For those who consider cinema a serious business, August features seven movies in a genre of drama. With a diverse selection of plot one can enjoy new roles of fantastic actors such as Robert De Niro, Hugh Grant or Meryl Streep. There's even a film dedicated to the first date of Michelle and Barack Obama. Ready to choose?
Director: Sean Ellis
Written by: Anthony Frewin, Sean Ellis
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy
Plot Synopsis: Based on the true story of two Czechoslovak soldiers (Jamie Dornan and and Cillian Murphy) sent to assassinate the head of the SS in 1942. SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich (Detlef Bothe) was the Reich's number three and main architect for the ‘Final Solution'.
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Director: Stephen Frears
Written by: Nicholas Martin
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant
Plot Synopsis: The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.
Director: Stephen Dunn
Written by: Stephen Dunn
Starring: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Aliocha Schneider, Sofia Banzhaf, Jack Fulton, Mary Walsh, Isabella Rossellini
Plot Synopsis: A fresh take on the coming-of-age story, this surreal tale follows the artistically driven Oscar (Connor Jessup) hovering on the brink of adulthood. Struggling to find his place in the world after a rough childhood and haunted by images of a tragic incident, Oscar dreams of escaping his small town. After he meets a mysterious and attractive new co-worker, Oscar follows the guidance of his pet hamster Buffy (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) and faces his demons to find the life he wants.
Director: Todd Phillips
Written by: Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic
Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Shaun Toub, Barry Livingston
Plot Synopsis: Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
HANDS OF STONE
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Written by: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Usher, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Oscar Jaenada, Ruben Blades, Ana de Armas
Plot Synopsis: The film follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words "no mas" (no more.)
SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU
Director: Richard Tanne
Written by: Richard Tanne
Starring: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter
Plot Synopsis: A delicate and charming romantic journey, inspired by romantic classics such as Before Sunrise, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU tells the story of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date. In the summer of 1989 Michelle and Barack were simply two fresh-faced college graduates starting their lives and their law careers in Chicago. After much prodding from Barack, Michelle finally agrees to attend a community meeting with him in Chicago's South Side neighborhood as friends. What starts as a platonic day out ends with a kiss and the beginning of a journey to the White House.
Director: Elizabeth Wood
Written by: Elizabeth Wood
Starring: Morgan Saylor, Brian Sene Marc, Justin Bartha, Chris Noth, India Menuez, Adrian Martinez
Plot Synopsis: A college student goes to extremes to get her drug dealer boyfriend out of jail. The cross section between New York's mean streets and its gentrified alcoves makes for potent social satire in Elizabeth Wood's tough and exhilarating debut. Equipped with platinum blonde hair and a winning smile, college girl Leah (Morgan Saylor) seeks out pleasure in any form. She has two weeks before fall semester, and in between getting high with her roommate and snorting lines with her boss, she finds time to hit it off with a handsome, young Puerto Rican drug dealer named Blue. Within days, the two are selling dime bags to her affluent white colleagues, collecting fast cash, and living the high life. But their euphoria comes to a grinding halt once Blue is arrested and Leah's left with a hefty amount of his coke. Does she sell it to save him or use it herself?