The month of July was jam-packed with great films, such as Atomic Blonde, Dunkirk, To The Bone, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, to name a few. But with July coming to a close, we look to August to see what cinematic treats are in store for audiences across the nation. Below is a short list of eight films that may give you the cinematic experience you need, whether it’s star-crossed romance, horror, comedy, all-out action, or family drama, August has a little something for everyone.
The Dark Tower
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, and Katheryn Winnick.
Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious story from one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. Sharing an ancient vendetta, they must fight to the death in this epic battle over the fate of the All-World Universe. (Summary courtesy of The Dark Tower website.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Jacob Latimore, Jack Reynor, John Krasinski, Kaitlyn Dever, and Anthony Mackie.
From the Academy Award®-winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67. (Summary courtesy of Detroit website.)
Director: David F. Sandberg
Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Miranda Otto, and Samara Lee.
In “Annabelle 2,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker´s possessed creation, Annabelle. (Summary courtesy of Annabelle: Creation website.)
The Glass Castle
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Sarah Snook, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Max Greenfield.
Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. (Summary courtesy of The Glass Castle website.)
Ingrid Goes West
Director: Matt Spicer
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Pom Klementieff, Wyatt Russell, and Billy Magnussen.
Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) is an unhinged social media stalker with a history of confusing “likes” for meaningful relationships. Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) is an Instagram-famous “influencer” whose perfectly curated, boho-chic lifestyle becomes Ingrid’s latest obsession. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly goes from #BFF to #WTF. Built around a brilliantly disarming performance from Aubrey Plaza, Ingrid Goes West (winner of the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance) is a savagely hilarious dark comedy that satirizes the modern world of social media and proves that being #perfect isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. (Summary courtesy of Ingrid Goes West website.)
The Only Living Boy in New York
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Callum Turner, Kiersey Clemons, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Debi Mazar, James Saito, and Kate Beckinsale.
Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate seeks the guidance of an eccentric neighbor as his life is upended by his father’s mistress in the sharp and witty coming-of-age story The Only Living Boy in New York. (Summary courtesy of The Only Living Boy In New York Facebook page.)
The Hitman’s Bodyguard
Director: Patrick Hughes
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, and Richard E. Grant.
The world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitman [Samuel L. Jackson]. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) who is out for blood. (Summary courtesy of The Hitman’s Bodyguard website.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Dame Judi Dench, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander, Cara Delevingne, Cressida Bonas, and David Harewood.
In 17th Century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom. (Summary courtesy of Tulip Fever trailer.)