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Sunday, April 13, 2014

10 Groovy Movies to See This Summer

Having recently received Entertainment Weekly's Summer Movie Preview featuring 105 new films, I've selected 10 of them that caught my eye (in order of their release dates):

Chef (release date: May 9)
Directors: Jon Favreau (Elf, Iron Man)
Stars: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
After losing his restaurant job, a chef starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise.

Neighbors (May 9)
Director: Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall)
Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco
A couple face unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house.

Jersey Boys (June 20)
Director: Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby)
Stars: John Lloyd Young, Christopher Walken
A musical biography of the Four Seasons.

Tammy (July 2)
Director: Ben Falcone (this is his directorial debut)
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney
After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her hard-drinking grandmother.

Begin Again (July 4)
Director: John Carney (Once)
Stars: Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo
A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter.

And So It Goes (July 11)
Director: Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally, Stand by Me)
Stars: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton
A self-centered realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he's suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew he had.

Magic in the Moonlight (July 25)
Director: Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine, Annie Hall)
Stars: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden
Set in the 1920s on the French Riviera, this romantic comedy is about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle.

Get On Up (August 1)
Director: Tate Taylor (The Help)
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd
A biographical drama about the life of singer James Brown.

The Hundred-Foot Journey (August 8)
Director: Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules)
Stars: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
An Indian family moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.

Love Is Strange (August 22)
Director: Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On)
Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Cheyenne Jackson, Marisa Tomei
A gay married couple in New York are forced to live apart.

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