of a family curse that can only be broken if she finds love, within herself as well as from without. (IFC) Opens nationwide.

SIETE DIAS

Cast: Eduardo Arroyuelo, Martha

Higareda, Jaime Camil

Director: Fernando Kalife

A small-time concert promoter who dreams of bringing U2 to his Mexico town places a large bet with a mob boss and loses. The only way to save himself is to organize the concert in seven days. (Xenon Pictures) Opens Los Angeles August 17, with additional cities to follow.

SUPERBAD

Cast: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader

Director: Greg Mottola

A coming-of-age comedy about two lifelong buddies (Cera and Hill), nerds and virgins both, who head off to separate high schools, and on one fateful night try to score with beautiful women. Produced by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) and directed by Mottola, whose debut film was the terrific indie comedy Daytrippers. (Columbia Pictures) Opens nationwide.

WEDDING DAZE

Cast: Jason Biggs, Isla Fisher, Joe Pantoliano

Director: Michael Ian Black

After losing the girl of his dreams, Anderson (Biggs) spontaneously proposes to a waitress (Fisher), who accepts. Will love blossom? (MGM) Opens nationwide.

WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY

Cast: Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham

Director: Goran Dukic

In this decidedly original comedy, Zia (Fugit), who killed himself after his girlfriend dumped him, wakes up in a boring little desert town that's a kind of hell for suicides. Upon hearing that his girl has died too, Zia and his new best friend set out to find her. Look for a cameo by Tom Waits. (Lionsgate) Opens New York and Los Angeles August 17, with additional cities to follow.

AUGUST 24

THE COMEBACKS

Cast: David Koechner, Bradley Cooper, Matthew Lawrence

Director: Tom Brady

In this spoof of inspiring sports movies, the unluckiest coach in sports (Koechner) gets one last chance when he takes over a talent-less football team with the worst record in history. (Fox Atomic) Opens nationwide.

EXILED

Cast: Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Lam Suet

Director: Johnnie To

Four hired killers descend on the house of a fellow bad guy. Two want to kill him; two want to save him. There's a gunfight. No one dies. All five sit down to dinner. Resume. Sergio Leone meets the Coen Brothers in this modern Western from virtuoso director To. (Magnolia) Opens New York and Los Angeles August 24, and additional cities August 31.

GOOD LUCK CHUCK

Cast: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba

Director: Mark Helfrich

Poor Chuck (Cook) becomes a babe magnet for all the wrong reasons after word gets out that for some mysterious reason any woman who sleeps with him is destined to fall in love with the next man she meets. (Lionsgate) Opens nationwide.

THE HOTTEST STATE

Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Laura Linney, Mark Webber, Michelle Williams, Sonia Braga, Ethan Hawke

Director: Ethan Hawke

Hawke wrote and directed this adaptation of his 1996 novel, and Webber stars as a 20-year-old New York actor who meets a young singer (Moreno), takes her to Mexico City, and before long, regrets it. (ThinkFilm) Opens New York and Los Angeles August 24, with additional cities to follow.

AUGUST 31

BALLS OF FURY

Cast: Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, George Lopez, Maggie Q.

Director: Robert Ben Garant

At the behest of the FBI, agent Randy Daytona (Fogler), a former ping-pong champ, re-enters the fray on a secret mission to defeat his father's arch rival and possible killer (Walken). Watching Walken ping his pong may be worth the price of admission. (Rogue) Opens nationwide.

DEATH SENTENCE

Cast: Kevin Bacon

Director: James Wan

A new adaptation of a 1975 novel by Brian Garfield, which was a sequel to Garfield's earlier novel, Death Wish, the book that spawned a hit film for tough guy Charles Bronson. In this updated version, a businessman (Bacon) turns vigilante after a street gang attacks his family. Bronson, Bacon, same diff. (Fox) Opens nationwide.

HALLOWEEN

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane

Director: Rob Zombie

In what amounts to sacrilege to many serious horror fans (including this one), rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses) remakes John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic, sending young Michael Myers out into his suburban neighborhood, slashing wildly, but with more psychological justification, or so promises Mr. Zombie. (Weinstein) Opens nationwide.

MR. BEAN'S HOLIDAY

Cast: Rowan Atkinson

Director: Steve Bendelack

Mr. Bean enters a church raffle and wins a vacation to France, where he wreaks his distinct brand of havoc, including separating a father and son and getting mistaken for a kidnapper. Expect a wacky finale at a fictionalized version of the Cannes Film Festival, which is as close as films about Mr. Bean are likely to get to the real event. (Universal) Opens nationwide.

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