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5 Movies You Can’t Miss This August

This month in movies!

Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill in Mission Impossible: Fallout

The summer movies season is almost coming to an end but the month of August has what looks like to be a few gems you won’t want to miss. With that in mind here’s 5 movies we can’t wait to see.

5. The Wife

Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce

Genre: Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Directed By: Björn Runge
Written By: Jane Anderson
Notable Castmembers: Glenn CloseJonathan PryceChristian Slater, Harry Lloyd

The Wife is a drama revolving around the married life of two fascinating characters. While Glen Close portrays Joan, an elegant and diplomatic wife, Jonathan Pryce takes on the role of her vain prolific writer husband, Joe. The viewers watch as the added pressure of Joe being selected as a Nobel Prize recipient brings compromises and betrayals from the past to the surface along with simmering stress and frustration. The film looks to be a tense character drama focusing on a wife who is painted as a victim and yet seems to hold power over her situation. This is corroborated when she calls herself a “kingmaker” in the trailer leaving viewers to wonder if she may be the one in control after all.

The fact that it has Glenn Close is likely going to be a draw for audiences, especially since critics have already begun praising her for her portrayal. Jon Frosh of the Hollywood Reporter writes: “Like a bomb ticking away toward detonation, Glenn Close commands the center of The Wife: still, formidable and impossible to look away from.”

The film was opened to critical audiences in 2017, but now in 2018 the rest of us will finally get to see what all the buzz is about

 

4. The Happytime Murders

Melissa McCarthy

Genre: Comedy, Action & Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: August 24, 2018
Directed By: Brian Henson
Written By: Todd BergerDee Austin Robertson
Notable Castmembers: Melissa McCarthyElizabeth BanksMaya RudolphJoel McHale

In a world where humans and puppets coexist a mysterious killer seems to be murdering former members of a popular puppet show for children. A human and a puppet must team up despite their differences and delve into the seedy underbelly of L.A. to solve these crimes.

With Mellissa McCarthy playing the lead role in this comedic romp, it’s sure to get raunchy. However, I wouldn’t worry about the heart of the puppet artform being lost. The director, Brian Henson, worked on many classic muppet movies like The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppets From Space, The Great Muppet Caper, and many more. If anyone can pull off the melding of an R rated comedy and a light-hearted muppet movie it’s him.

 

3. Church and State

Genre: Documentary
Rating: TV-14
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Directed By: Holly Tuckett

After gay marriage was legalized on the federal level in 2013 many states who had yet to do it on their own began looking to recognize it themselves. However, in Utah, a state where the Mormon church permeates not only most aspects of public life but legislature as well, gay rights activists faced a steep uphill battle. The documentary promises to not only follow activists on both sides of the issue – but examine how closely religion can become entwined with government. 

 

2. BlacKkKlansman

Adam Driver and John David Washington

Genre: Comedy, Biography, Crime
Rating: R
Release Date: August 10, 2018
Directed By: Spike Lee
Written By: Spike LeeKevin WillmottDavid RabinowitzCharlie Wachtel
Notable Castmembers: John David WashingtonAdam DriverLaura HarrierAlec BaldwinIsiah Whitlock Jr.Topher Grace

Based on an amazing true story this movie follows Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American police officer from Colorado, as he infiltrates his local KKK chapter. Along the way, he has help from his Jewish co-worker, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), and the two form an unusual friendship in the face of a incredebly risky situation.

 

1. Mission Impossible Fallout

Simon Peg, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, and Ving Rhames

Genre: Action & Adventure, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Release Date: July 27, 2018
Directed By: Christopher McQuarrie
Written By: Christopher McQuarrieBruce Geller
Notable Castmembers: Tom CruiseHenry CavillVing RhamesSimon PeggRebecca FergusonSean HarrisAngela BassettVanessa KirbyMichelle MonaghanWes BentleyAlec Baldwin

While technically this movie came out at the tail end of July, it’s only a few days away from August so we’re gonna count it. This eagerly awaited addition to the Mission Impossible saga follows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he goes up against new and old foes to stop plutonium from falling into the wrong hands. The action and chase sequences look as thrilling as ever, especially when you consider the fact that Cruise does all his own stunts. This is the blockbuster event of the summer, make sure not to miss it!

 

What movies are you looking forward to this month? Have you seen any of these movies?Let us know in the comments below or on social media!

 

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Madeleine Hettich
Madeleine Hettich is a graphic designer, writer, illustrator, and comic book artist. After graduating with a BFA degree (with an emphasis in Visual Communications Design) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer before being hired by GREY. She continues to develop independent illustration and comics projects in her own time. This background gives her a unique perspective when writing about any number of topics.

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