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July 2012 Movie Releases

Updated on June 18, 2012

Summer is in full swing and the summer movies to accompany it has already started gracing theaters. June is halfway gone and while some movies have made their mark at the box office, July will kick off a summer of some of the most anticipated movies and film festival favorites.

The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)

It wasn't that long ago that Tobey McGuire was portraying the webb slinging Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, but now up and coming Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) will fill that role. In the new adaptation of the comic book favorite, Garfield's Peter Parker embraces his destiny when he uncovers a major secret that might give him answers about his parents' disappearance when he was a little boy. While fighting crime and his past, Parker also tries to make it work with his high school crush Gwen Stacy played by Emma Stone (Easy A, The Help). This film is rated PG-13.

Savages (July 6)

Savages is based on Don Winslow's best selling crime novel of the same name and directed by acclaimed director Oliver Stone. It stars Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights) as Chon and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) as Ben, best friends growing some of the best weed money can buy. In addition to sharing a lucrative, illegal business, they also share a girlfriend played by Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) who gets kidnapped when the Baja Cartel wants a piece of the business and the boys refuse. Chon and Ben face off against the drug cartel who clearly underestimate just how savage the boys will get to protect what's theirs and get back what was taken from them. This film also stars Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Benicio del Toro, Uma Thurman, and Emile Hirsch. This film is rated R.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (July 13)

School is out so it wouldn't be summer without movies for the kids. Ice Age Continental is the fourth full length installment of the franchise and stars Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah reprising their roles. Scrat's acorn obsession (he's chasing the same acorn in every movie and has yet to get it) sparks a continental catastrophe that sends the continent adrift and the adventure begins. The fun-loving best friends face pirates and sea creatures as they float along to a new world. This film is rated PG for mild rude humor.

The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)

Possible spoilers below.

Perhaps the most anticipated movie of the summer and perhaps the year might be The Dark Knight Rises starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader. This is director Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman film and Bale's last time to portray the superhero. Perhaps that is why the villian of this film is Bane who fans already know to have not only figured out Batman's alter ego was Bruce Wayne but also break his back. There is no certain word that this will happen in the film but fans seem to think that it will if the film sticks close to the comics. Bane is played by British import and Hollywood's most in demand actor Tom Hardy (Lawless, Inception, Warrior). The film picks up eight years after the second film, The Dark Knight, in which Batman took the blame for Two-Face's crimes and tarnished his reputation. When Bane frees some of the worst criminals Gotham has ever seen in a ploy to destroy the city, Batman is compelled to once again fight to save the fractured city that no longer loves or believes in him. Anne Hathaway also stars as Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine reprise their roles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Liam Neeson join the cast. This film is rated PG-13.

The Imposter (July 13)

*UPDATE: The Release Date has been moved to August 24.

The Imposter is a chilling true story of a teenage boy, Nicholas Barclay, from Texas who went missing and was supposedly found three years later in Spain. The documentary was welcomed into a few film festivals including SXSW and the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival. Suspicions about the boy's return home not only confused his family but the FBI who wondered why an American boy couldn't speak English without an accent. Is he really Nicholas Barclay? If not, who is he and where is the real Nicholas? One family struggles to accept that the boy they welcomed back into their home might not be who he says he is. This film is rated R.

More July Releases

Step Up: Revolution, Katy Perry: Part of Me, The Pact, Red Lights and Trishna.

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