Summer Movie Preview: July

July is usually the month where all the big hitters hit the Cineplex.  Starting with the July 4th weekend, the film industry is pedal to the metal for the next few weeks.  This year’s July lineup looks like it’s going to be a huge month for films.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Release Date: July 1, 2011

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro, Leonard Nimoy

Premise: The Third Installment of the blockbuster franchise will continue the story of Sam Witwicky as he graduates from college and begins his first job.  However, the Decepticons have discovered a secret on the moon and once again threaten to send the world into complete chaos.

Expectations: Minimal at best.  Approaching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen turned out to be the worst idea since putting a wall up in Berlin.  If Transformers: DOTM is any good, fantastic! If not, look at all of your ingenious movie critic friends go “I told you so!”

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Larry Crowne

Release Date: July 1, 2011

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, George Takei, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, Jon Seda

Premise: Until he was downsized, affable, amiable Larry Crowne (Hanks) was a superstar team leader at the big-box company where he’s worked since his time in the Navy. Underwater on his mortgage and unclear on what to do with his suddenly free days, Larry heads to his local college to start over. There he becomes part of a colorful community of outcasts, also-rans and the overlooked all trying to find a better future for themselves…often moving around town in a herd of scooters. In his public-speaking class, Larry develops an unexpected crush on his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Roberts), who has lost as much passion for teaching as she has for her husband.

Expectations: Any film with Tom Hanks is going to have high expectations.  Add Julia Roberts to the equation and you’ve got the necessary peaces to have a great film.  Expect this to be something like The Terminal only….have nothing to do with airports, international people or anything that The Terminal had to with.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Release Date: July 15, 2011

Starring:Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Kelly Macdonald

Premise: The final chapter of the Harry Potter saga is the ultimate battle between good and evil.  Harry and Lord Voldemort will battle for the fate of the planet, with the crosshairs firmly placed on the castle at Hogwarts.

Expectations: Massive beyond belief.  This movie either has to cure cancer or invent the new lightbulb in order to even match the expectations that are being paid to it.  All kidding aside, it is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.  The first part of the finale was great, and the second part is all battle throughout its duration.  Just like the rest of the Harry Potter movies, it’s going to come down to how much detail is paid to the smallest pieces of the story.  That is either going to make or break this film.  The box office draw is going to be absolutely massive, and easily get itself in the top five of all time, possibly even challenging Avatar if it is any good.  But will it be?  How will this finale be remembered?

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Winnie the Pooh

Release Date: July 15, 2011

Starring (the voices of): Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny, Travis Oates, Bud Luckey, Jack Boulter, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Wyatt Hall, Huell Howser, John Cleese

Premise: Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with “Winnie the Pooh.” Featuring the timeless charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes, this all-new movie reunites audiences with the philosophical “bear of very little brain” and friends Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo—and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore, who has lost his tail. “Ever have one of those days where you just can’t win, Eeyore?” asks Pooh. Owl sends the whole gang on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some honey.

Expectations: Is this film really opening the same weekend as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II?  Does it expect success?  Good luck, this film is going to need every deity in the world’s creation to crack $30 Million.

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Release Date: July 22, 2011

Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke

Premise: America’s first avenger hits the big screen.  Scrawny Steve Rodgers wants to be a soldier during World War II, but finds himself too small to be a part of the infantry.  He volunteers for the Super Soldier Project, which turns him into Captain America, a patriotic fighting machine.  Armed with his powerful shield, Captain America heads into battle against his gretest nemesis, the Red Skull.

Expectations: This film could go out and surprise everyone.  There are a lot of super hero movies coming out this summer, but for some reason this is the one that no one has seen a great deal about and therefore it can be said to be the one with the most potential.  All the pieces are there, strong actors, strong director and absolutely strong story.  Will fans get the Cap they want? It is only human to hope so; this is the reason why comic book movies were made.

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Cowboys and Aliens

Release Date: July 29, 2011

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera, Abigail Spencer

Premise: Aliens are trying to take over the world in the late 19th century.  All that stands in their way of taking over the wild west is a group of cowboys, led by a mysterious man with alien technology.

Expectations: There hasn’t been a crossover this awesome since Alien vs. Predator was first announced.  It’s probably the two coolest genres ever crossing over into one awesome film.  Having Favreau behind the helm and Craig along with Ford as a part of the mix will make this movie certainly entertaining to watch.  It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

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