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August movie releases: Fantastic Four, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and more

Compared to the last few months, August looks set to be fairly tame as far as movies go. Sure, we’ll get films like Fantastic Four, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and a new Hitman. But, by and large, this might be a good month to catch up on some of the more recent releases—e.g. Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation, Inside Out, Ant-Man, and so on and so forth.

The biggest question mark this month will be Fantastic Four. The buzz so far has been pretty tepid—and that’s being nice. I’m going in open-minded, but it doesn’t seem as though people are overly optimistic. Hopefully we’ll all be surprised and come out saying, “I knew it would be good all along.” The film has a pretty great cast, and the trailers thus far have shown promise. But we’ll try and reserve judgement until it hits theaters this Friday.

There are some other films coming out this summer we might not normally cover: Straight Outta Compton has received some good early feedback, while American Ultra looks like it could be a sleeper hit this summer. Do I think Jesse Eisenberg is a convincing stoner secret agent? The trailers have me convinced.

Below are the movies to look out for this month.

Fantastic Four

Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. The four must learn to harness their new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Director: Josh Trank

Actors: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara

Release Date: Aug. 7

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Director: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

Actors: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour

Release Date: Aug. 7

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Director: Guy Ritchie

Actors: Armie Hammer, Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander

Release Date: Aug. 14

Straight Outta Compton

The group NWA emerges from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes pop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray

Actors: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell,

Release Date: Aug. 14

Sinister 2

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.

Director: Ciaron Foy

Actors: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan

Release Date: Aug. 21

American Ultra

A stoner – who is in fact a government agent – is marked as a liability and targeted for extermination. But he’s too well-trained and too high for them to handle.

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Actors: Jessie Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace

Release Date: Aug. 21

Hitman: Agent 47

An assassin teams up with a woman to help her find her father and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

Director: Aleksander Bach

Actors: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto

Release Date: Aug. 21


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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...


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