August 2015 Film Releases

August

So I decided I wanted to try something new on this blog and talk about films that are going to be released this month. I’m doing something similar over on my other blog and may be making this monthly thing.

BorutoBoruto: Naruto the Movie

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Hiroyuki Yamashita

Prod. Masashi Kishimoto and Ukyō Kodachi

Studio: Toho/Studio Pierriot

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring Voice Cast: Yuuko Sanpei, Noriaki Sugiyama, Junko Takeuchi, Kokoro Kikuchi

The eleventh Naruto film to be released, you can read a full synopsis on Boruto here on the Naruto Wikia Page.


Dark PlacesDark Places

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Prod. Stéphane Marsil, Azim Bolkiah, Matthew Rhodes, Cathy Shulman, Charlize Theron

Studio: A24 Films

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Based on: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tye Sheridan, Sterling Jerins, Corey Stoll, Christina Hendricks

Twenty-five years ago, Ben Day was convicted of murdering his mother and two of his sisters after his other sister, Libby, testifies against him. Now, Libby isn’t so sure if Ben really was guilty and must seek out those horrific memories to determine what really happened.


Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Josh Trank

Prod. Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Robert Kulzar, Hutch Parker, Matthew Vaughn

Studio: 20th Century Fox/Marvel Entertainment

Genre: Action, Adventure

Based On: Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

Four ordinary people are given special abilities when they travel to an alternate universe and must use their powers to become superheroes and save the world.


The Gift

The Gift

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Joel Edgerton

Prod. Jason Blum, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham

Studio: STX Entertainment

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

Gordo is an old high school friend of Simon’s who seems friendly enough at first. However, after Simon and his wife, Robyn, start receiving strange gifts from Gordo, awful truths will be brought to light about what really happened in Simon’s past.


Ricki and the Flash

Ricki and the Flash

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Jonathan Demme

Prod. Marc Platt, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Gary Goetzman

Studio: TriStar Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield

Meryl Streep stars as Ricki, a woman who must return to her estranged family to help her daughter deal with her divorce, after abandoning them to become a rock star.


Shaun of the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Richard Starzak and Mark Burton

Prod. Paul Kewley and Julie Lockhart

Studio: StudioCanal

Genre: Stop-Motion Animated Comedy

Starring Voice Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili

Based on the British series, Shaun the Sheep follows Shaun, a sheep, and his friends as they try to locate their farmer by going on an adventure to the big city where they must animal control and try to blend in.


The Runner

The Runner

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Austin Stark

Prod. Bingo Gubelmann, Erika Hampson, Benji, Chris Papavasiliuo, Glenn Williamson

Studio: Paper Street Films/Back Lot Pictures

Genre: Political Drama

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Sarah Paulson, Wendell Pierce

Nicolas Cage stars as a politician whose career is destroyed after news of a sex scandal is leaked following the oil spill in 2010.


The Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Marielle Heller

Prod. Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Genre: Comedy Drama

Based On: The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Bel Powley, Austin Lyon, Quinn Nagle

Minnie Goetze is a fifteen year old girl living in 1970s San Francisco with her mother, Charlotte when she starts an affair with her mother’s boyfriend, Monroe, recording everything that happens in her diary.


exeterExeter

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Marcus Nispel

Prod. Brandt Andersen, Michael Corrente, Michael Corso, Marcus Nispel, Trent Othick

Genre: Horror

Starring: Stephen Lang, Kelly Blatz, Brittany Curran, Brett Dier, Gage Golightly

Six teenagers accidentally release a malevolent spirit while goofing off at a party. However, the teens quickly realize the spirit may not be the most dangerous thing out there, and that it’s malevolence is actually the spirit trying to tell them something.


The Man from UNCLEThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Guy Ritchie

Prod. John David, Steve Clark-Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie

Studio: Warner Bros.

Genre: Action, Comedy

Based On: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. by Sam Rolfe

Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant

Two U.N.C.L.E. agents must work together to stop a crime organization before they use nuclear weapons to turn the world catastrophic during this action film set during the 1960s Cold War.


Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. F. Gary Gray

Prod. Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre

Studio: Universal Studios

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr.

A biographical drama that follows the history of the band, N.W.A.


Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Faoud Mikati

Prod. Candice Abela and Holly Wiersma

Studio: Image Entertainment/Arrow Films

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Nick Nolte, Shiloh Fernendez

After a woman is brutally attacked in her home, she must try to return to her normal life. This proves difficult though when she starts communicating with her attacker while he’s in prison. But, are either of them really what they seem?


Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Prod. Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, Tredie Styler, Celine Rattray, Luca Borghese, Datari Turner

Studio: Screen Media Films

Genre: Drama

Based On: Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Hawke, Avan Jogia, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer

In this coming-of-age film, three teenagers (Butterfield, Steinfeld, and Hirsch) learn to come together to support each other through difficult times.


People Places Things

People Places Things

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. James C. Strouse

Prod. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub

Studio: The Film Arcade

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephenie Allynne, Michael Chernus, Aundrea Gadsby, Gia Gadsby

Will Henry is a newly singer father who must balance raising his two young daughters while figuring out how to let go of old loves and let new ones in.


Mistress America

Mistress America

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Noah Baumbach

Prod. Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub

Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Matthew Shear, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Chernus

Lola Kirke stars Tracy, a college freshman who allows her future-step-sister to take her on insane adventures to escape the boredom and loneliness of her regular life.


Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Dir. Tadayoshi Yamamuro

Studio: Toei Company/20th Centrury Fox

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring an Extensive Voice Cast. The full list can be found here on Wikipedia

The nineteenth film in the Dragon Ball series, you can read a full synopsis here on the Dragon Ball Wikia Page


American Ultra

American Ultra

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Nima Nourizadeh

Prod. David Alpert, Anthony Bregman, Mark Fasano, Kevin Scott Frakes, Britton Rizzio, Raj Brinder Singh

Studio: Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leuizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale

Mike Howell is a government sleeper agent. When the government targets him for elimination, he is suddenly thrust back into the chaos of his old life and must find a way to escape again.


Hitman

Hitman: Agent 47

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Aleksander Bach

Prod. Charles Gordon, Adrian Askariah, Alex Young, Skip Woods

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Genre: Action, Thriller

Based On: Hitman by IO Interactive

Starring: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelababy

Rupert Friend is Agent 47, a genetically engineered assassin who must take down an opposing corporation before they unlock the secrets to 47’s creation and use them to make their own army.


Sinister 2

Sinister 2

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Ciaran Foy

Prod. Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures

Genre: Horror

Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan

Following the events of the first Sinister film, Deputy So & So is in the process of investigating the murders that have taken place and is hoping to prevent more of them from happening. This might be difficult though when a young family moves into the house Bughuul lives in and he tries to make one of the children film himself killing his family.


Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Craig Zobel

Prod. Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson, Sigurjón Sighvatsson, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Sophia Lin

Studio: Roadside Attractions

Genre: Drama, Action, Sci-Fi

Based on Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine

Based on the novel of the same name, Z for Zachariah tells the story of three of the last remaining survivors on Earth find themselves in a love triangle.


Regression

Regression

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Alejandro Amenábar

Prod. Alejandro Amenábar, Fernando Bovaira, Christina Piovesan

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Dencik, David Thewlis

Emma Watson stares as seventeen-year old Angela, a girl who was sexually abused by her father, though the man doesn’t actually remember the event happening.


Max Steel

Max Steel

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Stewart Hendler

Prod. Bill O’Dowd and Julia Pistor

Studio: Open Road Films

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring: Ben Winchell, Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello, Billy Slaughter

Max Steel the film acts as an origin story to the series which aired several years ago and follows teenager, Max McGrath, and alien, Steel. The duo must use their powers to turn into Max Steel and save the world.

So what do you think? Any of these films sound good? Did you like this post?

Is there anything you would like to see?

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Game of Thrones Episode Review: “The Gift”

Game of Thrones

Season 5 | Episode 7 | Aired May 24, 2015

This episode was intense! The thing about Game of Thrones is that every season seems to be leading up to something and the closer you get to the end of the season, the more the pressure and anticipation builds. Well last night the pressure was on, the anticipation is building. I don’t want the season to end, but I so desperately want to know where these things are leading.

So last night’s episode was split between Winterfell, King’s Landing, Meereen, and The Wall/just outside The Wall, as well as a brief glimpse into Dorne.

In this episode we see that things have not improved for Sansa and she reaches out to Theon to help her, asking him to put the candle in the tower like Brienne had instructed. Instead, Theon takes the candle to Ramsay and, while he doesn’t do anything right then and there, I think the threat was pretty obvious.

You're a Bastard

The storyline with the three of them is definitely interesting because Ramsay has hurt Theon so badly and he’s terrified to go against what Ramsay says. But Ramsay also hurts Sansa and, despite being scared, she still challenges him and debates with things he says. I’m hoping her defiance might spark something in Theon and he’ll take a candle to the window for Brienne.

We spent a lot of time at The Wall this episode, but Jon wasn’t actually there. Instead, the main focus was on Sam. I adore Sam. He’s so adorable and loyal and this episode, we also saw him be incredibly brave. He managed to protect Gilly (with the help of Ghost) against several men who attempted to assault her (seriously? Was this necessary? Is sexual assault just their default now?) and wouldn’t back down. This is some serious character development considering when we first met Sam he took one blow and yielded.

He was the blood of a dragon

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good. Aemon Targaryen died in last night’s episode and it was actually pretty sad. It also means that Dany is the last Targaryen alive.

Speaking of Dany. Last night she attended the first match of the reopened Fighting Pits. This match concluded when Jorah took out all his opponents and then revealed himself to Dany. While she was initially angry at seeing him, things seemed to change when Tyrion stepped out. Now apparently this hasn’t even happened in the book yet.

My name is Tyrion Lannister

The meeting between Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen is much anticipated for book fans, but many have reported that they may not need to wait for the book to come out. While I’m definitely interested to see what’s going to happen between the two of them, I’m also interested to see what’s going to happen when Dany finds out Jorah has Grey Scale.

We briefly got a glimpse of Stannis and his army who have set up camp on their way to Winterfell. Well, I say set up camp, more like they stopped because they didn’t a choice due to snow. Their supplies are running low and winter is coming. They need to make it to Winterfell before it’s too late.

She's my Daughter

Melissandra offered a solution to the problem. The same solution she had when they had kidnapped Gendry. Sacrificing someone with the king’s blood. And who does she think they should sacrifice? Shireen. No! No! No! I was so angry about this! I heard rumors that this happens in the book, but I never usually pay attention to that stuff anymore cause sometimes it’s true and sometimes it’s not and I don’t care which is which until I read the books myself. However, I am really hoping that this is not something they’re going to do in the show. Stannis and Shireen had a really great, really adorable moment a couple episodes ago so I’m hoping they don’t ruin that by killing her.

The last two storylines in the episode were very focused on the two Lannister children: Myrcella and Tommen. Jaime and Myrcella finally get to talk and he tries to explain everything to her though, understandingly, she confused and angry. And she makes a good point. She never asked to go to Dorne, she was sent there. Now she’s happy and enjoying it and they’re trying to call her back.

Myrcella

Also, Bronn lived. Barely, he was poisoned last week, but the girl who poisoned him (and was locked in a neighboring cell) gave him what she said was the antidote. Was it the antidote? I hope so, but on this show you never know anymore. It came off a necklace like the one Olenna used to poison Joffrey so who knows at this point.

Speaking of Olenna, she went head to head with the High Sparrow last night and while it didn’t seem to do much good right then, I think it’s a safe assumption we haven’t seen the end of the this.

The High Sparrow seems to have become enemy #1 as Tommen was prepared to go head to head with him as well. He’s angry about Margaery being arrested and not being able to do anything about it. Whoa, whoa, whoa there Tommen. You had the opportunity last week to say something as your wife was being dragged off and did you? No. So while I get that he’s worried, he did have the chance to do something and he didn’t.

Tommen War

He also didn’t anything this week. Instead, Cersei went to talk to the High Sparrow and it didn’t end well for her. It seems that Loras has been spilling secrets to the High Sparrow like how Cersei prefers to sleep with people she’s related to. This resulted in her being thrown in a cell at the end of the episode which I have to say, has been a long time coming.

Cersei Queen

Looks like Tommen won’t have any choice but to do something now. His mother’s in jail, his wife’s in jail, his uncle/father is in Dorne. The only one left is Olenna. Maybe this is how they’ll get Myrcella back? Surely people are going to find out pretty quickly that Cersei Lannister has been arrested and you know Jaime will go running back, but I wonder if Myrcella will too. At least to be with her brother.

All in all I enjoyed last night’s episode. We’re getting closer and closer to the end of season five and I have a feeling it’s going to be BIG.

What do you think?

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