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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 14; What Will You See?

Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, August 14; What Will You See?

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 14. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Director: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant, Luca Calvani
Synopsis: “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.”
Criticwire Grade AverageC+ (7 reviews)

Straight Outta Compton
Director: F. Gary Gray
Cast: O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge and Paul Giamatti
Synopsis: “In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.”
Criticwire Grade AverageB (4 reviews)


Director: Christian Cantamessa
Cast: Norman Reedus, Djimon Hounsou, Sandrine Holt
Synopsis: “Two custodians struggle to hold onto their sanity living in an underground bunker with cryogenically frozen people meant to re-populate society.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, San Diego and Seattle) 

Director: Michael Polish
Cast: Kate Bosworth, Wes Bentley
Synopsis: “A man who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife may not be his real wife and that a web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner.”
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Big Sky
Director: Jorge Michel Grau
Cast: Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgwick, Frank Grillo, Aaron Tveit
Synopsis: “A teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces, is enrolled in a high-end treatment facility by her mother in the hope that they can find a cure. When the van they are travelling in is suddenly attacked by two masked gunmen, she must confront her biggest fear and fight for her survival.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Boy
Director: Craig Macneill
Cast: Rainn Wilson, David Morse, Jared Breeze, Bill Sage, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson, Aiden Lovekamp
Synopsis: “It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley and his father John are the proprietors of The Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby, captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship – setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: Los Angeles

Director: Marcus Nispel
Cast: Stephen Lang, Kelly Blatz, Brittany Curran, Gage Golightly, Nick Nicotera, Michael Ormsby, Brett Dier, Kevin Chapman, Jenny Shakeshaft, Nick Nordella
Synopsis: “During an all-night, drug-fueled party at an abandoned asylum known for the horrific treatment of its patients, a group of ordinary teens decide to experiment with the occult, mysteriously leading to a violent possession. In an effort to find help, the group rushes to escape, only to find themselves locked inside with no means of communication. Tempers flare, trusts are broken and in attempt to save one of their friends possessed by the demon, the amateurs try to perform an exorcism. Instead of solving the problem, and unbeknownst to them, they unleash an even more powerful and vengeful spirit, one with a distinct motive and which wants them all dead. The teen’s only chance of survival is to uncover the asylum’s deep mysteries and find a way out before it’s too late.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Final Girl
Director: Tyler Shields
Cast: Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig, Cameron Bright, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman
Synopsis: “Veronica, the new girl in town, is lured into the woods by a group of senior boys looking to make her a victim. But the boys don’t know that Veronica’s been trained to handle herself in surprisingly lethal ways.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Washington, DC)

Fort Tilden
Directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss & Charles Rogers
Cast: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Alysia Reiner, Neil Casey, Peter Vack, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Reggie Watts, Will Hines, Max Jenkins, John Early
Synopsis: “Twenty-something Brooklynites Allie and Harper are directionless, privileged, and just a tiny bit damaged. All they want is to get to the beach, where a drug-fueled afternoon with cute boys awaits them. Alas, the journey becomes needlessly complicated, as the girls’ bike ride from Williamsburg to Fort Tilden Beach is littered with a barrage of unfriendly circumstances and the realization that their life skills are more limited than they should be.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (10 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

The Great Man
Director: Sarah Leonor
Cast: Jérémie Renier, Surho Sugaipov, Ramzan Idiev, Daniel Fassi, Jean-Yves Ruf, Miglen Mirtchev, Sabine Massé, Paul Massé
Synopsis: “Recuperating in Paris after being wounded in Afghanistan, a French Foreign Legion soldier is reunited with the man who saved his life and unexpectedly finds himself able to repay his debt when he is compelled to take care of the man’s young son.” [Toronto International Film Festival]
Theatrical Release: New York

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock at His Farm in Normandy
Directors: Les Blank & Gina Leibrecht
Synopsis: “In the year 2000, Les Blank, along with co-filmmaker Gina Leibrecht, visited Richard Leacock (1921-2011) at his farm in Normandy, France and recorded conversations with him about his life, his work, and his other passion: cooking! With the flair of a seasoned raconteur, Leacock recounts key moments in his seventy years as a filmmaker and the innovations that he, D.A. Pennebaker, Albert Maysles and others invented that revolutionized documentary filmmaking, and explores the mystery of creativity. With the passing of both Blank and Leacock, the documentary is a moving insight into the lives of two seminal figures in the history of film.”
Theatrical Release: New York 

The Lost Key
Directors: Ricardo Adler, Belen Orsini & Ricardo Korda
Synopsis: “‘The Lost Key’ explores how a sexual relationship can go beyond mere physical pleasure and become a spiritual experience where two become One. After a traumatic divorce, Ricardo set out to discover how to attain a fulfilling and lasting marriage. The film portrays the dramatic transformation of Ricardo’s new marriage, and the reactions of other couples to this revolutionary way to intimate connection.”
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on August 19th)

Director: Jimmy Chin & E. Chai Vasarhelyi
Synopsis: “Rising above the headwaters of the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the magnificent Shark’s Fin of Mount Meru is a 21,000-foot peak stacked with so many obstacles that it’s both a nightmare and an irresistible siren call for the world’s toughest climbers—many of whom have attempted and failed to summit the elusive mountain. Meru is the electrifying story of three elite American climbers—Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—bent on achieving the impossible. On their first attempt in 2008, the trio battles 19 days of violent storms and sub-zero temperatures, teetering on a portaledge night after night, only to be beaten back 100 meters from the top. Returning home, a series of disasters, losses, and doubts seriously test their dream of one last try. Finally in 2011, they confront the breathtaking, treacherous Meru once again. But at what cost?” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (4 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis and Seattle (expands across the country through October)

Mistress America
Director: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
Synopsis: “Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, is having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke—a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town—she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (28 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles (expands nationwide through September)

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Director: Christopher N. Rowley
Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan
Synopsis: “The film follows Molly Moon, a young orphan girl from London who comes across an incredible book of hypnotism and uses it to hypnotise her way to a show in New York. Molly then ends up becoming rich and famous, but one man has discovered her secret and decided to steal her hypnotising book. The man tracks her down all the way to New York and kidnaps her dog. To get her dog back, Molly must rob the richest bank of all its jewels.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco)

One & Two
Director: Andrew Droz Palermo
Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Timothee Chalamet, Elizabeth Reaser, Grant Bowler
Synopsis: “A mysterious farmhouse, where a family of four maintain a routine and isolated existence. As siblings Zac and Eva explore unusual abilities and dark family secrets, their loving mother falls gravely ill, splintering the family and threatening to tear the children apart.” [SXSW Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (5 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York and Los Angeles

People, Places, Things
Director: Jim Strouse
Cast: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Michael Chernus, Gia Gadsby, Aundrea Gadsby, Jessica Williams
Synopsis: “From the moment graphic novelist Will Henry accidentally walks in on his wife, Charlie, with another man, his life officially begins to suck. Not only is he exiled from Brooklyn to a tiny studio apartment in Astoria and forced to see his adorable twin daughters only on weekends, but according to Charlie, the separation is all his fault. As he muddles through single fathering and teaching college, a defeated Will sits up nights at his drafting table, illustrating his frustrations and loneliness—aptly symbolized by an ever-growing brick wall jammed between him and his family. When a student challenges Will to pursue new people, places, and things, his obsessions—both graphic and real—take new form.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B (9 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle) 

Director: Sam de Jong
Cast: Ayoub Elasri, Oussama Addi, Achraf Meziani, Elsie de Brauw, Sigrid ten Napel, Jorik Scholten
Synopsis: “Seventeen-year-old Ayoub has a lot on his plate: his father is a junkie, his mother is a lonely divorcé, and his sister is falling in with the wrong crowd. Haunted by his father’s terrible reputation, Ayoub can’t get the attention of Laura, the most beautiful girl in the neighborhood. He does, however, gain the attention of Kalpa, an eccentric, purple Lamborghini-driving, psychotically violent local criminal. Falling in with Kalpa, Ayoub tries to enlarge his status (and wallet) enough to win Laura over, but soon finds that his new life is far more than he bargained for.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa)

Return to Sender
Director: Fouad Mikati
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Rumer Willis, Nick Nolte, Scout Taylor-Compton, Shiloh Fernandez, Illeana Douglas, Camryn Manheim
Synopsis: “A nurse living in small town goes on a blind date with a man who is not the person he says he is.”
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Dallas, Hartford, Houston and Phoenix) 

Once I Was a Beehive
Director: Maclain Nelson
Cast: Paris Warner, Lisa Clark, Hailey Smith, Clare Niederpruem, Barta Heiner, Amy Biedel, Adam Johnson, Brett Merritt, Ashley Santos, Kaley McCormack, Ariana Bagley
Synopsis: “A heartfelt, coming-of-age movie about the transformative experience of Young Women’s camp.”
Theatrical Release: Utah

Director: Aviva Kempner
Synopsis: “The Rosenwald Schools by Aviva Kempner is a documentary about how Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who rose to head Sears, partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era.”
Theatrical Release: New York

Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango
Director: Dom Pedro
Synopsis: “‘Tango Negro’ explores the expression of African-ness inherent in the dance of the ‘tango’ and the contribution of African cultures to the dance’s creation. Angolan director, Dom Pedro, details the dance’s early cultural significance as a depiction of the social life of captured African slaves and provides an expansive compilation of musical performances and interviews from tango enthusiasts and historians alike.”
Theatrical Release: New York and Chicago

Ten Thousand Saints
Directors: Bob Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson
Synopsis: “Jude Keffy-Horn—named after a Beatles song by his hippie parents—spends his high school days in small-town Vermont getting high with his best friend Teddy. Beneath Jude’s mind-numbing activities lurks a desire to reconnect with his estranged father, Les, who abandoned the family when Jude was nine. When Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude’s mother sends him to live with Les in New York City’s roiling and raw East Village. As Jude struggles to establish an identity within the cultural upheaval downtown, he forms an unlikely surrogate family with Teddy’s straight-edge brother, and a troubled, rich uptown girl.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: B- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City)

Tom at the Farm
Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu, Caleb Landry Jones, Mélodie Simard, Manuel Tadros, Jacques Lavallée, Anne Caron
Synopsis: “Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for a funeral. There, he’s shocked to find out no one knows who he is, nor who he was to the deceased, whose brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family’s name and grieving mother, Tom now has to play the peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his “trip” to the farm. Long ways, long lies… Set in Quebec’s rural panorama, this psychological thriller centres on the ever-growing gap between city and country and the oppositive nature of men who live there. Stockholm syndrome, deception, grief and secretive savageries pervade this brief and brutal pilgrimage through the warped and ugly truth.”
Criticwire Grade Average: B (17 reviews)
Theatrical Release: Various (including New York and Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC)

Director: Juan José Campanella
Cast: Juan José Campanella, Diego Ramos, Pablo Rago, Axel Kuschevatzky, David Masajnik, Mariana Otero, Diego Mesaglío, Lucía Maciel, Marcos Mundstock, Ernesto Claudio, Coco Sily, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Fabián Gianola, Sebastián Mogordoy, Gabriel Almirón
Synopsis: “Jake is a shy, but talented, foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura. With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake’s foosball table come to life. He and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. With the help of his team, his town, and a little bit of magic, Jake will try to save the day.”
Theatrical Release: Select Markets

Walt Before Mickey
Director: Khoa Lê
Cast: David Henrie, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder, Jodie Sweetin
Synopsis: “A film covering the early years of Walt Disney’s career.”
Theatrical Release: Orlando

We Come as Friends
Director: Hubert Sauper
Synopsis: “As war-ravaged South Sudan claims independence from North Sudan and its brutal President, Omar al-Bashir, a tiny, homemade prop plane wings in from France. It is piloted by eagle-eyed documentarian Hubert Sauper, who is mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future.” [Sundance Film Festival]
Criticwire Grade Average: A- (6 reviews)
Theatrical Release: New York (opens in Los Angeles on August 21st)

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