5 Films To Look Forward To In July (2013)


We’re in the dead heat of the summer. June is gone and almost forgotten, which means July is on full blast. Man of Steel sort of disappointed most, but still proved itself as a worthy June blockbuster to me, but I’ve honestly always been waiting for Pacific Rim, which just so happens to plop down onto screens everywhere in July. We’ve also got a promising-looking R-rated horror film to look forward to, plus a so-so Marvel movie that’s following up one of the worst comic book movies of all-time.

To say July is going to be interesting is an understatement, because as of right now the entire month looks like it could go either way. I have no idea what to expect and I kind of like that mindset. So without any more rambling I figured it would be best if I just dive in and tackle what I think looks like the best July has to offer.

For those looking to do a bit of backlogging…

5 Films to Look Forward to in May

5 Films to Look Forward to in June

* I have seen The Lone Ranger and while it’s good I feel like I should leave it off of the list, because my review will be running shortly and I’d rather squeeze out another title that looks like it’ll be worth heading out to the cinema to see.

5. The Wolverine


I should not be looking forward to The Wolverine, despite the impressive early promotion that Fox was hitting out of the park for the film. James Mangold‘s follow-up to X-Men Origins: Wolverine (one of the worst comic book movies of all-time) sounded like a home run and was even starting to look like one too, but then the first wave of trailers hit and they were kind of disappointing.

They highlighted stuff that we’ve already seen done a million times in previous X-Men films and instead of showing us this side of Hugh Jackman‘s clawed mutant that we haven’t seen they opted to continue to retread waters that we’ve been dipped in time and time again.

I’m not saying The Wolverine looks terrible, but I am saying that it looks all too familiar. Mangold has went on and on about what films he used as influence to make this one, but at the end of the day none of that really matters if he still delivers another mindless action movie, starring one of Marvel’s most popular characters.

I’m still interested in The Wolverine, because I’ll always root for Hugh Jackman. He does a fantastic job and he deserves these movies, but sometimes I wish Fox would give full control to Disney and Marvel and let them do the character justice.

The Wolverine could be that long-awaited X-Men film that we’ve been waiting for (similar to the amazing X-Men: First Class), but my money is on it resembling X-Men Origins or X3.

The Wolverine opens on July 26th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

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4. The Way, Way Back

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I love coming-of-age stories and I really loved The Descendants, which means it should be safe to assume that I’ll love The Way, Way Back, because it’s written/directed by The Descendants writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. It also stars Steve Carell in a role that doesn’t seem to resemble his previous stuff and an always-on-the-spot Sam Rockwell.

I’m doubting that this film explodes or sweeps audiences off their feet, but I’m hoping it becomes the mid-summer version of The Kings of Summer, which was freaking fantastic.

The Way, Way Back looks like it could be funny enough and charming enough to win me over. I just hope the characters are interesting enough to invest into and the story is unique enough to set itself apart from other similar-themed titles, while also giving us that dose of sincerity and truth that was found on the front lines in The Descendants.

The Way, Way Back goes into limited release on July 5th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

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3. The Conjuring


Horror is hard to come by. Good horror is even harder to find. The Conjuring not only looks like good horror, but it also looks like actual scary horror. James Wan is the modern day master of suspense and scares by way of practical spooks and build up and he’s proven time and time again that he can deliver the genuine scares without the need of blood or gore, despite being the director of the original Saw.

Just watch Insidious.

The Conjuring is an R-rated haunted house film that follows a pair of investigators as they discover a few hidden secrets stored up in and old (and super creepy) house. The film got awarded with an R-rating for being so damn scary. The MPAA couldn’t suggest any specific scene for Wan or his editors to cut, because the film was just an overall terrifying experience.

This is very reassuring, because horror has been dying on the mainstream front and Wan is one of the last greats to venture into the unknown. He sticks to ghost stories, but he always brings a fresh spin to whatever he’s working on. If The Conjuring doesn’t work out for him then he always has Insidious: Chapter 2 to fall back on, which releases in September.

The Conjuring opens on July 19th, 2013.

Check out the latest trailer below:

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2. Only God Forgives


This really should be my number one film, but I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to Guillermo del Toro on this one. Director Nicolas Winding Refn is following up my favorite movie of 2011 (Drive) with Only God Forgives. In it he’s re-teaming with star Ryan Gosling to tell a rough, yet beautiful-looking tale about a drug smuggler in the underground world of Bangkok.

The film has so far looked incredibly sharp and distinguishable judging by the early trailers and Cliff Martinez has been getting some strong praise for his unique musical score for the film.

I have no doubts that this film will deliver the goods, but I’m worried that it won’t live up to that hype already set in motion with Drive. It’s not fair to make comparisons, but it’s going to be on my mind while I watch the entire film if I’m being completely honest.

Only God Forgives opens in limited release on July 19th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

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1. Pacific Rim


Visionary director Guillermo del Toro has finally been given his biggest budget yet with Warner Bros. massive-looking Pacific Rim. I’ve heard nothing but extremely positive things about this film and they don’t surprise me one bit. This looks like the film that I’ve been dreaming for ever since I first saw the original Star Wars films on VHS way back when.

Pacific Rim looks absolutely massive in scope and size and from the looks of it del Toro hasn’t wasted a penny of the budget when it comes to giving the audiences something to awe over. I’m a little worried that the human side of the story has been downplayed in most of the trailers and marketing, but I fully expect the final result to more than touch up on that.

Summer blockbusters this big rarely have a brain attached anywhere, yet Pacific Rim is looking to be that rare one in a million that delivers on all areas that count. Could it end up stinking up the joint? Sure, I guess so, but I think del Toro has more than proven himself as one of the strongest talents working in Hollywood today and I firmly believe that his biggest studio effort just might be one of his best films yet.

Pacific Rim opens on July 12th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

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If July succeeds in all areas then it will no doubt top June in terms of overall quality and variety. There are a lot of mediocre-looking titles dropping in July, but also a few strong ones that could keep us all on our toes. Pacific Rim has the biggest chance of exploding and becoming a big hit for del Toro and WB, but it also has the potential of opening weak and fizzling quickly.

The Wolverine is a guaranteed success at the box office, but a most-likely disappointment for the audiences. I hate to say it, but it’s just not looking too good from where I’m sitting.

I bet Only God Forgives wins over the praises from critics and the die-hards, but I doubt it’ll move any tickets, which doesn’t and shouldn’t matter for Refn or Gosling at this point.

I’m just hoping that the films that look bad actually do badly, because I don’t know how many more Grown Ups films I can sit through before I actually pluck out my eyeballs. Oh and Red 2 and R.I.P.D. look like complete jokes that I won’t even bother detailing.

What are you most looking forward to? Do you agree or disagree with my list? Let me know in the comments section below.

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