Winter is finally coming to an end… But the great new releases sure aren’t! Check out what’s due to hit the library shelves this August and snuggle in for those remaining chilly days with a blockbuster film or binge-worthy new TV series.
The Curse of the Weeping Woman
M | Horror | August 7
Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.
Cast: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez
M | Comedy | August 14
Charlotte Field is one of the most influential women in the world. Smart, sophisticated and accomplished, she’s a powerhouse diplomat with a talent for…well, mostly everything. Fred Flarsky is a gifted and free spirited journalist with a self-destructive streak. The two have nothing in common, except that she was his baby sitter and first crush. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
Cast: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen, June Diane Raphael
M | Action | August 21
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers–Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner–must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos–the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
M | Adventure | August 7
Toby, a cynical advertising director, finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth–a film that changed the hopes and dreams of a small Spanish village forever. Can Toby make amends and regain his humanity? Can Don Quixote survive his madness and imminent death? Or will love conquer all?
Cast: Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Jonathan Pryce
M | Comedy | August 28
Josephine Chesterfield is a glamorous, seductive British woman who has a penchant for defrauding gullible men out of their money. Into her well-ordered, meticulous world comes Penny Rust, a cunning and fun-loving Australian woman who lives to swindle unsuspecting marks. Despite their different methods, the two grifters soon join forces for the ultimate score–a young and naive tech billionaire in the South of France.
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp
M | Drama | August 21
Based on the short story “Barn Burning” from The Elephant Vanishes by author Haruki Murakami. Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighbourhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby.
Cast: Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, Jong-seo Jun
Top End Wedding
M | Comedy | August 14
Successful Sydney lawyer Lauren and her fiance Ned are engaged and in love, they have just ten days to pull off their dream Top End Wedding. First through, they need to track down Lauren’s mother, who has gone AWOL somewhere in the Northern Territory.
Cast: Gwilym Lee, Alan Rickman, Kerry Fox
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
PG | Action | August 21
The world of Pokemon comes to life! The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokemon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton
The Sun is Also a Star
M | Drama | August 28
College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet–and fall for each other–over one magical day amidst the fervour and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love?
Cast: Yara Shahidi, Anais Lee, Charles Melton
American Horror Story: Apocalypse (Season 8)
R18+ | Horror | July 10
Apocalypse is the eighth installment of the anthology TV series American Horror Story. The season is the highly anticipated crossover between Murder House and Coven, bringing back fan-favorite characters from both seasons along with new characters. Many cast members from previous seasons returned, including Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Stevie Nicks, Angela Bassett and Jessica Lange who had been absent from the show for several years.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 6
M | Comedy | August 28
Brookly’s finest and funniest police officers make their triumphant return in the sixth season of the critically acclaimed and fan-adored comedy series. From Jake and Amy’s romantic honeymoon… with Holt, a return to the glory days of Hitchcock and Scully, and Gina’s hot moves and big news —the Nine-Nine is #goals. From executive producers Michael Schur and Dan Goor (The Office and Parks and Recreation) come all 18 hilarious, Season Six episodes of the Golden Globe• Award-winning Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
PG | Documentary | August 21
Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and our planet.
The Indian Pacific: Australia’s Longest Train Journey
E | Documentary | August 21
Filmed over four days and across 4,352km, The Indian Pacific is a slow TV documentary that explores the cultural, political and social history of Australia as train travels from Perth on the Indian Ocean to Sydney on the Pacific. We see how critical the train was to joining the east and west coasts of Australia and learn fascinating and little-known stories like the crash-landing of the NASA Skylab in the desolate Nullabor in 1979 as well as the natural history of this vast continent.
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