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Release Date: July 1, 2005
Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Peaceful, rustic Berkeley is a charming fishing community where life is sweet and the people friendly. All that is about to change. After losing her childhood farm to the bank, local beauty Rene decides to leave town and head for the big city. Suddenly, an avalanche of meteorites races through the sky, bombarding the town and bringing an otherworldly infection. Departing is going to be much more difficult than she had planned. The living dead are awakened and Rene is now caught in a nightmare of zombies hungry for human flesh. She manages to find salvation in a small isolated farm house owned by the town loony, Marion. There she is met with four other desperate survivors. Together they battle their way through a plague of walking dead and discover that there is more transpiring than just an infection.

Release Date: July 8, 2005
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Tim Story
Screenwriter: Simon Kinberg
Cast: Michael Chiklis, Iaon Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Maria Menounos

Marvel’s beloved superhero team comes to the big screen. Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, who can elongate his body; Susan Storm / Invisible Woman, who not only can become invisible at will but can render other objects invisible; Johnny Storm / Human Torch, who can shoot fire from his finger tips and bend flame; and Ben Grimm / The Thing, a hideously misshapen monster with superhuman strength, together battle the evil Doctor Doom.

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Release Date: July 15, 2005
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Brad Grey, Richard D. Zanuck, . Felicity Dahl, Patrick McCormick, Michael Siegel, Bruce Berman
Screenwriter: John August, Roald Dahl
Cast: Johnny Depp, David Kelly, Freddie Highmore, AnnaSophia Robb, Jordan Fry, Julia Winter, Helena Bonham Carter, David Kelly, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Missi Pyle, Christopher Lee, and Philip Wiegratz.

Synopsis: Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka, and Charlie, a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.

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Release Date: July 13, 2005                                                                                      Director: Craig Brewer
Producer: Stephanie Allain, John Singleton, and Dwight Williams
Screenwriter: Craig Brewer
Cast: Terrence Dashon Howard, DJ Quills, Ludacris, Taryn Manning, Anthony Anderson, Isaac Hayes, Tariji P. Henson, Elise Neal, and Paula Jai Parker

Rapper DJay (Howard) works the angles to get his first record made, with help from assorted people in his Memphis 'hood. And when he hears that rap superstar Skinny Black (Ludacris) is heading to his area, he throws together a supreme hustle to grab Skinny's attention.

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Release Date: July 22, 2005
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: David Dobkin
Screenwriter: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher
Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Christopher Walken, Will Ferrell, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour

Two of comedy’s hottest stars - Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson - team up for the first time in Wedding Crashers, a fast-paced comedy of love turned upside down. Vaughn and Wilson star as a pair of divorce mediators who spend their weekends crashing weddings in a search for Ms. Right…for a night. But when one of them falls for the engaged daughter (Rachel McAdams) of an influential and eccentric politician (Christopher Walken) at the social event of the year, they get roped into spending a wild weekend at the family’s palatial waterfront estate and quickly find themselves in over their heads.

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Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures
Release Date: July 22, 2005
Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan.

Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the “The Island”—reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones whose only purpose is to provide “spare parts” for their original human counterparts. Realizing it is only a matter of time before he is “harvested,” Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson). Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers.

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Release Date: July 22, 2005
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Richard Linklater
Screenwriter: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden.

A fresh take on the irreverent 1976 comedy hit, “The Bad News Bears” follows a grizzled former minor league baseball player who is recruited to coach a woefully inept Little League team to a championship against their hated rivals, the Yankees.

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Release Date: July 22, 2005
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Greg Harrison
Screenwriter: Benjamin Brand
Cast: Courteney Cox, James LeGros, Michael Ealy, Nora Dunn, Nick Offerman, Anne Archer

Synopsis: When her boyfriend is shot to death in a robbery, LA photographer Sopie Jacobs tries her hardest to put the event behind her. But as she struggles to get over the murder, Sophie's life begins to change, leaving her clueless as to what's coming. But worst of all, the line between reality and fantasy is beginning to shatter.

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Release Date: July 22, 2005
Studio: Lions Gates Films
Director: Rob Zombie
Cast: William Forsythe, Natasha Lyonne, and Rosario Dawson

The sequel to "House of 1000 Corpses" centers on a band of bounty hunters led by Sheriff Wydell's brother who is fueled by revenge when he finds out that his kin was slain by the Firefly family. The film will pick up shortly after the first with the Firefly clan going on the road after their house is burned down and a few family members have been gunned down during a police raid.

 Release Date: July 29, 2005
Distributor:  Fox Searchlight
Director: Timour Bekmambetov
Screenwriter: Sergei Lukyanenko, Timour Bekmambetov
Cast: : Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Maria Poroshina, Galina Tyunina, Victor Verzhbitsky, Dima Martynov

Set in contemporary Moscow, "Night Watch" revolves around the conflict and balance maintained between the forces of light and darkness -- the result of a medieval truce between the opposing sides. As night falls, the dark forces battle the super-human "Others" of the Night Watch, whose mission is to patrol and protect. But there is constant fear that an ancient prophecy will come true: that a powerful "Other" will rise up, be tempted by one of the sides, and tip the balance plunging the world into a renewed war between the dark and light, the results of which would be catastrophic. "Night Watch" is the first installment of a trilogy based on the best-selling sci-fi novels of Sergei Lukyanenko entitled Night Watch, Day Watch and Dusk Watch.

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