Upcoming Releases — August

We're cruising to the end of summer. August tends to be an up-and-down month for movies. Kids go back to school, sports heats up, and the movies wind down as they wrap up blockbuster season and prepare for the fall lull before holiday movie and award movie season. Here's a look at what to expect in August.

Friday, August 5:
Suicide Squad — This is probably the biggest, and best, summer movie left. There's a lot riding on this unconventional superhero team from D.C. Comics. I expect big things, and there's a lot of expectations here.

Nine Lives — Kevin Spacey deserves better than this flaccid children's tale about a self-centered man taught a lesson about family when he's transported into the body of a cat. The audience deserves better, too.

Friday, August 12:
Pete's Dragon — This re-make of the Disney classic will benefit from better special effects and performances from Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford. This could be a sleeper gem of late summer.

Sausage Party — This adult cartoon from Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill features food learning what happens when they go home from the store. It looks raunchy, but maybe in a fun way.

Florence Jenkins Foster — A biopic starring Meryl Streep. It seems oddly timed being dumped into the end of the summer movie season. I'm skeptical, but it could be a nice change of pace.

Friday, August 19:
Ben-Hur — This is a re-make of a classic Charleton Heston film. It's got serious religious undertones and the potential to be a decent action film.

War Dogs — Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in this biopic about a couple young men who became the biggest arms dealers in the history of the United States. I'm curious about the story and also interested to see the performances in this film.

Kubo and the Two Strings — This is another animated film, but it looks a little deeper and more high brow than some of the animated movies we've seen this summer. It features the voices of Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey.

Friday, August 26:
Mechanic: Resurrection — This is a sequel to the action series featuring Jason Statham. This is about the level of film you'd expect the last weekend in August.

Don't Breathe — Another late summer staple, the low-budget horror film. This doesn't have a big cast, but could draw plenty of young adults and teens eager for a break from school.


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