will save the White House. Guess which one. Not a new idea.
OUR JULY GEMS "The Way, Way Back," starring Toni Collette, Liam James and Steve Carell, about a neglected boy who comes into his own when taken under the wing of a water park manager -- Sam Rockwell, playing against type (July 5); "Fruitvale Station," starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance this year. It's based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who died at a subway stop in 2009 (July 26).
JULY 3 "The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. One of the summer's more anticipated relationships, told by Tonto.
"Despicable Me 2," starring Steve Carell, Al Pacino and Kristen Wiig. Another sequel, but with this cast ...
"Grown Ups 2," starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek. This wasn't funny the first time.
"Turbo," starring Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti. Cute concept for these two: Reynolds voices a snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500.
"The Conjuring," starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, as paranormal investigators who find themselves in over their attractive heads.
"R.I.P.D.," starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon. The title stands for Rest in Peace Department, which goes after those who murdered policemen.
"The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman. Need we say more? One franchise that even this franchise hater will see.
"Blue Jasmine," starring Alec Baldwin and Cate Blanchett, is the summer's gift for Woody Allen fans, though, as usual, it's top secret till release.
OUR AUGUST GEMS While others may line up for "Lovelace," the story of porn star Linda Lovelace, we'll be in line for "Prince Avalanche," starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, who become acquainted while painting lines on a Texas highway. Need a Paul Rudd fix every few months (Aug. 9). "The Patience Stone," starring Golshifteh Farahani, is Atiq Rahimi's own adaptation of his Goncourt Prize-winning book in which a young Middle Eastern woman pours her heart out to her comatose husband about her life of oppression in their country (Aug. 14). "Austenland," starring Keri Russell and Jerusha Hess. OK, our heroine uses all her savings to attend a Jane Austen conference in England, where maybe, just maybe, a Mr. Darcy is waiting. It's summer, folks. We're allowed some romance. "Haute Cuisine," is a simple movie about sharing, or in this case, renewing, the joys of eating well. Catherine Frot and novelist Jean d'Ormesson star. (both Aug. 16).
AUG. 2 "300: Rise of an Empire," starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel "Xerxes," which should be reason enough to fill plenty of seats.
AUG. 9 "We're the Millers," starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Nick Offerman. A family gets involved in drug smuggling.
"Elysium," starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. The former Jason Bourne, Damon is reborn as the hero Max De Costa in this political science-fiction action movie from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp.
"Closed Circuit," starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Riz Ahmed. Bana and Hall are lawyers who once were a couple. Now they're on the same defense team representing a terrorist.
Contact Donna Doherty at 203-789-5672.
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