August movies are here!
Or, maybe you’re feeling more like…August movies are here…
Honestly, there’s not a ton to get excited about this month, but there are a few I’ve been looking forward to, and I hope you are too.
(Oh, and by the way, it doesn’t start until September 1, but don’t miss out on joining the Fall Film Challenge!)
Anyways, here we go…
August 4 (Today!)
Okay, so this technically opened last week in 10 cities, but it’s available today at a theater near you. Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman ever to win the Oscar for Best Director, brings us this look at events leading up to the 1967 Detroit riots. I’ve heard such amazing things about it and can’t wait to go check it out this afternoon.
(BTW, Bigelow is not only the first woman to win Best Director, no other woman has even been nominated since she won 8 years ago. Do better, Hollywood!)
The Dark Tower
Based on the mega giganticly epic series from Stephen King, this movie stars Matthew McConnaughey as the bad guy and Idris Elba as the good guy. Yes, please. The movie is getting pretty terrible reviews from critics, but my brother and I still wanna go anyway.
Now this is one that I also have high hopes for. Jeremy Renner plays a game tracker who ends up helping a rookie FBI agent to help solve the murder of a teenage girl in a remote corner of a Native American reservation. The FBI agent is played by Elizabeth Olsen, who you might recognize from “The Avengers.” She’s also the younger sister of the Olsen twins, which I didn’t know until someone pointed it out recently and now I don’t know how I missed the totally obvious family resemblance. Anyway, this looks like a good one. In limited release if you can find it.
You know the OWL grades in “Harry Potter?” Based on the trailer, I give this one a T for Troll. What happened to Halle Berry?
Hey, look! It’s a prequel to a prequel! Seriously. If you saw “The Conjuring,” you saw the super creepy doll Annabelle for a few brief minutes. Well, people wanted to know more, which led to the prequel “Annabelle.” Which was not a good movie. Like, at all. “The Conjuring?” Great! “Annabelle?” Not great. But it still made money so they decided to go even farther back. To when Annabelle was created. Sort of. This apparently doesn’t actually show her from the beginning, but it goes farther back than the girls that wind up with her in the other film. But where that one was bad, I’m hearing this one is actually pretty good. So…maybe?
Robert Pattinson stars in this gritty movie about a guy who spends one entire night trying to get his brother out of jail out of a botched bank robbery. Apparently this is one of Pattinson’s best performances ever and not just because most of the rest are bad. Haha! Anyway, so this is supposed to be a good time. Sorry, had to.
Uh…actually, some new information regarding the making of this film was brought to my attention before I hit “publish.” I’m still letting you know about the movie, but I now have zero intention of seeing it. I won’t share the details here because ick, but if you want to know, email me and I’ll tell you.
Ingrid Goes West
This is totally a movie for social media lovers. Basically Ingrid is kind of a social media stalker and ends up moving to LA to get close to an Instagram star. And when the two meet, havoc ensues. I’ve also heard this one is pretty crazy but also good.
The Glass Castle
Remember how we adore Brie Larson? Well, guess what. She’s back. This is based on the best-selling memoir by Jeanette Walls. Larson plays Walls, who is successfully living life in NYC. Her world gets disrupted when her parents (Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts) turn out to have been squatting in an abandoned building not far away. The reunion brings up all kinds of issues from her chaotic childhood, in which her family moved constantly and her father was always looking for a job with the promises that one day they would built their Glass Castle.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Ryan Reynolds. Do you need any more information?
Steven Soderbergh, who directed the “Ocean’s” movies, is back after a couple of years away. This time he brings us Channing Tatum (who I like way more in comedies than dramas) and Adam Driver (who should do 5 million digital shorts for SNL because his Undercover Boss was the best thing ever). They play brothers who are trying to reverse a family curse by robbing the Coca Cola 600 Race at the Charlotte Speedway. And Daniel Craig helps them in a very decidedly non James Bond role. I mean, just take a look:
This film was the talk of Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Danielle McDonald plays a young girl in suburban New Jersey who dreams of making it big as a rap star. McDonald was such a standout that she has already booked a few more leading roles, including the just announced “White Girl Problems.”
Honestly, there’s not much this weekend. Here’s the rundown:
A period drama set in Amsterdam. Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan play two people having an affair who make a plan to run away together.
Another film that got a lot of attention at Sundance. This is about a teenager in Brooklyn who struggles with his identity. He goes online looking for men to hook up with, but is also developing a romance with a girl his own age. And then his choices end up leading to consequences. That’s pretty much all I know.
All righty then, friends!