Now that it’s August, it’s safe to say 2021’s summer box office has been worse than Hollywood hoped it would be, with pandemic upheavals and worries still very much in the mix. Still, there are plenty of new movies coming out in theaters or on streaming platforms.
Some of the highlights come in fresh, original stories, from Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in Annette to Ryan Reynolds in Free Guy. There’s horror to scare your pants off, thoughtful documentaries to poke your brain, drama to stir your soul, and some superheroes too.
Here are 4 of the most interesting films to look for in August.
The Suicide Squad
Release date: August 6
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn made the jump to the DC Extended Universe for The Suicide Squad, a “standalone sequel” to the critically panned 2016 film. The new movie — which earned high marks from critics for its visual style and Gunn’s signature humor — tells a separate story from the first film, with some of the same characters and cast returning. This time, the Squad must destroy a Nazi-era prison and laboratory where political prisoners are subject to torturous experiments, and they run into a giant alien named Starro. Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, and Peter Capaldi star.
How to watch it: The Suicide Squad will open in theaters.
Release date: August 13
Charming and surprisingly philosophically dense, Free Guy is a comedy about choosing to live your life, with an endearing level of corniness that’s entirely on purpose. Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy, an NPC (non-playing character) in a game called Free City, sort of a cross between Grand Theft Auto and The Sims. Every day Guy wakes up, greets his goldfish, gets some coffee, and goes to his bank teller job, just like his programming tells him to do. But a bit of errant code buried in the game and a chance encounter shock him out of his routine, changing his existence drastically. With a delightful cast (including Stranger Things’s Joe Keery and Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer) and an inventive world, Free Guy is the rare truly enjoyable studio action-comedy.
How to watch it: Free Guy will open in theaters.
Me Contro Te La Scuola Incantata
Release Date: August 18
Starring: Me Contro Te
The film, distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia “Me contro Te – Il film: Il mistero della scuola incantata” is a 2021 film directed by Gianluca Leuzzi.
How to watch it: Me Contro Te La Scuola Incantata will open in theaters.
The Kissing Booth 3
Release Date: August 11
Starring: Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Meganne Youngg, Molly Ringwald
If you feel like The Kissing Booth 3 was just released, you’re not wrong! The third and final installment of the very cute romantic series finds the characters at Lee and Noah’s family beach home, where they get to live up their final summer together before Elle is forced to decide where she wants to go to school.
How to watch it: The Kissing Booth 3 will open in Netflix.
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