AUGUST

Julie & Julia
Nora Ephron adapts Julie Powell's memoir of the year she spent making all 524 recipes in Julia Child's classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Amy Adams portrays Powell, whose inner musings on Child's life and times are enacted by none other than Meryl Streep. Looking forward to that accent. Directed by Nora Ephron. Release date: August 7

Paper Heart
In a documentary that's not really a documentary, comedian Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) conducts interviews to see if anyone still believes in true love. Enter actor Michael Cera, playing himself (sort of) and falling for Yi, who, in real life, is already his girlfriend. Got that? Directed by Nicholas Jasenovec. Release date: August 7

District 9
From first-time director Neill Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson, a sci-fi epic about extraterrestrials that landed in South Africa 30 years ago, only to be captured, segregated and brutally mistreated by the government. The rest of the plot is a secret (so far), but we all know what happens when you piss off a space creature. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Release date: August 14

Ponyo
From Disney, the new film by master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (Howl's Moving Castle). In Miyazaki's take on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," a goldfish named Ponyo longs to become human. (Looks like Ariel's got competition.) Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Release date: August 14

Taking Woodstock
The Brokeback Mountain director lightens up for this tie-dye-filled adaptation of Elliot Tiber's terrific Woodstock memoir. Tiber, played here by comedian Demetri Martin, isn't famous, but his family's dilapidated motel was ground zero for the iconic festival. Directed by Ang Lee. Release date: August 14.

The Time Traveler's Wife
Henry (Eric Bana), a Chicago librarian, is forever bouncing around in time (literally). This makes life/marriage hard for Clare (Rachel McAdams), his wife, whose attempts to hold him still are captured in this film version of Audrey Niffenegger's bestseller. Directed by Robert Schwentke. Release date: August 14

Inglourious Basterds
Blame the bad spelling of the title on those infernal Nazis, who refer to the band of Jewish American soldier-assassins led by Brad Pitt as "The Basterds." Quentin Tarantino's World War II action flick also stars Diane Kruger, B.J. Novak (The Office), Hostel writer-director Eli Roth and last, but never least, the mighty Cloris Leachman. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Release date: August 21

It Might Get Loud
The Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth cuts loose in his new documentary, which finds rock gods Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White singing the praises of their respective electric guitars. Then they jam. (Loudly.) Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Release date: August 21

The Boat That Rocked
It's 1966, and rock & roll has yet to make it to the airwaves of the BBC, which controls all radio stations in England. So Philip Seymour Hoffman leads a renegade band of disc jockeys as they broadcast the Devil's music from a boat off the UK shore in this comedy from the director of Love Actually. Directed by Richard Curtis. Release date: August 28

Mesrine: A Film in Two Parts
Vincent Cassel, who was so extraordinary as the mob boss' son in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, moves up the crime ladder in this four-hour epic about the action-packed life (murders, kidnappings — the works) of modern-day French criminal Jacques Mesrine. Directed by Jean-François Richet. Release date: August 28

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