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July and August movie preview

July 06, 2010
  • The despicable Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) falls under the spell of three orphan girls in "Despicable Me," which opens in theaters Friday.
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"Despicable Me" (July 9)

Stars: (the voices of) Steve Carell, Jason Segel and Russell Brand

Directors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Plot: A supervillain becomes father figure to three orphaned girls.

Rated: PG

Get excited: There's a lot of funny in the voice cast.

But not too excited: Carell's accent isn't going to win the film any fans.

"Inception" (July 16)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe and Ellen Page

Director: Christopher Nolan

Plot: A team of thieves steal ideas and thoughts from people's subconsciouses

Rated: PG-13

Get excited: Nolan's last film was "The Dark Knight," my personal favorite of the past decade.

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But not too excited: All the "dream logic" may be a turn-off.

"Salt" (July 23)

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Director: Philip Noyce

Plot: A CIA agent may be a Russian spy even though she severely doubts it.

Rated: PG-13

Get excited: Don't bet against Angelina in an action thriller.

But not too excited: "Identity Crisis" movies tend to have overcomplicated plots.

"Dinner for Schmucks" (July 30)

Stars: Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Stephanie Szostak

Director: Jay Roach

Plot: Corporate bigwigs invite idiots to a dinner party to see who can make the biggest fool of themselves.

Rated: PG

Get excited: Roach also directed comedy classic "Austin Powers"

But not too excited: The gags in the film seem to be based mostly on the characters' annoying traits.

"The Other Guys" (Aug. 6)

Stars: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Adam McKay

Plot: A pair of desk-jockey detectives try to step up and become heroes.

Rated: R

Get excited: Ferrell and McKay have an excellent history together.

But not too excited: Has the world seen one Ferrell/McKay comedy too many?

"Eat, Pray, Love" (Aug. 13)

Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis

Director: Ryan Murphy

Plot: A woman copes with her divorce by taking a trip around the world.

Rated: PG-13

Get excited: A sweet movie like this may be a nice break from summer's special effects blockbusters and raunchy comedies.

But not too excited: Is Roberts still endearing as a romantic comedy lead?

"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" (Aug. 13)

Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin

Director: Edgar Wright

Plot: A loveable loser can date the girl of his dreams if he can defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends.

Rated: PG

Get excited: If the trailer is any indication, the film will be an overload of awesomeness.

But not too excited: Here's hoping all those "nifty little details" don't become "needless bells and whistles."

"The Expendables" (Aug. 13)

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Plot: A team of mercenaries go on a mission to South America.

Rated: R

Get excited: The cast is a laundry list of awesome action movie stars.

But not too excited: Many of whom are long past their prime.

"Nanny McPhee Returns" (Aug. 20)

Stars: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes

Director: Susanna White

Plot: The eccentric nanny comes to help another troubled family.

Rated: PG

Get excited: Maggie Gyllenhaal is in it. She makes everything better.

But not too excited: Is the original 2005 film really enduring enough to warrant a sequel?

"Going the Distance" (Aug. 27)

Stars: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Ron Livingston

Director: Nanette Burnstein

Plot: A young couple tries to maintain a healthy long-distance relationship.

Rated: R

Get excited: We'll get to see if the likeable-enough Long can carry a romantic comedy.

But not too excited: The inevitable "(Justin) Long-distance relationship" jokes everyone will make. I'll probably make them too, but they will still get old fast.

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