Hard to believe, but for the first time in months there will not be a Marvel or DC Comics movie coming to the theatres. Strange, right? But that’s not to say there aren’t any awesome, fun-filled films coming out this month.
With summer in full swing and August mostly recognized as the last month before fall’s wrath, there are still a ton of goodies to tune into. From critically acclaimed gems to buddy comedies, to nostalgia with a twist, this month’s movie releases will have you surprised and excited.
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Releases: now in theatres
Everyone loves a good buddy comedy, and The Spy Who Dumped Me is a solid one with a flirty twist! Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her best friend (Kate McKinnon) are unexpectedly pushed into the world of international espionage after Audrey’s boyfriend is tailed by a team of deadly assassins and somehow work toward saving the world. With lots of laughs and hijinks, it’s a refreshing comedy with a 007 twist.
Disney’s Christopher Robin
Releases: now in theatres
In one of this summer’s most anticipated releases, Disney re-imagines the beloved tale of Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh in a heartwarming live action adventure, lead by Ewan McGregor. As a young boy, Christopher shared numerous adventures with his band of lovable plush animals in the Hundred Acre Wood, but now as an adult living in London, he has somehow lost his way. With Pooh taking action, he and his pals set out to help him rediscover the joys of life, friendship and find pleasure in the little things. It’s a real tearjerker, so grab the tissues!
Releases: Aug. 10
Based on a true story, BlacKkKlansman is already an early contender for Oscar for director, Spike Lee. Set in the early ‘70s, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington, son of Denzel) is the first African-American detective serving in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission that finds him infiltrating and exposing the Ku Klux Klan. The intrepid detective soon recruits a seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), and the two dive into the undercover investigation together in hopes to take down the extremist hate group.
Crazy Rich Asians
Releases: Aug. 15
Based on the book by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians is one of this year’s hottest releases. Hailed as one of the first studio films to feature an exclusively Asian cast, the story follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. While excited to meet his family for the first time, she’s also nervous and feels unprepared when she discovers new details about his life that point to an abundance of wealth. With that comes the drama with jealous socialites envious of Rachel’s relationship with Nick and, worse of all, his disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh). Soon Rachel realizes money can’t buy love, but it can definitely complicate things.
The Happytime Murders
Releases: Aug. 24
If you think this movie is like Sesame Street or The Muppets — think again! With an R-rated spin on the world of Jim Henson’s puppetry, the comedy directed by Brian Henson finds puppet stars of an iconic TV show, The Happytime Gang mysteriously murdered. Their deaths bring two mismatched detectives to help find the connection between these murders while resisting their temptation to murder one another. Marred with sex, violence, drugs and everything in between — this is 100 percent not a movie for children.
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