We’re two months into the blockbuster season and we’ve seen most of the big hitters being dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots even. Well then, July promises to be very different as the only sequel is the final instalment of the venerable Harry Potter franchise.
Not that the lack of sequels is derailing any of the anticipation for the following films. Captain America: The First Avenger, the last in the line of character films to be released in the lead up to the mega super team movie The Avengers is one of the most anticipated films of the year. Judd Apatow is also offering a new film from his production company, with Bridesmaids promising to be as rude and crude as ever.
Get ready to for a slate of both new and familiar material in the month of July!
Week of 7 July
The Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Bryne
The Buzz: Bridesmaids managed to rake in US$26 million on its opening weekend in the US, despite having no leading star in their cast. The script was also co-written by lead actress Kristen Wiig.
The Story: Judd Apatow’s latest production takes his reputation as a “dude” film-maker and flips it over. Instead of a bunch of slackers, we get a film centered around a motley crew of females and their adventures in preparing for a friend’s wedding. Channel every woman’s insecurities (being left single, partner not measuring up and so on) and mix it up with a healthy dose of gross out gags and R-rated jokes? Gold!
Also Opening:Larry Crowne reunites Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. In this colourful film, Tom plays the role of Larry, a classic big shot who falls back to Earth and heads back to college. Julia Roberts plays a drunken teacher (!?) who’s lost motivation for life in general. Also opening is Disney Nature’s documentary, African Cats. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the film proceeds were donated towards the African Wildlife Foundation to preserve Kenya’s Amboseli Wildlife Corridor. To date, 50,000 acres of land have been saved.
Week of 14 July
The Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
The Buzz: The final instalment in what has to be one of the highest grossing book/film franchises of all time. That tends to have a lot of buzz behind it. Oh, and it’s coming out in 3D too, after Part 1 botched that up.
The Story: Harry and gang seek to continue destroying the Horcruxes could destroy Voldemort while Voldemort launches an attack on Hogwarts with his new prized possession, the Elder wand. We’ll finally get to see Harry and Voldemort throw down.
Also Opening: Womb, an extremely creepy sounding film about how Rebecca (Eva Green) tries to bring back her dead lover by replicating his DNA and giving birth to him. Yep, cloning! A remake of the rape revenge slasher classic I Spit on Your Grave, also opens. Yeah, pretty weird week.
Week of 21 July
The Stars: Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro
The Buzz:Wu Xia has garnered favourable reviews at the renowned Cannes Film Fest and it seems like it’ll be able to offer not just the action but also the story that will thrill moviegoers who appreciate Kung Fu movies.
The Story: The plot of Wu Xia centres on the two leading actors’ characters. When Donnie Yen’s paper maker character easily defeats and kills a pair of thugs trying to rob a store, Takeshi’s OCD-fuelled character starts to believe there is more to it than meets the eye. That starts a cat and mouse detective story that drives much of the film forward.
Also Opening:Hanna, the tale of a sixteen year old female assassin is also opening. Saoirse Ronan kicks ass as the titular character, evading capture through different continents. Opening as well is The New Daughter, a horror film about a house with a ghastly history.
Week of 28 July
The Stars: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving
The Buzz: The final piece, the leader of the Avengers… call him whatever you want. Captain America will finally take his place on the silver screen on the 28th of July. And after that, we’ll gladly bring on The Avengers.
The Story: Following in the footsteps of Thor which explored the new world of Asgard, this film explores the compassionate origin story of Steve Rogers, a weak young man who became the perfect specimen of a super soldier. It’s set in World War 2 and will feature Cap and Bucky battling both Red Skull and his Nazi henchmen!
Also Opening: Brighton Rock, a story about a small time crook named Pinkie and his rise to the top of the seedy Brighton underworld. Local film Twisted also opens with Mark Lee playing a character amongst others that gets their lives turned upside down after a night of drugs and booze.
(Note: All release dates are subject to change; all information correct as of press time.)