The Tangential Thinker

It’s getting to be that time when we are all looking for excuses to escape the heat—and possibly our workout. Hollywood is offering some tempting options for all ages in July. Here’s what’s in store:

July 2

The Girl Who Played with Fire*

The second film adaptation of the disturbing crime novels by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larrson has arrived. Here Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist work to save Lisbeth from a murderous stalker and break up a sex trafficking operation.

The Last Airbender

In this fantasy world, the four nations of Earth, Air, Fire and Water are at war when one avatar discovers he is the only warrior left who can manipulate all four elements. He must work with his friends to end the war and save the world. Yeah, I don’t really understand what I just wrote either. Suffice it to say the film is based on a popular Nickelodeon animated series.

July 7


It certainly took the Predator people long enough to take a page from Alien’s book and realize if one predator was good, lots of predators would be great. More is always better, right? Here several elite warriors led by Royce (Adrien Brody) have been transported to a strange planet and must fight for survival as they are hunted by dreaded beasts. It didn’t take Brody long to figure out that Oscars are nice but they don’t buy the beachhouse.

July 8

Grease Sing-A-long

There are no words.

July 9

Despicable Me

If you haven’t heard of this Steve Carell animated film about an ultra-villain and his diabolical plot to steal the moon, then you’ve been living on the moon.

The Kids are All Right*

Julianne Moore and Annette Bening play a lesbian couple who, years later, meet the sperm-donor father of their children (Mark Ruffalo), creating a confusing family dynamic.

July 14

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The children’s menu continues with the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Nicolas Cage is paying off that IRS debt with three films in development, four in post production and six in theaters in the last 12 months. Here he plays a skilled sorcerer who must teach his protégé magic to help him protect New York from an evil villain (Alfred Molina).

July 16


This is the super-secret, hotly anticipated offering from Christopher Nolan. The trailer tells the viewer little about what the film is actually about. It is simply described as a thriller set within the architecture of the mind. The concept is that if technology exists to extract information from the mind, thoughts can be extremely dangerous and extremely valuable. Leonardo DiCaprio stars.

July 23


Also eagerly awaited, Salt is Angelina Jolie’s spy thriller about a CIA agent forced to go on the run when a defector accuses her of being a Russian agent. Her efforts to prove her innocence are perceived as the tactics of a double agent, casting doubt on her loyalty and even her identity.

July 30


A high school dropout drug dealer (Chace Crawford) has a crisis of conscience when his cousin is brutally murdered and his best friend is accused of the crime.

*St. Louis opening dates are TBD.

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