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9 must-see August movie releases for your radar

August 5 is not playin’ around.

words by: Alee Kwong
Aug 4, 2022

You already know what time it is. Summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean that the movie releases are slowing down any time soon. We had a lot of fun this summer, with long-awaited movies like Jurassic World: Dominion, ElvisThor: Love & Thunder, and Nope giving us an opportunity to experience almost every genre in the short span of 2 months. In classic peak summer fashion, we got a lot of blockbusters, but August is not going to disappoint.

 

Bullet Train

 

Release date: August 5

Where to watch: In theaters

Brad Pitt stars in a film about 5 assassins on a Japanese bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka, all of whom are actively trying to kill one another. With only a few stops along their journey, they begin to realize that their individual missions are somehow linked to the same person. Alongside Brad Pitt is an amazing ensemble cast that consists of Sandra Bullock, Joey King, Brian Tyree Henry, Bad Bunny, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Karen Fukuhara, Logan Lerman, Zazie Beetz, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Michael Shannon.

 

Easter Sunday

 

Release date: August 5

Where to watch: In theaters

In this movie, comedian Jo Koy takes on the role of a struggling actor/comedian/single father who makes the trip back home to his loud and dysfunctional Filipino American family on Easter Sunday. This is sure to bring up a lot of memories for Jo Koy fans, as joking about his Filipino heritage and the relationship he has with his Filipina mother comes up frequently in his comedy sets.

 

Bodies Bodies Bodies

 

Release date: August 5

Where to watch: In theaters

A24 is killing the game this year, and Bodies Bodies Bodies is proof of that statement. Starring Amandla Stenberg, Pete Davidson, and Lee Pace, this black comedy slasher film follows a group of 7 young friends who throw a house party in a remote mansion. The group decides to play “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” and the night quickly takes a turn for the worst when a real murder takes place and the stakes of this party game become life or death.

 

Luck

 

Release date: August 5

Where to watch: Apple TV+

This animated movie tells the story of Sam Greenfield (Eva Noblezada), the unluckiest person in the world…until she suddenly finds herself in the never-before-seen Land of Luck. She must unite with the magical creatures there to turn her luck around.

 

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie

 

Release date: August 5

Where to watch: Netflix

In the sea of Marvel Studios and DC movies, TMNT fans have been left in the dust. This new animated Netflix movie take us on an adventure with the Turtles when they are put to the test. A mysterious stranger named Casey Jones arrives from the future to warn the mutant brothers of an impending invasion of the most dangerous alien force in the galaxy — the Krang.

 

They/Them

 

Release date: August 5

Where to watch: Peacock

First and foremost, can we take a moment to appreciate the creativity behind the title. This slasher flick is pronounced “they slash them.” Simple and yet so effective. Starring Kevin Bacon and Anna Chlumsky, They/Them tells the story of a group of teenagers at an LGBTQ+ conversion camp who endure unsettling psychological techniques while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer.

 

Beast

 

Release date: August 19

Where to watch: In theaters

Idris Elba stars in this survival thriller as the recently widowed Dr. Nate Daniels. Daniels takes his 2 teenage daughters travel to a South African game reserve managed by Martin Battles, an old family friend and wildlife biologist. However, what begins as a journey of healing soon turns into a fearsome fight for survival when a lion, a survivor of bloodthirsty poachers, begins stalking them.

 

Me Time

 

Release date: August 26

Where to watch: Netflix

Kevin Hart is staying busy (as he usually does) with this new Netflix movie alongside Mark Wahlberg and Regina Hall. With his family away, a stay-at-home dad enjoys his first me-time in years by reconnecting with an old friend for a wild weekend that may upend his life.

 

Funny Pages

 

Release date: August 26

Where to watch: In theaters

We end the month with another A24 film. This black comedy tells us the coming-of-age story behind an aspiring teen cartoonist and his rejection of the comforts of his suburban life. He leaves home, finding an unwilling teacher and unwitting friend in Wallace, a former low-level comic artist.

 

Which one are you catching first? ICMYI, here’s July’s hottest movie releases that’ll probably be streaming soon.

 

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