Wondering what to watch at the cinema this summer? There’s a raft of anticipated releases throughout August, from the return of Jordan Peele, to Brad Pitt’s newest summer blockbuster, to an intriguing crime thriller starring Aubrey Plaza. Here are six of the best things to watch at the cinema in August.

Nope

Modern horror maestro Jordan Peele returns this year with his third film Nope. This mysterious sci-fi horror film sees two siblings who own a ranch attempt to film and sell evidence of a UFO. It released in the US last month to positive reviews, and lands over here on 12th August. Starring in the film is Daniel Kaluuya (who starred in Peele’s Get Out), Keke Palner, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea. The whole film was shot with IMAX cameras, so be sure to see it on a big screen if you can.

Release date: 12th August

Bullet Train

Brad Pitt stars in this upcoming action comedy thriller based off a Japanese novel of the same name by Kotaro Isaka. Main character Ladybug (Pitt), a seasoned but often unlucky assassin, is trying to get away from the world of contract kills and assassinations, but is pulled back in by his handler in order to retrieve a briefcase on a bullet train heading across Japan. However, he discovers onboard that there’s four other assassins on the same train, with their missions interconnected with his. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Joey King, Zazie Beetz, Logan Lerman, Sandra Bullock and Micahel Shannon.

Release date: 3rd August

Eiffel

This French romantic drama film stars Sex Education star Emma Mackey as Adrienne Bourges, love interest and muse of Gustave Eiffel (played by Romain Duris), the designer and engineer of France’s Eiffel Tower. The romance that develops between them is fictionalised, so you’ll definitely be watching for the romantic drama than the historical accuracy. It’s a classic story of an outsider falling into forbidden love with a wealthy daughter.

Release date: 12th August

Beast

It’s man vs beast in this survival thriller: Dr Nate Samuels (Idris Elba) travels back to South Africa where he first met his wife, bringing with him his two children. The group heads to a game reserve managed by an old family friend, but their planned safari trip turns upside down when a huge, ferocious lion begins stalking them. Nate finds himself in a battle for survival as he attempts to evade and outwit his big cat foe. The film’s been rated an R over in the US, so you can expect a pretty intense and visceral experience.

Release date: 26th August

Emily The Criminal

Emily The Criminal stars Parks and Recreation’s Aubrey Plaza in a dramatic role as Emily, a woman desperate for income and in serious debt. She decides to take up some pretty shady work buying things with stolen credit cards, aided by the charismatic Youcef. She finds herself drawn to the adrenaline and thrills of crime, desperate to get out of her fruitless search for a decent job. She and Youcef begin to scheme to take things up a notch by planning a heist in the middle of LA. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival early this year to good reviews, and Plaza received acclaim for her performance.

Release date: August 12th

Westlife: Live From Wembley Stadium

Irish pop group Westlife are back on tour this year after delays due to Covid, their second tour post reunion. The Wild Dreams Tour began in July, and will be playing at the Wembley Arena on 6th August. If you’ve not been able to get tickets yourself to the tour, then you can find a live cinema screening so that you can belt out You Raise Me Up along with Nicky, Kian, Mark and Shane.

Release date: 6th August


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