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2015 Summer Movie Preview

Robots and TV series reboots share screen time with grownup comedies and dramas

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    June 5: ‘Love & Mercy’

    A feel-good playlist of Beach Boys classics contrasts with the dark story of the band’s troubled songwriter Brian Wilson. Paul Dano (pictured) is uncanny as the young Brian; as older Brian, under the control of a parasitical therapist (Paul Giamatti), John Cusack is heartbreakingly childlike.

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    June 12: ‘Jurassic World’

    Sure, Jurassic Park had a rocky start back in 1993, what with the meat eaters chomping down on the staff and all. But now, 22 years later, the park is up and running just great. What could go wrong? Chris Pratt (pictured), Bryce Dallas Howard and Judy Greer are about to find out.

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    June 19: ‘Inside Out’

    Disney/Pixar really gets into our heads this time. We meet a young girl who has just moved to a new home — and then we meet her emotions, a team inside her brain who squabble, conspire and improvise to help get her through daily life: Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Anger (Lewis Black, natch).

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    June 19: ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

    Mark Ruffalo stars as a manic-depressive dad who’s convinced he can win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) if only he can prove he’s capable of caring for their two daughters. 

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    June 26: ‘Big Game’

    Would-be assassins have brought down Air Force One, forcing the president to fend off murderous villains in an Arctic wilderness. Of course, Samuel L. Jackson (pictured right) plays the prez, so we’re pretty much feeling sorry for the bad guys.

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    July 1: ‘Terminator: Genisys’

    When Arnold Schwarzenegger said “I’ll be back!” in The Terminator more than 30 years ago, we really didn’t think he meant now. But here he is doing battle not only with a new batch of bad guys — but also with his own 1984 “clone, sweet clone.”

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    July 10: ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’

    We’re still trying to shake the memories of the psycho that Rosamund Pike played in Gone Girl, and maybe this comic drama will help. She and David Tennant costar as a troubled British couple who travel to Scotland to celebrate the birthday of his father (the always wonderful Billy Connolly).  

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    July 10: ‘Self/Less’

    Dying New York real estate mogul Ben Kingsley has his consciousness transferred into the body of a young man (Ryan Reynolds). But is there enough room in there for the two of them? From visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Falland Mirror Mirror).

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    July 17: ‘Mr. Holmes’

    A favorite at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami, this imaginative mystery stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes, long retired to a rural British village. He remains haunted by one unsolved mystery, and with the help of the young son of his housekeeper (Laura Linney), Holmes summons every remaining fragment of his once peerless mind to crack it.

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    July 24: ‘Irrational Man’

    Woody Allen is notoriously tight-lipped about his upcoming films. Here’s all we know from the studio: “A tormented philosophy professor (Joaquin Phoenix) finds a will to live when he commits an existential act.” We’re also told it’s a mystery. And with Emma Stone and Parker Posey (pictured) along, we’re totally sold.

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    July 24: ‘Pixels’

    Chris Columbus (Home Alone and The Goonies) directs this sci-fi comedy about space aliens — in the form of classic videogame characters such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong — who are attacking Earth. Only a crack team of old-school gamers (Peter Dinklage, Adam Sandler and Josh Gad) can save us. 

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    July 29: ‘Vacation’

    Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) decides to succeed where his father, Clark, failed more than 30 years ago (in 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation) and take a fun family trip to Walley World. Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo return as Clark and Ellen, and Leslie Mann (This Is 40) plays Rusty’s sister, Audrey. We really, reallywant this to be funny.

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    July 31: ‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’

    We could always rest easy that Tom Cruise’s Impossible Mission Force (IMF) was on our side — but what if there were another IMF that was just as effective but made up of bad guys? Tom Terrific and his team (Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson) go head-to-head with their worst nightmare.

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    Aug. 7: ‘Ricki and the Flash'

    Meryl Streep stars as a veteran rocker who realizes — too late — that she should have paid less attention to sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, and more to her all-but-abandoned children (one of whom is played by her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer). Rick Springfield costars as Streep’s main squeeze.

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    Aug. 14: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

    Guy Ritchie’s reboot of the classic TV show is set smack in the middle of the series’ original setting: Cold War America. As new versions of Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) venture out to defeat a shadowy international nuclear conspiracy, is it too much to ask for cameos from Robert Vaughn and David McCallum?

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    Aug. 14: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

    The emergence of N.W.A. as pioneers of 1980s West Coast hip-hop gets big-screen treatment, with Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube and Aldis Hodge as MC Ren. Paul Giamatti plays Jerry Heller, the record producer who made the guys mainstream.

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    Aug. 21: ‘Learning to Drive’

    Patricia Clarkson stars as a Manhattan woman who, with her marriage on the rocks, decides to take driving lessons. She finds herself behind the wheel and next to a Sikh driving instructor (Ben Kingsley) who’s about to enter an arranged marriage with a woman he has never met.

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    ‘Sept. 2: A Walk in the Woods’

    The screen version of Bill Bryson’s best-selling memoir follows the author (Robert Redford) as he sets out to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends (Nick Nolte). Unfortunately, Bryson’s hard-drinking, overweight buddy is anything but fit for the journey.

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