Explosions, pratfalls, and robots; heroes, aliens, and blondes — it must be summertime at the movies.
Beyond the flash, though, it's striking to note just how many movies will require us to actually think this summer— aren't we supposed to save thinking for the fall? Maybe it's the election, but there are some pretty serious and intense flicks coming our way — docs and foreign films and dramas that don't guarantee a happy ending. The distributors must be nuts, but in a sweetly brave and naïve way. And so, as an act of solidarity, we're taking the pledge: For every movie we see that's playing on more than one screen at the multiplex, we hereby vow to see one film that might be good for us. Because after all, as with pop idols and presidents, we get the movies that we deserve.
THRILLS AND CHILLS: The summer in action and horror
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Man. Hat. Whip.
A retirement home caregiver (Mena Suvari) hits a newly homeless executive (Stephen Rea) and his body gets stuck in her windshield. She goes to bury him, but — uh oh — he's still alive. Based on a true story. From Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon.
The Incredible Hulk
Edward Norton goes green.
The Mother of Tears
Will Smith as a modern-day superhero who is becoming more famous for being drunk than for his ability to lift a whale with one hand.
Hellboy: The Golden Army
The X-Files: I Want To Believe
The Dark Knight
Midnight Meat Train
Bradley Cooper stars as a Manhattan photographer who becomes obsessed with finding a subway serial killer. The first in a series of films to be based on Clive Barker's hardcore horror collection, "Books of Blood."
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Brendan Fraser, lifelong Mummy catcher, goes to China.
In this remake of a South Korean film, Kiefer Sutherland battles a vengeful ghost in a haunted department store. In other words, stay out of the dressing room.
Nicholas Cage is a hitman on assignment in this action thriller from China's talented Pang Brothers (The Eye), here remaking their 1999 debut film.
Vin Diesel in a near future world all gone to hell, trying to protect a woman whose baby will be the next Messiah. Don't worry: Vin will save us.
BUT SERIOUSLY, FOLKS: The summer in drama
When Did You Last See Your Father?
Quid Pro Quo
Love — or is it abuse? — blossoms between a shy meter maid (Samantha Morton) and her aggressive co-worker (Jason Patric). This film marks a welcome return to the screen by the recently ill, and always delightful Teri Garr, in a dual role.
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