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Furious frights, turbulent history, relationship challenges, international themes and a young wizard’s latest big screen installment.

2009 Summer Movie Preview: July

Summer heat continues at the box office with promising films featuring furious frights, turbulent history, relationship challenges, international themes, and a young wizard’s latest big screen installment.

NOTE: All dates subject to change. Be sure to check each film’s ratings and content at Kids-in-Mind.

July 1

The Beaches of Agnes  French biographical documentary on director Agnes Varda written, directed by, and starring the subject (New York).

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs  The animated film series continues as voice talents Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary return to lend their voices to Manny and Ellie the woolly mammoths, Sid the sloth, and Diego the saber-toothed tiger. Also showing in IMAX and Digital 3D.

Public Enemies  Johnny Depp stars as John Dillinger, who is pursued by Melvin Purvis, played by Christian Bale, in director Michael Mann’s 1930s biographical action film.

July 3

The Girl From Monaco  French director Anne Fontaine directs this darkly comic thriller starring Fabrice Luchini, Roschdy Zem, and newcomer Louise Bourgoin (limited release).

I Hate Valentine’s Day  Nia Vardalos writes and directs this romantic comedy set in Manhattan. Her Big Fat Greek Wedding co-star John Corbett plays a bar owner who moves near a florist, played by Vardalos, who puts her five date limit rule to the test. Rachel Dratch, James Purefoy, and Zoe Kazan co-star (limited release).

Tony Manero  A serial killer named Raul imitates the Saturday Night Fever character in this drama set in Santiago, Chile amid the Pinochet rule in the 1970s (New York).

July 10

Blood: The Last Vampire  Set in Japan after World War II, this stylistic action horror film follow Saya, a vampire who hunts demons. Based on the characters created by Kenji Kamiyama and Katsuya Terada (limited release).

Bruno  Sacha Baron Cohen continues to follow his alphabetical recipe for humor (Ali-G, Borat) as a unique Australian fashion model re-teaming with director Larry Charles.

Humpday  Rising filmmaker Lynn Shelton directs this comedy about a daring proposal between two college friends (limited release).

I Love You, Beth Cooper  Hayden Panettiere stars as a popular high school girl who takes the valedictorian out for a memorable night after he proclaims his love for her during his graduation speech.

Soul Power  Music-filled documentary featuring a famous 1974 concert in Kinshasa, Zaire that features James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, and Muhammad Ali (New York, Los Angeles).

Weather Girl  Blayne Weaver writes and directs this life comedy (limited release).

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg  Documentary of television’s first situation comedy The Goldbergs and groundbreaking comedienne Gertrude Berg (limited release).

July 15

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  This sixth series installment, based on the best selling J.K. Rowling books, reveals more of the evil Lord Voldemort's past. Also playing in IMAX theaters.

Somers  Town  Comedy/drama, shot in black and white, stars Piotr Jagiello and Thomas Turgoose as two teenage boys who both encounter tough neighborhood events and become infatuated with a French waitress (New York).

July 17

Death in Love  Nazi concentration camp drama written and directed by Boaz Yakin about a mother, played by Jacqueline Bisset, and her two sons. Lukas Haas, Nicholas Sireci, Adam Brody, Josh Lucas, and Emma Bell co-star (New York, Los Angeles).

(500) Days of Summer  This promising romantic comedy stars Zooey Deschanel (Elf) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and is directed by first time feature helmer Marc Webb.

The Square  This dramatic crime thriller centers on Raymond, played by David Roberts, who’s presented with a unique opportunity in his latest romantic affair with Carla, played by Claire van der Boom (limited).

July 24

The Answer Man  Jeff Daniels stars as Arlen Faber, an eccentric writer who encounters a single mom, played by Lauren Graham, and rehab recoverer named Kris, played by Lou Tayler Pucci. John Hindman writes and directs this comedy in his full feature debut (limited).

Deadgirl  This horror movie begins as two kids playing hooky make a troubling discovery at an abandoned mental hospital (limited).

G-Force  This live action comedy has a special forces group of… guinea pigs who must save the world. Nicolas Cage, Penelope Cruz, Sam Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, and Tracy Morgan provide the voices for these furry fighters. Presented in Disney Digital 3-D.

In the Loop  This comedy stars Dave Rasche, Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini, and Anna Chlumsky as UK/U.S.A. officials engaged in power plays and political maneuvering (limited).

Orphan  Frightening family thrills as a new addition causes unforeseen havoc after a recovering couple adopts her. Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, and newcomer Isabelle Fuhrman star.

Shrink  Kevin Spacey, Robert Loggia, Saffron Burrows, Gore Vidal, Keke Palmer, Mark Webber, and Robin Williams star in this drama about a famous celebrity psychiatrist’s downward spiral (limited).

The Ugly Truth  This romantic comedy stars Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler as television personalities who engage in a war of the sexes in front of the cameras and in their private lives.

July 29

Adam  Hugh Dancy plays Adam, a man with Asperger’s, an autistic disorder, who reaches out to his neighbor, a writer played by Rose Byrne. Co-stars include Peter Gallagher, Frankie Faison, and Amy Irving, who plays Adam’s mother (limited).

July 31

Aliens in the Attic  This animated fantasy features vacationing youngsters doing battle with little green invaders. Ashley Tisdale, Kevin Nealon, Doris Roberts, Andy Richter, and Robert Hoffman star.

The Collector A robbery turns on an elaborate setup in this crime thriller written and directed by Saw scribe Marcus Dunstan.

The Cove  Dolphin documentary features renowned trainer Ric O’Barry and a special team who investigate underwater occurrences in Japan (limited).

Gotta Dance  Senior citizens take the dance floor in this documentary that follows the first ever elderly dance team, 12 women and one man, who perform as the NETSationals for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets (New York).

Funny People  This comedy features an all star cast that includes Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana (Star Trek), Jonah Hill, and Jason Schwartzman as director Judd Apatow helms his third film.

The Janky Promoters Ice Cube, Mike Epps, young star Little JJ, and Terry Crews headline this comedy musical about concert organizers written by Ice Cube (limited).

Lorna’s Silence  Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne team up to direct this drama, set in Belgium, about a woman caught up in a scheme of aspirations, marriage, and citizenship status (New York, Los Angeles).

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!  Documentary chronicles the rise of Australian cinema in the 1970s and '80s, written and directed by Mark Hartley (New York, Los Angeles).

Thirst  Park Chan-wook directs and writes this horror-filled thriller where a priest tries to help society but ends up on the dark side as a vampire (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco).

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