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SUMMER HIGHS

10 must-see summer movies
By Bob Fischbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


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The Go staff is looking at the best and brightest of this summer's pop culture. Batman makes an appearance. As do Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Summertime, and the movies are easy. Big, action-driven popcorn flicks and comedies dominate the calendar.

But we also found some smaller films to help the list meet a mix of movie-fan tastes. Here are 10 we think might be worth watching for this summer:

“Snow White and the Huntsman,” June 1.

A monstrous villain (Charlize Theron), a heroine in armor (Kristen Stewart) and a hunky huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) give the fairy tale a dark twist.

“Brave,” June 22.

Animation giant Pixar's first female heroine is a redheaded Scottish princess (voice of Kelly Macdonald) who shakes things up as she shapes her own destiny.

“To Rome With Love,” June 22.

Woody Allen had a big hit — and best-picture contender — last summer with “Midnight in Paris.” Can he repeat with this romance starring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page?

“Moonrise Kingdom,” June 29.

Director Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “The Royal Tennenbaums”) stays unconventional with this story of preteens in love who run away. Scoutmaster Edward Norton, parents Bill Murray and Frances McDormand and police chief Bruce Willis go huntingf for the couple.

“The Amazing Spider-Man,” July 3.

New franchise director Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer”), new Spidey Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) and new girlfriend Emma Stone (“Crazy Stupid Love”) make this comic-book reboot intriguing.

“The Dark Knight Rises,” July 20.

Director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale tackle their third Batman flick, the most anticipated movie of the summer. Nolan has a way of alluding to the real world in his Gotham City plotlines.

“The Bourne Legacy,” Aug. 3.

Since Matt Damon's taking a Bourne break, Jeremy Renner plays another secret agent on the run. Director Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”) wrote the other Bourne scripts.

“The Campaign,” Aug. 10.

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell are go-negative rivals running for a U.S. House seat. This could be just the campaign levity we need during a long election year.

“Hope Springs,” Aug. 10.

We're intrigued that the couple (Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones) visiting marriage counselor Steve Carell is from Omaha, though the counseling is set in Maine. David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) directs.

“Premium Rush,” Aug. 24.

We like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in just about anything. Here he's a bicycle messenger in NYC who has a package wanted by a corrupt policeman (Michael Shannon).

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Bob reviews movies and local theater productions and writes stories about those topics, as well.

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