(100) Days of Summer Movies

(100) Days of Summer Movies

First off, forgive us for not having the budget to upgrade this summer movie preview to 3-D. Rest assured, there are plenty of eye-popping (brain-numbing?) epics in the preview list that follows, but to our pleasure and surprise there is a surplus of attention-worthy 2-D flicks too. Happy summer, movie fans. And this time we mean it. (As always, all dates are subject to change.)

MAY

Sex and the City 2: Manhattan columnist and shoe maven Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and friends (Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon) vacation in Abu Dhabi, land of cranky camels and hunky sheiks. Written and directed by Michael Patrick King.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: A long-haired, muscled-up Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a Persian prince trying to find a magical dagger in this action mega-pic from director Mike Newell and Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who never makes a movie he can't sequel-ize.

Survival of the Dead: Flesh-tastic!
Survival of the Dead: Flesh-tastic!
Inception: The summer's most secret release.
Melissa Moseley
Inception: The summer's most secret release.

George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead: In his sixth film about flesh-eaters, horrormeister George Romero (Night of the Living Dead) sends his disgruntled band o' zombies to an island off Delaware where they shuffle into the gun sights of two feuding Irish families.

John Rabe: John Rabe, a German businessman and Nazi Party member, is believed to have saved at least 200,000 Chinese laborers from sure death during the brutal Japanese occupation of Nanking in 1937. In writer-director Florian Gallenberger's epic re-creation, Ulrich Tukur stars as Rabe, and Steve Buscemi as Robert Wilson, the American surgeon who teamed with him.

JUNE

Killers: Jen (Katherine Heigl) and Spencer (Ashton Kutcher) are blissful newlyweds until the day Jen discovers that her dream man was once a government assassin. The news does not thrill her. Catherine O'Hara costars in this action-comedy from Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic.

Ondine: Maybe she's a mermaid, maybe she's not, but either way, the mysterious beauty Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) is quickly stealing the heart of the Irish fisherman who pulled her from the sea (Colin Farrell). Stephen Rea costars in the new drama from writer-director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game).

The A-Team: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and UFC champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson are a disgraced special ops team out to clear their name in director Joe Carnahan's adaptation of the 1980s TV show [insert Mr. T joke here].

Rosencrantz and 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.

Cyrus: 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 costars as Tomei's clinging, interfering son.

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 costar.

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.)

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).

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 Chávez, is surprisingly even-handed, though we aren't expecting Fox News to snap up the broadcast rights.

Love Ranch: Taylor Hackford (Ray) directs his wife, Helen Mirren, along with Joe Pesci, in the so-crazy-it-has-to-be true story of Sally and Joe Conforte, whose 1970s Reno brothel, known as "Mustang Ranch," led the way to legalized prostitution in Nevada.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: A dreamboat vampire, a hunky werewolf, a confused teenage girl — stop us if you've heard of this one. Directed by David Slade (30 Days of Night).

JULY

The Last Airbender: Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) adapts Nickelodeon's animated fantasy series about a twelve-year-old (Noah Ringer) with the ability to control all four elements — Water, Earth, Air and Fire. No pressure there.

Twelve: Gossip Girl heartthrob Chace Crawford is the best-looking drug dealer on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and Emma Roberts his clueless girlfriend in this adaptation of Nick McDonell's bestseller, published, famously, when the author was only seventeen. Directed by Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo's Fire) and featuring Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Crawford's rival.

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