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    Summer movies heat up in July with Angelina Jolie's "Salt," "Predators," beloved characters "Ramona and Beezus" and a live-action version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

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    'Twelve'

    Stars: Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin, Kiefer Sutherland, Rory Culkin

    Director: Aaron Schneider

    Scheduled release date: July 2

    Based on Nick McDonell's bestseller, "Twelve" tells the story of White Mike, a privileged, pot-dealing high school dropout who heads down a collision course with tragedy after his cousin is slain in Harlem and his best friend is arrested for the murder.

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    'The Last Airbender'

    Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Jessica Jade Andres, Dev Patel

    Director: M. Night Shyamalan

    Scheduled release date: July 2

    Live-action film adaptation of the animated TV series, "Avatar: The Last Airbender," in which a 12-year-old boy (Ringer) is a world's last hope for restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos.

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    'Predators'

    Stars: Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Danny Trejo, Topher Grace, Oleg Taktarov, Walton Goggins,

    Director: Nimród Antal

    Scheduled release date: July 9

    The sci-fi franchise moves into space in this third film in the series. A mercenary named Royce (Brody) is abducted by the Predators and released onto their planet, which serves as a game reserve where the aliens practice their hunting skills on humans.

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    'Despicable Me'

    Stars: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Danny R. McBride, Will Arnet, Julie Andrews

    Director: Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, John Cohen

    Scheduled release date: July 9

    Villainous Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is in the midst of making plans to steal the moon when he's put in charge of three orphans in this computer-generated 3-D animated film.

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    'The Kids Are All Right'

    Stars: Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson

    Director: Lisa Cholodenko

    Scheduled release date: July 9

    Two teens (Wasikowska and Hutcherson) conceived by artificial insemination seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Bening and Moore) have built for them. Once the donor (Ruffalo) is found, the household will never be the same.

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    'Inception'

    Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page

    Director: Christopher Nolan

    Scheduled release date: July 16

    In this sci-fi thriller, DiCaprio plays a thief who steals secrets from people's subconscious minds. For his final job, he's required to plant an idea, not steal one.

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    'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

    Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell

    Director: Jon Turteltaub

    Scheduled release date: July 16

    A live-action re-imagining of the Mickey Mouse segment from "Fantasia." Baruchel plays a college student reluctantly recruited to work for a sorcerer (Cage).

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    'Dinner for Schmucks'

    Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Zach Galifianakis, Lucy Punch, Bruce Greenwood

    Director: Jon Turteltaub

    Scheduled release date: July 23

    Rising executive Tim (Rudd) thinks he's found the perfect guest for his boss's monthly "dinner for idiots" when he meets IRS employee Barry (Carell).

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    'Salt'

    Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andre Braugher

    Director: Phillip Noyce

    Scheduled release date: July 23

    Jolie stars as a CIA operative on the run after she's wrongly accused of being a Russian assassin out to take down the U.S. president.

    Columbia Pictures / Columbia Pictures
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    'Ramona and Beezus'

    Stars: Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin

    Director: Elizabeth Allen

    Scheduled release date: July 23

    An adaptation of the Newbury Award-winning children's book series by author Beverly Cleary. King plays the beloved and mischievious Ramona, while Gomez is long-suffering older sister Beezus.

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    'Life During Wartime'

    Stars: Shirley Henderson, Ciarán Hinds, Allison Janney, Charlotte Rampling, Ally Sheedy, Michael Kenneth Williams

    Director: Todd Solondz

    Scheduled release date: July 23

    Controversial filmmaker Todd Solondz returns with this sequel to 1998's "Happiness," centering on a group of intertwining love stories.

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    'Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore'

    Stars: Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer

    Director: John Whitesell

    Scheduled release date: July 30

    The pets' struggle for control of planet Earth continues in this sequel to the 2001 comedy.

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    'Charlie St. Cloud'

    Stars: Zac Efron, Kim Basinger, Amanda Crew, Donal Logue, Ray Liotta

    Director: John Whitesell

    Scheduled release date: July 30

    St. Cloud (Efron) must make a choice between keeping a promise to his dead brother or moving forward in his own life with the girl he loves.

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    'Beastly'

    Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Peter Krause, Neil Patrick Harris

    Director: Daniel Barnz

    Scheduled release date: July 30

    Based on "Beauty and the Beast," the film tells the story of popular and handsome Kyle Kingson (Pettyfer), whose given a repulsive appearance to teach him a lesson.

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    'Get Low'

    Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Lucas Black and Sissy Spacek

    Director: Aaron Schneider

    Scheduled release date: July 30

    A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit Felix Bush (Duvall) who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party while he was still alive.

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    'I Love You Phillip Morris'

    Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

    Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

    Scheduled release date: July 30

    This fact-based film casts Carrey as Steven Russell, a married father who becomes a con man and is sent to prison. While there, he falls in love with his cellmate, Phillip Morris, (McGregor), and when Morris is freed, escapes multiple times to try and be with him.

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