Ten new movies to see this month

August's biggest, best and most unmissable theatrical releases
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Derinlerdeki Dehşet
Film, Action and adventure

The Meg

A colossal dino-shark is troubling the waters off the coast of China, eating everything in its path. Enter Jason Statham as diver Jonas Taylor, the only man fighty enough to tackle the killer fish-bastard. Step aside ‘Blue Planet’, the Stath will take it from here.

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MYSTICAL
Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham
Film, Animation

Christopher Robin

Disney’s take on the Winnie-the-Pooh tales revolves around the boy who inspired them. Now grown-up and a bit ground down, Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) needs the help of Pooh and his pals from the Hundred Acre Wood to rediscover his mojo. Don’t expect Eeyore to help much.

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Film

The Festival

It’s a coming-of-age comedy directed by Iain Morris, one of ‘The Inbetweeners’ team, set at a squelchy, Glastonbury-like festival. Things to expect: nudity, music, shagging and a gross-out bit involving a chemical toilet. Things not to expect: subtext.

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Equalizer 2
Film, Action and adventure

The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington is back for another helping of bruising vigilante action in this franchise expander. It’s surprising, not least because Washington has been sequelphobic his entire career, but it’s already a hit in the US. His ex-Marine-turned-cab-driver Robert McCall could be a fixture on our screens for a while yet.

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BlacKkKlansman
Film, Drama

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee’s KKK-excoriating comedy-drama blasts on to our screens later this month. Funny, angry and seriously topical, it’s a reminder that when the politically engaged filmmaker is making his most essential films, things don’t tend to be too rosy in the world. It won rave reviews at Cannes – here’s your chance to find out why.

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Film, Drama

The Children Act

A second Ian McEwan adaptation of the year, following ‘On Chesil Beach’, and a second moral crisis to chew over. Emma Thompson’s put-upon barrister is jolted from her hectic life by a serious, cerebral young Jehovah’s Witness (Fionn Whitehead), who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious grounds. Stanley Tucci co-stars as the (yes) neglected husband.

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Cold War
Film, Drama

Cold War

Pawel Pawlikowski won Best Director at Cannes for this dazzling love story set on both sides of the post-war Iron Curtain. It’s salted with the heartache and elation of a long-distance affair, soundtracked with folk music and jazz, and shot through with New Wave cool. Expect it to linger long after the curtain falls.

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Film, Thrillers

Searching

Like ‘Gone Girl’ with better antivirus protection, debut director Aneesh Chaganty’s mystery-thriller has a sky-high concept: a girl vanishes and her dad (John Cho) must find out what happened to her using only her computer, his phone and a little help from a detective (Debra Messing). See it, enjoy it, then go home and delete everything.

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Alex Bailey
Film, Drama

Yardie

Will local hero Idris Elba’s first directorial effort – a crime drama set in Hackney – be a triumphant homecoming to the borough of his birth? Hopes are high for this story of a Jamaican man, Dennis (Aml Ameen), packed off to London as a cocaine mule. Expect some ace soundtrack picks from the actor-and-DJ-turned-director.

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RKO Radio Pictures/Photofest
Film, Documentaries

The Eyes of Orson Welles

Everything is Orson in documentarian and ultra-cineaste Mark Cousins’ love letter to the filmmaking titan. It should offer a few surprises about the man’s life, loves and creativity, with an unusual structure – Cousins pens an actual letter to Welles – that’s embroidered with rare finds and footage from ‘Citizen Kane’, ‘The Trial’ and his other work.

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