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Brad Pitt in Bullet Train

New movies to watch in August

From Bullet Train to Beast, it’s an action-packed month on the big screen.

It’s an action-packed month on the big screen with a handful of new big-name thrillers to watch in August. First up is Bullet Train (Aug. 5), which has already been marketed within an inch of its life. Brad Pitt and company are a group of assassins trapped on a high-speed train in Kyoto.

Beast (new movies to watch in August)
Beast (new movies to watch in August)

If trains aren’t your thing, check out Beast (Aug. 19), which pits Idris Elba against a blood-thirsty lion. In Breaking (Aug. 26), John Boyega plays a desperate ex-marine who holds the occupants of a bank hostage. At the end of the month, Sylvester Stallone is also back with Samaritan (Aug. 26) about a former vigilante pulled out of retirement to save the city one last time.

Easter Sunday (new movies to watch in August)
Easter Sunday (new movies to watch in August)

If action isn’t your thing, maybe you’re up for some laughs? Jo Koy stars in Easter Sunday (Aug. 5), a comedic love letter to the comedian’s family and the Filipino community. Released the same day, I Love My Dad (Aug. 5) stars Patton Oswalt as a hopelessly estranged father who catfishes his son in an attempt to reconnect.

One of our most anticipated films of the year, Claire Denis’s Both Sides of the Blade, hits theatres on Aug 5. In this romantic thriller, frequent Denis collaborator Juliette Binoche is torn between two lovers, played by fellow Denis regulars Vincent Lindon and Grégoire Colin. Denis, who has made some of the best films of all time (including Beau Travail, Les Salauds and Friday Night), is always worth checking out on the big screen. (Read my full review here.)

If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, the action-adventure Secret Headquarters (Aug. 5) is about a group of kids discovering the HQ of the world’s most powerful superhero (Owen Wilson) beneath his home. In other kid-friendly entertainment, Timescape (Aug. 19) is about two kids who accidentally go back in time to the era of the dinosaurs and need to find a way to repair their ship and go home.

Barbarian (new movies to watch in August)
Barbarian (new movies to watch in August)

On the horror front, there are also a lot of options. A24 comes out with Bodies, Bodies, Bodies (Aug. 12), a Gen-Z murder mystery satire about youthful follies and obsessions. It has a killer cast featuring Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games), Maria Bakalova (Borat 2), Rachel Sennott (Shiva Baby), Lee Pace and Pete Davidson. (Read the full Cult MTL review here.) In The Invitation (Aug. 26), Evie is invited by an unknown cousin to a lavish wedding in the English countryside, only to find out she must fight to survive. Drawing on some very contemporary fears, in Barbarian (Aug. 31), a woman shows up at an Airbnb late at night only to find it’s been double-booked and a strange man is already staying there.

that kind of summer new movies August
That Kind of Summer (new movies to watch in August)

For arthouse fans, Denis Côté’s latest, That Kind of Summer (Aug. 19), hits cinemas mid-month. Sure to be divisive, this film follows the treatment of three women with sexual addiction. This is emotionally raw and sexually graphic cinema, so be prepared to have your limits tested.

Apocalypse Now Final Cut
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (new movies to watch in August)

And finally, one of the greatest films of all time returns to select Montreal theatres beginning Aug 12. Apocalypse Now: Final Cut takes elements from the original theatrical release version and Redux, combining them for a new version. If you’re a fan of Coppola, this is a must-see big screen experience. (Read my editorial about Apocalypse Now here.) ■

This article was originally published in the August 2022 issue of Cult MTL.

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