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Your three-month forecast of the summer's top movies

Super Ex-Girlfriend(Fox)

Starring: Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, and Anna Faris
Directed by: Ivan Reitman (Old School)
What it's about: Wilson plays a normal dude who dumps the superneedy superhottie G-Girl (Thurman), who proves hell hath no fury like a superwoman scorned. In other words, what if Lois Lane broke up with Superman, and he didn't take it well? At all.
Why you should see it: Ivan Reitman directed Ghostbusters, Stripes, and Meatballs.
Why you should not: Ivan Reitman directed Six Days Seven Nights, Father's Day, and Evolution.

July 28

Barnyard(Paramount)

Starring: Kevin James, Courteney Cox Arquette, and Danny Glover
Written and directed by: Steve Oedekerk (Kung Pow: Enter the Fist)
What it's about: The owner of a farm leaves his animals to go udderly (that's all mine, baby) nuts when he leaves the place under their control.
Why you should see it: You have to assume nobody saw this the first time, when it was called Home on the Range.
Why you should not: The only people who haven’t tired of talking-animal animated movies haven’t been born yet.

Flicka(Fox)

Starring: Alison Lohman (Big Fish), Tim McGraw (Friday Night Lights), and Maria Bello (The Sisters)
Directed by: Michael Mayer (A Home at the End of the World)
What it's about: A young girl tames a wild horse in a heartbreaking attempt to win her father's love.
Why you should see it: Girls, horses, summer, love, magic.
Why you should not: If Mayer's treatment of Flicka is anything like his Home at the End of the World, we're in for a sapfest of personal triumph set to music.

John Tucker Must Die(Fox)

Starring: Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Brittany Snow (The Pacifier), and Ashanti (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Directed by: Betty Thomas (The Brady Bunch Movie)
What it's about: When a trio of hotties discover they're dating the same cad (Metcalfe), they plot to bring about his ruination (but not, despite the title, his demise).
Why you should see it: By July 28, the effects of global warming will have cooked our brains into pink paste. Perfect time for teen comedy.
Why you should not: Because this is the 9432rd movie to try to convince us that an obvious beauty is a plain Jane for the first 30 minutes, the idea could be losing a spot of freshness.

Miami Vice(Universal)

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, and Gong Li
Written and directed by: Michael Mann (Ali, The Insider )
What it's about: Gee, lessee. Crockett and Tubbs. Drug dealers. Speed boats. Guns. Flashy suits. Bad accents. Expensive cars. Hot chicks. That about covers it.
Why you should see it: See above.
Why you should not: See above. And no Jan Hammer theme song. Rip. Off.

The Bridesmaid(First Run)

Starring: Benot Magimel (The Piano Teacher) and Laura Smet (Gilles' Wife)
Directed by: Claude Chabrol (The Flower of Evil)
What it's about: A hard-working, straight-arrow salesman (Magimel) falls in love with his sister's free-spirited bridesmaid (Smet), who turns out to be quite frighteningly insane.
Why you should see it: It sounds like Wedding Crashers, but scarier.
Why you should not: Fans of Bill O'Reilly may still want to boycott French things.

Brothers of the Head(IFC)

Starring: Harry and Luke Treadaway, Will Kemp, and Ken Russell
Directed by: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha)
What it's about: Conjoined twins (Harry and Luke Treadaway) under the control of an unscrupulous music promoter become a rock and roll success story in the Seventies. Loosely based on a true story.
Why you should see it: The directors and screenwriter have worked with Terry Gilliam a fair amount, so one might imagine they've picked up a thing or two.
Why you should not: Fulton and Pepe are documentarians, and this is their first narrative feature. The transition doesn't always work (remember Michael Moore's Canadian Bacon?).

The House of Sand(Sony Classics)

Starring: Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, and Ruy Guerra
Directed by: Andrucha Waddington (Me, You, Them)
What it's about: An early-twentieth-century Brazilian saga about an unhappy woman, a delirious husband, and a barren landscape that proves difficult to escape.
Why you should see it: Waddington's got props back in Brazil.
Why you should not: Fifty-nine years on a dune equals um pouco louco.

Little Miss Sunshine(Fox Searchlight)

Starring: Toni Collette (Connie and Carla), Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Alan Arkin
Directed by: First-timers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
What it's about: Kinnear is a scowling motivational speaker waiting for a book deal; Collette is his patient wife who wants to drive the family VW from Albuquerque to Los Angeles so their daughter (Abigail Breslin) can compete in what turns out to be the creepiest talent contest ever. Also in the van are suicidal uncle Carell, smack-happy Arkin, and Paul Dano as the sullenest teen ever.
Why you should see it: It was a knockout hit at Sundance, where this National Lampoon's Vacation-with-a-darker-side sold for $10.5 million.
Why you should not: Dunno, unless you hate hearing Alan Arkin curse. A lot.

August 2

Quinceañera(Sony Classics)

Starring: Emily Rios, Chalo Gonzalez, and Jesse Garcia
Written and directed by: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland
What it's about: On the verge of her fifteenth birthday, pregnant Magdalena is thrown out of her house and moves in with her great-great uncle and gay cousin, but she may lose even this makeshift family to urban gentrification.
Why you should see it: Love the Latina mama drama.
Why you should not: Wacky outsiders overcome forces of oppression!

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