Yes, this summer you'll have the chance to see a lot of movies, even more than last year, as the studios try to build on last summer's record-breaking grosses while the multiplexes provide more and more screens for them to do so. Have at it.

As always, release dates are given when available and subject to change.


"Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones." Jar Jar Binks is in every scene of this follow-up to "The Phantom Menace." Just kidding! If you've been in another galaxy, you may not know that George Lucas' latest "Star Wars" entry features space smooches between Anakin "Darth" Skywalker (Hayden Christiansen) and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), lots of digital effects and darkness on the edge of the Republic.

"About a Boy." Hugh Grant is an upscale slacker who discovers the joys of dating single moms — and the knotty responsibilities of becoming part of a kid's life — in this adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel. Unlike Hornby's previous "High Fidelity," which was transplanted to Chicago with a British director, "About a Boy" stays in London but with American directors: brothers Paul and Chris Weitz of "American Pie" fame. With newcomer Nicholas Hoult as the "boy" and Toni Collette as his mentally unstable mum.

"Rain." A mother (Sarah Peirse, the mother in "Heavenly Creatures") considers infidelity with a photographer while her 13-year-old daughter becomes aware of her own sexual desires during the family's alcohol-drenched seaside holiday in 1972. This New Zealand drama comes from writer-director Christine Jeffs.

"Insomnia." Director Christopher Nolan's follow-up to "Memento" is a remake of Erik Skjoldbjaerg's Norwegian noir-without-the-noir thriller about a dirty-handed investigator trying to catch a teenage girl's murderer in a far-north land where the sun never sets. Al Pacino takes the Stellan Skarsgard detective role, Robin Williams is the primary suspect, and Alaska substitutes for Norway.

"Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron." DreamWorks' latest animated feature mixes computer and traditional animation to tell the story of the Old West from the perspective of a horse who doesn't talk. Instead, Matt Damon provides narration while Bryan Adams songs illuminate various equestrian emotions.

"Enough." Jennifer Lopez marries a slick rich guy (Billy Campbell), they have a kid, things go south, he harasses and stalks her, she takes self-defense lessons and goes to smack the badness out of him. At least that's what the trailer shows. Michael Apted ("Enigma," "The World Is Not Enough"), who seems to be alternating high- and low-brow projects, directed.

"The Importance of Being Earnest." Writer-director Oliver Parker turns in his second Oscar Wilde adaptation starring Rupert Everett (after 1999's "An Ideal Husband"). This one's a comedy about two 1890s English gentlemen (Everett and Colin Firth) who invent a character named Earnest to aid in their romantic conquests of two beautiful women (Reese Witherspoon and Frances O'Connor) on a country estate.

"The Sum of All Fears." No, it's not your imagination; Jack Ryan is getting younger. Ben Affleck takes the baton from Harrison Ford (and Alec Baldwin) to play the clever CIA analyst who tries to ward off a literally explosive conspiracy that draws the U.S. and Russia into a nuclear confrontation. Post-Sept. 11 squeamishness will be tested.

"Undercover Brother." Eddie Griffin, a retro dude with a foot-tall afro and '70s duds, poses as a preppy nerd out to thwart the Man in this blaxploitation answer to "Austin Powers," directed by Malcolm D. Lee ("The Best Man"). With Chris Kattan of "Saturday Night Live" as an evil henchman and Denise Richards as his bombshell of a secret weapon.

"CQ." An American documentarian (Jeremy Davies) in 1969 Paris is asked to finish a troubled, futuristic sci-fi film — set in 2000 — and falls under the spell of its mysterious female star (Angela Lindvall) in this debut feature from Roman Coppola, son of Francis Ford. The word from last year's Cannes Film Festival was iffy.

"Late Marriage." A 32-year-old man must decide whether to marry a young virgin selected by his parents or to break with tradition and pursue his love for a divorcee with a 6-year-old daughter in this Israeli feature directed by Dover Koshashvili.


"Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." "Thelma & Louise" writer Callie Khouri directed this adaptation of Rebecca Wells' best seller about an about-to-be-wed playwright (Sandra Bullock) whose relationship with her mother (Ellen Burstyn) hits the breaking point, causing the mom's friends to intervene. Mixing flashbacks and present-day action, the movie features Ashley Judd as a young version of the mother. June 7.

"Bad Company." Formerly titled "Black Sheep" and bumped from its scheduled Christmas release because its nuclear terrorism plot was deemed unpalatable for post-Sept. 11 audiences, this action comedy stars Chris Rock as a street hustler who replaces his dead twin brother as a CIA spy. Anthony Hopkins plays the CIA veteran who trains this rascally troublemaker; Jerry Bruckheimer produced and Joel Schumacher directed. June 7.

"13 Conversations About One Thing." This European-feeling, multicharacter morality tale explores the meaning of happiness among a gloomy insurance middle manager (Alan Arkin), a cocky prosecutor (Matthew McConaughey), a young cleaning woman (Clea Du Vall) and a physics professor (John Turturro) who has been mugged. Directed by Jill Sprecher ("Clockwatchers"). June 7.

"Lagaan." This Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nominee is an almost 4-hour-long music- and action-packed Bollywood spectacle about a 19th Century cricket match between a team of British colonial officers and the Indian locals. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. June 7.