The summer's 30 must-sees

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  • MacGruber (May 21)

  • Breathless (May 28)

  • Get Him to the Greek (June 4)

  • Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Undead (June 4)

  • Splice (June 4)

  • The A-Team (June 11)

  • Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (June 11)

  • Winter's Bone (June 11)

  • Cyrus (June 18)

  • I Am Love (June 18)

MacGruber (May 21)

MacGruber (May 21)
Remember Will Forte’s admittedly hilarious MacGyver parody on Saturday Night Live? He’s got his own feature film now. Whether or not the inept-man-of-mystery joke still works past the two-minute mark remains to be seen, but we’ll watch anything with Kristen Wiig in it—and the chance to yell “Three minutes, MacGruber!” in a crowded theater is too good to pass up.—DF

Breathless (May 28)
Has it really been 50 years since Jean-Luc Godard’s classic about a guy, a gal and a gun kick-started the Nouvelle Vague? Time sure flies when you’re reinventing an art form. This landmark of French cinema returns to theaters in a freshly restored print to honor its golden anniversary—a move that makes us so ecstatic that we want to run our thumb across our lips and coolly utter “Bogie.”—DF

Get Him to the Greek (June 4)
You probably don’t remember much about the middling Forgetting Sarah Marshall (not even Jason Segel’s floppy junk)—but if you do, it’s the debauched British rock star played by Russell Brand that stuck with you. That character gets a semisequel in a one-crazy-night comedy featuring cameos by real pop stars, including Brand’s fiance, Katy Perry.—JR

Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Undead (June 4)
New Yorkers will get one of the first commercial tastes of this indie horror-comedy riding a colossal wave of festival buzz. It’s a backstage drama with a Wes Anderson feel, about an out-of-work off-Broadway aspirant (Jake Hoffman) who accepts an unusual play to direct. Vampirism figures prominently, as do jaw-droppingly boneheaded interpretations of Hamlet. The biggest laugh, we understand, is Ralph Macchio as a gangster-connected businessman.—JR

Splice (June 4)
Given how icky-awesome David Cronenberg’s The Fly was, you have to salute Vincenzo Natali for even playing in the same laboratory. And yet, his atmospheric sci-fi thriller has a heartbeat all its own, as scientists Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley create a genetic mutation, come to love it as their own child and watch as Dren grows into adolescence. That’s when things get hairy. For the stunning makeup and special effects alone, this should be on your list.—JR

The A-Team (June 11)
Expect fools to be pitied and airplanes to be viewed with suspicion (“I ain’t getting’ on no plane!”). But apart from the untested charisma of martial artist Quinton Jackson in the role immortalized by Mr. T, there’s plenty more to be attracted to—like a dream action-comedy cast that includes Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and District 9’s Sharlto Copley. Oh, yes: The A-Team now has a XX chromosome in Jessica Biel. Someone’s gotta be happy about that. Okay, fine. It’s me.—JR

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (June 11)
Sure, she may be better known these days for her plastic surgeries and her dragon-lady turn on The Apprentice, but Joan Rivers deserves serious props; she truly is the Queen of Foul-Mouthed Female Stand-Ups. This doc sets the record straight on her legacy while capturing her autumnal narcissism, neuroses and hilarity with few holds barred. A piece of work, indeed.—DF

Winter’s Bone (June 11)
The winner of this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Debra Granik’s follow-up to 2004’s Down to the Bone starts off like a typical rural-life-ain’t-easy Indiewood drama. Then a tough teen (Jennifer Lawrence) takes on Missouri’s mountain-folk Mafia, and you’re neck-deep in a tightly wound hillbilly thriller. The way backwoods badass John Hawkes utters “I already told you to shut up once with my mouth” will drop your blood temperature.—DF

Cyrus (June 18)
The Duplass brothers have perfected a lo-fi, shaggy-dog charm (The Puffy Chair), but the modest middle ground is actually where these guys belong: Their cringe-comedy about a schlub (John C. Reilly), his dream girlfriend (Marisa Tomei) and her codependent son (Jonah Hill) adds the right amount of star power to the mix. Also, casting one of Judd Apatow’s stable of man-children as a clingy adult-olescent was pure genius.—DF

I Am Love (June 18)
The mighty Tilda Swinton is a maternal figurehead who watches her family’s tomfoolery in scenic Milan from a discreet distance. Then her son befriends a handsome young chef and the sparks start a-flyin’. Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s sensual, symphonic melodrama plays its various narrative strands off each other with old-school elegance. Swinton fans, this is the desire-driven grande-dame performance you’ve been waiting for.—DF



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