Must-sees that I have seen:
May: Jodie Foster's intimate family drama The Beaver (Foster, Mel Gibson, Anton Yelchin), Kenneth Branagh's epic family drama Thor (Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins).
June: Mike Mills' family drama Beginners (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer), New York Times doc Page One (David Carr).
July: Kevin Macdonald's YouTube doc Life in a Day, Miranda July's relationship comedy The Future, Mike Cahill's sci fi drama Another Earth (Brit Marling).
August: Family comedy Our Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd), Evan Glodell's incendiary actioner Bellflower (Glodell).
Movies that I must see:
May: Woody Allen's Cannes opener Midnight in Paris (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams), Terrence Malick's Cannes entry The Tree of Life (Brad Pitt, Sean Penn).
June: J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's sci-fi epic Super 8 (Elle Fanning), Pixar's Cars 2, Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class (Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy), Chris Weitz's father-son drama A Better Life.
Check out, but OK to watch at home:
May: Tribeca infidelity drama Last Night (Keira Knightley).
June: Michael Winterbottom's road comedy The Trip (Steve Coogan), horse-whisperer doc Buck.
July: James Marsh's chimp doc Project Nim, religious comedy Salvation Boulevard (Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear), Errol Morris doc Tabloid, Cannes coming-of-age drama The Myth of the American Sleepover.
August: John Madden's Masad thriller The Debt (Helen Mirren), Alex Gibney's Ken Kesey on-the-bus doc Magic Trip.
May: dumb-female comedy Bridesmaids (Kristen Wiig), dumb rom-com Something Borrowed (Kate Hudson, Jennifer Goodwin), Hesher--Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman can't save a weak movie.
July: The Devil's Double--nor can Dominic Cooper.
Movies I will optimistically check out:
May: The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2, The First Grader, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides (because it's at Cannes).
June: Green Lantern, Bad Teacher, The Art of Getting By, Beautiful Boy, Bride Flight, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.
July: Friends with Benefits, Sarah's Key, The Guard, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, South African Oscar entry Life Above All.
August: Brighton Rock, Dirty Girl, 30 Minutes or Less, The Change-Up, Fright Night, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, The Whistleblower, Gainsbourg, Janie Jones, Terri, Beats Rhymes & Life.
Movies I will skip for now:
May: Hobo with a Shotgun, Jumping the Broom, Priest, Everything Must Go, An Invisible Sign, Passion Play, There Be Dragons, Go For It, Skateland, The Big Bang, The High Cost of Living, Cost of a Soul..
June: Mr. Popper's Penguins, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, Love, Wedding, Marriage, Just Like Us, Trollhunter, Viva Riva!, Kidnapped, My Afternoons with Marguerite
July: Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Horrible Bosses, The Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh, Zookeeper, Monte Carlo, The Perfect Host, The Ledge, Lucky, The Best and the Brightest.
August: The Perfect Age of Rock & Roll, Conan the Barbarian, Seven Days in Utopia, Final Destination 5, A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy.
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