Summer Lovin’: Movies of July

July 2, 2012

Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises. Photo credit: Warner Bros.

The summer box-office has already seen its share of record-shattering hits (thanks, Avengers!) and dubious misses (we’re looking at you, Battleship), but as we roll into July, things are getting even more heated. Check out our list of this month’s must-sees!

The Amazing Spider-Man – July 3
Arriving five years after his last successful run at the hands of Sam Raimi, The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield. The all-new web-slinger battles Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), a scientist who not only holds answers to Peter Parker’s past but whose efforts to regenerate a lost limb transform him into something much more sinister.

Savages – July 6
Famed auteur Oliver Stone’s latest film features young heartthrobs Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a pair of pot purveyors who not only share a profitable business but also the lovely Blake Lively. However, when the lusty trio run afoul of a Mexican cartel run by Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro, they find out just how far they are willing to go for each other.

Ice Age: Continental Drift – July 13
Laughs will never be extinct as long as Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the Ice Age crew are around. In Ice Age: Continental Drift, they manage to deliver their prehistoric hijinks to the ends of the Earth. Starring the voice talents of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, and Queen Latifah, the furry foursome discover love, long-lost family, and just what the pursuit of an acorn is worth along the way.

The Dark Knight Rises – July 20
The bittersweet finale to Chris Nolan’s wildly successful Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises pits Christian Bale’s Caped Crusader against Tom Hardy’s Bane, a monstrously powerful member of the League of Shadows bent on finishing what Liam Neeson’s Ra’s al Ghul started in Batman Begins.

The Watch – July 27
Attempting to escape their dull suburban existences, four guys — Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and British comedian Richard Ayoade — start a neighborhood watch program in hopes of some minor thrills. Instead, they discover an intergalactic army looking to conquer more than just the local city council meeting.