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

Factotum(Picturehouse)

Starring: Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol), and Marisa Tomei
Written and directed by: Bent Hamer, based on the novel by Charles Bukowski
What it's about: Dillon plays Henry Chinaski (Bukowski's alter ego) in this movie about drinking, writing, having sex, and drinking. In other words, Bukowski.
Why you should see it: Dillon hasn't had a role this dark and juicy since Drugstore Cowboy, and the wonderful Lili Taylor just hasn't had enough roles, period.
Why you should not: Aren't we, as a people, dead-tired of Bukowski yet? Mickey Rourke nailed it in 1987's Barfly, and there hasn't been anything new to say about talented but pathetic drunks ever since.

Trust the Man(Fox Searchlight)

Starring: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Written and directed by: Bart Freundlich (The Myth of Fingerprints)
What it's about: Four New Yorkers in various stages of relationships hash out the old issues (sex, friendship, marriage, adultery) as they struggle to make sense of modern love. With jokes!
Why you should see it: The foursome of Duchovny, Moore, Crudup, and Gyllenhaal has more than its fair share of talent (and vowels). And it looks like it doesn't take itself too seriously, which is instant death in these kinds of movies.
Why you should not: Are you really concerned about the problems of rich, white, wealthy, beautiful, and well-apartmented Manhattanites?

Idlewild(Universal)

Starring: André Benjamin (Four Brothers), Antwan Patton (ATL), and Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow)
Written and directed by: First-timer Brian Barber
What it's about: Benjamin and Patton (the real-life duo OutKast) play a couple of, um, ahead-of-their-time musicians in a 1930s Southern juke joint. Elaborate musical numbers compete for airtime with gangster politics as big bad Howard comes to town to muscle in on the club.
Why you should see it: Musically, Benjamin and Patton are at the top of their game, the concept of injecting their tunes with the flavor of old-school jazz has major promise, and Benjamin has already shown he's got screen skills.
Why you should not: Neither period black gangster films (Harlem Nights) nor musical gangster films (Bugsy Malone) tend to stand the test of time.

Material Girls(MGM)

Starring: Hilary Duff, Haylie Duff, and Anjelica Huston
Directed by: Martha Coolidge (The Prince & Me)
Written by: John Quaintance, Jessica O'Toole, and Amy Rardin
What it's about: Duff and Duff play sisters — how about that? — who have plenty of dough from their family's cosmetics company. But when the family biz is bankrupted by scandal, will the Duffs ever learn how to cope with being poor?
Why you should see it: Coolidge directed Valley Girl
Why you should not: four years before Hilary Duff was born.

The Descent(Lions Gate)

Starring: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza, and Alex Reid
Written and directed by: Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers)
What it's about: Six female spelunkers become trapped deep in the bowels of the Earth, and wouldn't you know it, this cave happens to be the home of flesh-eating creatures of the dark.
Why you should see it: It's a tight concept with plenty of opportunities for cat scares and gore for the popcorn crowd.
Why you should not: Man can take only so many cat scares before it's all a big wall of black-and-red noise.

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