Coming Soon: July


by The Great White Gypsy


Public Enemies – Directed by Michael Mann, Written by Michael Mann and Ronan Bennett
I may not have liked Miami Vice, but Michael Mann is one of the best directors ever, and this epic 1930’s crime drama looks fantastic. The story of Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson has been portrayed on screen a million times, but this cast is amazing, and the cinematography looks great.
Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Emilie de Ravin, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum, Leelee Sobieski, Billy Crudup, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephen Dorff
July 1


The Girl From Monaco – Written and Directed by Anne Fontaine
The story of a lawyer who travels to Monaco to defend a criminal, and gets involved with a seemingly innocent girl via his bodyguard. Fontaine is celebrated in France, and the film won two French Academy Awards last year (I know, I know, but give it a chance).
Fabrice Luchini, Roschdy Zem, Louise Bourgoin
July 3


Blood: The Last Vampire – Directed by Chris Nahon, Written by Chris Chow
Based on a popular anime, this is basically Blade, if he were a Japanese schoolgirl. If you liked House of Flying Daggers, Fearless, and Blade, you might enjoy the bloody katana action with the undead.
Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Masiela Lusha, Koyuki
July 10

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Bruno – Directed by Larry Charles, Written by Sacha Baron Cohen
Borat was an awful, awful, awful movie. And I freaking loved it. I still call people gypsy. This will not be as popular, and probably not as funny, but two hours of uncomfortable riotous laughter is always worth $11.
Sacha Baron Cohen
July 10


Streets of Blood – Directed by Charles Winkler, Written by Eugene Hess
Winkler and Hess are both fairly new to film, and the casting is somewhat unexpected, but the story of corrupt cops in The Big Easy during Hurricane Katrina might be one of Kilmer’s better films of late. It won’t be Spartan, but I’ll watch it.
Val Kilmer, 50 Cent, Sharon Stone, Michael Biehn
July 13


500 Days of Summer – Directed by Marc Webb, Written by Scott Neustadtler and Michael H. Weber
I’ve been very impressed with Joseph Gordon-Levitt since Manic, and Deschanel is always good. Music Video-director Webb’s first big feature about a man reliving his relationship with the love of his life after she dumps him. Looks like The Break-up meets Definitely, Maybe, but the animated bird has me skeptical, and both writers followed this project with The Pink Panther 2. I’ll wait for on-demand.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel
July 17


Death in Love – Written and Directed by Boaz Yakin
Yakin directed Remember the Titans (surprisingly good) and Uptown Girls (why would I watch that?), but this is a much more serious film about a concentration camp survivor who has a relationship with a Nazi soldier. As she gets older, she watches her sons’ lives and relationships get progressively more complicated and unsuccessful. I have a hard time taking Josh Lucas seriously, but it looks intriguing.
Jacqueline Bissett, Josh Lucas, Lukas Haas, Adam Brody
July 17


The Answer Man – Written and Directed by John Hindman
Jeff Daniels plays a writer still riding the 20 years of success brought by his book about God and life’s answers. However, he’s a recluse and kind of a dick. Then he meets an attractive chiropractor, and starts to open up. If anyone but Daniels was in this, I would pass, but I like his work. First film for Hindman.
Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Lou Taylor Pucci, Kat Dennings
July 24


Deadgirl – Directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel, Written by Trent Haaga
Not to be confused with Brittany Murphy’s lackluster thriller, Deadgirl is the story of two teenagers who ditch school to hang out in an abandoned mental facility. They find a woman in a locked room, barely alive, and decide to keep her there and have some…fun. Looks really, really twisted, but I’ve never heard of anyone involved.
Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan
July 24


In the Loop – Directed by Armando Iannucci, Written by Jesse Armstrong and Simon Blackwell
I usually don’t go in for British camcorder-comedies, but this looks genuinely funny, absurd, and relevant. About politicians in Britain and America weighing the pros and cons of going to war.
Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini, Anna Chlumsky, Steve Coogan
July 24


Orphan – Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, Written by David Johnson
Little white girls are scary, Peter Sarsgaard is a solid actor, and Vera Farmiga is hot, and not a half bad actress. Need I say more? Probably. A couple adopts a 9 year old who’s a little…off. By off I mean psychotic. Same director as House of Wax, but Paris Hilton isn’t in it, so it might be cool.
Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard
July 24


Shrink – Directed by Jonas Pate, Written by Thomas Moffett
Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors, and he hasn’t done nearly enough work in the last few years. So I’m excited to watch him play a celebrity therapist who suffers a mental breakdown. Newbie writer and director, but the cast looks respectable, and Robin Williams is in there somewhere.
Kevin Spacey, Saffron Burrows, Mark Webber, Keke Palmer, Pell James, Robert Loggia, Robin Williams
July 24


Bakjwi (Thirst) – Written and Directed by Park Chan-Wook
What little I’ve seen of Korean cinema has impressed me; lower budget, but just as much violence as Japan. I’m also a huge vampire fan, so this tale of a priest-turned-vampire trying to maintain his humanity sounds pretty sweet. Chan-Wook also directed Oldboy, which was an instant Korean classic.
Song Kang-Ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Kim Ok-bin
July 31


Funny People – Written and Directed by Judd Apatow
It might seem like Apatow has directed every movie since 2005, but this is only his third, and it appears to have a bit more substance than the first two. Sandler plays a comedian with a terminal illness who makes his peace with death, only to be given a second chance. Several Apatow regulars, and some new additions, I’m just not sure about his pairing with Sandler yet.
Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill, Jason Schwartzman, Leslie Mann
July 31



Last Ride – Directed by Glendyn Ivin, Written by Mac Gudgeon
Australian film about a father who runs from his past, and brings his son along through the outback. Supposedly Weaving’s best performance yet, it looks like another underappreciated hit from down under. It hits theaters in Australia July 2, but no other releases are scheduled so far, so it might be on DVD by August, it might hit festival circuits in 2011. Who knows?
Hugo Weaving, Tom Russell
July 2 (Australia)


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane – Directed by Jonathan Levine, Written by Jacob Forman
Horror movie about a girl every guy wants to get with. Then someone actually goes crazy and tries to kill everyone to get to her. The preview reminds me of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and High Tension. Levine’s latest was The Wackness, which was really good, but this one actually started at festivals in 2006, and hasn’t gotten an officially U.S. release yet. Which is surprising, because Amber Heard is really sexy.
Amber Heard
July 17 (Possible Limited Release)


Fifty Dead Men Walking – Directed by Kari Scogland, Written by Nicholas Davies and Martin McGartland
This is the true story of Martin McGartland, an undercover civilian in the IRA. He actually wrote the book himself a few years ago, and is still in witness protection. Screened at Canadian festivals in 2008, came to the Seattle festival in May, but I can’t find a solid date. I actually saw this movie a few months ago, and I highly recommend it. It’s not the most exciting movie ever, but the acting is good, and the fact that it all really happened is crazy.
Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Rose McGowan
July 31 (Possible Limited Release)

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