Summer 2018 movie season keeps on rolling, but August's new releases certainly have a tough act to follow. Thankfully, there's a bunch of August 2018 films we're excited for.
After all, July brought some big heavy hitters out to play, including Ant-Man and the Wasp and Mission: Impossible — Fallout. The latter film even delivered the biggest opening weekend of the franchise to date as well as universal critical acclaim. Meanwhile, smaller releases like Eighth Grade and Sorry to Bother You continue to gain traction as they roll out to more and more theaters. Last month wasn't good news for everyone though, as Dwayne Johnson's latest, Skyscraper, underperformed in a big way.
Still, moviegoers looking to catch something new have plenty to choose from this month. Let's take a look at what is coming to theaters over the next few weeks.
10. Slender Man (Release Date: August 10)
Yes, Slender Man is based on the meme that has been swirling around the Internet since 2009. However, don't let the film's origins fool you. If we can get a critically acclaimed smash hit based on Lego bricks, then anything is possible. For director Sylvain White (The Losers, Stomp the Yard), this latest project could be the hit he needs to kick off a whole new franchise.
Slender Man follows a group of teenage girls — led by Joey King (Wish Upon) — who begin investigating the mystery of the titular supernatural creature and wind up becoming his latest target. Although the film might fly under the radar for some audiences, its particular brand of teen-friendly PG-13 horror has been known to do solid business.
9. The Darkest Minds (Release Date: August 3)
It's been a hot minute since a new film based on a best-selling young-adult series has aimed to kick off a new film franchise. This month, The Darkest Minds takes a crack at it. Based on Alexandra Bracken's novel, the film centers on a group of super-powered teens on the run from the government. Amandla Stenberg of The Hunger Games fame leads the cast.
In addition to its aspiration of kicking off a new franchise, The Darkest Minds also represents director Jennifer Yuh Nelson's leap into live-action territory. Thus far, Nelson's directorial credits extend only to the two Kung Fu Panda sequels. With this latest YA offering, she could establish herself as a larger player in the studio system.
8. Mile 22 (Release Date: August 17)
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg clearly have a good thing going. The star and director have collaborated on films like Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day in recent years, and now they're back together for Mile 22. The action thriller sees Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey play CIA agents who must escort a vital witness (The Raid: Redemption's Iko Uwais) to an extraction point 22 miles away.
That premise has a sweet simplicity to it that could very well serve as the perfect setup for a compelling action thrill ride. Audiences who have relished Wahlberg and Berg's previous efforts will likely find plenty to love about Mile 22. The film's standout supporting cast — which also includes John Malkovich and The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan — definitely helps to flesh out the central conflict.
7. Searching (Release Date: August 24)
Casual moviegoers probably still know John Cho best for his franchise work in the Harold and Kumar and Star Trek films. But the actor has demonstrated a ton of range in smaller films and television roles in recent years. With Searching, he gets to explore that even farther as a father desperately searching for answers regarding his daughter's disappearance.
What separates Searching from other thrillers, however, is that the film is told entirely from the perspective of computer and smartphone screens. Director Aneesh Chaganty employs this distinctive style to hone in on the intimate nature of Cho's character's search, and judging by the rapturous reviews the film has received thus far, this tactic appears to have worked beautifully.
6. Christopher Robin (Release Date: August 3)
Disney has been dipping into its archives a lot lately, and with new takes on Dumbo, Mary Poppins and Mulan on the way, that doesn't appear to be stopping any time soon. For decades, A.A. Milne's iconic Winnie the Pooh characters have been inextricably tied to the studio. So it stands to reason that Pooh and his friends are making the leap to live action in Christopher Robin.
The film stars Ewan McGregor as the grown-up version of the young boy who spent his childhood with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and company. Suddenly, his old pals return to help Christopher Robin reignite his imagination. Disney's latest looks it may hew closely to Hook territory in depicting an older version of a child hero, and with any luck, Christopher Robin can live up to the promise of its universal themes.