The 'Tadpoles' (aka: Little Movies With Big Ideas)
Stars: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson
Opened: May 31
A wonderful cast stars in a story about Belfast and the IRA in the 1990s. Director James Marsh is among our best documentary makers (Man on Wire, Project Nim), and he brings gritty authenticity to his fiction films, as well.
Stars: Terence Stamp
Opened: June 21 Read the review
We loved last year's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet. This story — about a grumpy widower who, out of respect for his wife's memory, joins a community choir she loved — may be the next hit film in that grownup drama/comedy tradition.
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton
Opened: June 28
The cast in this fantasy-thriller about a coastal town with a dark secret is quite young, but director Neil Jordan brought us two all-time great grownup movies: Michael Collins and The Crying Game.
The Way, Way Back
Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Colette, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney
Opened: July 5
It's a coming-of-age movie about a young man working at a local pool for the summer — but get a load of the grownups who surround him.
The Hot Flashes
Stars: Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Wanda Sykes
Opened: July 12 Read the review
A terrific cast plays a group of long-ago Texas high school chums who challenge a team of arrogant high school girls to a series of games for charity. You just know these gals are gonna put those upstarts in their place, one way or another.
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay
Opens: July 26 Read the review
As usual, Woody Allen keeps the details about his latest film close. We do know this one is set in New York and San Francisco and that we can't wait to see what he'll do with some of the surprising actors — Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K. — he has working for him this time.
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, James Franco
Opens: August 16 Read the review
The tragic tale of ’70s porn actress and Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace should be riveting. Amanda Seyfried is Lovelace. Plus, Stone plays her mother and Franco plays Hugh Hefner — who wouldn’t pay to see that?
Stars: Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge
Opens: August 16
A modern-day woman (Russell) visits a Jane Austen theme park, where guests live like they're 18th-century landed gentry, with no regard for sense or sensibility. It's written and directed by Jerusha Hess, who gave us Napoleon Dynamite.