The dog days of Summer are upon us. August is oftentimes a dumping ground for films that aren’t quite blockbuster material and are probably not going to be collecting armloads of Oscars. (There’s even a movie called Dog Days out this month, for crapsakes). That being said, we are excited about a couple potential awards season darlings and some plain stupid-fun escapist comedies. Use that MoviePass while you still can!
Christopher Robin (August 3)
Just like the trailer for Won’t You Be My Neighbor, this preview gave us a major lump in the throat. Who doesn’t want to return to a time of childhood innocence? The world has completely gone to poo. Speaking of poo(h), Winnie-the-Pooh reunites with now-adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) and they journey to Hundred Acre Wood to help find friends Eeyore, Piglet, Owl.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (August 3)
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in this Sundance winner as a teenager sent to gay conversion therapy camp, where she bonds with fellow queers played by Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck. The similarly-themed Boy Erased will probably get the awards attention due to star power (Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe), but don’t let this special film slip by.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (August 3)
Yeah, this looks like some sorta ‘90s-straight-to-VHS nonsense, but we heart the two leads (Kate McKinnon, Mila Kunis) and there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a popcorn flick matinee.
BlacKkKlansman (August 10)
We have very high hopes for the latest from Spike Lee. GQ just named it the Movie of the Year. Based on the outrageous, yet true story of a black cop who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan, the film couldn’t be more timely with the idiot in the White House doing his best to foment racial tension. Denzel’s son John David Washington stars alongside Adam Driver and Topher Grace, who portrays KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.
Crazy Rich Asians (August 15)
Based on the outrageous bestseller by Kevin Kwan, this rom-com featuring an all-Asian cast follows star-crossed lovers, Singapore’s most eligible bachelor (Henry Golding) and a professor (Constance Wu), as they spar with in-laws, exes and each other running up to THE luxe wedding of the year. Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Nico Santos and Ken Jeong join the party. This looks like frothy fun.
The Wife (August 17)
Can we just give Glenn Close an Oscar already? Can’t Meryl give her one of hers? Close has been nominated six damn times and has yet to walk away with the golden statue. Buzz has been building on her performance as the long-married, graceful wife of an acclaimed writer who has repressed years of resentment, betrayal and compromise. Adapted by Jane Anderson from the novel by Meg Wolitzer, will The Wife finally be the role that delivers the Oscar love to Close?
The Happytime Murders (August 24)
Two detectives, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, investigate the murders of former cast members of a beloved puppet show. Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks co-star. Expect irreverent, potty-mouthed shenanigans. And who doesn’t love shenanigans?