Summertime is all about being out of the house, and the movie theatre is always a favourite spot to visit after a long, hot day outside.Thankfully, there’s a ton of great picks to choose from. It has already been a stellar year for movies, and the summer of 2019 boasts one of the most exciting lineups we’ve seen, with titles for every type of movie-goer.
Read on for our must-see picks this August.
Wind down and cool off with friends and have a fun night out. Between the over-the-top action extravaganza Hobbs & Shaw and the Seth Rogen-produced Good Boys, August promises a solid dose of comedy for the end of summer.
Hobbs & Shaw
Release date: August 2The two funniest characters from the Fast and the Furious franchise are teaming up for their own spin-off in Hobbs & Shaw. The titular pair (played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham) put their hilarious rivalry aside and work together when a cyber villain threatens mankind. We can’t wait to see this comedy duo bring the OTT action.
Release date: August 16Canadian golden child Jacob Tremblay is crossing over to the bad side with this comedy that’s essentially Superbad for sixth graders. Good Boys tells the story of three preteens who accidentally steal drugs from their older neighbour, leading to a ridiculous chain of events that will change these straight-laced kids’ reputations forever.
Summer means more precious family time, but finding things to do can be a challenge. This season, we have family-friendly films that are entertaining for both parents and children.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Release date: August 9The popular Nickelodeon cartoon about a young explorer named Dora gets the big screen treatment this month. Now in high school, Dora (played by Isabela Moner) has a whole new world to discover, and it turns out that ninth grade can be just as daunting as every other adventure. In typical Dora fashion, she explores beyond the books and leads her new friends into a mystery behind a lost civilization.
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The Angry Birds Movie 2
Release date: August 16Jason Sudeikis leads a cast of other SNL talent (Bill Hader, Leslie Jones) and some of our favourite comedians as the voices in this sequel to the hit film based on the popular video game. Now, the titular, flightless birds must learn to work with their mortal enemies: the green pigs. Here, they come together to fight off an incoming threat.
What's better than a summer day spent with your significant other or new crush? A carefree night out is the cherry on top. Here are two inspirational flicks that’ll brighten your mood for an uplifting evening.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Release date: July 26Hot off its Cannes debut, Quentin Tarantino’s latest is a love letter to Hollywood. The film features two of the biggest stars of all time: Leonardo DiCaprio plays an actor and Brad Pitt is his stuntman, and together they’re chasing their dreams in 1969 Los Angeles. Margot Robbie co-stars as Sharon Tate, whose devastating story is the backdrop to Tarantino’s trademark hybrid world of fiction and real life.
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Blinded by the Light
Release date: August 14This heartwarming festival hit is set in 1987, as the music of Bruce Springsteen helps a young Pakistani-British teenager named Javed find his place in the world. From the director of Bend It Like Beckham, Blinded by the Light is being hailed as the feel-good movie of the year, and it’s one Springsteen fans new and old can’t miss.
Where’d You Go Bernadette?
Release date: August 16Cate Blanchett stars as Bernadette, an architect who gave up her career in order to raise her family. When a can't-miss opportunity arises, Bernadette disappears to embark on a creative venture that allows her to rediscover her passions and a new sense of self.
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We dare you to keep your cool during these electrifying films. With a DC crime-thriller and the latest from Guillermo Del Toro, excitement-seekers will be pumped for these new releases!
Release date: August 9
Based on a little-known DC comic series, The Kitchen features Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of New York gangsters who take over their husbands’ dealings when they’re sent to prison. Written and directed by Andrea Berloff, this comic book film packs plenty of badass girl power.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Release date: August 9Produced by Guillermo del Toro and based on the iconic children's book series, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets under your skin – literally. This new horror is set in 1968 and follows a group of small-town teenagers as they become tormented by a timeless book written by Sarah, a young girl who has horrific secrets.