30 summer films you need to see

Sweat it out with TONY’s selection of soon-to-be blockbusters and arthouse stunners.

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  • The Bourne Legacy

  • Total Recall

  • The Campaign

  • Lawless

  • Compliance

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Legacy

Jeremy Renner (currently performing superheroically in The Avengers) will be stepping into the universe created by Matt Damon, who’s AWOL this time. Renner plays a different misunderstood spy who finds himself in close-quarters fights when he’s not being berated by Joan Allen. (Aug 10)

Total Recall

Total Recall

Colin Farrell assumes the role of the (maybe) memory-implanted secret agent made famous by Arnold “Get Your Ass to Mars” Schwarzenegger. The action-packed trailer looks more than promising, and we can’t wait to see Bryan Cranston breaking bad as the chief villain. (Aug 15)

The Campaign

The Campaign

The political movie of the summer just might come courtesy of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis: This comedy about two awkward presidential hopefuls has Romneyesque written all over it. (For laughs, that’s a good thing.) Directing is Jay Roach, on a roll after his deft Sarah Palin HBO dramatization, Game Change; we also love the deep cast of seasoned comedy vets, including Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow and a fuming Brian Cox. (Aug 10)

Lawless

Lawless

Who’s up for a good, old-fashioned bootlegger drama? This lean, mean look at ’30s moonshine runners features an impressive cast of he-man actors (Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce…Shia LaBeouf?), and with The Road’s John Hillcoat at the helm, you can bet it won’t be a breezy affair. (Aug 31)

Compliance

Compliance

A controversial conversation-starter at this year’s Sundance, Craig Zobel’s true-story thriller details how a prank caller convinces a fast-food manager (Ann Dowd) to strip-search one of her female employees. From there, things take an even more nightmarish turn. (Aug TBD)


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