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The 10 Must-See Movies of July 2012

Ruby Sparks 

Ruby Sparks

Opens July 25th

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris haven’t directed a movie since Little Miss Sunshine, a movie everyone adored back in 2006 and then went on to face an inevitable backlash. Some find it too cutesy, and if you find that quirky sensibility smug, then Ruby Sparks could drive you mad, based on the trailer alone. For fans of Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks has the potential to be as sweet and charming.

The Watch 

The Watch 2012

Opens July 27th

Akiva Schaffer‘s feature debut Hot Rod took a bit of a beating back in 2007. Both critically and at the box-office, it went unnoticed. The movie has rightfully gone on to find an audience, and, thankfully, Schaffer has a film coming out which will possibly discover an audience sooner rather than later. With Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn, the Richard Ayoade, and Ben Stiller in the same film facing off against aliens, it’s hard to fathom the Lonely Island member not being able to craft one of the year’s more memorable comedies.

Killer Joe 

Killer Joe

Opens July 27th

If you’re a fan of director William Friedkin‘s and Tracy Letts‘s previous collaboration, the lovely Bug, you’re going to eat up this dark and grimy film. What first appears as simple-minded B-trash involving bad things happening to bad people then becomes, with time, an oddly romantic tale of not-so-bad people who simply can’t escape their bad environment. Like Bug, Friedkin makes you taste the dirt of the claustrophobia and the emotionally desperate characters who inhabit that atmosphere as well.

Klown 

Klown Poster

Opens July 27th

“If women ever wanted to see a film of why men are terrible and feel terrible afterwards then Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men would probably be your best bet. If women ever wanted to see a film about why men are terrible and laugh uncontrollably at our inadequacies, perversions, insensitivities, hormonal indulgences, and even occasional homosexual confusions (am I right men? Huh?….right?…) then Klown is it.” – Adam Charles’s review. Sold.

Easy Money (Snabba Cash)

Easy Money (Snabba Cash)

Opens July 27th

This movie became a calling card for Joel Kinnaman (our future Robocop) and director Daniel Espinosa, the latter of which gave us a this year’s highly conventional — and still kick-ass — Safe House. The film has sat on the self for a while, and now with the director and its leading man getting some street cred, along with Martin Scorsese presenting, Easy Money is finally seeing the light of day stateside.

What movies are you definitely seeing this July?

All you really need to know about Jack is his favorite movies are: The Last Detail, Rumble Fish, Sunset Boulevard, The Truman Show, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Closer, Shadow of a Doubt, Spider-Man 2, Jaws, Adaptation, Get Carter, The Last Days of Disco, Carnal Knowledge, Almost Famous, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Ed Wood, Barton Fink, and L.A. Confidential.

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