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SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW

The Baltimore Sun

Action/Adventure

THE INCREDIBLE HULK -- (Universal Pictures), Maryland native Edward Norton steps into the role of the green, rage-fueled giant. With Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt. Opens June 13.

WANTED -- (Universal Pictures) James McAvoy stars as a cubicle-dwelling slacker who is recruited by a secret society and transformed into a lightning-fast hero. With Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. Opens June 27.

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY -- (Universal Pictures) The big, bad and red superhero battles a merciless dictator and his band of marauding monsters. With Ron Perlman, Selma Blair and Doug Jones. Opens July 11.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3-D -- (New Line Cinema), Brendan Fraser stars in this update of the Jules Verne classic. Opens July 11.

THE DARK KNIGHT -- (Warner Bros.) Batman returns in his crusade to clean up Gotham City but faces a new challenge: the Joker. With Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart. Opens July 18.

THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR -- (Universal Pictures) The franchise shifts to Asia, where explorer Rick O'Connell inadvertently awakens a 2,000-year-old dead ruler and his 10,000-strong terra-cotta army. With Brendan Fraser, Luke Ford, Jet Li, Maria Bello. Opens Aug. 1.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS -- (Warner Bros.) The fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the Jedi Knights as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala battle it out in an intergalactic struggle between good and evil in this animated film. Opens Aug. 15.

DEATH RACE -- (Universal Pictures) A prisoner who is weeks away from being released is forced by his warden to compete in a brutal, deadly car race in this futuristic tale. With Jason Statham and Joan Allen. Opens Aug. 22.

DRAMA

THE FOOT FIST WAY -- (Paramount Vantage) After his life falls to pieces when his wife betrays him, a macho tae kwon do instructor goes on a pilgrimage with four friends to meet the greatest martial artist of all time. With Danny McBride, Ben Best and Jody Hill. Opens June 6.

ROMANE DE GARE -- (IDP) A popular novelist researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next best-seller. With Dominique Pinon and Fanny Ardant. Opens June 6.

STUCK -- (ThinkFilm) A retirement-home caregiver in line for a promotion accidentally hits a man while driving drunk and decides to let him die stuck on her windshield in this story inspired by true events. With Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea. Opens June 6.

MOGOL -- (Picturehouse) Tadanobu Asano stars as Genghis Khan in this historical epic that depicts the early life of the future leader of the hordes. With Arif Aliyev. In Mongolian with English subtitles. Opens June 20.

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED -- (Miramax) Between the world wars, a young British man becomes infatuated with an aristocratic family and their lifestyle. With Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon and Matthew Goode. Opens July 25.

HELL RIDE -- (Third Rail Releasing) The leader of a biker gang sets out to avenge a murder and comes up against a rival gang and discontent in his own crew. With Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen and Michael Beach. Opens Aug. 8.

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2 -- (Warner Bros.) The four friends go their separate ways to college but continue to share their experiences. With Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel. Opens Aug. 8.

HENRY POOLE IS HERE -- (Overture Films) A disillusioned man attempts to hide from life in a rundown suburban tract home but is interrupted by a cast of characters and circumstances forcing him to look at his life. With Radha Mitchell, Luke Wilson, Adriana Barraza and George Lopez. Opens Aug. 15.

BANGKOK DANGEROUS -- (Lionsgate) A remorseless hit man's life takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Thailand to complete a series of contract killings. With Nicolas Cage and Charlie Young. Opens Aug. 22.

DOCUMENTARIES

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE -- (Sony Pictures Classics) Errol Morris (The Fog of War) investigates the cases of abuse and torture of suspected terrorists at the hands of U.S. forces at the Abu Ghraib prison. Opens June 6.

GUNNIN FOR THAT #1 SPOT -- (Oscilloscope) An insider's look at eight of the nation's top prep basketball players as they are groomed for the limelight they'll face at the 2006 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic High School All-Star game. Opens June 27.

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD -- (THINKFilm) Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its beautiful landscapes and the people who work there. Opens July 11.

AMERICAN TEEN -- (Paramount Vantage) Filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture) spends 10 months following five teenagers at Warsaw High School in Warsaw, Ind., which has a population of 12,500. Opens Aug. 8.

KIDS

KUNG FU PANDA -- (Paramount Pictures/Dreamworks) A pudgy, little black-and-white bear studies with martial-arts masters to achieve his kung-fu fighting dreams. With the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie. Opens June 6.

WALL-E -- (Walt Disney Pictures) A comedic adventure about a robot pursuing his dream after humanity is forced to vacate Earth. With the voices of Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin and Ben Burtt. Opens June 27.

KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL -- (Picturehouse) Abigail Breslin stars as a bright and imaginative 10-year-old growing up in Depression-era Cincinnati. With Joan Cusack, Chris O'Donnell and Stanley Tucci. Opens July 2.

SPACE CHIMPS -- (20th Century Fox) Simian astronauts aid the inhabitants of a distant planet and must figure out how to return to Earth. With the voices of Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines and Kenan Thompson. Opens July 18.

THE LONGSHOTS -- (Dimension Films/Weinstein Co.) The true story of 11-year-old Jasmine Plummer, who became the first girl to play in a Pop Warner football tournament in the league's 56-year history. With Keke Palmer and Ice Cube. Opens July 25.

FLY ME TO THE MOON -- (Summit Entertainment) Three ambitious flies aim to be the first lunar insects by hitching an unauthorized ride on Apollo 11. With the voices of Trevor Gagnon, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry and Buzz Aldrin. Opens Aug. 8.

THE PERFECT GAME -- (Lionsgate) A team of boys from Monterrey, Mexico, becomes the first non-U.S. club to win the Little League World Series. With Cheech Marin and Clifton Collins Jr. Opens Aug. 8.

SUSPENSE/HORROR

THE STRANGERS -- (Rogue Pictures) A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants. With Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. Opens May 30.

THE HAPPENING -- (20th Century Fox) An estranged couple and their family try to survive an environmental crisis that was caused by terrorists or the U.S. government. With Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. Opens June 13.

THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE -- (20th Century Fox), Truth-seeking Mulder and the cynical Scully are back in the duo's second big-screen adventure. With David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Opens July 25.

MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN -- (Lionsgate) The lure of a prominent art gallery show drives a photographer to dig deeper and deeper into humanity's dark side. With Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones and Brooke Shields. Opens Aug. 1.

MIRRORS -- (20th Century Fox), An ex-cop turned security guard at a department store closed by a fire discovers secrets hidden in the building's mirrors that threaten his family. With Kiefer Sutherland and Paula Patton. Opens Aug. 15.

Release dates are subject to change.

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