Movies Not to Miss: August 2019
Writer: Casey Lee
Which of these are you going to watch?
With the last heat of summer leaving, the shockwave of the summer releases is finally being felt in a final blowout.
While action junkies will be getting their fix on almost every week of August, a good variety has returned to cinemas with not just a movie for everyone, but also movies with similar premises or the same genre.
There is going to be fierce competition going on in the cinemas, so here's our list of movies not to miss this August!
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw
The "Fast and Furious" franchise has gone on long enough to have their own spin-off franchise. Centred on Dwayne Johnson's Agent Hobbs and Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw, who will be going head-to-head against Idris Elba as a rogue MI6 operative with technology that turns him into a superhuman. If there's any more reason to enjoy the high-octane, high-stakes and highly unbelievable plot that the crew always find themselves in, at least we want to enjoy it with a prolific cast, helmed by "Atomic Blonde" director David Leitch to ramp up the expectations.
General Release Date: 1 August
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Jungle and kids' adventure are sure making a comeback thanks to the rebooted "Jumanji" series, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that even a children's TV show for toddlers would be making its feature appearance. Based on the Nickelodean television series, Dora in "The Lost City of Gold" stars a teenage Dora who tries to fit back into civilization after growing up exploring the jungle. When her parents are kidnapped for their knowledge of a lost city of gold, Dora and her new high school friends and her trusty companion Boots, are off to the jungle to save them. There is little that can be said about having James Bobin directing this wild attempt in making Dora a marketable movie character, but nothing we've seen so far has raised any red flags or cause for alarm, even with Danny Trejo voicing a pet monkey.
General Release Date: 8 August
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
After taking a crack at the Western genre in his last two films, Quentin Tarantino moves on to make his version during one of his biggest influence to his filmmaking, the golden age of Hollywood. Assembling a cast that you could not say no to which reunites Tarantino with Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor and Brad Pitt as his stunt double, Tarantino takes us through Hollywood meeting eccentric and real characters played by Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell and the last appearance of the late Luke Perry. Much like "Inglorious Basterds", this is part homage and part alternate history to the waning years of the Hollywood Golden Age with Tarantino's flair in what could be his penultimate film.
General Release Date: 29 August
Angel Has Fallen
The action doesn't stop as another franchise still show signs of going strong. After protecting the president from two terrorist attacks, secret service agent Mike Banning finally meets his match from his own agency and the FBI after he is framed for attempting an assassination on the president in a drone attack. Gerard Butler reprises as his all-American action hero who not only will be evading his best men on the field, but will be finding help from the person he least expected to, his father played by veteran Nick Nolte. Director Ric Roman Waugh will be calling the shots on the death threats against the president, but he is no stranger to making hard hitting and adrenaline-fueled action pieces as the director of Snitch and Shot Caller.
Cinema Online, 01 August 2019
General Release Date: 23 August