First off, forgive us for not having the budget to upgrade this summer movie preview to 3D. 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 2D flicks too. Happy summer, movie fans. This time, we mean it. (As always, all dates are subject to change.)
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.
In this new film from the gifted Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, The Sea Inside), Rachel Weisz portrays Hypatia, the 4th-century Greek philosopher-astronomer whose death at the hands of a Christian mob was not pretty. Max Minghella is the slave who loves her.
Father of My Children
Inspired by the life and death of a French film producer who encouraged her early career, filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love's fictional drama depicts the events leading up to the suicide of a beloved Parisian movie producer (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing), and his family's struggle to go on in the aftermath.
Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies
Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque together created the art movement known as Cubism. In this documentary, art dealer turned filmmaker Arne Gilmer wonders: Could their perception-shattering work have been influenced by that newly invented fad known as the moving picture?
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 sequelize.
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.
Get Him to the Greek
Jonah Hill plays a record company intern whose career-making assignment could be considered a music business rite of passage: escorting a drug-addled rock star (British comic Russell Brand) to a big gig. From the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Nicholas Stoller.
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 Tukor stars as Rabe, and Steve Buscemi as Robert Wilson, the American surgeon who teamed with him.
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 Blond director Robert Luketic.
With a stray bullet lodged in his head, and lifelong grief in his heart over his father's death in a minefield, a former video store clerk (French comic Dany Boon) joins forces with seven strange and brilliant street artists to enact revenge on the world's two biggest arms manufacturers. A visually intricate comic fable from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amèlie).
Filmmaker Tom Shepard follows three brilliant high school students as they work, over the course of two years, to complete self-generated science projects for the Intel Science Talent Search, which comes with a $100,000 prize.
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].
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
In 1920s Paris, Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) invites a penniless Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) to bring his wife and children to live in her famed Parisian villa, Bel Respiro. Soon, the great designer is seducing the great composer in this opulent drama from Dutch director Jan Kounen.
El Súperstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Francés
After his parents die, Beverly Hills white boy Jonathan French (Spencer John French) is raised by his Mexican nanny (Lupe Ontiveros). As an adult, Jonathan becomes Juan Frances, ranchero singing star, in this faux documentary comedy from filmmaker Amy French.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg track the indefatigable comic over the course of a recent year, in a documentary that festival audiences expected to disdain and ending up loving. At age 76, Rivers has buzz.
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