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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

 

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening July 5, 2013

 

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

Despicable Me 2 (PG for crude humor and mild action) Action-oriented animated adventure finds reformed evildoer Gru (Steve Carell) grudgingly leaving his recently-adopted daughters (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher) to spy for the Anti-Villain League in order to apprehend a diabolical criminal (Benjamin Bratt) bent on world domination. Voice cast includes Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Dr. Ken Jeong.

 

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (R for sexuality, ethnic slurs and pervasive profanity) Concert flick featuring highlights of the irreverent comedian’s 2012 stand-up tour across North America and Europe and culminating with a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden.

 

The Lone Ranger (PG-13 for violence, intense action and suggestive material) Armie Hammer handles the title role in this screen adaptation of the classic Western TV series about a legendary lawman who fights greed and lone-rangercorruption with the assistance of his trusty, Native American sidekick (Johnny Depp). With Helena Bonham Carter, Barry Pepper and Tom Wilkinson.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

A Girl and a Gun (Unrated) Constitutional rights documentary exploring 2nd Amendment issues relating to self-defense, power and violence via frank interviews with red-blooded, pistol-packing mamas.

 

Hammer of the Gods (R for nudity, profanity, sexual references and graphic violence) Norse fantasy revolving around a muscle-bound Viking warrior (Charlie Bewley) who embarks on an epic journey in search of the long-lost brother (Clive Standen) banished from the kingdom years earlier by their monarch father (James Cosmo). With Elliot Cowan, Glynis Barber and Ivan Kaye.

 

Just Like a Woman (R for profanity and sexuality) Tale of female empowerment about a couple of miserably-married women (Sienna Miller and Golshifteh Farahani) who travel from Chicago to Sante Fe to enter a belly dancing competition. With Bahar Soomekh, Tim Guinee and Roschdy Zem.

 

The Look of Love (Unrated) Rags-to-riches biopic about Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan), the reclusive British businessman who became the United Kingdom’s wealthiest citizen before his death in 2008. Co-starring Anna Friel, Imogen Poots and Shirley Henderson.

 

Stuck in Love (R for profanity, sexuality and teen drug and alcohol abuse) Midlife crisis drama about a year in the life of a famous novelist (Greg Kinnear) suffering from writer’s block since being dumped by his wife (Jennifer Connelly). Cast includes Kristen Bell, Lily Collins, Stephen King and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

 

The Way, Way Back (PG-13 for mature themes, profanity, sexuality and brief drug use) Coming-of-age dramedy about a 14 year-old introvert (Liam James) befriended by the gregarious manager (Sam Rockwell) of a water park. Ensemble cast includes Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney and AnnaSophia Robb.

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