July Releases

Here are the movies being released in July, as the summer movie season continues.

1.
The Lone Ranger (2013)
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Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice. (150 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ Release date: July 3, 2013

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The Buzz: Ever wondered if Gore Verbinski's Wild West filmmaking style is a little more calculated than the stories of his project's astronomical budgets and out-of-control production spending would have you believe? Not that we mind one bit, especially when Johnny Depp is involved; we're more certain we'll be entertained by this duo than Depp's formerly unbeatable union with Tim Burton. So bring on their version of John Reid's folkloric origins. ” - IMDb Editors
 
2.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
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When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness. (98 mins.)
“ Release date: July 3, 2013

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The Buzz: While we're unsure what Gru is up to in the sequel to the runaway worldwide hit, we do know that the Minions have a spin-off movie slated for 2014 as Illumination Entertainment (the production company behind this budding franchise as well as The Lorax) has become Universal's most reliable entity. ” - IMDb Editors
 
3.
The Way Way Back (2013)
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Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park. (103 mins.)
Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
“ Release date: July 5, 2013

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The Buzz: After winning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar last year for The Descendants, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash quickly got started on this project, their co-directorial debut. The resulting star-studded comedy - which includes Steve Carell playing a major jerk - was a serious crowd-pleaser at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and Fox Searchlight quickly acquired the movie for a ridiculous $10 million. They are clearly hoping it's going to be another Little Miss Sunshine, though that's easier said than done. ” - IMDb Editors
 
4.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013 Documentary)
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Filmed at a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, comedian Kevin Hart delivers material from his 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour. (75 mins.)
“ Release date: July 3, 2013

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The Buzz: Cash-rich from his globe-spanning 2012 tour, Kevin Hart returns to the box office with another in-concert performance documentary which should prove that Laugh at My Pain was no fluke success. ” - IMDb Editors
 
5.
Pacific Rim (2013)
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As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. (131 mins.)
“ Release date: July 12, 2013

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The Buzz: We got our first look at Guillermo del Toro's mega-robot vs. kaiju project at Comic-Con 2012, where human emotion, smart science, and smarter CGI/visually effected moviemaking created one of the event's most thrilling presentations. It's the type of creation that could make all other movie monsters look off in scale; literally, we felt awestruck and a bit nauseous from the heights. Knowing that the giant robots require two pilots -- one for each hemisphere of the brain -- we're assuming that a major story element will be centered on one of the pilots having to go it alone. Also, we're hoping for 100-foot tall Idris Elba action figures. ” - IMDb Editors
 
6.
Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you. (101 mins.)
Director: Dennis Dugan
“ Release date: July 12, 2013

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The Buzz: No surprise that Grown Ups, one of Adam Sandler's least noxious comedies, was also one of his biggest hits to date, or that the normally sequel-adverse star put together a second reunion after a couple of deserved flops. We're wondering if Sandler's brood, his old friends, and their families are heading back to the same location this year? If so, it could be the biggest retread since The Hangover Part II. ” - IMDb Editors
 
7.
Turbo (2013)
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A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500. (96 mins.)
Director: David Soren
“ Release date: July 17, 2013

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The Buzz: While there's plenty going on behind the scenes at DreamWorks Animation, creatively they've been running smoothly for the better part of the last decade and they're cranking out at least two worldwide hits per year. So it's easy for the studio to attract top-tier voice talent as they promote from within; in this case, storyboard vet David Soren ascends to the director's chair, and he's had a hand in the screenplay as well. Until we hear more, all we can picture is Cars with snails. ” - IMDb Editors
 
8.
RED 2 (2013)
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Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. (116 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
“ Release date: July 19, 2013

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The Buzz: With Byung-hun Lee joining Bruce Willis for the sequel to the unexpected blockbuster, Red 2 feels a bit like a more-fun version of this spring's G.I. Joe movie. We will miss Morgan Freeman (whose characters normally never die), but welcome Anthony Hopkins to what could be the truest definition of a popcorn movie. ” - IMDb Editors
 
9.
R.I.P.D. (2013)
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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. (96 mins.)
“ Release date: July 19, 2013

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The Buzz: Let's see if Red director Robert Schwentke can turn another offbeat graphic novel into a box-office hit. Love the notion of Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges starring together; though they're decades apart, both actors buffer wisecracking dialogue with undeniable charm. However, the yellow flag here is the presence of screenwriting team of Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, responsible for Æon Flux and -- more recently and even worse -- Clash of the Titans. Our main fear is the story's inherent weirdness won't translate for mainstream audiences. ” - IMDb Editors
 
10.
Only God Forgives (2013)
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Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death. (90 mins.)
“ Release date: July 19, 2013

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The Buzz: We'll have a better sense of the plot and structure of this movie once it debuts at the Cannes Film Festival, but it's clear from the look and feel of the trailer that this is likely another electric, ethereal and definitely violent offering from the re-teamed Drive duo Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. Add one Kristin Scott Thomas to the mix as a vengeful, blonde, spray-tanned mother, and we can safely say we are in. ” - IMDb Editors
 
11.
The Conjuring (2013)
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Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ Release date: July 19, 2013

The Buzz: Patrick Wilson has two movies coming out this year, and in both of them he'll play the patriarch of a haunted family. To make the projects seem even more inseparable, Saw's James Wan directs them both. Sure, Insidious: Chapter 2 has a hit first movie to build from, but The Conjuring features Mackenzie Foy, aka Renesmee - Bella and Edward Cullen's offspring - who we think might be 2x scarier than the kind of evil presence that would set its sights on a farmhouse. ” - IMDb Editors
 
12.
The Wolverine (2013)
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When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (126 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ Release date: July 26, 2013

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The Buzz: Pity that Darren Aronofsky moved on from directing the it-has-to-be-better-than-the-first outing for the Wolverine; Frank Miller's fan-choice comic book, which is the framework for the sequel, is rife with romantic melodrama, character building, and a bad/not-so-bad guy, Ken Harada, aka the katana-sword wielding Silver Samurai. By no means is James Mangold a weak alternative; it's more that Aronofsky's added luster could have helped remount the franchise. ” - IMDb Editors
 
13.
Blue Jasmine (2013)
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A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn't bringing money, peace, or love... (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Release date: July 26, 2013

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The Buzz: Bradley Cooper almost signed on for a starring role in Woody Allen's latest European assemblage; with no slight meant - we're more interested in the hunk who did say yes: Louis C.K. is taking advantage of the break from his TV show to act for others on the big screen. (Small world syndrome: he will act alongside Cooper in David O. Russell's planned follow-up to Silver Linings Playbook.) Will Louis be the one who attempts a romance with leading lady Cate Blanchett? ” - IMDb Editors
 
14.
Fruitvale Station (2013)
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The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. (85 mins.)
Director: Ryan Coogler
“ Release date: July 26, 2013

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The Buzz: The Chronicle boys are taking advantage of that fantastic movie's freak success; Dane DeHaan is brooding his way through indies and tentpoles alike, while Michael B. Jordan takes center stage in the tragic story of Oscar Grant, whose death affected the sociopolitical landscape of Northern California. Jordan has earned strong reviews for his portrayal of Grant as a relatable slacker looking to turn a corner, while writer/director Ryan Coogler does his subject justice with a narrative structure that focuses more on Grant's intentions than the series of poor decisions that claimed his life. ” - IMDb Editors
 
15.
The To Do List (2013)
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Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall. (104 mins.)
Director: Maggie Carey
“ Release date: July 26, 2013

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The Buzz: Pitch Perfect and Easy A are the most recent, most successful high-school comedies, and we hope Aubrey Plaza's first leading-lady appearance meet that standard while delivering huge laughs, awkward moments, and creative uses of profanities. Maggie Carey, one of the people from Funny or Die Presents... directs from her own screenplay. ” - IMDb Editors
 
16.
The Smurfs 2 (2013)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
“ Release date: July 31, 2013

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The Buzz: A Parisian setting, a kidnapped Smurfette, her feelings of isolation, and secrets spells that can turn sorcery-created beings into Smurfs? This is so European sounding, and a shrewd way to boost this sequel's overseas earnings. ” - IMDb Editors