Best new movies this month
Desiree Akhavan follows up 2014’s lovely Appropriate Behavior with a tender, compassionate and gently comic drama about a lesbian teenager dealing with society’s disapproval. Part One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, part John Hughes film, it packs a career-best performance from Chloë Grace Moretz. Opens Aug 3
Disney’s take on the Winnie-the-Pooh tales revolves around the boy who inspired them. Now grown-up and a bit ground down by life, 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. Opens Aug 3
Spike Lee, a dependable provocateur, returns with this based-on-true-life drama about an African-American detective (John David Washington) who infiltrates a Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan, eventually becoming its leader. Opens Aug 10
Don't let the rom-com-ish title fool you—this one's about Jason Statham fighting off a Jurassic-sized shark (the 75-foot Megalodon) that's somehow rebounded from extinction to remind us of Jaws. Is that so bad, though? We love Jaws. Opens Aug 10
The book series has a fierce following, and we’re part of it. Expect romance, bitchiness and gratuitous wealth. Welcome, too, to the summer of Brooklyn’s Awkwafina (she’s also in Ocean’s 8). Opens Aug 15
The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee gets back to nature as a caveman who befriends a wolf when he gets separated from his hunting party. Fierce elements stand between him and home in what sounds like a raw-boned survival movie with no wasted gestures. Opens Aug 17
We were left rapt by the epic seriousness—and silliness—of this reboot of the classic horror franchise involving killer puppets. Udo Kier, Thomas Lennon and a witty, vicious, character-driven script by Brawl in Cell Block 99’s Craig Zahler combine to create the midnight manna. Opens Aug 17
John Cho recently knocked us out in the exquisite Columbus. He's working low-budget again in this near-experimental thriller (completely shot from the POV of computer screens and cell phones) about a dad looking for his missing teenage daughter. He starts with her laptop. Opens Aug 24
The beloved 1973 original starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman as French convicts struggling to survive a prison labor camp. Today's remake stars The Lost City of Z's Charlie Hunnam and Mr. Robot's Rami Malek, both looking to grab a great concept by the lapels. Opens Aug 24
Make room in your life for the wild, rapturously retro movies of Belgium’s Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, a duo that worships at the altar of unhinged ’60s Italian Westerns and black-gloved Italian thrillers. Their latest brings the gorgeously styled violence they're known for. Opens Aug 31
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