Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers. Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about. Movie release dates are subject to change.
July 2nd through July 4th
Hollywood got a jump on the Holiday weekend and celebrated America’s independence by releasing most of the new stuff to audiences on Wednesday of this week. So, by the time you are reading this column, you may have even made it out to the theaters to see something new! For the rest of us, however, who have not had similar experience, here is the line up! Melissa McCarthy plays a down and out woman who is just having a terrible week including losing her job, car troubles, and more in the comedy Tammy. Earth to Echo takes the found footage approach for a Goonies/E.T. type of adventure for the whole family. Eric Bana and Olivia Munn confront a malevolent force gripping New York City in Deliver Us From Evil. And in limited release, Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo find a connection and creative inspiration in the ashes of her relationship to new found celebrity Adam Levine in the drama Begin Again. In the aftermath of Transformers: Age of Extinction walloping all of the competition last week, we are not sure if any of these releases will muster the ticket sales to overcome the Michael Bay juggernaut, but we do know that Earth to Echo looks like the perfect movie to take the whole family to this weekend. Check out the trailer below.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, as the sequel to the successful James Franco-fronted film. Franco is not around for the follow-up but this movie is all about his ape counterpart Caesar (played by Andy Serkis). Gary Oldman and Keri Russel are also on board. Boyhood is an intriguing look at a young man who has been periodically filmed every year for the past twelve years and co-starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. The title really tells all you need to know about the theme of a time capsule look at life in developmental stages. Quite a revolutionary concept if you ask us, from Director Richard Linklater! A Long Way Down is the story of four strangers of varied backgrounds who meet on the roof of a building under some bad circumstances but develop a family/support group type relationship as they help each other overcome struggles. The movie stars Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Sam Niel, and Rosamund Pike. Land Ho! is a movie of two seniors who used to be brothers in law who attempt to rekindle a desire for life and adventure on a trip to Iceland done for laughs. Rage is Nicholas Cage doing a Taken-esque style thriller as a man’s daughter is kidnapped from her home in brutal fashion leaving Cage to confront the Russian mob and get her back. And So It Goes is a mature comedy starring Michael Douglas as an unlikeable successful realtor who is left in charge of his granddaughter. Diane Keaton co-stars. And finally, WWE Films presents Jason Momoa (of Game of Thrones fame) as writer, director, and star of a movie that follows a Native American man on the run after avenging his mother’s death in Road to Paloma. For us, there are two very solid picks this week with decidedly different audiences. Check out the trailers for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood below!
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal are a married couple who decide to spice up their intimacy by filming themselves and then deal with the consequences of it accidentally getting upload to the cloud in the comedy Sex Tape. In far more family fare, Disney releases Planes: Fire and Rescue as the sequel to a movie that was originally supposed to go direct to DVD. The Purge: Anarchy is another sequel targeting the 18-30 male crowd as another group of people look to survive the chaos in an America that makes all crime legal for a 12 hour period every year. In I, Origins a man of science (Michael Pitt) and a woman of faith are brought together by an attraction he does not quite understand and when he loses it, his quest begins to solve the unexplainable. In Persecuted, an evangelical preacher is framed for a murder by forces attempting to bend his will politically and he is forced to undergo a campaign to clear his name, starring Dean Stockwell, James Remar, and Bruce Davison. Wish I Was Here is a comedy starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson. A husband is forced to deal with his own identity and direction as circumstances cause him to have to begin homeschooling his children. And finally, Alive Inside, is a documentary about the power of music in the elderly and infirm, and its ability to open passages to memory and experience. For us, The Purge: Anarchy is looking like a pretty grim but choice in an otherwise underwhelming week. Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure (sic).
The last week of July brings us The Rock starring as Hercules! We know it is the second movie out this calendar year about the mythical character, but it appears to be the better of the two. The Fluffy Movie is a stand-up comedy show by Gabriel Iglesias. Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman being used to transport a mysterious weapon but turns the tables on the people who would use her as a pawn. Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick as an irresponsible young woman who goes to live with her brother and his family, and causing a bit if upheaval for all parties. Magic in the Moonlight is a Woody Allen film starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone. The romantic comedy tells the story of a man who is brought in to debunk a fortune teller’s abilities. Step Up: All In is the fifth movie in the dance-themed drama that brings together many of the previous installments characters. A Most Wanted Man will be one of the last movies we see starring the recently departed Philip Seymour Hoffman, which follows the harrowing tale of a Chechen man in Germany who gets caught up in the war on terror. Very Good Girls star Dakotah Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as virtuous friends whose relationships are challenged by romantic interests in a bit of a coming of age film. We are all over the A Most Wanted Man this week, even though we are thoroughly intrigued by both Hercules and Lucy.
And that does it for the July movie line up. Catch you next month!
The Great Stories Team