We’re at the tail end of the summer blockbuster season and that means that the film studios are rolling out the big guns to get your attention.
We’ve seen ‘The Avengers’ kick butt at the box office, only to be trounced by ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, but of course, we still have so much to look forward to in August with films like ‘Total Recall’ and Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ (Read our review of ‘Moonrise Kingdom here).
Katy Perry fans will definitely storm the theatres to catch her biograph ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ – a perfect prelude to her concert here during the Singapore F1 race.
And who can forget the rockalicious ‘Rock of Ages’ where we’ll get to see Tom Cruise in tight leather pants belting out Bon Jovi hits.
So let’s check out the upcoming August releases and let us know which flick you're looking forward to the most.
Week of 9 August
The Stars: Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner, Joan Allen, Oscar Isaac,Rachel Weisz
The Story: Five years after Jason Bourne's last adventure, a new character has beenborn. ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ the fourth film in the ‘Bourne’ series, stars Jeremy Renner, taking over for Matt Damon's on-the-lam Treadstone operative. Here, Renner plays Aaron Cross, another super-agent who wants out of a secret government program.
inSing.com says: When we say “Jason Bourne”, the right word associations will be “Matt Damon” and “Paul Greengrass”. But there’s none of the people that made author Robert Ludlum’s ‘Bourne’ franchise a hit among movie-goers. What we have here is up-and-coming action star Jeremy Renner (who convinced us that he’s made for actions as seen in ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Mission: Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol) as Aaron Cross. The movie takes place during the events of ‘Bourne Ultimatum,’ when Jason Bourne's story is revealed to the general public. Unlike Bourne who was part of CIA's Treadstone project, Cross is one of the six agents participating in a program called "Outcome," developed by the Department of Defense to genetically groom agents for isolated high-risk assignments. And with shared origins as the Treadstone project anybody involved in the Outcome project is now a target of the U.S. government that is eager to terminate the entire mission, including Cross. Starring alongside Renner is actress Rachel Weisz who portrays Dr. Marta Shearing, a research scientist at a lab responsible for the Outcome project. Will this be a winner as its previous outings? Well, if director Tony Gilroy (‘Duplicity’, ‘Michael Clayton’) keeps the pace swift and the action explosive, this just might be another hit.
Also opening: Just like the title, Disney is being very brave here with its latest release ‘Brave’ featuring a red-haired Scottish princess who doesn’t want to marry. Specially for the ladies is ‘Magic Mike’, starring Channing Tatum as a male stripper. ‘Greedy Ghost’ is a new Singapore-made horror comedy starring Brenden Yuan, Henry Thia and Kang Jing Rong.
Week of 16 August
The Stars: Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise
The Story: Rock of Ages has been adapted from the 2006 Chris D'Arienzo musical of the same name. The movie centres on Sherrie Christian (Hough); brought up in a small town, she comes to LA and meets Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), and falls in love with him. She then picks a job with him at the Rock and Roll (Bourbon Room) bar. However, its owner Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) is having a tough time with it and is unable to do anything much to save it from closing. Only Stacee Jax (Cruise), a onetime rockstar, who spends almost all his time boozing, can save the bar. But, he is messed up in life and is unwilling to do anything. Will Jax relent and start performing?
inSing.com says: You got an ensemble cast of Hollywood big guns: Tom Cruise (channelling his inner Axl Rose), Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Paul Giamatti; a hot newcomer in the form of Julianne Hough and a soundtrack featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Golden Age featuring songs from Journey, Poison and Bon Jovi. What’s there not to like about this hair metal opera? Directing this remake is Alan Shankman who did a serviceable job in 2007’s redo of ‘Hairspray’, and we’re pretty sure that audiences here will whip out their air-guitar in theatres when the hits are on. FYI, all the songs in the film are sung by the stars themselves.
Also opening: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and their fellow aging action heroes are back in fighting form in ‘The Expendables 2’ while Eva Mendes and Cierra Ramirez star in coming-of-age story ‘Girl In Progress’.
Week of 23 August
The Stars: Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade
The Story: ‘The Watch’ is a sci-fi comedy about a suburban "neighbourhood watch" group that serves as a front for dads to get some male-bonding time away from their families. The group finds itself in over its head when it uncovers an alien plot to destroy the world.
inSing.com says: When you have a cast list that reads like a who’s who of Saturday Night Live -- Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Vince Vaughn, with a script that’s co-written by Seth Rogen and directed by SNL writer Akiva Schaffer -- you know that you’re in for some comedy gold … and stupidity. Many have compared this sci-fi caper to ‘Attack The Block’ and even ‘Ghostbusters’ but we’re pretty excited to see how the comedic talents here play off of each other, and the mix of sci-fi with some gross-out gags (we’re told that there’s plenty) will be a hoot to watch.
Also opening: Following the success of Justin Bieber’s ‘Never Say Never’ is the California Girl’s ‘Katy Perry: Part Of Me’which chronicles the pop princess’ life on and off-stage.
Week of 30 August
The Stars: Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Charles Mintz-Plasse, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leslie Mann
The Story: ‘ParaNorman’ revolves around the misadventures of young Norman Babcock (Smit-McPhee), an outcast whose obsession with all things ghoulish emanates from his ability to see and communicate with the dead. That ability comes in handy when a centuries-old curse is unleashed on Norman’s hometown, and only he – along with a misfit gang of his peers – can save the rest of their community from armies of zombies, witches, and other nasty supernatural creatures.
inSing.com says: We’ve been looking forward to ‘Paranorman’ ever since its first trailer debuted more than a year ago. Being fans of stop-motion animation, we know that a bizarre story like this can only be executed through this method. Created by LAIKA, the studio behind ‘Coraline’ and co-directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell, who helmed ‘The Tale of Desperaux,’, and ‘Flushed Away’, ‘Paranorman’ is the first of a trio of stop-motion animated flicks to come out this year. The other two are Adam Sandler's monster mash-up ‘Hotel Transylvania’ and Tim Burton's ‘Frankenweenie,’ an animated story of a boy who raises his dog from the dead.
Also opening: Get ready for a dance frenzy as the fourth edition to the ‘Step Up’ franchise, ‘Step Up Revolution’ opens this week.
(Note: All release dates are subject to change; all information correct as of press time.)