Box Office Weekend: August 2019

Screen Scholars is taking a summer hiatus. While we build sandcastles in the sand we hope these trailers for every movie out this month tide (ha!) you over.

Exit is a South Korean action film.

The Nightingale: “Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.” Get him, Clare!

Luce is a drama. A nice couple adopts a boy from Eritrea who engages in psychological warfare with his teacher (Octavia Spencer).

Piranhas is an Italian drama. A bunch of teenage boys get tied up with the mob.

Ladyworld is a psychological thriller. Eight teenage girls become trapped after a massive (imaginary?) earthquake. I will watch the hell out of this. It’s always a bunch of Judd Apatow bros stuck together, isn’t it?

15 Minutes of War is a drama about the 1976 a school bus hostage crisis in Djibouti.

Tel Aviv on Fire is an Israeli satire. A bumbling man is hired as a soap opera writer even though he has no talent or experience.

Them That Follow is a thriller. It stars Olivia Colman, Kaitlyn Dever, Alice Englert, Jim Gaffigan, Walton Goggins, Thomas Mann and Lewis Pullman. a forbidden relationship forces a pastor’s daughter to confront her community’s deadly tradition of SNAKE HANDLING. I would probably see this. It’s the kind of weird shit I’m into. (Wasn’t there a snake handling storyline on Justified?)

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Please don’t make me explain this one to you.

Coming Wednesday, August 7th, 2019:

Bring The Soul is a BTS documentary.

Coming Friday, August 9th, 2019

Brian Banks stars Aldis Hodge in the “inspirational true story” about NFL star Brian Banks. The reviews are NOT GOOD.

Nekrotronic: “A man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet.”

One Child Nation: “After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.”

After The Wedding is a remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 film.

The Peanut Butter Falcon stars Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern. A young boy runs away to puruse his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.

The Bravest is a Mandarin-language drama.

Ode to Joy stars Martin Freeman as a man who experiences sudden bouts of paralysis whenever he experiences strong emotions. That’s tough because he’s going to (in.ex.plic.ably.) meet and have a romance with a woman played by Morena Baccarin.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold stars Isabela Moner as Dora, Michael Peña and Eva Longoria as her parents, Danny Trejo as Boots the Monkey, Eugenio Derbez, Benicio del Toro as a talking fox, Q’orianka Kilcher as an Incan princess!!!, and Isela Vega. How did they not screw this up! Good job, Hollywood!! Oh, sorry: It’s a Dora movie!!

The Art of Racing in the Rain stars Kevin Costner in another fucking dog movie, based on the 2008 novel everyone read on the subway ten years ago. Why? This time he voices a dog (a golden retriever!) who narrates his life with Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried. Don’t play dumb, Boomers, you know the dog will have to die by the end of this movie. Amanda Seyfried definitely will! (Is this book why all narcissists fight for grandparents’ rights these days?)

Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark, an adaptation from the favorite book among fourth graders nationwide (GenY to Present) starring Dean Norris, Lorraine Toussaint, and a handful of young people I don’t know: Zoe Colletti, Austin Abrams, Michael Garza, and Gabriel Rush. The premise (grown up actors plus young people plus youth lit adaptation) does bring about memories of Goosebumps, but these creepy stories bring more chills to memory than R.L. Stine (if only for those grossly illustrated covers). Additionally, the film is produced by Guillermo del Toro (and a host of others).

The Kitchen, based on the DC comic, stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. Three women in 1970s Manhattan take matters into their own hands when their mob husbands get locked up. Like Widows but without Liam Neeson, and one assumes, the election storyline.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, based on the 2012 book by Maria Semple, is a comedy based on a really good book. Really. Truly! Starring Kate Winslet as reclusive, former architect Bernadette, the film better closely follow the book. Her crappy husband is played by Billy Crudup, so probably.

Coming Wednesday, August 14th, 2019:

The Angry Birds Movie 2, a sequel! With voices from Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Josh Gad, and Jason Sudeikis.

Coming Thursday, August 15th, 2019:

Mission Mangal is a Hindi-language drama. It follows the Indian Space Research Organisation’s successful launch of a Mars orbiter.

Saaho is an Indian action film.

Coming Friday, August 16th, 2019

Scared of Revolution is a documentary concerning Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets, which was a group of artists that collaborated post-1960s and were influenced by the Civil Rights movements. The group influenced jazz, hip-hop, and poetry.

The Divine Fury is a South Korean film direct by Jason Kim. A martial arts champion develops divine powers to fight a demonic force. Cool.

The Informer stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, and Common.

Good Boys is an R-rated comedy about three sixth graders on an epic adventure.

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles is an animated film from GKids about “yhe true story of how Luis Buñuel made his second movie.”

End of the Century follows a one-night encounter between two strangers that becomes an epic, decades-spanning relationship.

Blinded by the Light is an 80s set coming-of-age film where a teen finds himself through New Jersey’s best, Bruce Springsteen.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld is a documentary about about the death of UN General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld.

Aquarela is a documentary about the globe’s waters.

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? is an Italian documentary examining “meditation on the state of race in America.”

47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a shark movie!

Coming Wednesday, August 21st, 2019:

Ready or Not is a dark “comedy” about a woman who marries into an eccentric family and is immediately hunted for sport. Apparently Adam Brody can’t get work. And of course Andie McDowell is in this. I bet she thinks it keeps her fresh. She’s not.

Coming Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles follows the origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof.

The Wild Boys is a French film: “Set in the beginning of the 20th century on the island of La Réunion, it is about five adolescent boys from wealthy families who commit a brutal crime and are in turn taken in by a Dutch Captain for rehabilitation on his dilapidated sailboat.” The boys are played by young women.

My Spy: “A CIA agent who must watch over a young girl after he is assigned to protect her family.”

Give Me Liberty Yikes: “When a riot breaks out in Milwaukee, America’s most segregated city, medical transport driver Vic is torn between his promise to get a group of elderly Russians to a funeral and his desire to help Tracy, a young black woman with ALS.”

Brittany Runs A Marathon stars Jillian Bell as a young woman who “takes control of her life one block at a time.” I hate running but I look forward to crying through this one.

Jacob’s Ladder, a remake of the 1990 film no one asked for, stars Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, and Nicole Beharie. If you know anything about the bible at all, you know how this ends!

Angel Has Fallen stars Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman in what is the THIRD film in the Olympus Has Fallen series. WHY.

Vita & Virginia biographical romance drama about the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. It has a 38 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so good look.

Freaks stars Emile Hirsch. It looks bad.

This is Not Berlin is a 1980s-set Spanish-language drama. A gay youth gets involved in Mexico City subculture and

Overcomer is a religious sports drama.

Coming Friday, August 30th, 2019

Killerman stars Liam Hemsworth as Moe Diamond, an amnesiac money launderer in NYC.

Official Secrets is a political thriller starring Keira Knightley as Katharine Gun, a whistleblower who revealed a secret spying operation in the UK.

Playmobil: The Movie I’m fine with this.

Don’t Let Go stars David Oyelowo and Storm Reid as an uncle and niece working across time to solve the young woman’s murder–via the same cell signal.

Tod@s Caen is a Spanish-language comedy. It’s like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days but more sexist because it’s 2019.

Coming August 2 to Netflix:

Ask the StoryBots, season three

Basketball or Nothing

Dear White People, volume three

Derry Girls, season two


She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, season three

Available August 4:

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, volume four; I couldn’t find a trailer, so enjoy this digital exclusive!

Available August 5:

Enter the Anime

No Good Nick, part two

Available August 8


The Naked Director

Wu Assassins

Available August 9

Cable Girls, season four

The Family

GLOW, season three

The inBESTigators

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling


Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tails

Available August 13
Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready: A trailer was not available at press time.

Available August 15
Cannon Busters: A trailer was not available at press time.

Available August 16

45 rpm

Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez

Better Than Us


Frontera verde

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

The Little Switzerland: A trailer was not available at press time.

Mindhunter, season two

QB1: Beyond the Lights, season three: A trailer was not available at press time.


Super Monsters Back to School

Victim Number 8: A trailer was not available at press time.

Available August 20
American Factory: A trailer was not available at press time.


Available August 22

Love Alarm

Coming August 23

El Pepe: Una vida suprema

HERO MASK: Part II: A trailer was not available at press time.

Rust Valley Restorers

13 Reasons Why, season three

Coming August 27:

Million Pound Menu, season two

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!, season seven

Coming August 29
Falling Inn Love: A trailer was not available at press time.


Workin’ Moms, season three

Coming August 30:

The A List: A trailer was not available at press time.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

Coming to Hulu on August 2:

Into The Dark: School Spirit

Coming August 16

The Amazing Johnathan

And coming August 23


Coming to Amazon on August 9:

Free Meek

Carnival Row

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