Jul 272012

Here’s my list of most interesting film premieres still to open in cinemas across English speaking countries in August 2012. Few titles to see with your mates, few titles to see with your dates. List is completely subjective and skewed by my personal likes and dislikes and if you think something should be included, just use comments form to submit full description of films you think should be on this list and justification for your submission and I’ll happily add it and you’ll be fully credited on the page.

Poster for "Total Recall"

No memory at all. Total Recall remake. Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel

Total Recall

Plot: Remake of the 1990ies film with Arnold Schwarzenegger losely based on novel by Philip K. Dick.

Why watch: Anything and everything based on Philip K. Dick novels is always worth checking.

Genre: Sci-Fi

Production: USA $200 million

Director: Len Wiseman

Script: Mark Bomback, Kurt Wimmer, Philip K. Dick (novel)

Starring: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Ethan Hawke, John Cho, Bill Nightly

United States Canada Cinemas: Friday August 3, 2012

United Kingdom Premiere: Thursday 16th August 2012 Cinemas: Wednesday 29th August 2012

Australia Cinemas: Thursday 6th September 2012




Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in "Hope Springs"

She was Iron Lady, he was Man In Black. It was love from the first sight.

Hope Springs

Plot: After 30 years of marriage, Kay and Arnold Soames attend intense marriage counseling.

Why watch: Solid cast. I wouldn’t expect Oscars though.

Notes: Blatant ignorance to the movie starring Colin Firth, Heather Graham and Minnie Driver of the same title just 9 years ago.

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Production: USA $30 million

Director: David Frankel

Script: Vanessa Taylor

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Mimi Rogers

United States Cinemas: Friday August 10, 2012

Australia Cinemas: Thursday 23rd August 2012

United Kingdom Cinemas: Friday 13th September 2012



Farell and Galifianakis in "The Campaign"

Americas finest. Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in “The Campaign”

The Campaign

Plot:  Two rival politicians compete to win an election to represent their small North Carolina congressional district in the United States House of Representatives

Why watch: Will Ferrell movie. From director of Austin Powers.

Genre: Comedy

Production: USA, $56 million

Director: Jay Roach

Script: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell

Cast:  Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox

Australia Cinemas, Thursday 9th August 2012

United States Cinemas: Friday August 10, 2012

United Kingdom Cinemas: Friday 28th September 2012 (what? nearly two months? this shit will get pirated people)




Jeremy Renner in "The Bourne Legacy"

Not Jason Bourne.

The Bourne Legacy

Plot: . New CIA operative takes the lead in Robert Ludlum’s universe.

Why watch: Bourne story without Jason Bourne, script doesn’t follow book at all. Better background cast. This could be fun.

Genre: Action

Production: USA  $90 million

Director: Tony Gilroy

Script: Tony and Dan Gilroy, Eric Van Lustbader (novel), Robert Ludlum (original concept novel)

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, Stacy Keach, Paddy Considine

United States  Premiere: Monday July 30, 2012 Cinemas: Friday August 10, 2012

Canada Cinemas: Friday August 10, 2012

Australia Premiere: Tuesday 7th August 2012 Cinemas: Thursday 16th August 2012

United Kingdom Previews: Friday 10th August 2012 Cinemas: Monday 13th August 2012


Poster for "The Expendables 2"

More names than space on the poster. The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2

Plot: When one of their own is  brutally murdered by rival mercenary, the Expendables team gear up to gain revenge and stop a deadly weapon.

Why watch: Shameless parade of action flick has-beens, guns, muscles, wide necks, martial “arts”, bad accents, strain injuries, whole shabang. You cannot miss this.

Genre: Action

Production: USA $80 million

Director: Simon West

Script: Sylvester Stallone, Dave Callaham, Ken Kaufman, Richard Wenk, David Agosto

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth

United Kingdom Premiere: Monday 13th August 2012  Cinemas: Thursday 16th August 2012

United States Premiere: Friday August 3, 2012, Cinemas: Friday August 17, 2012

Canada  Cinemas: Friday August 17, 2012

Australia Cinemas: Thursday 30th August 2012



Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Shia LeBouf on "Lawless" international poster

French need four words for “without law”. “Lawless” International Poster


Plot: Gang of prohibition era alcohol smugglers in Franklin County, Virginia is threatened by corrupt authorities.

Why watch: Hardy, Pearce and Oldman in gangster movie written by Nick Cave? Has to be checked.

Genre: Western, Crime

Production: USA

Director: John Hillcoat

Script: Matt Bondurant (nove;), Nick Cave

Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce,  Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke, Noah Taylor

United States August 31, 2012

United Kingdom Premiere: Monday 27th August 2012 Cinemas: Friday 7th September 2012





And finally – low-budget entry – United Kingdom only:


Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough in "Shadow Dancer"

Rouge goes rouge.

Shadow Dancer

Plot: IRA operative switches sides and becomes an informant for MI5 in 90ies Northern Ireland.

Why watch: Cast and potential

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Production: UK, tray of baked beans with toast, handful of shillings and a twopence.

Director: James Marsh

Script: Tom Bradby

Starring: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, Domhnall Gleeson, Brid Brennan, David Wilmot, Stuart Graham, Martin McCann, Aidan Gillen

United Kingdom Premiere: Monday 13th August 2012  Cinemas: Friday 24th August 2012

United States Most likely never



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