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Summer of Same: August 2009

With names like Tarantino, Lee, and Zombie, the final month of the season pulls out all the film geek stops. Still, the only guarantee is familiarity, not freshness.

Director: Stephen Sommers Film: GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra Studio: Paramount Pictures Cast: Channing Tatum, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid, ,Ray Park, Rachel Nichols Website: MPAA rating: PG-13 First date: 2009 US Release Date: 2009-08-07 (General release) Image:

7 August

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra

It reads like a match made in '80s cartoon nerd heaven -- the animated action adventures of a real American hero and the mind behind the excessively guilty pleasures of The Mummy and Van Helsing. Together, something spectacular should result. But if director Stephen Sommers is guilty of anything (and his filmic rap sheet is rather large), it's allowing his oversized imagination - and desire to depict every fragment of it onscreen -- to run rough shot over elements like character, story, and believability. So far, aside from an action fueled teaser trailer and some impressive high tech warrior pics, little else is known about where the filmmaker will take this potential franchise. If it's like his take on the classic Egyptian icon, it could be a lot of mindless fun. If it's more like his attempted reboot of the masterful Universal monsters, on the other hand, we could be in for one of Summer 2009's biggest disappointments. There's really no middle ground with Sommers.

Director: Nora Ephron Film: Julie and Julia Studio: Columbia Pictures Cast: Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Jane Lynch MPAA rating: PG-13 First date: 2009 US Release Date: 2009-08-07 (General release) Image:

7 August

Julie and Julia

Reteaming after the terrific Doubt, Amy Adams is a wannabe chef who decides to make every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking -- and Meryl Streep is the legendary culinary queen herself. While we have yet to see her acting the part of America's favorite TV show cook, he's betting the talented actress pulls it off with her usual skilled aplomb. The big question mark here is writer/director Nora Ephron. While she did helm a pair of the best RomComs ever -- When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle -- her recent track record is enough to give even decided fans cause for concern. Here's hoping this is more Michael than Mixed Nuts.

Director: Robert Rodriguez Film: Shorts Studio: Warner Bros. Cast: Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, William H. Macy, James Spader, Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings MPAA rating: PG First date: 2009 US Release Date: 2009-08-07 (General release) Image:

7 August


Robert Rodriguez has been playing Hollywood outsider for so long that it's important to remember his continuing creative output. He's one of the few filmmakers that balances kid-oriented fare with more adult oriented efforts. For every Sin City, there's a Spy Kids, for each Planet Terror, there's an Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl. Now comes another potential underage classic -- the story of a magic rock that grants wishes, and the tiny community that goes crazy trying to get their hands on it. Some dislike the From Dusk 'Til Dawn director reverting back to his childhood every few films, and Rodriguez does overflow the screen with CG eye candy. Still, he's always inventive, which is more than you can say for most Hollywood children's programming.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson Film: When in Rome Studio: Touchstone Films Cast: Kristen Bell, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Will Arnett, Josh Duhamel, Don Johnson MPAA rating: PG-13 First date: 2009 US Release Date: 2009-08-07 (General release) Image:

7 August

When in Rome

Mark Steven Johnson steps back from the comic book genre (he's made Ghost Rider and Daredevil) to return to his more dramatic roots (Simon Birch). This time around, he guides Kristen Bell through an Italian travelogue about a desperate career gal and the lovers whose romances she ruins. It all involves a cockamamie scheme to steal some coins from a famed fountain and…well, you get the idea. The rest of the cast shows promise. Still, this sounds a little cloying for its own good.

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