The month of August wraps up the summer movie season, and while the amount of blockbuster movies may be winding down, that doesn’t mean there still aren’t movies to look forward to. This August will mark the return of several popular franchises, including “Planet of the Apes” and “Spy Kids”, as well as remakes and adaptations of popular books. Read about them in the fourth and final part of my summer movie preview, and check out my previous articles for info on movies coming out in May, June, and July.
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”: This prequel to the classic sci-fi film directed by Rupert Wyatt is set in present day San Francisco, where scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) is testing a cure for Alzheimer’s on an ape named Caesar (Andy Serkis). But when Caesar starts mutating and develops a superior intellect, a war for supremacy between the apes and the humans ensues.
Other August 5 releases include the comedy “The Change-Up”, starring Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
“The Help”: This drama based on the book by Kathryn Stockett and directed by Tate Taylor is set in 1960s Mississippi. Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone) returns from college to her hometown with the goal of being a writer. She decides to interview the black women who work for the town’s privileged white families, and the first woman to speak up works for Skeeter’s best friend—putting Skeeter’s relationship with her friends and her standing in the town at risk, especially as she presses on and gets more women to open up to her.
Other new releases for August 12 include the horror movie “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “30 Minutes or Less”.
“Conan the Barbarian”: This 3D remake of the 1982 adventure film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger is directed by Marcus Nispel and stars Jason Momoa in the title role, as Conan goes on a quest to avenge the destruction of his village and the death of his father.
Other August 19 releases include “Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World”, a 3D remake of the 1980s horror-comedy “Fright Night”, and “The Skank Robbbers”.
“Final Destination 5”: The summer movie season concludes with a weekend headed by the fifth film in the “Final Destination” horror franchise. Directed by Steven Quale, this 3D movie follows a group of people who survived a bridge collapse but can’t seem to evade Death.
Other August 26 releases include two comedies: “Our Idiot Brother”, starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Zooey Deschanel, and “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy”.
What movies are you looking forward to this summer? Leave a comment with your picks below.
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- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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