7 Movies We’re Looking Forward To: August 2013

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7 Movies We're Looking Forward To: August 2013

Elysium Poster While May and July typically get the most attention as far as the summer moviegoing season is concerned, August has slowly staked its claim as the month to watch. Many breakout hits have released in August - films like District 9 and Rise of the Planet of the Apes for example - and found success not from big marketing pushes, but positive word of mouth. It's with that in mind that we list some of our most anticipated movies for August 2013, a month rife with genre-heavy fare, some sequels, and a few serious dramas. However, with so many films releasing in August, it's going to be tough for the spending-conscious moviegoer to decide which films might be worth checking out. Allow us to help. Here are the 7 Movies We're Looking Forward to in August 2013.

August 7th: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

August Preview - Percy Jackson The first Percy Jackson wasn't a bona fide hit here in the states, but it did do surprisingly well overseas. That's why it's not much of a surprise that Fox decided to push forward with a sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Based on a series of novels by Rick Riordan, the first Percy Jackson was positioned as the next Harry Potter, which might have put it at a disadvantage. Yes, there are some fantastical elements to the film's premise - which centers on the son of Poseidon and his adventures with various mythological creatures - but this was clearly something different,  in a good way. And although Logan Lerman hasn't caught on like some other young actors, he's still someone worth keeping an eye on. The first film was a fun ride with some solid effects created on a very modest budget, so we're interested to see how this sequel turns out. Check out the trailer for Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

August 7th: We're the Millers

August Preview - Were the Millers We're the Millers has a very simple premise – a man creates a fake family to smuggle drugs into the US – but one that, if done well, could make it an R-rated comedy hit. From top to bottom the film has a unique cast - including former SNL star Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston as faux man and wife - but it's the film's writing duo of Bob Fisher and Steve Faber that has us the most intrigued. The last film Fisher and Faber wrote together was Wedding Crashers, a box office and critical hit and one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedies of all time. We're the Millers has that same type of strong ensemble, even if it might not have the mass appeal that Wedding Crashers did. However, if the two screenwriters can recapture that magic, comedy fans will want to take notice of this one. Check out the trailer for We're the Millers.

August 9th: Elysium

August Preview - Elysium Four years ago, director Neill Blomkamp took the sci-fi world by storm with his original film District 9. To follow-up that breakout hit, Blomkamp has returned with Elysium, a film that bares some similarities to District 9, but appears to be much more ambitious. The film stars Matt Damon as a factory worker living on an overpopulated Earth whose only hope is to hijack his way onto Elysium, a man-made space utopia where sickness doesn't exist and every luxury is at your fingertips. Also on Elysium is Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a seemingly stern businesswoman who wants nothing more than to keep the populations of Earth and Elysium separate. The promise of impressive special effects, unique action, and District 9 star Sharlto Copley as the villain all have us intrigued, but really we were sold based on Blomkamp's name alone. It may not be District 10, but Elysium could be a perfect replacement. Check out the trailer for Elysium.

August 16th: Kick-Ass 2

August Preview - Kick Ass 2   If you had said a few years ago that there was going to be a Kick-Ass 2, most would have laughed. The first film opened with only $19 million and went on to gross $48 million domestic. But thanks to a $96 million worldwide total and some strong DVD sales, here we are. And not only is Kick-Ass 2 finished, it's R-rating is in tact, and it has an even stronger cast than the first film. Obviously the most talked-about addition for Kick-Ass 2 is Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars, but we should not forget that comedic talent like John Leguizamo and Donald Faison are on board as well. Kick-Ass 2 picks up where the previous film left off, with Dave Lizewski and Mindy Macready both in high school, but also pulling double-duty as crime fighters. However, they are not alone this time around, having formed a "justice league" of sorts with the aforementioned Colonel and a few others. And it's only when Red Mist returns – with a new, more menacing moniker – that things start to really heat up. Check out the red band trailer for Kick-Ass 2.

August 16th: Jobs

August Preview - Jobs He was one of the greatest inventors of our generation, or perhaps any generation, but he was also a ruthless businessman. Jobs tells the story of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and his quest to deliver high-end electronics to the masses. And while most know where Jobs ended up, few know how he got there. We should also mention that yes, there another Steve Jobs biopic in the works (with Aaron Sorkin writing the script), but this one is out first. What makes this one unique is the casting of Ashton Kutcher (an actor who tends to lean towards comedies) as the stoic Jobs. At first, many questioned the casting of Kutcher, but early images from the film have seemingly put any doubt to rest, at least as far as Kutcher's ability to look like Jobs is concerned. Whether or not he and the rest of the filmmakers will be able to do Jobs' life story - including his death in 2011 - justice is another thing. Check out the trailer for Jobs.

August 23rd: The World's End

August Preview - The Worlds End The final entry in "The Cornetto Trilogy," The World's End is director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's love letter to their fans – one last film before Wright immerses himself in the Marvel cinematic universe with Ant-Man. While there really is no through line between the three films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and this) - aside from select members of the cast - each Cornetto entry has addressed a different theme. The World's End, for example, touches upon the idea of reuniting with old friends, and trying to preserve the good times. However, when robots have overrun your hometown, something as simple as a nostalgic pub crawl isn't so easy. As you might expect, hilarity and quick-cutting ensue, and before the credits roll we expect plenty of laughs to be had. The movie is already out in England and while it isn't getting rave reviews across the board, critics have said it's worth seeing if only to round out the trilogy. And that's good enough for us. Check out the trailer for The World's End.

August 23rd: You're Next

August Preview - Youre Next It might have something to do with our innate fear of masked assailants, or maybe just a fear of death, but something about home invasion movies has caught fire recently. You're Next is the latest in a long line of home invasion thrillers, but it also might be the most unique in the bunch. That's because, believe it or not, this one is a home invasion movie with a sense of humor. The film has been screening at festivals for over a year, slowly generating buzz along the way, and now that it's finally hitting theaters we can't wait to see how scary/funny it truly is. Horror has been dominating the box office this year with films like Mama and The Conjuring, so it would come as no surprise if You're Next continues that trend. It's only icing on the cake that the film is reportedly very good. Check out the trailer for You're Next.

7 Movies We're Looking Forward To: August 2013

Kick Ass 2 Jim Carrey Poster Believe us when we say August is packed. There are three or four films releasing almost every weekend - a sign that the summer is coming to a close and studios are ramping up for the mad rush of fall. And while the month of August is as notorious for its surprise hits as its bona fide stinkers, we found a few worth checking out. That being said, there were a handful of films that came close to making the list, but didn't for one reason or another. Films like 2 Guns, Paranoia, and Getaway, for example, have some star power behind them, but star power doesn't always signal a quality film. But what about you? Which August 2013 releases are you most looking forward to? Which films do you think will do well at the box office? And once again, here are the 7 August releases we are looking forward to:
  • August 7th: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, We're the Millers
  • August 9th: Elysium
  • August 16th: Kick-Ass 2, Jobs
  • August 23rd: The World's End, You're Next
TAGS: elysium, jobs, kick ass 2, percy jackson, the worlds end, we're the millers, You're Next

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  1. Looking forward to Elysium. Neill Bloomkamp is one of my favorite directors and he might just be the one to save Hollywood.

    • Frankly, I dont have a good feeling about Elysium. Matt Damon looks a bit stodgy in this one given his persona of a car-thief-turned-factory-worker in the movie. In terms of story, it doesn’t seem as rich as District-9 was. District-9 was pure genius in filmmaking, storywriting, screenplay you name it. As a result, I have attributed higher standards to Blomkamp and strictly want to see him live up to it..

      • -1

      • I think the movie will live or die by word of mouth. What I think makes Blomkamp’s movie(s) interesting is that it tells stories at different depth. District 9 was a scifi drama, but also a story about xenophobia, as well as commentary on corporate greed. It also contained elements of a love story and in a weird way a “buddy” movie . It is that rich complexity which many movies lack that I think distinguishes him from others. With a reported budget of only $90 million I think it will do very well and hopefully galvanize others to make movies that are equally as deep.

        • I dont think this movie would need word of mouth to carry it. The names attached to it themselves would see the movie recover its budget and cash in a handsome profit. Wouldnt mean the movie is good. District 9 was truly a movie that sailed through by word of mouth. I would say expectations and curiosity will drive the collections for this movie more than anything else. If the movie does turn out good in substance then Blomkamp would come out of it with a staunch fan following. Right now those fans are still sitting on the fence hawking this flick hoping Blomkamp delivers the goods!

        • Based on how many people are planning on seeing this film opening day I doubt it will need word of mouth. The thing that I like about Neill Bloomkamp is that he not only does he focus on the visual effects but he also presents a great detailed story which is something a lot of directors in the sci-fi area don’t do anymore. I have a feeling that Elysium will produce the numbers that say a Pacific Rim was suppose to produce here in the states. Also with a budget of $90 million it will be easier to produce a bigger profit, i.e. The Conjuring.

    • +1

    • Yay, another class warfare movie… No thanks. I know it’s the new cool hot topic for movies now. I’ll leave this one for the “occupy” crowd. I’m part of the 100%, I don’t believe in class warfare.

  2. Planes will probably out box office all of those.

    And I hate to say it, but the One Direction movie will probably do better than RIPD and RED 2 combined.

  3. How does The World’ end not have rave reviews if its Rottentomato score is a 91 percent with 45 reviews??

    • Most reviews for World’s End are “fresh”, but critics aren’t coming away saying the movie is better than Shaun or Hot Fuzz. In fact, most say it’s the weakest by comparison. Still, apparently a good movie. That’s all I meant.

      • I really enjoyed The Worlds End, but those who say it isn’t as good as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz are right. It is still a fantastic film and only slightly ‘worse’ than the other two films. The movie has a ton of character depth, a cool premise and has the big world disaster feel in a small rural English town which is a different take from other films of similar genre.

      • Oh okay! That makes sense, I didn’t to mean to come across as rude. I just didn’t want another TDKR to happen where some sites said it had mixed reviews even though it had mostly positive reviews. I’m sure TWE won’t get higher than about an 88, but for now it’s doing fine :D

  4. I am not interested in any of those films.
    Which says more about me than the films.

    • I wouldn’t be averse to watching 6 of these movies at the cine (JOBS can wait)

      • Dude, where’s my iPad?

  5. Nathan Fillion is going to be Hermes that alone could make Percy Jackson 2 enjoyable

  6. Kick-Ass 2 is the only one I’m really excited for, although I wouldn’t mind seeing almost all of these.

  7. The only film I’m excited for isn’t on the list :The Grandmaster.

    Also, Blue Jasmine if it does expand nationwide this month. Everything else looks ho-hum so I guess I’ll just wait for the dollar theater or when they hit Netflix.

  8. Stoked for Elysium.

    Mildly interested in:
    - Percy Jackson (the first one was fun, the trailers for the second one looks lame)
    - The Word’s End (the trailer also looks lame and tries too hard to rehash successful jokes from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzzz).
    - Kick-Ass (I doubt it will be able to recapture the excellence of the first one)

    Don’t care about the rest. They really need to stop making biopics about computer nerds who got lucky and turned rich by selling overprized crap people don’t really need. First The Social Network, now Jobs. There certainly are much more important and much more interesting people in the world who’d deserve a biopic instead.

    • Right, like Lance Armstrong..

      Lol. Kidding of course. Biopics ate a hard beast to tame. The best I’ve seen were of lesser known individuals, yet whom had clearly led a very interesting life.

      • Biopics ARE…

        Jebus, go typos.

    • Kudos Winchester, Kudos.

  9. Eh…I wouldn’t pay to see any of these…..I might rent 1-2 of’m….

  10. elysium marks the end of summer movies for me, everything else looks like movies that would probably tank between the months of may,june and july (basically no audience) elysium is only high profile movie left in the summer.

  11. Elysium, Kick-Ass 2, and At Worlds End for me.

  12. my list looks about the same, sans Percy Jackson and Your Next.

    But what about “The Butler”? it’s the first award pandering film of the year and does seriously look good. That one is pretty high on my films to watch.

    And I know almost no one is sold on “Planes” but i have 3 reasons to give it a chance…

    1. The last time a Pixar sequel was going direct-to-dvd and ended up with a theatrical release was “Toy Story 2″. I know Disney has a habit of being money-grubbers, but they seem to have faith in this.
    2. The last time a Pixar sequel was release by Disney and not made by Pixar was “Buzz Lightyear: Of Star Command”. For those that remember that one, it wasn’t a total waste of time. I thought it was fairly enjoyable for what it was.
    3. “Planes” had one of the best trailers of the summer. It was just 2 minutes of no dialogue, orchestration, and sweeping shots. I can’t find a link to it myself (computer troubles) but definitely do a youtube search for it.

  13. ‘Elysium’ all the way for me. Out of all the blockbusters this summer, I feel only two have been honest with delivering what they initially promised. Or to put it another way, not suffered an identity crisis trying to balance a faux intelligence with action content (‘World War Z’ being the prime example here). ‘District 9′ suggests Neill Blomkamp will nail this aspect with ‘Elysium’. Hope so, anyway.

    Also, ‘Alpha Papa’. I am curious. American audiences will know the name of Steve Coogan, but we here in Britain consider Alan Partridge one of the all time great comic creations. Does this character have an American audience?

  14. Replace We’re the Millers with Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and you’ve got yourself a deal.

  15. The only one that I will definitely see will be Elysium. Another that I will be going to see(not by choice) is The Mortal Instruments. Kick Ass 2 and Percy Jackson are a maybe as they look interesting but not interesting enough that I can wait for the DVD. The Worlds End or Jobs just doesn’t interest me.
    September I might see Riddick, Insidious 2 but it will all depend on what the word is on these 2 films. October will be Oldboy. Then comes the fun months of November and December with Ender’s Game, Thor 2, The Wolf of Wall Street, Hunger Games 2, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and 47 Ronin. What are everyone else’s must see for the rest of the year?

  16. seven? sounds like five too many. only 2 look interesting enough to pay for in the theater, the rest are cable at best.

  17. I hope Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is better than the Lightening Thief. As a huge fan of the books, from my perspective the first one was not very enjoyable, they changed a bunch of unnecessary things. But I’m also a huge Nathan Fillion fan and he might be enough to get me in the theatre if I’m bored. I’m also interested in Elysium.

  18. Kick-Ass 2 is one of my most anticipated films of the year. And Elysium should be great as well.

  19. Stupid article. All the movies will suck except Elysium. Jobs? Who the hell in their right mind would want to see some stupid hollywoodized fiction. Again, stupid article. Kick Ass 2? Come on.

    • Clearly you are a Neill Blomkamp fanboy.

  20. Thing is, Ashton Kutcher looks like he’s playing himself in the previews for “Jobs”

  21. Kick-Ass 2 and The World’s End for me. KA2 is my most anticipated film of the year.

  22. The only films worth watching are Kick-Ass 2 and Elysium. Kutcher will clearly ruin the image of young Steve Jobs and Jennifer Anniston in lingerie might be the only interesting thing the Millers film will provide.

    Fun Fact: Did you know Eminem was offered to star in Elysium. The guy might be the best rapper this world has ever heard, but thank God Mr. Mathers turned down the role.

  23. hmm only kick ass 2 and elysium for me

  24. Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs, seriously? Are we being PUNKED?
    Elysium all the way

  25. “He was one of the greatest inventors of our generation, or perhaps any generation..”

    Does anyone have a problem with this line or is it just me? Maybe it’s nothing I should worry myself over but… Really?

  26. We’re the Millers looks funny as hell.Elysium I think will be one of the top ten movies of the year,a must see in theatres.I been waiting for Kick Ass 2 since the end credits of the first one.And me & some of my co-workers will probably go see You’re Next.We all got together male and female,and saw the Purge and had a blast.The rest of those movies you can flush down the toilet all a care.

    • all I care

    • I saw a screening of “We’re The Millers” two nights ago, and it’s quite the opposite. It’s one of those kind of movies that is PG-13 safe but is R-rated raunchy to try and sell tickets where the characters are flat and the overall film is mean-spiirted, and in the third act they decide to get all sappy and sentimental on you. When you find yourself groaning at the parts that are meant to be funny, that’s not a good sign. Avoid at all costs.

  27. I was so surprised that Kick-Ass 2 was going to be a sequel. I’m curious about Elysium, visually, it looked very impressive, although, I was not impressed by the exo-suit. I don’t understand why is it up to one person. Again.

  28. Wow, I’m looking forward to pretty much none of these movies… Looks like August will be a slow month for me in terms of movies…

  29. Elysium is the only one ill see at the cinema.
    I liked the first Percy Jackson and Kick Ass films, but ill probably wait for Blu-ray.

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