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Photo gallery: July summer movie preview
First Published Apr 28 2014 02:31 pm • Last Updated Apr 28 2014 02:44 pm

It’s summer time, and Hollywood knows what you want — the same thing it gave you last summer.

That includes big-budget superhero spectaculars, robots and monsters, dragons and apes, and action aplenty. There also will be some comedy, a bit of romance and something for the kids among the 79 movies arriving through August.

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Here’s a look at the movies opening in July. (Some release dates are tentative.)

July 2

"Tammy" » Melissa McCarthy does what she does so well — abandoning all dignity to make us laugh — as a down-and-out woman hitting the road with her booze-sodden grandma (Susan Sarandon). McCarthy wrote the movie with the film’s director, and her husband, Ben Falcone (best known as the air marshal in "Bridesmaids").

Also opening:

"Deliver Us From Evil" » A thriller in which a New York cop (Eric Bana) and a priest (Edgar Ramirez) join forces when demonic possessions overrun the city.

"Earth to Echo" » Kids find something mysterious, and wondrous, in this sci-fi adventure that’s filmed "found footage" style.

July 11

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" » The human survivors of the simian plague face off against the evolved descendents of Caesar (Andy Serkis) in this sequel to the 2011 thriller "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Judy Greer and Jason Clarke star.

Also opening:

"And So It Goes" » Rob Reiner directs this comedy, starring Michael Douglas as a real-estate agent who’s put in charge of the granddaughter he never knew he had.

July 18

"Jupiter Ascending" » Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix") direct this sci-fi fantasy about a poor human woman (Mila Kunis) who learns she’s destined to rule the universe. Channing Tatum, sporting pointy ears as a human-wolf hybrid, plays her defender.

Also opening:

"Planes: Fire & Rescue" » Last summer’s flying Disney characters return to action — this time helping save lives and putting out fires.

"The Purge: Anarchy" » Last summer’s kill-or-be-killed thriller gets a sequel, too — with innocents caught outside during the annual "all crime is legal" spree.

July 25

"Hercules" » Dwayne Johnson shows why his old nickname was "The Rock" in a new take on the Greek mythology — based on Steve Moore’s comic book and directed by Brett Ratner ("Rush Hour," "Tower Heist").

Also opening:

"Sex Tape" » A couple (Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel) try to spice up their marriage by videotaping their lovemaking — and then must scramble when the tape goes missing.

"Step Up: All In" » A dance competition in Las Vegas provides the excuse for an all-star assembly of performers from the past "Step Up" movies. (Don’t hold your breath expecting Channing Tatum, though.)

Also in July

"Begin Again" » A down-and-out record executive (Mark Ruffalo) discovers a fledgling singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) in this musical tale by director John Carney ("Once").

"A Most Wanted Man" » Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as a German anti-terrorism master in this adaptation of John LeCarré’s post-9/11 thriller.

"Third Person" » Paul Haggis ("Crash") directs this drama, with three interlocking stories of coupling and uncoupling. The cast includes Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, James Franco and Adrien Brody.

"Wish I Was Here" » Zach Braff’s crowd-funded comedy-drama, in which he plays a 35-year-old struggling actor who ends up home-schooling his two kids.

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