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6 Biggest Movies of August 2018

Which silver-screen attractions should you catch this month?

For anyone who likes their movies gritty and filled with tension, frequently punctuated by messy fights, and trigger happy villains, you’ll will love the movies that August has in store for us!

The Darkest Minds

Release date: 3 August 2018

The juggernaut that is the superhero movie genre is showing no signs of slowing down, and every now and then we get an interesting twist on what is becoming a well-worn category. The latest attempted gatecrasher is The Darkest Minds – a dystopian film about kids with unusual abilities that are hunted down by government goons. Anyone familiar with different superhero franchises and recent young-adult novels will see that popular elements have been borrowed rather liberally, but it should make for an entertaining mash-up with a lot of impressive SFX set pieces – but don’t expect anything too groundbreaking in terms of story or plot, as it’s effectively a fusion between X-Men and the Hunger Games franchise.

Christopher Robin

Release date: 3 August 2018

Childhood nostalgia hits an all-time high this month with the release of Christopher Robin, which stars Ewan McGregor and tells the story of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and the rest of the gang, as they attempt to remind Christopher about his childhood joy and happiness in life. There is some spectacular CGI in the film, and McGregor always delivers on his performances, so this should do the beloved source material justice.

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Release date: 3 August 2018

2015’s Sicario gave a brutal and analytical look at the Unites States’ war on drugs, especially their approach to the Mexican cartels that have been the subjects of many series and movies. Building on the first movie’s plot, the sequel takes a look at a developing campaign one CIA agent (Josh Brolin) has against all the cartels and how his mission of bringing them down creates a tangled and potentially deadly web for himself and his operatives. Expect a gruelling thriller with more than its fair share of violence and a bodycount that’ll raise even Rambo’s eyebrows.

The Meg

Release date: 9 August 2018

Jaws is more than 40 years old at this point, but if you need a reminder of why sharks are just so damn terrifying, The Meg will assist with that. It follows a pretty typical plot – scientists in an underwater research facility mess with nature, nature decides to get even, and mess with them. The principal antagonist here is the affectionately named ‘Meg’, short for Megalodon – the prehistoric super-shark that will make a Great White wet his shorts. Throw in some self-aware comedy and badassery that Jason Statham is well-known for, and you’ll have a frighteningly funny underwater escapade where more than a few people get chomped.

Hotel Artemis

Release date: 17 August 2018

Where do you go if you’re an enterprising bank robber or art thief who’s just botched a job and taken several bullets to the body? Hotel Artemis, the seedy and unknown hospital for criminals, of course! The hospital is efficiently run in a futuristic LA by nurse Jean Thomas (Jodie Foster) and operates on a few concrete rules, such as patients not being allowed to murder each other on the premises. When one of her ‘tenants’ appears to be there for more than just treatment, everything goes sideways and many (if not all) of the hospital’s rules start getting broken in a bloody and violent fashion. It’s a quirky action thriller, but considering the impressive cast including Sterling K. Brown, Jeff Goldblum, and Sofia Boutella, it should make for an entertaining ride.

The Equalizer 2

Release date: 24 August 2018

Action thrillers seem to be the order of the day in August – and Denzel Washington makes a gun-toting return to the silver-screen as the Equalizer. Antoine Fucqua returns to direct, and his stylish shots will immediately be apparent to fans of the first film. Denzel Washington of course returns as the protagonist Robert McCall, seeking revenge for a murdered friend and also helping a stranger track down a painting of great value to him. When some assailants catch wind of McCall being on their trail, they try and put him out of commission, and it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to figure out that’s going to end badly for everyone involved. This one won’t be for the faint of heart, but if you’re a fan of the first or other action thrillers like John Wick or Taken, this will be well worth a watch.

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