To some, August is a month full of filler that is supposed to keep us moviegoers satisfied until Oscar season arrives in the fall. Perceptions have been changing in recent years, however, thanks to great cinematic offerings that have pleasantly surprised the box office.
That said, August is approaching its final weekend, so here are my recommendations for what’s worth watching at the theater this week.
Starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez, this film is essentially Speed meets Phone Booth, where our hero is forced to be the getaway driver for a man who is holding his wife for ransom. Judging from the trailers, this movie looks like a solid action thriller that will hopefully make good use of Ethan Hawke and Jon Voight, who plays his mysterious nemesis.
My only apprehensions for this one is that there was no screening for critics, which is typically a sign that the studio doesn’t want negative feedback for opening weekend. Still, Getaway is probably your best chance for a fresh action movie, in case you’ve already seen The World’s End. Click here to view the trailer.
- You’re Next
Unfortunately, the only other movie coming out this weekend is the niche presentation of One Direction: This is Us, and let’s face it, you already know if you want to see that or not. So, I recommend catching You’re Next, a horror movie that came out this past weekend that has been gaining positive word-of-mouth from both critics and audiences.
Directed byAdam Wingard (V/H/S), You’re Next is about a family reunion that is invaded by axe-wielding murderers. Lauded as being an inventive and surprising take on the horror genre (which we can expect from Wingard’s indie roots), You’re Next is a great pick for all of you horror fans. Click here to view the trailer.
- Drinking Buddies
Though this independent film starring Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde is still on limited release, seeking this one out at the independent theater is well-worth your time. Also starring Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston, Drinking Buddies explores a realistic take on friendships and intertwining romances found between coworkers at a craft brewery. Expect a story that is grounded in realism and a fantastic cast. Click here to view the trailer.
Don’t like what’s on the list? Here are some more movies that will be available this weekend:
- Lee Daniel’s The Butler
- The World’s End