Summer Movie Preview: July

July is officially here and there are a ton of movies coming out over the next few weeks.  There seems to be a movie for everyone this month – Action, Horror, Sequel, Quirky Independent, Family, Comic Book, Violent Thriller, Science Fiction, and Comedy.  Happy July movie going Cinedrafters!!

The Lone Ranger

Release Date: July 5

Synopsis: The masked ex-Ranger and his Native American companion Tonto fight injustice in the Old West. From the people who brought you the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, including Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp, plus Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper, and Tom Wilkinson.

Our Thoughts: 

Rob: I know this is from the people who brought us Pirates of the Caribbean, but this just stinks of “bomb”…

Jennie: Not saying this is going to be revolutionary or not completely predictable BUT, I’m looking forward to it. It’s got that Disney money and eccentric Johnny Depp, count me in.  PLUS, I’m really hoping for a Depp, Hammer, Pepper fight in a wheel scene.

Dave: This will be a good, fun movie. Bruckheimer and Verbinski know how to make a big action summer movie just fine. I don’t expect anything ground breaking but it will be ok. I think my biggest fault with the movie is expecting anyone to care about the Lone Ranger…No one has cared about the Lone Ranger since the 1950’s.

Jennie: But people do care about Johnny Depp and apparently Armie Hammer is pretty popular right now. For sure people will care about this more than they did John Carter

Dave: Sure. This could be literally any generic Western action movie with Johnny Depp and it would make money. I just don’t think people are going to be lining up at the Box Office because the Lone Ranger movie is FINALLY out.

Felix: And Terry Rossio can write a good script when being reigned in (which he wasn’t for At World’s End)

Despicable Me 2

Release Date: July 5

Synopsis: In the sequel Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain league to help deal with a new super-criminal. Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, and Russell Brand provide voices.

Our Thoughts:

Rob:  I expect this to be funny and surprisingly heartwarming, but I still have no clue what kind of differences could possibly have led to dropping Al Pacino two months before the release of an animated movie…

Jennie: I really need to see the first one. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet honestly. This is the kind of animated movie I generally love.

Dave: What!? No more Al Pacino? That was literally my only reason for wanting to see this movie…I’m sure it’s fine, just not the type of movie I invest time in. Unless Al Pacino is in it…then I assume one of those yellow tic-tac looking things will get shot in the face…I’d watch that movie.

Jennie: I would be willing to bet that you didn’t know Pacino was originally part of the cast before this conversation.

The Way, Way Back

Release Date: July 5

Synopsis: Written and directed by Oscar winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.  A teen with low self-esteem comes into his own over the summer thanks to his relationships with the managers of a water park. Starring Liam James, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, AnnaSophia Robb, Toni Collette, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, and Maya Rudolph.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: This one looks charming, even if it does have Maya Rudolph. Kind of like Adventureland without Kristen Stewart and an anachronistic Ryan Reynolds. (Seriously, Reynolds exudes far too much irony to have worked in a movie set in that time period.)

Dave: This looks like one of those movies that will be a surprisingly nice little movie…that no one will see because it’s not a big summer blockbuster. Also, how great is Allison Janney?…Man, I miss The West Wing.

Jennie: With the wonderful actors cast in this, I would hope people (and theaters) would give it a chance.

Pacific Rim

Release Date: July 12

Synopsis: In the near future, giant monsters identified as “Kaiju” have risen from aportal in a crevasse beneath the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a war which takes millions of lives and quickly consumes humanity’s resources. To combat this new threat, a special type of weapon is designed: massive robots, known as Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. As time passes, even the powerful Jaegers prove almost defenseless in the face of a relentless enemy.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I’m looking forward to this one. The stars aren’t big, but I really like Idris Elba, and I think Guillermo del Toro can do something really interesting with this. (Even if he did give us Pan’s Labyrinth… Seriously, he provided neither Pan nor a labyrinth…)

Jennie: The special effects in this trailer look great, especially considering how much of this movie must be CGI.  It’s also nice of Guillermo del Toro not to make Ron Perlman go through hours of makeup on this one

Dave: I tend to give Del Toro the benefit of the doubt as a director (except for Cronos… do not see that movie… it’s horrible). He’s certainly got a distinct style. It’s basically Voltron vs. Godzilla… what’s not to like? I do worry that all the fight scenes set at night may be hard to follow…but that could just be the clips they are showing in the previews.

Felix: Guillermo del Toro has done one good movie, Pan’s Labyrinth (that’s sad). I have a feeling I will wait and watch this with my friends.

Grown Ups 2

Release Date: July 12

Synopsis: 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.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: Ugggh… I’m debating whether this is just a money grab or if Sandler just doesn’t care any more.

Jennie: The first one has a 9% rating on rottentomatoes. 9%!!! I don’t buy into the ratings completely, but that’s hard to ignore. I think these guys are all to the point that they have enough money and just want to make movies with their friends.

Dave: I made the mistake of watching the first one. I will not be suckered into watching this one. I hope Sandler enjoys swimming in the dump trucks full of money he gets for these god awful movies. Seriously, what the hell happened to him? I’m not mistaken, he’s had some decently funny movies, right? What the hell.

Red 2

Release Date: July 19

Synopsis: Frank goes with the gang to Europe and he later learns he has a bounty on his head for his Cold War days, Interpol then hunts for him and assassins come out of the woodwork to claim his multi-millions reward. As the others work to help defend him, Frank’s old secrets begin to come out… much to Sarah’s dismay.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: The first one was fun, so I’ll give the sequel a shot, though I’m mostly just expecting it to be a good distraction.

Jennie: This is just pure ridiculous fun and I can’t wait. I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up.

Dave: I was really surprised how much I liked the first movie. I’m assuming I will like this one just as much. I too want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up.

Jennie: You’re too tall

Dave: I’ll wear flats.

Felix: I can’t speak for my excitement about the movie, but I too want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up.


Release Date: July 19

Synopsis: After a detective named Nick Cruz (Ryan Reynolds) is murdered in action, he is taken to join the undead police division and is assigned to be the partner of Roy Pulsipher (Jeff Bridges), a veteran officer of the R.I.P.D—the Rest In Peace Department, a department of dead police force dedicated to protect and serve the living from arrogant, malevolent, bloodthirsty, evil spirits who refuse to move into the afterlife.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: Looks like they are trying to be the second best “Men in Black” movie.  I’m sure it’s going to be funny and an entertaining movie. The dialogue and effects look like they’re going to be pretty rough though.

Rob: The trailer definitely caught my attention when it first came out. Looks like a fun combination of Men in Black and Dead Like Me.

Jennie: Fair Enough

Dave: Honestly, I think my biggest problem with this movie is going to be listening to Jeff Bridges stupid attempt at an olde timey (I spelled old with en “e” so you know it’s seriously old) western lawman accent. I’ll see it. Looks like a good fun movie.

The Conjuring

Release Date: July 19

Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: “From the Director who brought you Saw and Insidious…”   Ummmm, yeah… I’m not going to see this movie. I can hardly handle the trailer for this.

Rob: Yeah, you can’t see this one Jennie. It looks good for a horror film though. It’s definitely more than just torture porn, that trailer has some serious suspense, I jumped a couple times watching it.

Dave: I give them credit for seemingly being suspenseful and not just shocking, but no, I’m not going to go see this. Just not my thing.

Jennie: Full disclosure, I watched the trailer without sound… and looked away a couple times still…

Girl Most Likely

Release Date: July 19

Synopsis: Kristen Wiig stars as Imogene, a failed New York playwright awkwardly navigating the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year’s News. After both her career and relationship hit the skids, she’s forced to make the humiliating move back home to New Jersey with her eccentric mother and younger brother (Annette Bening and Christopher Fitzgerald). Adding further insult to injury, there’s a strange man sleeping in her old bedroom (Darren Criss) and an even stranger man sleeping in her mother’s bed (Matt Dillon).

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: This movie looks fun and I’m excited to see it. Kristen Wiig, like so many other Saturday Night Live ladies (of the last 20 years) have redeemed themselves in movies and shows other than SNL.

Rob: I’m not a Wiig fan, and this trailer isn’t really doing much for me. I think I’ll skip this one.

Dave: I’m with Rob on this one. I don’t love Kristen Wiig either. Could be relatively funny though. Kind of reminds me of Young Adult, except, unlike Charlize Theron, you aren’t supposed to hate Kristen Wiig.  Also, I totally agree that the SNL ladies have done better after SNL. Molly Shannon killed it in Scary Movie 4

Jennie: Now don’t be ridiculous.

Rob: Right, Molly Shannon’s never been good in anything.

Only God Forgives

Release Date: July 19

Synopsis: Julian (Ryan Gosling) is a criminal boxer living in Thailand with his brother, Billy (Tom Burke). When Billy is murdered by a retired police officer named Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm), Julian’s mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) orders Julian to go after the man responsible for Billy’s death, and to protect her as she is targeted by the Thai police officer.

Our Thoughts:

Rob: I have no interest in seeing this one. I hated Drive and the trailer for this did nothing to convince me to give them another chance.

Jennie: I wonder if Ryan Gosling asks when auditioning for a role “Is there going to be an overwhelming amount of synthesizer in this film? Perfect, sign me up!”  I was originally intrigued by this, but the more I hear about it, I don’t know. It (like Drive) looks to be very violent, and doesn’t appear to have any characters you’re supposed to like. Not to mention, even with Gosling, I’m sure this movie is going to be hard to track down.

Dave: I keep waiting to see Gosling in a seriously good acting performance. You know, where he actually talks and does some acting instead of just being him…I’m not sure this will be that movie. Based on the trailer alone, this looks like a movie I should enjoy. Cool style. Violence. Swords. But literally the ONLY things I have heard about this movie have been bad. That’s a shame.

Jennie: Apparently at Cannes it received boos AND a standing ovation.

Rob: I’d probably applaud too if I knew I could finally leave the theater.


Release Date: July 19

Synopsis: Theo, a.k.a Turbo (Ryan Reynolds), is a garden snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagne (Bill Hader). His obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an oddity and an outsider in the slow and cautious snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his careful older brother, Chet (Paul Giamatti). Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living .A freak accident might just help this everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Our Thoughts:

Felix: Ryan Reynolds has two movies opening the same weekend?

Jennie: While this movie is going to be fun and beautifully animated, the premise is so distractingly ridiculous, I just can’t get past it. Luckily for DreamWorks, they aren’t targeting me.

Rob: Walking through Target yesterday I saw toys based on this and I was kind of shocked, I’ve seen almost no promotion of this…

Jennie: Perhaps that’s because it’s about a Snail in the Indy 500. I could be mistaken but neither snails nor Open Wheel Racing are huge draws. Perhaps we’ll find out when Rush comes out…

Dave: To quote the trailer “This is ridiculous. A snail can not race in a competition meant for cars.” Exactly…except you still made that the ENTIRE premise of your film. I’m going to be very upset if that snail doesn’t end up getting run over by a racecar.

The Wolverine

Release Date: July 26

Synopsis: Set sometime after X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan travels to Japan, where he engages a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences. Vulnerable for the first time, and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel, but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: I really love Hugh Jackman and I love me someX-Men, but this doesn’t look like an overly “fun” action movie. Logan is a dark character, but usually Marvel movies have at least some lighter stuff incorporated. I’m not sure this one is going to have any of that.

Rob: I’m really worried about this one. They seem to be going in a more serious direction, but I’m still kind of shell shocked from the first Wolverine movie

Dave: Did I hate the first Wolverine movie? Yes. Will they get my money again for this movie? Yes. ‘Cause i’m a dummy. It’s got to be better than the first one, right? There was a period of time when Darren Aronofsky was set to direct this. I was really excited about that…

Felix: I’m worried that we are going to see the same ol’ “nice guy” Wolverine. I will pay money for it only if Russell Crowe chases him mercilessly throughout the whole film.

Blue Jasmine

Release Date: July 26

Synopsis: A life crisis causes a woman to head to San Francisco, where she reconnects with her sister.  Written and directed by Woody Allen, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, and Sally Hawkins.

Our Thoughts:

Jennie: The way Cate Blanchett is playing her role seems very classic Woody Allen. (Meaning she’s playing the “Woody Allen” character). I love her, I love Alec Baldwin, I generally enjoy Allen’s pics so I’m sure I’ll be checking this out.

Rob: Yep, Blanchett’s definitely playing Woody Allen. I’ll see it when it comes to the art house theater, but I’m not getting my expectations up too high, I expect this one to be just a mid-range Allen movie.

Dave: Woody Allen is a funny Director. Good Woody Allen movies are great(Annie Hall, Manhattan, Midnight in Paris), but bad Woody Allen movies (Melinda and Melinda, Curse of the Jade Scorpion) are just about unwatchable. Hopefully this will be closer to good then bad. I may be a little bit tired of the generic Woody Allen movie though.

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