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The Amazing Spider-man

Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Irrfan Khan
6 July
The Amazing Spider-man


Really? A reboot of a franchise that just recently found its footing—like in 2002? Granted, Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 3 was a mess: too many villains, too much “Emo” Peter Parker, but did we really have to go back to the drawing board on this? Apparently, the answer is ‘Yes’, and fans have been rather kind to the creative call. They like Andrew Garfield as the new webslinger as well as Marc Webb behind the lens. Still, we can’t help but wonder if this will be a one-off, and not the start of another series. After all, we’ve seen most of this before, right?


 

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Savages

Director: Oliver Stone
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, Emile Hirsch, John Travolta
6 July
Savages


Oliver Stone has been MIA since the misery that was Wall Street 2, so hopefully this adaptation of Don Winslow’s thriller will wipe the stink away from that middling misfire. This is a director who excels where there is tension, controversy, and disagreement, not someone banking on blatant ‘80s nostalgia, and this tale of a kidnapped hippy girl and the growers who confront a mad Mexican mobster to get her back sounds right up his alley. Of course, we said that about U-Turn back in 1997, and Stone failed to fuller deliver then. For our money, the filmmaker should stick to reimagining history.


 

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Queen of Versailles

Director: Lauren Greenfield
Cast: Jackie Siegel, David Siegel
6 July
Queen of Versailles


First off: it’s a documentary. Secondly, it focuses on billionaire couple Jackie and David Seigel, who made their fortune in the time-share industry. But before your Occupy Wall Street wounds reopen, the story of their rise from rags to riches takes a reciprocal turn once the economy tanks, leading to conversations about the importance of money and the completion of their 90,000 square foot mansion. While the subjects seem specious at best, Sundance loved the results. Sundance gave director Lauren Greenfield its highest individual honor. Schadenfreude, and the remote possibility of redemption, never looked so enticing… or entertaining.


 

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Katy Perry: Part of Me

Director: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz
Cast: Katy Perry, Lucas Kerr, Rachael Markarian
6 July
Katy Perry: Part of Me


It’s time for teen pop culture to control the rest of the media planet as Ms. Perry follows in the footsteps of Miley, The Jonas Brothers, and Justin Bieber, with a concert performance/documentary following her rise to fame. Considering her considerable commercial clout, this is bound to be HUGE! Of course, if the film discusses her initial attempts at fame, her gospel music background, and the ever-present claims of studio manipulation and aided auto-tuning of her voice, then we’re all in. If it’s just another marketing whitewash walking the micro-thin line between entertainment and infomercial, then we’ll probably wait for the DVD.


Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill Gibron.com a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.


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