previews... - July 19, 2017 previews... 10 of August’s Best Movies
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Best Movies of August 2017: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in August...


American Made

(Out August 25th)


Tom Cruise leads this globe-trotting thriller, which was filmed under the title of Mena before being recently rechristened America Made.

Cruise stars as Barry Seal, a real-life pilot, gun runner and drug trafficker who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel back in the 1980s.

Starring alongside Cruise are Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons, E. Roger Mitchell and Jayma Mayes, while Doug Liman, who directed Cruise in Edge Of Tomorrow, is behind the camera.



The Dark Tower

(Out August 18th)


It’s been 35 years since Stephen King released the bestselling book and a lot of time and effort in development, but the sprawling dust-in-throat epic finally makes it to the big screen next month.

The Dark Tower is an eight-book series and begins with The Gunslinger. It tells the story of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger. He has been chasing after his long-time enemy "the man in black" for many years across a barren desert and the novel follows him as he journeys. He must stop the man in black and prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together.

Elba plays Deschain, while McConaughey is the man in black. Nikolaj Arcel, director of A Royal Affair and Truth About Men, directs the movie with Katheryn Winnick, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz and Abbey Lee Kershaw also in the cast.



Logan Lucky

(Out August 25th)


Steven Soderbergh assembles a truly all-star cast for his new high-octane thriller.

Adam Driver, Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan and Jesco White all star, while Soderbergh directs from a script from hotly-tipped writer Rebecca Blunt.

The movie follows siblings Mellie, Jimmy and Clyde Logan who set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend, enlisting the help of an unstable felon named Joe Bang to do so…



Atomic Blonde

(Out August 9th)


Charlize Theron leads this brutal new action thriller, set at the tail end of the Cold War.

Theron stars as Agent Lorraine Broughton, who is MI6’s most lethal assassin. Set in 1989, the movie finds Broughton being tasked with heading to Berlin to take down a ruthless espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent.

Once there she is forced to team up with the Berlin station chief and forge an uneasy alliance to take down a threat that turns out to be much bigger than either of them suspect.

Starring alongside Theron are James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones.

Atomic Blonde is an adaptation of Anthony Johnston's bestseller The Coldest City and has been directed by David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick and is now working on the Deadpool sequel.



A Ghost Story

(Out August 11th)


Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara reunite with David Lowery, who directed them superbly in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, for this haunting new film.

Affleck and Mara play C and M, C is a struggling musician living in bleak suburbia with his wife who frequently reminiscences about childhood ghost stories. When C is killed in a tragic accident, those ghost stories become all too real for M...

Will Oldham, Sonia Acevedo, Rob Zabrecky and Liz Franke co-star, working to a script that Lowery has penned himself.





(Out August 25th)


It’s been five years since director Kathryn Bigelow’s last movie, hard-hitting Zero Dark Thirty, but she’s back with Detroit, a thriller that’s born from just as fiery subject matter.

John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and Jack Reynor lead this movie, which is set in the summer of 1967, we watch as a poorly planned police raid results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history.

Starring alongside Boyega, Mackie and Reynor are Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Will Poulter, Ben O'Toole and John Krasinski, with Bigelow working from a script from regular writing partner Mark Boal.



Rough Night

(Out August 25th)


Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon lead this raunchy comedy about a bachelorette party that gets way, way out of hand.

Johansson and McKinnon star alongside Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer as five best friends from their college days who reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying goes very dark indeed when they accidentally kill a male stripper and decide to dispose of the body.

The film also includes roles for Demi Moore, Colton Haynes and Ty Burrell and has been directed by Broad City director Lucia Aniello, co-writing the script with partner Paul W. Downs, who also has a role in the film.



6 Days

(Out August 4th)


Jamie Bell and Mark Strong lead this tough re-telling of one of the most notorious sieges in UK history.

Set in April 1980, we watch as six armed gunmen storm the Iranian Embassy in Prince's Gate, London, taking 26 people inside hostage.

Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid, the likes of which the world had never seen before.

Starring alongside Bell and Strong are Abbie Cornish and Martin Shaw. Toa Fraser, director of Giselle and The Dead Lands, is behind the camera.



England Is Mine

(Out August 4th)


War and Peace’s Jack Lowden takes on the role of Morrissey in this low-key biopic of the eccentric frontman of The Smiths.

Debut director Mark Gill is behind the camera on this movie, which focuses on Morrissey’s early years before he found fame with The Smiths.

Starring alongside Lowden are Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown-Findley, Thirteen/Doctor Foster’s Jodie Comer and No Offence’s Peter McDonald.



Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

(Out August 2nd)


Luc Besson takes on his most ambitious challenge to date as he directs Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in huge sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The movie, which has cost a reported $180 million to make, stars DeHaan as Valerian, who along with partner Laureline (Delevingne) works as a special operative for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.

Under instructions from their commanders, the pair are sent on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe, a city where they discover a plot is being cooked up that threatens to destroy everything.

Starring alongside DeHaan and Delevingne are Clive Owen, Rihanna, Kris Wu, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke and Mathieu Kassovitz.

The movie has been written and directed by Besson. It is based on the much-loved graphic novel series Valérian and Laureline.


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