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10 upcoming summer flicks

With several weeks of summer already behind us, it's now time to take a look at what's heading our way before the season comes to a close over Labor Day weekend.

Mickey Rourke in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (The Weinstein Company)
  • Mickey Rourke in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (The Weinstein Company)

Unfortunately, it appears that some of the more interesting films are limited releases, movies that will be opening in New York, Los Angeles and maybe a few other cities — but usually not Charlotte. So when will we get these particular pictures? In most cases, it's hard to say: It could be during summer, after summer or maybe even never (hello, Netflix). At any rate, here are 10 that look especially promising.

Jersey Boys. The Tony Award-winning Broadway smash, a musical about the creation of the beloved '60s group The Four Seasons, reaches the screen under the tutelage of director Clint Eastwood. (June 20; wide)

Begin Again. Writer-director John Carney (Once) is behind this comedy about a struggling singer (Keira Knightley) who develops a friendship with a record-label executive (Mark Ruffalo). (July 4; limited, but includes Charlotte)

Life Itself. Director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producer Martin Scorsese are behind this documentary that examines the life of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert. (July 4; limited)

Sex Tape. Cameron Diaz excelled in 2011's Bad Teacher and she enjoyed nice chemistry with co-star Jason Segel. Here, the pair reunite for a comedy about a married couple who frantically search for their personal whoopie video before anyone else sees it. (July 18; wide)

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy (Photo: Universal)
  • Scarlett Johansson in Lucy (Photo: Universal)

Lucy. Writer-director Luc Besson is no stranger to making movies featuring formidable heroines (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element), and here he casts Scarlett Johansson as the kick-ass title character. (July 25; wide)

Magic in the Moonlight. Woody Allen's latest casts Colin Firth as a magician trying to figure out whether a psychic (Emma Stone) is a fraud or the real deal. (July 25; limited)

Calvary. The Guard, from writer-director John Michael McDonagh and star Brendan Gleeson, was one of 2011's 10 best films, so hopes are high for this follow-up effort about a troubled priest. (Aug. 1; limited)

Get On Up. Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as the legendary James Brown in this biopic that reunites The Help director Tate Taylor with actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. (Aug. 1; wide)

Guardians of the Galaxy. Another month, another superhero flick. This one's based on the Marvel Comics property about a group of interstellar warriors (played by, among others, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel). (Aug. 1; wide)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The 2005 Frank Miller-Robert Rodriguez offering Sin City was a cool blast of neo-noir, so here's hoping for more of the same from this sequel that brings back Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke and also adds Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green and Lady Gaga to the mix. (Aug. 22; wide)

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