5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix in July

This upcoming release explores adolescence like never before.
This upcoming release explores adolescence like never before.
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It's time for things to get a little trippy this summer in the movie theatre. From monkeys taking over the earth to a new joint by cult favorite Alejandro Jodorowsky, there's a lot of weird stuff to see this month at movie houses all over the Valley that will, like, totally blow your mind, man.

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Boyhood Opening: July 18

Imagine working on the same movie over the span of 12 years. Well, that's just what director Richard Linklater (Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly), along with the cast of Particia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Ellar Coltrane, did in Boyhood. The film examines an adolescent's ever-changing relationship with his parents as he matures. With almost universal acclaim and a heafty number of awards already won at different film festivals, this one-of-a-kind experiment in filmmaking is not to be missed.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Opening: July 11

Although the Rise of the Planet of the Apes' leading man James Franco has been traded for Gary Oldman in the film's sequel, we're honestly most excited to see Andy Serkis completely kill it as the motion-capture CGI ape, Caesar. Mostly, we want to know how Planet of the Apes happened, and this installment in the series will show that as man and ape war to be the dominant species.

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