Welcome back to another edition of ‘Monthly Must-Sees.’ In case you’re new to the Matrix (and haven’t clicked on that link), this is where we take you through all of cinema’s best offerings for the upcoming month.
August features a nice variety of releases that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. From an over the top spin off of a beloved action franchise, to a couple of comedians trying their hands in the drama genre, and all the way to a “Superbad”-esque coming of age story about some horny twelve year olds…August has something for everyone.
The Kitchen, directed by Andrea Berloff, features a stellar cast that’s includes Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Moss, Domnhall Gleason, and Common. With McCarthy and Haddish leading the charge you’d expect this to be a comedy film. Why wouldn’t you? The film stars two of the funniest women working today.
However, this is not a comedy.
This is actually a crime-thriller that tells the story of three wives of Irish mobsters who take over crime operations in the 1970s in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Based on the trailers, the movie looks to deliver a gripping and intense story packed with great performances from this loaded cast.
Release Date: August 9
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Based on the children’s book of the same name, this film is directed by Andrè Øvredal and produced by the one and only Guillermo Del Toro. Starring a cast of relatively unknowns, the film tells the story of the small town of Mill Valley where the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed for generations.
In the Bellows mansion is where Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turns the horrible events of her life into a series of scary stories that become all too real for a group of teenagers. The trailers have done a great job of establishing the eerie and creepy tone of the film and the creature designs have GDT written all over them.
Release Date: August 9
Directed by Gene Stupnitsky, and produced by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, Good Boys tells the story of three 12-year-old boys who use a drone to spy on a teenage couple engaging in sexual activities. Things go wrong as the drone is confiscated and the boys have to get it back before Max’s (Jacob Tremblay) father finds out it’s gone.
The trailers–including this red-band one, so enjoy–have marketed this film brilliantly. Even though this is a movie about 12-year-olds, the trailers have promised a truly raunchy, vulgar, and hilarious film. Do you expect anything less from a film that has Seth Rogen involved?! Look for Good Boys to not only be a sleeper hit, but also one of the best comedies of the year.
Release Date: August 16
The Angry Birds Movie 2
As one of only two family-oriented films releasing in August, the other being Nickelodeon’s live action adaptation of Dora and the Lost City of Gold, expect the Angry Birds sequel to clean up pretty nicely at the box office. The original brought in $352 million back in 2016, but only scored a 44% on RottenTomatoes from critics.
Most of the stellar cast from the original return for the follow-up, including: Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage. In addition to the returning cast, Tiffany Haddish, Leslie Jones, Awkwafina, Nicki Minaj, and Sterling K. Brown have also joined the sequel. Expect this one to make a lot more at the box office than its predecessor.
Release Date: August 14
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
This is the first Fast & Furious spin-off in the history of the beloved franchise. With the electric chemistry between Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, a spin-off was an absolute no-brainer. Those two completely stole the show in Fate of the Furious, outshining all of their co-stars with relative ease.
The trailers have promised an over-the-top, action-packed, and hilarious adventure with two actors who are universally loved. It looks like everything we’ve come to expect from this franchise and then some: enormous and unrealistic action pieces, trademark humor, and an unbelievable but entertaining villain (Idris Elba). It will also explore Hobbs’ and Shaw’s families more, sticking to central theme of the entire franchise: Family.