As we head into August, we may be approaching the end of the summer months. But we still have plenty of reasons to head to the local cinema. Kicking things off for august are the bad guys in Suicide Squad. Disney gives us a new live action remake of Pete’s Dragon, and the folks behind Coraline bring us the animated fable Kubo and the Two Strings. Speaking of remakes, the epic Ben-Hur gets a new version, complete with a wild chariot race. Time to grab some popcorn and head off to this month’s list of the biggest movies heading your way in August. As always, release dates are subject to change, and all dates are for a Friday except where noted.
The bad guys get a movie of their own, as a government agency headed by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruits them to carry out missions. Margot Robbie looks like she’s having a blast playing Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto’s Joker looks to be yet another great take on the iconic villain. The film also features Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Enchantress (Cara Delevinge), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), and Batman (Ben Affleck).
Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) directs this fantasy comedy that places Kevin Spacey into the body of a cat to teach him some life lessons. Also starring Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell, and Christopher Walken.
An orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) teams up with his best friend Elliot, a dragon, for adventure in this remake of a Disney classic. The film also stars Karl Urban (Star Trek Beyond), Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Robert Redford (Captain America: Winter Soldier), Wes Bentley (Interstellar), and John Kassir (The Secret Life of Pets) as the voice of Elliot.
The raunchy animated comedy tells the story of a sausage on a quest to discover the truth about his existence. The movie is directed by Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends) and Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens). The movie features the voices of Seth Rogen (Neighbors), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street), Bill Hader (Inside Out), Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs The World), Danny McBride (Vice Principals), Craig Robinson (This is The End), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Edward Norton (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Salma Hayek (Everly).
Florence Foster Jenkins
A New York heiress (Meryl Streep) dreams of being an opera singer despite lacking talent in the comedy drama from director Stephen Frears (Philomena). The film also stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation) and Hugh Grant (Notting Hill).
The classic movie starring Charlton Heston gets a big screen remake from director and master of action Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). It tells the epic tale of revenge as Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) seeks to redeem himself after being accused of treason by his brother.
Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directs the movie depicting the true story of two men (Miles Teller and Jonah Hill) who win a $300 million contract from the pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan. also starring Bradley Cooper (Limitless) and Ana de Armas (Knock Knock).
Kubo and the Two Strings
An animated fantasy film from the folks who brought you Coraline. Featuring the voices of Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, and George Takei.
Jason Statham (Spy) returns for the action sequel as the love of his life is kidnapped by a formidable foe, forcing him to complete three assassinations in order to get her back. Also starring Jessica Alba (Sin City), Tommy Lee Jones (Jason Bourne), and Michelle Yeoh (Marco Polo).
Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) directs this horror thriller about a group of friends who think they can pull off the perfect heist by breaking into the house of a wealthy blind man. Naturally, they’re proven wrong. Starring Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps), and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows).
And that wraps up what’s coming in August. What will you be catching in the theaters? Let us know in the comments. Til next time, enjoy the movies!
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