Summer might be slowly winding down, but there are still plenty of big movies hitting theaters before the end of the season. From superhero flicks to the next dystopian YA film adaptation, these films are ones you’ll definitely want to catch in the coming month. Here are fourteen movies to look out for in theaters this August.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, stars Chris Pratt as American pilot, Peter Quill, who is hunted down and thrown into an intergalactic prison after stealing a mysterious orb. The film, hitting theaters August 1, also co-stars Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper and already has glowing ratings from critics, earning a 97 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, Marvel is so confident in the future success of the project that the studio has already greenlit a sequel set to be released in 2017 — even though the first hasn’t even officially hit theaters yet.
Get On Up
Based on the incredible story of James Brown, this film chronicles the legendary singer’s life from his childhood and through his rise into eventually becoming iconic pop culture figure he is, now often known as the “Godfather of Soul.” Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), the movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Brown, alongside cast members Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, and Viola Davis. Critics are already calling the feature a “high-energy” addition to Taylor’s resume and predicting a strong run for the film. Meanwhile, officials in Natchez, the city in Mississippi where the movie was shot, are looking to launch a Get on Up tour to take visitors to the locations of the film sets. The movie is set for an August 1 release.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, this reboot based on the franchise of the same name follows the four mutant warriors as they fight to save the city from the control of the evil Colonel Schorder and The Foot. The film, which stars Megan Fox, Johnny Knoxville, Will Arnett, and William Fichntner, caused some buzz at San Diego Comic Con in late July by teasing several clips from the film. The movie, coming to theaters on August 8, is reportedly heavy on lighthearted, goofy humor, and critics are already warning audiences to remember that it’s really a kid’s movie above all else.
Into the Storm
Fans of the 1996 movie, Twister, are sure to jump on board with this latest natural disaster film, directed by Steven Quale and written by John Swetnam. Into the Storm follows a group of high school students as they document the chaos and shocking aftermath of an onslaught of Category 6 tornados that sends most of the other residents of the town of Silverton running for their lives. The film features Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Arlen Escarpeta, Nathan Kress, and Jeremy Sumpter and is slated to hit theaters on August 8.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Also hitting theaters August 8 is comedy-drama film The Hundred Foot Journey. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and adapted to screen by Steven Knight, the film is based on the novel of the same name written by Richard C. Morais and stars Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Juhi Chawla and Om Puri. It follows the story of Hassan Kadam (Dayal) as he and his family are displaced from their native India and move to a small town in France to open a restaurant. Their efforts are made nearly impossible when Madame Mallory, the owner of a French restaurant across the street from theirs (played by Mirren), realizes what’s happening and tries to get their business shut down.
Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe takes on his first real rom-com role in this film, which follows him as medical school dropout, Wallace, who has been burned by multiple women in the past and is swearing off relationships when he meets and makes a connection with Chantry (Zoe Kazan). Unfortunately for Wallace, Chantry also has a boyfriend whom she lives with and the two must figure out how to stay friends while navigating the growing chemistry between them. The movie, also featuring Adam Driver as Wallace’s roommate (who also happens to be in love), hits theaters on August 8.
Let’s Be Cops
Directed by Luke Greenfield, this comedy reunites New Girl co-stars and Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans on the big screen. The film, which also features Nina Dobrev, follows the two friends as they dress up as police officers for a costume party and realize the neighborhood actually believes they’re real cops. But as they get further entangled in their fake police office identities, even crossing paths with mobsters at one point, they realize that their scheme may have gotten them in way over their heads. The movie is slated to hit movie theaters on August 13.
The Expendables 3
The ensemble cast in this film features more big-muscled names than you can count on both hands, including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Staham, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and many, many more. It follows Barney Ross (Stallone) and his Expendables team as they come face-to-face with the team’s cofounder turned arms trader, Conrad Stonebanks. The third installment in the franchise is set to hit theaters on August 15, but a pirated copy leaked online three weeks before the premiere. The torrent version reportedly got downloaded more than 189,000 times in just 24 hours, potentially seriously hurting Lionsgate’s sales. In any case, a fourth follow-up is reportedly already in the works.
Based off Lois Lowry’s famous 1993 novel, the upcoming science fiction film, directed by Phillip Noyce, features an A-list ensemble cast, including Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift. The story takes place in a dystopian world and follows 16-year-old Jonas (Thwaites) after he is selected to become his society’s Receiver of Memory, a role that gives him insight into the dark underbelly of his community. The big screen adaptation, set to hit theaters on August 15, has been in the works for quite some time, with the rights originally being bought by Warner Bros. before ending up with The Weinstein Company and Walden Media.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, the much buzzed-about sequel to the 2005 film Sin City is mostly based on the second book in the Sin City series by Miller. The movie features Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis reprising their roles as Nancy Calahan, Gail, Goldie and Wendy, Marv, and John Hartigan, respectively. Newcomers to the follow-up include Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Pivan, and Lady Gaga, among others. The movie is scheduled for theater release on August 22.
If I Stay
Chloë Grace Moretz will star in the film adaptation of the 2009 YA novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. The story follows 17-year-old Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. While she remains unconscious in the hospital Mia has an out-of-body experience in which she sees memories flash before her eyes and must eventually decide whether to wake up or give up. The movie, directed by R.J. Cutler, also stars Mireille Enos and Lauren Lee Smith and began shooting in Vancouver last year. It’s slated to hit theaters on August 22.
When the Game Stands Tall
The sports drama film, also hitting theaters on August 22, is based on the 2003 book of the same name by Neil Hayes, and follows the true story of Coach Bob Ladoceur, who broke records by leading the high school football team of De La Salle High School in Concord, California to a 151-game winning streak from 1992-2003. The movie stars Jim Caviezel as Ladoucer, with Laura Dern playing his wife and Michael Chicklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson. Meanwhile, Alexander Ludwig will play running back Chris Ryan. The film is directed by Thomas Carter and written by Scott Marshall Smith.
The November Man
This spy thriller is based on the novel, There Are No Spies, the seventh installment in The November Man series of books by Bill Granger. Adapted to screen by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek and directed by Roger Donaldson, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA operative who is brought back into the agency to protect witness Alice Fournier and soon finds himself going head-to-head against former friend and protégé David Mason (played by Luke Bracey) in a scheme that also involves important U.S. government officials. The film will hit theaters on August 27.
As Above, So Below
This independent-found footage film centers on two archaeologists who venture in to the catacombs below Paris on the hunt for lost treasure and end up experiencing paranormal visions of their own past memories. The scary experience forces them to accept their past and come to grips with their present-day reality. Described as “a journey into madness and terror,” the upcoming thriller stars Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, and Edwin Hodge and was directed by John Erick Dowde, who also co-wrote the script alongside Drew Dowdle. The film is slated to hit theaters on August 29.