Movies in July and August 2013

Hollywood is still rolling out its big tentpole pictures during these dog days of summer.  Here's what to expect at your local multiplex during the next two months.


Despicable Me (July 5)
The voice of Steve Carrell is joined by the voices of Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, and others in this sequel to the animated hit about the super-villain Gru who ends up having a heart. This time he's recruited by the Anti-Villain League to stop another bad guy.

Pacific Rim (July 12)
So far, director Guillermo del Toro can do no wrong. Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and others play characters in this motion picture, but the real stars are the giant robots that battle the giant monsters threatening the Earth.

Turbo (July 19)
Families will flock to this cartoon tale about a super-speedy snail racing in the Indy 500. Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Samuel L. Jackson, and others lend their voices.

The Wolverine (July 26)
Who knows what classic we might have seen if the original director, Darren Aronofsky, has remained on the project for this sequel to Wolverine: X-Men Origins. Alas, we will never know.  Let's hope replacement director James Mangold delivers the goods.


2 Guns (August 2)
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg team up as a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer, both hunted down by the mob.

Elysium (August 9)
I'm really looking forward to this science fiction film starring Matt Damon. It's written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, and if it's anywhere near as good as his District 9 feature, we're in for a treat.

Kick-Ass 2 (August 16)
Did co-star Jim Carrey's comments about not supporting this movie because of its extreme violence hurt its box-office chances or entice the curious to come see what all the fuss is about?

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August 23)
Here's a fantasy flick based on the novel by Cassandra Clare.

Getaway (August 30)
Ethan Hawke stars alongside up-and-coming Selena Gomez, who is trying to shed her child-actress reputation with more meaty roles.


The Butler
The name will have to change, since Warner Bros. won a lawsuit, but the story and star-studded cast remain the same.

The Conjuring
Paranormal investigators try to help a family terrorized by a dark presence.

Grown-Ups 2
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, David Spade, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Steve Buscemi, Colin Quinn, Tim Meadows, Jon Lovitz, Shaquille O'Neal, and others all share screen time in this sequel.

Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in this biopic.

The Lone Ranger
The over-budget, controversial reboot of the masked lawman and his trusty sidekick Tonto hits theaters.  Will it be a hit or a flop?

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
The original was a fun fantasy adventure.  Let's hope this follow-up is the same.

Pixar did blockbuster business with its Cars franchise. Can it do the same with this aerial spinoff?

Bruce Willis, Helen Mirrin, and other stars are "retired, extremely dangerous" once again.

Here's a high-concept story -- a police force made of "undead" cops.

The Smurfs 2
The less I say about this one the better. If you enjoyed the first one, here's more of the same.

The World's End
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team up again, this time for an apocalyptic spoof.

That's not all.  Here's some of the other titles premiering this summer (some in limited release): Ain't Them Bodies Saints; Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me; Blue Jasmine; Closed Circuit; Fruitvale Station; Girl Most Likely; The Grandmaster; Hammer of the Gods; The Hunt; Just Like a Woman; Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain; The Look of Love; One Direction: This Is Us; Only God Forgives; Paranoia; Prince Avalanche; Random; The Spectacular Now; The To Do List; V/H/S/2; The Way, Way Back; We're the Millers; and You're Next.

Which will you be going to see?