(100) Days of Summer Movies

July 2

The Girl Who Played with Fire
For the second film in the Stieg Larsson "Millennium Trilogy" (the first was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace return as a financial journalist and tattooed hacker, respectively, who are once again up to their necks in murder and intrigue.

The Last Airbender
Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) adapts Nickelodeon's animated fantasy series about a 12-year-old (Noah Ringer) with the ability to control all four elements — Water, Earth, Air, and Fire. No pressure there.

Perrier’s Bounty: Cillian Murphy has four hours to pay back a drug kingpin.
Perrier’s Bounty: Cillian Murphy has four hours to pay back a drug kingpin.
Sex in the City 2: The Fab Four are transported to Abu Dhabi.
Sex in the City 2: The Fab Four are transported to Abu Dhabi.

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 17. Directed by Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo's Fire) and featuring Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as Crawford's rival.

July 9

Countdown to Zero
In this documentary about the likelihood of a nuclear bomb going off in the near future, director Lucy Walker divides the cause for a possible detonation into three categories: accident, miscalculation, or insanity.

Despicable Me
There are villains aplenty in this 3D animated comedy, chief among them the cranky, unfulfilled Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), whose plan to steal the moon is hitting a few snags.

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, Lawrence Fishburne, and Topher Grace are the unlucky mercenaries about to become alien bait.

Stonewall Uprising
Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Hellbrone re-examine the 1968 police raid on Greenwich Village's Stonewall bar, an event that sparked a riot, days of protest, and the modern gay rights movement.

Wild Grass
French auteur Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad), who turns 88 this summer, enlists two of his favorite actors, André Dussollier and Sabine Azéma, for this comic tale of romantic obsession, unending movie-love, and the transcendent glories of the colors red, yellow, and blue.

July 16

The Concert
A disgraced Russian conductor (Aleksei Guskov) seeks to rewrite history in this drama from Romanian director Radu Mihaileanu. Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) co-stars.

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).

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).

A 10-year old boy fights with his father on Christmas Eve and runs away to Dublin, with a neighbor girl in tow. Filmmaker Lance Daly's follow-up to The Halo Effect has been much admired on the festival circuit.

[Rec] 2
This sequel to the decidedly creepy Spanish horror film Rec (the Hollywood version was called Quarantine) picks up moments after the original ended, as a special ops team enters a Barcelona apartment whose inhabitants are infected with a virus that turns them drooly and demonic.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Nicholas Cage, teaming up again with National Treasure director Jon Turteltaub, plays a modern-day conjurer who enlists an NYU student (Jay Baruchel) to help him save the world from an evil wizard (Alfred Molina). The adventure film is reportedly inspired by the Mickey Mouse sorcerer sequence in Fantasia (that scares us just a little bit).

July 23

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).

Great Directors
Some of the world's filmmaking iconoclasts — Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, and Agnès Varda among them — discuss their methods and madness in this documentary by Angela Ismailos.

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel
With the full cooperation of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, Canadian filmmaker Brigitte Berman looks back at Hef's tumultuous early days, when his newfangled ideas about nudity, sex, gay rights, and drug use, among other things, shocked magazine readers and seriously annoyed the feds.

Ramona and Beezus
In the film version of young adult novelist Beverly Cleary's iconic "Ramona" character, first created in the 1950s, 11-year-old Joey King plays the spunky third grader with Disney Channel star Selena Gomez as her older sister Beatrice, aka "Beezus."

Angelina Jolie channels her inner Jason Bourne — she leaps, she kicks, she kills—in director Phillip Noyce's action thriller about a CIA operative accused of being a Russian spy. Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star.

Valhalla Rising
Circa 1000 A.D., a Norse warrior (Mads Mikkelsen) leads a band of hyperactive Christians on a quest for the Holy Land. Prepare to wince: Director Nicolas Winding Refn's movies, including last year's Bronson, as well as the astonishing Pusher trilogy, are never less than brutal.

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