Summer Movie Preview: August

With all of the heavy hitters coming out in July, what could August have to offer?  Well it isn’t as much as what July offered, but there is still a lot of fun movies coming out in the last month of summer.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: August 5th

Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, Andy Serkis

Premise: A scientist (Franco) is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s by testing on apes. When test subject Caesar suddenly begins to mutate rapidly, the scientist takes him home to remove him from the cruel lab doctors.  Little does the scientist know that this will lead to a war like any other.

Expectations: They aren’t very high for this one.  Not sure how much of a desire there is to see how the Planet of the Apes became the Planet of the Apes.  Only time will give us that answer.

Trailer:

30 Minutes or Less

Release Date: August 12th

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Michael Pena

Premise: Nick (Eisenberg) is a pizza delivery boy whose life gets turned upside down by two run wannabe criminals (McBride and Swardson).  The criminals strap a bomb to Nick and force him to rob a bank.  With only hours to pull off the job and desperate from help, Nick turns to his ex-best friend Chet (Ansari) for help.  The two hesitantly join forces and must finish the job before time runs out.

Expectations: This cast is filled with some pretty funny actors.  The only question will be whether or not the combination of them all will be able to put butts in the seats.  Expect this comedy to have a decent outing at the box office with steady numbers each week due to word of mouth of how funny it is.

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Final Destination 5

Release Date: August 12th

Starring: Emma Bell, Nicholas D’Agosto, Miles Fisher, Arlen Escarpeta, Jacqueline MacInnes-Wood, P.J. Byrne, Ellen Wroe, David Koechner, Courtney B. Vance, Tony Todd

Premise: Death is back yet again to prove that no matter what you do, you can’t cheat, hide or escape it.

Expectations: Not very high, this is just a case of milking the cow for all its worth.  They won’t stop making these movies until one of them bombs.  Hopefully this will put the nail in the coffin for this poor excuse of a franchise.

Trailer:

No Trailer yet! (but you can guess what it will look like)

Conan the Barbarian

Release Date: August 19th

Starring: Jason Momoa, Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi Fassir, Nonso Anozie, Bob Sapp, Milton Welsh

Premise: Conan (Momoa) starts on a quest that begins as a personal vendetta but it soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds. Conan soon realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of evil.

Expectations: What was said for Rise of the Planet of the Apes can be said for this film also.  Does anyone want another Conan film?  Will anyone care enough to go and see it?  More than likely not because the title character is played by an unknown.  Expect this film to be this year’s Pathfinder.

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Apollo 18

Release Date: August 26th

Starring: No names have been released yet

Premise: The film footage for a secret two man mission to the moon has been recovered.  While on the moon, the two astronauts come in contact with something no one has ever seen before.  The footage is said to be real and may be the reason we have never gone back to the moon.

Expectations: Apollo 18 looks like it’s a copycat of Cloverfield and all the other films that use “real footage.”  The only thing that will help it is if it brings something new to the table and from the looks of the trailer, it sadly doesn’t.  It will probably be fun to look at, but not much other than that.

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Our Idiot Brother

Release Date: August 26th

Starring: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, Janet Montgomery, Steve Coogan

Premise: Ned (Rudd) is an overly optimistic and upbeat organic farmer, but when his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, he turns to his sisters (Banks, Mortimer and Deschanel) for help.As each of them take turns at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates some problems in their routines. Then as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, Ned isn’t such an idiot as he seems.

Expectations: This is another film filled with funny actors who have all proven themselves to be valuable assets to any comedy.  From the look of it, Our Idiot Brother could end up being a nice comedic surprise towards the end of an exciting summer.

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