Summer Movie Preview 2012

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July



The Amazing Spider-Man

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans
Director: Marc Webb
Writers: Alvin Sargeant, Steve Kloves, James Vanderbilt
Release Date: July 6

Why so soon? That's the question many fans were asking when Sony announced they?d be rebooting the Spidey franchise, especially when 2007's Spider-Man 3, despite a hefty gross, drew decidedly mixed reactions. Audiences will get their answer when Andrew Garfield swings into action against the Lizard this July, and director Marc Webb (best known for rom-com 500 Days of Summer) refits the Marvel property with a supposedly "edgier" approach. One thing's for sure, we know this Peter Parker and his Gwen Stacy will have chemistry -- Garfield and co-star Emma Stone are now an item for real.

Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D

Cast: Katy Perry, Lucas Kerr, Rachael Markarian
Director: Dan Cutforth , Jane Lipsitz
Writers: Joe Eszterhas
Release Date: July 6

Theorists have long wrestled with the revolutionary impact of feminist auteur Katy Perry on contemporary society. Now, this revealing insight takes us behind the genius, with new, never-before-seen interviews with Perry as she discusses her songwriting process and the influence of Simone de Beauvoir and Keyboard Cat on her worldview. Also, there are lots of glossy clips of the singer dancing in scantily clad outfits.

Savages

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Benicio Del Toro
Director: Oliver Stone
Writers: Shane Salerno, Don Winslow, Oliver Stone
Release Date: July 6

Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) watch their careers go up in smoke, quite literally, as weed dealers who run afoul of a Mexican drug cartel in this thriller from director Oliver Stone -- the man who wrote the cult drug classic Midnight Express. Put bluntly, Stone needs a hit after the disappointment of Wall Street 2, and with a great supporting cast that includes Blake Lively, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek, John Travolta and Uma Thurman -- hopefully involving an adrenalin shot to the heart -- this could be it.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Cast: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Frost
Directors: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Writers: Michael Berg, Jason Fuchs, Mike Reiss
Release Date: July 13

The long-awaited animated prequel to Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift finds Manny, Diego and Sid falling into the dangerous world of modified mammoth racing in the sleazy tundra-juku district... Wait, no, it's actually another sequel to the mega franchise that has grossed more money worldwide than the Catholic church's collection plate. Our furball heroes are cut adrift on an iceberg they turn into a ship, dueling sea creatures, pirates, and, later, crashing into the Titanic after they pass through a wormhole in the North Atlantic. Don't hold us to the accuracy of that last part.

The Dark Knight Rises

Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman,Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writers: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer
Release Date: July 20

Flying under the summer movie radar is this little arthouse piece, which we reckon might just be the sleeper hit of the season. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne, the capital-industrialist psychopath we last saw dressed in a Batman costume and running like a big baby from a bunch of puppies, having left the backwoods town of Gotham City in moral chaos and its most benevolent citizen dangling from a very high building. But this Dark Knight rises, as the title implies, and we assume it's not just to get out of bed and make his toast and coffee in the morning. Batman battles the fearsome (and possibly lethal) Bane (Tom Hardy) and flirts with Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), while a number of unknown elements -- who is Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing, indeed? -- keep the surprise factor high. Spoiler: It was all a dream within a dream within a dream, and Bale, Keaton, Clooney, Kilmer and West are all figments of the same man's mind.

Neighborhood Watch

Cast: Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade, Billy Crudup, Doug Jones
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jared Stern
Release Date: July 27

Turns out those suburban rent-a-cops aren't on petty power trips, after all: The local neighborhood watch might just be -- gulp -- the first line of defense against an alien invasion. That's the premise of this comedy from Superbad scribes Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, which pits local schlubs Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller and Richard Ayoade against visitors from outer space who want more from the planet than some Reeses's Pieces. So, it's Observe and Report meets Men in Black? We'll have to wait and see, but the trailers look pretty amusing -- and we can't wait to see British geek comic Ayoade mix it up with the likes of Hill and Stiller.

Step Up Revolution

Cast: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Adam G. Sevani
Director: Scott Speer
Writer: Jenny Mayer
Release Date: July 27

Remember the halcyon days of 2008 when we were gifted with memorable sequel titles like Step Up 2: The Streets? They're not even trying now. After Step Up 3D comes Step Up Revolution, the fourth movie in the urban dance franchise because, well, somebody keeps asking for them. No Channing Tatum this time (he's off doing classy movies about strippers) but a fresh batch of gyrating talent will ensure the moves stay wicked -- and, let's face it, the choreography is what we're here for. And the plot -- about an aspiring dancer who arrives in Miami and gets involved with a dance crew that's threatened by daddy's development plans -- couldn't be any more perfectly cheesy.

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