Intriguing titles coming to theaters in July and August , including 'Savages' and new Spider-man and Batman flicks.
After discussing 10 movies I was looking forward to seeing in May and June in the May 2 issue (see the story here), it is time to look at the summer movie schedule in July and August. The Avengers got us off to terrific superhero start. Only four films from my list are in July since most movie executives didn’t want their releases anywhere near the new Batman and Spider-man flicks.
The Amazing Spider-Man (July 6) A reboot really revived the Batman series, so now director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), with a screenplay by Alvin Sargeant, Steve Kloves and James Vanderbilt, will try to do the same with Spidy. Andrew Garfield takes over for Tobey Maguire and Emma Stone will play the new love interest, Gwen Stacy. Rhys Ifans is The Lizard and the interesting supporting cast includes Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary and Campbell Scott.
Savages (July 6) Oliver Stone directs Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Battleship) and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) in this drama about weed dealers whose product attracts the unwanted attention of a drug cartel run by Selma Hayek. With Blake Lively, John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Benicio Del Toro.
The Dark Knight Rises (July 20) Christopher Nolan, the man who brought an edgy, independent film cred to the superhero genre, presents the final film in his Batman trilogy. Joining trio regulars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman are Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as the bad guy Bane plus Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard.
Killer Joe (July 27) Matthew McConaughey is having an interesting movie summer. First he plays a male exotic dancer in Magic Mike, then he plays the title role in William Friedkin’s killer dark comedy. Killer Joe is about a paid assassin who is hired by a desperate man (Emile Hirsch) to kill his mother (Gina Gershon) so he can collect on her insurance policy.
Bourne Legacy (Aug. 4) So, how do you explain away no Matt Damon in the latest Bourne movie? With a simple, clever catch phrase: “There was never just one.” Jeremy Renner, who is pushing the action envelope towards major stardom after appearing in The Avengers, is the new super spy with Bourne screenwriter Tony Gilroy also directing.
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