Cinelinx’s 2014 Summer Movie Guide: July

Wednesday, July 2nd

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Deliver Us From Evil

Directed By: Scott Derrickson
Written By: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Cast: Eric Bana, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, Edgar Ramirez

Official Synopsis:In DELIVER US FROM EVIL, New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.

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Earth to Echo

Directed By: Dave Green
Written By: Henry Gayden
Cast: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig

Official Synopsis: After a construction project begins digging in their neighborhood, best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex inexplicably begin to receive strange, encoded messages on their cell phones. Convinced something bigger is going on, they go to their parents and the authorities. When everyone around them refuses to take the messages seriously, the three embark on a secret adventure to crack the code and follow it to its source. But taking matters into their own hands gets the trio in way over their heads when they discover a mysterious being from another world who desperately needs their help. The epic, suspenseful and exciting journey that follows will change all of their lives forever.

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Tammy

Directed By: Ben Falcone
Written By: Ben Falcone & Melissa McCarthy
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd

Official Synopsis:Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is having a bad day. She’s totaled her clunker car, gotten fired from her thankless job at a greasy burger joint, and instead of finding comfort at home, finds her husband getting comfortable with the neighbor in her own house. It’s time to take her boom box and book it. The bad news is she’s broke and without wheels. The worse news is her grandma, Pearl (Susan Sarandon), is her only option—with a car, cash, and an itch to see Niagara Falls. Not exactly the escape Tammy had in mind. But on the road, with grandma riding shot gun, it may be just what Tammy needs.

Friday, July 11th

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Directed By: Matt Reeves
Written By: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver & Mark Bomback
Cast: Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Jason Clarke

Official Synopsis: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

Not much wanted to go up against Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this weekend, but some other notable releases to keep an eye out for are:

And So it Goes
The Fluffy Movie
Land Ho!

Friday, July 18th

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The Purge: Anarchy

Directed By: James DeMonaco
Written By: James DeMonaco
Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Soul, Kiele Sanchez, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and John Beasley

Official Synopsis:The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country’s yearly 12 hours of anarchy. Returning alongside DeMonaco to produce the sequel to 2013’s sleeper hit are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).

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Jupiter Ascending

Directed By: Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
Written By: Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski
Cast: Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean

Official Synopsis:Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along — her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

Directed By: Roberts Gannaway
Written By: Jeffrey M. Howard
Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris

Official Synopsis: When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

Friday, July 25th

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Hercules

Directed By: Brett Ratner
Written By: Ryan Condal & Evan Spiliotopoulos
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane

Official Synopsis:Everyone knows the legend of Hercules and his twelve labors. Our story begins after the labors, and after the legend. Haunted by a sin from his past, Hercules has become a mercenary. Along with five faithful companions, he travels ancient Greece selling his services for gold and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the benevolent ruler of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ help to defeat a savage and terrifying warlord, Hercules finds that in order for good to triumph and justice to prevail… he must again become the hero he once was… he must embrace his own myth… he must be Hercules.

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Sex Tape

Directed By: Jake Kasdan
Written By: Kate Angelo
Cast: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry

Official Synopsis:When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they’ll never forget, they’ll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for.

Those are the major releases on this day, but if you’re a fan of the Step Up franchise, the newest film, Step Up: All In also drops today.


 

July has some good offerings, though it seems like only one or two are going to be the biggest money makers.  Which films are you looking forward to most? 

-Jordan