August is shaping up to be a real scorcher on the big screen. Here's some must-see films worthy of a cinema visit this month, starting with The Inbetweeners 2 - a sequel to 2011's £40m box office smash, taking Neil, Will Simon and Jay down under. Whatever Aussie slang for 'clunge' is, expect to soon find out.
A true classic, The Deer Hunter follows friends through the horrors of conflict and the pain of its aftermath in Michael Cimino's post-Vietnam drama. Starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, this re-release offers a rare chance to see the 1978 winner of the Oscar for best film on the big screen. Watch it again for Christopher Walken's genius in the Russian roulette scenes.
Sly Stallone gets the band back together for an Expendables threequel as Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and co return to take on Mel Gibson's baddie, Conrad Stonebanks. Joined by Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes (in his first post-prison role) and Antonio Banderas, expect a blizzard of testosterone. And machine guns mounted on Zimmer frames.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's penultimate film sees the Oscar winner play everyman schmoe Mickey Scarpato “stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please and a debt he can't pay.” Set amidst the blue-collar grind of Philadelphia suburb 'God's Pocket' it also stars Jon Turturro (Barton Fink), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under).
Hector and the Search for Happiness sees Simon Pegg as the titular hero – a down-in-the-dumps psychologist who goes on a quest for smiles and inner warmth. Think Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty but without the cloying sentimentality and big FX budget. Also starring Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Toni Colette (Little Miss Sunshine) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor).
Let's Be Cops is 22 Jump Street meets The Hangover, as two regular Joes - played by Jake Johnson (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Damon Wayans Jr (The Other Guys) - decide to go to a fancy dress party as a pair of rousers. They soon get hooked on the thrills of law enforcement but when they cross paths with gangsters and bent cops can they keep the illusion up?
Master of the action-amped thriller Luc Besson (Taken) offers shades of Nikita casting Scarlett Johansson (Avenger Black Widow) as a reluctant drug mule in Lucy. Accidentally transformed by the designer drugs she’s carrying inside her, the Lost In Translation becomes an ass-kicking machine capable of clairvoyance and telekinesis. Also starring Morgan Freeman and Choi Min-sik (the original Oldboy).
Michel Gondry honed his skills working on music videos for Daft Punk and Bjork and returning to his native tongue is set to bewitch us with Mood Indigo - the visually verbose tale of two star-crossed lovers (Roman Duris, Populaire and Audrey Tatou, Chocolat). With its shades of Jean Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen watch the trailer and get ready for a Gallic take on Woody Allen. On acid.
Robert Rodriguez re-teams with graphic novel legend Frank Miller (The Dark Knight) for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants as Mickey Rourke’s Marv returns along with Jessica Alba’s Nancy and Bruce Willis as John Hartigan. They’re joined by Eva Green, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Expect an existential take on Mad Max in The Rover, as the maker of Aussie crime saga Animal Kingdom (David Michod) delivers a dystopian road movie with a very dark side. Guy Pearce is the semi-mute drifter who crosses paths with Robert Pattinson (Twilight) on the desperate dusty highways of an unforgiving outback a decade after a global financial collapse. This ain't one for the twi-hards.