Opening this Weekend: July 18

Audrey Tautou and Roman Duris in Mood Indigo

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 18 
Planes: Fire & Rescue (3D)

Planes: Fire & Rescue, the feature film sequel to Disney’s Planes, will be directed by Bobs Gannaway. Comedian Dane Cook returns to voice crop dusting plane Dusty Crophopper, who learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Julie Bowen (Modern Family) joins the voice cast as spirited super scooper Dipper with some other firefighting characters.

The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy is written, directed and produced by James DeMonaco, the filmmaker behind the 2013 thriller The Purge. In this follow-up, a couple (Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez) finds themselves stuck in chaos on the streets in the middle of The Purge, the 12-hour period when all crime is legal. Frank Grillo and Michael K. Williams (“The Wire”) also star in the film from Paranormal Activity and Insidious producer Jason Blum. 

Sex Tape

Sex Tape is directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) and written by Kate Angelo (The Back-Up Plan). When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but 10 years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. So they decide to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. But suddenly, their most private video is no longer private. They’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world, but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they’ll never forget, the video may also expose more than they bargained for. Funny?

I Origins (Limited)

I Origins premiered at Sundance 2014 and is written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth). Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a PhD student studying molecular biology with a specialty in eye evolution has an intense, but fleeting, encounter with a mysterious, masked model (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who escapes into the night. With only a picture of her stunning and iconic eyes, he tracks her down, and they fall in love. Their fundamentally different beliefs about life only serve to intensify their connection, and they vow to spend forever together. Years later, Ian and his lab partner, Karen (Brit Marling), make a stunning discovery with profound existential implications. I Origins serves as an interesting, provoking bridge between the ever-strong debate between faith and science.

Mood Indigo (Limited)

From the wild and imaginative mind of director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind) comes a new romance called Mood Indigo. the French film, and this looks just as whimsical as Gondry’s previous foreign entry Science of Sleep as Colin (Romain Duris) falls in love with Chloe (Audrey Tautou). There’s some strange stair-climbing cars, a floating cloud vehicle and more strangeness as these two people fall in love in the most peculiar way. This truly looks original and charming, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from a visionary director like Gondry.

Wish I Was Here (Limited)

Wish I Was Here is directed by Zach Braff from a script he co-wrote with his brother Adam Braff. The “Scrubs” star and Garden State director also leads the film as thirty something family man wrestling with his disapproving father, an elusive God, and adult responsibility. Pursuing acting has landed him and his wife (Kate Hudson) in a tough spot, so when his grumpy father (Mandy Patinkin) can no longer pay for the kids to attend Jewish Yeshiva, Aidan opts for homeschooling, much to the chagrin of his hyper-disciplined, religious daughter (Joey King) and the delight of his less-than-studious son (Pierce Gagnon).

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