With summer approaching an end within the next few weeks, it seems like 2013 has been a jam packed year at the movie theater, but there are still some good films you don’t want to miss coming in August.
This is just a sample of what this writer thinks are the movies that could be more interesting to watch in the coming weeks. Lots of big names still to make their appearance this summer.
In no particular order,
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (August 16): an African-American butler witnesses landmark events of the 20th century while working at the White House.
Cast: Forrest Whitaker, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jr., Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Clarence Williams III, Oprah Winfrey.
Director: Lee Daniels
Why you should see it: inspired by true events and because of the star studded cast.
Paranoia ( August 16): a new employee at a powerful corporation finds himself spying on his boss’ old mentor in order to secure for him a multi- billion dollar advantage.
Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Amber Heard, Josh Holloway, Embeth Davidtz.
Director: Robert Luketic
Why you should see it: it hasn’t received great reviews, but when are critics right? Great cast with three heavy hitters and the hunky Aussie Liam Hemsworth. (Yeah, I’m a girl)
Jobs (August 16): not much to say, the title says it all. But we’ll say it’s the story of one of the most revolutionary minds of our times, Steve Jobs, from college drop out to Apple founder.
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, Matthew Modine, J.K. Simmons, Lesley Ann Warren, James Woods.
Director: Joshua Michael Stern
Why you should see it: Even though I didn’t see Ashton Kutcher in the role at first, the trailers look good and with Jobs’ recent passing, it’s certainly a good time to reflect on how much he did to advance technology we all use today.
Austenland (August 16): a woman, obsessed with the Pride And Prejudice BBC production, travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search of her Mr. Darcy.
Cast: Keri Russell, J.J. Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Georgia King, James Callis, Jane Seymour.
Director: Jerusha Hess
Why you should see it: in a summer full of action movies, it’s a nice change of pace to see a romantic comedy, especially when it involves Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. The greatest love story ever written.
The World’s End (August 23): five friends who reunite to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their epic pub crawl become the only hope to save humankind.
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Pierce Brosnan, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine, Nick Frost.
Director: Edgar Wright
Why you should see it: the British are the daddies of comedy. The cast alone merits a visit to the movie theater. Go.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August 23), an apparently ordinary girl’s life changes when she finds out about her past, after her mom is taken away by a demon.
Cast: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Heady, Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Durand, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Turner
Director: Harald Swart
Why you should see it: we haven’t had too many horror films this year, aside from The Conjuring. Like with Austenland, a good break from action movies and sequels. Besides, Jonathan Rhy Meyers and up and comer Aidan Turner.
Summer of 2013 still has some good movies in store for viewers. Don’t miss them. Are you looking forward to watching any of these films?