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WTM?’s What’s On: August Cinema Releases (UK)

Sun’s out, sitting in a dark room watching films…out…?

Check out some of the delights that’ll be keeping you pale this August:

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Release Date: August 3rd
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Peña

Famous in Infinity War for, well, not being in Infinity War, everyone’s favourite insect cosplay returns with some more Marvel action, comical shenANTigans, Paul Ruddiness, and hopefully some answers. Partnering up with The Wasp, it looks like there could be an added sting in the tale this time around…

 

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Release Date: August 3rd
Director: Aaron Horvath, Peter Rida Michail
Cast: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Hynden Walch, Will Arnett, Nicolas Cage

Might be a fan-only affair, but, dare I say it, this legit looks like the greatest fuckin’ movie ever made!

 

The Escape

Release Date: August 3rd
Director: Dominic Savage 
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper

The highly talented Gemma Arterton looks to further enhance her growing reputation in Dominic Savage’s intriguing character study of a British mother desperately looking to bring happiness back into her life. Be sure to look out for The Escape this August.

 

The Meg

Release Date: August 10th 
Director: Jon Turteltaub (there’s a pun in there begging to be unleashed, surely?)
Cast: Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Jaws on ‘roids

Big shark meets big Stath. Need we say more?

 

The Negotiator

Release Date: August 10th 
Director: Brad Anderson
Cast: Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike

Argo appears to meet Taken in writer Tony Gilroy (co-writer of the Bourne series and Rogue One) and Brad Anderson’s 80’s political espionage thriller set in the city of Beirut (also the film’s original title). Jon Hamm plays a former U.S. diplomat called back into service by CIA operatives in the hope he can negotiate for the life of a colleague and friend held hostage. There’s been online backlash to the trailer’s depiction of the Middle East; so it remains to be seen how The Negotiator will be able to negotiate its way out of that one.

 

Unfriended: Dark Web

Release Date: August 10th 
Director: Stephen Susco
Cast: Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse

JUST BLOCK THEM! SURELY JUST BLOCK THEM!

Apparently that’s not an option as the Unfriended series returns for a second instalment as more hapless teens fall victim to the keyboard; dragged clicking and screening into another e-nightmare.

 

The Equalizer 2

Release Date: August 17th
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Cast: Denzel Washington

Alas, not an epic love saga about two budding mathematicians who fall for each other over a game of ‘Find X’, but the sequel to the Antoine Fuqua directed 2014 film based on an 80’s TV series. Denzel is back, coolly dropping one-liners and kicking some serious bad-guy behind in the process.

 

The Happytime Murders

Release Date: August 17th
Director: Brian Henson
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Rudolph

Ummmmmmmmmmmm…

 

Christopher Robin

Release Date: August 17th
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell

The Hundred Acre Wood reunion tour is in full swing! Anything Paddington can do, Winnie can try and match (no small feat, mind – the recent sequel was sensational).

This is territory recently trodden after last years Goodbye Christopher Robin; however, Simon Curtis’ film focussed on the real CR, whereas this time round Disney unites the fictional fella with the OG of screen bears. We’re expecting plenty of that warm fuzzy feeling, perhaps the occasional tear, and lashings of sweet, sweet honey.

 

The Spy Who Dumped Me

Release Date: August 22nd 
Director: Susanna Fogel
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon, Justin Theroux

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon star as two friends who get caught up in the world conspiracy and espionage when it transpires a former BF was in fact a CIA agent.

Will The Spy Who Dumped Me leave us shaken, stirred, or grooooooovvvvy baby?

 

BlacKkKlansman

Release Date: August 24th 
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver

Spike Lee’s latest comedy tells the true story of an African American police officer from Colorado who, in 1979, successfully infiltrated the local KKK to become the head of the chapter.

 

Slender Man

Release Date: August 24th 
Director: Sylvain White
Cast: Joey King, Javier Botet

So apparently, the original Slender Man is classified as a ‘creepypasta‘. I know what you’re thinking, no one will ever set foot in a Prezzo again.

 

The Children Act

Release Date: August 24th 
Director: Richard Eyre 
Cast: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead 

A High Court judge is left with some difficult moral dilemmas in this adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, with the screenplay penned by the man himself. The talents of Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Dunkirk‘s breakout star, Fionn Whitehead lead the lines on this one.

 

Upgrade

Release Date: August 31st 
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green

Upgrade appears to look like what would happen if those folk in The Matrix started shooting up some Adamantium at a party. Leigh Whannell – the man who gave us Saw and Insidious – teams up with Tom Har- umm Logan Marshall-Green in this sci-fi martial arts, adrenaline junkie explosion about a man who obtains new found abilities after he is the subject of an experiment. And, yes, there probably will be blood…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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