Whether you need an oasis from the humid heat, something to keep the kids busy, or want to gauge the fear/humor-level of a date – here’s what you have to look forward to in theaters this coming month.
August 7th Releases:
Fantastic Four – another one of our favorite comic series getting the cinematic makeover yet again. This go around doesn’t look too bad – the overarching theme suggests what could go right when dreamers are allowed to dream (and also get the funding to accomplish their dreams), among other traditional concepts like courage, triumph over tragedy, etc. There seems to be less of a humourous element and more of a desire to tell a compelling story while keeping the audience captivated by intense but not-as-poorly-created CGI. And, of course, who can complain when Michael B Jordan is flitting his debonair smile across the screen every few minutes? Oh – and there will be other people in the movie, too, like Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell.
Of course there are the creepers – The Gift is a psychological thriller based on the events surrounding a man’s reconnection with a high school colleague. It’ll make you think twice about accepting gifts from people who weird you out – and also whether or not having a dog is useful if it can’t sense the crazy in people.
August 14th Releases:
If you recall Sherlock Holmes as of late, then you’ll be familiar with Guy Ritchie’s unique style that resonates throughout the trailer. This is the only reason why I believe that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will be any good oh – and also because it’s a remake of the 1964 classic that was a hit within itself. With crisp and beautiful cinematography, a dashing wardrobe, actors whose lines are full of quirky, biting sarcasm, and a plot that doesn’t get tired – this spy flick will more than likely spawn a sequel. The premise joins the American and Russian secret agent leagues in defeating a common threat hell bent on destroying the world while encountering lust, ‘high tech’ arsenals, and probably a few large explosions.
Straight Outta Compton makes its debut and, while being endorsed and connected to the living members of NWA, seems like it has a better-constructed storyline than a simple “gangsta” film. Although the trailer doesn’t seem much like the VH1 Behind The Scenes that I’m sure we all recall, it does provide a different take on the struggles that the group went through besides the glamorized gang and hood beef that seemed to fuel their “art.” Being that they’re a quintessential part of the Hip Hop culture and helped form the game as we know it, it’s probably a necessity for any real Hip Hop fan to see this film. With O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as the highlighted stars – I’m curious to see how they reconcile their reality with cinematic elements and what themes are glorified considering that these days there is a national push to uplift and empower minorities beyond trivial “gangsta” life.
If you need a flick to bring the kids to (or just a break from all of the adulting), Underdogs is a nice alternative to traditional cartoony films. An unpopular kid just happens to snag a really cool girl, but not before the popular kids do their best to assert their false dominance through a foosball challenge. After losing, the star popular kid leaves the town – only to return after almost a decade with a petty vengeance and ownership of the town. In order to save the town – the foosball challenge gets upgraded to a soccer match and help comes from the unlikeliest of places. Fun fact: this film was originally a Spanish and Argentinian production called Futbolin, until an American company decided to dub it and re-release it in America.
August 21st Releases:
American Ultra will probably be the best stoner movie since Half-Baked. I mean, it can’t get any better than a modern hippie who is actually a sleeper agent, gets activated, and starts killing people who are trying to kill him and his stoner girlfriend. All that means is funny, funny, and more funny stuff. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in this LionsGate flick while Topher Grace and John Leguizamo will put the icing on the cake.
Hitman: Agent 47 looks like it will live up to the video game franchise we’ve all come to love. Although Rupert Friend doesn’t really resonate as a 47, much less an assassin on any level, the overall look and flow of the trailer suggests that it won’t be too bad. I won’t hold my breath, though.
Sinister 2 is out. Oh. My. Fuddlesticks. It looks creepy – although there isn’t too much gore or deeply introspective psychology to boggle the mind, there are a bunch of really sick dead kids who are on a mission to get the children of a living family to descend into the darkness while the adults do their best to save them all. Not to mention an ancient evil overtone and religious involvement to add to the eeriness.
We Are Your Friends only has my attention because the title and the title track is from one of the greatest EDM songs ever made “We Are Your Friends,” by Justice. Beyond that, it’s a great premise for a feel-good film, sampling from the vibe of The Social Network and the idea that with the endless possibilities of modern technology, anything is possible as long as you retain your core values that make you human and stay connected to humans. It might not be that bad – but that soundtrack is more than likely going to be killer.
Masterminds: Coming out on August 19th, this comedy film follows a few young hicks as they plan and carry out a bank heist, only to be found out and do their best to cover it up. Owen Wilson might just make this not so bad since, you know, he’s funny and stuff.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be in IMAX theaters and Netflix on August 28. Set two decades after the original, this sequel follows four swordspeople as they protect the Green Destiny sword. Of course it will be great.