Opening this Weekend: July 11

It is hot outside and in the movie theaters also. This summer is bringing quite a few movies that might still be contenders come awards season in the fall and winter (Life Itself, I Origin, Mood Indigo, and Magic in the Moonlight), not your usual (primarily blockbuster only) menu of choices to select from when you go to the moviesIf this is what July has in store for us, I can’t wait until November.
So, whether you choose to checkout that indie you’ve heard so much about or the latest big studio release, don’t forget to click on the movie title below to view the trailer. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.

—Myrna E. Duarte

July 11 
And So It Goes

A self-centered New York realtor enlists the help of his neighbor when he’s suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son dropped her off at his home. And So It Goes is directed by acclaimed filmmaker/actor Rob Reiner (Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When as Harry Met Sally, Rumor Has It, The Bucket List and Flipped). The screenplay was written by Oscar nominated writer Mark Andrus (As Good as It Gets, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Georgia Rule).  And So It Goes, stars everyone’s favorite two: Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton. Douglas plays a real jerk New York realtor who goes home and has to start watching over his granddaughter. There’s some charm to this, but it looks much goofier than I was hoping, complete with sound effects for some of the antics (though I’m not sure if those were added just for the trailer). Douglas looks like he’ll be fun to watch playing an asshole, but other than that I’m not sure this will have much to it.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. Besides Serkis, the apes cast includes Judy Greer as Cornelia & Toby Kebbell as Koba. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to Rupert Wyatt’s revival of the sci-fi franchise Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Directing is Matt Reeves (Let Me In and Cloverfield) from a script written by Mark Bomback, Scott Z. Burns, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. I have a very good feeling it’s going to be one of the best movies of this summer.

Boyhood (Limited) MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated

Filmed from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood covers 12 years in the life of a family. Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), learn to face the realities of growing up, while their divorced parents cope with the ongoing challenges of parenting in an ever-evolving landscape. Richard Linklater (Dazed and ConfusedSchool of Rock, Before Sunrise, Bernie) directs the film, using the same actors, including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the Mason’s parents, over 11 years of production. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and looks to be a masterpiece.

Land Ho! (Limited)

One of the best comedies from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was undoubtedly Land Ho! Written and directed by Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz. A pair of 60-something ex-brothers-in-law (Paul Eenhoorn & Earl Lynn Nelson) sets off on a road trip through Iceland, hoping to reclaim their youth. Their picturesque adventures, from trendy Reykjavík to the rugged outback, are a throwback to classic bawdy road comedies as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship. 

A Long Way Down

A disgraced TV presenter (Pierce Brosnan), a foul-mouthed teen (Imogen Poots), an isolated single mother (Toni Collette) and an aging pizza delivery boy (Aaron Paul) – decide to end it all on New Year’s Eve. When this disillusioned group of strangers unintentionally meet at Topper’s Tower, a trendy jumper hotspot, they agree to call off their plans for six weeks. Their written pact inadvertently binds them together and sweeps the public up–transforming them into unwitting media sensations—as they discover that even accidental families make life worth living.

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