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SUMMER SNEAKS

A ripe season of celluloid

May 01, 2011

May 6

The Beaver

A once-successful toy executive and family man suffering from depression begins communicating through a beaver hand puppet. With Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and Anton Yelchin. Written by Kyle Killen. Directed by Foster. Summit Entertainment

Jumping the Broom

Two very different African American families -- one posh, one down-home -- come together for a wedding on Martha's Vineyard. With Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Loretta Devine. Written by Elizabeth Hunter and Arlene Gibbs. Directed by Salim Akil. TriStar Pictures

Last Night

Seven years into a happy marriage, a husband on a business trip and his wife back in New York each experience a night of temptation. With Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet. Written and directed by Massy Tadjedin. Tribeca Film

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday, May 05, 2011 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 50 words Type of Material: Correction
Summer movies: In a list of summer movies in the May 1 Calendar section, the entry for August's "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" identified one of the stars as Rose Atropos. That is the name of a character in the film; she is played by actress Taryn Manning.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, May 08, 2011 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part D Page 3 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
Summer movies: In a list of summer movies May 1, the entry for August's "The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll" identified one star as Rose Atropos. That is the name of a character in the film; she is played by Taryn Manning.

Mia and the Migoo

A young girl races to rescue her father and battles shady developers with the help of shape-shifting forest spirits in this animated film. With the voices of John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine and Wallace Shawn. Written by Benoit Chieux, Antoine Lanciaux and Iouri Tcherenkov. Directed Jacques-Remy Girerd. GKIDS / Media International

Passion Play

A washed-up jazz musician gets mixed up with a beautiful, mysterious woman and a cold-blooded gangster. With Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox, Bill Murray and Kelly Lynch. Written and directed by Mitch Glazer. Image Entertainment

Something Borrowed

Complications ensue after a mild-mannered lawyer sleeps with her best friend's fiance. With Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey and John Krasinski. Written by Jennie Urman and Jordan Roberts. Directed by Luke Greenfield. Warner Bros. Pictures

There Be Dragons

An investigative journalist goes to Spain to research a book about the controversial Catholic organization Opus Dei, but he hits a wall when his most promising source, his own father, proves uncooperative. With Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Olga Kurylenko and Derek Jacobi. Written and directed by Roland Joffe. Samuel Goldwyn Films

Thor

The warrior-god Thor is cast out of his magical homeland and sent to live among humans on Earth, where he becomes a hero. With Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. Written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. In Imax 3-D. Paramount Pictures

When Harry Tries to Marry

An Indian-born bachelor living in New York City surprises his modern-thinking parents by deciding to have an arranged marriage, but an unexpected friendship with an American woman complicates his plans. With Rahul Rai, Stefanie Estes and Freishia Bomanbehram. Written by Ralph Stein and Nayan Padrai. Directed by Padrai. 108 Pics

May 13

An Invisible Sign

A young woman who found salvation in mathematics as a child after her father fell ill begins teaching the subject to children and guides them through their own troubles. With Jessica Alba, Bailee Madison, Chris Messina and J.K. Simmons. Written by Pamela Falk and Michael Ellis. Directed by Marilyn Agrelo. IFC Films

The Arbor

The documentary depicts the difficult life of the late British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her three children. Directed by Clio Barnard. Strand Releasing

Bridesmaids

As maid of honor, a single woman leads her best friend and a colorful group of bridesmaids on a wild ride. With Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo. Directed by Paul Feig. Universal Pictures

Brother's Justice

In this mockumentary, comedian Dax Shepard tries to secure financing for a martial arts movie with him in the lead role. With Shepard, Tom Arnold, Nate Tuck and Greg Siegel. Written by Shepard. Directed by Shephard and David Palmer. Tribeca Film

Everything Must Go

After an alcoholic relapses and his life implodes, he holds a yard sale and tries to start over. With Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Michael Pena, Christopher C.J. Wallace and Laura Dern. Written and directed by Dan Rush. Roadside Attractions

The First Grader

After the Kenyan government promises free primary-school education to all, an aspiring student at a remote mountaintop school causes a stir because he is in his 80s. With Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris. Written by Ann Peacock. Directed by Justin Chadwick. National Geographic Films

Go for It!

In inner-city Chicago, a 19-year-old student with a passion for dance tries to find her identity and prepare for her future. With Aimee Garcia. Written and directed by Carmen Marron. Lionsgate

Hesher

A delinquent drifter begins squatting in the garage of a grieving widow and her son, whom he helps in unlikely ways. With Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson. Written and directed by Spencer Susser. Wrekin Hill Entertainment

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

This documentary explores the history and impact of Lee's classic novel. With Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen and Jon Meacham. Written and directed by Mary Murphy. First Run Features

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