With August on the horizon, the 2014 Summer movie season is nearing its end. With plenty of quality releases for fans of any genre, there’s been something worth watching released nearly every week since May. If previews and trailers are any indication, that trend will continue right through the end of the Summer movie season. Here are the reasons to head to the local theater each week in August:
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
Disney and Marvel have had an impressive string of hits since the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s “Iron Man.” “Guardians ” is the penultimate film of MCU’s “Phase Two,” and it is by far the most daring film in the loose series thus far. The space opera/comedy hybrid features a team of lovable losers, made up of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Prepare to fall in love with Rocket Raccoon.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
While there’s been quite a bit of controversy over the Michael Bay produced film, there’s no denying that once again seeing the reptilian heroes on the big screen will be a great moment for kids and nostalgic adults alike. The reboot sees the titular heroes aiming to defeat archenemy Shredder, and presumably eat copious amounts of pizza.
Following the adaptation of numerous dystopian novels over the past few years, Lois Lowry’s 1993 children’s novel will finally make the leap to cinema. The film features a strong cast, including Academy Award winners Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. On the other end of the spectrum, it also features Taylor Swift.
“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”
Nine years after the original “Sin City,” Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are providing filmgoers with another highly stylized neo-noir crime thriller based on Miller’s graphic novels. Featuring an expanded ensemble cast, the film will serve as both a prequel and a sequel to the original film. Fans of the original and those just looking for a cinematic experience like no other (the original “Sin City” excluded) should be counting down the days until release.
“As Above, So Below”
Although it sports what seems like a working title and trails a few years behind the found footage craze, the French set horror film still looks promising. July’s abysmal “Deliver Us From Evil” and average at best “The Purge: Anarchy” have set the bar rather low for horror this Summer, so one of August’s final films really only needs to be pretty good to be a winner in this Examiner’s book.