The City of Films SUMMER MOVIE GUIDE 2012
Release: July 3
Directed By: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
Synopsis: Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.
Analysis: If this doesn’t work, heads will roll. They messed with the Hulk enough times to know people notice when you give yourself a re-do with a movie. Luckily this film is going into story we haven’t seen before from previous Spider-Man movies. Andrew Garfield is also a great actor and really passionate about the role, which is always helpful.
Release: July 5
Directed By: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
Starring: Katy Perry
Synopsis: A documentary that chronicles Katy Perry’s life on and off-stage.
Analysis: Concert documentaries…meh. If it doesn’t have the Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese, I’m already asleep.
Release: July 6
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Starring: Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Demian Bichir, Emile Hirsch, Uma Thurman, John Travolta
Synopsis: Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Analysis: There was something of a let down with the trailer for this movie, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. If there is anyone who knows how to handle this material it’s Oliver Stone, the guy is done his homework when it comes to the drug world.
Release: July 13
Directed By: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Starring: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo
Synopsis: 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.
Analysis: Again, where do these sequels keep coming from?
Release: July 20
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy
Synopsis: Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
Analysis: My childhood was Batman, enough said. I’ve seen the good and bad that Batman has been through and it’s hard for me to believe that anything will ever top Nolan’s Batman trilogy. It’s everything the Bat should be and it’s been a remarkable journey. TDKR is going to be the movie event of the year and then some.
Release: July 27
Directed By: Akiva Schaffer
Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade
Synopsis: Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.
Analysis: You may remember Richard Ayoade from The IT Crowd and having written and directing Submarine. He is awesome and deserves top billing, if that day has to come by starring along side Vince Vaughn, then so be it.
Also Opening: Step Up Revolution