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Sex Tape

Director: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Jack Black, Rob Corddry, Rob Lowe
18 July
Sex Tape


We’ve all done it, haven’t we? We’ve all decided that our love life was a bit too bland and that we desperately needed to spice things up. In the old days, we took pictures. Around the early ‘80s, the camcorder was introduced into the boudoir and the sex tape was born. Considering how numb we’ve become to the whole homemade porn ideal, it’s amazing no one thought of making a movie like this before. Here, our harried couple (Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz) create a private piece of smut that is accidentally uploaded into “the Cloud”. The rest of the film sees them trying to get it back. Hmmm…


 

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Planes: Fire and Rescue

Director: Roberts Gannaway
Cast: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes Studi, Dale Dye
18 July
Planes: Fire and Rescue

Oh Disney… defiant as ever. Even after the blisteringly bad reviews it received for this nauseating non-Pixar knockoff (“based” on the world above Cars, but not much more), the Masters of Marketing know a hot toy store shelf product when they sell it. So it’s back to the digital drawing board for more racial stereotypes and aimless animation. This time around, our hero Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) turns from racing to firefighting, and ends up being befriended by a whole new group of fly boys and girls as well as ground-bound ATVs. As long as it convinced kids to buy their action figures, right?


 

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The Purge: Anarchy

Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Michael K. Williams
18 July
The Purge: Anarchy

The first film in this now burgeoning horror franchise had a fantastic future shock premise and a really lame, standard home invasion thriller execution. This time around, original writer/director James DeMonaco has decided to open things up a bit, showing us the annual legal crime spree from the outside in. While an angry father heads out into the night to seek vengeance on the man who killed his son, a group of ragtag “victims” try to avoid becoming statistics. The two end up together, fighting the anarchy in violation of unwritten Purge rules. There is some promise here. There are also the same problems which plagued the first film.


 

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I Origins

Director: Mike Cahill
Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Steven Yeun
18 July
I Origins

A molecular biologist discovers something while studying the human eye which could change our perceptions of science and God. Really? What? Well, that’s apparently the rub on this celebrated indie effort from the filmmaker responsible for the enigmatic parallel planet drama, Another Earth. Early reviews suggest that writer/director Mike Cahill has managed a rare combination of narrative and knowing debate on Evolution vs. Creationism. As a small film, this will more than likely get lost in all the popcorn hubbub, but for those seeking a more thoughtful approach to sci-fi other than giant robots beating the crap out of each other, I Origins might serve the purpose.


 

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Mood Indigo

Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Aïssa Maïga, Charlotte Le Bon
18 July
Mood Indigo

Fans of Michel Gondry have wondered for the last few years where their favorite eccentric visionary went to. Granted, he tried his hand at a mainstream Hollywood blockbuster and then a weird experiment featuring young non-actors on a city bus, but what cinephiles want is the same man who made The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Be Kind Rewind. Supposedly, this is the return to form they are looking for, a wild and surrealistic adaptation of Boris Vian’s 1947 novel Froth of the Daydream and featuring Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, and Gad Elmaleh.


 

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Wish I Was Here

Director: Zach Braff
Cast: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Pierce Gagnon, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Mandy Patinkin
18 July
Wish I Was Here

Usually, the coming of age film is reserved for individuals trying to get out of high school, not adults locked in an arrested development that still sees them clueless and childish at age 30. Zach Braff believes differently. His latest self-made starring vehicle (with a lot of help from Kickstarter) features the actor as a struggling performer / husband / father still trying to find his “identity” in his confusing and chaotic life. Now, age doesn’t always provide personal perspective, but this seems to be a bit on the indulgent side. You’re married, have children, and still don’t know your purpose in life? Who knows, maybe Braff can pull it off.


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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