Magic movies in mon­ster month

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Au­gust will be another month packed with great film re­leases, pre­dicts Down­town Cine­mas CEO Paul Wood.

Be­gin­ning with Fan­tas­tic Four and end­ing with Last Cab to

Dar­win, Down­town Cine­mas of­fers a movie for ev­ery­one, he says.

On Au­gust 6 Fan­tas­tic Four re­vis­its the very pop­u­lar se­ries of the early 2000s. The Fan­tas­tic

Four were the first su­per-hero team cre­ated by Marvel writer/ editor Stan Lee.

The movie re­turns to the be­gin­ning and tells of four young out­siders tele­ported to an al­ter­nate and dan­ger­ous uni­verse which al­ters their shape in shock­ing ways. They must learn to har­ness their new abil­i­ties and work to­gether to save their planet from a for­mer friend and now en­emy.

The film stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell and con­tin­ues to pro­file the suc­cess­ful se­ries of Marvel movies at present be­ing viewed around the world.

Au­gust 13 sees a very up­mar­ket ver­sion of the pop­u­lar 1960s TV se­ries, The Man from

Un­cle. It’s writ­ten and di­rected by Guy Ritchie ( Sher­lock Holmes) and stars Henry Cavell ( Spiderman: Man of Steel) as Napoleon Solo and Ar­mie Ham­mer ( The So­cial Net­work) as Illya Kuryakin.

In The Man from Un­cle, CIA and KGB agents work along­side each other to stop an in­ter­na­tional crime or­gan­i­sa­tion. Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wi­gram, who col­lab­o­rated to reim­age clas­sic de­tec­tive Sher­lock Holmes in two mem­o­rable movies, are the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind this latest adap­ta­tion.

The movie, that also stars Hugh Grant, has a 98 per cent ‘‘want to see’’ score on Rot­ten Toma­toes’ movie in­for­ma­tion web­site. Also in Au­gust comes

Train­wreck, an hi­lar­i­ous R rated com­edy that’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween di­rec­tor, Jud Apa­tow and writer/co­me­dian Amy Schumer. Amy plays a char­ac­ter called Amy who, since she was a lit­tle child, had been told by her ras­cal of a dad that monogamy wasn’t re­al­is­tic.

But, as a com­mit­ted pho­bic ca­reer woman, she might have to face her worst fears when she meets a spe­cial guy. As well as Amy Schumer, it also stars Bill Hader and WWE celebrity John Cena.

Paul points to Au­gust 20 as a huge day on the cin­ema cal­en­dar. There are four ma­jor re­leases on that day start­ing with Hitman –

Agent 47, a film inspired by the hit com­puter game, Hitman.

It stars Ru­pert Friend and Ciaran Hinds in an ac­tion crime thriller.

Ge­net­i­cally en­gi­neered Agent 47 as­sists a woman to find her fa­ther and un­cover the mys­tery of her an­ces­try.

Also be­ing re­leased on Au­gust 20 is Va­ca­tion, which Paul de­scribes as ‘‘an out­ra­geous R rated com­edy.’’ The movie

Va­ca­tion fo­cuses on the next gen­er­a­tion of the Griswald fam­ily. Rusty Griswald takes his fam­ily on a road trip to Wal­ley World in or­der to spice things up with his wife and re­con­nect with his fam­ily.

It stars Ed Helms, Lesley Mann, Christina Ap­ple­gate, Chris Hemsworth and, of course, Chevy Chase.

The third Au­gust 20 re­lease is Paul’s per­sonal favourite for the month. Southpaw is di­rected by An­toine Fuqua ( Train­ing Day) with the screen play writ­ten by Kurt Sut­ter (Sons of An­ar­chy). It tells the riv­et­ing story of Billy Hope who has it all – wife, ca­reer, daugh­ter.

But when tragedy strikes Hope hits rock bot­tom un­til he turns to an un­likely saviour at a run­down lo­cal gym.

Southpaw has an in­cred­i­ble line-up in­clud­ing Academy Award Nom­i­nee Jake Gyl­len­haal, Rachel McA­dams and Academy Award win­ner For­est Whit­taker. The fi­nal Au­gust 20 re­lease is

She’s Funny That Way from vet­eran di­rec­tor Peter Bog­danovich.

It’s a screw­ball com­edy fea­tur­ing the in­ter-con­nected per­sonal lives of the cast and crew of a Broad­way pro­duc­tion.

She’s Funny That Way stars Owen Wil­son, Jen­nifer Anis­ton, Imogen Poots and Rhys Ifans.

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