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Nine movies to watch out for in July and August 2013

  • Kick-Ass 2

    Chloë Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprise the roles of Hit Girl and Kick-Ass in the sequel to the 2010 tale of self-made masked crusaders. The first picture featured extreme violence and fruity language that some viewers found distasteful – and the sequel has already attracted controversy. The film’s star Jim Carrey tweeted last week that he “cannot support” such a violent movie after last year’s massacres at Sandy Hook. Released 16 August in the US, 2 August in India and 22 August in New Zealand. (Photo: NBC Universal)

  • The Act of Killing

    The Indonesian genocide of 1965-6 is a little-known but horrific episode in the history of the 20th Century: between 500,000 and 2 million Communist party sympathisers, many of them ethnic Chinese, were butchered following a failed coup by leftist elements in the Indonesian military. In Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary, real-life perpetrators re-enact the killings in the stylised manner of genre films, from gangster flicks to kitschy musicals. The film has collected a swag of awards at international film festivals. Released 19 July in the US and Canada, 30 August in Norway. (Photo: Dogwoof)

  • The Lone Ranger

    Johnny Depp stars as American spirit warrior Tonto and Armie Hammer as the eponymous hero, in a new film from director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer – the team behind the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Released 3 July in the US, 4 July in Russia, 8 August in Germany and 9 July in the UK. (Photo: Disney)

  • Blue Jasmine

    Woody Allen makes a return to the States and to serious drama after a string of comedies set in Europe. The film stars Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, a high-society New Yorker who flees to San Francisco after her husband’s crooked financial dealings are exposed. According to the director, she enters “the realm of absolute unknown, moving from one coast to the other, from one social set to the other, one class to another.” As with each new Woody Allen picture, critics and movie buffs will be asking: is this the master’s return to form? Released 26 July in the US, 22 August in the Netherlands and 5 September in Australia. (Photo: Sony Pictures)

  • The Wolverine

    The mutant Wolverine returns, this time to Japan to engage in a lengthy battle, in the sixth instalment of the X-Men series, following X-Men: The Last Stand. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Logan/Wolverine, with Famke Janssen returning as Jean Grey. James Mangold directs. Released 25 July in Australia and Germany, 26 July in the US, and 13 September in Japan. (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

  • Austenland

    Keri Russell plays Jane, a New York woman unhealthily obsessed with the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (that’s the one where Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy emerges soaking from a lake). In this literate romantic comedy from Napoleon Dynamite co-director Jerusha Hess, Jane sets off into the Regency world of Austen’s novels, as recreated by a British theme park, in search of the perfect gentleman. Released 16 August in the US. (Photo: Sony Pictures)

  • Only God Forgives

    It caused a commotion when it was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, but how will audiences react to the second, ϋber-violent collaboration between Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn and star, Ryan Gosling? Released 18 July in Australia and Germany, 19 July in the US and 2 August in the UK. (Photo: Cannes Film Festival)

  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

    Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star as an outlaw couple in Texas in the ‘70s, in this indie flick penned and directed by David Lowery. The film won several plaudits at the Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Award. Released 16 August in the US. (Photo: IFC Films)

  • Lovelace

    The film is based on Eric Danville’s biography, The Complete Linda Lovelace, about the woman made famous by the 1972 porn film, Deep Throat. Les Miserables’ Amanda Seyfried fronts an eclectic cast, which includes Sharon Stone (playing Linda’s mother), Peter Sarsgaard, Wes Bentley and James Franco as Hugh Hefner. Released 9 August in the US, 23 August in the UK and 30 August in Brazil. (Photo: RADiUS-TWC)