previews... - July 23, 2018

Best Movies of August 2018: previews the top 10...
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Best Movies of August 2018: previews the top 10... previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your cinema screens in August...


Ant-Man And The Wasp

(Out August 2nd)


Ant-Man's debut in 2015 was a big hit with over $518 million in box office takings and he returns for a sequel next month. 

In the sequel, which is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War, we find Paul Rudd's Scott Lang trying to balance his home life as a father with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, all while under house arrest after his intervention in Captain America: Civil War. 

Then he’s forced into a dangerous new mission when his mentor and Ant-Man inventor Hank Pym asks him to rescue Pym's wife from the quantum realm, requiring him to team up with the new Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly.

Starring alongside Rudd and Lilly are Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña, T.I, Judy Greer, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne and Walton Goggins.

Peyton Reed, who stepped in at the last minute to take over from Edgar Wright on the original movie, is back in the director’s chair once again.



Disney’s Christopher Robin

(Out August 17th)


After we dove into the tragic origins of Winnie The Pooh in 2017's tearjerking Goodbye Christopher Robin, Disney offer a more straightforward take on the story of the 100 Acre Wood. 

Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael and Mark Gatiss all star in the movie, while Jim Cummings, Chris O'Dowd, Nick Mohammed, Brad Garrett, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo and Toby Jones lend their voices. 

Quantum Of Solace and World War Z director Marc Forster is in charge, working from AA Milne's classic children's books. 

McGregor plays Christopher Robin,  the little boy from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, who is now all grown up and has lost all sense of imagination. To help him out, Winnie The Pooh and his friends re-enter Christopher's life to help him find it again. 



The Escape

(Out August 3rd) 


Gemma Arterton and Dominic Cooper come together to lead this tense drama. 

Acclaimed writer/director Dominic Savage takes charge of this drama, which follows Arterton's Tara, an overworked stay at home mother who is beginning to fall out of love with her husband, Mark, and their kids.

Desperate for something to change, she decides to leave for awhile by travelling to Paris and setting off on a mission to find herself. 



The Festival

(Out August 17th)


The Inbetweeners' Joe Thomas leads the way in this knockabout comedy. Thomas plays Nick, who is fresh from being dumped by his girlfriend and a colossal meltdown in front of the entire university.

Now convinced his life is over, his best mate Shane convinces him to get over it with a trip to a music festival, a festival where things quickly get very, very messy...

Inbetweeners' co-creator Iain Morris directs, while Hammed Animashaun, Jemaine Clement, Thomas's real-life partner Hannah Tointon, Noel Fielding and Nick Frost co-star. 



The Equalizer 2

(Out August 17th)


Denzel Washington returns to lead the sequel to 2014's The Equalizer, a big-screen reboot of the action-packed TV series. The first movie took a hearty $193 million in 2014 and now we get a second helping. 

Washington returns to play Robert McCall, a retired CIA black ops operative who lives quietly in Boston, Massachusetts, only to be dragged out of retirement again and away from his life of solitude.

In the new movie, McCall has shaken off the quiet life and now uses his skills to help people in need, skills which are tested to the limit when his old friend Susan is kidnapped. 

Starring alongside Washington are Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo, while Antoine Fuqua returns to direct. 

You can check out The Equalizer and the TV series that inspired it here in hmv's online store. 



The Darkest Minds

(Out August 10th)


The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg stars in this adaptation of Alexandra Bracken's hit YA novel.

Set in a dystopian future after a plague has killed nearly all of America's children, the ones left acquire special abilities.

We follow 16-year-old Ruby Daly, one of the most powerful, who runs away from her government internment camp with other teenagers to form their own group, a group which quickly decides to lead a rebellion. 

Starring alongside Stenberg are Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie and Bradley Whitford, while Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3, makes her first foray into live-action.



The Spy Who Dumped Me

(Out August 22nd)


Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon come together for this big-budget comedy. 

The films stars Kunis and McKinnon as best friends Audrey and Morgan, who somehow get involved in an undercover mission after Audrey’s unassuming ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail...

Starring alongside them are Gillian Anderson, Sam Heughan and Justin Theroux, with Susanna Fogel, director of Life Partners, taking charge of this one. 



The Meg

(Out August 10th)


Jason Statham takes on his biggest enemy to date in this new action spectacular. 

The movie stars Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing, Ruby Rose and Rainn Wilson, with Jon Turteltaub in the director's chair. 

Statham leads the way as former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor, who is recruited for a deep-sea mission to rescue Chinese scientists under attack from a giant white shark, not just any shark, a pre-historic 75-foot-long great white shark known as the Megalodon. 



The Happytime Murders

(Out August 27th)


Brian Henson, son of Muppets creators Jim and Jane Henson, takes charge of this strange mystery comedy.

The film is set in a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop Phil Phillips is sent to track down the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of 80s television series The Happytime Gang.

Melissa McCarthy, Bill Barretta, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks star. 




The Children Act

(Out August 24th)


Emma Thompson leads the way in this lavish adaptation of Ian McEwan's bestselling novel. 

Thompson stars as Fiona Maye, a high court judge who is asked to rule in the case of Adam Henry, a teenage boy who is refusing to undergo a life-saving blood transfusion for religious reasons.

To help her come to a conclusion, she decides to get to know Henry. She visits him in hospital and begins to build a relationship with him. 

Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin and Fionn Whitehead co-star alongside Thompson, while Richard Eyre directs and McEwan provides the screenplay. 


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