The month of August brings Hollywood’s biggest names to the multiplex—and several chill alternatives as well
Suicide Squad (August 5)
Poised to be the summer’s breakout hit, David Ayers’ DC Comics-based film concerns a group of super-criminals assembled by the government to pull off a do-or-die secret mission.
The Little Prince (August 5)
After being unceremoniously dropped by Paramount, Netflix will debut this animated film—based on the children’s classic, and starring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, and Ricky Gervais—simultaneously in select theaters and online.
Pete’s Dragon (August 12)
A modernized remake of the 1977 Disney effort, this family film starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford centers on a young boy (Oakes Fegley) who’s found, years after disappearing, in a national forest, where he claims he survived thanks to a nurturing dragon.
Sausage Party (August 12)
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg deliver an animated comedy of a distinctly R-rated flavor with this story about a collection of grocery store food items who, upon being purchased, discover their horrifying destined-for-consumption fate.
Hell or High Water (August 12)
Well-received at May’s Cannes Film Festival, David Mackenzie’s outlaw tale details two Texas brothers’ (Chris Pine, Ben Foster) plan to rob a predatory bank in order to save their family farm and the Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) intent on stopping them.
War Dogs (August 19)
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller are Americans arms dealers contracted by the U.S. government to supply Afghanistan-based troops with weapons in this inspired by-a-true-story black comedy from The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips.
Kubo and the Two Strings (August 19)
From Laika, the studio that produced Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls, comes this stunning-looking animated fantasy about a young boy in ancient Japan who must embark on an epic quest to locate his father’s magical suit of armor.
Imperium (August 19)
Daniel Radcliffe is a cop assigned to go deep undercover with a gang of neo-Nazis suspected of planning a terrorist bombing in this drama from writer/director Daniel Ragussis.
Morris From America (August 19)
Winner of a screenwriting award at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival, this coming-of-age drama charts the cross-cultural odyssey of a teenage boy (newcomer Markees Christmas) with hip-hop dreams who moves to Germany with his father (Craig Robinson).
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (August 19)
Legendary director Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Grizzly Man) investigates the rise of the Internet—and its ramifications for humanity—in his fascinating non-fiction latest.
Mechanic: Resurrection (August 26)
Jason Statham is back to perform more fantastical feats of assassin-esque action in this violent sequel co-starring Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Yeoh.
Don’t Breathe (August 26)
Three twentysomething thieves find themselves in deadly trouble when the blind man (Stephen Lang) whose house they’re robbing turns out to be a lethal adversary in this inventive thriller from Fede Alvarez (the Evil Dead remake).
Hands of Stone (August 26)
Robert De Niro is the tough trainer tasked with turning Edgar Ramirez’s boxer into a world champion in this biopic of real-life five-time title-holder, Panamanian Roberto Duran.