July is one of my favorite months of the year for many non-cinematic reasons. I was born in the month of July and got married in the month of July. Luckily this month there will be plenty to celebrate in an air conditioned movie theatre as well.
This month offers a decent line-up of independent films and mainstream blockbusters. One of the year’s biggest movies is headed our way at the end of the month and there are also several independent movies that have received strong buzz. July is also a fantastic month to avoid the heat by staying inside and enjoying an air-conditioned classic movie marathon.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Wide Release on July 3
Word has been mixed on this reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, but word of mouth on the performances by Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have been strong, and those actors are two of the most appealing reasons to see the movie in the first place. Sony has done way too much marketing on the movie (as exhibited by this clever compilation), but luckily I have avoided most of it. My enthusiasm is tepid about this movie, but I will probably be seeing it nonetheless. [Watch the Trailer]
Wide Release on July 6
When was the last time that Oliver Stone directed a significant movie? His latest attempt is a thriller about peaceful drug dealers who are confronted by a Mexican cartel. It stars a lively cast that includes Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Selma Hayek, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Emile Hirsch. Also in the cast is Taylor Kitsch who desperately needs a hit after his two other 2012 films – John Carter and Battleship – bombed spectacularly. [Watch the Trailer]
Limited Release on July 13
Yorgos Lanthimos catapulted to arthouse fame two years ago with his Oscar-nominated film Dogtooth. The bizarre Greek director is back with a new film that has an equally strange premise. Alps tells the story of an organization that hires proxies to stand-in for their client’s lost loved ones. It has been playing on the festival circuit and will gradually start opening in cities throughout the United States over the next several weeks. If nothing else, it will probably be interesting. [Watch the Trailer]
Limited Release on July 13
This documentary has one of the most intriguing premises I have heard in a while. A 13-year old boy disappears from his home in Texas and re-appears in Spain three years later claiming to have survived a kidnapping ordeal. His family accepts him back, but suspicion is raised about whether or not the boy who has come home is actually the same child who vanished. The film uses a mixture of re-enactment and archival footage to tell its strange story. [Watch the Trailer]
The Dark Knight Rises
Wide Release on July 20
There are no other significant wide releases or even limited releases opening alongside The Dark Knight Rises, which is by design. Christopher Nolan’s final installment in his Batman trilogy is easily one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the entire year and is the only film that has a chance to compete with The Avengers in total Box Office earnings. All I can say is that July 20th cannot come soon enough. [Watch the Trailer]
Limited Release on July 25
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are back in the co-director’s chair for the first time since their Oscar nominated 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine. Their latest film Ruby Sparks is the first screenplay by actress Zoe Kazan who stars in the movie along with Paul Dano, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, and Steve Coogan. Dano plays an uninspired writer who is shocked when one of his characters becomes real. The movie gets low marks for originality, but high marks for cast and crew so it’s a wash. [Watch the Trailer]
Step Up Revolution
Wide Release on July 27
It may seem curious that this film would be on my list as one of the most anticipated movies of July, especially considering I have never seen any of the Step Up dance movies. However, the trailer for this movie looked surprisingly fantastic and my interest was piqued. There was nothing interesting about the plot or any of the particular actors involved in the project, but the dance moves look creative and the hook is exciting. [Watch the Trailer]
Film Releases of Less Interest:
Katy Perry: Part of Me – July 5
Ice Age: Continental Drift – July 13
The Watch – July 27
Updated Top 200 Movies List
Since my birthday is coming up at the end of the month, I will be revamping my Top 200 Movies of All-Time. Look for some significant changes this year as my tastes are ever evolving and my library of films is ever expanding.
Classic Documentaries Marathon
After finally wrapping up our Wes Anderson marathon, we will be kicking off our new series wherein we will review some classic documentary films. Stay tuned for the official announcement so that you may follow along.
What movies or events are you most anticipating this month?