Summer may be the perfect time for a bodice-ripper like “Brideshead Revisited.” If you think it’s hot outside, just wait until Matthew Goode appears on screen. And if you’re looking for more contemporary fare, how about Aaron Eckhart as a bigoted Army reservist in “Towelhead,” or Ben Kingsley as a predatory older man who falls for Penelope Cruz in “Elegy”? Variety is the spice of this summer’s dramas.
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi, Summer BishilDirector: Alan BallStory: A young Arab girl named Jasira (Bishil) is sent to live with her strict Lebanese father (Macdissi) in small town Texas. Jasira must deal with racism in her new school, and even some from her father who doesn’t want her to see an African-American boy. Then she becomes obsessed with her bigoted Army reservist neighbor (Eckhart). Based on the book by Alicia Erian.One to watch? Yes. Film Threat wrote, “Racism, teen sex and war are all hot-button issues. In Alan Ball’s genius ‘Towelhead,’ all of those above-mentioned subjects go hand-in-hand in a truly wonderful cinematic experience.” Ball is best known as the creator of “Six Feet Under,” and he uses one of his secret weapons from that series, Macdissi (who played art teacher Olivier), to anchor this story. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Macdissi comes dangerously close to stealing the whole show as Jasira’s arrogantly self-righteous father.”Web site: http://wip.warnerbros.com/ Release date: Aug. 8