Opening July 13
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Another one in an animated series that’s getting harder and harder (for adults) to sit through. So, back again are Manny, Diego, and Sid (voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo), finding themselves afloat on an iceberg, meeting up with pirates (Pirates???) on the high seas. It should be lots of fun for the kids, though.
Your Sister’s Sister
Director Lynn Shelton often fills her films with too many words, uttered by actors who aren’t too concerned with pronunciation. This one’s a dramatic comedy about a death in the family, the ensuing gathering of friends and other family members, and the occasion of Jack (Mark Duplass) meeting up with and getting to know Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). Early reports say that people either love or loathe the ending, pretty much in equal measure.
Opening July 20
Beasts of the Southern Wild
First-time writer-director and Queens native Benh Zeitlin gives us one of this year’s darlings of Sundance. It’s all about the environment going wrong, a strong father-daughter relationship, a search for a lost mother, life in the South’s Delta region and, oh yeah, prehistoric creatures called aurochs that are unleashed on us.
The Dark Knight Rises
After taking a Batman break to write and direct Inception, Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale once again team, this time in a story of the Caped Crusader being thought of as an enemy of Gotham City, but still having to defend the place from powerful and evil Bane (Tom Hardy). Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Michael Caine are back as Lucius Fox, Jim Gordon, and Alfred. Anne Hathaway makes her first appearance as Catwoman.
Take This Waltz
The second film from actor-turned-director Sarah Polley takes a serious look at big-time problems in a “happy-enough” marriage between Margot and Lou (Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen) when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby). Complications ensue, especially when Daniel discovers he lives across the street from them. Rogen is said to be terrific in a dramatic role.