We have already looked at the first two thirds of the hot weather lineup in the previous two Summer Blockbuster posts. August is traditionally the time when major releases start to slow down, but there are still a number of big pictures on the horizon for you and the family.
August 4: THE DARK TOWER
There was a period in the ’80s and ’90s where we seemed to be getting Stephen King adaptations every month. Things have slowed considerably since, aside from the occasional television project, so the author’s fans are looking forward to this long-in-the-works version of his classic book. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star as the supernatural rivals.
Acclaimed director Kathryn Bigelow is back, this time helming a story about events leading up to the massive riots that took place in 1967 Detroit.
August 11: ANNABELLE 2
The original ANNABELLE was one of the surprise hits of its year and the evil doll is back and ready to claim a new set of victims. The previous film was savaged by critics, but very popular, so the producers are probably hoping to repeat the box office, while also getting more positive notices.
August 11: THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE
The previous NUT JOB is another movie that certainly didn’t garner many good reviews, but it did well enough to spawn this sequel, which is opening well past the major family film competition. Expectations are low, but if your kids dug the first one…
August 18: THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
This buddy comedy actioner stars Ryan Reynolds as the world’s greatest bodyguard, who is tasked with protecting a hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) who must arrive alive to testify at the International Court of Justice. Given the stars’ backgrounds, expect many bullets and MF-bombs to fly.
August 25: POLAROID
The last weekend in August is a traditional time for horror movies to open and this one sounds like it mixes elements from both FINAL DESTINATION and THE RING.