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

Why you should see it: The Rookie was formulaic, but it worked, and even appealed to people who couldn't care less about baseball.
Why you should not: Mark Wahlberg is no Dennis Quaid.

Material Girls
(MGM)
Starring:Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff and Anjelica Huston
Directed by: Martha Coolidge (The Prince & Me)
Written by: John Quaintance, Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin
What it's about: Duff and Duff play sisters — how about that? — who gots plenty of dough from their family's cosmetics company. But when the family biz is bankrupted by scandal, will the Duffs ever learn how to cope with being poor?
Why you should see it: Coolidge directed Valley Girl...
Why you should not: ...four years before Hilary Duff was born.

The Descent
(Lions Gate)
Starring:Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza and Alex Reid
Written and directed by:Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers)
What it's about:Six female spelunkers become trapped deep in the bowels of the earth, and wouldn't you know it, this cave happens to be the home of flesh-eating creatures of the dark.
Why you should see it: It's a tight concept with plenty of opportunities for cat scares and gore for the popcorn crowd.
Why you should not: Man can only take so many cat scares before it's all a big wall of black and red noise.

Crank
(Lions Gate)
Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart and Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite)
Written and directed by: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (visual effects artists on Biker Boyz)
What it's about: A hit man (Statham) is injected with a new designer drug that will kill him if his adrenaline level drops too low, so in order to find the person responsible and not die, he must remain agitated and excited. That shouldn't be too hard.
Why you should see it: Statham's Transporter movies have been over-the-top junk-food pleasures. Plus, how can you vote against Pedro?
Why you should not: Someone please explain how the effects guys from Biker Boyz have earned the right to direct a major movie.

The Return
(Focus)
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sam Shepard and Peter O'Brien
Directed by: Asif Kapadia
Written by: Adam Sussman
What it's about:Gellar plays a young woman whose life gets wacky when she begins to have nightmares about the 25-year-old murder of, yes, a young woman.
Why you should see it: Buffy doing what Buffy does best.
Why you should not:Die, Buffy, die!

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