From Comedy to Horror: New August Releases
If you say that there's no better way to relax as stretching out on a beach with a blue sea rustling in your ears, you're wrong. Watching a good comedy, admiring flying plot twists of fantasy or science fiction, enjoying snappy animation or even holding your breath at a horror movie might free your mind and pat your soul.
So check out the newest August releases and chose your favourite ones:
Director: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse Written by: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse Starring: Jason Biggs, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Tisdale, Bria Murphy, Jenny Mollen, Steven Weber, Cedric Yarbrough Plot Synopsis: Jason Biggs stars as Guy, an out-of-work expectant father desperate to find a job to support his growing family. At the urging of his wife (Jenny Mollen), he answers a Craigslist ad to be a driver. He's in for more than he bargained for when he learns he'll be the driver for three charismatic call girls (Ashley Tisdale, Janet Montgomery, and Bria Murphy) as they make their evening rounds, which turn out to be anything but typical.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld Written by: Matt Allen, Dan Antoniazzi, Gwyn Lurie, Ben Shiffrin, Caleb Wilson Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robbie Amell, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Walken, Malina Weissman, Mark Consuelos Plot Synopsis: A workaholic businessman (Kevin Spacey) who must figure out how to redeem himself after a terrible accident leaves him trapped in the body of his family's cat.
Director: Chad Hartigan Written by: Chad Hartigan Starring: Markees Christmas, Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller Plot Synopsis: Morris is a 13-year-old African-American who moves to Heidelberg with his dad, who coaches professional soccer.
Director: Brett Rapkin Written by: Brett Rapkin Starring: Josh Duhamel, Ernie Hudson, W. Earl Brown Plot Synopsis: The mostly-true story of former all-star MLB pitcher Bill 'Spaceman' Lee.
Director: Chris Foggin Written by: Sebastian De Souza, Preston Thompson Starring: Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky, Sebastian de Souza, Preston Thompson, Cara Delevingne, Gala Gordon Plot Synopsis: A new take on the coming of age story set against the backdrop of bohemian London. Drifting through his gap year with its internships and travel plans, Jack (Will Poulter) has always suspected there was more to life than this. A chance encounter with the beautiful and ethereal Evelyn (Alma Jodorowsky) swerves his life radically off course. She is like no one he's ever met before. He quickly becomes caught up in a whirlwind of all-day parties and wild nights in London's hidden dives with Evelyn and her charismatic friends. Giving up everything to follow Evelyn and her hedonistic lifestyle, it takes Jack a while to realize what he's leaving behind, that love isn't a game you want to lose, and that these people might not be the kindred spirits he first thought they were.
Director: John Krasinski Written by: James C. Strouse Starring: John Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sharlto Copley, Randall Park, Charlie Day, Josh Groban Plot Synopsis: John Hollar (John Krasinski), a struggling NYC artist is forced to navigate the small middle-American town he left behind when news of his mother (Margo Martindale)'s illness brings him home. Back in the house he grew up in, John is immediately swept up in the problems of his dysfunctional family, high school rival, and an over-eager ex-girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) as he faces impending fatherhood with his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick) in New York. From a script by Jim Strouse that is at turns hilarious and heartbreaking, John Krasinski's second directing feature is a poignant look at the bonds of family and friendship.
Director: David Lowery Written by: S.S. Field, Toby Halbrooks, David Lowery, Seton I. Miller Starring: Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban Plot Synopsis: For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales...until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Director: Philippa Lowthorpe Written by: Andrea Gibb, Arthur Ransome Starring: Andrew Scott, Kelly Macdonald, Rafe Spall, Jessica Hynes, Harry Enfield Plot Synopsis: The film follows four children dreaming of escape from the tedium of a summer holiday in the Lake District with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone
Director: Martin Owen Written by: Martin Owen, Elizabeth Morris, Jonathan Willis Starring: Elizabeth Morris, Isabelle Allen, Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon Plot Synopsis: Step into a virtual reality nightmare. Desperately in need of money to care for a sick parent, Jenny (Elizabeth Morris) takes a job supervising children at a learning center for gifted students. But when she and two other new employees are ushered into a maximum-security underground bunker where eerily robotic children are outfitted with augmented reality glasses, Jenny finds herself thrust into a disturbing technological experiment in which she is an unwitting player in a terrifying virtual game. This future shock brain-bender is a creepy kids thriller for our tech-addicted culture.
Director: Peter Chelsom Written by: Allan Loeb, Peter Chelsom Starring: Peter Chelsom, Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino Plot Synopsis: In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.
Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Written by: Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Seth Rogen, Ariel Shaffir Starring: Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek Plot Synopsis: A film about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.
Director: Travis Knight Written by: Marc Haimes, Chris Butler Starring: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Plot Synopsis: Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.
Director: Lauro Chartrand Written by: Nastasha Baron Starring: Calum Worthy, Emilie Ullerup, Sarah Lind, Zack Peladeau, Alexander Calvert, Brandi Alexander, Maja Aro, Lochlyn Munro, Brad Loree, Ken Kirzinger Plot Synopsis: A forest fire and rock-slide trap five bickering college friends in a small Alaskan ghost town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside the torched ruins of Blackburn Asylum they must fight to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.
Director: Fede Alvarez Written by: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues Starring: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang Plot Synopsis: Three young burglars - Alex (Dylan Minnette), Rocky (Jane Levy), and Money (Daniel Zovatto) - break into the home of a blind military veteran (Stephen Lang) thinking they'll get away with the perfect crime. But breaking in is a lot easier than getting back out alive.