Sunday, August 19, 2012

My Most Anticipated Summer Movies, Part 2 (July & August 2012)

Hello, Muses!

Some of you may remember me posting My Most Anticipated Summer Movies, Part 1 back in May. It included my top 5 anticipated movies for June. I have been so busy that I didn't get a chance to post movies for July or even August. I know that the summer is almost over, but there is still plenty of time to go to the movies and check out the following flicks if you haven't had the chance yet.

So here are my picks for July and August. Are any of these movies on your list to see? Have you seen any of these already? What are your top picks?



  29 June: TED
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 1 hr. 55 mins.
Rated: R
Website: TED

Plot Summary: Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish...and has refused to leave his side ever since.

 3 July: The Amazing Spider-Man

Starring:Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone
Directed by: Marc Webb
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Runtime: 2 hr. 17 mins.
Rated: PG-13
Website: Spider-Man

Plot Summary: The Amazing Spider-Man is the story of Peter Parker (Garfield), an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero.

6 July: SAVAGES 

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, John Travolta
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Genre: Suspense, Drama
Runtime: 2 hr. 9 mins.
Rated: R
Website: SAVAGES

Plot Summary: Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben (Johnson), a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon (Kitsch), a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry-raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia (Lively). Life is idyllic in their Southern California town...until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. When the merciless head of the BC, Elena (Hayek), and her brutal enforcer, Lado (Del Toro), underestimate the unbreakable bond among these three friends, Ben and Chon-with the reluctant, slippery assistance of a dirty DEA agent (Travolta)-wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel.

20 July: The Dark Knight Rises

Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventures
Runtime: 2 hr. 32 mins.
Rated: PG-13
Website: Dark Knight Rises

Plot Summary: It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane...
25 July: Ruby Sparks

Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hr. 43 mins.
Rated: R
Website: Ruby Sparks

Plot Summary: Calvin (Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing - as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Kazan), in the flesh, sitting on his couch about a week later, he is completely flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.
 27 July: The Watch

Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill
Directed by: Akiva Schaffer
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 mins.
Rated: R
Website: The Watch

Plot Summery: Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood -- and the world -- from total extermination.


 8 August: Hope Springs

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
Directed by: David Frankel
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 mins
Rated: PG-13
Website: Hope Springs

Plot Summary: Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough - the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.
10 August: The Bourne Legacy

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Genre: Suspense, Action
Runtime: 2 hr. 5 mins.
Rated: R
Website: Bourne Legacy

Plot Summary: The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
15 August: The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton
Directed by: Peter Hedges
Genre: Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 mins
Rated: PG
Website: Odd Life of Timothy Green

Plot Summary: Director/writer Peter Hedges brings enchantment to the screen with The Odd Life of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim -- and their small town of Stanleyville -- learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts.
17 August: The Expendables 2

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed by: Simon West
Genre: Action & Adventure
Runtime: 1 hr. 43 mins.
Rated: R
Website: Expendables 2

Plot Summary: The Expendables are back and this time it's personal... Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) -- with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard -- are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them.
24 August: Premium Rush

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon
Directed by: David Koepp
Genre: Drama, Suspense, Action
Runtime: 1 hr. 31 mins.
Rated: PG-13
Website: Premium Rush

Plot Summary: Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie - super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who's used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him.
29 August: LAWLESS

Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Genre: Drama, Suspense
Runtime: 1 hr. 55 mins.
Rating: R
Website: Lawless

Plot Summary: Three rebellious, bootlegging brothers find the elusive American Dream within their reach, and fight to maintain their grip as powerful urban gangsters reap the rewards of their hard work in this sprawling Great Depression-era crime drama from director John Hillcoat. At the height of Prohibition, ambitious country boy Jack Bondurant dreams of becoming "Public Enemy #1" while reaping all the benefits that go with the gangster lifestyle. By expanding his family's moonshining business, he plots to launch a vast criminal empire while winning the heart of beautiful Amish girl Bertha. With his older, intimidating brother Howard by his side, Jack has the brawn to get the job done, too. But they need a strong leader to guide them -- a responsibility that falls on their eldest sibling Forrest. Stoic and stalwart, Forrest is the kind of man who holds his cards close, and places a high value on character. Meanwhile, as the three siblings rise to power while battling treachery on both sides of the law, a mysterious woman named Maggie appears out of nowhere, prompting the thoughtful Forrest to question the true price of his outlaw ways.

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