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Ten new movie releases you need to know about this month

August's biggest, best and trending films

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David Brent: Life on the Road
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David Brent: Life on the Road

It’s been 13 years since Ricky Gervais locked up ‘The Office’. Now he’s back as the captain of cringe David Brent. This spin-off from the TV sitcom finds Brent working for a sanitary supply company by day and touring with a new version of his band Foregone Conclusion after hours. With no sign of co-writer Stephen Merchant or any of the original ‘Office’ cast besides Gervais, the big question is: Will this be a worthy successor to a classic comedy or an unnecessary add-on? 

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Suicide Squad
Clay Enos
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Suicide Squad

We may have hit peak superhero, but DC Comics reckon we’ve still got a way to go when it comes to villains in movies. Enter ‘Suicide Squad’, in which a group of murderous psychopaths might be the only thing standing in the way of total planetary destruction. The cast is strong – Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto as the Joker – and the action looks pretty epic. But might it all just be a bit snarky and tasteless? Your verdict will probably depend on where you stand on ‘Deadpool’. 

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Julieta
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Julieta

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar (‘All About My Mother’) is back with another tale of a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. This time it’s Julieta (Adriana Ugarte), a woman in Madrid looking for her runaway daughter. The reviews for have been a mixed bag. Time Out film editor Dave Calhoun called it ‘a ravishing study of grief and guilt’, while trade paper Variety was less enthusiastic: ‘[It’s] less fun than the garishly over-the-top Almodovar of old.’

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Lights Out
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Lights Out

The latest from the ‘Conjuring’ and ‘Insidious’ stable of horror movies is this supernatural flick adapted by first-timer David F Sandberg from his own award-winning short (watch it on Vimeo). This is the story of a young woman (Teresa Palmer) haunted by a spook that can only be seen when the lights are switched off.  ‘Lights Out’ has been a smash hit in the US but has sparked criticism for its lack of sensitively towards mental health issues. Still, the producers are happy – a sequel is already on the cards for 2018.

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Wiener-Dog
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Wiener-Dog

The misanthropic miserablist of American indie cinema, Todd Solondz (‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’, ‘Happiness’) is back with another satirical comedy steeped in anxiety and depression. We’ve all seen those sweet movies about an adorable animal that changes the lives of its owners. This is not that film. It’s the tale of dysfunctional suburban Americans linked by a female dachshund that passes through their lives. 

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Bad Moms
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Bad Moms

Pitched somewhere between ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Desperate Housewives’, this could-go-either-way comedy follows a group of overworked, stressed out suburban moms who hit the town on a bender. The cast is killer: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Jada Pinkett-Smith. But the reviews have been so-so, and the fact the script is by the two dudes who wrote ‘The Hangover’ doesn’t fill us with confidence.

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War Dogs
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War Dogs

Director Todd Phillips (‘Old School’, ‘The Hangover’) returns with another black comedy about overgrown boys on the rampage. This one’s slightly more serious, however, taking as its source a Rolling Stone article about Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) and David Packouz (Miles Teller) – aka, the Stoner Arms Dealers. Think of this as ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ in Kyrgyzstan with assault rifles. 

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Swallows and Amazons
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Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome’s tales of boating in the Lake District have charmed generations of kids, so a new big-screen adaptation was probably inevitable. The producers have already sparked controversy by changing one character’s name from ‘Titty’ to ‘Tatty’ – thus depriving thousands of youngsters of a well-deserved snigger. They’ve also added a subplot involving spies. Let’s hope the gleeful innocence and rustic wildness of Ransome’s tales has survived intact.

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Pete's Dragon
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Pete's Dragon

It was a Sunday afternoon classic in the 1980s – the story of an adorable kid and his cartoon dragon, and their goofily psychedelic adventures together. Now Disney have updated their 1977 movie for the new millennium, with razor-sharp digital effects and a timely eco-friendly plot. Most interestingly of all, they’ve tapped indie director David Lowery (‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’) to oversee matters. The early buzz is surprisingly strong. 

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Tickled
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Tickled

Ever heard of competitive endurance tickling? Neither had filmmakers David Farrier and Dylan Reeve until they stumbled on a series of YouTube videos and embarked on this investigative documentary. The subculture they unearth is deeply strange – tickling videos have apparently been popular since before the internet, and those who engage in such practices are fiercely protective of their world. All of which should make for a pretty riveting and unusual doc.

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hd m
hd m

i really liked sultan movie

NWG
NWG

I was lucky enough to catch an advance screening of this movie, and I was extremely glad I did. After watching the previews I felt as though a lot of the movie was given away, but I was blown away by the performances on screen. The movie was centered around a champion prize fighter hitting rock bottom, and slowly climbing his way back into the ring. It was an emotional journey that cannot simply be categorized as a movie about boxing, but rather, an inspiring and riveting tale of parenthood and a father's love for his daughter. The cast was excellent and everyone excelled in their roles. I wouldn't have expected to like Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in a role as much as I did. Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker had Oscar worthy performances. Everyone did a great job with their roles. The cinematography was fantastic, and the fight scenes gave some great first person shots that made you feel as though you were there in the ring fighting along side the actors. Overall, this movie is an experience that is not to be missed

Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .