The 5 films that you need to watch in August

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We're now into August, but the stream of top film releases doesn't show any sign of slowing down.

This month, we have the usual comic book film, a young adult fiction adaption and the last ever role of Robin Williams - so let's begin:

Fantastic Four - 7th August

After Rise of the Silver Surfer bombed at the box office, the Fantastic Four laid dormant for eight years while all the other superhero films cashed in big, but that's now set to change with a gritty new reboot.

Boasting a young cast of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell as the heroes, and helmed by Chronicle director Josh Trank, it's attempting to set up a new Fantastic Four franchise - one that won't include the Silver Surfer.

Why should you see it? It's trying to prove it has learned from the previous Fantastic Four's mistakes with a more grounded and serious take on the superhero foursome. With the cream of Hollywood's young acting talent, it may surprise many comic book fans.

Absolutely Anything - 14th August

In the new British sci-fi comedy, Simon Pegg plays a disillusioned schoolteacher who is granted the ability to do anything by a group of power-crazed aliens as an experiment - think Bruce Almighty, but with less Morgan Freeman.

Brian Jones claims he's spent 20 years writing the script as the aliens are voiced by the all of the living Monty Python members, while Pegg's dog Dennis is voiced by Robin Williams.

Why should you see it? If having all of the Python stars together on film since Monty Python's The Meaning of Life isn't enough, this also features the last role of Robin Williams, so it has heavy expectations resting on it.

Man From U.N.C.L.E. - 14th August

Guy Ritchie's take on the spy film as he directs the remake of the '60s, which sees US spy Napoleon Solo and his Soviet counterpart Illya Kuryakin teaming up during the height of the Cold War.

Slick, stylish and full of wisecracks - it's full of everything you'd expect from a Guy Ritchie film, but the main question is whether the director has laid the foundation for a Man from UNCLE franchise.

Why should you see it? With the dark and brooding SPECTRE coming out later this year, this harks back to the more glamorous Sean Connery-era Bond.

Paper Towns -  21st August

Cara Delevingne has been (unsuccessfully) on the interview parade for the adaptation of John Green's novel of a disappearing girl who leaves cryptic clues for her neighbour to search for her.

Very much in the same vein of Green's previous adaption, The Fault in Our Stars, it's full of quirky teenage characters as they learn about life, love and other angsty teenage feelings.

Why should you see it? If you're a teenager, this will be your film of the year (alongside the last Hunger Games film); if you aren't a teenager, then... erm... it might be fun?

American Ultra - 28th August

Soon-to-be Lex Luthor, Jesse Eisenberg stars as a stoner named Mike Howell, who also happens to be a sleeper government agent who is deemed a liability and targeted for extermination.

When agents are sent to 'deal with him' to both their and Mike's surprise, he is too well-trained and dangerous to be exterminated.

Why should you see it? The ultimate stoner-action comedy - Jesse Eisenberg once again teams up with Kirsten Stewart as she plays Mike's girlfriend, and boasting a packed, and incredibly funny, ensemble cast, it could be the breakout comedy of the summer.

Also worth checking out

The Gift - 7th August

Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall's perfect life comes crashing down as a weird stranger from the husband's life starts bringing mysterious gifts and threatens to reveal a horrifying secret.

Sinister 2 -  21st August

The creepy pagan deity Bughuul is back to terrify a young mother and her twin sons in a rural house that has been marked for death.

Straight Outta Compton - 28th August

The true-life story of how the legendary rap group NWA went from the streets of Compton to becoming the biggest and 'the world's most dangerous group'.

We Are Your Friends - 28th August

Zac Effron stars as an aspiring DJ desperate to make it in the L.A. electronic music scene in this house music-covered rags-to-riches story.


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