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The Kids Are All Right: Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play a Southern California lesbian couple with two teenagers they had with the sperm of an anonymous donor. When the kids track down their biological father (Mark Ruffalo), the mothers are more than a little freaked. Written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon).
Predators: The alien creature that stalked Arnold Schwarzennegger back in 1987 and then spawned a host of bad sequels is back, thanks to executive producer Robert Rodriguez. Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne and Topher Grace are the unlucky mercenaries about to become alien bait.
Inception: Arguably the most anticipated movie of the summer, if not the year, this thriller from writer-director Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight) is shrouded in secrecy. We do know that Leonardo DiCaprio heads up a team of "dream thieves" that includes Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe (though maybe he's the bad guy).
Dinner for Schmucks: The schmuck is Barry (Steve Carell), a nerd deluxe who's thrilled to be invited by his boss (Paul Rudd) to a dinner for big shots. What Barry doesn't know is that he's being set up for big-time ridicule in this comedy from director Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers).
Ramona and Beezus: In the film version of young adult novelist Beverly Cleary's iconic "Ramona" character, first created in the 1950s, eleven-year-old Joey King plays the spunky third grader with Disney Channel star Selena Gomez as her older sister Beatrice, a.k.a. "Beezus."
Salt: Angelina Jolie channels her inner Jason Bourne — she leaps, she kicks, she kills — in director Phillip Noyce's action thriller about a CIA operative who's accused of being a Russian spy. Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor costar.
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 codirectors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) features Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly and the rarely seen but always welcome Patti D'Arbanville.AUGUST
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.
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.
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. Costarring 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. Costarring Eva Mendes and Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman).
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.
Eat Pray Love: Writer-director Ryan Murphy took time away from his hit TV show Glee to direct Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in the film version of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling memoir about her worldwide search for enlightenment after a rough divorce. James Franco, Billy Crudup and Richard Jenkins costar.
Lottery Ticket: It takes luck to win a mega-millions lottery ticket, but it may take a miracle for Kevin (Bow Wow), a young Atlanta man, to keep his family, friends and neighbors from getting their mitts on the ticket over a long 4th of July weekend. Ice Cube and Loretta Devine costar in Erik White's debut comedy.
Nanny McPhee 2: When two spoiled city kids visit their country cousins on an English farm, it's a culture clash that only the ugly-yet-magical Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) can resolve. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Maggie Smith costar for director Susanna White in the second film of a projected trilogy.
The Switch: Drunk and jealous that his best friend Kassie (Jennifer Aniston) didn't choose him to be her sperm donor, Wally (Jason Bateman) replaces the donor's swimmers with his own. Kassie moves away, but seven years later she's back, and wow, that kid sure looks like Wally, doesn't he? Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory) codirect.
Takers: For the snazzily dressed, super-efficient LA bank-robbing gang led by Idris Elba (Obsessed), there's one last big heist to pull off. (Isn't there always?) Their plan is brilliant, but the LA detectives played by Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez have one of their own. Paul Walker, Zoë Saldana and Hayden Christensen costar.
Going the Distance: Drew Barrymore and Justin Long play it for laughs in this comedy about the perils of sustaining a long-distance love. Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston costar. Nanette Burstein (American Teen) directs.
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