August is upon us and the summer blockbuster season is nearing its end, which means there are a ton of great movies hitting theaters. From the sci-fi event of the year to two long awaited biopics, this month is going to be yet another where you may wish you could spend all day in the theater.
But that isn’t realistic, you likely have a job, and other life commitments besides movies, so you’re faced with the ever so daunting task of deciding which films are worth your time and money this month.
In order to help you make up your mind, I’ve put together this list of 5 must-see films releasing over the course of August. There are certainly some other quality films hitting theaters, but these are the 5 that you need to make sure you don’t miss.
So without any further ado, read on for our list of 5 movies to see in August.Next
As soon as I first finished watching District 9, I began anxiously awaiting Neill Blomkamp’s next film. His debut is certainly one of the best sci-fi films of all time, and it’s probably one of the best movies of the 2000s so far. Finding out that not only does Blomkamp have another movie coming, but he has triple the budget and actors like Matt Damon and Jodie Foster signed on, well that pushed my enthusiasm toward hysteria for Elysium.
Granted, more money certainly does not equal a better film, but for a skilled director like Blomkamp who’s working with science fiction, it’s fairly safe to say that having more money for better effects and a more completely crafted world won’t hurt a movie. Plus, we really haven’t had an opportunity to see Matt Damon in quality live-action sci-fi. He’s still one of the premier actors working today, and getting to see him infiltrate a space station should be a true treat.
The movie, as was true with District 9, makes no efforts to hide its political message. It’s a story of the 99% vs the 1%, but in Blomkamp’s hands, rather than feeling grating, the message simply adds to the film, showing that sci-fi can still have substance as well. I’ve dubbed Elysium the sci-fi event of the year, and if it is as good as many are hoping, it may be the sci-fi event of every year from now until 2154.Previous Next
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
If there’s one thing that can be said for Casey Affleck, it’s that he’s extremely choosy about his roles. Perhaps he learned from the mistakes his brother made in the early 2000s, or perhaps he just has a knack for picking quality films, but regardless of why he’s always in good movies, the fact he’s in a movie usually means it’s going to be pretty good. And from initial reviews, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints does not break that mold.
Affleck isn’t the only top-notch actor in the picture, as he co-stars with Rooney Mara, who proves with every role that she’s one of the best actresses in Hollywood. For those who don’t know, the movie is set in Texas and tells the story of an outlaw (Affleck) who escapes from prison and sets off in an effort to reunite with his wife (Mara) and daughter who he’s never met.
The film did very well at Sundance, getting rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. If you haven’t seen the trailer for it yet, you should definitely check it out, as it gives a great look at the doomed, yet beautiful romance the story is about. This one will only be coming in limited release, so it may not be playing in your local theater, but it’s definitely worth the trip.Previous Next
Steve Jobs was one of the most influential men of our time all the way up until his death, and it’s likely that his influence will be strongly felt for many, many decades to come. So it comes as no surprise that very soon after his passing, a biopic was lined up. That’s what we’ll be getting August 16th with Jobs.
The Apple founder lived a very compelling life. The story of his unorthodox style, fighting the established system of technological blandness and attempting to create something stylish and functional is quite well known. The most recent trailer captures that fight, showing little things such as throwing someone out for not caring about a font. That’s the way Jobs was, at least in the way he portrayed himself to the public, and the result was an innovator who truly shaped the way our world works.
Ashton Kutcher in the role is one choice that many were not happy with when it was announced. Traditionally known as more of a comedic actor and pretty boy, some felt he would not be able to capture either the look or mannerisms of Jobs. Well he definitely has the look down, as you can see above, and I think Kutcher is criminally underrated as an actor. The guy has a lot more substance to him than That ’70s Show, and I look forward to watching him show it in Jobs.Previous Next
As controversial and potentially offensive as Kick-Ass is, it serves as an awesome superhero flick, providing an entertaining deviation from the traditional Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man stories that have graced the big screen in the past. It did quite well at the box office, so a sequel was pretty certain, but who would’ve thought the sequel would end up having even more controversy than the first?
Kick-Ass 2 has been shrouded in controversy throughout production. Matthew Vaughn opted to skip the rape scene which is present in the graphic novel, so that originally made it seem like there would be less for the studio, and those involved to have to deal with. But then Jim Carrey came out and denounced support of the film, despite the fact he’s in it. That’s a very unorthodox move by an actor, and most took it as quite confusing. Then, to makes things worse, a Universal executive called the film “often offensive.”
Here’s the thing, if you think the film has the potential to offend you, don’t go see it. But if you want to see an ass-kicking good time, then Kick-Ass 2 should be a must-see. Chloe Grace Moretz shows with each role that she’s growing as an actress, and the rest of the cast is filled with entertaining actors who are always enjoyable to watch, including Carrey. The weekend it releases is packed with good films, but Kick-Ass 2 should definitely be one that you check out.Previous Next
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Ignoring the ridiculous title controversy, The Butler is a movie I’ve been very excited for since last summer when images and casting began to release. Any film that can bring in as many great actors as this one must have an excellent story and a director who knows what he’s doing, such as Lee Daniels. Robin Williams, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, and Cuba Gooding Jr. aren’t all going to end up in the same movie by chance, they must think it’s going to be good, and I’d like to agree.
The Butler tells the story of Eugene Allen, played by Forest Whitaker, who worked as a butler in the White House under eight administrations. This film will tell stories of American history through his eyes, especially focusing on the civil rights movement that was such an important aspect of every presidential term he served under.
The first trailer for the film is absolutely awesome. It has all the elements of a memorable biopic. As great as Lincoln is, sometimes these stories about American history work best when told through the eyes of someone who wasn’t necessarily a main player (see Forrest Gump). Combining the stories of Allen’s family life and his personal struggles with the struggles the country was facing as a whole should lead to a compelling film, with plenty of potential for recognition come award season.
Those are our picks for movies to see in August. Which ones will you be checking out? Let us know in the comments section below.Previous