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A Round-Up of Great Summer Flicks By robert ottone


ven though The Dark Knight Rises is going to remain strong into early August (and perhaps beyond if the previous Batman film is any indication), there are plenty of movies in August that are also worthy of your hard-earned summer dollars! Escape the heat for a few hours, sit back, relax and enjoy some of the family-friendly (and not so family-friendly) fare on tap for the month. Opening August 3 is Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the third in the Wimpy Kid trilogy. In this, Wimpy Kid faces down Bane, a ruthless terrorist bent on destroying Gotham City. Just kidding. In Dog Days, our hero Greg finds himself working at a country club for the summer while also enjoying time with his buddy Rowley. I’m a huge fan of these movies, which, while fun for the whole family, also don’t talk down to children in their depiction of what it is to be a wimpy kid. Not that I’d know, of course. On August 10, The Bourne Legacy hits screens. While using Matt Damon’s character’s name in the title might mislead a few theatergoers, the film centers on another government “asset” (Jeremy Renner) evading special operatives alongside Rachel Weisz. Tony Gilroy, writer of the Bourne saga, directs this time, from his own script. The original Bourne films are high-octane action with a serious undercurrent of science fiction, so expect more in this entry, which looks to fill in the gaps in the events surrounding the hunt for Damon’s Jason Bourne.

Two films open on August 17 that are aimed at opposite ends of the audience. One is The Expendables 2, the Sylvester Stallone action vehicle featuring a who’s who of legendary screen heroes (including Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean Claude VanDamme and Jason Statham). The first film was filled to the top with insane action and terrible one-liners,

and the sequel looks to follow suit. On the same day as Stallone, families will be able to enjoy Paranorman. From the minds behind Flushed Away and Coraline comes the story of a young boy who can see ghosts. The film is all stop-motion animation (like Coraline or The Corpse Bride), and looks absolutely gorgeous. A nice change of pace

from the usual computer-generated fluff aimed at kids these days. August 24 sees the release of Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon Levitt as a bike messenger evading a crooked cop on the streets of New York. Levitt will be coming off serious heat from The Dark Knight Rises, so expect this flick to do pretty well. The film’s directed by longtime Spielberg scribe David Koepp, who made a name for himself directing the horror film Stir of Echoes. Closing out the month is The Possession, starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen) and Kyra Sedgwick (TV’s The Closer). This supernatural thriller tells the tale of a broken family set upon by a “dibbuk”, a demonic entity rooted in Yiddish folklore. Director Ole Bornedal (director of the terminally underrated Ewan McGregor film Nightwatch) seems to be delivering the scary goods here, possessed children, horrific sequences and high stakes. Coupled with a through-the-ringer performance by the always fantastic Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Possession is high on my list for movies to catch this summer. If I can stop giving my money to Warner Brothers and tear myself away from The Dark Knight Rises long enough. All in all, a great summer movie season continues, full-steam. Solid action flicks by great directors (Tony Gilroy and David Koepp), along with charming fun for the family with children talking to ghosts and surviving the summer provide plenty of options for everyone!

Movie Times greenport theatre (631-477-8600)

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ua east hampton cinema 6 (+) (631-324-0448)

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Fri-Sun 2:30, 5:45, 9:00 Mon-Thur 5:45, 9:00

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Fri-Thu 11:40, 3:20, 7:00, 10:40

Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Sun 2:15, 4:15, 6:15, 8:15 Mon-Thur 6:15, 8:15

Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Thu 12:15, 9:30 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri-Thu 2:30, 4:45, 7:15

The Watch (R) Fri-Sun 2:15, 4:15, 6:15, 8:15 Mon-Thu 5:45, 9:00

The Amazing Spider-Man 3D (PG-13) Fri-Thu 3:00, 6:40 The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Fri-Thu 11:50, 9:45

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To Rome With Love (R) Fri-Sun 2:45, 6:00, 8:30 Mon-Thur 6:30, 8:30

To Rome With Love (R) Fri-Thu 12:00, 2:45, 6:30, 9:15 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) Fri-Thu 12:30, 3:30, 7:30, 10:30

ua southampton cinema (+) (631-287-2774)

ua hampton bays 5 (+) (631-728-8251) Step Up Revolution (PG-13) Fri-Thu 1:00, 10:10 Step Up Revolution 3D (PG-13) Fri-Thu 4:10, 7:30

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sag harbor cinema (+) (631-725-0010) The Imposter (R) Fri-Thu 7:10 Trishna (R) Fri-Thu 9:00 Unforgivable (NR) Fri-Sun 3:00 Take This Waltz (R) Fri-Thu 5:00

The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Fri-Thu 11:30, 3:15, 6:40, 7:00, 10:30, 10:40 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Fri-Thu 1:10, 9:50 Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D (PG) Fri-Thur 4:00, 7:10

mattituck cinemas (631-298-SHOW) Please call for showtimes. hampton arts (Westhampton beach) (+) (631-288-2600)

To Rome With Love (R) Fri 4:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Wed 5:00, 7:00 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Fri 3:45, 7:00, 10:15 Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15 Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7:00 Mon-Wed 4:30, 8:00

montauk movie (631-668-2393) The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) Fri-Thur 6:00, 9:10

The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13) Fri-Thu 12:10, 3:40, 7:20, 10:20 Brave 3D (PG) Fri-Thu 12:30, 3:50

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