Monday, April 7, 2014

2014 Summer Movie Preview: July

I've taken a look at the first half of the Summer lineup already and offered my most anticipated films for both May and June. Today I'll be setting my focus on July, which appears to have an abundance of interesting titles. Let's check out what other movies we can expect to see this Summer.


Honorable Mention: Melissa McCarthy looks to keep her funny streak going as the foul-mouthed Tammy (July 2nd) who goes on a road trip with nothing to lose. Begin Again (July 4th) stars Mark Ruffalo as a recently fired music executive who discovers a magnificent female solo act (Kiera Knightley) while drinking his sorrows away at a bar. Adapted from a novel, A Long Way Down (July 11th) examines an unlikely bond formed by 4 strangers who ironically venture to the same rooftop at the same time to commit suicide. Richard Linklater's ambitious festival favorite, Boyhood (July 11th), follows a boy's maturation and growth from ages 5 to 18. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the Wachowski's upcoming sci-fi adeventure Jupiter Ascending (July 18th). One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final completed films, A Most Wanted Man (July 25th), pits German and U.S. Security Agencies on a mission to track down a suspected terrorist.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11th)

James Franco's 2011 pet project Rise of the Planet of the Apes proved to be a welcome addition to the long-time franchise. In 2014 we're given another chapter, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which follows Caesar's growing forces of intellectually advanced apes. With Gary Oldman and up-and-comer Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty and Lawless) set to star, there are plenty of reasons worth getting excited over yet another installment to the storied franchise.

The Purge: Anarchy (July 18th)

There may not have been another person on the planet as let-down as I was over the origin of the horror franchise The Purge. However, the premise was strong enough to warrant a sequel, which we're receiving merely one year later. Perhaps in the right hands and with a stronger storyline, The Purge: Anarchy could be the final product needed to jump start this franchise. We'll find out this July.

Sex Tape (July 25th)

This Summer boasts a raunchy R-rated comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz called Sex Tape. After a married couple loses the spark in their relationship, they decide to make a sex tape to keep things interesting. But instead of deleting the film like their supposed to, copies are leaked out to family and friends and they must do whatever it takes to destroy the evidence. Segel is always a reliable source for laughs and Sex Tape just might end up as this Summer's top comedy.

*** Remember to stay tuned tomorrow for a looks at August's most exciting titles.

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