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The best new movies to see this month

Say hello to August’s biggest, best and trending films

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Looking for the best new movies to see this month? We got you covered! From a pre-Halloween chiller about a possessed doll to a warm and fuzzy documentary about penguins to yet another Monkey King movie, here are our recommendations for the most exciting films coming out in Hong Kong this August.

And if you’re not sold on any of these, why not check out something more traditional like Hong Kong’s best wuxia movies or simply the top 100 Hong Kong movies ever made?

Best new movies this month

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The sun is shining in Mexico, and Lisa and Kate are feeling adventurous. How can they show the ex what free spirits they are? By watching hungry sharks from the confines of a rusting boat cage, of course. What could possibly go wrong? Opens Thursday August 3

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The Emoji Movie

It’s an even worse idea than The Angry Birds Movie but when news emerged that the legendary Patrick Stewart would be voicing the poop emoji 💩, and that School of Rock scribe Mike White was going to be working on the script, some whispered that this might turn out pretty good. Cue snarky humor, speedy action and a potentially painless summer afternoon at the movies. Opens Thursday August 3

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Our Kind of Traitor

John le Carré’s novels have undergone some attention-grabbing adaptations in recent years, most notably 2005’s The Constant Gardener and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011. The latest is Our Kind of Traitor in which Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris play Perry and Gail, two average Londoners who end up embroiled in a complex tale of Russian defectors, oligarchs and money laundering. Opens Thursday August 3

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Annabelle: Creation

Halloween comes early. Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. It’s not long before they become the target of the doll maker’s possessed creation, Annabelle. Opens Thursday August 10

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March of the Penguins 2

A sort-of-sequel to 2006’s March of the Penguins that sees director Luc Jacquet return to Antartica with more powerful cameras, updated state of the art equipment and even more adorable penguins. Opens Thursday August 10

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Snatched

Amy Schumer plays Emily, a directionless, oversexed thirtysomething whose dream holiday to Ecuador goes off the rails when her boyfriend dumps her and she’s forced to invite her scaredy-cat mum Linda (Goldie Hawn) along instead. Linda is convinced the pair of them are going to be kidnapped and sold for ransom by drug lords – which is, of course, exactly what happens. Opens Thursday August 10

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Hong Kong and China seem to have developed an insatiable appetite for Monkey King movies, as evidenced by recent Donnie Yen flicks and two Stephen Chow/Tsui Hark productions. So why not one more, especially when staring Mando hunk Eddie Peng? This one, based on a popular internet novel, is set 500 years before the Monkey King wreaks havoc in the heavenly kingdom and tells the story of Wukong who, as per usual, rebels against the gods. Opens Thursday August 10

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Small-town mortician Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox, the actor not the bedazzled physicist) and his son Austin (Emile Hirsch), who still isn’t sure if he wants to follow dad into the family business, are dissecting a corpse that was found half-buried in a basement, apparently the victim of homicide. But there are no cuts on the body, no signs of injury, just a number of tattoos... on the inside of her skin. A compelling small-scale shocker. Opens Thursday August 17

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard

An odd couple buddy movie that sees the world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) tasked with guarding the life of Darius Kincaid (Samuel L Jackson), his long time nemesis and an infamous hitman. Gary Oldman plays the merciless Eastern European dictator looking to off Kincaid and Salma Hayek joins the fun as Kincaid’s equally notorious wife. Were sold. Opens Thursday August 17

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The Dark Tower

An eight-book epic by Stephen King, The Dark Tower has tantalised film studios for years, often thought of as the next cinematic saga a’la The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. A classic tale of good versus evil, it’s taken more than a decade to get here but with Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as his eternal nemesis, the Man in Black, things are looking good. Let’s just ignore that ‘I shoot from the heart’ line from the trailer… Opens Thursday August 31

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