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
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies
Directed by:Werner Herzog
This taut and surprisingly straightforward action film from iconoclastic director Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man) tells the true story of Dieter Dengler (Bale), shot down over Laos in 1964, captured, and thrown into a brutal North Vietnamese prison, where he finds two Americans (Zahn, Davies) reluctant to join his escape plan. (MGM) Mid- to late July.
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson
Directed by: Michael Bay
Imagine if those nimble robot action figures gathering dust under your kid's bed decided to bulk up, rise up, and take over Earth. With the director of Pearl Harbor and Armageddon at the helm, expect a long, noisy war. (Dreamworks/Paramount) July 4.
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga
Directed by: George Ratliff
Everyone's thrilled when parents Brad and Abby (Rockwell and Farmiga) bring home their beautiful, new baby girl. Everyone except 9-year-old older brother Joshua, that is. Soon, evil plagues the family. (Fox Searchlight) Mid-July.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Directed by: David Yates
An obscure British import, for which there's very little advance publicity. (Warner Bros.) July 13.
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller
Directed by: Steve Buscemi
Buscemi stars as a hardened political reporter who's sent to interview a soap star (Miller). As their interview stretches into a long night, each discovers unexpected depths in the other. Buscemi directs from a screenplay that he co-adapted from one written by Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was on the verge of directing Buscemi and Miller in the movie when brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist. (Sony Pictures Classics) Mid-July.
TALK TO ME
Starring: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Directed by: Kasi Lemmons
Don Cheadle stars as Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, a legendary 1960s radio and talk show host who galvanized Washington, D.C., by leading public protests against poverty and racism. (Focus) July 13.
Directed by: Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson
From National Geographic Films, a documentary that tracks an Arctic walrus named Seela and a polar bear dubbed Nanu from birth to adolescence to parenthood. (Paramount Vantage) July 29.