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Summer Guide 2011: Summer movie preview 

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JULY 1: Tom Hanks sits in the director's chair and tackles the title role in Larry Crowne, in which a middle-aged man decides to head to college after losing his job. Julia Robert co-stars as the new lady in his life, while the supporting cast includes My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos (who co-wrote the script with Hanks), Taraji P. Henson, Pam Grier and Star Trek vet George Takei ... While vacationing in Paris, an American girl is mistaken for (and treated like) royalty in Monte Carlo, starring Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester ... Transformers: Dark of the Moon again finds Michael Bay directing, Shia LaBeouf again starring, and the Autobots and Decepticons again waging war. But! Megan Fox doesn't appear again; she's been replaced by new fanboy-flavor-of-the-month (and Victoria's Secret model) Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

JULY 8: Following the dubious advice of an ex-con named Motherfucker Jones (Jamie Foxx), three friends (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day) plot to kill their odious employers (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston) in the comedy Horrible Bosses ... Zookeeper stars Kevin James as a lonely caretaker who's taught how to woo the ladies by a group of talking animals. Listen for Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Cher and Nick Nolte among those providing the vocals.

JULY 15: There's not much to say about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The grudge match between Harry and Voldemort will finally be settled, we'll miss seeing the likes of Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane and Maggie Smith in their iconic roles, and series stars Daniel Radcliffe, Ron Weasley and Emma Watson will say goodbye to a franchise that's been with them for over a decade ... Presented in a hand-drawn style, Disney's Winnie the Pooh journeys back into the Hundred Acre Wood to hang out with the beloved bear and his friends Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and the others.

JULY 22: A secret experiment turns Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into Captain America: The First Avenger, a patriotic superhero who eventually must do battle with the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). This follows Thor as the second movie this summer to serve as a prelude to The Avengers ... The end result will probably be different, but Friends With Benefits sure sounds like this spring's No Strings Attached, as Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis play two acquaintances who decide to spice up their friendship with shallow sex.

JULY 29: Cowboys & Aliens finds 007 star Daniel Craig cast as a mysterious figure who stumbles into an Arizona town back in the days of the Wild West; is he a threat, or will he help the local gunslingers (led by Harrison Ford) in their upcoming battle against e.t. invaders? ... Crazy, Stupid, Love appears to be a comedy with dramatic heft, as a man (Steve Carell) separated from his wife (Julianne Moore) falls in with a smooth operator (Ryan Gosling) who teaches him how to score with the ladies; it proceeds smoothly until the player finds himself falling for one of his targets (Emma Stone) and the amateur finds himself still thinking about his wife ... Live action and animation blend Garfield-style in The Smurfs, in which the blue critters find themselves stranded in Central Park.

AUG. 5: Last year, Jason Bateman swapped semen in The Switch; this time, he swaps bodies in The Change-Up, a comedy in which he portrays a bored family man who magically exchanges bodies with his womanizing best friend (Ryan Reynolds) ... In an attempt to jumpstart the venerable Planet of the Apes franchise, we now get Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which looks at how the experiments of a young scientist (James Franco) eventually resulted in mankind losing control of Earth.

AUG. 12: Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest is a documentary that looks at the influential hip-hop band over the past quarter-century ... More people futilely attempt to outwit and outrun Death in Final Destination 5 ... An adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's controversial bestseller, The Help looks at the relationship between a white writer (Emma Stone) and two African-American maids (Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer) ... Following their successful Zombieland, director Ruben Fleischer and star Jesse Eisenberg re-team for 30 Minutes or Less, a comedy in which two bumbling crooks (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) force a pizza delivery man (Eisenberg) to rob a bank on their behalf.

AUG. 19: '80s Rewind, Part One: Conan the Barbarian finds Jason Momoa filling the sizable sandals of Arnold Schwarzenegger (who first played the role in 1982) as the sword-slinging warrior who's out for revenge ... '80s Rewind, Part Two: Fright Night is a remake of the engaging 1985 horror yarn, this time with Colin Farrell as the new neighbor who might be a vampire, Anton Yelchin as the kid who suspects his dark secret, and Dr. Who's David Tennant as the TV horror-show host who gets involved ... Director Lone Scherfig's first film since her terrific An Education, One Day follows two college friends (Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) who get together on the same day every year to find out how life's been treating the other since graduation ... Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World relegates the now-grown-up stars of the first three films (Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara) to supporting roles; the lead is now Jessica Alba (older than both of them), who plays a former spy returning to active duty.

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