Welcome to the second part of our exciting 2010 Summer Movie Preview. Where we continue to look at all of the upcoming films heading your way over the course of the next four months. Hopefully you enjoyed all our offerings in Part 1, which thoroughly examined the biggest movies of May and June. Now, we look at what you can expect in July and August:
The Last Airbender - July 2nd
What's the Fuss: Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations are tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world. Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film The Last Airbender is the opening chapter in Aang's struggle to survive. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
Why you shouldn't miss it: It's been one of the highest rated kids' programs on television for ten years running. How can a billion tweens be wrong? M. Night Shyamalan finally gets to stretch his creative muscles in 3D! The acclaimed director who was once compared to Steven Spielberg has a chance to show how well he can work with other people's property. Which he desperately needs to do after the horrible train wreck that was The Happening. Great special effects and tiny Kung Fu kickers will make this a family affair and a huge hit at the box office. Its one of the few films you simply cannot miss.
Twelve - July 2nd
What's the Fuss: Based on the Nick McDonell novel of the same name, Twelve follows a high school dropout-turned-drug dealer (Chace Crawford) in New York's Upper East Side. His lucrative life sours when the dealer's cousin is brutally murdered on an East Harlem playground and his best friend is arrested for the crime. Directed by Joel Schumacher.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Joel Schumacher and Kiefer Sutherland reteam after a string of iconic hits in the 80s. Do you really need another reason? How about: (Chace Crawford) gets to show off his acting chops and prove that he's not just another pretty face? Yes, Schumacher has found his single greatest muse since Rob Lowe. Expect to see posters of (Crawford hanging on Justin Bieber's bedroom wall when Schumacher reboots the original The Lost Boys. Until that time, you'll have to hold onto Twelve. Because its pure, unfiltered awesomeness in a bottle. And classic Schumacher.
Predators - July 9th
What's the Fuss: A bold new chapter in the Predator universe, Predators was shot on location under Robert Rodriguez's creative auspices at the filmmaker's Austin-based Troublemaker Studios, and is directed by Nimród Antal. The film stars Adrien Brody as Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... As prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers: mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members - human Predators that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
Why you shouldn't miss it: It's the Predator, one of the most iconic movie monsters of the new century. And we're getting a bunch of cool looking new ones with never before seen weaponry. If that doesn't do it for you, we also get a strong female heroine taking over the Arnold Schwarzenegger role in the sexy Alice Braga. Topher Grace dying in glorious fashion? Another stellar badass performance from everyone's favorite bandito Danny Trejo? Do you want me to keep going? The action is a shared combination of Robert Rodriguez by way of Nimród Antal. And we finally get to see the Predator's home world. This has the potential to not only be the best Predator film yet, but also the single best sci-fi action flick of the year.
Cyrus - July 9th
What's the Fuss: With John's (John C. Reilly) social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, this down on his luck divorcee finally meets the woman (Marisa Tomei) of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life: Her son (Jonah Hill). Written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, the iconoclastic filmmaking team behind Sundance Film Festival favorite The Puffy Chair, Cyrus takes an insightful and funny look at love and family in contemporary Los Angeles.
Why you shouldn't miss it: John C. Reilly! Jonah Hill! Working with the Duplass brothers! With a striking premise and a subtle, mumbley charm, this DIY comedy constructed from glue and cardboard has the potential to outscore all those other big summer comedies out there at the moment. If you're looking for smart laughs and a gloriously depraved premise, but you don't really feel like venturing into that dingy little air conditioner-less art house cinema, this will surely satiate your need for intellectual nourishment while simultaneously tickling your long numb funny bone.
Despicable Me - July 9th
What's the Fuss: In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon (Yes, the moon!) in Universal's new 3-D CGI feature, Despicable Me. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Steve Carell is funny on a human level, and his excellent comedy skills and voice talents will play perfectly into this unique scenario. Despicable Me promises to be one of the funniest cartoons out there this year, and it will certainly give Shrek Forever After a run for its money. If you want something new and different, Directors Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin are certainly aiming to please in that department. And it's in 3D. What more could you want?
Inception - July 16th
What's the Fuss: Warner Bros. presents the new film by The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan, this one taking on a sci-fi psychological spin for the serious-minded action auteur, with Leonardo DiCaprio spearheading the cast. Emma Thomas serves as producer, with Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, and Ellen Page rounding out the supporting roles.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Before Avatar, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight was the biggest film of all time. The director has a lot of geek cred, even if we really don't know too much about this upcoming mind-melter. Heck, we didn't know too much about The Matrix, and looked how that played out. Inception promises some of the coolest visual effects seen this summer, and its shaping up to be the dark horse amongst all these other juggernaut films. Curiosity is the main reason you should check this one out. It has the potential be one of the most amazing big screen experiences of the year.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - July 16th
What's the Fuss: Dave (Jay Baruchel) is just an average college student, or so it appears, until the sorcerer Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) recruits him as his reluctant protégé and gives him a crash course in the art and science of magic. As he prepares for a battle against the forces of darkness in modern-day Manhattan, Dave finds it is going to take all of the courage he can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Directed by Jon Turteltaub.
Why you shouldn't miss it: This is one of those rare instances where Nicolas Cage can go completely bat shit and get away with it. What's more insane than a dude who thinks he's a wizard tooling around New York city like a silver-paint sniffing bum? Director Jon Turteltaub and Cage have captured lightening in a bottle twice before, working on the hugely popular National Treasure franchise. If Jay Baruchel can pull off the dance of the magic broomsticks as well as Mickey Mouse did back in the 60s, The Sorcerer's Apprentice might just become a gargantuan hit. It will be a lot of fun to watch, either way.
Dinner for Schmucks - July 23rd
What's the Fuss: Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss' annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Jay Roach, director of Meet the Parents comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.
Why you shouldn't miss it: This is the third outing for Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, and the two improv legends are golden gods in the realm of comedy. The premise perfectly plays to both of their strengths as actors, and director Jay Roach knows how to squeeze the most out of every ridiculous scenario presented to him. If things go according to plan, this could be an instant comedy classic, heralded for years to come. And it's sure to have you chocking on your popcorn.
Salt - July 23rd
What's the Fuss: In Columbia Pictures' Salt, Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. When she is accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world's most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence. Directed by Phillip Noyce.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Angelina Jolie returns to her action roots in a role that was made for a man but strong enough for a woman. Direct Phillip Noyce promises to pack blistering action into ever inch of this espionage thriller. And the chase scenes are phenomenal. Throw the always welcome Liev Schreiber into the mix, and you have a recipe for one of the most exciting, edge-of-your-seat potboilers seen this year. Did I mention there's a pretty great car chase? Need I say more? Oh, and Angelina Jolie is guaranteed to give you the biggest and best summer boner you ever had. That's right! Screw you, Megan Fox! And your evil Civil War zombies!
Beastly - July 30th
What's the Fuss: Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is 17 and has it all: He's hot, popular, rich and gets whatever he wants. But he also has a vicious cruel side, fueled by his obsession with the 'in crowd' and his contempt for those who don't fit in. Prone to mocking and humiliating outcast classmates, he zeroes in on Goth girl Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen), inviting her to the school's extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly harsh fashion. She seeks revenge in the form of a spell that physically transforms him into someone unrecognizable and horribly unattractive. The only way to reverse the curse is to find someone who will love him in his new form. A task he doesn't think possible. Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle's insensitive father (Peter Krause) banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper (Lisa Gay Hamilton) and blind tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens) if she will agree to live in Kyle's Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle's journey to discover true love. Directed by Daniel Barnz.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Mary-Kate Olsen finally returns to the big screen after a long absence, albeit without her twin sister. Alex Pettyfer is the perfect handsome jerk, and lovers of clichéd character development will enjoy watching his transformation into someone with a heart. Vanessa Hudgens proves that she is more than just a pretty face with her role as the beast's paramour. And Neil Patrick Harris shows up as a blind guy. This blaring mash-up of genre cinema and teen romance is sure to please a variety of movie lovers.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - July 30th
What's the Fuss: In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, one crazed feline has taken things a paw too far. Kitty Galore, formerly an agent for cat spy organization MEOWS, has gone rogue and hatched a diabolical plan to not only bring her canine enemies to heel, but take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post. Faced with this unprecedented threat, cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history in an unlikely alliance to save themselves. And their humans. In Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, a comedy that blends live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation. It's time for the fur to fly. Directed by Brad Peyton.
Why you shouldn't miss it: More talking animals! If you didn't get enough smart ass canines in Marmaduke, than Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore will surely satiate your need to watch domesticated pets act like human beings. A live action Looney Tunes short come to life, Brad Peyton has packed this awesome adventure with enough jokes and enough action to fill three lesser family films. Anyone who still gets a kick out of seeing dogs play poker will want to secure a place in line for this excellent bit of barn yard escapism.
Chain Letter - August 6th
What's the Fuss: From the producers of Saw comes this new horror feature, which introduces the chain-wielding killer 'Chain Man' Michael Bailey Smith). Matt Cohen, Cody Kasch, Michael J. Pagan, Cherilyn Wilson, Nikki Reed and Noah Segan play his targets. Clifton Powell will play their high school coach, while Betsy Russell and Keith David play the police officers on the killer's tail. Directed by Deon Taylor.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Flying limbs. Geysers of blood. A sick, twisted maniac creeping around in the shadows. What would summer be without a bloody slasher flick to satisfy our depraved urges? With a pedigree that includes the hit horror franchise Saw in its bloodline, Chain Letter is shaping up to be the next great serial killer series. And it's a great way to kill both your time and eleven bucks. Looking for a little arm action this summer? Take your date to this thrilling bit of gore-soaked decadence. You're sure to score in this heat. She'll be hiding under your armpit in no time. Just watch the yellow pit stains you gained from the heat outside. No one likes a cold sweat. Not even your mother.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed - August 6th
What's the Fuss: On a suburban street, two masked men seize a young woman. They bind and gag her and take her to an abandoned, soundproofed apartment. She is Alice Creed (Gemma Arterton), daughter of a millionaire. Her kidnappers, the coldly efficient Vic (Eddie Marsan) and his younger accomplice Danny (Martin Compston), have worked out a meticulous plan. But Alice is not going to play the perfect victim. She's not giving in without a fight. In a tense power play of greed, duplicity and survival we discover that sometimes disappearances can be deceptive. Directed by J Blakeson.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Gemma Arterton, having just served time in Walt Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as decorative wall candy, gets to shine as a kidnapped rich girl who turns the tables on her kidnappers. The terrific Eddie Marsan brings a whole lot of badass swagger to the role of villainous Vic. And J Blakeson proves he's one of our future greats in terms of writing and directing. Though this is a smaller film, it is quite worth your time in seeking out.
Middle Men - August 6th
What's the Fuss: In 1995, everyone had a VCR, music was sold in record stores, and the world-wide-web was a newfound discovery. Businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) had the perfect life. A beautiful family and a successful career fixing problem companies. Then he met Wayne Beering (Giovanni Ribisi) and Buck Dolby (Gabriel Macht), two genius but troubled men who had invented the way adult entertainment is sold over the internet. When Jack agrees to help steer their business, he soon finds himself caught between a 23 year-old porn star and the FBI all the while becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs of his time. Witness a story so outrageous, you won't believe it's true. A story that proves business is a lot like sex. Getting in is easy, pulling out is hard. Directed by George Gallo.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Nostalgic for the 90s? With Hot Tub Time Machine having completely drained the 80s of its cinematic charm, George Gallo is now the first direct to mine the Bush era for entertainment. The always powerful Giovanni Ribisi is sure to bring another dynamic, Oscar-worthy performance to the screen. And this tale of the Internet's financial boon is a fascinating moment in our popular culture. Here is a smart movie. If you're tired of having your mind constantly blown away by the latest special effects, this is the best alternative.
The Other Guys - August 6th
What's the Fuss: Set in New York City, The Other Guys follows Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), a forensic accountant who's more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets, and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), a tough guy who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an unfortunate run-in with Derek Jeter. Allen and Terry idolize the city's top cops, Danson and Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson), but when an opportunity arises for The Other Guys to step up, things don't quite go as planned. Directed by Adam McKay.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Did you like the concept behind Kevin Smith's Cop Out, but hate the execution? The Other Guys might be the film you're looking for. Mark Wahlberg gets to be funny on purpose during the summer for a change (see M. Night Shyamalan's 2008 stinker The Happening). And Funny or Die duo Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have a proven track record of creating great, weird, subversive comedies that stand the test of time. Even thought there are a couple of other excellent comedy options out there this season, The Other Guys will surely bring an odd twist of hilarity to your summer vacation.
Step Up 3D - August 6th
What's the Fuss: In this third installment of the popular dance franchise, a tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke (Rick Malambri) and Natalie (Sharni Vinson), team up with NYU freshman Moose (Adam G. Sevani) only to find themselves pitted against the world's best breakdancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever. Directed by Jon Chu.
Why you shouldn't miss it: The hottest dance moves. In 3D. Need we say more? Glee's resident break-dancer Harry Shum Jr. gets to show off his stuff on the big screen. This franchise continues to prove time and again that its no Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. If you seek pure, unadulterated entertainment that won't require much brainpower as it cools down from the intense heat outside, Step Up 3D is your safest bet. And did I mention? It's in 3D!
Eat, Pray, Love - August 13th
What's the Fuss: Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having: A husband, a house, a successful career. Yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Based upon the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert. Directed by Ryan Murphy.
Why you shouldn't miss it: America's sweetheart and Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts has been absent from the Cineplex for far too long, and this new film gives her the means to shine in a role that is both comedic and dramatic. Elizabeth Gilbert's book was a best seller, which means we're dealing with a pretty great story here. One that you're probably quite familiar with. Javier Bardem is stepping in as the resident hunk, and his romance with our leading lady is sure to be a realistic and meaningful exercise in screen chemistry. Ryan Murphy has proven that he knows a thing or two about pleasing an audience with his hit Fox series Glee. And James Franco takes his shirt off. What? You're in line already? I knew you would be.
The Expendables - August 13th
What's the Fuss: The Expendables is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, our men realize things aren't quite as they appear, thus finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge. One that threatens to destroy this unique band of brothers. Directed by Sylvester Stallone.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Sylvester Stallone has assembled an amazing cast of action stalwarts, creating the best reason for on-screen explosions ever. Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews join Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger for, possibly, the best showcase of muscles and spent bullets ever commited to celluloid. If you're a fan of 80s action films, or just like to watch villains die in fascinating blurs of bravado, you need no other reason to see this movie than the cast list itself. Tagged with an R rating, you know this film is going to blow the rest of its summer competition to pieces. Literally.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World - August 13th
What's the Fuss: Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreams. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) heart? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker's quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Edgar Wright has made two geek classics with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. This appears to be his hat trick. He's nailed the look of the comic books. Michael Cera) has been cast as the perfect Scott Pilgrim. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a fetching heartbreaker certainly worth fighting seven evil exs over. Even if it means certain death. The action is ultra cool, the colors are popping, and the on-screen dynamic between the actors appears to be a pitch perfect combination of sexy and dangerous. Not your average comic book adaptation, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World certainly looks like one awesome night out at the Cineplex. And a cult classic to boot.
Lottery Ticket - August 20th
What's the Fuss: Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his opportunistic neighbors discover he has the winning ticket in his possession, Kevin must survive their greedy and sometimes even threatening actions over a three-day holiday weekend before he can claim his prize. Directed by Erik White.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Ice Cube pulls a page directly out of Clint Eastwood's grumpy old bastard playbook, appearing as an ornery coot out to help a local youth keep a lottery ticket in his possession. It'll be fun to see Cube pass the baton off to Bow Wow, in a comedy that plays like a follow-up to his classic outings Friday and Barbershop. It comes packed with a real family vibe, and is one of the few films this summer that teenage boys can truly identify with.
The Switch - August 20th
What's the Fuss: This hilarious new film is based on Jeffrey Eugenides' short story "Baster," which was first published in The New Yorker. The Switch centers on a neurotic and insecure man (Jason Bateman) who finds out his best friend (Jennifer Aniston) wants to have a child through artificial insemination. He surreptitiously replaces her donor's semen with his own and is then forced to live with the secret that he is the child's real father. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Jason Bateman is in the prime of his career, and Jennifer Aniston ain't no slouch either. With a number of recent films behind her that helped burry some of her comedic talents, The Switch lets our favorite friend shine in a tale that is both hilariously inappropriate and heartwarming. If you're looking for the more bizarre side of romance in this heat, Bateman and Jennifer Aniston are sure to bring the uncomfortable wackiness only they can provide. Working from the classic and hilarious short story from Jeffrey Eugenides, The Switch is guaranteed to surprise and shock even the most jaded filmgoers.
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang - August 20th
What's the Fuss: A group of children are evacuated from the city to a farm during wartime, where they encounter Nanny McPhee, the magic-wielding governess. This sequel to the 2005 film Nanny McPhee was adapted by Emma Thompson from Christianna Brand 's Nurse Matilda books, with Thompson reprises her role as Nanny McPhee. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith, Asa Butterfield, and Katy Brand. And was directed by Susanna White.
Why you shouldn't miss it: As we near the tail end of summer, there aren't too many films aimed at the younger crowd. With Emma Thompson producing this latest installment and Oscar nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal pulling her weight alongside the classically trained actress, we know we're getting something extraordinary and unique. This is classy family cinema, and it has enough laughs to keep mom and dad happy even after all of the popcorn has disappeared. If you're looking for something any age can enjoy, from grandma down to your three-year-old niece, this is the ticket. And the young boys will love the sideshow grotesquery that is Nanny McPhee.
Takers - August 20th
What's the Fuss: Takers, directed by John Luessenhop, revolves around a notorious group of criminals (Idris Elba, Paul Walker, T.I., Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy) who continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low in between heists. But when they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew finds their plans interrupted by a hardened detective (Matt Dillon) who is hell-bent on solving the case.
Why you shouldn't miss it: There hasn't been a cooler group of bank robbers since the Rat Pack. Well, there was the Ocean's Thirteen gang. But they're old. This new crop of lookers is sure to ignite the screen with sexiness. There will be huge explosions. An armored truck gets destroyed. And Matt Dillon is packing a lot of heat and running around on public rooftops. If its hot action you want this summer, you need look no further than Takers.
Going the Distance - August 27
What's the Fuss: Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long ) are good together. Even when they're apart. When aspiring journalist Erin moves to San Francisco to finish her last year of school, boyfriend Garrett, an assistant music scout, stays in Manhattan to pursue his ambitions and wait on that promotion he's been promised. With a webcam connection and frequent flier miles, the two gamely navigate the pitfalls and miscommunications of their bi-coastal romance, dodging bad advice from friends and some predatory singles who won't take "taken" for an answer. But when it seems their wait is almost over, Erin scores her dream job in California just as Garrett's career heats up in New York. The big breaks they've been hoping for could break them up for good. Unless their love can truly go the distance. Directed by Nanette Burstein.
Why you shouldn't miss it: One word: Charlie Day. The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star invades the big screen with his hilarious appearance as a longtime friend of Erin and Garrett. Fans of Never Been Kissed finally get their "funny" Drew Barrymore back. It's R rated, which means its going to bring some uncomfortable situations ala There's Something About Mary. Justin Long is always solid when it comes to cinematic funny business. And then there's Christina Applegate. Need we say more? No? I didn't think so.
Piranha 3D - August 27th
What's the Fuss: Jaws. Lots and lots of jaws. From acclaimed director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) comes the new action thriller Piranha 3D, in the latest eye-popping 3D technology. A new type of terror is about to be cut loose on beautiful Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Director Alexandre Aja knows his way around a good scare. Richard Dreyfuss plays homage to his classic turn in Jaws. Jerry O'Connell gets eaten by flesh eating fish. There's a ton of beautiful, drunken nakedness in 3D. We get to witness the best acting turn by Elisabeth Shue since her glory days in Adventures In Babysitting. And Christopher Lloyd gets to earn a little extra cash to help replace all the things he lost in the California fires last year. Not too mention the air conditioning is going to go swimmingly with all the scenic imagery on display. This, very well, could be the best time you have all summer long.
The Last Exorcism - August 27th
What's the Fuss: After a career spent helping the devout through prayer and trickery, Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) invites a film crew to document his final fraudulent days as an exorcist. Soon his faith is truly tested when a desperate plea from the father of a possessed girl (Ashley Bell) brings him face to face with the devil himself. Directed by Daniel Stamm.
Why you shouldn't miss it: Nothing screams "the end of summer" quite like a good old fashion exorcism. Relying on the spook house horrors that made William Friedkin's The Exorcist a household name in terror and the stylistic nuances of such recent thrillers as Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield, Daniel Stamm's dramatic plunge into the world of demons is sure to send you back to class with sweaty armpits. It's one horror film you're not going to want to miss!
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That's it for the Summer Movie Season of 2010. Now that you have an idea of what to expect, you can better divvy up this very diverse list and figure out exactly what you and your friends are going to see. There are so many tough choices, you might just have to break the bank and watch them all.