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SUMMER GUIDE: (100) Days of Summer Movies

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Valhalla Rising

Circa 1000 A.D., a Norse warrior (Mads Mikkelsen) leads a band of hyperactive Christians on a quest for the Holy Land. Prepare to wince: Director Nicolas Winding Refn's movies, including last year's Bronson, as well as the astonishing Pusher trilogy, are never less than brutal.

July 30

The Adjustment Bureau

It's love at first sight for Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) and ballerina Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), but is it fate or sinister earthly forces conspiring to keep them apart? Screenwriter George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of a 1954 story by Phillip K. Dick.

Beastly

Seventeen-year-old Kyle (Alex Pettyfer) thinks he's hot stuff until the night he disses a goth girl named Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) who's actually a witch. Kendra's revenge sends Kyle on a search for love in writer-director Daniel Barnz's adaptation of Alex Flinn's popular teen novel.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

Putting their ongoing war — chronicled in the 2001 hit Cats & Dogs — on hold, canines and felines team up to stop a creepily hairless kitty with dreams of world domination. Bette Midler is the voice of the evil Kitty Galore in this live-action family film.

The Dry Land

After a reunion with his wife (America Ferrera) takes a violent turn, James (Ryan O'Nan), a West Texas soldier newly home from the Iraq War, takes a road trip to visit his war buddies (Wilmer Valderrama, Diego Klattenhoff) and hopefully find some inner peace. Written and directed by Ryan Piers Williams.

The Extra Man

It's a collision of eccentrics when a lonely, cross-dressing teacher (Paul Dano) becomes the roommate of an "escort" (Kevin Kline) for wealthy widows. Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, this new film from co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) features Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly and the rarely seen but always welcome Patti D'Arbanville.

Get Low

Legend has it that there once was a secretly wealthy Tennessee hermit who decided to throw his own funeral so that he could hear the stories people had to tell about him. In this beautifully acted 1930s period piece from director Aaron Schnei­der, Robert Duvall is the hermit, Sissy Spacek his old flame and Bill Murray the town's newly energized funeral director.

I Killed My Mother

French-Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan, 21, not only makes his feature debut with this drama about a 16-year-old gay teen's battles with his mother, he stars in the film as well.

August 6

Brotherhood

Newly released from the Dutch army (Thure Lindhardt), a young man falls in with a neo-Nazi street gang, only to find himself having romantic feelings for one of the members (David Dencik). When they become lovers, things get dicey in this debut feature from Nicolo Donato.

Cairo Time

Patricia Clarkson is a Canadian journalist who's come to Egypt to meet up with her husband. When he's delayed, husband sends an Egyptian friend (Alexander Siddig) to keep his wife company. Probably not a great idea. Written and directed by Ruba Nadda.

Chain Letter

Hey, man, don't delete that chain letter that just landed in your inbox. If you do, the sender is going to snatch you up, wrap you in chains (get it?) and torture you. To death!

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

There's reportedly a memorably clever bit of business involving a stray bullet casing in this British kidnapping thriller from first time filmmaker J. Blakeson. Eddie Marsan, the addled driving instructor in Happy-Go-Lucky, stars.

Mao's Last Dancer

From director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), the true story of the Chinese-born ballet dancer Li Cunxin, who was sent to dance with the Houston Ballet as part of a 1970s cultural exchange program. Li eventually married an American, sparking an international tussle between the two countries. Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan and Chi Cao star.

Middle Men

In this fact-based drama, set in the late 1990s, Luke Wilson stars as a fixer of troubled businesses who meets two guys (Giovanni Ribisi and Gabriel Macht) who've figured out a way to transmit pornography over the Internet. Wilson helps them get organized and super-rich, and then the real trouble begins. Co-starring James Caan and directed by George Gallo.

The Other Guys

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg channel their inner Serpico in this comedy about two mediocre New York detectives who get a shot at the case of a lifetime. Co-starring Eva Mendes and Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman).

Step Up 3D

Filmmaker Jon M. Chu, who received some surprisingly good reviews for his work on Step Up 2, returns to direct the third installment in the popular series about the underground dance scene in New York. This edition has been filmed in 3D, so expect to be kicked in the face by a hot dancer.

The Wildest Dream

In June 1924, English mountain climber George Mallory and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, vanished near the summit of Mount Everest. Mallory's body was found 75 years later by the American climber Conrad Anker, who joins first-time filmmaker Anthony Geffen to re-create Mallory's original climb. Narrated by Liam Neeson.

August 13

Down Terrace

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