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'The Tree of Life  better be good, or else I m going to be  Restless  and will think that  Everything Must Go.  (Except for  The Beaver  and  Cowboys & Aliens. )
‘The Tree of Life better be good, or else I m going to be Restless and will think that Everything Must Go. (Except for The Beaver and Cowboys & Aliens. )

Anyone who thinks that summer starts on June 21st clearly needs to hit the movie theaters more often. With no less than 11 sequels, four comic book movies, three remakes and the latest from Judd Apatow’s camp, this looks to be one hot summer for studio heads.

While you’re hitting up the tried and true fare, give a go to these flicks that join the fray.

1 ‘Cowboys & Aliens’

From Jon Favreau (“Elf,” “Iron Man”) comes this sci-fi/western starring Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. Granted, it’s another comic book movie. But the tired trope of aliens attacking the Earth is now conjoined with a wooly-bully western that takes place in 1873. Let’s hope they have some fun with this one so that we can too.

Release date: July 29

2 ‘The Beaver’

Yes, we all know that Mel Gibson’s a belligerent anti-Semite who fights with cops and dates girls half his age despite being a devout Christian. Fine. How does this affect how awesome he is as an actor or director? (“The Passion” notwithstanding.) Plus, I’m sorry but I think Jodie Foster is equally awesome as a director. Actually, I’m not sorry. I’m proud. As proud as Foster and Gibson are of this one about a man who loses the will to live and finds himself again through a talking beaver puppet he finds in the trash.

Release date: Already out

3 ‘Restless’

Coming out on my birthday (hint hint), this one has nothing to do with the execrable soap opera and more to do with another group of young people who all have some relationship with death. One is dying, another is obsessed with funerals and then there’s a Japanese kamikaze pilot ghost from WWII. Directed by Gus Van Sant of “Drugstore Cowboy” fame, this one will hopefully be more “Milk” and less “Finding Forrester,” but we’ll have to just wait and see.

Release date: September 16

4 ‘The Tree of Life’

The new Terrence Malick film is finally here! And for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, just dig on the fact that this one from the filmmaker of “The Thin Red Line” stars none other than Misters Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. Dealing with no less than the origins of life itself, this ethereal family drama — rumor has it — involves everything from dinosaurs to a startling majority of footage shot by NASA. Nominated for this year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes. (Read: It’s fuckin’ good.)

Release date: May 27

5 ‘Everything Must Go’

Gotta admit, I’m curious. A movie based on a Raymond Carver short story… that stars Will Ferrell? Say what you will, but I thought Ferrell’s last straight role in “Stranger Than Fiction” was darn satisfying. This time, the Willster plays a relapsing alcoholic who ends up getting kicked out of his house by his wife only to sell everything he owns through a makeshift yard sale. Also stars Laura Dern, Michael Pena and stapler-coveting Stephen Root from “Office Space.”

Release Date: May 13

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