July 2012 Movies




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The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance – leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.
James Vanderbilt, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Irrfan Khan, Alvin Sargent, Campbell Scott, Annie Parisse
Drama Action Adventure Superhero 3D Shot-In-3D
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent
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Katy Perry: Part of Me

A first-ever big-screen look at the international superstar’s life both on and off stage.
Brian Grazer, Katy Perry, Dan Cutforth, Craig Brewer, Jane Lipsitz
Documentary Music Concert 3D Shot-In-3D

The Magic of Belle Isle

Morgan Freeman plays Monte Wildhorn, a famous Western novelist whose struggle with alcoholism has sapped his passion for writing. He takes a lakeside cabin for the summer in picturesque Belle Isle, and befriends the family next door—an attractive single mom (Virginia Madsen) and her young daughters—who help him find inspiration again.
Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner, Fred Willard, Andrew Scheinman, Nicolette Pierini, Guy Thomas, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll
Drama Comedy

The Pact

After their mother passes away, sisters Nicole and Annie reluctantly return to their childhood home to pay their last respects. While staying overnight in the house, the sisters sense a mysterious presence in their midst: noises startling them in the night, objects moving about, a fallen picture of an unknown woman posed next to their mother. Annie begins experiencing a series of intense and disturbing dreams - visions that lead her to uncover something terrible about her mother's past that is finally revealing itself.
Casper Van Dien, Ross Dinerstein, Caity Lotz, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Agnes Bruckner, Nicolas McCarthy, Sam Ball
Thriller Suspense

The Do-Deca-Pentathlon

The story of two grown brothers who secretly compete in a homemade Olympics during a family reunion. When their fierce and disruptive competition is uncovered, the brothers must choose between their passion for beating the hell out of each other and the greater good of the family.
Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Stephanie Langhoff, Steve Zissis, Mark Kelly, Jennifer Lafleur
Comedy

Savages

Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run alucrative, homegrown industry—raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Blake Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town…until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Salma Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Benicio Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon—with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (John Travolta)—wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills.
Joel David Moore, Oliver Stone, Emile Hirsch, Demian Bichir, Moritz Borman, Shane Salerno, Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Johnson
Drama Thriller Crime Adaptation

Collaborator

Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan) is a famous playwright who can't seem to catch a break. His recent Broadway play was met with horrible reviews and an early cancellation, and his marriage is being tested as an old flame (Olivia Williams) has reentered his life during a particular moment of weakness. Retreating back to his childhood home to visit his mother (Katherine Helmond), Robert crosses paths with his childhood neighbor, Gus (David Morse). A right-wing, ex-con who still lives at home with his mother, Gus is Robert's polar opposite in every possible way. When Gus holds Robert hostage at gunpoint during a drunken reunion gone terribly wrong.
Martin Donovan, David Morse, Olivia Williams, Eileen Ryan, Vivian Lanko, Katherine Helmond
Drama Comedy

China Heavyweight

In central China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic dreams, hoping to become China's next amateur heroes. But the pull of professionalism also weighs upon their shoulders. Their coach hopes to show them the way. The top student boxers face dramatic choices as they graduate--should they fight for the collective good as amateurs or for themselves and their own personal gain as professionals? It's a metaphor for the choices that everyone faces now, in the New China.
Yung Chang
Documentary

Crazy Eyes

With too much money and time on his hands, Zach(Lukas Haas) looks like he's living the dream. There's a steady stream ofbeautiful women and the party never ends. He meets a girl he calls "CrazyEyes" (Madeline Zima), and she's unlike anyone he's ever met before. She'sthe one woman Zach can't have, so naturally he wants her. While Zach'shard-partying lifestyle threatens to go off the rails, family concerns begin toplay a major role in Zach's life. Will the quest for love and theresponsibilities of family life help this poor little rich boy become a man?
Adam Sherman, Dave Reeves, Lukas Haas, Madeline Zima, Jake Busey, Tania Raymonde
Comedy
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Easy Money

Lower-class business student JW (Joel Kinnaman from AMC's 'The Killing') falls in love with a sexy heiress while living a double life mingling with Stockholm's wealthy elite. To keep up the facade of his lifestyle, he's lured into a world of crime. Jorge is a petty fugitive on the run from both the police and Serbian mafia. He hopes that brokering a massive cocaine deal will allow him to escape for good. Mafia enforcer Mrado is on the hunt for Jorge, but his efforts are complicated when he's unexpectedly saddled with caring for his young daughter. As JW's journey ventures deeper into the dark world of organized crime, the fate of all three men becomes entangled and ends with a dramatic struggle for life and death.
Daniel Espinosa, Joel Kinnaman, Maria Karlssom, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni
Drama Thriller Crime
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Ice Age: Continental Drift

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.
Jennifer Lopez, John Leguizamo, Heather Morris, Sean William Scott, Steve Martino, Queen Latifah, Jeremy Renner, Josh Gad
Adventure Sequel Family Animation 3D Shot-In-3D
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

The Obama Effect

A serious health scare ignites John Thomas, an insurance salesman in his 50's (played by writer/director Charles S. Dutton) to take a closer look at his life. Motivated by a misguided obsession with getting Barack Obama elected, John takes an overwhelming involvement in the Presidential campaign. While John becomes obsessed with the ideal of change that Obama represents for Americans, he has in turn neglected to create positive change in his own life, particularly with regard to his health and familial relationships. John hides his health problems from his strong, yet supportive wife, Molly (Vanessa Bell Calloway), creating a strain on their marriage. John seeks the support of a Republican relative, MLK (Katt Williams), who initially starkly resists supporting a Democratic candidate. John's son, Kalil (Wesley Jonathan), rebels against his father's avid support of Obama by supporting the Republican candidate as well. John neglects to support his daughter, Tamika (Megan Good) at a crucial moment in her life, as she has recently fallen in love and become engaged to be married. John faces additional discord with his other son, Jamel, an up-and-coming boxer (Zab Judah), who gets mixed up with a shady manager, Slim (Glynn Turman), as he rises toward a professional boxing career. Joshua, John's recently-paroled brother (C.J. Mack), also struggles as he attempts to find work in a tough economy and to maintain his new marriage. When Molly discovers that John has been hiding his health scares from her, she urges him to take positive action to improve his bad habits. John works to get back on the right path with his health and family as Obama soars to success in the campaign.
Emilio Rivera, Charles S. Dutton, Katt Williams, Meagan Good, Vanessa Bell Calloway
Comedy Political

Union Square

Lucy (Mira Sorvino) attempts to shop for discount clothes while anxiously talking on her cell. When the news is not what she wants to hear, she has a complete meltdown. Unsure of her next move, she has an idea. Suddenly, Lucy finds herself somewhere she's never been: her younger sister Jenny's (Tammy Blanchard) loft apartment off Union Square. Jenny is stunned to see Lucy on her doorstep and, what's worse, unable to keep her out. Jenny has little time to prepare her fiance, who she's kept in the dark about her family's tumultuous upbringing in the Bronx, for her sister's excessive behavior. Lucy tries to update Jenny about their mother and when the news is not what Jenny expects to hear, she's left wondering just what else could possibly happen to disrupt her ordered life...that is, until Lucy delivers even more surprises.
Michael Rispoli, Mira Sorvino, Tammy Blanchard, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Nancy Savoca, Mary Tobler, Patti LuPone
Drama
Limited
3 / 5
Info Buy / Rent

Ballplayer: Pelotero

A look inside the world of Major League Baseball (MLB) training camps in the Dominican Republic. Miguel Angel and Jean Carlos are two of the top prospects at an MLB training camp, and they are both about to turn 16, which means they can be signed to an MLB farm team and ultimately move up to the majors.
John Leguizamo, Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jon Paley
Sports Documentary

Red Lights

Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls "red lights," the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the powerful Silver. Determined to discredit Silver, Buckley and his star student (Elizabeth Olsen) use every tool at their disposal to uncover the truth behind the charismatic, spoon-bending, mind reader. But Buckley is forced to reexamine his own core beliefs as his quest builds to a mind-blowing conclusion in this taut psychological thriller.
Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones, Rodrigo Cortés, Adrian Guerra, Lisa Wilson, Cillian Murphy
Suspense Supernatural Psychological

Trishna

Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India's largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father's request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna's affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay's deep family bond threatens the young lovers' bliss.
Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Michael Winterbottom
Drama Adaptation

Farewell, My Queen

Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the film stars Lea Seydoux as one of Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting, seemingly an innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress's special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path (in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution).
Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Diane Kruger, Benoit Jacquot
Drama Historical

Shut Up and Play the Hits

On April 2nd, 2011, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. Shut Up and Play the Hits is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace
Documentary Music

The Dark Knight Rises

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act.

But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.
Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Emma Thomas, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, Christian Bale
Action Adventure Sequel Crime Superhero Gangster IMAX
Nationwide
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Grassroots

Story centers on a recently fired journalist who reluctantly agrees to spearhead the Seattle City Council campaign of his eccentric friend, a former pedicab driver with a burning passion for the Monorail.
Joel David Moore, Cobie Smulders, Christopher McDonald, Stephen Gyllenhaal, Peggy Rajski, Jason Biggs, Lauren Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer
Comedy Political

Hara-Kiri

The story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord, requesting an honorable death by ritual suicide in his courtyard. The lord threatens him with the brutal tale of Motome, a desperate young ronin who made a similar request with ulterior motives, only to meet a grisly end. Undaunted, the samurai begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming.
Takashi Miike, Ebizo Ichikawa
Drama Action Remake 3D

The Queen of Versailles

With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.
Lauren Greenfield
Documentary

The Well-Digger's Daughter

Daniel Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Berges-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal friend Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences.
Sabine Azema, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kad Merad
Drama Romance

Iron Sky

In 1945, on a secret base built in the Antarctic, Nazis launched spaceships to establish the military base Schwarze Sonne on the dark side of the Moon. They built a powerful invasion fleet in order to take over the Earth once the time was right. Now it’s 2018, the Nazi invasion is on its way and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom.
Timo Vuorensola, Udo Kier
Action Comedy Sci-Fi

Ruby Sparks

A young novelist achieves success early in his career, but then struggles. In a bid to overcome his writer's block, he writes about a woman he thinks will love him, and wills her into existence.
Paul Dano, Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Ron Yerxa, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Albert Berger
Comedy Fantasy Romance

The Watch

Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood -- and the world -- from total extermination.
Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Billy Crudup, Shawn Levy, Jared Stern, Doug Jones, Akiva Schaffer
Comedy Sci-Fi
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Step Up Revolution

Emily, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs. The crew, called the MOB, strives to win a contest for a major sponsorship opportunity, but soon Emily's father threatens to develop the MOB's historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people. Emily must band together with Sean and the MOB to turn their performance mobs into protest mobs, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.
Scott Speer, Adam Shankman, Erik Feig, Jenny Mayer, Ryan Guzman, Jon Chu, Jennifer Gibgot, Patrick Wachsberger
Drama Sequel Teen Music 3D Shot-In-3D
Nationwide
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Klown

Follows two wildly inappropriate friends as they run amok through the Danish countryside plowing through social taboos and unspeakable debaucheries.
Frank Hvam, Mia Lyhne, Mikkel Nørgaard, Casper Christensen, Marcuz Jess Petersen
Comedy

Falling Overnight

Falling Overnight tells the story of twenty-two year old Elliot Carson (Parker Croft) on the day before he has risky surgery to remove a brain tumor. Facing what could be his last night, Elliot's path intersects with Chloe Webb (Emilia Zoryan), a young photographer who invites him to her art show. Elliot welcomes the distraction and as the night descends, Chloe takes him on an intimate and exhilarating journey through the city. But as morning approaches, and Chloe learns of Elliot's condition, the magic of the evening unravels, and they must together face the uncertainty of Elliot's future.
Conrad Jackson, Parker Croft, Emilia Zoryan
Drama
New York
4 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China's most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China's most famous missing person. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. In the years she filmed, government authorities shut down Ai's blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention--while Time magazine named him a runner-up for 2011's Person of the Year.
Alison Klayman
Documentary

Searching for Sugar Man

In 1968, two producers went to a downtown Detroit bar to see an unknown recording artist – a charismatic Mexican-American singer/songwriter named Rodriguez who had attracted a local following with his mysterious presence, soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They were immediately bewitched by the singer, and thought they had found a musical folk hero in the purest sense – an artist who reminded them of a Chicano Bob Dylan, perhaps even greater. They had worked with the likes of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, but they believed the album they subsequently produced with Rodriguez – Cold Fact – was the masterpiece of their producing careers.
Malik Bendjelloul
Documentary
New York / Los Angeles
5 / 5
Trailer Buy / Rent

Home Run Showdown

Two little league teams take on their coaches sibling rivalry, and end up doing battle in a place the baseball world never expected it: in the outfield of the Home Run Derby.
Tim Cavanaugh, Emma-Lee Hess, Oz Scott, Joe Gressis, Dena Hysell, John Bella, Dean Cain, Matthew Lillard
Sports Family

Killer Joe

When 22-year-old drug dealer Chris (Emile Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he's dead. Desperate, he turns to "Killer Joe" (Matthew McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother's life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris' attractive younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple), who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in... if it ever does.
Matthew McConaughey, William Friedkin, Gina Gershon, Emile Hirsch, Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Zev Foreman, Nicolas Chartier
Dark Comedy

Sacrifice

Focuses on a power hungry general who wipes out his rival along with his entire family, save for one newborn. The infant is protected by the doctor who delivered him and raises him as his own, hoping to mold him into his own instrument of retribution.
Ge You, Chen Kaige, Wang Xueqi
Drama Historical