The Beat That My Heart Skipped
A stylish French remake of James Toback’s Fingers.
China’s Jia Zhangke imports his festival hit.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The director who made Batman gothic and Sleepy Hollow terrifying has reclaimed Roald Dahl’s original, distinctly creepy vision of Willy Wonka, while also reinventing him as a sixties pop impresario, played by Johnny Depp.
July 8 Motorcycle Diaries’ Walter Salles switches gears for this horror flick.
The Fantastic Four
It’s tough to create a live-action movie about a guy who stretches, a woman who can be invisible, a wiseacre who can turn himself into a human torch, and another guy who looks like he was built out of a pile of rocks left over from a Connecticut-stone-fence project.
Quadriplegic rugby! (A documentary.)
Ingmar Bergman delivers an update on his indelible 30-year-old classic Scenes From a Marriage.
Hustle & Flow
A cheap and gritty movie about a Memphis hustler determined to become a rapper. (See also: Breakout Star Terrence Howard)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, lean and mean in Don Roos’s Sundance hit.
The new-school Old School, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. (See also: Will Ferrell: Big Man on Campus)
The Bad News Bears
Billy Bob Thornton in the Walter Matthau role; if Billy could make a bad Santa a hit, his boozing baseball coach should be a crowd-pleaser.
Hot Teuton Daniel Brühl, poised for a crossover.
Michael Bay cheerily exploits the most obvious silver lining in the prospect of human duplication: that no self-respecting nerdy scientist in a dingy lab who dreams up the ultimate clone would waste his time producing a smaller version of himself, à la Dr. Evil. No, if at all possible, he will replicate the impossibly beautiful Scarlett Johansson. (See also: Scarlett Johansson 2.0)
Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex.
Pouty Michael Pitt as a Cobain-like rock martyr.
This doc collects more dirty jokes than an FCC chairman.
Kurt Russell’s superhero spoof.
Jamie Foxx, post-awards/karaoke circuit, cuts loose in an action flick.
The Brothers Grimm
Disaster-prone Terry Gilliam completes a film!
Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul imports his festival hit.