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• Based on a 1999 Thai thriller about a deaf-mute hitman, BANGKOK DANGEROUS Americanizes it with Nicolas Cage in the lead -- and, oh yeah, he can hear and speak. (Aug. 22)

• Shades of the Clive Owen features Children of Men and Shoot 'Em Up: A loner (Vin Diesel) tries to protect a woman from bad guys who want her baby in BABYLON A.D. (Aug. 29)

• Someone is apparently providing terrorists with classified info in TRAITOR, an espionage yarn starring Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and Jeff Daniels. (Aug. 29)

• In CHOKE, a con artist (Sam Rockwell) pays for his mother's (Anjelica Huston) hospital bills by bilking Good Samaritans who "rescue" him when he pretends to be choking on food in restaurants. (No Charlotte date set)

• Two supermarket employees (John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott) battle each other for advancement in THE PROMOTION. (No Charlotte date set)

• Bill Maher and Larry Charles team up to examine the state of religion in today's world in RELIGULOUS. (No Charlotte date set)

• In the award-winning Norwegian import REPRISE, two lifelong friends each strive to achieve literary fame. (No Charlotte date set)

Saddle Up For Summer Film Series

Summer cinema dwellers in the mood for classic fare can always count on the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to offer its annual hot-weather film series. This year, the theme is "Once Upon a Time In the West: Great Hollywood* Westerns (* and one Italian)." Creative Loafing will provide more details closer to showtime, but here are the dates and titles. Movies will be screened at ImaginOn, and admission is, as always, free.

June 8: Rio Bravo (1959)

June 22: The Great Train Robbery (1903) & Go West (1925)

June 29: Johnny Guitar (1954)

July 6: The Searchers (1956)

July 13: Once Upon a Time In the West (1968)

July 20: Idaho (1943) & Utah (1945)

August 10: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

August 17: Little Big Man (1970)

August 24: Ride the High Country (1962)


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