By Kathleen Vanesian
By Amy Silverman
By Robrt L. Pela
By Jim Louvau
By Kathleen Vanesian
By Benjamin Leatherman
By New Times
By Becky Bartkowski
A MIGHTY HEART
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Will Patton, Irrfan Khan
Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
Angelina Jolie stars as Mariane Pearl, whose bestseller A Mighty Heart detailed her 2002 journey to Pakistan to search for her husband Daniel, a Wall Street Journalreporter who was kidnapped and killed by Islamic fundamentalists. Futterman (who wrote Capote) portrays, in flashback, the late Daniel Pearl. (Paramount Vantage) June 22.
Starring: Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis
Directed by: Jonathan King
In this horror comedy from New Zealand, a young man with a pathological fear of sheep (yes, sheep) returns to his family's farm to find that it's been overrun by mutant, flesh-eating sheep (yes, sheep). (Weinstein) Late June.
Starring: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Gena Rowlands, Drea de Matteo
Directed by: Zoe Cassavetes
In a rare dramatic role, Posey stars as a Manhattan hotel exec unlucky in love, until the night she meets and falls hard for a visiting Frenchman (Poupaud, who was so good in 2005's Time to Leave). For her feature debut, writer-director Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of the late John Cassavetes, cast her mother, the great Gena Rowlands, to play Posey's disapproving mom. (Magnolia) Late June.
Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Daniel Gilles, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Directed by: Roland Joffé
A fashion model (Cuthbert) and her chauffeur (Gilles) are kidnapped and tortured by one of her fans (Vince). Locked in a tiny room together, model and chauffeur predictably fall in love and unite to defeat their captor. What's unexpected here is the presence behind the camera of Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission), who's either slumming for a buck or attempting to elevate the torture-horror genre to a higher plain. We'll see. (Lionsgate) June 22.
DOA: DEAD OR ALIVE
Starring: Jaime Pressly, Holly Valance, Sarah Carter, Natasha Malthe, Devon Aoki
Directed by: Corey Yuen
Scantily clad beauties fight evildoers in this live action version of a popular video game. (Weinstein) June 22.
Starring: Steve Carell, Morgan Freeman, Lauren Graham
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Morgan Freeman returns in what's shaping up to be the first talking deity series since George Burns started yakking to John Denver. In this not-quite-a-sequel variation on the Jim Carrey hit Bruce Almighty, God comes calling on an arrogant newsman, played by Carell, the new It-Man of Hollywood comedy (sorry, Jim). (Universal) June 22.
Starring: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Saffron Burrows, Stephen Dillane
Directed by: Raoul Ruiz
Malkovich stars as the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, who's lying on his deathbed as the film opens, thinking back to the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris where he meets Lea de Castro (Burrows), a French dancer who became both mistress and muse. (Outsider) July.
Starring: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Terence Stamp
Directed by:Christopher Cain
A bearded Stamp plays Mormon leader Brigham Young in this dramatization of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, in which 120 settlers in the Utah Territory were murdered by a Mormon militia. Don't expect a Salt Lake City red carpet premiére. And sorry about the timing, Mitt. (Black Diamond Pictures) June 22.
YOU KILL ME
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Téa Leoni, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Bill Pullman
Directed by: John Dahl
A crime noir comedy from Red Rock West director Dahl about an alcoholic Polish mafia hit man (Kingsley) ordered to dry out in San Francisco, where he finds love and a part-time job as a mortician. (IFC) June 22.
LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD
Starring: Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Long, Maggie Q.
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Twelve years and many flops after Die Hard With a Vengeance, Willis competes for box office gold as maverick cop John McClane, who takes on a cyber terrorist (Olyphant) with the help of a computer-geek sidekick who just happens to be played by Mac ad kid Justin Long. (Fox) June 27.
DEATH AT A FUNERAL
Starring: Ewen Bremmer, Peter Dinklage, Matthew MacFadyen
Directed by:Frank Oz
A black comedy about a proper British funeral where the mourning family is slowly coming unhinged, thanks to accidental drug trips, unexpected trysts, and the unnerving appearance of the dead patriarch's secret gay lover. Great trailer. (MGM) June 29.
Starring: Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Wilson, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close
Directed by: Lajos Koltai
Novelist Michael Cunningham (The Hours) wrote the screenplay for this star-packed adaptation of Susan Minot's exquisite 1999 novel, in which a dying woman flashes back to a wedding 40 years earlier at which she fell madly, and tragically, in love. (Focus) June 29.
Directed by: Michael Moore
After taking on the car industry (Roger & Me), the gun industry (Bowling for Columbine), and the war industry (Fahrenheit 9/11), Michael Moore shifts his obsessive gaze to the American health care system. Hey, insurance companies: No publicity is bad publicity, right? (Weinstein) June 29. LICENSE TO WED
Starring: Robin Williams, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Sadie (Moore) dreams of marrying her fiancé (Krasinski) at her family's church, but it's all booked up for the next two years. Except: There is one open day, and to score it, the couple must survive a marriage-prep course devised by a most unorthodox pastor, played by the ever unorthodox Robin Williams. (Warner Bros.) July 4.