Want to know what to see this weekend? We’ve got you covered! This column is our regular guide to all the new movies opening each week, from blockbusters to indies bursting with new talent, to eye-opening documentaries. Here’s everything new in theaters for the weekend of August 9.
Nickelodeon’s most famous young explorer grows up and comes to the big screen in an all-new adventure! Isabela Moner plays Dora, who is having a hard enough time navigating the dangers of high school. When her globe-trotting parents disappear, Dora sets off to find them, with best friend Boots the monkey and several new high school pals in tow.
Family dynamics clash with tradition in this story of Billi (Awkwafina), who is summoned from her home in America to a family gathering in China. She's not thrilled about the reason, however. Ostensibly she's going to a wedding, but in truth her grandmother has only a short time to live, and the family is gathering everyone to spend a few days with her one last time… without telling the elder woman what is really going on.
Three women, played by Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy and Elisabeth Moss, turn to crime when their criminal husbands are locked up — and the women find that they’re great at less-than-legal activity. Set in the Hell’s Kitchen of 1970s New York City, this crime thriller is based on a Vertigo Comics series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, and written and directed by STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON screenwriter Andrea Berloff.
The short story collections that jump-started a love of horror in so many young readers have been turned into a movie by Oscar®-winning producer Guillermo del Toro (THE SHAPE OF WATER). Angry spirits, unexpected insects and a vicious scarecrow are just some of the monsters that threaten a group of teenagers who find a book of stories that bring their darkest individual fears to life.
Garth Stein’s massively popular novel about a race car driver and his faithful golden retriever Enzo — who narrates the story and believes that “prepared” pups can be reincarnated as humans — is finally a movie! Kevin Costner voices Enzo in the film, while Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried play racer Denny Swift and his wife Eve, whose lives are enriched by their relationship with Enzo.
Aldis Hodge gets a star-making role as Brian Banks, in this true story of an All-American high school football star whose plans to play for USC on his road to the NFL are destroyed by a wrongful conviction for a crime he didn’t commit. The story follows Banks through his prison sentence, and meeting with Justin Brooks (Greg Kinnear) of the California Innocence Project, who helps Banks battle for his freedom, and work towards his dream of playing for the NFL.
Filmmaker Julias Onah makes a sharp right turn from his previous effort, THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, to this surprising and very effective thriller. Kelvin Harrison Jr. is stunning in the title role, playing an all-star high school athlete and scholar whose parents (Naomi Watts and Tim Roth) adopted him from a war-torn country. Luce seems like a success story in every way — and then his teacher (Octavia Spencer) discovers something about him that threatens to undo everything he has achieved. [Expanding]
Internationally-popular South Korean boy band BTS is the subject of this documentary — the band's third! BRING THE SOUL: THE MOVIE captures live performances from the band's "Love Yourself" world tour, which ran from August 2018 to April 2019. Interspersed between performances are interviews with band members, filmed on a Paris rooftop in October of last year. [Opened on August 7]
Shia LaBeouf has made a name for himself based on tough, surprising roles on screen. THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON may be his most unexpected role in years, however, as he plays… a really nice guy! LaBeouf plays Tyler, a not-entirely upstanding guy who meets Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a man with Downs Syndrome who has run away from his care center in order to train as a professional wrestler. The two team up for a road trip worthy of Mark Twain, with some help from Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a nursing home employee with her own interest in both men. [Opening limited]