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2010 Summer Movie Preview - August

We round out our summer preview with the August releases, a rather dim bunch unfortunately. Will Edgar Wright save us from summer movie hell with the new Michael Cera vehicle?

Director: Adam McKay

Film: The Other Guys

Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan

MPAA rating: PG-13

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The Other Guys

Adam McKay is a pretty consistent comedy mind. After the one-two punch of Anchorman: The Legend of Rod Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, he had a slight stumble with the hit or miss Step Brothers. Now he's got favorite funnyman Will Ferrell teaming up with Mark Wahlberg as a pair of ineffectual cops who must take over for a couple of NYC's Finest (played by Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson). While the premise has promise -- as does the casting -- it will be up to McKay to lend the proceedings a farcical focus that a vehicle like this often lacks.

 
Director: Jon Chu

Film: Step Up 3D

Cast: Rick Malambri, Adam Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner

MPAA rating: PG-13

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Step Up 3D

More dance dreariness (this time, amplified by Tinseltown's latest money grab gimmick) as the gang from that high profile Maryland School of the Arts find themselves in the City of Light. A missed flight and a stolen routine gets hunky hoffer Moose immersed in the seedy world of Paris underground dance competitions. Aside from the backdrop, sounds like every other installment in this "movement is misunderstood -- and amazing" genre. Expect a big opening weekend (especially among tweens to 25-year-olds) and some added firepower from the 3D. After that, it's a lifetime of reruns on MTV2.

 
Director: George Gallo

Film: Middle Men

Cast: Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Macht, James Caan

MPAA rating: PG-13

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Middle Men

Luke Wilson stars in, what several reviews have hinted at, is one of 2009's most ingenious and shocking comedies. Why haven't we heard of it until now? Well, just like The Human Centipede (or perhaps, more directly, the gay-themed Jim Carrey vehicle I Love You, Philip Morris), it's had a near impossible time finding someone who would champion its release. Apparently, the Internet-themed narrative has mobsters, mayhem, and some miscreant behavior that's bound to make audiences blush. The poster makes it look like a sexier update of Mad Men. Based on what we have read, it seems closer like a smut spiked take on the world behind the World Wide Web.

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