NME looks forward to the best films due out before the end of August
OK, so Jurassic World, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road have all been out for ages, but there’s still plenty to look forward to at the cinema this summer. Here’s a run-down of the best comedies, big-budget blockbusters and indie flicks due out before the end of August.
Straight Outta Compton: This eagerly-anticipated film about the rise and fall of era-defining hip-hop group NWA was exec-produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube. Director F. Gary Gray cut his teeth shooting videos for both rappers, and Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr has been cast as his father, so the group’s gripping tale is in safe hands. In cinemas August 28.
The Bad Education Movie: Jack Whitehall’s Alfie Wickers, the “worst teacher ever to grace the British education system”, returns in this big screen spin-off following an ill-fated school trip to Cornwall. “I’m gonna take them on a holiday so batshit mental,” he says in the trailer, “that if it was a movie, everyone would be played by Nicolas Cage.” In cinemas August 21.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation: Tom Cruise reunites with Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie for M:I5, which follows Ethan Hunt and his squad as they try to take down an international rogue organisation known as “the Syndicate”. Teaser clips suggest the famously hands-on Cruise has really outdone himself on the stunts front. In cinemas July 30.
Trainwreck: Amy Schumer’s first big film role comes in this self-penned rom-com about a boozy, bed-hopping magazine journalist who unexpectedly falls for the strait-laced sports surgeon (Bill Hader) she’s sent to interview. It’s filthy, funny and sure to inspire a thousand internet thinkpieces arguing for and against Schumer’s feminist credentials. In cinemas August 14.
Fantastic Four: Chronicle‘s Josh Trank directs the new Fantastic Four flick starring Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. Producer Matthew Vaughn insists it’s a “total reboot”, saying: “It’s not a stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made of polystyrene. And it’s not a comedy.” Gotcha. In cinemas August 7.
Eden: Director Mia Hansen-Løve’s drama about France’s 1990s electro scene has been endorsed by Daft Punk, who allowed their music to be used in the film for a minimal fee, and also signed off on being portrayed by a pair of young French actors. It’s loosely based on the experiences of Hansen-Løve’s brother, Sven, a friend of the duo from the era. In cinemas July 24.
The Diary Of A Teenage Girl: This brilliant indie flick follows 15-year-old Minnie (Bel Powley) as she starts an affair with her mother’s brooding 35-year-old boyfriend (True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård). The subject matter is initially startling, but Teenage Girl builds into this year’s smartest and most surprising coming-of-age movie. In cinemas August 7.
Inside Out: This Amy Poehler-voiced animation has broken US box office records, putting Pixar back on track after – by their usual standards of excellence – a relatively rocky patch. It follows a young girl named Riley whose five primary emotions – joy, sadness, fear, disgust and anger – come to life within her mind as her family moves to a new city. In cinemas July 24.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: Based on the classic ’60s TV series, this stylish-looking spy thriller is Guy Ritchie’s first film since 2011. Henry Cavill plays a CIA agent who teams up with Armie Hammer’s KGB spy in a bid to bring down a mysterious international criminal organisation, flanked by suitably cool support from Hugh Grant and Alicia Vikander. In cinemas August 14.
We Are Your Friends: Even if it looks cheesier than a recent David Guetta hit, this glossy EDM-centered drama is sure to be a talking point. Directed by Max Joseph, the “cameraman” from Catfish: The TV Show, it stars Zac Efron as an aspiring Calvin Harris type trying to make it as an LA music producer. Alesso and Dillon Francis cameo as themselves. (In cinemas August 28)