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Summer Movie Preview: So Much Drama

Earlier this week I brought you glimpses of some of this summer's big-budget films and then asked you which one interested you most as the first part of my summer movie preview. Now, check out the dramatic films that promise to be most arresting.

A Mighty Heart
This story shocked and saddened me when it first appeared in the news, and while I'm not eager to relive that, A Mighty Heart seems more likely to be a tender homage to the memory of Daniel Pearl, which is important. Pearl was a journalist working in the Middle East in 2002 when he was kidnapped and ultimately beheaded, his murder recorded on videotape and sent around the Internet. A Mighty Heart chronicles his wife Mariane's (Angelina Jolie) desperate search for him when he goes missing. The film opens June 22.

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This sentimental-looking drama features some of my favorite actresses: Toni Collette and Claire Danes. I can't help feeling happy when I watch Claire Danes, though I couldn't tell you why. Perhaps she'll always be Angela Chase to me. Anyway, in Evening she plays the younger version of a dying woman who reminisces to her daughters about her romantic past. The trailer is more intriguing than that description, however, so check it out before it hits theaters June 29.

Talk to Me
Wow — two actors I love and admire are in this true-story film: Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor. From the looks of the amazing trailer, Cheadle plays Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who takes over the radio airwaves — and the hearts of a city's people — during a time of social and political unrest. Yet again, Don Cheadle transforms completely into someone the world has not yet seen on screen. Start talking July 13.

Georgia Rule
This is the film that earned Lindsay Lohan reprimands from producer James Robinson for her excessive partying and unprofessional behavior. Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman are also in it. Lohan plays a rebellious girl who is forced to live with her rules-happy grandmother (Fonda). Watch the trailer before Georgia Rule opens next Friday, May 11.

I Know Who Killed Me
In other Lindsay Lohan movie news, I Know Who Killed Me comes out July 27 — and it's no Georgia Rule. Lohan plays a young woman who is kidnapped and brutalized and then returns home with an alternate personality.

Becoming Jane
Already released in the UK, Becoming Jane features Anne Hathaway in the role of Jane Austen. The story focuses on one of Austen's greatest romances — and one of her deepest heartaches. The movie's website includes the trailer, which looks delightful and sassy in the Jane Austen kind of way. Jane comes to America August 3.

No Reservations
This film may fall more fully into the "dramedy" category, as it has elements of a romantic comedy, yet the premise sounds really sad: Respected chef Kate (Catherine Zeta-Jones) has to unexpectedly take in her niece Zoe (Abigail Breslin) after the death of Zoe's mother. The rom-com element comes in the form of the new guy at work/love interest Nick (Aaron Eckhart). The film opens July 27.

The stage play version of Bug is thoroughly creepy — and that's without special effects or jerky editing. Thinking of this in film version already has my skin crawling. Bug is a psychological thriller about an ex-military man who is slowly consumed by paranoia due to his belief that his body is bug-infested. See it May 25 with bug spray in hand.

El Cantante
I'm a little iffy about Jennifer Lopez as an actress, but maybe she'll surprise me with her magnificence in El Cantante. The movie follows real-life Latino singer Hector Lavoe (Marc Anthony) and his lady Puchi (Lopez) as they help to bring salsa music the U.S. in 1975. Watch the trailer and then see the film in theaters August 1.

The story description for this fantasy-adventure is this: "In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm."

The all-star cast includes Claire Danes, Ricky Gervais, Robert DeNiro, Sienna Miller and Michelle Pfeiffer who looks gorgeous (er, through most of the trailer anyway). Check out the highly entertaining trailer before Stardust opens August 10.

Check out the trailer:

Bug photo courtesy of Lionsgate
Stardust photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures
No Reservations photo courtesy of Warner Bros.
A Mighty Heart photo courtesy of Paramount Vantage
I Know Who Killed Me photo source
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nimue nimue 10 years
I want to see evening and also stardust..heh i'm a sucker for fantasy!
wren074 wren074 10 years
Patrick Wilson is in Evening so I'll definitely be seeing that. Love him. So hot (nude scenes in Little Children, anyone) and so talented. Surprisingly, I'm just not interested in A Mighty Heart. Something about it just doesn't work for me.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
Great post Buzz. I will be seeing one of the movies. A Mighty Heart for sure, Angelina is sporting a new look here. I have heard this movie will be good. I cant wait to see it.
Mezera Mezera 10 years
Clarify- Angelina's hair and Katie Holmes hair.
Mezera Mezera 10 years
Katie Holmes sports the same hair style in the new movie she's taping!
CatarinaBella521 CatarinaBella521 10 years
I think I'm going to watch about 1/2 of those...Stardust looks the best to me!
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Lots of those look promising. I am definitely excited to see Becoming Jane due to the fact that James McAvoy is brilliant. I am also curious to see A Mighty Heart, Evening, Talk to Me and Stardust.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
Ive already seen Becoming Jane - Its really good!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Thanks for this great post, Buzz. Looking forward to seeing most, especially Evening, Talk to Me and Georgia Rule.
SwtAsSgar SwtAsSgar 10 years
I really want to see a mighty heart. I didn't want to, but then I read that article where Angie and Mariane, I was really touched. I'm sure Angie is great in it. ~SwtAsSgr~
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Great post Buzz. I'm looking forward to some, and you educated me on others. I doubt I'll watch Mighty Heart, since I watched Journalist and the Jihadi, The Death of Danial Pearl. I really want to see Georgia Rule, to see if there's any acting chemistry between Jane and LL ------------------------------------------------------ "All my life, I wanted to be someone, I guess I should have been more specific." Jane Wagner
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Id like to see A Mighty Heart.
JaiDesigned JaiDesigned 10 years
"Evening" and "Talk To Me" both look fantastic!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Wow, some of these sound good, others.... not so much. The picture of Angelina above hardly looks like her, I had no idea until I read her name- then had to do a double-take.
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