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22 Jump Street

Hol­ly­wood’s top com­edy team is at it again. No, not Chan­ning Ta­tum and Jonah Hill, but Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller, who in­fused the first 21 Jump Street movie with the per­fect bal­ance of self­aware crazi­ness and straight-up fun. They aim to do it all over again in a se­quel that takes Ta­tum and Hill’s cops out of high school and into col­lege. Ex­pect every­thing you loved about the first one to be blown up to se­quel size – and given that Lord and Miller were still think­ing up more gags when they were pro­mot­ing The Lego Movie this win­ter, maybe even big­ger than that. Opens June 13.

Out­door screen­ings

It wouldn’t be sum­mer with­out an open-air screen­ing in ev­ery neigh­bour­hood, from the City Cin­ema se­ries at Yonge-Dun­das Square (yd­square.ca) – which kicks off June 24 with a Pride­themed pre­sen­ta­tion of To Wong Foo, Thanks For Every­thing! Julie New­mar – to the ir­reg­u­lar pop-ups in the Junc­tion, Christie Pits (christiepitsff.com) and Riverdale Park (moviesinthep­ark.word­press. com). On Wed­nes­day nights start­ing July 2, I’m afraid you’ll have to choose be­tween TIFF In The Park at David Pe­caut Square (tiff. net) – fea­tur­ing doc­u­men­taries like Search­ing For Sugar Man and Pina – and Har­bourfront’s an­nual Free Flicks se­ries (har­bourfront­cen­tre.com), which this year is built around fe­male- cen­tric come­dies like Mean Girls and In A World… and will be hosted by yours truly and a se­lec­tion of very spe­cial guests. Not that I’m try­ing to push you one way or the other, you un­der­stand.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

It’s weird that Dawn should fol­low Rise in­stead of the other way around, but se­man­tics aside, this fol­low-up to the 2011 sur­prise smash looks to top its pre­de­ces­sor in ev­ery way – and not just be­cause three ad­di­tional years of CGI ad­vance­ment guar­an­tee Andy Serkis’s mo­tion- cap­ture per­for­mance as Cae­sar will be even more life­like. With Matt Reeves (Clover­field, Let Me In) re­plac­ing Ru­pert Wy­att in the di­rec­tor’s chair and the mis­matched James Franco and Frieda Pinto swapped out for a cast that in­cludes Gary Old­man, Judy Greer and Reeves’s old Felic­ity buddy Keri Rus­sell, it sounds like this one might have the emo­tional weight to give the un­fold­ing ape­poca­lypse some grav­i­tas.

Opens July 11.

A Most Wanted Man

Based on John le Carré’s 2008 novel about a young Chechen who may prove an in­valu­able hook in a Ger­man spy­mas­ter’s hunt for big­ger fish, An­ton Cor­bijn’s new thriller will land in the­atres a lit­tle more heav­ily than it should, thanks to the pres­ence of the late Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man as the afore­men­tioned spy­mas­ter. Hope­fully, le Carré’s clock­work plot­ting and the pow­er­house cast – Rachel McA­dams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe and rel­a­tive new­comer Grig­oriy Do­bry­gin – will help us over that hump. Opens July 25.

Boy­hood

For his Be­fore Sun­rise tril­ogy, Richard Lin­klater con­structed three films that dropped in on key mo­ments in the lives of star- crossed lovers Ce­line and Jesse. His new­est project does some­thing sim­i­lar with a sin­gle char­ac­ter – but rather than check­ing in with him at nine-year in­ter­vals, Lin­klater fol­lows his fic­tional pro­tag­o­nist ( El­lar Coltrane) from first grade to high school grad­u­a­tion. The re­sult is Boy­hood, a com­ing- of-age nar­ra­tive un­like any­thing pre­vi­ously at­tempted. Lin­klater shot with Coltrane and his co-stars – in­clud­ing Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette and the Be­fore tril­ogy’s Ethan Hawke as his par­ents – on an an­nual ba­sis. Not even Michael Apted’s Up doc­u­men­taries of­fered this kind of ac­cess. The re­sult has been wow­ing film fes­ti­val au­di­ences from Sun­dance to SXSW, and looks to do the same when it makes its Cana­dian pre­miere at NXNE Film June 14 be­fore open­ing here in July.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

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