Beat the Heat: Summer 2018 gives moviegoers a wealth of options

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The heat of summer bears down on us—and with it comes a crop of new movies that hope to inspire and entertain. From superhero movies to Star Wars to indie foreign gems, the next few months have something for everyone.

May Highlights

Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg direct a genderswapped remake of the 1987 Overboard, originally starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. This time around, a working-class woman (Anna Faris) tricks a rich man stricken by amnesia into thinking he’s her husband. (Lionsgate-Pantelion; May 4) 

Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West examine the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in RBG. (Magnolia Pictures; May 4)

Charlize Theron reunites with her Young Adult director Jason Reitman for Tully, about an overworked mom (Theron) who forms a relationship with her night nanny. (Mackenzie Davis). (Focus Features; May 4)

Gabrielle Union finds herself in a reverse-Panic Room situation in Breaking In, playing a mother who must break into the highly defended home where her children are being held captive. (Universal; May 11)

Melissa McCarthy and director/husband Ben Falcone unite for the 3rd time with Life of the Party, about a housewife who goes back to college, ending up with her daughter as a classmate. (Warner Bros.; May 11)

Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Annette Bening and Corey Stoll star in director Michael Mayer’s The Seagull, based on Anton Chekhov’s famed play of romantic entanglement. (Sony Pictures Classics; May 11)

Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candice Bergen and Diane Keaton play lifelong friends whose attitudes to sex are changed after reading Fifty Shades of Grey in Book Club. (Paramount; May 18)

The merc with a mouth (Ryan Reynolds) is back in Deadpool 2, director David Leitch’s sequel to 2016’s record-breaking R-rated superhero flick. (20th Century Fox; May 18)

The child-killing creature known as Slender Man—a late 20th century urban legend whose origin story was sketched out in Internet message boards and comment threads—takes center stage in a horror story of his very own, courtesy of director Sylvain White. (Sony; May 18)

Scruffy-looking nerf herder Han Solo gets an origin story in Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, which introduces moviegoers to Han (Hail Caesar’s Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) years before joining the Rebellion. Woody Harrelson and “Game of Thrones”’ Emilia Clarke co-star. (Disney; May 25)

Also in May

A man tries to break the record for oldest person in the world in 102 Not Out. (Sony-Columbia; May 4)

A teenage girl (Qi Wen) who’s the only witness to a sexual assault opts not to go to the police in Vivian Qu’s Angels Wear White. (KimStim; May 4)

A pair of burglars break into a house only to discover that a woman is being held captive there in Bad Samaritan. (Electric Entertainment; May 4)

A live-in maid (Paulina García) who gets let go by the family that has employed her for years has her perspective on life changed when she’s stranded in a small desert town in The Desert Bride. (Strand Releasing; May 4)

A mother (Nathalie Baye) and daughter (Laura Smet) must maintain their farm while the men of their family are off at war in Xavier Beauvois’ World War I drama The Guardians. (Music Box Films; May 4)

Jim Loach directs Measure of a Man, about a bullied teen (Blake Cooper) who learns to stands up for himself. Donald Sutherland, Judy Greer and Luke Wilson co-star. (Great Point Media; May 4)

The struggles of those who walk the Camino de Santiago—a network of paths that serves as one of Europe’s most popular pilgrimages—are examined in Tristan Cook’s Strangers on the Earth. (First Run Features; May 4)

John Carroll Lynch and Matt Bomer star in Anything, based on director Timothy McNeil’s play about a widower (Lynch) who strikes up an intense friendship with a trans sex worker (Bomer). (Paladin; May 11)

A young woman (Jessie Buckley) living in an isolated community falls for a charismatic stranger who may or may not be responsible for a handful of local murders in Michael Pearce’s Beast. (Roadside Attractions-30WEST; May 11)

Sarah Driver directs Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a documentary about the early years of the famed New York artist. (Magnolia Pictures; May 11)

Eric Stoltz directs high school comedy Class Rank, about an overachiever (Olivia Holt) and a nerd (Skyler Gisondo) who join forces to take over the local school board. Bruce Dern and Kristin Chenoweth co-star. (Cinedigm; May 11)

The wife of a cheating, self-absorbed book publisher accuses the wrong person of being her husband’s mistress in Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s The Day After. (Cinema Guild; May 11)

Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper star in writer-director Dominic Savage’s The Escape, about the attempts of a suburban wife and mother to reclaim power over her own life. (IFC Films; May 11)

Tony Zierra directs the documentary Filmworker, about an actor (Leon Vitali, Barry Lyndon) who abandoned his acting career in order to work as Stanley Kubrick’s long-time assistant. (Kino Lorber; May 11)

A man becomes the subject of a dangerous scientific experiment in order to save his family in the sci-fi thriller Higher Power (Magnet Releasing; May 11)

The humdrum existence of a small seaside town is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a music-loving mermaid in Masaaki Yuasa’s animated kid’s movie Lu Over the Wall. (Gkids; May 11)

A wealthy man takes his mistress (Matilda Lutz) and two friends to a remote getaway with bloody results in writer/director Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge. (Neon; May 11)

Sundance Selects releases a restored version of the long-thought-lost That Summer, commissioned by artist Peter Beard and Lee Radziwill, sister of Jackie Onassis, as a portrait of Big and Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens. (Sundance Selects; May 11)

Warner Bros. releases Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey to select theatres in 70mm. (Warner Bros.; May 18)

Jim Carrey plays a detective obsessed with a writer who may have been involved in a murder in Alexandros Avvranas’ Dark Crimes. (Saban Films; May 18)

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play a young couple whose relationship is challenged by their different socioeconomic backgrounds and attitudes towards sex in Dominic Cooke’s On Chesil Beach. (Bleecker Street; May 18)

A pastor (Ethan Hawke) has a crisis of faith that culminates in an act of violence in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. (A24; May 18)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s director John Cameron Mitchell helms How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a punk-infused coming-of-age film in which a suburban London teen (Alex Sharp) falls for an alien girl (Elle Fanning) visiting Earth. Nicole Kidman co-stars. (A24; May 18)

Willem Dafoe narrates Jennifer Peedom’s Mountain, a documentary about the experiences of those who risk their lives to climb the world’s highest peaks. (May 18)

Wim Wenders gained nearly unprecedented access to the Pope for his documentary Pope Francis—A Man of His Word, in which Roman Catholicism’s highest authority addresses such issues as poverty, the refugee crisis, atheism and homosexuality. (Focus Features; May 18)

The early days of film get new life in Saving Brinton, about the discovery of a cache of century-old movie reels in the heartland of Iowa. (May 18)

Alan Cumming, Stanley Tucci, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaquille O’Neal and Ludacris get in touch with their canine side by lending their voices to Show Dogs, in which a police dog and his human companion (Will Arnett) must infiltrate a prestigious dog show in order to stop an animal smuggling ring. (Open Road Films; May 18)

A young man (McCaul Lombardi) tries to reintegrate back into society after completing his prison sentence in writer/director Matthew Porterfield’s Sollers Point. (Oscilloscope; May 18)

A blind musician (Natalie Dormer) is an accidental witness to a mob-connected murder in director Anthony Byrne’s In Darkness. (Vertical Entertainment; May 25)

Six-year-old Frida (Laia Artigas) is sent to the country to live with relatives following the death of her mother in Spanish director Carla Simón’s Summer 1993. (Oscilloscope; May 25)

Documentarian Matthew Miele provides a history lesson on a New York institution in Always at the Carlyle, about the famed Carlyle Hotel. A cavalcade of celebrities, among them Jon Hamm, Vera Wang, George Clooney, Elaine Stritch and Naomi Campbell, share their remembrances. (Good Deed Entertainment; May)

June Highlights

“Jackass” alum Johnny Knoxville co-wrote and stars in Action Point, playing one of a group of friends that designs a wild, unsafe and completely unpredictable amusement park. (Paramount; June 1)

The death of their matriarch results in uncovered secrets for the Graham family in A24 horror outing Hereditary. Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro and Ann Dowd star. (A24; June 8)

A group of women concoct an elaborate Met Gala heist in Ocean’s Eleven spin-off Ocean’s 8. Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Rihanna co-star. (Warner Bros.; June 8)

Documentarian Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) directs Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, an examination into the life and legacy of Mister Rogers. (Focus Features; June 8)

Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and their superhero children are back in the long-awaited Pixar sequel The Incredibles 2. Writer-director Brad Bird returns, as do voice actors Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson. (Disney; June 15)

Jason Mitchell stars in music video helmer Director X’s remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic SuperFly, about a drug dealer who needs to make one last deal so he can quit the business. (Sony; June 15)

Jon Hamm, Leslie Bibb, Jeremy Renner, Rashida Jones, Isla Fisher and Jake Johnson and more star in first-time feature director Jeff Tomsic’s ensemble comedy Tag, based on a Wall Street Journal story about a group of friends who have played an elaborate game of tag over the course of decades. (Warner Bros.; June 15)

Former dino theme park workers Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) must save their killer former charges when a long-dormant volcano unexpectedly becomes active in J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. (Universal; June 22)

Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro return for Sicario: Day of the Soldado, which sees the conflict between U.S. forces and Mexican drug cartels escalate. Catherine Keener co-stars. (Sony-Columbia; June 29)

Boots Riley made a splash at Sundance and SXSW with his directing debut Sorry to Bother You, an offbeat comedy starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Armie Hammer. (Annapurna Pictures; June 29)

Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer star in Country Strong director Shana Feste’s Boundaries, in which a mother goes on a road-trip with her son and her estranged, pot-dealing father. (Sony Pictures Classics; June)   

Writer/director David Robert Mitchell follows up his indie horror hit It Follows with Under the Silver Lake, starring Andrew Garfield as a man trying to uncover a 1%-er conspiracy. (A24; June)

Also in June

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin play a couple stranded in the sea by a deadly hurricane in Baltasar Kormákur’s (Everest) based-on-a-true-story Adrift. (STX Entertainment; June 1)

Four university students—played by Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Jared Abrahamson and Blake Jenner—use their limited knowledge of heist movies to try and plan a heist of their very own in the based-on-a-true-story, documentary-narrative hybrid American Animals. (The Orchard-MoviePass Ventures; June 1)

“The Mentalist”’s Simon Baker directs and stars in the '70s-set Breath, about two teenage boys (newcomer Samson Coulter and Ben Spence) living in a remote area of Australia who form a friendship with an older surfer. (FilmRise; June 1)

Jim Parsons and Claire Danes play a Brooklyn couple tempted to leverage their four-year-old child’s possible transgender identity to secure entry to an exclusive private school in A Kid Like Jake. (IFC Films; June 1)

An technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) gets an experimental tech implant in horror writer/producer Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi thriller Upgrade. (BH Tilt; June 1)

Director Jim McKay provides a glimpse into the lives of undocumented Mexican immigrants in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood in En el Séptimo Día. (Cinema Guild; June 8)

Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons play a father-daughter songwriting duo in Hearts Beat Loud, from I’ll See You in My Dreams and The Hero director Brett Haley. (GunPowder & Sky; June 8)

Jodie Foster helms a secret hospital for the criminal set in the futuristic action-thriller Hotel Artemis. Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum and Dave Bautista co-star. (Global Road Entertainment; June 8)

Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto star in the post-apocalyptic thriller The Silence, in which a family must survive the world’s invasion of a species of monsters characterized by their extraordinarily strong hearing. (Open Road Films; June 8)

A dispute between two neighboring families over an inconveniently placed tree turns violent in Icelandic director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s Under the Tree. (Magnolia Pictures; June 8)

Natalie Portman narrates Eating Animals, director/producer Christopher Quinn’s documentary about the cruelties of factory farming. (IFC Films; June 15)

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star in Fernando León de Aranoa’s Loving Pablo, based on the real-life story of a journalist who falls in love with notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. (June 15)

Lorna Tucker directs Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, an homage the legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. (Greenwich Entertainment; June 8)

Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Alden Ehrenreich, Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette star in Alexandre Moors’ war drama The Yellow Birds, about the experience of two young soldiers (Ehrenreich and Sheridan) and their troubled mentor (Huston) during the Iraq War. (Saban Films; June 15)

A recently released convict embarks on a quest for revenge against the one-time friends he believes let him take the fall for the crime they committed as a group in director John Pogue’s Blood Brother. (Lionsgate; June 22)

Mackenzie Davis stars in Christian Papierniak’s Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town as a hot mess of a woman who has a matter of hours to book it across Los Angeles to break up her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party. (Shout! Factory; June 22)

Documentarian Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) examines the legacy of Elvis Presley and his relationship to present-day America in The King. (Oscilloscope; June 22)

A father (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) live off the land in an expansive Portland park in Leave No Trace, director Debra Granik’s follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed Winter’s Bone. (Bleecker Street; June 29)

A once-great basketball player (Kylie Irving) gets the old gang—“old” like wheelchairs, blindness and grey hair old—back together to play in a street basketball tournament in sports comedy Uncle Drew. Get Out’s LilRel Howery costars. (Summit Entertainment; June 29)

Jessica Chastain stars in Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead, based on the true story of a 19th-century artist who traveled across the country to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). Sam Rockwell co-stars. (A24; June 29)

A divorcing couple fights for custody of their two children in the French drama Custody, co-starring Léa Drucker and Denis Ménochet. (Kino Lorber; June)

Writer/director Antonio Méndez Esparza utilized non-professional actors for Life & Nothing More, about a poor African-American family struggling to get by in their Florida town. (June)

Actress Lea Thompson directs daughters Madelyn and Zoey Deutch in The Year of Spectacular Men, about the romantic exploits of a post-college young woman. (MarVista Entertainment; June)

July Highlights

The Purge franchise—in which there’s one night a year in which no laws apply—goes for a prequel in The First Purge, which chronicles… well, you get it. Burning Sands helmer Gerard McMurray directs, with Marisa Tomei and Melonie Diaz starring. (Universal; July 4)    

Petty criminal-turned-superhero Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) teams up with the Wasp—Hope van Dyne (Evangeline), who got a superhero upgrade since the first movie—in Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, the summer movie season’s second Marvel Cinematic Universe entry (after April’s Infinity War). (Disney; July 6)

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Gus Van Sant’s He Won’t Get Far on Foot as John Callahan, a real-life cartoonist who struggles with alcoholism in the aftermath of a car accident that leaves him paralyzed. (Amazon Studios; July 13)

Dracula (Adam Sandler) and his family go on one monster (ha ha) of a cruise, only to discover the cruise ship captain is the descendent of the legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing, in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. (Sony; July 13)

Conjuring spinoff The Nun stars Demián Bichir as a priest sent by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious suicide of a nun. Taissa Farmiga co-stars. (Warner Bros.; July 13)

Dwayne Johnson re-teams with his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers) for the action thriller Skyscraper. Johnson plays a former FBI agent/current skyscraper security expert who must rescue his family from a painful death when the tallest building in the world is set on fire. (Universal; July 13)

Director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington re-team for The Equalizer 2, with Washington gearing back up to play CIA agent-turned-vigilante for hire Robert McCall. Pedro Pascal, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo co-star. (Columbia-Sony; July 20)

Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), now pregnant, learns more about the life and loves of her late mother—Meryl Streep, played by Lily James in flashbacks—in Ol Parker’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Oh, and there are ABBA songs. Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters, Stellan Skarsgård and Dominic Cooper reprise their roles, joined by series newcomers Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irvine and Cher. Take a chance on it. (Universal; July 20)

Tom Cruise does a few more death-defying stunts as IMF operative Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible—Fallout. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation director Christopher McQuarrie returns for the sixth movie in the M:I franchise, which sees Hunt and his team deal with the aftermath of a mission gone wrong. Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett and Michelle Monaghan co-star. (Paramount; July 27)

A popular animated children’s show gets a movie adaptation with Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. It’s your average group of supeheroes—except they’re all teens. Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, James Corden and more lend their voices. (Warner Bros.; July 27)

Also in July

Kevin Macdonald directs the documentary Whitney, about the life of the late musical icon Whitney Houston. (Miramax-Roadside Attractions; July 6)

Comedian Bo Burnham directs Eighth Grade, about a teenage girl (Elsie Fisher) trying to make it through her last week of middle school (A24; July 13)

Ian Bonhôte directs McQueen, which pulls from interviews with friends and family, archives and visuals to paint a portrait of life and career of legendary fashion designer Alexander McQueen. (Bleecker Street; July 13)

A suburban mother (Kelly Macdonald) discovers a love of jigsaw puzzles in Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle. (Sony Pictures Classics; July 13)

Rob Reiner directs Jessica Biel, Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich and Tommy Lee Jones in the 2003-set Shock and Awe, about a group of journalists investigating claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. (Vertical Entertainment; July 13)

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal play lifelong friends navigating the gentrifying landscape of Oakland in Carlos López Estrada’s Blindspotting. (Lionsgate; July 17)

Vincent Cassel plays post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin in Gauguin, Edouard Deluc’s biopic about the painter’s affair with a younger woman during his time in Tahiti. (Cohen Media Group; July 20)

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield follows up 2012’s The Queen of Versailles—about a fabulously wealthy duo forced to economize after the 2008 financial crash—with fellow money-themed doc Generation Wealth, this time focusing on the current state of American culture and capitalism. (Amazon Studios; July 20)

Timothée Chalamet and Maika Monroe star in Elijah Bynum’s romantic thriller Hot Summer Nights, about a shy teenage boy who gets involved in the Cape Cod drug scene. (A24; July 27)

The scandals of Hollywood of old are brought forward in Matt Tyrnauer's Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, about the ex-Marine who transitioned into a new, quite different career: procuring sex for the stars. (Greenwich Entertainment; July 27)

August Highlights

A group of teen resistance fighters raise hell in a dystopian future in Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s The Darkest Minds. Amandla Stenberg, Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie co-star. (20th Century Fox; Aug. 3)

Mark Wahlberg reunites with frequent collaborator Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Patriots Day, Deepwater Horizon) for Mile 22, about an American intelligence officer who must smuggle a police officer who possesses top-secret intel out of the country. (STX Entertainment; Aug. 3)

Best friends Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) get entangled in a world of espionage after one of them discovers their ex is a spy in The Spy Who Dumped Me. “Outlander” star Sam Heughan co-stars. (Lionsgate; Aug. 3)

Glenn Close plays a woman who’s long stifled her own ambitions in order to support her writer husband (Jonathan Pryce) in The Wife. (Sony Pictures Classics; Aug. 3)

An all-grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), a family man beaten down by the business world, reconnects with his childhood pal Winnie the Pooh in Marc Forster’s Christopher Robin. (Disney; Aug. 8)

Director Jon M. Chu adapts Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel Crazy Rich Asians, about a Chinese-American woman (Constance Wu) thrust into the world of—well, crazy rich Asians—when she discovers her boyfriend is the heir of one of China’s richest families. (Warner Bros.; Aug. 17)

Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson co-star in Chris Addison’s The Hustle, a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. As before, two conmen—conwomen, this time around—compete to seduce and swindle a rich target. Tim Blake Nelson co-stars. (MGM; Aug. 10)

Jason Statham takes on a giant prehistoric shark in The Meg, directed by National Treasure’s Jon Turteltaub. Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose co-star. (Warner Bros.; Aug. 10)

With the historical actioner Alpha, director Albert Hughes chronicles the origin of the relationship between mankind and dogs. (Columbia Pictures; Aug. 17)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt returns to the world of sci-fi for Captive State, set in a futuristic Chicago that ten years prior was taken over by an extraterrestrial force. John Goodman, Vera Farmiga and Madeline Brewer co-star. (Focus Features; Aug. 17)

Rose Byrne plays a woman whose current boyfriend (Chris O’Dowd) is obsessed with her singer-songwriter ex (Ethan Hawke) in the comedy-drama Juliet, Naked. (Roadside Attractions; Aug. 17)

James Franco and Jack Reynor star in the sci-fi thriller Kin, about an ex-convict and his brother forced to go on the run from a vengeful criminal (Franco). Zoë Kravitz and Dennis Quaid co-star. (Lionsgate; Aug. 31)

Domhnall Gleeson reunites with his Frank director Lenny Abrahamson for The Little Stranger, based on Sarah Waters’ 1940s-set novel about a doctor (Gleeson) who bonds with the residents of a once-great country manor seemingly infested by some supernatural force. Charlotte Rampling, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter co-star. (Focus Features; Aug. 31)           

Also in August

Trine Dyrholm plays late Velvet Underground singer Nico in Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988, a drama about the last year in the artist’s life before she died at the age of 49. (Magnolia Pictures; Aug. 1)

Guillaume Canet plays a man determined to rescue his missing son in the Christian Carion-directed French thriller My Son. (Cohen Media Group; Aug. 3)

Jon Cho plays a man searching for his missing daughter in Searching, a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate. (Screen Gems; Aug. 3)

A group of Los Angelenos are brought together by their love of dogs in Ken Marino’s Dog Days. Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens and Finn Wolfhard co-star. (Aug. 10)

Charlie Hunnam, Tommy Flanagan and Rami Malek star in a remake of the escape classic Papillon, in which a wrongly convicted prisoner concocts an elaborate scheme to bust out of an island prison. (Bleecker Street; Aug. 14)\

Mélanie Thierry stars in director Emmanuel Finkiel’s Memoir of War, about a French Resistance fighter who enters into a relationship with a Nazi collaborator (Benoît Magimel) whom she hopes can help her find and save her missing husband. (Music Box Films; Aug. 18)

A scientist (Keanu Reeves) clones his dead family members in Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s Replicas. Alice Eve and Thomas Middleditch co-star. (Entertainment Studios; Aug. 24)

The Measure of a Man’s Vincent Lindon stars in Jacques Doillon’s Rodin, a biopic of the famous sculptor, with specific attention paid to his relationships with with his wife (Séverine Caneele) and mistress (Izia Higelin). (Cohen Media Group; Aug. 24)

A widow (Emily Mortimer) fights entrenched local oppostion when she tries to fulfill her lifelong dream of opening a bookshop in The Bookshop, from Spanish director Isabel Coixet (Learning to Drive). Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy co-star. (Greenwich Entertainment; Aug. 24)


A group of women from the small, peaceful town of Salem embark on a quest for vengeance when a cache of salacious personal data is released in Assassination Nation. (Neon; Summer)

A satellite-turned-girl, young man-turned-cow and wizard-turned-roll of toilet paper (really) join forces to defeat an evil monster in director Chang Hyung-yun’s animated adventure Satellite Girl and Milk Cow. (GKids; Summer)

Adolescent romance is beset by supernatural complications in anime romance Fireworks, from directors Akiyuki Shinbô and Nobuyuki Takeuchi. (Gkids; Summer)