The summer movie season is coming into its final phase, where the push to overtake the giants of May and June takes place. The likes of [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) and Jurassic World are sure to be hard to beat, so what chance does this final selection of big summer blockbusters have to capture the moviegoing zeitgeist? Not sure what to go see this August? Here's a list of some of the biggest titles set to hit theaters in the next month of 2015!
The Gift (August 7th)
Dropping into the well stocked genre of "your neighbor is nice but maybe a little too nice" genre of thriller is The Gift, written and directed by Joel Edgerton. Yes, that Joel Edgerton. He even stars in the movie as Gordo, the childhood friend who seems to have all the dirt on a well-off couple played by Jason Bateman and Rececca Hall. It may seem strange, but it's not unlike when Wentworth Miller wrote Stoker, though at least he stepped aside and let one of the best visual filmmakers of our time direct!
Fantastic Four (August 13th)
It's now or never for FOX and their Marvel properties in their effort to prove that X-Men really isn't the only thing they have going for them. Drama with the director behind the scenes, and a tone that's a far cry from the 2005 shouldn't be enough to stifle your curiosity. That's one brilliantly ambitious cast, and it's interesting to see other efforts in a superhero landscape that's currently dominated by Marvel Studios!
The Man From U.N.C.L.E (August 14th)
Despite being yet another annoying to type title, [The Man From U.N.C.L.E.](tag:44548) looks set to be a fun return to the "classier" side of Guy Richie. I say "classier", because this is still a swinging 60s Bond-esque spy caper viewed through modern eyes. Despite being forever glued to Superman, Henry Cavill makes one more great case for being the new James Bond, oh and Hugh Grant flies a helicopter and it witty. Seriously why isn't this out yet?
Hitman: Agent 47 (August 21st)
I can only feel like the bosses behind saw complaints about the casting of dreamy Timothy Olyphant in the first movie, so they went too far the other way and cast weasel-looking Rupert Friend. Yes we can harp on about Agent 47 being about the most conspicuous assassin in history, and how Zachary Quinto is a wacky tagalong straight man, and how Friend looks more like Joffrey Baratheon than Agent 47, but hey, this is about as admirable an attempt at adapting a video game as we're gonna get!
..............BOO! Sorry for the strange opening. I was just trying to get in the mindset of Sinister 2, which has upped the jump scares from last time in order to secure that huge fanbase it conjured up from the first movie. It's cool that the main perspective in this film is from a character carried over from the first, yet I'm not sure about the decision to showcase Mr Boogie to this degree. I mean look at how close and well lit he is in the thumbnail above! Still, if you're even slightly susceptive to these kinds of movies, you'll be scared silly no matter what!
New on DVD and Blu Ray!
And now to take a look at some of the most notable titles available to own on DVD and Blu Ray this August!
- Madam Bovary: Mia Wasikowska goes on a period piece journey of extramarital love in the latest of a long line of adaptations from this novel.
- The Riot Club: Young Adult dishy dreamboats Max Irons and Sam Claflin go all out in this tale of rich irresponsible elitists! And who doesn't want that?
- Citizenfour: The footage the NSA really doesn't want you to see. In these early interviews with Edward Snowden, we find out the lengths the US will go to keep secrets under wrap.
- Unfriended: This soon to be dated modern horror is better watched on a computer screen for obvious reasons, but they sure missed a trick by failing to call it "Skype Ghost"!
- The Salvation: World's most handsome lizard, Mads Mikkelsen delves into the Western genre in this Danish and US co-production. This story of revenge also features Eva Green and Jeffery Dean Morgan!
- Barely Lethal: A teen spy comedy starring Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones, Samuel L Jackson, and... um, Steve-O. There's an impressive cast, but it does have a title that's a pun upon a genre of porn...
So there's everything new for you to check out this August! Be sure to watch this space for more updates here on MoviePilot! For our weekly round up of Netflix new releases, click right here!