15 movies you need to see in August:
1.Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Release date: USA already released, UK Aug 2, AUS Aug 10
Based on the French comic book series, the film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been brought to life by director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). Set in the 28th-century Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. The two embark on a mission to the city of Alpha to stop a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets.
2. Atomic Blonde
Release Date: USA already released, UK Aug 9, AUS Aug 3
Atomic Blonde stars the Oscar Award-Winner Charlize Theron, who plays MI6’s most lethal assassin. The action-thriller follows the undercover agent, who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, upcoming Deadpool 2). Also starring John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones. The film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel series The Coldest City.
3. The Dark Tower
Cinema release date: USA August 4, UK August 18, AUS August 17
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” Fans of Stephen King’s Western-horror-fantasy series The Dark Tower will be glad to hear the movie adaptation is finally on its way! Helmed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), the movie follows super-human gunslinger Roland Deschain through his eternal battle against the insidious Man in Black, Walter O’Dim.
The all-star cast includes Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World and Luther) as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar and True Detective) as the Man in Black, with Kathryn Winnick (TV’s The Vikings) and Jackie Earle Jones (Watchmen and A Nightmare on Elm Street) rounding out the lineup. The movie functions as both an adaptation and a sequel to the book series.
Cinema release dates: USA Aug 4, UK Aug 25, AUS Nov 9 *sorry Australia!
Based on the Algiers Motel Incident that took place during the 1967 Detroit 12th Street race riots, this crime-thriller focuses on the murder of three African-American men amidst the chaos.
With Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker), Detroit offers a glimpse into the terrifying moments during the summer of 1967. The film stars, John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack on the Block), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War and Triple 9), Algee Smith (The New Edition Story and Earth to Echo) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones and Skins).
5. Annabelle: Creation
Cinema release dates: USA Aug 11, UK Aug 11, AUS Aug 10
After the harrowing loss of his beloved daughter, a doll maker creates his magnum opus. That doll’s name? Annabelle. The possessed doll from Annabelle and The Conjuring returns for a third showing that reveals the true origins of this disturbing toy. Seen through the eyes of children invited to live with the doll maker and his wife, Annabelle reminds us exactly why we found dolls so unsettling.
Directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and written by Gary Dauberman (Within and Annabelle), the film stars child actresses Lulu Wilson (Ouija: Origin of Evil) and Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave).
6. The Glass Castle
Cinema release date: USA August 11, UK October 6, AUS -TBA
Jeanette Walls‘ New York Times Best Seller recounted the poverty-stricken life that Walls and her siblings had been raised in the household under their dysfunctional parents. Walls announced that the biography would be made into a film as early as 2007 and now it has reached the silver screen.
Headed up by writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term) and writer Andrew Lanham (The Shack), The Glass Castle stars Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island and Free Fire) as Jeanette Walls, with Naomi Watts (Twin Peaks) portraying her mother Rose Mary Walls and Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as her father Rex Wells.
7. Wind River
Cinema release dates: USA Aug 4, UK September 8, Aug 10
When a murder is uncovered on a Native American reservation, a team of FBI agents must partner with the local veteran tracker to solve it. Originally released at the Cannes 2017 Film Festival, Wind River marks the third and final chapter of Taylor Sheridan‘s American Frontier Trilogy. The movie revolves around the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, USA but was actually shot in Utah.
Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario and Hell or High Water), the film reunites Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlett Witch) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton, Hawkeye). The movie also casts Native American actors and actresses as residents of Wind River Reservation, Graham Greene (The Shack) and Tantoo Cardinal (Frontier) among them.
8. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
Cinema release dates: USA August 11, UK August 11, AUS Aug 18
In the sequel to The Nut Job, a team of talking animals must band together to prevent their beloved home from being in exchange for a shoddy amusement park. Surly the Squirrel heads out once more to recruit allies in the struggle to save their home. With a strong returning cast and jokes galore, this family friendly movie is a great one to take the kids to.
The Nut Job 2 boasts a host of writers, including director Cal Brunker (The Nut Job and Minions) and Bob Barlen (Escape from Planet Earth), and an impressive voice cast. Arnett (The LEGO Batman Movie and A Series of Unfortunate Events), Katherine Heigl (Doubt and Unforgettable) and Maya Rudolph (The Emoji Movie and Nobodies) make a return performance while Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3 and Railroad Tigers) appears as Mr. Feng.
9. Ingrid Goes West
Cinema release dates: USA Aug 11, UK November 17
What happens when a deranged stalker believes that she’s meant to be the best friend of an Instagram star? Ingrid Goes West. In a darkly comedic telling of obsession and the rapidly thinning line between reality and fantasy, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Only laughter as the situation goes from bad to worse.
Written and directed by relative newcomer to the scene Matt Spicer (Flower), Ingrid Goes West stars Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation and Dirty Grandpa) as the titular Ingrid while Elizabeth Olsen (Captain America: Civil War and I Saw the Light) plays the Instagram ‘Influencer’ Taylor Sloane.
10. The Only Living Boy in New York
Release date: USA August 11th
Love can spring from the most unlikely of places. When a college graduate returns to New York City, his life is turned upside down by his father’s mistress. Torn between a long-time crush turned friend and the woman he blames for destroying his parent’s marriage, Tom must make a choice: What does he want out of life?
The Only Living Boy in New York has an all-star cast: Pierce Brosnan (The Son and The World is Not Enough), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld: Blood Wars and The Disappointments Room) and Jeff Bridges(Hell or High Water and Seventh Son) with Kiersey Clemons (Bad Neighbours 2) and Callum Turner (Assassin’s Creed) rounding out the cast. Veteran director Marc Webb (Gifted and Instinct) heads the project while writer Allan Loeb (The Space Between Us) provides the script.
11. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Cinema release date: USA Aug 18, UK Aug 17, AUS 31
Michael Bryce is the world’s greatest bodyguard. Darius Kincaid is the world’s most dangerous assassin. When one is hired to protect the other for just long enough to testify at the International Court of Justice, they will both wish things had worked out a little bit differently. The duo prove both deadly and hilarious, with hit-man and protector doing their best to survive the other.
Director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3 and Red Hill) takes the lead with this project while writer Tom O’Connor (Fire with Fire) brings his unique humour to the table. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool and Life), Samuel L. Jackson (Kong: Skull Island and The Legend of Tarzan), Gary Oldman (The Space Between Us and Criminal), Salma Hayek (How to Be a Latin Lover and Beatriz at Dinner) and Elodie Yung (Netflix’s Daredevil and Gods of Egypt) fill out the cast of this brilliantly twisted buddy-cop movie.
Cinema release date: August 25
Some cultures believe that having your picture taken will steal your soul. What if it were true? High school misfit Bird Fitcher asks that question when she finds a vintage Polaroid camera. Those whose picture have been taken with it meet a gruesome end. Bird and her new friends struggle to survive a single night in the hopes of uncovering the camera’s dark past.
Combining the lingering dread of The Ring and the looming spectre of death from The Final Destination, writer Blair Butler (Attack of the Show) and director Lars Klevberg (The Wall) instil the audience with a dread at every camera flash. Kathryn Prescott (To the Bone), Madelaine Petsch (Netflix’s Riverdale) and Katie Stevens (TV’s Faking It) race against time to reveal the Polaroid’s secrets.
13. Tulip Fever
Cinema release date: USA Aug 25
When an orphan is forcibly married to a powerful but corrupt merchant, her only joy is the affair with a painter. The desperate couple seeks to escape from the merchant’s influence in the only way possible: Enter the Tulip Bulb market and find the perfect bulb. Set in the rich 17th century Amsterdam, Tulip Feverbrings passion and desperation to a heady climax.
Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) directs the works of Deborah Moggach, enhanced by writer Tom Stoppard (Anna Karenina), and brings the characters to life in dazzling colour. Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad and Kids in Love), Dane DeHann (A Cure for Wellnessand Life) and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina and Jason Bourne) all deliver enthralling performances.
14. Death Note
Release date: Worldwide Netflix August 25
If you had the ultimate control over life and death, what would you do? For Light Turner, genius high school student, the answer was clear. With the mysterious Death Note in his possession, Light plans to wage a secret war on the criminal underworld. His problems? A world-class detective named L and the Death Note’s creator, Ryuk the God of Death.
Adapted from the famous anime of the same name, Death Note provides a glimpse into the mind of a mad genius. Directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch 2016 and The Guest) and written by five incredible writers, the adaptation alters traditional Death Note canon. A different world, a different set of rules. William Dafoe(The Florida Project and The Great Wall) serves as the demonic Death God Ryuk while Nat Wolff (In Dubious Battle and Buried Child) plays the wickedly cunning Light, hounded by Lakeith Stanfield (War Machine) as his nemesis L.
15. Batman and Harley Quinn
Release date: August 15 on Digital HD and August 29 on Ultra HD Blu-ray
When Poison Ivy and the Floronic Man join forces to turn humanity into plant people, Batman and Nightwing are forced to turn to the one person who can help them: Harley Quinn, Ivy’s best gal pal. Caught between the Bat Family and her precious Red, what’s a girl to do? Returning to the DCU in vibrant colour, Batman and Harley Quinn unites old enemies as new allies.
Directed by Sam Liu (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) and written by a host of fantastic fantastic writers, Batman and Harley Quinn sees Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: The Animated Series) and Loren Lester (Batman: The Animated Series) reunited as Batman and Nightwing after almost fifteen years. Melissa Rauch (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) joins the cast as the eponymous Harley Quinn.