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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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