2010 Summer Movie Preview - August

by Bill Gibron

5 May 2010

 

13 August


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Eat, Pray, Love

Director: Ryan Murphy
Cast: Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Richard Jenkins, Christine Hakim
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Eat, Pray, Love

With Sandra Bullock usurping her spot as favorite female vanguard (and top tabloid queen), Julia Roberts is ready to reclaim some of that lost lady love. Here’s hoping she can do something viable with Elizabeth Gilbert’s seemingly omnipresent mash letter to herself. She should have called it How a White Woman Got Her Slightly Out of Sync Groove Back and be done with it. Still, for an under-served audience who spends way too much time complaining about the lack of entertainment geared toward them, we get this “journey of self discovery”. Why they insist we discover it as well remains to be seen.

 

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman
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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Save us, Edgar Wright… SAVE US! In a Summer that seems more recycled that revelatory, the brilliant British director, responsible for the classics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (as well as the TV cult creation, Spaced), is like Obi-Wan Kenobi. He may just be our only hope. Taking on the beloved graphic novel series about a young man who must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exs in order to win her heart sounds slightly surreal, but with its retro Batman cartoon bubbles and stylized action approach, this looks to be amazing. Sure, Wright could be ripe for a stumble, but we’re betting on the UK god to pull this off.

 

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The Expendables

Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin,
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The Expendables

If you like your testosterone fueled cast brawny, beefy, slightly over the hill and yet brimming with concrete camp value, Sylvester Stallone’s latest bloodshed epic has your name written all over it. Forget about the superb casting—our man Rambo, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Randy Couture - or the impressive cameos (Ahhhhnold and Bruuuce, just to name a few). It’s the mercenaries on a murderous mission to overthrow a South American dictator that has our adrenalin pumping. If the action and gore level are as ludicrously large as Sly’s last stint behind the lens, this could be a groovy post-modern splatter event. 

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