SUMMER GUIDE: (100) Days of Summer Movies

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El Súperstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Francés

After his parents die, Beverly Hills white boy Jonathan French (Spencer John French) is raised by his Mexican nanny (Lupe Ontiveros). As an adult, Jonathan becomes Juan Francés, ranchero singing star, in this faux documentary comedy from filmmaker Amy French.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Co-directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg track the indefatigable comic over the course of a recent year, in a documentary that festival audiences expected to disdain and ending up loving. At age 76, Joan has buzz.

The Karate Kid

This remake of the 1984 Ralph Macchio/Pat Morita flick about a teenage boy who gains personal wisdom as well as mad skills from a kung-fu master stars Jaden Smith (son of Will) as the pupil and Jackie Chan as his teacher.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead

There are vampires in the state of Denmark, or so it appears to a young Manhattan director (Jake Hoffman, son of Dustin) whose staging of "Hamlet" has more bite than he expected. Written and directed by Jordan Galland.

Winter's Bone

In her follow-up to 2004's Down to the Bone, the movie that put Vera Farmiga on the map, filmmaker Debra Granik adapts Daniel Woodrell's powerful novel about an Ozark mountain girl's desperate search for her missing father.

June 18


Marisa Tomei and John C. Reilly are newly, blissfully in love in this drama from the brotherly filmmaking duo of Jay and Mark Duplass (The Puffy Chair). Jonah Hill co-stars as Tomei's clinging, interfering son.

8: The Mormon Proposition

Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) narrates this exposé of the Mormon Church's alleged financial support of California's Prop. 8 amendment, which denies marriage rights to same-sex couples. Co-directed by Steven Greenstreet and Reed Cowan.


French filmmaker Christian Carion enlists two acclaimed actor-directors to star in a fact-based thriller about a KGB colonel (Time of the Gypsies director Emir Kusturica) who passed secret documents to a French businessman (Tell No One director Guillaume Canet) in the early 1980s.

I Am Love

In this extravagantly romantic film from writer-director Luca Guadagnino, the ever-fierce Tilda Swinton plays a Russian who married into a powerful Italian family when she was young. Nearing middle age, she's happy, she thinks, until she begins an affair that will either save her life or destroy it.

Jonah Hex

Based on a long-running DC Comics character, this supernaturally tinged comedy-Western features Josh Brolin as a badly scarred post-Civil War bounty hunter in search of a mad-dog killer, played, of course, by John Malkovich.

The Killer Inside Me

Casey Affleck is Lou Ford, a 1950s-era West Texas deputy sheriff who also happens to be a psychopathic killer. Directed by Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart) and based on Jim Thompson's brilliant and brutal 1952 novel. Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba co-star.

Let It Rain

Veteran French actor-filmmaker Agnès Jaoui (The Taste of Others) stars as a feminist writer who returns to her childhood home and finds herself embroiled in a comic roundelay of romance, sibling rivalry and political intrigue.

The Nature of Existence

"Why do we exist?" That's the first question on filmmaker Roger Nygard's long list of things to ask the philosophers, spiritual leaders, scientists and artists he'll meet as he travels the world over the course of four years for this documentary.

Stonewall Uprising

Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heil­broner re-examine the 1968 police raid on Greenwich Village's Stonewall bar, an event that sparked a riot, days of protest and the modern gay rights movement.

Toy Story 3

Where do toys go when their kid grows up and moves away? After they survive one of their patented Pixar adventures, be prepared to well up as Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the toys of Andy's room see their favorite human off to college. Written by Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and directed by Lee Unkrich. (We hear Mr. Potato Head steals the movie.)

June 25

Grown Ups

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider star as childhood buddies reuniting for the first time in 30 years. We're thinking it's a comedy. Directed by Dennis Dugan (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry)

Knight and Day

Tom Cruise is a renegade secret agent and Cameron Diaz his unwitting blind date, and, all too suddenly, his reluctant sidekick in a mission to save a brilliant scientist (Paul Dano). Directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma)


Journalist Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and photographer Tim Hetherington take along a movie camera to shadow the 173rd Airborne Brigade as they battle the Taliban amid the unforgiving terrain of the Korengal Valley. Winner of this year's Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

South of the Border

Early reviews suggest that director Oliver Stone's documentary about America's rocky relationship with its South American neighbors, which features the director taking a road trip with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is surprisingly evenhanded, though we aren't expecting FOX News to snap up the broadcast rights.

Wild Grass

French auteur Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad), who turns 88 this summer, enlists two of his favorite actors, André Dussollier and Sabine Azéma, for this comic tale of romantic obsession, unending movie-love and the transcendent glories of the colors red, yellow and blue.

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