The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in August

  • The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in August

With summer blockbuster season seemingly having come to an end, we have one last big superhero (or should that be supervillain?) release plus some exciting thrillers, comedies and horrors for you to enjoy in the cinema this month.

So escape the children that are now enjoying their summer holidays (the little swines) and hit the pictures to see...

Suicide Squad - 5th August

With the relative disappointment of Batman v Superman, Warner Bros. and DC are putting all their eggs in the star-studded basket of the supervillains and ne'er-do-wells in Suicide Squad.

Margot Robbie plays fan-favourite Harley Quinn, Will Smith plays Deadshot, and Jared Leto takes on The Joker after Heath Ledger's unbeatable performance and is already dividing fans with his heavily-tattooed appearance.

With colourful trailers full of explosions, quips, and much-loved songs - if Suicide Squad is as enjoyable its teasers, then we will be in for one of the best films of the year.

Pete's Dragon - 12th August

The live-action retelling of the much-loved 1977 Disney animated film which tells the story of an orphaned boy who lives in the woods for six years with his best friend - a dragon named Elliott.

Forest ranger Grace - played by Jurassic World's Bryce Dallas Howard - discovers Pete and Elliott and has to help as a hunter arrives in the woods with designs on capturing the dragon.

With plenty of Disney's live-action retellings hitting screens over the past (and future) few years including The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, all of which have been a great success, and Pete's Dragon looks like it might just be the same.

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates - 12th August

Hard-partying brothers - played by Zac Efron and Adam DeVine - are told by their family that they will need to bring respectable dates to their sister's upcoming wedding in Hawaii.

The boys place an ad on Craigslist, which quickly goes viral, prompting slacker party girls Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) and Alice (Anna Kendrick) to try to get their free Hawaiian holiday with the boys.

With the cast carving out careers as party animals in the likes of Bad Neighbours, Pitch Perfect and Bad Grandpa - this boozy, foul-mouthed, politically incorrect comedy could be the funniest and raunchiest of the summer.

David Brent: Life On The Road - 19th August

The once-deluded office manager has now attempted to follow his delusion, as he embarks on a UK tour - funded by his pension - with his band Foregone Conclusion.

Without his usual writing partner Stephen Merchant, director/writer/producer/star Ricky Gervais has dispensed with the much-loved cast of The Office and is with his new bandmates, with a host of British comedy talent playing the roles.

Potentially breathing new life into the David Brent character for those die-hard fans of The Office (we all know one), if Gervais is able to match the hype, then this might be the most successful British comedy for years.

War Dogs - 26th August

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller play the two twenty-something arms dealers who land a $300 million government contract to supply weapons for U.S. allies in Afghanistan in this surprising real-life tale based on a Rolling Stone article.

Todd Philips, who has previously directed The Hangover, is adding the laughs to this unique tale of gun-running, warzones and young men with more money than you can imagine.

We said back in January (when this had a different title) that this will be one of the surprise hits of 2016, and we hope they won't let us down. 

Also out in August

The Shallows - 12th August

Blake Lively finds herself trapped between a rock and a shark place in the tense Jaws-esque thriller.

Bad Moms - 26th August

Mila Kunis stars an overworked, under-appreciated mother who ditches her responsibilities for a long-overdue binge of hilarious self-indulgence.

Mechanic: Resurrection - 26th August

Having retired from the contract killing business for good, Arthur Bishop is dragged back into the assassination game after the love of his life is kidnapped.

Nerve - 12th August

A teenage girl finds herself in a very dangerous game of 'truth or dare' controlled by an online group in the tense teen thriller.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping - 26th August

Poking fun at over-pampered Justin Bieber-type pop-stars, Andy Samberg and The Lonely Island play spoilt music stars alongside a host of Hollywood comedy stars.

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