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The Month in Movies: July 2012- What to see, what to avoid

July 6

The Amazing Spider-Man– As a big fan of all of Sam Raimi’s spidey films, I am very doubtful that this film will be able to better any of them, but i’ll see it anyway, due to the presence of Emma Stone (Easy A and The Help are both films I love) and Mark Webb, director of the fantastic ‘500 Days of Summer’. Verdict: See

Katy Perry: Part of Me- I was a fan of Perry at the beginning of her career, but I feel she has rushed out many songs in the past 2 or 3 years, and the quality of her music has gone downhill. The setlist of this 3D concert film will no doubt feature many of these songs, but also interesting footage of Perry backstage that will explore her private personality, as well as recent divorce from comedian and actor Russell Brand. Verdict: See

Savages- Oliver Stone’s new thriller stars Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson (two highly underrated actors, although i’ll admit Battleship was awful) as pot growers who must face off against the Mexican drug cartel. If you have time to see this alongside the other major releases this week, I applaud you, but try anyway! Verdict: See

July 13

Ice Age: Continental Drift– I am a big fan of these films, and although they are not as sweet of clever as ‘Toy Story’ or even ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’, they are a fun way to pass 90 minutes of your time with your family or friends. Also, this one has pirates in it! Verdict: See

Red Lights- Cillian Murphy (whom I have met) and Sigourney Weaver star in this psychological thriller from the director of ‘Buried’, the film that proved that Ryan Reynolds can actually act if he tries hard enough. Robert DeNiro also makes an appearance as a blind psychic. I, personally, will see it just for Murphy, but the plot sounds interesting enough. Verdict: See

July 20

The Dark Knight Rises– At midnight on July 15th, 2012, a Harry Potter superfan sat at a midnight screening of what turned out to be one of the greatest films EVER MADE, anticipating the final chapter of the series he had grown up adoring- but what was this? Could this possibly be a trailer for a film not released for 371 days? How could any film deserve to be promoted this early? The Dark Knight Rises deserved to be promoted on July 15 2012. Christian Bale- Oscar winner, Anne Hathaway- Oscar nominee, Marion Cotillard-Oscar winner, Gary Oldman- Oscar nominee,  Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy- two of the most exciting newcomers in Hollywood, Morgan Freeman and Sir Michael Caine- acting legends. Has a film ever been released with a bigger list of reasons why it should be both amazing and a ginormous hit. Step back Avatar, Titanic and HP8, make room for a new #1 movie- it will be DARK, it will be seen by millions of fans at midNIGHT and it will RISE up out of the traditional $350m blockbuster making figure and become a film like none the world has ever seen. Christopher Nolan- I applaud you. Verdict: Oh yeah, after all that, i’m gonna go ahead and tell you that you’d be better off seeing ‘Ice Age 4’ for the second time. FILM OF THE YEAR

Grassroots- If the person who isn’t interested in TDKR is reading this- what’s wrong with you, but don’t worry, the studios sympathise with you, and have made a fun comedy with Cobie Smulders and Jason Biggs. Verdict: See if TDKR is sold out

July 27

The Watch– Hit by a wave of bad publicity due to a tragic murder, this Shaun Levy-produced comedy with an amazing cast looks less likely to be a massive hit than it did a few months ago. Verdict: See

Step Up Revolution– As someone who finds hip-hop dancing about the most boring thing in the world, I have to say that I won’t be seeing this fourth installment of one of the many dance movie franchises out there. Verdict: See if you like dancing

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Lucien writes on film, television and politics at and co-hosts the podcasts Above All Else and The 99%.

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