Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise) open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
SEE MORE: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 26. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Fede Alvarez
Cast: Daniel Zovatto, Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Stephen Lang
Synopsis: A group of teens break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. They’re wrong.
Director: Dennis Gansel
Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, Tommy Lee Jones
Synopsis: Arthur Bishop [Jason Statham] returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman [Jessica Alba] force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
Ace the Case
Director: Kevin Kaufman
Cast: Leb Gorn, Ripley Sobo, Susan Sarandon
Synopsis: Left in the care of her teenaged brother Miles (Aaron Sauter, “Alien Dawn”) while their mom is out of town, 10-year-old Olivia Haden (Sobo) takes her dog Charlie for a late-night walk and witnesses a brazen kidnapping on the deserted streets of New York City. But when she tells Miles what she has seen, he dismisses her, and when she reports it to the NYPD, only a sympathetic detective named Dottie (Sarandon) will even listen. Without solid evidence, there’s nothing Dottie can do, so the intrepid tween sets out to solve the crime herself. Facing down a trio of bumbling crooks, a mysterious fixer (Gorn) toting his oversized pet bunny, and a rapidly ticking clock, Olivia crisscrosses lower Manhattan in an exciting family-oriented thriller sure to delight kids of all ages, as well as their parents.
Theatrical Release: New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa
Equal Means Equal
Director: Kamala Lopez
Synopsis: An unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to the judicial system. Along the way, she reveals the inadequacy of present laws that claim to protect women, ultimately presenting a compelling and persuasive argument for the urgency of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles and Traverse City (opens in New York on September 2nd)
Director: Phillippe Faucon
Cast: Chawki Amari, Franck Andrieux, Kenza-Noah Aiche, Mehdi Senoussi, Soria Zeroual, Yolanda Mpele, Zita Hanrot
Synopsis: Fatima lives alone with her two daughters : Souad, 15, a rebellious teenager, and Nesrine, 18, who is starting medical school. Fatima doesn’t speak French well, a great frustration to her in her daily relations with her daughters. At the same time, her girls are her motivation and her pride as well as a source of worry to her. In order to give them the best possible future, Fatima works irregular hours as a house cleaner. One day, she falls down a flight of stairs. While she is off work, Fatima starts writing to her daughters in Arabic, telling them everything she hasn’t been able to express in French.
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on September 16th)
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life
Director: Eric Sharkey, Michael Fiore
Synopsis: From filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, the feel good documentary is an intimate journey through the celebrated life and career of the ‘Forrest Gump’ of the animation industry: Disney legend Floyd Norman. Hired as the first African-American at Disney in 1956, Floyd worked on such classics as “Sleeping Beauty” and “101 Dalmations” before being handpicked by Walt Disney to join the story team on “The Jungle Book.” After Walt Disney’s death in 1966, Norman left Disney to found Vignette Films, where he developed the original “Fat Albert” TV special and produced segments for “Sesame Street.” He would later work at Hanna-Barbera on many classic cartoons, including Scooby Doo” After Hanna-Barbera, Floyd’s talents took him to Pixar to work on “Toy Story 2” and “Monsters Inc.” On Mr. Norman’s 65th birthday in 2000, Disney HR forced Floyd to retire. Refusing to leave his “home,” Floyd has “hijacked” a cubicle at Disney Publishing, unpaid, for the past 16 years, picking up freelance work when he can.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco
Director: David Hunt
Cast: Chris Severio, Leslie Easterbrook, Neal McDonough, Nick Searcy
Synopsis: The unlikely career of Brandon Burlsworth is the greatest walk-on story in the history of college football. Known for his distinctive black horn-rimmed glasses and resemblance to Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, the small-town Burlsworth had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I football. Undeterred, Brandon, with the help of his struggling Mother, took a financial and emotional risk by walking on to the team in 1994. Despite criticism from teammates and coaches alike, Brandon succeeded in the face of staggering odds.
Theatrical Release: Various Markets
Hands of Stone
Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Cast: Ana de Armas, Édgar Ramírez, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Jurnee Smollett, Reg E. Cathey, Robb Skyler, Robert De Niro, Usher Raymond
Synopsis: The life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words “no mas” (no more.)
Theatrical Release: Various Markets
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, John Krasinski, Josh Groban, Margo Martindale, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mary Kay Place, Randall Park, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley
Synopsis: John Krasinski’s big-hearted family comedy takes a touching look at the ties that bind. Krasinski plays John Hollar, a frustrated graphic novelist anxiously awaiting the birth of his baby with girlfriend, Rebecca (Anna Kendrick). When his mother, Sally (Margo Martindale), is diagnosed with a brain tumor, John flies back home, where denial runs deep in the family tree. While his loving but fractured family pulls together to prepare Sally for surgery, John takes a second look at the life he left behind.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands to various cities nationwide throughout September)
In Order of Disappearance
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Cast: Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Bruno Ganz, Gard B. Eidsvold, Jakob Oftebro, Pål Sverre Hagen, Stellan Skarsgård
Synopsis: Norway, winter. Introverted and hard-working Nils drives the powerful snow plough that keeps open the roads and mountain passes of the inhospitable frozen landscape where he lives. He’s just been named citizen of the year for his efforts when he receives news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Refusing to believe the official version of his son’s death, he begins a covert search for the boy’s alleged murderers.
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans (expands to a dozen additional markets throughout September)
Is That You?
Director: Dani Menkin
Cast: Alon Aboutboul
Synopsis: Having just lost his job as a film projectionist, 60 year old Ronnie decides to travel from Israel to the US to seek out his long-lost love, Rachel. Once on the road, he meets Myla, a filmmaker who is making a documentary about regrets people have in their lives, and wants to interview Ronnie and document his trip. The unlikely pair decide to travel together in search of Rachel and to complete Myla’s film.
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles in September)
Director: Clea DuVall
Cast: Alia Shawkat, Ben Schwartz, Clea DuVall, Cobie Smulders, David Bernon, Jason Ritter, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne
Synopsis: Control freak bride-to-be Annie gathers her group of thirtysomething friends at the picturesque Savannah family summer home of sisters Jessie (writer/director Clea Duvall) and Ruby to convince Ruby and her workaholic husband, Peter, that their relationship has turned irreparably toxic. Joined by Annie’s easygoing fiancé, Jessie’s partner (Sarah), as well as the reluctant Jack and his sprightly 22-year-old girlfriend, the group makes fumbling attempts to jump-start the intervention throughout the booze-fueled weekend, while resolutely avoiding dealing with their own vices and regrets.
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and select additional theaters
Kate Plays Christine
Director: Robert Greene
Cast: Holland Hayes, Kate Lyn Sheil, Marty Stonerock, Michael Ray Davis, Stephanie Coatney, Zachary Gossett
Synopsis: In 1974, television host Christine Chubbuck committed suicide on air at a Sarasota, Florida, news station. This is considered the first televised suicide in history, and though it was the inspiration for the 1976 Best Picture nominee Network, the story and facts behind the event remain mostly unknown. Now in the present, actress Kate Lyn Sheil is cast in a “stylized cheap ‘70s soap opera” version of Christine’s story, and to prepare for the role, Kate travels to Sarasota to investigate the mysteries and meanings behind her tragic demise.
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on September 16th; expands to five additional cities through November)
Director: Adam Randall
Cast: Josh Bowman, Leila Mimmack
Synopsis: Matt is a deadbeat gamer whose girlfriend Anna is kidnapped. Her abductors keep in contact with him by phone, issuing increasingly ludicrous and dangerous challenges he must complete to keep her alive, forcing him to fight his way across London. When he discovers who kidnapped her and why, he learns he is part of a game far larger than himself – but he still has to get her back.
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle
Director: Nanni Moretti
Cast: Antonio Zavatteri, Beatrice Mancini, Gianluca Gobbi, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro, Margherita Buy, Nanni Moretti, Pietro Ragusa
Synopsis: As Margherita juggles a complicated shoot and a tempestuous American star, her thoughts remain on her ailing mother, a former Classics professor taken ill and hospitalized. As she struggles to find balance between finishing her film, attending to her mother, and raising her own teenaged daughter, Margherita is aided by her brother while she is forced to learn how to let go in this moving, often hilarious meditation on modern life.
Theatrical Release: New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC (expands to additional cities through October)
Director: Chad L. Scheifele
Cast: Amy Carlson, Anthony Michael Hall, Catherine Missal, Katherine McNamara, Mason Dye, Ryan Munzert
Synopsis: Tyler is a young man who is desperately seeking direction from a world that seems to have abandoned him. Everyday at school he fights for survival, as he is easy prey amongst the endless hallways of fellow student predators. Searching for answers he looks to his friend Indrid who appears to have it all figured out. Tyler takes Indrid’s ideology and adopts it as his own. Not long after, Tyler sees the whole picture more clearly but is this new vision for the better? Or could it be more damaging than he could have ever imagined? Soon, Tyler finds himself in the middle of the storm and gets caught up in something he may not be able to change.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia
The Sea of Trees
Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts, James Saito
Synopsis: Arthur Brennan is an American professor who travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving relationship with his wife, Joan, and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi, who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing—one which may ultimately re-connect Arthur with his love for his wife.
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles
Southside With You
Director: Richard Tanne
Cast: Parker Sawyers, Tika Sumpter, Vanessa Bell Calloway
Synopsis: One Chicago afternoon in 1989, a Harvard Law summer associate named Barack Obama finagled a tête-à-tête with an attorney from the prestigious corporate law firm where they both worked. Her name was Michelle Robinson, and his pretense was a friendly outing to a community organizer meeting. In Michelle’s eyes, it was most certainly not a date. But as ice cream gives way to a stop at the Art Institute, and the community gathering conveniently becomes a chance for Barack to lecture brilliantly on activism, it’s stunningly obvious to Michelle that this cigarette-smoking smooth talker is desperately trying to woo her. As their epic encounter continues into evening and these fiercely bright minds go head-to-head, sparks fly.
Theatrical Release: Various Markets
Director: Kim Seong-hun
Cast: Doona Bae, Ha Jung-Woo, Oh Dal-Su
Synopsis: A man is on his way home to his family when the poorly constructed tunnel he is driving through collapses, leaving him trapped. With draining cell phone battery power and a rescue effort that might end before they locate him, days pass by without success, and the people start to lose hope.
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle)
Uncle Kent 2
Director: Todd Rohal
Cast: Jennifer Prediger, Joe Swanberg, Tipper Newton, Kate Herman, Kent Osborne, Lyndsay Hailey, Steve Little
Synopsis: In a desperate search to create a follow-up to Joe Swanberg’s 2011 film “Uncle Kent,” Kent Osborne travels to a comic book convention in San Diego where he loses his mind and confronts the end of the world. Reuniting in the “Gremlins 2” of “Indie” sequels, Joe Swanberg, Jennifer Prediger and Tipper Newton return in a surrealist look into Osborne’s madness.
Theatrical Release: San Francisco (opens in Los Angeles on September 2nd and New York on September 9th)
There are more releases from August 19, which you can still catch here.