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Summer Movie Preview: August 2011

August brings us a clash between horror and sci-fi as vampires, demons, and super-intelligent apes battle the Grim Reaper and a beefy Barbarian for your last few popcorn coins.

The Whistleblower and more...

Director: Larysa Kondracki

Film: The Whistleblower

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci

MPAA rating: R


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5 August
The Whistleblower

Rachel Weisz does own an Oscar, you know. Many forget she is an award winning actress. Hopefully, something like this real life drama will bring that particular aspect of her performance personality back to the fore. Here, she plays a former peacekeeper in Bosnia who brought a horrific UN sex scandal to light. Of course, those who would prefer such problematic peccadilloes to be keep private made her life a living Hell. It's the typical thriller/cautionary tale/media outing, with some superb supporting players (Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn) along for the eye opening ride. Indeed, the casting is only part of this project's inherent intrigue.

Director: Abe Sylvia

Film: Dirty Girl

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Mary Steenburgen, Juno Temple, William H. Macy, Nicholas D'Agosto, Jeremy Dozier

MPAA rating: R


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5 August
Dirty Girl

Call us old fashioned - or just old - but the title of this independent film automatically has us thinking about Elton John and his fabulous '70s masterwork, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (side three, song three). In truth, it's the tale of a promiscuous teen in the '80s who befriends a gay classmate and, together, the steal away to Los Angeles. He hopes to escape the ridicule of his homophobic father. She wants to find her birth father. This is the first feature film for writer/director Abe Sylvia and he has an established cast (William H. Macy, Mary Steenburgen, Milla Jovovich) to work with. Still, ignore us while we nostalgically hum away...

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Film: 30 Minutes or Less

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Fred Ward, Nick Swardson, Aziz Ansari, Michael Peña

MPAA rating: R


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12 August
30 Minutes or Less

As his follow-up to the sensational Zombieland (one of the first mainstream undead comedy horror hits ever), director Rueben Fleischer has decided to stay in humor mode, this time tracking the tale of a harried pizza boy (Jesse Eisenberg) kidnapped by criminals and forced to pull off a bank heist. Danny McBride and Nick Swardson are the inept felons he's "working" for. As with many current laughers, this is a hard R effort which hopefully doesn't substitute a plethora of F-bombs for a sense of style and wit. We have faith in Fleischer. As for the rest of the cast, the joker jury is still out.

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