Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World: If British director Edgar Wright is involved, I want to be there. Michael Cera plays the umpteenth version of himself while battling seven ex-boyfriends of the woman he loves. Wright, who helmed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, will load Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World with lots of kinetic energy, cheeky humor and wall-to-wall fun. If a good time is not had, go get a check-up at the doctor.
The American: The American has the most beautiful trailer you'll see in any movie this year. Bar-none. Acclaimed photographer Anton Corbijn's second feature moves him closer to the mainstream with George Clooney as an assassin who is performing one last job in Italy. It's always harder to stop being an assassin than the killer wants, so troubles ensue. If the film ends up as good as the trailer, expect a combination of artistic filmmaking + suspense. High hopes.
Machete: Exploitation fans rejoice! Rising out of the fake trailers during Grindhouse, Machete becomes real. Danny Trejo plays the anti-hero who goes on a vicious rampage of payback to the bastards that did him wrong. Trejo, the heavily tattooed actor who has toiled away as the "bad guy" for decades, gets his most prominent role and delivers with gusto. Machete is going to be prime drive-in opportunity with its 1970s vibe of revenge cinema.
The Killer Inside Me: The only summer release with scenes shot in Tulsa, The Killer Inside Me, is a period film starring Jessica Alba, Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson. The movie has created some buzz for its merging of sex and violence--which should not shock anyone considering it is based on a novel by pulp writer (and Oklahoman) Jim Thompson. Unfortunately, Tulsa couldn't play itself as we had to sub for Texas, which is never a good thing.
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Love Ranch: The most exciting thing about Love Ranch? The welcome return of Joe Pesci! The first major role from Pesci since 1998's Lethal Weapon 4 has Pesci and wife (Helen Mirren) running the first legal brothel in Nevada during the 1970s. Joe Pesci chewing up dialogue with a bunch of prostitutes? I'm there on day one!