Here is what we’re excited to see this month
NICO, 1998 – August 1
For fans of Velvet Underground (like me), this is a film about the last year of singer Nico’s life, as she tours and grapples with addiction and personal demons.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST – August 3
In 1993, a teenage girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative guardians. Director Desiree Akhavan won the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival. Similar theme explored in another upcoming film premiering in Venice is Boy Erased, written and directed by Joel Edgerton.
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN – August 3
A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
BLACKkKLANSMAN – August 9
Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter. Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury and the Prize of the Economical Jury – Special Mention at Cannes. Spike Lee directed.
CHURCH & STATE – August 10
A surprise federal court ruling in 2013 legalized gay marriage for Utah–triggering a fierce battle in a state where Mormon church values control the Legislature and every aspect of public life. This documentary overlaps with a lot of my recent doctoral research so I am including it.
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN – August 10
The true story of an English boxer incarcerated in one of Thailand’s most notorious prisons as he fights in Muay Thai tournaments to earn his freedom. Fans of Peaky Blinders should recognize the main actor, Joe Cole.
WE THE ANIMALS – August 17
Manny, Joel, and Jonah tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. As Manny and Joel grow into versions of their father and Ma dreams of escape, Jonah embraces an imagined world all on his own. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at L.A. Outfest, Future/Now Award at the Montclair Film Festival, and the NEXT Innovator Award at Sundance. Director Jeremiah Zagar is a newcomer, but I have a feeling he may be a name we hear going forward.
BLAZE – August 17
BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. Ethan Hawke directed. Alia Shawkat is also in Duck Butter – certainly an actress to watch going forward.
OPERATION FINALE – August 29
15 years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust. Hard to tell how good this film will be but I know that Oscar Isaac, Mélanie Laurent, Ben Kingsley (playing Adolf Eichmann), and Haley Lu Richardson (less confident in her Support the Girls film – August 24) tend to pick pretty good scripts.
THE LITTLE STRANGER – August 31
Film tells the story of Dr. Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. From director Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank).
KIN – August 31
Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection. First time directors, time to show us what you can do.
Disenchantment (August 17 on Netflix)
Matt Groening (Simpsons/Futurama) makes his way back to a cartoon series which looks like it could at the very least be likable amongst fans of Groening. The Simpson and Futurama had their place in my childhood but I’m not sure could keep pace with other cartoon shows of today, most notably, Bojack comes to mind.
Jack Ryan (August 31 on Amazon Prime)
Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland (obviously becoming friends on the show Lost) are teaming up to bring Top Clancy’s books to life on the television screen. Jack Ryan has been on the big screen before in a series of movies and has become a fan favorite for wannabe clandestine viewers. I will say I do not have the highest of hopes for Krasinski in the action-packed thriller, but I am sure that this one will please the masses.
- Batman Begins (August 1) (84% RT 🍎) (8.3 IMDb)
- Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (August 1) (91% RT 🍎) (8.8 IMDb)
- No Country For Old Men (August 11) (93% RT 🍎) (8.1 IMDb)
- Watchmen (August 1) (64% RT 🍎) (7.6 IMDb)
- The Usual Suspects (August 1) (89% RT 🍎) (8.6 IMDb)
- Lost in Translation (August 1) (95% RT 🍎) (7.8 IMDb)
- Baby Driver (August 11) (74% RT 🍎)
- Gangs of New York (August 26) (74% RT 🍎) (7.5 IMDb)
- Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (August 1) (85% RT 🍎) (7.6 IMDb)
- Fargo (August 1) (93% RT 🍎) (8.1 IMDb)
- The Fugitive (August 1) (96% RT 🍎) (7.8 IMDb)
- U.S. Marshalls (August 1) (26% RT) (6.5 IMDb)
- Super Troopers (August 1) (35% RT) (7.1 IMDb)
- The Hunted (August 1) (29% RT) (6.0 IMDb)
- The Terminal (August 1) (61% RT 🍎) (7.3 IMDb)
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (August 4) (92% RT 🍎) (8.2 IMDb)