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SUMMER SNEAKS

A break in the action

Sure, the bravado blockbusters will strut their stuff, but there's a feminine flair too, with 'Mamma Mia!,' 'Sex and the City,' 'Traveling Pants 2' and other fare aimed at American girls.

May 04, 2008

The Babysitters

A Midwestern honors student working as a babysitter becomes a high-school madam, arranging dates between her girlfriends and neighborhood family men. With John Leguizamo, Katherine Waterston, Cynthia Nixon. Written and directed by David Ross. Peace Arch Entertainment Before the Rains

An English spice baron settles in South India during the waning years of the Raj. With Linus Roache, Jennifer Ehle. Directed by Santosh Sivan. Written by Cathy Rabin; based on the film "Red Roofs," by Dan Verete. Roadside Attractions / Merchant Ivory

Friday

The Dhamma Brothers

Documentary visits an Alabama high-security prison as inmates participate in an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting 10 days. Directed by Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein and Andrew Kukura. Balcony Releasing

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, May 06, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 25 words Type of Material: Correction
'Postal': A listing of upcoming summer films in Sunday's Calendar section said the movie "Postal" was being distributed by Freestyle. The distributor is Event Films.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, May 11, 2008 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 22 words Type of Material: Correction
"Postal": A listing of upcoming summer films last Sunday said the movie was being distributed by Freestyle. The distributor is Event Films.

The Fall

A bedridden man strikes up a friendship with an immigrant girl while in the hospital. With Lee Pace. Directed by Tarsem. Written by Dan Gilroy, Tarsem and Nico Soultanakis. Based on the film "Yo Ho Ho," written by Valery Petrov. Roadside Attractions

Mister Lonely

A forlorn Michael Jackson impersonator falls for a faux Marilyn Monroe while something miraculous happens in the jungles of Latin American. With Diego Luna, Samantha Morton. Directed and co-written by Harmony Korine with Avi Korine. IFC Films

Never Forever

A seemingly perfect housewife unable to conceive a child with her successful Korean American husband begins a business-like affair with an illegal immigrant. With Vera Farmiga. Written and directed by Gina Kim. Arts Alliance America

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 follows in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau, somehow succeeding in spite of his ineptitude. With Jean Dujardin. Directed and co-written by Michel Hazanavicius with Jean-Francois Halin. In French with English subtitles. Music Box Films.

A Previous Engagement

A Seattle librarian takes a family vacation to Malta with a secret agenda of fulfilling a date made 25 years earlier with her first love. With Juliet Stevenson, Daniel Stern. Written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin. Buccaneer Films / Palisades Pictures

Speed Racer

A fearless race car driver is out to save his family's business from a corrupt corporation. With Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox. Written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. Also opening in IMAX. Warner Bros.

Surfwise

A documentary about Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, a nonconformist who walked away from a medical career in the 1960s to go to Israel, surf and raise a family. Directed by Doug Pray. Magnolia Pictures

The Tracey Fragments

A 15-year-old girl, wearing only a tattered curtain and trapped on a bus, is trying to find her missing and hypnotized brother during the coldest blizzard in years. With Ellen Page. Directed by Bruce McDonald. Written by Maureen Medved. ThinkFilm

Vice

A highly decorated but troubled cop gets caught up in a game of intrigue and foul play following a high-profile drug bust gone awry. With Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Mykelti Williamson. Written and directed by Raul Sanchez Ingles. 41 Inc.

What Happens in Vegas

Strangers awaken to discover they are bound by a quickie marriage and a large jackpot. With Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz (pictured). Directed by Tom Vaughan. Written by Dana Fox. 20th Century Fox

May 16

Bloodline

Filmmakers discover papers from a 19th century priest in southern France claiming to have evidence that Jesus did not die on the cross but married Mary Magdalene and had children. Directed by Bruce Burgess. Cinema Libre Studio

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The fantasy series continues the C.S. Lewis saga with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy returning to the kingdom only to discover that Narnia is overrun by Telmarines and a merciless tyrant. With William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage. Directed by Andrew Adamson. Written by Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Walt Disney Studios.

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

This comedy explores the lives, loves and experiences of three generations of Mexican American women. With Elizabeth Pena, America Ferrera, Lucy Gallardo. Written and directed by Georgina Garcia Riedel. Maya Releasing

Noise

Driven mad by the never-ending cacophony in Manhattan, a successful lawyer engages in acts of vigilantism. With Tim Robbins, Bridget Moynahan, William Hurt. Written and directed by Henry Bean. ThinkFilm

Reprise

Two friends with literary aspirations and youthful exuberance endure the pangs of love, depression and burgeoning careers. With Espen Klouman-Hoiner, Anders Danielsen Lie, Viktoria Winge. Directed and co-written by Joachim Trier with Eskil Vogt. Miramax

Roman de Gare

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