The Ultimate Double Features 

Something for each side of your brain

Sometimes you want to beat the heat with pure escapism. Sometimes you want use your brain, lest it turn to mush in the dog days. So, your movie guide for the summer of 2010 is a list of parallel options for each weekend; something for the left brain (more verbal, more linear) and something for the right brain (more visual, more random).

Memorial Day Weekend

Left Brain

No One Knows About Persian Cats--The most intriguing title of the year. A docudrama about an indie rock band that has to rehearse and perform in secret ... because they live in Tehran. This is a must see.

Right Brain

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time--The next big Disney franchise. The folks at the mouse house want us to believe that this will become a series of films, i.e. Pirates of the Caribbean). Sure, just like The Golden Compass was. Oh, wait. It wasn't.

June 4

Left Brain

The Good Heart--This one is like Cheers, except everyone doesn't give a crap what your name is. Paul Dano is taken in by crusty bar owner Brian Cox in hopes of giving him the tavern one day.

Right Brain

Get Him to the Greek--The hilariously inappropriate Russell Brand teams up again with Jonah Hill (they co-starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) in this film about a poor guy (Hill) assigned to bring an out of control rock star (Brand) under control for a comeback concert. P. Diddy stars as a music mogul.

June 11

When the biggest release this weekend is The A-Team, give it a rest.

June 18

You took last week off, so you can see at least two of the three great ones to choose from.

Left Brain

Please Give--Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet (need I say more). Rolling Stone calls this one: "Dazzling, uproarious, rare and remarkable."

Touching Home--starring Ed Harris in the film adaptation of "Either You're In or You're In the Way." Can you say Oscar? Of all the summer movies, this is one to get excited about.

Right Brain

Toy Story 3--Buzz, Woody and Pixar return in what is sure to be a summer blockbuster.

June 25

Left Brain

Exit Through the Gift Shop--A mocking documentary (not quite a mockumentary) touted as "The world's first street art disaster movie." A filmmaker tries to make a documentary with graffiti artist Banksy as the subject, but the camera's lens is just as focused on the filmmaker.

Right Brain

Grown Ups--You don't need to know the plot. You need to know the cast. Sandler, Spade, Rock, Schneider. Leave your brain and your scruples at home.

July 2

Declare your independence. Read a book.

July 9

Left Brain

I Am Love--Tilda Swinton in a tightly-wound drama set in Milan, Italy.

Right Brain

Despicable Me--Steve Carrell voices a loosely-wound cartoon who plans to steal the moon.

July 16

Left Brain

Ondine--Colin Ferrell plays an Irish fisherman who, yes, catches a young lass in his nets.

Right Brain

The Sorcerer's Apprentice--Nicolas Cage stars in a live action adaptation of the Disney cartoon.

July 23

Left Brain

Micmacs--A big hit at last year's Toronto Film Festival, this is a funny little French story of redemption and revenge

Right Brain

Dinner for Schmucks--Bar none, the funniest trailer of the year. If this movie is remotely as funny, it will be the hit comedy of the summer.

July 30

Left Brain

The Kids Are All Right--This one, which stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, has critics raving.

Right Brain

The Adjustment Bureau--Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star in a chase thriller.

August 6

Left Brain

Mid August Lunch--This summer's big food movie. Do not go to this movie hungry.

Right Brain

The Other Guys--This summer's big buddy movie, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Do not go to this movie with an attitude.

August 13

Left Brain

Coco & Igor--Yet another movie about Coco Chanel, though this time it's about her romance with Stravinsky.

Right Brain

The Expendables--With Jason Statham, Jet Li, and Sly Stallone. Because we should never go too long without blowing up lots of stuff.

This summer's wild card: The Girl Who Played With Fire. It's the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which was a big hit internationally (including at The Flicks). The movie is expected to hit Idaho sometime in July.

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