July 2011

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

July 1st

Synopsis: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers’ final battle.

Our Take: Dark of the Moon appears to have the best action sequences of any Transformers movie to date. As for a coherent script and a better (read: less cheesy) tone? We’ll have to wait and see.  We want to be optimistic, but Michael Bay burned us pretty badly with Revenge of the Fallen. Consider us cautiously hopeful for now.

Larry Crowne

July 1st

Synopsis: After losing his job, a middle-aged man (Tom Hanks) reinvents himself by going back to college. Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Wilmer Valderrama, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer and Pam Grier star.

Our Take: We don’t know much about this film, but it’s hard to go wrong with Hanks (and to a lesser extent, Roberts). The supporting cast is pretty great as well, so this one could be good.

Horrible Bosses

July 8th

Synopsis: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston and Donald Sutherland star.

Our Take: You never know which summer comedy is going to breakout and be a sleeper hit. Horrible Bosses may claim that prize with its solid cast of funny people…but for right now our money is on Bridesmaids.

Zookeeper

July 8th

Synopsis: The animals at one particular zoo decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zookeeper (Kevin James) gain the attention of one particular woman. Rosario Dawson, Ken Jeong, Leslie Bibb and Donnie Wahlberg star; Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler, Jon Favreau, Cher, Judd Apatow and Faizon Love voice the animals.

Our Take: It’s a Kevin James comedy film. Should be fun if the entire family is looking for a good time at the movies. Plenty of other comedies this summer if you like your humor to be more edgy.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

July 15th

Synopsis: The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemort’s final horcruxes, but when Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Our Take: This is going to be the epic, gut-wrenching finale to a decade-long cinematic journey. What else is there to say? Go get your tickets NOW!

Winnie the Pooh

July 15th

Synopsis: The beloved honey-loving Bear and his friends are back in a new big-screen adventure. Jim Cummings voices Pooh and Tigger, with Craig Ferguson, John Cleese and Tom Keeny also lending their voices.

Our Take: How can seeing Winnie the Pooh NOT fill you with a sense of nostalgia? This should be some good ol’ fashioned 2D animation fun for the kids.

Captain America: The First Avenger

July 22nd

Synopsis: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. Samuel L. Jackson, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, Hayley Atwell, Neal McDonough and Toby Jones co-star.

Our Take: This movie is another big wild card in the summer 2011 lineup. The trailers so far have hinted at a solid story, but we haven’t yet seen much in the way of action. For now, we remain optimistic – Chris Evans seems to be doing his role as Steve Rogers justice, so that’s a plus.

Friends With Benefits

July 22nd

Synopsis: The relationship between two friends (Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake) gets complicated when they decide to get romantic. Emma Stone, Rashida Jones, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Andy Samberg, Richard Jenkins and Jenna Elfman co-star.

Our Take: This is basically another version of the Ashton Kutcher/Natalie Portman film No Strings Attached. If you are fan of the new “casual sex rom-com” sub-genre, then Friends With Benefits (and its two pretty leads) should be a good experience for you.

Cowboys & Aliens

July 29th

Synopsis: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way. Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer and Paul Dano star.

Our Take: Despite a silly title that may discourage movie-goers, Jon Favreau looks to have done a proper genre mashup that will be both pleasing as a Western and a sci-fi flick. The trailers have certainly made the film look pretty awesome. Should be some good popcorn fun.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

July 29th

Synopsis: A father’s life unravels while he deals with a marital crisis and tries to manage his relationship with his children. Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore star.

Our Take: An odd-pair like Gosling and Carell is just crazy (stupid?) enough to work. With supporting actors like Stone, Bacon, Tomei and Moore, you can bet that this film will deliver.

The Devil’s Double

July 29th

Synopsis: Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein’s palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the “royal family” when he’s ordered to become the ‘fiday’ – or body double – to Saddam’s son, the notorious “Black Prince” Uday Hussein (also Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality. With his and his family’s lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince’s psychotic, drug-addled life of fast cars, easy women and impulsive violence.

Our Take: Sure, Cooper is going to have a role as Tony Stark’s dad in Captain America, but we think it’ll be this dual role in what looks to be a thrilling true-life story that will firmly establish him as a breakout star.

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