August Movie Preview

Aug. 1

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

In this new Marvel adventure, everyday man and pilot Peter Quill — or as he calls himself, “Star-Lord” (Chris Pratt, “Parks and Recreation”) — journeys into space and comes upon a coveted orb. Soon after he possesses the orb, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) comes after him.

“Get on Up”

A biography on James Brown’s life, “Get on Up” traces James Brown’s (Chadwick Boseman, “Draft Day”) journey as an impoverished young man with no parents, who went from raising his sister to his life as a famous musician and founding fathers of funk music.

“Calvary”

Fr. James Lavelle (Brendon Gleeson, “Edge of Tomorrow”) has a person confess that he wants to kill him because he was raped as a child by a priest. Lavelle is forced to make decisions to protect himself and his daughter, Fiona Lavelle (Kelly Reilly, “Heaven Is for Real”), while staying as true to his religion as he can.

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“What If”

When Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe, “Horns”) meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan, “The Pretty One”), he falls in love with her, despite the fact she has a boyfriend and makes Wallace agree they are just friends. All of his friends tell him that there is no way that men and women can be just friends, but Wallace makes honest efforts to do so.

Aug. 8

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must save the city from the threat of destruction by a new robot creation that Shredder (William Fichtner, “The Homesman”) has created to take over. Along the way, the secret of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can no longer be kept — especially after April O’Neil (Megan Fox, “This Is 40”) discovers them.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey”

When a new family moves to France, they open an Indian restaurant, run by the son, Hassan Haji (Manish Dayal, “California Scheming”). It is across the street from the premier French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, “Red 2”). At first the two are very competitive with one another, but they soon learn they each have a thing or two to learn from one another.

“Into the Storm”

Lifelong tornado scientist Allison Stone (Sarah Wayne Callies, “The Walking Dead”) finds herself in a super storm unlike anything the world has seen before. Along the way, she and her team help Gary Morris (Richard Armitage, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) look for his son and bring him to what safety he can give to his son in the biggest storm to ever hit.

“About Alex”

“About Alex” is the story of the reunion of college friends after their friend, Alex (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”), tries to commit suicide. The reunion is primarily to make sure Alex doesn’t try anything again, but the friends soon find out that old feelings from college are quick to resurface — and Alex isn’t the only one with issues.

Aug. 15

“The Expendables 3”

The stellar “The Expendables” crew, old and new, is back in business with even more stars. The team takes on a whole new kind of mission lead by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone, “Grudge Match”) as they take on arms dealer and co-founder of the Expendables, Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson, “Machete Kills”).

“The Giver”

Based on the popular book by the same title, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites, “Maleficent”) realizes there’s more in his dystopian world than what his government says. When he begins meeting with the Giver (Jeff Bridges, “R.I.P.D.”), Jonas soon begins to defy the society he’s been living in his whole life and eventually takes the Giver’s place.

“Let’s Be Cops”

When two friends, Ryan (Jake Johnson, “Neighbors”) and Justin (Damon Wayans, Jr., “Someone Marry Barry”), dress up as cops for a costume party, they realize people think they are actual cops. Their newfound power over others takes their impersonation of cops to the next level when they purchase a police car and start doing actual police work.

“As Above, So Below”

In this horror fiction, archeologists search in the catacombs beneath Paris for a long lost treasure. While there they find themselves in the middle of terror like they’ve never known in the world’s largest mass grave.

“Frank”

A music group lead by Frank (Michael Fassbender, “The Counselor”), who constantly wears a large cartoon mask, take a journey to become more well-known, traveling to South by Southwest and creating new music. Meanwhile, the rest of the band encourages Frank to take off the ridiculous mask he wears.

“The Trip to Italy”

In the TV show and movie “The Trip,” stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play fictionalized versions of themselves and go on a restaurant tour of England. Back at it again, the two go on another food tasting journey. They travel across Italy for six meals in six different places: Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. The trip becomes a completely unserious and sarcastic trip between joking friends who happen to taste delicious meals along the way.

“Life After Beth”

Zach Orfman’s (Dane DeHaan, “Devil’s Knot”) deceased girlfriend, Beth Slocum (Aubrey Plaza, “Parks and Recreation”), rises from the dead as zombie. Zach and Beth’s parents, Maury (John C. Reilly, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) and Geenie (Molly Shannon, “Getting On”), must try and keep her under control and decide if having Beth back is really worth all the trouble of dealing with her as a zombie.

“The One I Love”

Couple (Mark Duplass, “Togetherness”) and (Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”) wake up from a drunken and stoned night after a huge fight only to nonchalantly shrug it off. The two then embark on a weekend getaway that becomes nothing they would have expected.

Aug. 22

“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”

In this comic book-style movie, pictured partly in black and white, a group of outlaws led by Johnny (Joseph Gordon Levitt, “The Wind Rises”) fight against the all-powerful, rich and corrupt Senator Roark (Powers Boothe, “Nashville”) in Sin City .

“If I Stay”

Cellist Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz, “Clouds of Sils Maria”) meets another musician, Adam (Jamie Blackley, “The Fifth Estate”), who pushes her to showcase her talents as a musician and to pursue her dreams. She then gets into a car crash that puts her into a coma. When she has an out-of-body experience involving herself and her family at the scene of the crash and of herself at the hospital, she must make a choice to wake up or not.

“When the Game Stands Tall”

Led by coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel, “Person of Interest”), De La Salle High School had the longest football winning streak in history, having won 151 games in a row. The team learns that the pressure to win has been weighing on them and now more than ever.

“Love Is Strange”

Newlyweds Ben (John Lithgow, “How I Met Your Mother”) and George (Alfred Molina, “Once Upon a Time: Journey to Neverland”) face a challenge when George loses his teaching job at a Catholic school for marrying Ben. The couple needs to sell their house and stay with family separately to make ends meet.

“Are You Here”

Old best friends Steve Dallas (Owen Wilson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”) and Ben Baker (Zach Galifianakis, “Muppets Most Wanted”) return to their hometown together when Ben finds he has come into a large inheritance from his estranged father. His family fight him for the estate because of his sanity.

Aug. 29

“Jessabelle”

Jessabelle (Sarah Snook, “Predestination”) returns home after a long stay at the hospital, following a car accident that killed her boyfriend and put her in a wheelchair. At home, she finds a spirit that has been waiting for her and never wants her to leave after watching a video her mother created for her.

“The November Man”

A former CIA agent Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan, “A Long Way Down”) is called back for a mission that sets Peter against his very own pupil David Mason (Luke Bracey, “Westside”).

“The Congress”

When “The Princess Bride” actress Robin Wright (self, “A Most Wanted Man”) discovers her son, Aaron (Kodi Smit-McPhee, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), is sick, she throws away her chance to do a multitude of movies to be with him. She is then pushed into doing one last role to save her son. The role, however, will forever change her life.

“Life of Crime”

Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins, “Back to 1942”) wants to get away from his wife, Mickey (Jennifer Aniston, “We’re The Millers”), to be with his mistress (Isla Fisher, “Arrested Development”). Luckily for him, she gets taken as a hostage. Those who take her demand 1 million as ransom, and there’s just one catch: He doesn’t want her back. In a turn of fate, his wife and mistress end up working together with those who took Mickey.