This Fourth of July weekend, it looks like it will be a battle between The Lone Ranger (Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer) and Despicable Me 2 (Steve Carell). I’ve seen both films. I enjoyed them both, but I think Despicable Me 2 will win out at the box office. It has a broader appeal than The Lone Ranger. Other new movies this week include Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, A Girl and a Gun, Hammer of the Gods, Just Like a Woman (Sienna Miller), Stuck in Love (Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell), and The Way Way Back (Steve Carell, Toni Collette). Read on for a summary of the new movie releases for this week.
Movies for Week of July 3, 2013
Despicable Me 2 (review)
Get ready for more Minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed filmmaking team create an all-new comedy adventure featuring the return of (former?) super-villain Gru (Steve Carell), his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.
The Lone Ranger (review)
When he boards a train home to Colby, Texas, ready to practice law with his East Coast degree, John Reid (Armie Hammer) is a stalwart idealist, firmly opposed to the violent ethics of the frontier, where justice is regularly meted out by gunshot. Little does Reid know that a chance meeting with Comanche warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp), will set off a series of events that change him into the enigmatic hero, the masked Lone Ranger.
The Way Way Back (July 5th opening)
The Way Way Back is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
Stuck in Love (July 5th opening)
Three years past his divorce, veteran novelist Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear) can’t stop obsessing over, let alone spying on, his ex-wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly), who ignominiously left him for another man. Even as his neighbor-with-benefits, Tricia (Kristen Bell), tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else’s charms. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent collegiate daughter Samantha (Lily Collins) is publishing her first novel while recoiling at the very thought of first love with a diehard romantic (Logan Lerman); and his teen son Rusty (Nat Wolff) is trying to find his voice, both as a fantasy writer and as the unexpected boyfriend of a dream girl with unsettlingly real problems. As each of these situations mounts into a tangled trio of romantic holiday crises, it brings the Borgens to surprising revelations about how endings become beginnings.
Just Like a Woman (July 5th opening)
Just Like a Woman tells the poignant tale of two women, barely more than casual acquaintances, who, upon escaping the prisons of their unhappy marriages, embark on a revealing journey of self discovery which leads them to the importance — and true meaning — of friendship.
Hammer of the Gods (July 5th opening)
An action epic set in an ancient world of ruthless violence. A dying Viking king (James Cosmo, Game of Thrones) sends his son on a quest to seek the clan’s last hope for stopping an approaching enemy horde.
A Girl and a Gun
A Girl and A Gun presents a feminine perspective on an object whose history is deeply bound up with men and masculinity. Filmed throughout the US, this documentary delves into the psyche of the American gun world to investigate how women relate to guns and gun culture. Reaching far beyond Hollywood’s hypersexualized femme fatales, the film candidly explores the modern American woman through intimate portraits encompassing issues of protection, power, feminism, and violence. A Girl and A Gun is a complex and thoughtful meditation on a deadly serious issue. The intimate and graphic portrayals in A Girl and A Gun are of women who’ve carved themselves a home in the gun community, but their personal journeys in one way or another reflect the same issues every woman faces today.
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart’s 2012 “Let Me Explain” concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales.
New Movies Last Weekend (June 28, 2013)