Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!
Week of August 5
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood
Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency and saving the world from an unknown but powerful threat.
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner, Malina Weissman, Robbie Amell
Synopsis: The story of a stuffy businessman, Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey), who finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s cat. If any hope exists of returning to his family as the husband and father they deserve, Tom will have to learn why he has been placed in this peculiar situation and the great lengths he must go to earn back his human existence.
Director: Joe Syracuse, Lisa Addario
Cast: Ashley Tisdale, Bria Murphy, Jason Biggs, Janet Montgomery, Jenny Mollen
Synopsis: Guy Carter is an award-winning graduate student of architecture. He’s got a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. The problem? He doesn’t have “his ducks in a row,” which only fuels his doubts about being a good father. Guy has been trying to find work in his field for a year with no luck. At wit’s end, his wife Anne finds him a job as a ‘driver’ on Craigslist. Guy shows up for the interview thinking he’ll be delivering pizzas, but quickly realizes it’s a job driving prostitutes. With money too scarce to turn down, he goes for it– which is where he meets Nikki, the tough-as-nails, unapologetic sex worker, and her two hilarious and foul-mouthed cohorts, Jaxi and Fallon. As reluctant driver and protector — Guy is thrust into a world of rockin’ women and feeble men. Over the course of one wild and sordid night, and several ‘come-to-Jesus’ moments, Guy proves to Nikki- and himself- that he does have what it takes to be the responsible father his family deserves.
Director: Todd Kessler
Cast: Chris Smith, Kabir Bedi, Kriss Dosanjh, Machel Montano, Natalie Perera, Staz Nair
Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer, Lee de Leon (Soca music star Machel Montano in his film debut) sets things askew. In search of a muse, de Leon agrees to perform at the engagement party for both families. Unable to deny their mutual attraction, and with the excitement of Carnival approaching, Anita must now choose between the answer to her family’s financial prayers and the possibility of real love.
The Brooklyn Banker
Director: Federico Caselluccio
Cast: Arthur Nascarella, David Proval, Elizabeth Masucci, John Bedford Lloyd, Troy Garity, Paul Sorvino
Synopsis: “The Brooklyn Banker” weaves the story of Santo Bastucci (Troy Garity), a neighborhood banker with two rare gifts – one for memorizing numbers, the other for sidestepping a career saturated in underworld crime that most of his childhood friends chose. A family man who purposefully designed a life “above board,” Santo is unwittingly thrust into the crosshairs of an aging wiseguy’s bid for power. He is caught between the loyalty he has for his cagey father-in-law (Paul Sorvino), the safety of his wife and family, and heeding the cautionary advice from his street-wise uncle, the pastor of their local church and resident backbone of the neighborhood.
Directors: Christian Tureaud & David Salzberg
Synopsis: A modern day Band of Brothers, Citizen Soldier tells the true story of a group of young Soldiers and their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these Citizen Soldiers give the audience an intimate view into the chaos and horrors of combat and, in the process, display their bravery and valor under the most hellish of conditions.
Cast: Daniel Ryan, Frank Mosley, Jamal Batts, Lily Baldwin, Michael Dempsey, MJ Frank, Ryan Cassata, Sanda Weigl, Tonya Pinkins, Will Blomker
Synopsis: A man and his grandmother hide out from an ominous broadcast. The Grim Reaper hosts a TV show. The formerly incarcerated recount and reinterpret their first days of freedom. A suburban mom’s life is upturned by the beast growing inside of her. And a high school gym teacher runs drills from inside a volcano. What happens when five of independent film’s most adventurous filmmakers join together to literally adapt each other’s dreams for the screen? Featuring new works by Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, and Lauren Wolkstein, “Collective: Unconscious” will transport you to a place in-between sleep and consciousness. Welcome to our dream state.
Five Nights in Maine
Director: Maris Curran
Cast: David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest, Rosie Perez
Synopsis: The last voicemail Sherwin Owens (Oyelowo) received from his beloved wife, Fiona, before she died in a car accident implored him: “meet her, before it’s too late.” The “her” in question is Fiona’s mother Lucinda (Wiest), whom Fiona had just visited after many years of estrangement. After spending several solitary days blunting his grief with alcohol, Sherwin makes the long drive to Lucinda’s home in rural Maine. Lucinda lives up to her reputation as ornery, bullying, and cruel, but she is dying from cancer. As Sherwin endeavors to bridge a divide widened by age and race, there ensues an unspoken competition as to who bears the greater loss.
Director: Raymond Yeung
Cast: Elizabeth Sung, Jake Choi, James Chen, Jennifer Neala Page, Sonia Villani
Synopsis: “Front Cover” is about handsome, openly gay New York City fashion stylist Ryan (Jake Choi), who rejects his traditional Asian upbringing. Ryan is given an assignment to style Ning (James Chen), a famous Chinese actor, for an important photo shoot. After a rocky start, an unlikely friendship develops between them, leading Ryan to examine his identity and consider an enticing new path for his life and career.
Director: Ira Sachs
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Pauline Garcia, Jennifer Ehle
Synopsis: When 13-year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father’s old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) — one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist — ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. At first, Jake and Tony don’t seem to notice; the two boys, so different on the surface, begin to develop a formative kinship as they discover the pleasures of being young in Brooklyn. But the children can’t avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship.
The Little Prince
Director: Mark Osborne
Cast: Albert Brooks, Benicio del Toro, Jacquie Barnbrook, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Marion Cotillard, Paul Giamatti, Rachel McAdams, Ricky Gervais, Riley Osborne
Synopsis: Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into the universe of The Little Prince begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
The Mind’s Eye
Director: Joe Begos
Cast: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley Carter, John Speredakos, Noah Segan
Synopsis: Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.
Neither Heaven Nor Earth
Director: Clément Cogitore
Cast: Clément Bresson, Finnegan Oldfield, Jérémie Renier, Marc Robert, Swann Arlaud
Synopsis: Afghanistan 2014. As the withdrawal of troops approaches, Captain Antarès Bonassieu and his squad have been assigned a surveillance mission in a remote valley of Wakhan, on the border of Pakistan. Despite Antarès and his men’s determination, control of the secluded valley will slowly fall out of their hands. One dark night, soldiers begin to mysteriously disappear in the valley.
Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny
Director: Louis Black & Karen Bernstein
Synopsis: One of the foremost American filmmakers of our time, Richard Linklater achieved cult immortality with the ‘90s classic “Dazed and Confused” won critical respect for the sublime “Before” trilogy, and redefined cinematic storytelling with the groundbreaking “Boyhood.” But along the way, the director’s unconventional working methods and fierce independence have frequently put him at odds with the industry. Through interviews with both the filmmaker and many of his closest collaborators, this revealing profile traces Linklater’s life and work—from the DIY landmark “Slacker” to his latest comedy “Everybody Wants Some!!”—shedding light on how a creative visionary carved out a one-of-a-kind career unbeholden to the Hollywood machine.
Director: Ben Cresciman
Cast: Barbara Crampton, Evan Jones, Sara Malakul Lane, Sara Hagan
Synopsis: As Janie recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.
The Tenth Man
Director: Daniel Burman
Cast: Allan Sabbagh, Julieta Zylberberg, Usher Barilka
Synopsis: A business man from New York comes back to his jewish community in Buenos Aires…
For all the films opening the week of August 12th, see the next page.