The big summer silly season of movies has pretty much come and gone but that doesn’t mean that it’s a quiet time in the cinemas as there’s plenty of family fare still on the way in August.
Here’s a list of all the major releases coming your way in August, with plenty for comedy, drama and action fans.
Suicide Squad – 05/08
A team of supervillains are drafted in to take on a mission that’s pretty guaranteed to get them killed. Suicide Squad is looking loads of fun and a million miles away from the dark and dour Batman v Superman. There’s also a great cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jared Leto as a new vision of Joker. There may even be cameos…
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – 10/08
Comedy stuff here as Adam DeVine and Zac Efron need some dates for their sisters wedding and get conned into bringing Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick. Chaos pretty much ensues.
Nerve – 11/08
Young folks Dave Franco and Emma Roberts star in this film from the filmmakers behind the perplexing story of Catfish. They get sucked into a social game which tasks them with increasingly dangerous dares, all in front of a live audience.
Pete’s Dragon – 12/08
Disney’s slightly less well known 1977 film gets a remake with a big budget, major stars and a gorgeous CG dragon. It’s all about a little boy who was lost and alone in the forest and found a special friend in Pete. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban and Robert Redford.
The Shallows – 12/08
Blake Lively is stuck on a rock in the sea as the tide starts to rise, oh and there’s also a killer shark closing in for the kill. The slick and pared back thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat for its 86 minutes and comes fresh from box office success in the States.
The Wave – 12/08
Keeping on the nautical theme, The Wave is Norweigan disaster film about a small town threatened by a tsunami. It has earned rave reviews and promises a different kind of disaster flick. Director Roar Uthaug has since been selected to direct the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot.
David Brent Life on the Road – 19/08
Ricky Gervais returns to the character of David Brent from The Office 15 years on from the first episode on the BBC. He’s never really stopped playing Brent, and this gives us a look at what the former paper boss has been up to, including taking one last chance at a music career.
Lights Out – 19/08
In 2013, Swedish director David F. Sandberg released a horror short called Lights Out that got some serious attention, now he’s made a full length version with help from Saw’s James Wan. It looks seriously creepy.
Nine Lives – 19/08
Kevin Spacey may be getting massive acclaim for his role in House of Cards but this is a little lighter, with the award winner playing the part of a businessman who gets trapped in the body of a cat. Yes really. Also starring Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner and Robbie Amell.
Swallows and Amazons – 19/08
Arthur Ransome’s thrilling adventure book gets a new big screen treatment with a cast including Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald. It’s all about a group of kids and what they get up to in and around the lake district in the UK in the 1920s.
Bad Moms – 26/08
Mila Kunis is fed up of being the perfect mum, and decides to rebel with some help from friends Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. That’s a talented comedy trio, with Christiana Appelgate and Jada Pinkett Smith also in the mix.
Cell – 26/08
There hasn’t been a major big screen adaptation of a Stephen King book in quite a while, and this isn’t really one of them either. A terrible virus is infecting people through mobile phones and only… John Cusack can save us?
Mechanic: Resurrection – 26/08
The Jason Statham is back for an unlikely sequel to a first film you probably never saw that’s actually a remake of a 1972 film you almost certainly weren’t aware of. And this looks like some silly fun, including roles for Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh.
Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping – 26/08
The likeable Andy Samberg popped up in this mockumentary about recording artist Conner4Real which is supposed to take the piss out of movies like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. It did poorly at the US box office but still looks pretty hilarious.
The Purge: Election Year – 26/08
Delayed for a spell outside of the US, this second sequel ups the ante once again in this alternative world where murder is legal for 12 hours. After a betrayal a presidential candidate must go on the run while the whole country has gone insane. Political much?
War Dogs – 26/08
True stories make for some incredible and almost unbelievable films, and this one is about two normal guys who end up as arms runners working with some of the most dangerous people in the world. Which actually happened. Featuring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.