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Rescue Dawn

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies

Director: Werner Herzog

This taut and surprisingly straightforward action film from iconoclastic director Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man) tells the true story of Dieter Dengler (Bale), shot down over Laos in 1964, captured, and thrown into a brutal North Vietnamese prison where he finds two Americans (Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies) reluctant to join his escape plan. (MGM) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 4, with additional cities to follow.

Transformers

Cast: Shia LeBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Anderson

Director: Michael Bay

Imagine if those nimble robot action figures gathering dust under your kid's bed decided to bulk up, rise up, and take over Earth. With the director of Pearl Harbor and Armageddon at the helm, expect a long, noisy war. (Dreamworks/Paramount) Opens nationwide.

Joshua

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga

Director: George Ratliff

Everyone's thrilled when parents Brad and Abby (Rockwell and Farmiga) bring home their beautiful new baby girl. Everyone except 9-year-old brother Joshua (Kogan), that is. Soon evil plagues the family, and maybe Joshua is more than just smart. (Fox Searchlight) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 6, with additional cities to follow.

1408

Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack

Director: Mikael Hfström

Stephen King, who knows a thing or two about scary hotels, penned the short story that inspired this scary movie about a professional haunted house debunker (Cusack) who checks into a room many have entered and few have exited. (Weinstein/MGM) Opens nationwide.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

Director: David Yates

An obscure British import, for which there's very little advance publicity. (Warner Bros) Opens nationwide.

Interview

Cast: Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller

Director: Steve Buscemi

Buscemi stars as a hardened political reporter who's sent to interview a soap star (Miller). He's not happy about it, but as their interview stretches into a long night, each discovers unexpected depths in the other. Buscemi directs from a screenplay that he co-adapted from one that was written by Dutch director Theo van Gogh, who was on the verge of directing Buscemi and Miller in the film when brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist. (Sony Pictures Classics) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 13, with additional cities to follow.

Talk to Me

Cast: Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Director: Kasi Lemmons

Don Cheadle stars as Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene, a legendary 1960s radio and talk show host who galvanized Washington, D.C. by leading public protests against poverty and racism. (Focus) Opens New York and Los Angeles July 13, and additional cities July 13 and July 27.

Cashback

Cast: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans

Director: Sean Ellis

Filmmaker Sean Ellis expands his Oscar-nominated short about a young art student (Biggerstaff) who, suffering from insomnia, goes to work at an all-night market. There he discovers that he can stop time, a trick that allows him to find unexpected beauties (female and otherwise) within the store. (Magnolia) Opening cities TBD.

Goya's Ghosts

Cast: Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman

Director: Milos Forman

Milos Forman, Oscar-winning director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Amadeus, dramatizes the rivalry between Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgard) and a powerful clergyman (Bardem) who's infatuated with Goya's teenage muse (Portman). (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Opening cities TBD.

Hairspray

Cast: John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Director: Adam Shankman

Filmmaker John Waters' lifelong dream of invading the suburban multiplexes of America finally comes true with this big-budget version of the hit Broadway play, which in turn was based on Waters' non-musical 1988 comedy. In full drag, John Travolta plays a '50s mom, continuing a tradition set by the late, great, and much-missed drag queen Divine, to whom the part will always truly belong. (New Line Cinema) Opens nationwide.

I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel

Director: Dennis Dugan

About Schmidt and Sideways writers Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor go seriously mainstream, joining with co-writer Barry Fanaro (Kingpin) for this broad comedy about two perpetually single New York firefighters who pretend to be lovers in order to receive domestic partnership benefits. (Universal) Opens nationwide.

I Know Who Killed Me

Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Julia Ormond, Neal McDonough, Brian Geraghty

Director: Chris Sivertson

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