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editor's picks

editor's picks


Summer is always packed with great films, from epic adventures to documentaries to intense action flicks. Cool down with these picks, coming soon to a theater near you.

  1. "The To Do List," July 26 This comedy has a full cast of heavy hitters: Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover and Connie Britton among them. Set in the '90s, one woman must enlist the help of her eccentric friends to get through the list of activities she missed out on in high school.
  2. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," Aug. 7 The much-anticipated sequel to "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" sends Percy and his demigod friends on an adventure to retrieve the Golden Fleece—the only thing that can save their crumbling safe haven.
  3. "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," Aug. 16 This film received the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award at 2013's Sundance Film Festival. Set in Texas hill country in the 1970s, the story follows an outlaw, his wife and a local sheriff who finds himself caught in the couple's drama. Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster star, respectively.
  4. "Salinger," Sept. 6 This documentary focuses on the famed author known for his hermit tendencies, J.D. Salinger. It includes interviews from colleagues and various actors, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Martin Sheen and Robert Towne.
  5. "Rush," Sept. 20 Another Hemsworth, this time Chris, pairs up with Daniel Brühl to portray legendary Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Set in the '70s, the rivalry is biographical. The men are opposites, except in their common talent; but when a crash nearly takes Lauda's life in the 1976 German Grand Prix, Hunt begins to understand the other man's dedication to the sport, differing from his own careless, immature ways.
  6. "Prisoners," Sept. 20 Two families gather for a Thanksgiving dinner that ends in terror when the families' youngest daughters go missing. When the girls are declared kidnapped, one father (Hugh Jackman) decides to work on his own while the detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to play by the book. It's a race against time, and a desperate push to get the prime suspect to talk.
  7. "The Family," Sept. 20 Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron star in this dramatic thriller about a notorious mafia family getting relocated to Normandy, France, under the witness protection program. Things get a bit hairy as they fail to ditch their old habits.


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