Monday, April 6, 2015

2015 Summer Movie Preview: August

As I prepare to close out the final month of my 2015 Summer Movie Preview, I suggest taking a look back at all of the amazing selections arriving in May, June and July. August appears to be headlined by a new franchise reboot, a potential Oscar contending thriller and a high profile crime-comedy, so there's plenty of titles to keep an eye out for in the latter stages of the summer.

Honorable Mention: Friday director, F. Gary Gray, recounts the origins of the West Coast rap phenomena N.W.A. during their rise in the 1980s with Straight Outta Compton (August 7th). Guy Ritchie returns in 2015 with the espionage action-thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (August 14th). Man of Steel's Henry Cavill stars as a 1960s CIA agent who's forced to team up with Russian KGB operative in order to stop a dangerous organization from producing a mass supply of nuclear weapons. Horror fans flocked to the theatres to see Scott Derrickson's Sinister in 2012. This year they'll be given the long awaited sequel, albeit in the hands of newbie director Ciaran Foy, Sinister 2 (August 21st). Finally, the espionage action genre raves supreme with Aleksander Bach's highly anticipated Hitman: Agent 47 (August 28th). The film follows a genetically engineered elite assassin who joins forces with a young woman to take down a powerful corporation with malicious plans of creating their own super-soldiers.

Fantastic Four (August 7th)

This August Marvel plans to make yet another attempt at reviving the downtrodden Fantastic Four franchise. The latest go around features young up-and-comers Miles Teller (Whiplash), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Jamie Bell alongside the lovely Kate Mara as four scientists who gain superhuman abilities after an experiment goes terribly wrong. The quartet must learn to harness their powers and work together to fend off a villainous tyrant with devilish intentions. More so than the team chosen a decade ago to jump-start the franchise, 2015's cast boasts a high level of intrigue that's definitely worth getting excited over. You can count me in for this reboot.

Masterminds (August 7th)

Based on a true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo bank robbery in North Carolina, this country's most lucrative heist, Napolean Dynamite filmmaker, Jared Hess, delivers Masterminds. Zach Galifianakis stars as a dim-witted night guard for an armored car company that befriends a fellow worker (Kristen Wiig) and organizes a massive robbery. Despite its wildly absurd trailer, this crime comedy offers a star-studded cast, which also includes Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson, making Masterminds an undeniably interesting release early this August.

Regression (August 28th)

Rumors have already begun swirling around the Oscar-potential surrounding Emma Watson's role in Alejandro Amenabar's dark thriller, Regression. Ethan Hawke stars as a detective trying to unravel a dangerous mystery surrounding a sexually abused young girl (Watson) and her family. While most details regarding the film have been tight-lipped, Regression's remarkably gripping international trailer is spine-chilling and perfect in every way imaginable. Unlike most newer movies that divulge far too much information in their previews, Regression's dark mystery is kept hidden from the audience and that's the way it should be!

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