Summer Movie Preview

By Dan Zak
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 1, 2009

Summer is still technically a month and a half away, but the summer movie season starts today. Why?

One word: "Wolverine."

Nothing says summer like a blockbuster sequel. Or a superhero movie. Or Hugh Jackman with mutton chops.

And so the season hits us in buttery waves, washing ashore another Judd Apatow movie, another "Halloween" horror remake, another Matthew McConaughey vehicle about a manchild who beds a woman who should know better.

But there'll be some good stuff, too: movies that will rot your teeth but give you a pleasant sugar high and movies that will feed your brain without putting you to sleep. Out of the dozens and dozens of releases from today through August, we've picked a bunch that have piqued our interest or garnered good buzz.

So here's your summer reading list to help you plan your summer viewing list. When the humidity gets insufferable, go bask in the silvery glow in a dark, air-conditioned theater.


In order of release date, like the other categories. Opening dates may change.

Goodbye Solo. May 8. A Senegalese cabdriver befriends a cranky old Southern man, with revelatory results. Directed by the young phenom Ramin Bahrani ("Chop Shop," "Man Push Cart"), this one is winning over cold, critical hearts left and right.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil. May 15. Steve "Lips" Kudlow, Robb Reiner. It stormed the metal music scene in the '80s, but hair band Anvil swiftly vanished; now, a groupie recounts the group's time in oblivion and sets the stage for an epic comeback in this documentary.

Public Enemies. July 1. Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum. Michael Mann ("Heat") referees another duel of lead-pumping leading men: Depp as gangster John Dillinger and Bale as the FBI agent leading a manhunt for him.

Brüno. July 10. Sacha Baron Cohen. The man who foisted crude Kazakh reporter Borat upon America unleashes another alter ego: flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno, who cuts a comic swath through the country in this riotous mockumentary.

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