Summer Guide: Movies 

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The Milk of Sorrow
Fausta (Magaly Solier), the daughter of a woman who was raped during the political upheavals of 1980s Peru, believes that she was born without a soul due to the violence she witnessed from her mother's womb. Her search for peace informs this recent Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language Film from writer-director Claudia Llosa.

The Nature of Existence
"Why do we exist?" That's the first question on filmmaker Roger Nygard's long list of things to ask the philosophers, spiritual leaders, scientists and artists that he meets, as he travels the world over the course of four years for this documentary.

Ondine
Maybe she's a mermaid, or maybe she's not — either way, the mysterious beauty Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) is quickly stealing the heart of the Irish fisherman who pulled her from the sea (Colin Farrell). Stephen Rea co-stars in the new drama from writer-director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game).

Perrier's Bounty
The talented Irish actor Cillian Murphy stars as a Dublin man with four hours to raise the money he owes a neighborhood kingpin (Brendan Gleeson). Jim Broadbent co-stars in this caper comedy from director Ian Fitzgibbon.

Restrepo
Journalist Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and photographer Tim Hetherington take along a movie camera to shadow the 173rd Airborne Brigade that is battling the Taliban amid the unforgiving terrain of the Korengal Valley. It was this year's Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival.

South of the Border
Early reviews suggest that director Oliver Stone's documentary about the United States' rocky relationship with its South American neighbors (and which features the director taking a road trip with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez) is surprisingly evenhanded, though we aren't expecting Fox News to snap up the broadcast rights.

Stonewall Uprising
Filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner re-examine the 1969 police raid on Greenwich Village's Stonewall bar, an event that sparked a riot, days of protest, and the modern gay-rights movement.

El Súperstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Francés
After his parents die, Beverly Hills white boy Jonathan French (Spencer John French) is raised by his Mexican nanny (Lupe Ontiveros). As an adult, Jonathan becomes Juan Frances, ranchero singing star, in this faux-documentary comedy from filmmaker Amy French.

Tales From Earthsea
Taking over a project that his father, Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), long dreamed of making, first-time filmmaker Goro Miyazaki helms this anime adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin's revered Earthsea fantasy novels.

The Tillman Story
Josh Brolin narrates Amir Bar-Lev's documentary about the Tillmans' crusade to prove that their son Pat, a pro football star who enlisted right after 9/11, was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan.

Valhalla Rising
In 1000 A.D., a Norse warrior (Mads Mikkelsen) leads a band of hyperactive Christians on a quest for the Holy Land. Prepare to wince: Director Nicolas Winding Refn's movies, including last year's Bronson and the astonishing Pusher trilogy, are never less than brutal.

White Wedding
On the road from Johannesburg to Cape Town for his wedding, a groom and his best man encounter all manner of oddities, including a pro-apartheid bar and a hitchhiking goat, in this South African comedy directed by Jann Turner.

Whiz Kids
Filmmaker Tom Shepard follows three brilliant high school students as they work, over the course of two years, to complete self-generated science projects for the Intel Science Talent Search, the top award of which is $100,000.

Wild Grass
French director Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad), who turns 88 this summer, enlists two of his favorite actors, André Dussollier and Sabine Azéma, for this comic tale of romantic obsession, unending movie love, and the transcendent glories of the colors red, yellow and blue.

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