Kicking & Screaming
Will Ferrell + kids + soccer rage = money in the bank. (See also: Will Ferrell: Big Man on Campus)
Mad Hot Ballroom
The thrilling dance doc kids will actually enjoy sitting through.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
George Lucas’s long-awaited wrap-up of the Star Wars saga.
The Longest Yard
Chris Rock: We still love you, even after the Oscars.
A local ’toon: Animals escape Central Park Zoo.
A hysterical miracle of genre science that recombines the DNA of romantic comedies, coming-out tales, and Asian-American mother-daughter dramas to produce a smart new hybrid.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Fab teen-girl heaven withRory Gilmore and Joan of Arcadia.
Ultrabuff Russell Crowe, typecast as a boxer.
Cécile de France: Europe’s most gory and stylish horror star.
Lords of Dogtown
June’s skater-dude teen flick. (See also: Skater Boi Victor Rasuk)
School of Rock inspired this documentary that kids will actually enjoy sitting through.
The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl in 3-D
Robert Rodriguez, who conjured up the homicidal prostitutes of Sin City, is back with this imaginary-friends fantasy.
June 10Cedric the Entertainer as Ralph Kramden could be boffo: Barbershop on a bus.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) returns.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
This summer’s most ludicrous, most photographed, best-tressed hotties (oops: best-tressed relief workers) star as gun-toting, skirt-hiking, hair-tousling, spouse-assassinating killers. (see also: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Coin Summer’s First New Euphemism: ‘Relief Work’)
The season’s most hotly anticipated popcorn flick.
Me and You and Everyone We Know
An oddly openhearted, almost romantic, often comedic drama about a performance artist, a shoe salesman, some children, sex, and the distance between them all. (see Q&A with writer/director/co-star Miranda July)
David LaChapelle’s exhilarating “krump” break-dancing doc.
Will Ferrell, plus witchy, nose-twitchy Nicole Kidman. (See also: Will Ferrell: Big Man on Campus)
George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead
The zombie king comes home.
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Check out those headlights: A winking car stars with Lindsay Lohan.
March of the Penguins
Self-explanatory documentary kids will actually enjoy sitting through.
The War of the Worlds
Steven Spielberg is reaching further back in the pop-culture past in his reworking of H. G. Wells’s 1898 Mars-attacks novel.
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 8Motorcycle 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.
Jim Jarmusch and Bill Murray reteam, after their lovely vignette in Coffee and Cigarettes.
The last of the summer’s three Werner Herzog docs. Hooray for Herzogapalooza!
The Dukes of Hazzard
How high will Jessica Simpson’s Daisy Dukes go?
A subtle, artful film that introduces a southern guy (Alessandro Nivola) who moves to a city, then travels back home with his gallery-owner wife.
The Pink Panther
Steve Martin is probably the only contemporary comedian who could make you set aside your memories of Peter Sellers.
Shaw brothers’ kung-fu films
BAMcinématek screens nine of the Shaw Brothers Studios’ high-kicking martial-arts classics.
An achingly beautiful meditation on love and loss. (See also: Hong Kong Heartthrob Tony Leung)
John Singleton conjures the month’s most improbable cast: Mark Wahlberg and OutKast’s André Benjamin, as brothers.
Ian McKellen, marvelously sinister as a ward’s master puppeteer.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Daily Show and The Office star Steve Carrell continues witty, ironic silliness as the title character.
Wes Craven plucks all our terrorism fears with an airline thriller.
Romance & Cigarettes
A musical that may be the most outlandish indie of the season. (See also: James Gandolfini: The Fat Man Sings)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Nobody does bloody retribution better than Korea’s Park Chanwook.
The talking-pigeon ’toon.