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5 Must-See Movies in August

We know not everyone has time for every major release or big movie, so instead of featuring 10 great films a month, these are five films that cannot be missed in August. There will also be a few honorary mentions that’ll deserve your viewing.  They’ll either be films coming out in theaters 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 choose. Watch whatever you want! I’m just throwing in my 2 cents of what should be watched! It’s a pretty cool mixture of genres! A lot of the films this month are sure to give a last minute boost to the summer box office!

1. Guardians of the Galaxy

It stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reily, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Serafinowicz and more! Out in theaters now, it’s directed by James Gunn. This film has been getting all sorts of praise and it’s sure to be one of Marvel’s biggest releases yet….if not the biggest! Read our review of the film here. Also, read our interview with the amazing screenwriter!


From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious
orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Get On Up


2. Get On Up

It stars: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Lennie James, Viola Davis, Fred Melamed, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Aloe Blacc and more! Out in theaters now, it’s directed by Tate Taylor. This film is sure to be a hit, judging by trailer, it looks like Chadwick Boseman gives a sensational performance!


In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award®-nominated blockbuster The Help, Tate Taylor directs42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in ‘Get on Up.’  Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.


Eva Green

3. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

It stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke and more! It will be out in theaters on August 22nd, it’s directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. It’s highly anticipated and looks pretty awesome!


Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) struggles with his inner demons and tries to maintain control until his former lover, Ava Lord (Eva Green), returns wanting his help to escape her abusive husband.



4. Frank

It stars: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Carla Azar, François Civil and more. It’ll be out in theaters on August 15th and it’s directed by Leonard Abrahamson. This is one of those films that kind of flies under the radar and is a surprise hit. Also, you can’t go wrong with Fassy!


“Frank” is an offbeat comedy about a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the enigmatic Frank – a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head.



5. Calvary

It stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Marie Josee Croze, Isaach De Bankole, M. Emmet Walsh and more! It’s in theaters now and it’s directed by John Michael McDonagh. This is another film which might just fly under the radar, but it has been getting some buzz especially for Brendan Gleeson.


An honest and good-hearted priest (Brendan Gleeson) wrestles with a cynical, spiteful community after he receives a death threat from an unknown parishioner.


Some honorary mentions:

The Giver – it stars: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan, Odeya Rush, Taylor Swift and more. It’s directed by Phillip Noyce and will be in theaters on August 15th. If you’ve read the book, which about 97% of us all have, then you’re interested in seeing how they take this on! I for one, don’t know if this’ll be good or not. I’m hoping it’s great!

If I Stay– it stars: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Jamie Blackley, Liana Liberato, Aisha Hinds and more. It’s directed by R.J. Cutler and will be in theaters on August 22nd. This film is based on the beloved book by Gayle Forman. Judging by trailers, it should be a pretty great adaption!

The Expendables 3– it stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Kelsey Grammer, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Kellan Lutz, Arnold Schwarzenegger and more. It’s directed by Patrick Hughes and will be in theaters on August 15th. It’s the third one and it’s filled with some serious badasses and HI RONDA ROUSEY!!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles– it stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek and more. It’s directed by Jonathan Liebsman and will be in theaters on August 8th. This will be one of those films that’ll be a massive success or a massive fail. Many people are not too fond of a remake of the beloved ninja turtles and making them look so different from the original.


What films will you be seeing this month? Did any films you want to see make my list or the honorary mentions section? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!


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