What's On At The Cinema In August?


August is here, and so are the last of the summer blockbusters. 

Here’s our pick of what’s hitting UK cinema screens this month:

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (02/08)

What’s it about? When their intergalactic home comes under threat, two special agents are tasked with identifying the danger, and neutralising it.

Who’s in it? Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke.

Why should I watch it? While the story is lacking, this film is visually incredible.

Atomic Blonde (09/08)

What’s it about? Set during the Cold War, this sees an unconventional special agent sent to Berlin to investigate the murder of a colleague.

Who’s in it? Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofia Boutella (The Mummy) and Bill Skarsgard (IT).

Why should I watch it? Because it’s a highly entertaining action movie with twists and turns throughout. Reviews have been excellent.

Annabelle: Creation (11/08)

What’s it about? In this prequel to Annabelle, a nun and a group of orphans are targeted by the eponymous possessed doll, after they’re invited to live with a grief-stricken doll-maker and his wife.

Who’s in it? Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings), Stephanie Sigman (Spectre) and Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave).

Why should I watch it? Many critics are suggesting that this is the best (and scariest) movie in the Conjuring universe yet (at the time of writing, it has 100 on Rotten Tomatoes), with Lights Out director David F. Sandberg apparently doing at incredible job.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (17/08)

What’s it about? The world’s leading bodyguard is tasked with protecting a notorious hit-man, who is due to testify in an international court case. (It’s a comedy…)

Who’s in it? Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Richard E. Grant.

Why should I watch it? The cast is excellent and the trailer is hilarious. We’ve got high hopes…

The Dark Tower (18/08) 

What’s it about? Set in a post-apocalyptic landscape that kind of resembles the wild west, this adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower pits two men against each other. One is trying to save the world, while the other is trying to end it…

Who’s in it? Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street).

Why should I watch it? It’s an epic (and ambitious) story with an incredible cast.

Detroit (25/08)

What’s it about? Based on a true story, this is set during the Detroit riots of 1967, and looks at the infamous stand-off between police and a group of people inside the Algiers Motel.

Who’s in it? John Boyega (The Force Awakens), Will Poulter (The Revenant), Jacob Latimore (The Maze Runner), Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), John Krasinski (The Office US) and Kaitlyn Dever (Last Man Standing).

Why should I watch it? Directed by the Oscar winning Kathryn Bigelow, this is being considered as one of the first major awards contenders of the year. It’s apparently “pulse-pounding and shocking”, and not to be missed…

Logan Lucky (25/08)

What’s it about? A heist movie, this sees a famously unlucky family attempt to turn the tables, and steal $14 million during a NASCAR race.

Who’s in it? Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts), Adam Driver (The Force Awakens), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War), Riley Keogh (American Honey), Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank.

Why should I watch it? Reviews have been glowing, as this is apparently “whip-smart and laugh-out-loud funny.” 

Which of these are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

Images via Warner Bros. / Columbia Pictures

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