Magic movies in monster month
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.