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A break in the action

SUMMER SNEAKS

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

A bright and imaginative 10-year-old in Depression-era Cincinnati. With Abigail Breslin (left, above, with Madison Davenport), Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell, Julia Ormond. Directed by Patricia Rozema. Written by Ann Peacock. Picturehouse

The Love Guru

A foundling left at an Ashram in India returns to the U.S. as a self-help and spirituality authority and winds up mediating the marital woes of a hockey star. With Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Ben Kingsley. Directed by Marco Schnabel. Written by Myers & Graham Gordy. Paramount Pictures

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.

My Winnipeg

A personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Co-written by George Toles. IFC First Take

June 27

Expired

A resentful meter maid and an angry traffic officer who loves his job find themselves in a tumultuous and twisted relationship. With Samantha Morton, Jason Patric, Teri Garr, Illeana Douglas. Written and directed by Cecilia Miniucchi. MCR Releasing

Finding Amanda

Having recently kicked his alcohol and drug habits, a lowly sitcom writer with a penchant for gambling is sent to Las Vegas to get his troubled niece into rehab. With Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow. Written and directed by Peter Tolan. Magnolia Pictures

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot

An insider's look at eight of the nation's top prep basketball players as they are groomed for the limelight that culminates at the 2006 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic High School All-Star game. Players include UCLA's Kevin Love, Compton native Brandon Jennings, Michael Beasley. Directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch. Oscilloscope Pictures

Tell No One

A pediatrician is still mourning the loss of his wife eight years earlier when he receives an anonymous e-mail and video suggesting she is alive. With Francois Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas. Written and directed by Guillaume Canet. In French with English subtitles. Music Box Films

Trumbo

Based on the play by his son, Christopher Trumbo, the celebrated writer Dalton Trumbo's tumultuous career is depicted through interviews and letters read by actors. With Joan Allen, Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti. Directed by Peter Askin. Samuel Goldwyn Films

The Unknown Woman (La Sconosciuta)

A Russian woman earns the trust of an Italian family, working as their maid and nanny in order to solve a mystery. With Xenia Rappoport, Michele Placido. Directed and co-written by Giuseppe Tornatore with Massimo De Rita. Outsider Pictures

Wanted

A cubicle-dwelling slacker is recruited by a secret society and transformed into a lightning-fast hero. With James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Written by Michael Brandt & Derek Haas and Chris Morgan. Universal Pictures

July 2

Hancock

A superhero has an image crisis -- he causes as much harm as good -- but that might change when he saves the life of a PR executive. With Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman. Directed by Peter Berg. Written by Vy Vincent Ngo & Vince Gilligan. Sony Pictures

July 3

The Wackness

In the summer of 1994, a socially inept teen and his dysfunctional therapist troll New York City looking for ladies. With Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby and Mary-Kate Olsen. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine. Sony Pictures Classics

July 4

Chris & Don: A Love Story

Documentary about the three-decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood and American painter Don Bachardy, 30 years his junior. With archival footage, Bachardy's reminiscences, home movies, reenactments and animations. Directed by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara. Zeitgeist Films

Diminished Capacity

After banging his head at a Cubs game, a memory-afflicted man and his uncle hatch a scheme to sell a collectible baseball card at a memorabilia show to raise enough money to keep the uncle out of a nursing home. With Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen. Directed by Terry Kinney. Written by Sherwood Kiraly and Doug Bost. IFC First Take

Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Director Alex Gibney ("Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "Taxi to the Dark Side") profiles the life of the late "Fear and Loathing" journalist. Magnolia Pictures

The Last Mistress

A love affair between a well-bred French Aristocrat and his Spanish mistress. With Asia Argento, Fu'ad Ait Aattou. Written and directed by Catherine Breillat. In French with English subtitles. IFC First Take

July 11

August

Two brothers fight to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street a month before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. With Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, David Bowie, Rip Torn. Directed by Austin Chick. Written by Howard A. Rodman. First Look Studios

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

The big, bad and red superhero caught between two worlds battles a merciless dictator and his band of marauding monsters. With Ron Perlman, Selma Blair. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro; story by Del Toro and Mike Mignola. Universal Pictures

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D

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