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“BlacKkKlansman” and “The Happytime Murders”: Films to look forward to in August

The summer, believe it or not, is almost over. Today is not only the last day in July, as well as the trading deadline in baseball. It’s a time to begin turning attention away from summer movies. As you’ll see below, we’re basically finished with summer blockbusters. The films are getting smaller, with potential Academy Award players sprinkled in. Oscar hopefuls tease the start of the fall film season. So, while it’s still warm out, cinematic offerings will be cooling down, scale wise. That being said, there’s some magic coming your way, as a few of the choice selections this month are really tremendous. Read on to see what I mean…

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

10. The Meg – We have one more big/dumb blockbuster, and it’s this giant shark movie. I remember reading and liking the book as a kid (I read inappropriate stuff), so there’s some potential here. It’s likely just silly stuff, but on a hot August day, it could be just what the doctor ordered!

9. Operation Finale – My screening tomorrow was rescheduled for this period action flick, but it’ll be screening for me soon enough. Oscar Isaac hunting a Nazi is baity enough to attract attention. Consider this one a curiosity until I see it. Then, we’ll know if it’s something more to reckon with. Perhaps it’s even a surprise awards contender?

8. Disney’s Christopher Robin – I’ll be seeing this one tomorrow, and it should be a delight. Disney knows what they’re doing when it comes to kid friendly cinema. Plus, clearing the low bar set by Goodbye Christopher Robin shouldn’t be hard. A blast of nostalgia is coming this weekend. Look for a piece on it before Friday.

7. The Little Stranger – An interesting choice for Lenny Abrahamson to make as his follow up to Room. Reunited with his Frank star Domhnall Gleeson, it’s a classy looking horror effort. This could turn out any number of ways, but the pedigree here is quite good. As such, it has my attention.

6. Juliet, Naked – The Nick Hornby book of the same name is a fun read. This romantic dramedy was somewhat dismissed at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, but I’m still eager to check it out. Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd are a solid trio for anything.

5. Support the Girls – The independent comedy of the summer, this quirky indie seems like it’ll be a critical favorite. The filmmaker behind Results gives us a look at a “breastaurant” in all of its low class glory. Once I get to see it, I’ll report back with my take.

4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post – This coming of age story hits theaters on Friday, so depending on if any news breaks, look for a post on it in the next few days. If not, we’ll double back on it next week, since it’s quite good. Chloe Grace Moretz gets a fantastic showcase here. Sit tight for more…

3. The Happytime Murders – Personally, this might be my most anticipated movie of the year. Muppets are a guilty pleasure for me, and I love dirty humor. So, this is basically perfect in my book. It could be dumb, but it should be a lot of fun. If nothing else, it’s very different than anything else hitting theaters!

2. Searching – About a month or so ago, I saw this flick, and it kind of blew me away. Far more emotional and creative than expected, it’s a bit of a gem. Those who saw it at Sundance back in January liked it a lot, but somehow the buzz never translated. Well, now we know. Prepare for a rave in the coming weeks.

1. BlacKkKlansman – I just saw Spike Lee’s latest this morning, and it is one of his best. Believe the hype. A definite Oscar contender, though it’s much more than an Academy Award hopeful. This was my social media post a few hours ago: “BlacKkKlansman is angry, entertaining, hilarious, and important, in equal measure (with some perfect musical cues). Spike Lee’s best film since 25th Hour and arguably top five overall for him. Definitely going to be in the conversation for Oscar nominations. An essential piece of cinema for 2018.” Stay tuned for much more from me on this one next week…

Honorable Mentions: Blue Iguana, Crazy Rich Asians, Destination Wedding, Dog Days, Madeline’s Madeline, Mile 22, Never Goin’ Back, The Spy Who Dumped Me, and The Wife

Be sure to check out these various movies all throughout the month of August!

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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