Cinelinx’s 2014 Summer Movie Guide: August

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Friday, August 1st

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Directed By: James Gunn
Written By: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
Cast: Chriss Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Michael Rooker

Official Synopsis: From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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Get on Up

Directed By: Tate Taylor
Written By: Steven Baigelman & Jez Butterworth
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, David Andrew Nash, Nelsan Ellis

Official Synopsis: A chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Friday, August 8th

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman
Written By: Josh Appelbaum & Andre Nemec
Cast: Megan Fox, William Fichtner, Tony Shalhoub, Johnny Knoxville

Official Synopsis: The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.

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Lucy

Directed By: Luc Besson
Written By: Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton

Official Synopsis: From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

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Into the Storm

Directed By: Steven Quale
Written By: John Swetnam
Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sumpter

Official Synopsis: From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film “Into the Storm.” Steven Quale (“Final Destination 5”) directs the film, which is produced by Todd Garner (“Zookeeper,” “Knight and Day”). In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Wednesday, August 13th

Lets be Cops

Let’s Be Cops

Directed By: Luke Greenfield
Written By: Luke Greenfield & Nicholas Thomas
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Angela Kerecz, Jake Johnson

Official Synopsis: It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.

Friday, August 15th

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The Expendables 3

Directed By: Patrick Hughes
Written By: Sylvester Stallone & Creighton Rothenberger
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis & tons more!

Official Synopsis:In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. In order to defeat Stonebanks, Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

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As Above, So Below

Directed By: John Erick Dowdle
Written By: Drew Dowdle & John Erick Dowdle
Cast: Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, Edwin Hodge

Official Synopsis:Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the secret of what this city of the dead was meant to contain. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle, the psychological thriller is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Patrick Aiello and Drew Dowdle. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer.

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The Giver

Directed By: Phillip Noyce
Written By: Michael Mitnich
Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges

Official Synopsis:The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. The film is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Friday, August 22nd

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Directed By: Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez
Written By: Frank Miller
Cast: Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Official Synopsis:SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR weaves together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales in which the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more repulsive inhabitants.

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If I Stay

Directed By: R.J. Cutler
Written By: Shauna Cross
Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley

Official Synopsis:On a day that started like any other, Mia (Moretz) had everything: a loving family, an adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music. Suddenly, a family drive on a snowy day changes everything. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, Mia spends one critical day contemplating a future that is now more unknowable than ever. Is love enough to keep her here? Tragic but ultimately hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and uplifting story about music, life and love.

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When the Game Stands Tall

Directed By: Thomas Carter
Written By: Scott Marshall Smith
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis

Official Synopsis:Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Friday, August 29th

Jessabelle

Jessabelle

Directed By: Kevin Greutert
Written By: Robert Ben Garant
Cast: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter

Official Synopsis:From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.


There you have it folks, we’ve finished up our Summer preview guides and the only left to do is…well, enjoy the Summer movie season!  There are plenty of excellent looking films slated to come out in the following months; hopefully they’ll live up to their potential, while getting a few surprises here and there.  Let’s just cross our fingers it’s a great season.  

 

Which of these films are you most looking forward to in August?

-Jordan