Summer Grows Up

For once, this season's movies don't ask you to check your brains at the door

August 15

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: George Lucas, who sure knows how to stretch an idea, produced this animated film about Anakin Skywalker's glorious Jedi days, before Darth got his mitts on him.

August 22

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Wild Child: Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew) as a spoiled Malibu teen (is there any other kind?) who's sent to a strict English boarding school.

A Laugh Riot

The summer in comedy

June 13

The Go-Getter: A 19-year-old (Lou Taylor Pucci) encounters Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone after stealing a car to head across the country to find his long-lost brother.

Miss Conception: Heather Graham has one month to conceive a child and enlists her friend (Mia Kirshner) to help her find a father. But that's not all! The title has a double meaning!

Mister Foe: Jamie Bell is Hallam Foe, a 17-year-old obsessed with jumping across Edinburgh rooftops and with beautiful girl Sophia Myles.

The Promotion: John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott duke it out for the manager job at a Chicago grocery store in this consumer satire from writer-director Steve Conrad, who penned The Pursuit of Happyness.

June 20

Get Smart: Steve Carell is Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway is Agent 99 in this film version of the mid-1960s TV show about an inept super-spy and his smarter, sexier sidekick.

The Love Guru: Mike Myers dons a Mahatma beard and golden swami robes to play an American raised in India who dreams of becoming a Brooklyn hairstylist (or America's go-to self-help guru). With Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake.

June 27

Finding Amanda: Brittany Snow is a Vegas stripper so badly in need of rehab that her mother enlists her uncle (Matthew Broderick) to steer her sober. Trouble is, he might just need to take a detour to the track....

July 4

Diminished Capacity: On the heels of his wife's Sex and the City shebang, Matthew Broderick opens another movie, this time starring as a brain-injured man who hits the road with his dementia-addled uncle (Alan Alda) and high school sweetheart (Virginia Madsen).

July 25

Step Brothers: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly reunite as newly related men who discover that two fools are better than one.

July 11

Meet Dave: Dave (Eddie Murphy) is an alien, new to Earth. Dave tries to adjust to Manhattan life, all the while being supervised by a command post of tiny (alien) people in his head (whom we see).

Kenny: Kenny Smyth (Shane Jacobson), Australian port-a-potty entrepreneur, hopes to find a little respect at a Nashville convention of...port-a-potty entrepreneurs.

August 1

In Search of a Midnight Kiss: Filmed in black-and-white, this Manhattan comedy tags along with a 29-year-old man (Scoot McNairy) on a Craigslist date with a beautiful but super-intense young woman (Sara Simmonds).

The Rocker: Rainn Wilson steps out of The Office and into leather pants for this comedy about a failed rock drummer getting a second chance—with his nephew's high school band.

Swing Vote: On the eve of the presidential election, one drunken ne'er-do-well (Kevin Costner) has the power to cast the sole deciding vote. Could be nonfiction.

August 8

Pineapple Express: Seth Rogen and James Franco are stoned on the best weed of their life, and also running for their lives from a killer cop in a film penned by Rogen and his Superbad writing partner Evan Goldberg and directed by indie darling David Gordon Green.

August 15

Bottle Shock: Based on the true story of a French wine-shop owner (Alan Rickman) who traveled to Napa in 1976 to set up a blind taste test between French and California wines. The must-see summer flick for wine lovers.

Tropic Thunder

Ben Stiller (who also directs), Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr. go all Rambo as Hollywood actors who don't realize that their military training is actually in a real war. With Tom Cruise in a fat-suit cameo all the world wants to see (including you).

August 22

Hamlet 2: This Sundance favorite stars Steve Coogan as a Tucson high school teacher whose sequel to Shakespeare's "bummer" of a play thrills his students and freaks out their parents.

The House Bunny: Ditzy Playboy bunny Anna Faris becomes college sorority housemother, a plot line that must have made for a terribly efficient pitch meeting.

The Accidental Husband: Grey's Anatomy heartthrob Jeffrey Dean Morgan and the ubiquitous Colin Firth compete for Uma Thurman's heart in this romantic comedy from actor-turned-director Griffin Dunne.

August 29

Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Woody Allen down Barcelona way, steering Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Scarlett Johansson (yet again) through the complications of three-way love.

Dancing Queen

The summer in ABBA films

July 25

Mamma Mia!: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried dance and sing to the music of—who else?—ABBA.

Dates listed are for national premieres. Twin Cities opening dates may differ. And, as with summer weather, baseball, and presidential race forecasts, all dates are subject to change.

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