If you’re thinking of having a night out at the cinema then check out this list of what films and documentaries are due to be released in August, as well as what key trailers have been released throughout July.
Fantastic Four – 6th August
The Film centers on four young outsiders (Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Susan Storm, and Ben Grimm) who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. With their lives irrevocably upended, the team (now Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and The Thing) must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy Victor Von Doom.
Pixels – 12th August
In 1982, in the hopes of establishing peaceful communication with extra-terrestrial life, NASA launches a time capsule into outer space containing images and footage of Earth life and culture.
However, the aliens misinterpret enclosed video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war. They attack the Earth using the games as models for their various assaults including Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, and Space Invaders.
Their technology creates voxels that change form and are capable of turning any form of matter into more of itself. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) calls upon his best friend since childhood, former video game professional Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), who is now a home theatre installer and had a previous relationship with Cooper's wife (Jane Krakowski).
To combat the video game characters, Brenner decides to lead a team of retrogamers Eddie Plant and Ludlow Lamonsoff (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens with various technology similar to those used in games.
The guys have save the world thousands of times before – at a cost of 25 cents a game in the old video arcades. However now, they’re going to have to do it for real.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – 14th August
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s period of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centres on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilising the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organisation, and they must race against time to find her and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.
Paper Towns – 17th August
Taking place in Orlando, Florida, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen lives next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman, his childhood friend from whom he has since drifted, but still has feelings for. One night, when she climbs through his window and summons him on an all-night road trip of revenge, he cannot help but follow her lead. The next day, however, Margo does not come to school, and after a few days it becomes apparent she is missing. Q soon learns that there are clues in her disappearance that seem to be meant for him to make sense of. But as he gets deeper into the mystery and discovers more about the person Margo actually is, he becomes less sure of who and what he is looking for.
Bill – 21st August
Bill is set during Shakespeare's "lost years"—the crucial period, long a mystery to scholars, covering his rise from obscurity in Stratford-upon-Avon to fame as a playwright in London.
Vacation – 21st August
Remembering fond, childhood memories of his trip to Walley World, Rusty Griswold surprises his wife and two sons with a cross-country excursion to America's favourite fun park. Following in his father's footsteps, Rusty and the gang pack up the car and hit the road for some much-needed family bonding. Soon, the promise of fun turns into one misadventure after another for the next generation of Griswolds and anyone who encounters them.
Hitman: Agent 47 – 27th August
Based on the Hitman video game series an assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.
Straight Outta Compton – 28th August
In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all begin, Straight Out Of Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels – armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado, and raw talent – stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.
And although we won’t be seeing them on our screens any time soon here are a few of the trailers released in the last month that have caught our attention.
Adonis Johnson never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky's help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.
London Has Fallen
The story picks up in London, where the British Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances and his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. What starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world's most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the U.S. President Benjamin Asher, his formidable Secret Service lead agent Mike Banning, and a British MI6 agent who rightly trusts no one.
In the aftermath of Raoul Silva's attack on MI6, a cryptic message sets in motion events that will see James Bond come face-to-face with the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. While Gareth Mallory, the newly appointed M, continues fighting political pressures that threaten the future of MI6, Bond discovers that the only way to unravel the web of conspiracy is to protect the innocent daughter of a powerful enemy. Following a trail from Mexico to Austria and Morocco, he is forced to operate outside his purview as he is drawn into a confrontation with an enemy from his past.
The Good Dinosaur
In an alternate timeline where Earth was never hit by an asteroid and dinosaurs never became extinct, a young Apatosaurus named Arlo loses his father in a tragic accident. One day, Arlo falls into a river and gets knocked out by a rock, finding himself far away from his home. While trying to find a way back to the Clawed-Tooth Mountains, he befriends a human caveboy that he names Spot.
The Finest Hours
In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue the more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.
The film is based on the true story of Laurel Hester, a police officer in Ocean County, New Jersey. Following her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer in 2005, Hester repeatedly appealed to the county's board of chosen freeholders in an attempt to ensure her pension benefits could be passed on to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree .
The government enlists criminals in a team known as Task Force X otherwise known as The Suicide Squad. The team despite hating each other has to work together in missions for shorter prison sentences.
Legend is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of Ronnie & Reggie; The Kray Twins.