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A round-up of summer's surefire hits (and definite duds)

Factotum
(Picturehouse)
Starring:Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol ) and Marisa Tomei
Written and directed by:Bent Hamer, based on the novel by Charles Bukowski
What it's about:Dillon plays Henry Chinaski (Bukowski's alter-ego) in this movie about drinking, writing, having sex and drinking. In other words, Bukowski.
Why you should see it: Dillon hasn't had a role this dark and juicy since Drugstore Cowboy, and the wonderful Lili Taylor just hasn't had enough roles, period.
Why you should not: Aren't we, as a people, dead-tired of Bukowski yet? Mickey Rourke nailed it in 1987's Barfly, and there hasn't been anything new to say about talented but pathetic drunks ever since.

Trust the Man
(Fox Searchlight)
Starring:David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Written and directed by: Bart Freundlich (The Myth of Fingerprints)
What it's about:Four New Yorkers in various stages of relationships hash out the old issues (sex, friendship, marriage, adultery) as they struggle to make sense of modern love. With jokes!
Why you should see it:The foursome of Duchovny, Moore, Crudup and Gyllenhaal have more than their fair share of talent (and vowels). And it looks like it doesn't take itself too seriously, which is instant death in these kinds of movies.
Why you should not:Are you really concerned about the problems of rich, white, wealthy, beautiful and well-apartmented Manhattanites?

Beerfest
(Warner Bros.)
Starring:Eric Christian Olsen (Not Another Teen Movie), Cameron Scher and Blanchard Ryan (Open Water)
Directed by:Jay Chandrasekhar (The Dukes of Hazzard)
Written by:Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan (Club Dread)
What it's about:Two wacky lugs travel to Germany to enter, compete in and perhaps maybe even triumph in a series of beer chugs. Seriously, that's it.
Why you should see it:It's possible to smuggle beer into a movie theater, but you're really better off with a pint of vodka to pour in a slushie.
Why you should not:Aside from the asinine concept, the label "from the director of The Dukes of Hazzard" packs the punch of a cigarette warning.

Crossover
(Sony)
Starring: Anthony Mackie (She Hate Me), Wesley Jonathan (Roll Bounce) and Wayne Brady
Written and directed by: Preston A. Whitmore II (The Walking Dead)
What it's about: A gifted basketball player (Jonathan) wants to use his sports scholarship to get into UCLA pre-med; meanwhile, his best friend (Mackie) wants to get his GED and settle a street score. When romance enters the picture for both men, things get more complicated.
Why you should see it: I got nothin'. Sounds pretty predictable really.
Why you should not: Mankind did not need more Wayne Brady.

DOA: Dead or Alive
(Weinstein Company)
Starring: Jaime Pressly, Holly Valance and Devon Aoki
Directed by: Corey Yuen (The Transporter, Hero)
Written by: J.F. Lawton (Pretty Woman) and Adam & Seth Gross (Devour), based on the videogame
What it's about: Chicks in bikinis fight guys with swords. It's modeled after a fighting game, and the movie doesn't look like it added a ton of plot or anything, though the fanboys are already up in arms over the fact that the women aren't fighting each other in the trailer.

Why you should see it: It could be as fun as the first Charlie's Angels.
Why you should not: It could be as tedious as Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

How to Eat Fried Worms
(New Line)
Starring: Luke Benward (Because of Winn-Dixie) and Hallie Kate Eisenberg (The Goodbye Girl)
Written and directed by: Bob Dolman (The Banger Sisters), based on the novel by Thomas Rockwell
What it's about: Fifth-grade kid goes head-to-head with the school bully by accepting a dare to eat ten worms in a single day.
Why you should see it: The classic children's book brings hope and courage to a new generation of victimized youth. Who don't read books.
Why you should not: How many classic-children's-book adaptations can you name?

Idlewild
(Universal)
Starring:André Benjamin (Four Brothers ), Antwan Patton (ATL) and Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow)
Written and directed by:First-timer Brian Barber
What it's about: Benjamin and Patton (the real-life duo of OutKast) play a couple of, um, ahead-of-their-times musicians in a 1930s Southern juke joint. Elaborate musical numbers compete for airtime with gangster politics as big bad Howard comes to town to muscle in on the club.
Why you should see it:Musically, Benjamin and Patton are at the top of their game, the concept of injecting their tunes with the flavor of old-school jazz has major promise, and Benjamin has already shown he's got screen skills.
Why you should not:Neither period black gangster films (Harlem Nights) nor musical gangster films (Bugsy Malone) tend to stand the test of time.
Invincible
(Buena Vista)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear and Michael Rispoli
Directed by: Ericson Core (TV's Family Law)
Written by:Brad Gann (Black Irish)
What it's about: A down-on-his-luck Philadelphia Eagles fan (Wahlberg) decides to attend an open tryout for the team and gets to live out his dream of playing professional football. It's from the producers of The Rookie, is the same basic idea and is similarly based on true events.

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