Box Office Weekend: August 2021

The Olympics will wrap up eventually, and when it does, there’s plenty of films at the box office (and streaming) for your pleasure. There’s even a She’s All That remake, which is what’s begat by TikTok culture, I guess.

On to HBOMax:

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union is a three-part documentary about President Barack Obama.

Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets A Puppy is an animated feature about Elmo and his new puppy, Tango.

On Netflix

Pray Away is a documentary about conversion therapy. It interviews and examines the founders of Exodus International. I’m going to have to watch Golden Girls after this one.

Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord is a documentary about a 20-year-old who built a drug empire online (and inspired How To Sell Drugs Online (Fast)).

Coming to theaters Friday, August 6:

Escape from Mogadishu is a South Korean action film.

The Suicide Squad, directed by James Gunn (who has been re-hired at Marvel, so), this film is confusingly named and the sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad. Margo Robbie, Viola Davis, and Joel Kinnaman return, and the Squad is given a new assignment and new friends, including Sylvester Stallone (who voices a shark with a “dad bod”), Nathan Fillion, Idris Elba, John Cena, and Peter Capaldi.  The film will also stream on HBOMax.

Ema is a Childean drama about a woman who engages in affairs and whatnot after separating from her husband and giving back the child she adopted.

John and the Hole is a “coming-of-age psychological thriller” (my favorite kind, I guess) about a boy who traps his family in a hole in his backyard and leaves them there. Its stars include Charlie Shotwell, Jennifer Ehle, Michael C. Hall, and Taissa Farmiga. 

New on Netflix today: 

The Swarm is a drama about a family raising crops of locusts.

Vivo …This animated film stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gloria Estefan

The Kissing Booth 3, the third in a series of legendarily bad Netflix movies.

Misha and the Wolves is a documentary about the literary hoax Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, a woman’s account of surviving the Holocaust.

Coming to theaters Friday, August 13:

Don’t Breathe 2, a sequel to the 2016 film, finds Norman Nordstom’s world invaded by home intruders, again. 

True to the Game 3, “the third and most explosive installment of the groundbreaking True to the Game trilogy.” A woman wakes up from a coma (which is how True 2 ended?) and returns to Philly to…settle old scores?

The Lost Leonardo “ tells the inside story behind the Salvator Mundi, the most expensive painting ever sold at $450 million, claimed to be a long-lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci.”

Free Guy, a comedy, stars Ryan Reynolds as a non-playable character in a videogame striving to become a main character before the programmers can stop him. Looks fun.

The Meaning Of Hitler is “an inquiry into decades of cultural fascination with the Nazi leader, and the ramifications of such a fascination on present day politics.” The reviews are not good.

Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic, stars Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul.

Coming to Netflix that day: 

Beckett stars John David Washington as an American tourist at the center of a global conspiracy…and on the run. 

And coming on August 18: 

Out Of My League …What is Amelie was about an orphan with a rare, genetic disorder?

The Secret Diary of an Exchange Student appears to be a teen comedy. A “wannabe globetrotter” gets her chance via a student exchange program.

Coming to theaters Friday, August 20:

Reminiscence, a mystery-slash-sci fi-slash-romance-slash-thriller stars Rebecca Ferguson, Hugh Jackman, Thandiwe Newton, and Natalie Martinez. Because this is a Warner Bros. film, it will also stream on HBOMax.

The Protege stars Maggie Q as the world’s most skilled contract killer and Samuel L. Jackson as the assassin who raised her.

The Night House stars Rebecca Hall as a widow who finds herself haunted in the lakeside house her husband built for her.

Paw Patrol: The Movie, the harshly animated show designed to lull your kids into trusting cops through ‘80s tropes (the girl character is pink and gets to do nothing) gets a feature-length movie. You know, kids can’t get vaccinated, so this is perfect, because it’s the COVID deniers who are willfully dressing their kids in Paw Patrol gear in 2021 anyway.

Confetti “tells the story of how a young mother gives up everything to bring her daughter to NYC in order to find a cure for her inherited learning disabilities.”

Demonic, a Canadian horror film written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, was filmed last year during the pandemic. God, this guy is the worst, isn’t he?

Ma Belle, My Beauty is a French dramedy. And hoo, boy, is it French. A woman’s life is thrown into chaos when her former lover reappears, scorned and unhappy, reigniting tension in what was otherwise a happy marriage between two newlyweds.

Coming to Amazon

Annette stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a couple whose lives are turned upside down by the birth of their first child.

And coming to Netflix:

Sweet Girl stars Jason Momoa as a devastated husband who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death.

Coming to theaters Friday, August 27:

Candyman, a sequel to the 1992 film of the same name (which had two standalone sequels in the 1990s), is set ten years after the demolition of the last Cabrini-Green tower in Chicago. The once infamous area is now gentrified, and an artist finds himself facing Candyman in present day, after surviving a kidnapping decades ago. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, and Colman Domingo star in the film and Tony Todd will reprise his role as Candyman. The film was written by Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, and Nia DaCosta, who directed the film. The original film was inspired by-slash-based on Clive Barker’s short story “The Forbidden,” which was likely inspired by a Chicago Reader feature which looked at the murder of Ruthie Mae McCoy. (If this interests you, please read There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz and High Rise Stories by Audrey Petty.)

Coming to Hulu:

Vacation Friends is a comedy. Yvonne Orji, Lil Rel Howery, Meredith Hagner, and John Cena star. The plot proves why I travel alone and never make friends. 

Coming to Netflix:

He’s All That, a remake (with a gender swap) of the 1999 “teen classic” (I was 14 then, and I disagree) She’s All That. This time it’s a social media influencer who makes a bet to make a “loser” the prom king. I didn’t know this movie could get meaner, but somehow it does! Rachel Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard return for cameos. 

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