Life Itself (July 4th) Beloved film critic Roger Ebert is remembered in this pensive documentary directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams) that follows his last few months. The doc is based on his autobiography and offers insight into his personal relationships and impact on film.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11th) Director Matt Reeves of Cloverfield and Let Me In puts his touch on this installment of Planet of the Apes, which follows human survivors in San Francisco, where a virus has spread. The film stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell.
Mood Indigo (July 18) Based on Boris Vian’s 1947 Froth on the Daydream, Mood Indigo follows the romance of Chloé (Audrey Tatou) and Colin (Romain Duris) and forces them to cope with the illness Chloé is developing: a flower is growing in her lungs. With director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine) behind the lens, it’s bound to be a visually impactful, cerebral telling of a quirky but conflict-ridden story.
Boyhood (July 18th) Richard Linklater’s brave endeavor of Boyhood spans the growth of a boy over time by showing the real growth of actor Ellar Coltrane by filming once a year over twelve years. The film is already receiving praise for its standout performances and directing, and Linklater has no doubt painted a picture that is the first of its kind.
Lucy (July 25th) This adrenaline-packed thriller starring Scarlett Johansson plays with the idea of using more than 10% of the brain. Johansson, a drug mule, accidentally absorbs a drug that she is carrying and begins to have superhuman brain power that give her abilities and strength to do things she never knew she was capable of. The trailer shows the film as slick and stylish, not a surprise as the film as it comes from Luc Besson (Leon, the Fifth Element).
A Most Wanted Man (July 25th) This slow building spy flick is one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last on-screen roles and follows a Chechen Muslim that illegally immigrates to Hamburg and finds himself immersed in the international war on terror. The film hosts a strong supporting cast with Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl, and William Dafoe.
Magic in the Moonlight (July 25th) Woody Allen time travels to the twenties again in his newest film Magic in the Moonlight, starring Emma Stone and Colin Firth. Firth, a magician, tries to prove that spiritualist Emma Stone’s tellings are false by traveling to the South of France to meet with her.
Transformers: Age of Extinction (July 27th) If you’re looking for a high effects, big blockbuster with Marc Wahlberg, look no further than the newest installment of Transformers,which is the first to feature ‘dinobots’.