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We’ve officially hit July, which means the summer movie season is half over! What movies are the best of the best?

Quick note: I haven’t seen every single film to be released and am sorely lacking in the independent films, but oh well.

1. Inside Out: Pixar’s return to form. This is an emotional roller coaster that is every bit as good as the studio’s best efforts. The voice cast, headlined by Amy Poehler, is spot on. And one character not featured in any of the trailers absolutely steals the show. This film is more for adults than it is kids. But it’s absolutely worth seeing and is the best blockbuster film of the summer by far.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road: Maybe the biggest surprise of the summer, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy help make Mad Max’s return to the big screen an amazing trip. It’s thrilling and beautiful to look at. There’s a shocking amount of narrative heft to it, despite limited dialogue. Director George Miller proves he still knows how to craft a unique and amazingly entertaining action film.

3. Spy: It’s easy to write this Melissa McCarthy vehicle as the same as all the films she’s done. That would be a mistake. This hilarious spy comedy is spot on, with comedy gold performances from Jason Statham and Rose Byrne to boot.

Biggest disappointment: Avengers: Age of Ultron: Look, this film had its entertaining moments. But it was essentially the same as the first Avengers right down to the teaser scene at the end. For maybe the first time since Marvel Studio’s cinematic universe began, this film felt more like a chore to get through than a joy.

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Seth MacFarlane (“Ted”) hosted the Oscars and garnered a lot of strong reactions.  Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron asked MacFarlane to come back, but he declined on Twitter. It makes sense. He’ll be working on “A Million Ways to Die in the West” starring Neil Patrick Harris, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted” with Mark Wahlberg was one of the surprises of the summer. Now his next film “A Million Ways To Die In The West” looks great. The film added Neil Patrick Harris to the cast. The film also stars Amanda Seyfriend, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson. This one doesn’t come out until next summer, but it’s looking like this one will be one of my most anticipated.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and ‘There Will Be Blood” have been two critically acclaimed films. Now he’s coming back with “Inherent Vice”, which (from Cinema Blend) is “set in Los Angeles from the winter of 1969 through the summer of 1970, Inherent Vice centers on a pot-smoking private detective named Larry “Doc” Sportello as he investigates a kidnapping case that involves his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth.”

Joaquin Phoenix has joined the cast to play the detective and rumors are that Charlize Theron and Benicio Del Toro are close to joining the film as well. Now comes reports that Owen Wilson is joining the film in an unspecified, but large, role in the film. This could be interesting! You know that it’ll be hard to watch, but will at least generate some discussion afterwards.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

2012 had “Mirror Mirror” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” doing battle. “Mirror Mirror” came out first and had Julia Roberts, but bombed while Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth led “Huntsman’ to be successful enough for a sequel. This year, Antoine Fuqua and Gerard Butler saw “Olympus Has Fallen” open up stronger than even “A Good Day to Die Hard”, but “White House Down” is also coming out this summer starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Next year, two Hercules films are taking shape. Brett Ratner cast Dwayne Johnson (“Fast and Furious 6”) as his lead. Now Renny Harlin has his lead. Kellan Lutz from the Twilight series and Poseidon in “Immortals” is playing the lead. Twilight fans should be happy. The rest of us? Well…this project just sank down my list of movies I’m looking forward to in 2014.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

At one point, Amy Adams was set to star in “Dark Places”, from director Gillian Flynn. She dropped out and was replaced by Charlize Theron in the story that follows a young Kansas girl named Libby who witnesses the massacre of her mother and sister, testifies against her brother as the murderer, and is visited 25 years later by a secret society called the Kill Club that claims her brother is innocent. Reliving the traumatic incident is the only way to be sure of what happened, but by retracing her steps, Libby again finds herself being chased by a killer. Reports are now that Chloe Moretz (“Kick-Ass 2”) is set to co-star, though her role or how she fits into the film isn’t known yet.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

All of a sudden, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is one of my most anticipated comedies. From Seth MacFarlane (“Ted”) comes the western that he will star in and direct. Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried are in. Now Liam Neeson (“The Grey”, “Taken 2”) and Giovanni Ribisi (“Avatar”) have joined the cast as well. This looks like this one could be a classic!

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Whether you liked it or hated it, Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” was one of the most talked about films of last year. And I do have some hope that if a sequel is made they can answer more questions and improve the quality. But it didn’t do nearly as well at the box office as some predicted. But star Noommi Rapace said a sequel is still coming. Rapace said she would love to do one, it’s just a matter of finding the right story. Which is strange since didn’t they supposedly have everything mapped out? But we’re unlikely to see a sequel anytime soon, especially with Scott moving forward with a new “Blade Runner” film. The first film also starred Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”), Nicole Kidman (“The Hours”) and Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) will all present at the Oscars on Feb. 24. They join Mark Wahlberg and Ted, from “The Avengers”: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep;Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West” already will star himself and Charlize Theron. Now reports are that Amanda Seyfreid (“Les Miserables”) has joined the cast as well! This cast is pretty strong and the film is said to be in the same vein as some of the classic western comedies. Here’s the plot synopsis from comingsoon.net:

The plot will follow MacFarlane as a cowboy who, after losing his girlfriend (Seyfried) begins to train as a gunfighter with a famous outlaw. The only trouble is, the cowboy begins to develop feelings for the outlaw’s wife (Theron).

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.