Summer is almost over, but there’s still plenty of action at the movie theater. The dog days are more lively than usual, thanks to the first spinoff in the FAST AND THE FURIOUS series, the long-awaited movie version of “Dora the Explorer” and the bloody fun of READY OR NOT, to name just a few.
Here are all the big movies coming to Cinemark in August.
The Story: Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) leap from the FAST AND THE FURIOUS series into their own movie, where they’re joined by Shaw’s sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT) to battle Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), a former MI6 agent who has turned himself into a super-powered terrorist.
Why We’re Excited: The Rock and Jason Statham bickering with each other while Vanessa Kirby shows off her skills and Idris Elba menaces everyone — what’s not to love? Another great factor is the director, David Leitch, who was one of the two filmmakers behind JOHN WICK, before he went on to make ATOMIC BLONDE and DEADPOOL 2.
The Story: Dora (Isabela Moner) has spent her life on adventures with her explorer parents (Michael Peña and Eva Longoria), but now she has to learn how to survive high school. When her parents go missing, however, Dora happily trades the challenges of classes and cliques for a jungle expedition in search of her family.
Why We’re Excited: THE MUPPETS director James Bobin knows just how to combine humor and adventure, which makes this a fitting continuation of the beloved series “Dora the Explorer.” Plus, Isabela Moner, previously seen in SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO and INSTANT FAMILY, is a star in the making, and DORA might just take her to the next level.
The Story: Awkwafina stars as Chinese-American writer Billi, whose grandmother, Nai Nai (Zhao Shuzhe), is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The family keeps this information from her, however, and plans a wedding in order to bring everyone together with Nai Nai one last time.
Why We're Excited: Writer/director Lulu Wang based THE FAREWELL on her own experience, which adds a layer of potent reality to what is already a very effective blend of comedy and drama.
The Story: Chilling tales from Alvin Schwartz’s three “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” volumes are brought to the big screen, with their freakish monsters and bizarre twists fully intact.
Why We’re Excited: Director André Øvredal blew us away with his early movie, TROLLHUNTER, and later made the frighteningly effective THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE. With producer Guillermo del Toro (HELLBOY, THE SHAPE OF WATER) overseeing the adaptation, and some great monster effects, this looks like our childhood nightmares brought to life.
The Story: The lives of race car driver Denny (Milo Ventimiglia) and his wife Eve (Amanda Seyfried) are enriched by the presence of Denny’s golden retriever, Enzo, as they all work together to navigate life’s tight corners and difficult stretches.
Why We’re Excited: Kevin Costner voices a dog, which sounds weird at first, and then makes total sense as soon as you hear him in action. This looks like a spot-on adaptation of Garth Stein’s 2008 novel.
The Story: In the Hell’s Kitchen of 1970s Manhattan, three mob wives, played by Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss, take over an organized crime operation after their husbands are pinched by the FBI.
Why We’re Excited: We love seeing actors known for comedy veer into dark dramatic territory. (See also: Robin Williams in INSOMNIA and ONE HOUR PHOTO, Patton Oswalt in BIG FAN, and Don Rickles in CASINO.) So this cast playing out a period crime thriller is a great hook.
The Story: It’s 1987 in the UK, and social and economic turmoil are turning parts of the town of Luton upside down. Teen Javeed, whose family hails from Pakistan, is trying to deal with prejudice in his home town, and restrictive rules at home — and then he discovers the music of Bruce Springsteen, and his life changes forever.
Why We’re Excited: We’ve seen a lot of movies try to capture the powerful hold music can have on people, and how a great song or artist can make everything feel different, and better. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT approaches that feeling with earnest purity — and, as Javeed, first-time feature lead Viveik Kalra stands out as a new talent to watch.
The Story: The contentious relationship between Birds and Piggies is launched into new territory when the homes of both species are threatened by a mysterious new purple bird. The former enemies forge a tenuous truce in order to protect both their island homes.
Why We’re Excited: Director Thurop Van Orman has made great TV shows — he created “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack” and was involved with shows like “Adventure Time” and “The Powerpuff Girls,” so we can’t wait to see his first big movie.
The Story: 12-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay, ROOM) just wants to prepare for his first big romantic moment by learning how to kiss, but his best friends Lucas and Thor (Keith L. Williams of “The Last Man on Earth” and Brady Noon of “Boardwalk Empire”) might not be the best instructors. When their plan goes very wrong, the three friends end up on an odyssey involving teen girls, angry cops, and
Why We’re Excited: They grow up so fast! High school used to be the playground for raunchy comedy, but this movie gives pre-teens their vulgar moment. It’s probably a terrifying thought for parents, but very funny for everyone else.
The Story: Four scuba divers are exploring the underwater ruins of an ancient city when they discover that one of the ocean’s deadliest sharks has turned the submerged labyrinth into a home.
Why We’re Excited: It’s a shark movie, and the secret truth is that there are no bad shark movies.
The Story: In this adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel, Bernadette (Cate Blanchett) is known as a prickly, difficult person — and then she abruptly disappears, leaving her teen daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson) to track her down.
Why We’re Excited: Director Richard Linklater, who made DAZED & CONFUSED and the BEFORE SUNRISE trilogy, has become one of the most vital and consistently great directors working today. We want to see what he and Cate Blanchett can do together, and newcomer Emma Nelson looks like a promising new talent.
The Story: Grace (Samara Weaving) has just married into the rich and rather eccentric Le Domas clan, but she won’t truly be accepted into their ranks until she takes part in an old tradition — a game of hide and seek that turns out to be very deadly.
Why We’re Excited: The trailer for READY OR NOT is fast-paced and very funny, given how nasty the story seems — it’s always great to see an energetic, single-minded horror thriller. Samara Weaving has been great in films like THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI and THE BABYSITTER, and she seems like the ideal casting for this wild ride.
The Story: Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) has performed his duties in exemplary fashion, but now he is framed for an assassination attempt on the President. To clear his name and discover the real culprit behind the threat, Banning goes on the run from the FBI and his own agency — and seeks shelter from unlikely allies.
Why We’re Excited: The two previous films in this series, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and LONDON HAS FALLEN, were gritty, entertaining action thrillers that gave Gerard Butler terrific material. There’s every reason to expect that lightning can strike a third time.