“Sausage Party” and “Suicide Squad”: Films to look forward to in August

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The summer is almost over folks! Well, not the season itself, but the summer movie season, which is now in its final month. After that, we’ll be moving towards the fall, which begins the awards season, which is very exciting. Traditionally, August has been a sort of no man’s land, though in recent years there have been a handful of pleasant surprises. There certainly appears to be a few choice picks, though overall it’s definitely a thinner month. Still, there’s more than enough to sort through, and that’s just what I’ve done here today! Take a look and decide which are ticket worthy for yourself…

Here now are what I feel are the ten very best bets for the month of August:

10. Don’t Breathe – I’m always down for a good horror film, and early word suggests that this one from Fede Alvarez is just that. August tends to be a time for a fright flick to make a killing at the box office, so if this one is even half decent, expect it to play well at the multiplexes for a week or two. Count me in.

9. Florence Foster Jenkins – Personally, Meryl Streep doesn’t usually do it for me in the same way as she does for everyone else, with one exception. When she’s doing lighter fare and having fun, that’s when I see what all the fuss is about. The release date doesn’t especially suggest a big time Oscar contender, but you can never count her out. I’ll be curious about this one…

8. Pete’s Dragon – Low-key Disney movies can sometimes be small scale gems, and this remake hopes that’s the case once again. I’ve heard decent enough things about it, so my interest is piqued. I see it next week, so sit tight for my take on it at some point within the next seven to ten days.

7. Hell or High Water – A crime drama from the writer of Sicario is pretty much cinematic crack to me. Throw in a cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, and Chris Pine? Yes please. This seems like a great little genre effort. I’m seeing it in a few days time, so if it’s anything special/of note, I’ll be sure to let you all know about it.

6. War Dogs – The cast is what sells me here, with the prospect of watching some insanity with Jonah Hill and Miles Teller fairly compelling. Now, since it’s a Todd Phillips movie, it can really be hit or miss, but I’ll choose to be optimistic, for now at least. We’ll see how it turns out, but if it all comes together, this could be a great deal of fun.

5. Morris from America – My colleagues have been buzzing about this one ever since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. In particular, I’m curious if Craig Robinson can become a dark horse Best Supporting Actor contender. Chad Hartigan is an up and coming independent filmmaker, so this one is a viable player on the indie circuit. I’m seeing it later today, actually, so there’s that.

4. Hands of Stone – There are few more rousing things than a good boxing flick, and historically, having Robert De Niro in yours is a very strong sign. Back at the Cannes Film Festival, this look at Roberto Duran screened and received some solid word of mouth, so while I don’t think it turns into an awards vehicle, it could be the latest quality fight picture to come our way. Stay tuned…

3. Southside with You – The concept of Before Sunrise mixed with a pseudo biopic of a young Barack Obama has me very excited. Critics at Sundance liked it too, even if no one mentioned Oscar when discussing it. It’ll undoubtedly be a notable curiosity, for reasons both political and non. I’m currently trying to schedule a screening, so hopefully I get to see it soon!

2. Suicide Squad – I see this hotly anticipated comic book adaptation tomorrow and couldn’t be more excited, though certain rumors have suggested less than amazing things. They could be just that, though…rumors. We’ll see shortly, and if nothing else, watching Jared Leto as the Joker won’t be boring. In a day or two I’ll have a full piece on it out, so promise me you’ll hang tight until then?

1. Sausage Party – This animated flick has me so pumped. First of all, I dig Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s stuff. Beyond that even, the Trailers have been great and those who have seen it have all but raved. Raunchy cartoons are hard to pull off, but if they did, I’ll be psyched. I see it next week and am very much looking forward to that screening date.

Honorable Mentions: The Hollars, In Order of Disappearance, Kubo and the Two Strings, Little Men, and Mia Madre

Be sure to check out these various films all throughout the month that is July!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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