Summer Movie Salvation

The Terminator is back. Plus 39 other movies we can't wait to see this season.

Soul Power

Releases: July 10

Director: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte

In the days preceding Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's 1974 fight, musical giants James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, and Celia Cruz put on a three-day concert in Zaire. Oscar winner Levy-Hinte restored a mountain of concert footage and the chaos that surrounded it.

500 Days of Summer

Releases: July 17

Director: Marc Webb

An L.A. greeting-card writer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds true love in the form of a beautiful coworker (Zooey Deschanel) in Webb's romantic comedy.

In the Loop

Releases: July 17

Director: Armando Iannucci

British satirist Iannucci goes to Washington in this fictional riff on the political scrambling that preceded the Iraq War. Starring Tom Hollander and featuring James Gandolfini as an American general.

Flame and Citron

Releases: July 31

Director: Ole Christian Madsen

Madsen tells the story of two resistance fighters, Flame (Thure Lindhardt) and Citron (Mads Mikkelsen), in Denmark during the Nazi occupation. The film has been a smash hit in its home country.

Lorna's Silence

Releases: July 31

Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Belgium's Dardenne brothers (La promesse, L'enfant), among the world's finest filmmakers, return with this story of an Albanian refugee (Arta Dobroshi) who finds herself going to extremes to gain Belgian citizenship.

The Cove

Releases: July 31

Director: Louie Psihoyos

Richard O'Barry captured five dolphins and trained them to play "Flipper" on the popular 1960s TV show. He has since become obsessed with getting footage of the brutal slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Psihoyos tracks O'Barry's quest in this wrenching documentary.

Julie & Julia

Releases: August 7

Director: Nora Ephron

Ephron adapts Julie Powell's memoir of the year she spent making all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Amy Adams portrays Powell, whose inner musings on Child's life are enacted by Meryl Streep.

Paper Heart

Releases: August 7

Director: Nicholas Jasenovec

In this faux documentary, comedian Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) conducts interviews to see if anyone still believes in true love. Enter actor Michael Cera, playing himself (sort of) and falling for Yi, who, in real life, is already his girlfriend.

District 9

Releases: August 14

Director: Neill Blomkamp

From first-time director Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson, a sci-fi epic about extraterrestrials that landed in South Africa 30 years ago only to be captured, segregated, and brutally mistreated by the government.


Releases: August 14

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Japanese animator Miyazaki offers his take on The Little Mermaid in which a goldfish named Ponyo longs to become human.

Taking Woodstock

Releases: August 14

Director: Ang Lee

Lee lightens up for a tie-dye-filled adaptation of Elliot Tiber's (Demetri Martin) terrific Woodstock memoir.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Releases: August 14

Director: Robert Schwentke

Henry (Eric Bana), a Chicago librarian, is forever bouncing around in time. This makes life/marriage hard for wife Clare (Rachel McAdams), who attempts to hold him still.

Inglourious Basterds

Releases: August 21

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Blame the bad spelling of the title on those infernal Nazis, who refer to the band of Jewish-American soldier-assassins led by Brad Pitt as "the basterds."

It Might Get Loud

Releases: August 21

Director: Davis Guggenheim

The Oscar-winning Guggenheim cuts loose in a documentary that finds rock gods Jimmy Page, the Edge, and Jack White singing the praises of their guitars. Then they jam.

The Boat That Rocked

Releases: August 28

Director: Richard Curtis

It's 1966, and Philip Seymour Hoffman leads a renegade band of disc jockeys as they broadcast the devil's music, AKA rock 'n' roll, from a boat off the U.K. shore.

Mesrine: A Film in Two Parts

Releases: August 28

Director: Jean-François Richet

Vincent Cassel moves up the crime ladder in this four-hour epic about the action-packed life (murders, kidnappings — the works) of modern-day French criminal Jacques Mesrine.

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