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hmv.com previews... 10 of August's Best Movies
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hmv.com previews... 10 of August's Best Movies

hmv.com previews 10 of the most exciting movies that will be coming to your screens in August...

 

Free Guy

(Out August 13th)

 

Ryan Reynolds and Jodie Comer lead this big-budget action-comedy. 

The film is set in Free City, an open-world video game. Reynolds plays Guy, a non-player character, who works as a bank teller.

One day, his world is turned upside down thanks to a code developed by programmers Milly inserted into Free City by the publisher Antoine. 

Suddenly, Guy becomes aware of his world being a video game, and takes steps to make himself the hero, creating a race against time to save the game before the developers can shut it down. 

Starring alongside Reynolds and Comer are Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi and Camille Kostek.

Shawn Levy, who oversaw the Night At The Museum series, directs, working from a script from Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn.

 

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

(Out August 18th)

 

Henry Golding, best known for his roles in Last Christmas and Crazy Rich Asians, takes the lead role in this action spin-off. 

The movie focuses on the character of silent ninja commando Snake Eyes from the franchise. Snake Eyes is a key part of the G.I. Joe team. A silent assassin, who is always dressed in all black.

We follow the young Snakes Eyes as he is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent.

Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home.

But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honour and allegiance will be tested to destruction...

Divergent's Robert Schwentke directs the spin-off, with Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira and Iko Uwais starring alongside Golding. 

 

Stillwater

(Out August 6th)

 

Matt Damon is front and centre in this hard-hitting drama. 

Damon plays Bill Baker, an American oil-rig worker from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille after he discovers that his estranged daughter is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit.

Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter

Starring alongside Damon are Abigail Breslin and Call My Agent star Camille Cottin. 

Tom McCarthy, director of Spotlight, directs and has written the script with Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré.

 

 

Candyman

(Out August 27th)

 

The Jordan Peele-overseen new take on the horror classic, which serves as both a reboot and spiritual sequel, comes at the end of the month. 

Candyman is a one-armed man with a hook for a hand who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror.

In the 1992 film, the character, who is thought to be a myth, he is brought back to life by grad student Helen Lyle, who has decided to write a thesis about local legends and myths.

Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen leads the way, with Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo in supporting roles. Tony Todd, who played the character in the 1992 movie, is back once again.

In the new movie, Abdul-Mateen plays visual artist Anthony McCoy, who has just moved into a flat with his girlfriend. With his career stalling, a chance encounter exposes him to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman.

Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Jordan Peele has produced the movie and has co-written the script with Win Rosenfeld, with Nia DaCosta, director of dark drama Little Woods, on directing duty.

 

Reminiscence

(Out August 18th)

 

Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Jackson team up with one of the creators of Westworld for this trippy new thriller. 

In this dystopia, Jackman plays Nick Bannister, a private investigator of the mind, who helps his clients access lost memories.

Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he takes on a new client, Ferguson's Mae, with whom he becomes dangerously obsessed.

As Bannister fights to find the truth about Mae's disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy that pushes him to the very edge...

Starring alongside Jackman and Ferguson are Thandiwe Newton, Daniel Wu and Cliff Curtis

Lisa Joy, co-creator of Westworld, writes, directs and produces this new thriller. 

 

Zola

(Out August 6th)

 

Not a biopic of the much-loved Chelsea and Italy striker, but instead a black comedy based on a viral Twitter thread. 

We follow Zola, a part-time stripper who is convinced by her new friend Stefani to travel to Tampa, Florida in a bid to earn more money. The plan works, but it puts them in league with some deeply dodgy characters and things quickly spiral out of control.

Taylour Paige plays Zola, with Riley Keough portraying Stefani. Succession star Nicholas Braun, Jason Mitchell, Ari'el Stachel and Colman Domingo are among the supporting cast.

Janicza Bravo, whose credits include Atlanta and Forever, directs and worked with playwright Jeremy O. Harris to adapt the tweet thread for the screen. 

 

The Courier

(Out August 13th)

 

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this spy thriller. 

Cumberbatch plays Greville Wynne, a British businessman who helped MI6 penetrate the Soviet nuclear programme during the Cold War.

During their careers, Wynne and his Soviet source, Oleg Penkovsky (codenamed Ironbark), provided crucial intelligence that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Also starring are Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley and Angus Wright.

Dominic Cooke, theatre veteran and director of On Chesil Beach, is behind the camera. 

 

Demonic

(Out August 27th)

 

District 9 filmmaker Neill Blomkamp unveils his first new feature film in six years. 

Written, directed and co-produced by Blomkamp, the film was shot in rural Canada during the Covid-19 lockdown. 

The story follows Carly, a young woman who has cut off contact with her mother after she committed a terrible crime. 

When a medical research company get in touch asking her to help reach out to her mother, now in a coma, through revolutionary new technology, Carly is reluctant, but eventually agrees. 

Sadly, it's a decision that soon unleashes terrifying demons...

Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, Michael J. Rogers, Nathalie Boltt and Terry Chen all star.

 

People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan

(Out August 18th)

 

Kurupt FM are back and they're heading for the big screen!

After the demise of their pirate radio station, it had looked like it was all over the crew, but everything is about to change. News reaches them that one of their songs has been used on a popular game show in Japan and they head out to take full advantage. 

Allan Mustafa, Hugo Chegwin, Asim Chaudhry, Steve Stamp, Dan Sylvester and Lily Brazier star, with Jack Clough directing.

 

The Night House

(Out August 20th)

 

A chilling horror arrives in the midst of next month. 

Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Rebecca Hall's Beth is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her.

She tries as best she can to keep it together – but then nightmares come...

Sarah Goldberg, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin and Vondie Curtis-Hall work alongside Hall, while The Ritual's David Bruckner is on directing duty.

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