Both critically and commercially, July was another win for the big screen. Hotly-anticipated franchise releases like Spider-Man: Homecoming and War for the Planet of the Apes delivered an exciting fresh start and a satisfying conclusion, respectively. However, comedies like The Big Sick and Girls Trip also exceeded expectations, winning over critics and audiences alike. Then, of course, there was writer/director Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk, which may prove to be one of the year's strongest awards contenders to date. As the summer winds down, we may not have very many films of the same scope, but that doesn't mean the month ahead doesn't have any surprises in store for audiences.
As always, here are 10 films to check out in August 2017:
The Dark Tower (Release Date: August 4)
The Dark Tower has faced a long, long road to make it to the big screen. For a while, it was unclear whether Stephen King's best-selling series would be adapted for television, film or both, and when all was said and done, director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) wound up being the one to direct the big-screen adaptation, despite J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard being attached at various points.
Idris Elba stars as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger whose duty it is to defend the Dark Tower from the machinations of the nefarious Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Arcel's film takes place after the events in King's novels and is intended to kick off an interconnected film and television storyline. Whether that comes to pass will likely depend on how well the film performs at the box office this month.
Check out the latest trailer for The Dark Tower.
Kidnap (Release Date: August 4)
Nearly a decade ago, Liam Neeson declared his "particular set of skills" in his quest to rescue his missing daughter from kidnappers. Now, Halle Berry aims to go the Taken route with Kidnap, a new film in which the Oscar-winner goes to great lengths to bring back her son. However, this film -- from director Luis Prieto (Pusher) -- doesn't center on a gifted combatant lured back into the underworld.
Instead, Berry stars as an ordinary mother who finds herself in an unimaginable situation. By all accounts, Kidnap looks to be more suspenseful than an action thrill ride, but it could turn out to be a worthy little thriller for moviegoers looking to see Berry return to the big screen. After all, Kidnap marks her first time headlining a film since 2013's The Call.
Check out the latest trailer for Kidnap.
Wind River (Release Date: August 4)
Actor and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan wowed audiences with his performance on the FX series Sons of Anarchy and his scripts for films like Sicario and Hell or High Water. Now Wind River - hitting limited release this month - marks his directorial debut and has already emerged as another thrilling, complex crime drama in the vein of Sheridan's previous Oscar-nominated screenplays.
The film stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen (no, it's not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe) as two government agents sent into the Wyoming wilderness to solve the murder of a body that has washed up on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Sheridan's film has been heavily lauded and appears destined to attract awards attention.
Check out the latest trailer for Wind River.