5 Films To Look Forward To In August (2013)

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The summer movie season is slowly winding down. June sparked the movie-goers interest with the box office success Man of Steel, while July made way for great films that happened to be duds at the box office, like Pacific Rim, The Lone Ranger and The Wolverine, while cheaply made horror film The Conjuring swept up all the cash and Despicable Me 2 remained the summer’s most successful animated film.

July was crazy, all over the place and mostly unpredictable in terms of quality and what films would become box office draws and which ones would die quick deaths on their opening weekend. August is looking much more predictable on both fronts, because only a small handful of films actually look good, while the rest look very uninteresting.

Before I go into detail I figured it would be best to let you know what films I was most looking forward to in June and July:

5 Films to Look Forward to in June

5 Films to Look Forward to in July

Now, off to the races…

5. Getaway

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I seriously doubt that Getaway is going to be any good. The film stars a troubled Ethan Hawke and a confused-looking Selena Gomez. It’s also rated PG-13 and has a plot that sounds just as dumb as it looks. But I like these types of films and I think high-stakes action behind the wheel of a muscle car is almost always a good thing, even if the deck is stacked heavily against this one.

Getaway isn’t exactly something I’d suggest everyone else to look forward to, but I’m hoping for a surprisingly good little action film to be dropped in the middle of nowhere. I doubt it will stir a fuss, but there’s a chance that it’s good and not the worst thing on the block.

Getaway opens on August 30th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

4. Europa Report

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A group of scientists and astronauts travel to one of Jupiter’s moons to discover the possibility of alien life in the universe. Obviously something goes horribly wrong and what we’re left with is an interesting-looking indie sci-fi that could deliver big thrills. Sharlto Copley leads the mostly unknown cast in what looks like one of the year’s better (and only) original science fiction films.

I love sci-fi and I especially love films that deal with space exploration and the discovery of alien life. I have no idea what to expect out of Europa Report, but I know for damn sure that I’ll try my best to catch it in theaters (if it even opens in MN) or perhaps on VOD.

Europa Report should already be on VOD by now, but is receiving a small theatrical run on August 2nd, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

3. You’re Next

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Nothing about the You’re Next trailer looks all that original or genre-breaking, yet people and critics have been raving and raving about this one ever since it first saw its festival debut back in 2011. Director Adam Wingard‘s film has been the center of the horror world’s attention ever since The Cabin in the Woods turned the tables and I cannot wait to check it out.

I think an August release suggests that distributor Lionsgate thinks the film has strong potential, otherwise they would have dumped it on us sometime in January, because the horror studio still doesn’t get that horror sells better in OCTOBER!

Whatever. I’m just glad to finally be able to see You’re Next when it opens on August 23rd, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

2. The World’s End

I’ve seriously been going back-and-forth on my number two and one spots for films that you absolutely need to see in August. Number two is going to go to Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End. Wright’s highly-anticipated conclusion to his “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy — which consists of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and now The World’s End — looks awesome, yet we know very little about it.

What we do know (and what you should know) is that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back, along with a dozen other memorable Wright regulars, plus a few new cast members. I’m trying to be as vague as possible about the plot or the film in general, because I honestly think that the less we know the better off the final experience will be.

Wright has yet to make a bad movie and I surely doubt that he’s going to start with The World’s End. Will it be able to live up to the hype of his past films? That’s a question I hope he gives us the right answer to.

The World’s End opens on August 23rd, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

1. Elysium

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Director Neill Blomkamp shocked us all with the 2009 instant-classic sci-fi film District 9. I still consider D9 to be one of the best science fiction films ever made and possibly one of the best films of the past 25 years. It’s such an on-screen revelation that I’ve viewed again and again without losing a single bit of impact.

Now, Blomkamp returns to the sci-fi world with his friend Sharlto Copley, as well as Matt Damon and Jodie Foster for Elysium. Directors have been known to have what is liked to be called a sophomore slump and I really do hope that Blomkamp can prove to the world that he isn’t just a one-hit wonder. Elysium looks every bit as good as District 9, if only a little more mainstream and action-oriented versus the smaller-scaled emotional levels that District 9 played on.

I still believe that Elysium has the potential to be an even better film. I’m remaining hopefully optimistic for the time being.

Elysium opens on August 9th, 2013.

Check out the trailer below:

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August marks the end of a somewhat disappointing summer. The true winners at the box office ended up being the biggest bores for sure, while the most entertaining films ended up getting completely ignored at most theaters. I still can’t believe Pacific Rim and The Lone Ranger got passed over for sub-par quality stuff like Despicable Me 2.

I’m proud of the fact that an R-rated horror film like The Conjuring can sweep the audiences by storm, but I’m still disappointed knowing that The Wolverine — the first GOOD Wolverine-focused film — got mostly ignored and will end up being the least-bankable X-Men film to date.

At least Man of Steel did strong business, despite being not nearly as good as one had hoped.

August isn’t going to be shattering any box office records, but it does have the possibility of closing on a very high note, with films like Elysium, You’re Next and The World’s End coming out within mere weeks of each other. The rest of the “filler” films don’t seem to be gathering any traction whatsoever, so there’s still hope for the quality films overcoming the pedestrian-level junk.

What films are you most looking forward to in August? Have I missed your favorite one? Let me know in the comments below!

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