August is a hot month for new movie releases, and regardless of the types of films you love, you will easily find something to tickle your fancy this month. From action flicks to love stories to feel-good children’s tales to eagerly anticipated sequels, August has something for everyone. If you are ready to grab a tub of popcorn, and be entertained in a comfortable air-conditioned theater or even at the local drive-in, the following films are ones that you may want to check out.
Starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, “2 Guns” is set to hit theaters nationwide on Aug 2, 2013. The film, which was directed by Baltasar Kormakur, also features James Marsden, Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos. Rated R, the movie follows the story of a DEA agent, played by Washington, and a naval intelligence officer (Wahlberg). Although the two men are on the run together, neither of these men realizes that the other is also working undercover for the federal government, so their relationship is plagued with distrust. When their attempts to infiltrate a drug cartel go awry, their superiors turn their backs on them, so the men have no one they can turn to but each other.
On Wednesday Aug 7, 2013 fans of the Percy Jackson series will finally be able to see the second film in the franchise, “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” Based on the book by Rick Riordan, this film follows the teen demigod Percy on a wild set of adventures. Mythology fans will love how this film follows the classic story of Odysseus, only with a new twist. Perfect for school-age children, this film is rated PG, and it will entertain adults as well.
Friday Aug 9, 2013 brings another eagerly awaited children’s hit to the big screen. Made by the team who produced “Cars” and “Cars 2”, “Disney’s Planes” is sure to be a delight for all ages. The film follows the tale of Dusty, voiced by Dane Cook. Dusty is a young plane that has everything going for him except for his fear of heights. To help him overcome his fears, Dusty turns to an old naval aviator for help, and eventually, Dusty qualifies to race the current champion of the air-racing circuit. The film also features the voices of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, and Stacy Keach, and it is rated PG.
“Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall ” follows the story of two teen super heroes: Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). These two teens work as a team until Hit Girl is caught sneaking out of her house, so she is relegated back to the life of a normal teenager-plagued by homework and social misfortune. Without her, Kick-Ass decides to join another group of amateur superheroes. The group, called Justice Forever, is lead by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Together, they fight the advances of the evil villain; The Mother F**ker, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Based on the comic books Kick-Ass 2 and Hit-Girl, “Kick-Ass 2” is rated R, and it is the perfect flick for comic-book lovers or action fans who like to have a bit of comedy swirled into their action.
“The World’s End” is essentially the third film in director Edgar Wright’s comedic trilogy, and it is scheduled to hit theaters on Friday Aug. 23, 2013. The two other films in the series were “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” “The World’s End” does not follow the storyline of either of those films, but it is made in the same style, which could be described as social science fiction. Anyone who loved either of those two films will probably enjoy this one. It tells the story of a group of friends who decide to reunite and revisit a pub crawl from twenty years ago. Their goal is to reach the pub called The World’s End, and throughout their journey, they come to a lot of funny and poignant realizations.
“One Direction: This Is Us” is probably the most anticipated documentary of the entire summer, and this fun flick is scheduled to arrive in theaters on Friday, August 30th. “One Direction: This Is Us” is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s hottest pop bands, One Direction. The film shows the band performing on stage during concerts, but it also follows these five British youngsters as they try to live normal lives in spite of their incredible fame.