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New Movies: Release Calendar for August 5, Plus Where to Watch the Latest Films

From "Bullet Train" in theaters to "Prey" at home on Hulu, here's where to watch this week's new releases.

Bullet Train

“Bullet Train”

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We may be firmly in the dog days of summer, with the biggest blockbuster releases behind us and the fall festival season still a ways away. But while the film industry may be in a bit of a lull, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of new cool stuff to watch. After all, the content machine waits for no man!

This week’s offerings are heavy on light, summery entertainment. The kind of fare that lets you turn off your brain for two hours as you hide in the comfort of an air-conditioned theater (or your basement). Whether you want to watch Brad Pitt fight a coterie of bad guys on a fast-moving train or Pete Davidson play a dangerous party game with a bunch of easy-on-the-eyes influencers, you’re in luck. More interested in a “Predator” prequel set in the 1700s? No worries, there’s one of those too!

For your binge-watching convenience, we’ve rounded up all of the newest films and all the ways to watch them. From new arthouse work to massive animation franchises, keep reading for IndieWire’s definitive guide to watching this week’s new releases.

Week of August 1-August 7

New Films in Theaters

As new movies open in theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, IndieWire will continue to review them whenever possible. We encourage readers to follow the safety precautions provided by CDC and health authorities. Additionally, our coverage will provide alternative viewing options whenever they are available.

“Bullet Train” (directed by David Leitch)
Distributor: Sony
Where to Find It:
 Theaters

If there was ever an elevator pitch that defined everything that’s great about summer movies, it might be “a bunch of assassins targeting each other are stuck on the same train, which is moving very very fast.” Throw in the fact that the title is “Bullet Train” and it stars Brad Pitt, and you’re almost guaranteed to have a good time (debates about the film’s artistic merits notwithstanding). And in a turn of events that would make Cliff Booth proud, Brad Pitt’s former stuntman David Leitch is now directing him in a big-budget movie. Given Leitch’s past work on the “John Wick” and “Deadpool” franchises, you can expect plenty of thrills and spectacle. And in an era where original blockbusters are few and far between (yes, “Bullet Train” is based on a book, but it’s free of superheros and there’s no number in its title), you gotta respect the film’s ambition and commitment to fun. Read IndieWire’s full review.

Bodies Bodies Bodies

“Bodies Bodies Bodies”

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“Bodies Bodies Bodies” (directed by Halina Reijn)
Distributor: A24
Where to Find It:
 Theaters

The A24 brand has always thrived by striking a balance between high art from global cinema’s top auteurs and pulpy guilty pleasure flicks executed to absolute perfection (see: “Spring Breakers”). “Bodies Bodies Bodies” fits firmly in the latter category, telling a story of a group of influencers who find themselves stuck in a house without electricity (and their lifeblood, Wi-Fi). Their true selves are slowly revealed when they begin playing a dangerous party game called “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” which delivers bloody results. The movie quickly devolves into a combination of whodunnit and satire, a twisted version of “Knives Out” if you ran it through a thousand Instagram filters first. Pete Davidson, Chase Sui Wonders, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Amandla Stenberg, and Lee Pace star. Read IndieWire’s full review.

I Love My Dad, Patton Oswalt, SXSW

“I Love My Dad”

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“I Love My Dad” (directed by James Morosini)
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Where to Find It:
Theaters, then VOD starting August 12

Comedies don’t get much darker than James Morosini’s “I Love My Dad,” which tells the story of a father (Patton Oswalt) catfishing his own son (Morosini). After his troubled son vows to cut ties with him after leaving a mental institution, Oswalt’s character creates a fake social media profile using stolen pictures of a beautiful woman in order to maintain contact with his son. As you can probably gauge from that description, this film is not for everyone, but those who are willing to go on a journey to some very dark places in search of a good story should find that it’s one of the more rewarding indie watches of the summer.  Read IndieWire’s full review.

(from left) Tito Manny (Joey Guila), Regina (Elena Juatco), Eugene (Eugene Cordero), Joe Valencia (Jo Koy), Tita Teresa (Tia Carrere), Tita Yvonne (Melody Butiu) and Susan (Lydia Gaston) in Easter Sunday, directed by Jay Chandrasekhar.

“Easter Sunday”

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“Easter Sunday” (directed by Jay Chandrasekhar)
Distributor: IFC Films
Where to Find It:
Theaters

Jo Koy has quietly emerged as one of the most successful stand-up comedians in America in recent years. From his early years as a frequent panelist on “Chelsea Lately” to his current hot streak of Netflix special and sold out tours, he has carved out a brand of comedy that relies heavily on his Filipino upbringing. His commentary about his relationships with his mother, food, and other Asian countries have made him one of the most prominent cultural ambassadors for Filipino culture, and now he wants to translate that sensibility to the big screen with “Easter Sunday.” Koy stars in the semi-autobiographical film about a single father and aspiring comedian taking his son to an Easter gathering with his dysfunctional extended family. The jury is still out about the film’s quality, but nobody can deny that it offers a fresh perspective seldom seen in high profile comedies. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Memory Box” (directed by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige)
Where to Find It:
NYC’s Film Forum, with further expansion to follow

An estimated 120,000 people died in the Lebanese Civil War, which lasted from 1975 to 1990. But like any war, its painful legacy has extended far beyond the last day of battle. Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s “Memory Box” seeks to examine the trauma that Lebanese people, particularly women, still carry three decades after the end of the conflict. Skipping back and forth between Beirut during the war and present-day Montreal, the film tells the story of a third-generation Lebanese family living in Canada who find their lives upended by a collection of relics from their family’s time in wartorn Lebanon. There are plenty of reasons for cinephiles to check this one out: it’s the directors’ first film in nine years, it features a stellar cast including Rim Turki and Manal Issa, and is likely to be one of the more nuanced cinematic looks at the Lebanese Civil War ever made.

New Films on VOD and Streaming, Including Premium Platforms and Virtual Cinema

“Prey”

Hulu

“Prey” (directed by Daniel Trachtenberg) 
Distributor: Disney
Where to Find It: 
Streaming on Hulu

The “Predator” franchise has been a sporadic presence at the multiplex since Arnold Schwarzenegger declared that “if it bleeds, we can kill it” in 1987. The series has never quite gone away, with films coming out at least once or twice a decade since then, but it never quite struck gold either. It has survived as an anthology franchise, with the main piece of continuity being the fact that watching people fight large monsters is very cool.

The latest entry in the series, the direct-to-streaming prequel “Prey,” seeks a fresh start for the often-directionless franchise. Director Daniel Trachtenberg takes fans all the way back to 1718, following a young Comanche girl (Amber Midthunder) who is determined to prove she has the hunting skills to hang with the boys in her tribe. You’ll never guess what she ends up hunting…

The film delivers on the violence that fans have come to expect from a new “Predator” movie, but it also succeeds as a standalone film. Combined with the fact that it is the first major franchise film to feature an all-Native American cast, and “Prey” is a welcome reminder that the right artists can find gold in even the most dormant of franchises. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“They/Them” (directed by John Logan)
Distributor: Peacock
Where to Find It: 
Streaming on Peacock

The latest attempt at a socially conscious, mid-budget Blumhouse horror flick is “They/Them,” which stars Kevin Bacon as the director of a gay conversion camp that quickly becomes the target of a masked slasher (the slash in the title is meant to be pronounced). The film is the directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter John Logan, who collaborated with Martin Scorsese on “The Aviator” and “Hugo” in addition to creating the cult series “Penny Dreadful.” Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Luck” (directed by Peggy Holmes) 
Distributor: Apple
Where to Find It: 
Streaming on Apple TV+

Skydance Animation’s first feature film since John Lasseter took the helm is “Luck,” a children’s film that imagines a world where luck is real and produced by competing organizations aimed and manufacturing good and bad luck, respectively. Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Jane Fonda, and Whoopi Goldberg provide their voices for the film. Read IndieWire’s full review.

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie” (directed by Andy Suriano and Ant Ward) 
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: 
Streaming on Netflix

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” the animated Nickelodeon series featuring the iconic half-shelled heroes, gets the feature-length treatment in this Netflix original. If you can’t contain your excitement about Seth Rogen’s animated “Mutant Mayhem” movie hitting theaters next year, this might be a good way to tide yourself over.

“Carter” (directed by Byung-gil Jung) 
Distributor: Netflix
Where to Find It: 
Streaming on Netflix

South Korean heartthrob Joo Won goes against type in this straightforward, action-packed thriller about a man who wakes up with no memories and nothing but a device in his ear instructing him to embark on a dangerous mission. With nothing else to live for, he follows the orders and danger ensues.

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