We know not everyone has time for every major release or big movie, so instead of featuring 10 great films a month, these are truly the ones that cannot be missed in August. They’ll either be films coming out in theaters that week or something on Netflix I think that’s worth the watch. Also, don’t forget that you don’t necessarily have to watch whatever film I pick in that exact week. Watch it whenever you want! I’m just throwing in my 2 cents of what should be watched!

August gives us the last bit of block buster summer films. Prepare your bank accounts for a month at the movies! If you do check out anything I’ve highlighted or think I left off a crucial film, tell us about it in the comments section below!

 

Week 1 Must-See Movie: Elysium

 

Out in theaters on August 9th, it’s directed by Neill Blomkamp and stars Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, Diego Luna, and Alice Braga. It’s a highly anticipated film that seems like it’ll be really great!

Synopsis:

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium — but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission — one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces — but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Here’s a trailer:

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Week 2 Must-See Movie: Kick-Ass 2

Out in theaters on August 16th, it’s directed by Jeff Wadlow and stars Aaron Taylor Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, and Donald Faison. The highly anticipated sequel that we all hope will be good.

Synopsis:

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010′s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2′. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)-reborn as The Mother F%&*^r-only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Here’s a trailer:

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Week 3 Must-See Movie: The World’s End

Out in theaters on August 23rd, it’s directed by Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike. The 3rd film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, it is sure to deliver  laughs and awesomeness!

Synopsis:

The third installment of director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes ‘Shaun of the Dead’ (2004) and ‘Hot Fuzz’ (2007). In ‘The World’s End,’ 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub — The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Check out this post showcasing some awesome Cornetto trillogy art! Check out our interview with director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Here’s a trailer:

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Week 4 Must-See Movie: Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Out in theaters August 21st, it’s directed by Harald Zwart and stars Lily Collins, Robert Maillet, Kevin Durand, Lena Headey, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Aidan Turner, Robert Sheehan, Cch Pounder, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Jared Harris. It’s based on the best selling novel. A lot of people are anticipating this film in hopes that it’ll be good!

Synopsis:

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

Here’s a trailer:

There are a few other films that I think should be viewed this month so I’m going to do a quick list below:

  1. Lovelace
  2. Prince Avalanche
  3. Jobs
  4. Lee Daniels’ The Butler

 

 

 

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