Summer Guide: Movies 

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Piranha 3-D
Spring break. College kids. Zillions of flesh-eating piranha. Got it? Elizabeth Shue and Jerry O'Connell try to save the day (but not their careers). Directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes).

September 1

The American
"I am death's booking clerk, death's bellhop." So states the narrator of Martin Booth's 2004 novel, A Very Private Gentleman. In this film version, directed by Anton Corbijn (Control), George Clooney is that "bellhop," who may be an assassin and is about to be hunted like one.

September 3

Born to Be a Star
When a Midwest nerd (Nick Swardson) learns that his parents were once porn stars, he hits the road to Hollywood to see if he has the goods, too. Tom Brady directs this comedy, co-written by Adam Sandler.

Machete
Director Robert Rodriguez, with the help of co-director Ethan Maniquis, has gone and made a real movie from the fake trailer he created for the 2007 anthology flick Grindhouse. In his first starring role, the great Danny Trejo plays an ex-Mexican federale who has been (as the fake trailer put it) "set up, double-crossed and left for dead."

September 17

The Adjustment Bureau
It's love at first sight for Congressman David Norris (Matt Damon) and ballerina Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), but is it fate or sinister earthly forces conspiring to keep them apart? Screenwriter George Nolfi (The Bourne Ultimatum) makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of a 1954 story by Philip K. Dick.

ALSO THIS SUMMER

Brotherhood
Newly released from the Danish army, a young man (Thure Lindhardt) falls in with a neo-Nazi street gang, only to find himself having romantic feelings for one of the members (David Dencik). When they become lovers, things get dicey in this debut feature from Nicolo Donato.

Cairo Time
Patricia Clarkson is a Canadian journalist who is in Egypt to meet up with her husband. When he's delayed, he sends an Egyptian friend (Alexander Siddig) to keep her company. Probably not a great idea. Written and directed by Ruba Nadda.

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
In 1920s Paris, Coco Chanel (Anna Mouglalis) invites a penniless Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen) and his wife and children to live in her famed Parisian villa, Bel Respiro. Soon, the great designer is seducing the great composer in this opulent drama from Dutch director Jan Kounen.

Countdown to Zero
In this documentary about the likelihood of a nuclear bomb going off in the near future, director Lucy Walker divides the cause of this happening into three categories: accident, miscalculation or insanity.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed
There's reportedly a clever bit of business involving a stray-bullet casing in this British kidnapping thriller from first-time filmmaker J. Blakeson. Eddie Marsan, the addled driving instructor in Happy-Go-Lucky, stars.

The Dry Land
After a reunion with his wife (America Ferrera) takes a violent turn, James (Ryan O'Nan), a West Texas soldier newly home from the Iraq War, takes a road trip to visit his war buddies (Wilmer Valderrama, Diego Klattenhoff) and seek some inner peace. Written and directed by Ryan Piers Williams.

The Extra Man
It's a collision of eccentrics when a lonely, cross-dressing teacher (Paul Dano) becomes the roommate of an "escort" (Kevin Kline) for wealthy widows. Based on a novel by Jonathan Ames, this new film from co-directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman (American Splendor) features Katie Holmes, John C. Reilly and the rarely seen but always welcome Patti D'Arbanville.

Farewell
French filmmaker Christian Carion enlists two acclaimed actor-directors to star in a fact-based thriller about a KGB colonel (Time of the Gypsies director Emir Kusturica) who passed secret documents to a French businessman (Tell No One director Guillaume Canet) in the early 1980s.

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