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The Anticipation Almanac: Movies

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This Summer’s Most Promising ____________.

(Some of which we’ve already seen.)

Screen-Steamer
Shot with the luscious warmth of a Bernardo Bertolucci film— and the lingerie of a Beyoncé video— the lingering lesbian sex scenes of Maryam Keshavarz’s daring Iranian drama, Circumstance, are as hot as they are forbidden.
Opens August 19


Unintentionally Topical Scene
In Horrible Bosses, Jennifer Aniston plays a horny, sexual-harassing dentist who drugs her dental hygienist (Charlie Day) at work, mounts his unconscious body, and takes incriminating (half-dressed) photos that are even more ridiculous than anything tweeted by Anthony Weiner.
Opens July 8


Post-9/11 Gimmick
A few years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine a comedy about a kid who gets a vest loaded with explosives locked to his chest—but in 30 Minutes or Less, Jesse Eisenberg plays the doofus who must rob a bank or die; Aziz Ansari is his accomplice.
Opens August 12


Parental Oasis
Those exhausted by amusement parks, screaming playdates, and Imax 3-D explosions should appreciate the lo-fi pleasures of the proudly old-school, hand-drawn Winnie the Pooh. Less a reboot than a calm return to the solace of the Hundred Acre Wood, the film should play as soothingly as Xanax.
Opens July 15


Comeback
At Colin Farrell’s worst—Miami Vice, Alexander—he was unintentionally hilarious, too serious in silly roles. But as a freaky, utterly un-Edwardian vampire in Fright Night, he may well be at his best: crass and utterly without vanity, for the first time in years.
Opens August 19


Stoner Film, Man
The summer tentpoles are filled with voyages to magical lands, but none will be as mind-altering as Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney’s documentary Magic Trip, which unearths a trove of unseen Super 8 films from Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters’ legendary, acid-addled 1964 trip.
Opens August 5


New Face
Studly Dominic Cooper has a secondary part in Captain America, but he breaks out twice in the outrageous and gruesome The Devil’s Double, playing both Uday Hussein, Saddam’s sadistic, maniacal twerp of a son, and his world-weary body-double. It’s like The Parent Trap meets Taxi Driver.
Opens August 12


Bridesmaids-esque Crew
Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Elizabeth Banks steal the show in Our Idiot Brother with frank, bitchy honesty. When they gang up on Mortimer’s character to eviscerate her frumpy style, Deschanel suggests, “Maybe it would be cool if you looked semi-fuckable once in a while.”
Opens August 26
— Logan Hill


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