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Summer Movie Preview 2013

Matinees in a cool, dark room are never more appealing than at this time of year

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Summer is a grim reminder of Orlando’s arbitrary — and unfair — status as a “secondary market.” Some of these films won’t open here on their official release dates. So in case we get lucky, here’s my quick, personal, subjective take on the best films to watch during the dog days of summer. Hopefully, they’ll open here on time.

July 3
THE LONE RANGER
One of the most awaited movies of the year will open in SA. Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp (!) as Tonto in this (we hope) updated, politically correct version of the Old West characters. Disney announced proceeds from ticket sales of the June 22 special world premiere in Anaheim, Ca., would go to the American Indian College Fund. About freaking time.

July 12
FRUITVALE STATION
This Sundance and Cannes winner is a nerve-wracking thriller about the real Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Oakland man involved in a well-publicized shooting on New Year’s Eve 2009. But the biggest and baddest movie opening on this day may be Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth).

July 19
ONLY GOD FORGIVES

Ryan Gosling reunites with his Drive team for the story of Julian, an American drug smuggler living the life in Thailand until his mother pays him a visit and demands revenge after his brother is murdered. Nominated for a Palm D’Or at Cannes.

July 26
BLUE JASMINE
The yearly Woody Allen film is always cause for celebration, at least for us Woody maniacs. This time, the setting is San Francisco, where Cate Blanchett goes to recover after losing everything by marrying the wrong guy (Alec Baldwin). Any movie that has Allen directing Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay is definitely worth a look.

Aug. 2
2 Guns
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are two undercover cops stealing money from the mob while being set up by it.

Also opening, and also recommended: Cockneys v. Zombies (from the Shaun of the Dead team), which screened this year at the Florida Film Festival.

Endless Summer
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