Don't-Miss Summer Movies

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Beautiful Boy

Maria Bello and Michael Sheen give an acting master class as parents of a boy who dies in a campus killing spree. Their grief is compounded when they learn that the child they loved was the gunman. Simply told, this drama examines the emotional fallout from an inconceivable tragedy. —Alison Bailes

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Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen’s latest is a witty and poignant love story set in the City of Light. Owen Wilson stars as a romantic who revels in the magical streets while his fiancée, Rachel McAdams, finds her interest piqued elsewhere. In this glorious celebration of love and nostalgia, the superb cast includes Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody. —Alison Bailes
 

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Tree of Life

Some see Terrence Malick’s long-awaited meditation on the origins and obstacles of life as one confusing mess; others find it a puzzle of infinite wisdom. Either way, you’ll have plenty to talk about after viewing, including Brad Pitt as a dictatorial ’50s dad. —Susan Toepfer

Fox Searchlight

The Trip

British comedians Steve Coogan (right) and Rob Brydon romp through the English countryside reviewing restaurants and regrets in an engaging road trip of a movie from director Michael Winterbottom. —S.T.
 

Roadside Attractions
First Published May 13, 2011

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