When it comes to July, however, picking just ten films from the slew of movies coming out this month has been incredibly hard. As you’re no doubt aware, July tends to be one of the busiest months of the year at the cinema. This time last year, we were looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Ice Age: Continental Drift. Go back a year further, and it was Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Horrible Bosses, The Smurfs, Another Earth, Friends with Benefits, Cowboys & Aliens, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.
This year is no different, with an impeccable line-up of films, both of the blockbuster and independent persuasion. Narrowing that list down to just ten films has been incredibly hard, and so you can be sure that each one that’s made it to the final list is worthy of your patronage as one of the top 10 must-see movies of the month.
The Lone Ranger – July 3rd (US), 9th August (UK)
Gore Verbinski’s reunion with Johnny Depp on The Lone Ranger is definitely something I’m looking forward to, and an absolute must-see film of the year, let alone the month.
The film went through somewhat public difficulties leading up to production, with Disney reportedly not ruling out replacing Verbinski over creative differences about what could/couldn’t be cut. But Depp went to bat for his frequent collaborator, saying that he wouldn’t work with anyone else behind the camera. And you really don’t want to lose out on Johnny Depp for what could potentially be a very successful franchise for Disney.
Since then, things seem to have been much smoother, and everything we’ve seen from the film in recent months suggests it’s going to be a very memorable blockbuster, with some incredibly fun set-pieces.
Armie Hammer looks brilliant as the titular John Reid / Lone Ranger, and Depp is of course sure to be fantastic as Tonto. His character is expected to be much more than a sidekick, and the chemistry between Hammer and Depp promises to be one of the best things about the film.
Not only are Verbinski and Depp reuniting here with each other, but they’ve also got past collaborators Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio penning the script alongside Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road), with the former two writers penning all four of the Pirates scripts to date.
And with an ensemble cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and more, things really can’t go wrong.