Summer Guide: Movies

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Night after night, sad-sack Cal (Steve Carell), whose wife (Julianne Moore) has left him, sits in a bar and watches a young guy named Jacob (Ryan Gosling) effortlessly pick up women. Desperate, Cal asks him for a ladykiller make-over. Co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris).

Good Neighbors: Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman, and Emily Hampshire co-star in this Canadian thriller about an apartment complex whose residents are on edge over a serial killer on the loose in their neighborhood. Written and directed by Jacob Tierney.

The Guard: Brendan Gleeson is Boyle, an unkempt, vulgar Irish policeman who teams with a straitlaced FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to solve a series of Galway murders. Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh.

The Smurfs: They're back and bluer than ever. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays star. Directed by Raja Gosnell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua).


The Change-Up: A hunky single guy (Ryan Reynolds) and a bored married guy (Justin Bateman) experience a body switch and discover the pros and cons of living each other's lives. Directed by David Dobkin.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: After altering the genetics of a chimpanzee, a young scientist (James Franco) is astonished when his test subject escapes and then launches a primate war against humans. Directed by Rupert Wyatt.


Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Once upon a time — 1973, to be exact — a TV movie about a woman being terrorized by whispering, invisible goblins living below her chimney scared the heck out of many a viewer. Katie Holmes stars in this remake, with Guy Pearce as her clueless husband. Co-produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey.

The Help: In 1962, a journalist (Emma Stone) returns to her Jackson, Mississippi, hometown and stirs up trouble when she begins interviewing and writing about the black women who work as maids for the town's rich whites. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Sissy Spacek, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Cicely Tyson co-star. Written and directed by Tate Taylor, adapting Kathryn Stockett's bestseller.

30 Minutes or Less: The only method Dwayne (Danny McBride) can devise to raise the cash he needs to hire a hitman (Michael Peña) to kill his father (Fred Ward) is to strap a bomb onto a pizza delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) and order him to go rob a bank. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).


Conan the Barbarian: Jason Momoa stars as the sword-and-sorcery hero who battles gods, monsters, and other big-pec'd men. Rose McGowan co-stars. Directed by Marcus Nispel.

Fright Night: Charley (Anton Yelchin), a suburban teen, isn't 100 percent sure, but he's starting to think that his suave, secretive new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Toni Collette co-stars in director Craig Gillespie's remake of the 1985 hit.

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World: Only a retired secret agent (Jessica Alba) and her step-kids (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook) can save the world from the evil Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven). Written and directed by Robert Rodriguez.


A Good Old Fashioned Orgy: The Hamptons home where 30-year-old Eric (Jason Sudeikis) and his friends have partied for years is being sold. What to do? Throw an orgy, of course. Lake Bell, Leslie Bibb, and Will Forte co-star. Written and directed by Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory.

Our Idiot Brother: Paul Rudd stars as the idiot in question, who is broke and homeless and creating havoc in the lives of his three sisters (Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, and Elizabeth Banks). Directed by Jesse Peretz.

SUMMER MOVIE Guilty Pleasures

National Lampoon's Vacation (1983): Despite the fact that this film is nearly 30 years old, its message is still relevant. Whenever you plan a summer vacation that has kids and family involved, everything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong, and the trip of a lifetime becomes the trip from hell.

Guilty Pleasure Quote: "Yeah, but Daddy says that I'm the best."

Dirty Dancing (1987): Oh, yes. This film had girls beating it to Blockbuster to rent the videocassette. Baby Newhouse is bored out of her mind when her parents drag her to a resort in the Catskills for summer vacation. She rebels by dancing with poor people, who happen to be really good dancers.

Guilty Pleasure Quote: "No one puts Baby in the corner."

Jaws (1975): This is the ultimate summer movie. Who wasn't creeped out by open water after seeing this classic suspense thriller?

Guilty Pleasure Quote: "Fast fish."

Talladega Nights (2006): At his deadpan best, Will Ferrell keeps the laughs coming faster than his race car as NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, who must battle it out against a gay French "Formula Un" driver.

Guilty Pleasure Quote: "You taste of America."

Blue Crush (2002): Who doesn't love surfer girls in bikinis training for a competition? Never mind the weak "Does he really love me?" story — the real action is the surfing.

Guilty Pleasure Quote: "Somebody's got to go to college, and it isn't going to be me."

The Hangover (2009): What happens when a group of guys head to Vegas for a bachelor party? Well, they're not really sure, either, as they try to figure it out in this quick-witted comedy packed with twists and turns and a raging hangover.

Guilty Pleasure Quote: "Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except for herpes; that shit will come back with you." Michelle Martinez

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