You can almost feel it in the air. Summer is slipping through our fingers and is almost behind us. Before we bid it a final farewell though, we've got one month to go. Let's take a look at what's arriving in theaters in August.
2 Guns (August 2)
Who Is in It: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, James Marsden
What's It About: Based on the Boom! Studios comic book series, Washington and Wahlberg star as a DEA agent and a naval intelligence officer (respectively) on the run after a botched attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. Comic book movies outside of the Marvel/DC fold haven't done too well this summer. Will 2 Guns be an exception?
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (August 7)
Who Is in It: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Nathan Fillion, Stanley Tucci
What's It About: It has taken three years, but the sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief will finally arrive in theaters this month. This time, Percy and company journey to the Sea of Monsters aka the Bermuda Triangle to find a mythical Golden Fleece and try to prevent an ancient evil from rising.
We're the Millers (August 7)
Who Is in It: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter, Nick Offerman, Ed Helms
What's It About: Aniston tends to do well with R-rated films and this film is very much R rated. The film centers on a drug dealer (Sudeikis) who creates a fake family to move a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico into the U.S. Also, Nick Offerman costars and that's never a bad thing.
Elysium (August 9)
Who Is in It: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner, Diego Luna, Alice Braga
What's It About: By now, you probably know that Damon stars as a factory worker turned mech warrior who hijacks his way onto a utopic man-made creation known as Elysium. Given the film is written and directed by District 9's Neil Blomkamp, expect some underlying social commentary about class structure and socioeconomic turmoil. Also, lots of Damon kicking butt.
Planes (August 9)
Who Is in It: Dane Cook, Val Kilmer, Teri Hatcher, Stacey Keach, John Cleese, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
What's It About: Disney's Cars spin-off was originally intended to go direct to video, however, given the lack of family films in August, those plans were scrapped for a theatrical release. An all-star cast was brought in to redub the dialogue and alas, Planes is set to fly into theaters. Cars fans, be on the lookout for a Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) cameo as well.
Jobs (August 16)
Who Is in It: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons, James Woods, Amanda Crew
What's It About: This is perhaps the highest profile biopic centered on late Apple founder Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered and innovative minds of the 20th century. The film premiered earlier this year at Sundance to mediocre reviews, but perhaps Apple aficionados will seek this movie out.
Kick-Ass 2 (August 16)
Who Is in It: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey
What's It About: The second outing for the costumed high school hero picks up after the events of the 2010 movie. This time around, Kick-Ass joins a group of costumed amateur superheroes, Hit-Girl struggles with the loss of Big Daddy and Red Mist assembles an army of baddies (and a colorful new name) to seek revenge.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (August 16)
Who Is in It: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden and many more famous faces
What's It About: In its simplest explanation, the film is essentially like Forrest Gump, if Gump were an African-American butler who experienced iconic moments of the 20th century while working inside the White House. The all-star ensemble cast has earned the film early awards buzz, but will the film find an audience outside of its niche, indie audience?
Paranoia (August 16)
Who Is in It: Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway, Richard Dreyfus
What's It About: The adaptation of Joseph Finder's twisty thriller hits the big screen with some big names attached. Hemsworth is an entry-level employee who, in exchange for a corner office, must spy on his boss's former mentor with billions of dollars at stake. Throw in Amber Heard and it seems like a fair exchange… until things go very, very wrong.
The Mortal instruments: City of Bones (August 21)
Who Is in It: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Heady
What's It About: Sony is hoping to launch a new YA franchise with Mortal Instruments. In this first installment, Clary (Collins) discovers the truth about her bloodline while on a quest to rescue her mother from a demon. Of the many YA adaptations hitting theaters this year, this one seems to have the most buzz surrounding it. Sony is hoping that buzz translates to box office.
The World's End (August 23)
Who Is in It: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Eddy Marsan, Paddy Considine
What's It About: The finale of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy finds Pegg, Frost and friends reuniting to attempt a legendary pub crawl that they first attempted 20 years ago. Little do they know that things in their hometown have changed and they have unwittingly become humanity's last hope for survival.
You're Next (August 23)
Who Is in It: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, AJ Bowen
What's It About: It's been a two years since this indie horror flick first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Since then, it has spent two years on the film-festival circuit and at last it gets a theatrical release. The story centers on a family which come under attack by a group of masked killers during a wedding anniversary getaway. Horror movies have been huge this summer (just look at The Conjuring). Will You're Next be the next horror smash?
Closed Circuit (August 28)
Who Is in It: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Julia Stiles, Jim Broadbent
What's It About: Lawyers and ex-lovers find themselves increasingly in danger after joining the defense team for an international terrorist's trail.
Getaway (August 30)
Who Is in It: Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight
What's It About: The film follows a man who is forced to get behind the wheel of a car and follow the orders of a mysterious man in order to save his kidnapped wife. Essentially, think Phone Booth or Cellular.
One Direction: This Is Us (August 30)
Who Is in It: Harry, Niall, Zayn, Louis and Liam and Directioners from around the world!!
What's It About: Following the recent trend of concert docudramas, this time we follow the sudden rise of the five-man boy band One Direction, from their humble beginnings and competing on talent show X-Factor to conquering the world and performing at London's O2 Arena.
My Picks: There are three wide releases that I'm particularily looking forward to this month -- Elysium, Kick-Ass 2 and The World's End.
Now it's your turn. Which movies are you looking forward to seeing in August? Vote below for all the films you're anticipating.
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