As back to school blasts across media, students can take their family and friends to the theaters to catch some movies before their academic schedule kicks into high gear. Viewers can also cool off from the hot summer sun with well varied home video/streaming offerings (NOTE: all release dates are subject to change).
August home video releases will begin with Morgan Freeman, Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Ann Margaret and the young Joey King (Ramona and Beezus) in the crime comedy Going in Style where an expert trio work together for their families against the banks that secretly took their money.
The Circle, based on the best-selling book, stars Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast) as Mae Holland who gets hired into a mysterious corporation lead by Eamon Bailey, played by Tom Hanks. Other co-stars include Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy), Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille) and the late Bill Paxton as Mae’s ailing father.
The drama Wakefield stars Bryan Cranston as a husband in crisis who seems to flee his family but stays in the nearby garage attic. Jennifer Garner stars as his wife and the story is based off a short story by E.L. Doctorow.
Colossal obviously has a grand scale but also a dark tone as Anne Hathaway stars as Gloria who is mysterious connected to a huge creature destroying Seoul, South Korea. Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast), Jason Sudeikis, and Tim Blake Nelsen.
The 2016 Japanese Shin Godzilla also releases on home video, which had a limited, but successful U.S. theatrical release, and looks to tide over monster fans until the 2019 sequel and showcase of the cinematic MonsterVerse.
The Netflix streaming video service will release the sci-fi fantasy Matrix trilogy and The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1 then The Founder on the 2nd,which stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc in this biographical account as he begins the McDonald’s restaurant franchise. On the 3rd, Netflix will release the animated music-filled comedy Sing where various animal characters enter a talent contest.
On the 4th, theaters will fill with patrons as studios offer tense thrillers and epic films like the adaptation of Steven King’s The Dark Tower starring Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black and Idris Elba as the Gunslinger.
Halle Berry stars as a Mom that will stop at nothing to get her son back in the thriller Kidnap while Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star in the winter thriller Wind River in limited release.
The documentary Step will also get a limited release and follows a high-school dance team in Baltimore. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), the historical drama Detroit stars John Boyega (Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens) and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War) and will chronicle the tragic incidents at the Algiers Motel and the racial violence and retaliating riots that followed.
Netflix will also release Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1, the third season of the animated series Voltron and the documentary Icarus that chronicles the Russian sports doping scandal.
The Amazon Prime streaming service will release the first seasons of Comrade Detective and Lost in Oz.
On August 8, the digital release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will make a big impression. The star-filled cast expands from the following base – Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star Lord), played by Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, The LEGO Movie); Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek Into Darkness) the adopted daughter of tyrannical Titan being, Thanos; Drax, played by former pro wrestler Dave Bautista (Man With the Iron Fists, Spectre); the wonderfully endearing Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel (The Fate of the Furious) and the wise-cracking, but brilliantly strategic Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook). Based the comic book series that began in 1969, this sequel also stars Michael Rooker (Yondu), Pom Klementieff (Mantis) and Karen Gillan as Gamora’s sister Nebula plus some surprise actors.
Other regular home video releases will include King Arthur: Legend of the Sword from British director Guy Ritchie (Man From U.N.C.L.E.) where Charlie Huunam (TV’s Sons of Anarchy) stars as King Arthur who faces off against the villainous Vortigern, played by Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes).
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul features the family’s travels for Meemaw’s 90 birthday celebration while Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn team up for the comedy Snatched as their South American vacation turns into a kidnapping scenario.
On the 11th, theatrical releases will include the animal-filled animated sequel The Nut Job 2:Nutty By Nature featuring the reprised voice work of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl and Maya Rudolph and the biographical drama The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson.
Limited releases will include the crime drama Good Time where a thief eludes the authorities and the drama The Only Living Boy in New York starring Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan and Cynthia Nixon.
The fantasy Mune: Guardian of the Moon will have a special, one-day-only theatrical release on the 12th. For the creators of The Little Prince, this film features the voice work of Rob Lower, Christian Slater, Patton Oswalt and Ed Helms.
August 15 will have a huge home video release set including the western Hickok that follows the famous outlaw “Wild” Bill Hickok, played by Luke Hemsworth (Westworld) in his first leading role in a feature film. Set in Abilene, Kansas during the 1870s, Hickok also stars Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson and Bruce Dern. Extras will include several deleted scenes and the feature “The Road to Abilene: The Making of Hickok”.
The Disney Channel’s successful sequel Descendants 2, Disney Jr’s Mickey and the Roadster Racers: Start Your Engines and ABC’s Once Upon a Time: The Complete Sixth Season will be some of many offerings looking to entertain before school begins as well as sustaining viewers through the fall season.
The Lion King: Walt Disney Signature Collection will also release on digital along with the PG-rated drama The Case for Christ is based on the Lee Strobel book. Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen (Traffic), Robert Forester, Frankie Faison and Faye Dunaway star in this film about an atheist/journalist trying to disprove the existence of God.
In the military thriller The Wall, John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson face-off against a vicious Iraqi sniper.
Director Ridley Scott shapes another chapter in this popular Alien film series with Alien: Covenant. Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Danny McBride and Billy Crudup star.
Based on the best-selling Nicola Yoon novel, Everything, Everything features The Hunger Games star (as Rue) Amandla Stenberg as a young girl with special medical conditions who begins a romance with her neighbor Olly played by Nick Robinson (Jurassic World).
Amazon Prime will also release the third season of the animated series Tumble Leaf.
On the 18th, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson will team up in the action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard while director Steven Soderburgh (Ocean’s 11, Out of Sight) returns with the racing crime caper Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver (Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens), Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterson and Katie Holmes.
Netflix will also release Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1, which features the heroic characters Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Elektra as well as the futuristic What Happened to Monday starring Noomi Rapace as seven identical sisters. Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close also star.
Home video releases on the 22nd will include regular physical copy release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 plus the complete second season of the hit CBS show Supergirl.
The inspiring drama All Saints will hit theaters on the 25th as John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) stars as salesman-turned-pastor who faces new challenges and opportunities with his tight-knit congregation. Inspired by a true story.
Other theatrical releases will include the Bruce Lee biopic Birth of the Dragon, the wrongful murder charge drama Crown Heights, the Indian action-romance A Gentleman, the animated French adventure Leap! and the romantic drama Tulip Fever starring Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Valerian), Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Judi Dench.
Viewers will also find DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5 and Once Upon a Time: Season 6 on Netflix while Amazon Prime will offer superhero comedy series The Tick starring Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick 2).
On the 26th, Saturday night will be the night for fighting on several streaming venues and even theaters as mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor takes on the undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
Amazon Prime will release Florence Foster Jenkins on the 27th. Meryl Streep stars as a music lover who aspires to sing opera. Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) also star.
Home video releases on the 29th will include Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack and the first season of The Good Place on Netflix while Amazon Prime will release the first season of Victoria, which chronicles Queen Victoria and her courtship with Prince Albert.
Set in China, the nature documentary Born in China features pandas and several other animals and is narrated by John Krasinski. Other home video releases will include The Lion King: Walt Disney Signature Collection, Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three, Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary, Designated Survivor: The Complete First Season, and Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Thirteenth Season.
The R-rated TV adaptation of Baywatch stars Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario who reteam after the disaster movie San Andreas as part of a life guard group that gets a new recruit played by Zac Efron.
Have a great August!
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