New Movie Releases — July 2013
Summer is in full swing, which means some of the biggest movies of the year are hitting the screen. We've got a guide to new movie releases coming to theaters this July to help you beat the cruel summer heat.
'Despicable Me 2' -- Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud. Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig and Ken Jeong. Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.
'The Lone Ranger' -- Directed by Gore Verbinski. Starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter. Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
'Hammer of the Gods' (Limited) -- Directed by Farren Blackburn. Starring Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen and James Cosmo. This action epic sees a passionate young man transform into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving landscape in search of his long-lost brother, Hakan The Ferocious, whose people are relying on him to restore order to their kingdom.
'The Way, Way Back' (Limited) -- Directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette and AnnaSophia Robb. Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park's managers.
'Grown Ups 2' -- Directed by Dennis Dugan. Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James. After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis and 400 costumed party-crashers, sometimes crazy follows you.
'Pacific Rim' (3D) -- Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and Charlie Day. When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.
'Crystal Fairy' (Limited) -- Directed by Sebastian Silva. Starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann. An insensitive American 20-something invites an eccentric woman along for a hallucinogenic road trip in Chile.
'Fruitvale Station' (Limited) -- Directed by Ryan Coogler. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer and Kevin Durand. The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008.
'Killing Season' (Limited) -- Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Starring Robert De Niro, John Travolta and Milo Ventimiglia. Two veterans of the Bosnian War -- one American, one Serbian -- find their unlikely friendship turn tense when one of them reveals his true intentions.
'V/H/S 2' (Limited) -- Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Jason Eisener, Gareth Evans, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez and Timo Tjahjanto. Starring Kelsy Abbott, Hannah Hughes, and Lawrence Michael Levine. Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find a collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.
'Turbo' (3D) -- Directed by David Soren. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Maya Rudolph and Paul Giamatti. A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
'Computer Chess' (Limited) -- Directed by Andrew Bujalski. Starring Kris Schludermann, Tom Fletcher and Wiley Wiggins. A 1980s-set story centered around a man-vs-machine chess tournament.
'The Conjuring' -- Directed by James Wan. Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson and Ron Livingston. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
'Red 2' -- Directed by Dean Parisot. Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich. Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
'R.I.P.D.' -- Directed by Robert Schwentke. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Mary-Louise Parker. A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him.
'The Act of Killing' (Limited) -- Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn. A documentary that challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.
'Blackfish' (Limited) -- Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. This documentary examines the effects of keeping killer whales in captivity following the death of a SeaWorld trainer.
'Girl Most Likely' (Limited) -- Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. Starring Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening and Darren Criss. A failed New York playwright awkwardly navigates the transition from Next Big Thing to Last Year's News.
'Only God Forgives' (Limited) -- Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Yayaying Rhatha Phongam. Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
'The To-Do List' -- Directed by Maggie Carey. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat and Johnny Simmons. Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Clark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.
'The Wolverine' (3D) -- Directed by James Mangold. Starring Hugh Jackman, Famke Janssen and Will Yun Lee. Wolverine makes a voyage to modern-day Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact on his future.
'Blue Jasmine' (Limited) -- Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard and Sally Hawkins. A life crisis causes a woman to head to San Francisco, where she reconnects with her sister.
'The Smurfs 2' (3D) -- Directed by Raja Gosnell. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry and Jayma Mays. The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation -- creatures called the Naughties -- into real Smurfs.