MoviefiedNYC Movies Opening in August

Lee Daniel’s The Butler

Remember when August was the month where all the bad films went to die? Well, that no longer seems to be the case. August 2013 is chock-full of films that look totally worth the price of admission, not to mention all the Sundance darlings that are also hitting theaters this month. So don’t be too afraid of dashing into the theater to get out of the heat, because it looks very likely that you will catch a good flick. Don’t forget to click on the movie title to view the trailers. We want to make sure you know what you are getting into before you head to the theater.
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August 2
Mark Wahlberg & Denzel Washington as a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence who team up to go after some bad guys. Looks like some old school action flick fun.
Drift (Limited)
An Australian film starring Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington as surfing legends from the 1970s. 
Europa Report
This film is about a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to investigate the possible existence of alien life. As they explore Jupiter’s moon, what they find may not be ready to be found. We can’t wait to see this. 
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The Spectacular Now is a fantastic coming-of-age love story from the guys who wrote 500 Days of Summer and tells an amusing, heartwarming, riveting story of young love and growing up. My heart goes squish at the thought.
Spectacular Now
The Canyons (Limited)
Contemporary L.A. noir from director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), writer Bret Easton Ellis (The Informers), about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition. Oh, did I forget to mention starring Lindsay Lohan? You might want to wait for the DVD release.




August 7
The second adventure in the fantasy franchise, I completely forgot this was coming out. The best thing to expect is more Nathan Fillion. But hopefully that won’t be the only thing to enjoy.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
We’re the Millers starring Horrible Bosses co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, posing as a fake family (including Will Poulter and Emma Roberts as their kids) in order to smuggle some marijuana from Mexico into the United States for the rich drug dealing Ed Helms.
August 9
Elysium MoviefiedNYC Most Anticipated
District 9director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi thriller Elysium stars a visually stunning futuristic world, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Alice Braga and D9’s Sharlto Copley as the badass Kruger. Everything about it looks awesome.
Elysium
Even the trailers show us that this film has nothing in common with the quality we’ve come to expect from Pixar, even in their less impressive Cars 2.
In I Give It a Year, Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Rafe Spall (Prometheus) play an unlikely couple who are inexplicably happy, embarking on a new chapter of their life by getting married. But their friends and family don’t think it will last, and their exes might make their predictions come true.
In a World… (Limited)
In a World… is a fine debut for actress Lake Bell as a writer, director and leading woman with a script that is bright, despite having a familiar story arc, mostly because of the unique premise.
Lovelace (Limited)
Premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the tragic porn star biopic Lovelace is stacked with an eclectic cast that includes Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Sharon Stone and James Franco as Hugh Hefner, this is quite the star-studded little indie.
Prince Avalanche
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Director David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express) Prince Avalanche stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in this oddball Sundance indie comedy following two road workers repainting traffic lines and replacing road signs on a country highway that has been ravaged by wildfire. The film essentially blends his indie and mainstream careers and makes for a quirky but charming story.
August 16
Lee Daniels’ new film The Butler starring Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler. It has quite a supporting cast to boot, with actors like Robin Williams, John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Alan Rickman playing various Presidents. Even Oprah has a role, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Lenny Kravitz. I’m not sure what to make of this. Oscar bait?
Joshua Michael Stern’s biopic about Steve Jobs premiered at Sundance this year to mixed reviews. No surprise there.
Kick-Ass 2, appears to have some hard hits, blood splashing and plenty of naughty words from Aaron-Taylor Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey, plus some cool moments for John Leguizamo, Donald Faison and more new cast members.
Gary Oldman versus Harrison Ford, excellent match up in the new financial thriller Paranoia.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
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A Sundance selected, slow-burning, western thriller Ain’t Them Bodies Saints starring Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) winner of the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award.
August 21
And yet another fantasy action-adventure young adult series, a seemingly normal teen girl who learns she is a “Shadowhunter”, a group that hunts invisible demons. It doesn’t look that great.
August 23 
The Grandmaster

Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts drama looks like it will be a visual treat, and have some mind-blowing action. Yuen Woo-Ping, who choreographed the fights in The Matrix, Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, has clearly outdone himself.
The World’s End
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When five friends reunite after 20 years, they’re (somewhat) dead set on making it through an epic 12-bar pub crawl leading all the way to The World’s End. Wouldn’t you be?  In this third part of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite and this time they’re joined by a slew of humans who have been possessed by some sort of robot or alien beings, complete with blue blood.
You’re Next, directed by Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, VHS, VHS-2), is a reinvention of the home-invasion horror-thriller and was heralded as one of the best films of the late 2011 festival season after playing in Toronto and Fantastic Fest.
Drinking Buddies (Limited)
The buzz on this one has been pretty good with Olivia Wilde (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) and Jake Johnson (New Girl) as two friends (in committed relationships with other people) who work at a brewery in Chicago, always drinking and flirting. When the two find themselves alone for a weekend with their good friend, beer, they find the romance that was there all along.
Short Term 12 (Limited)
A 2013 indie favorite, Short Term 12, written & directed by Destin Cretton of the Sundance film I Am Not a Hipster. Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim) stars as supervisor at a foster care facility for at-risk teens. The smart, dark comedy tells an incredibly endearing and heartfelt, but challenging and intimate story
August 28 
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are heading into international thriller territory with Closed Circuit, with a vibe and style that feels like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This looks like a compelling slow burning thriller to finish off the summer full of explosive blockbusters.
August 30 
Getaway follows Ethan Hawke (The Purge) as a former race car driver working against the clock to get his kidnapped wife back. It’s a pretty generic plot, but the high speed action might offer some kind of fun, we are not expecting much.
One Direction: This Is Us
Concert documentary 1D 3D went behind the scenes of the British pop phenomenon, One Direction. The buzz around the band seems to have died down lately, and now their movie is going by the title One Direction: This is Us, just to make sure people other than fans know what the hell this movie is all about.
The Lifeguard (Limited)
The films from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival just keep coming. Kristen Bell leads this indie about an almost-30-year-old woman who has lost herself after her career and relationship crumble, forcing her to move back home from New York City. Once there she takes a job as a lifeguard at the local pool and a break from responsibility, but she can’t avoid growing up forever.
Passion (Limited)
The erotic thriller Passion from director Brian De Palma (The Untouchables) is a seductive tale fueled by sex and murder as Rachel McAdams (Midnight in Paris) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) play two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn cut-throat. 

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