July is the start of the summer movies and this month there is a lot of them. There are quite a few movies for the kids and the family and a few action films that will attract some fans. The summer sun will likely bring in people wanting a relief and fortunately there is a good movie being released every week of the month.
July 2nd – Despicable Me 2
Starring: Steve Carrell (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Benjamin Bratt (Snitch)
Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
The first movie was a good movie and it really got you rooting for the bad guy. The second movie is a little different as Gru is a good guy in the movie. The minions will most likely steal the show as they did in the first movie, but it should be a fun ride for the whole family.
July 2nd – The Lone Ranger
Starring: Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows), Armie Hammer (J. Edgar), William Fitchner (Drive Angry)
Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
In this adaptation of the beloved TV show, we get the lone Ranger (who is played by Armie Hammer) trying to avenger his brother. Fans of the show and of Johnny Depp will probably want to see this movie, but I would expect this movie to lack a real good plot and will probably be worth waiting until DVD.
July 5th – The Way, Way Back
Starring: Steve Carrell (Crazy, Stupid, Love), AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer), Toni Collette (Hitchcock)
Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park’s managers.
In this dramedy, we get another look at the fact that Steve Carrell can do more then just comedy. He started showing his depth in Crazy, Stupid, Love where it worked because he coupled it with his comedic timing. I think that if they are able to find that happy medium then it will be entertaining, but it’s all up to that fine line.
July 12th – Grown Ups 2
Starring: Adam Sandler (Hotel Transylvania), Kevin James (Zookeeper), Chris Rock (Grown Ups), David Spade (Grown Ups)
After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler), finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you.
The first movie had surprised me when I watched it. I thought it was going to be like every other Adam Sandler movie like from the last few years movie in the fact that it’s washed-down jokes or rated PG. I think the fact that he did it with all his friends helped because the timing was perfect and the chemistry was outstanding. I don’t think that this wil be better then the first (most sequels aren’t), but it still will be fun to watch.
July 12th – Pacific Rim
Starring: Charlie Hunnam (Tvs ‘Sons of Anarchy’), Idris Elba (Prometheus), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses)
When an alien attack threatens the Earth’s existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.
The movie feels like Transformers, but it doesn’t seem half as interesting. The point of the movie seems ridiculous and I just think that the plot is going to be the same. I wouldn’t waste my money on seeing this movie and I highly expect this movie to flop at the box office.
July 17th – Turbo
Starring: Ryan Reynolds (The Croods), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Paul Giamatti (Rock of Ages)
A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
In the second family movie to be released this month, Ryan Reynolds once again leads his voice to the lead character. The Croods did better then expected at the box office which could be because of the timing of it’s release or the stars that lent their voices. I think that this movie has the same expectations now as it has an all-star cast and is a different kind of movie then we have seen.
July 19th – R.I.P.D
Starring: Ryan Reynolds (The Croods), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Mary-Louise Parker (Red)
A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.
This is a different kind of buddy cop film. It has an added element of a supernatural as Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges play cops trying to take down the bad spirits from returning to Earth. The movie does look to be mildly funny but I think that it’s going to be slow at times. This one might be worth waiting until DVD.
July 19th – Red 2
Starring: Bruce Willis (Looper), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
The movie was surprisingly funny and I would expect this one to do the same. The first one had a strong box office which got better each week due to the word of mouth praise it had been getting. It’s got the same cast returning while adding Anthony Hopkins in a unique comedic role. I would expect this movie to be just as funny, but may not have the same good storyline.
July 26th – The Wolverine
Starring: Hugh Jackman (Les Misereables), Famke Janssen (Taken 2), Will Yun Lee
Wolverine makes a voyage to modern-day Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact on his future.
I was not surprised that they did a sequel to the spin-off from X-men because out of all the X-men, he is probably the favorite. The first movie was filled with action and such a great story line, I feel even more in love wit the character. The only thing I don’t like is the fact that Live Schreiber and Ryan Reynolds won’t be in it, but I am still excited to see it.
July 26th – The To-Do List
Starring: Aubrey Plaza (TV’s ‘Park and Recreation’), Johnny Simmons (Perks of Being a Wallflower), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
This is going to be sleeper comedy of the year. It has a lot of actors who have proved their worht in comedy and I would expect those stars to shine in this movie. It looks like a lower budget film, but sometimes those are the best films made.
July 31st – The Smurfs 2
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris (The Smurfs), Katy Perry (The Smurfs), Jayma Mays (TV’s ‘Glee’)
The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs.
The Smurfs are a beloved character that has been around for generations. Parents used to watch the show when they were kids and like being able to bring their kids to see the same characters they loved as kids. This is the 3rd movie for the kids and family to be released this month so it’s going to have a lot of competition.