With the dog days of August, come the last of the 2014 summer blockbusters. In what has been a overall down year, Hollywood has to be hoping that the movies coming out this month will stem the tide and put people in the seats. First up is the latest film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and if early buzz is correct, this just might do the trick.
The Guardians of the Galaxy (Rated PG-13) – The last Phase 2 Marvel film before next year’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron", “The Guardians of the Galaxy” is set in a galaxy far, far away. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) leads a ragtag group of misfits trying to save the galaxy from the power-hungry Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Also starring Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, and the voice work of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, this movie is has received an amazing marketing push, and it is receiving mostly great reviews heading into its opening weekend. Not bad for a movie that stars a talking raccoon and monosyllabic tree.
Get On Up (Rated PG-13) – Also opening this weekend in a bit of counter-programming is “Get On Up”, a biopic of the legendary performer, James Brown. From the director of “The Help”, Tate Taylor, and starring Chadwicke Boseman (42), the movie looks really good, although one has to wonder how accurate the movie can chronicle the music legend’s life with a PG-13 rating. Still, Brown was an iconic figure in the musical world, and the talented Boseman should make this well worth the price of admission.
A Most Wanted Man (Rated R) - Based on the novel by John le Carre, “A Most Wanted Man” tells the story of a half-Chechen/half-Russsian immigrant who shows up in Germany and raises suspicions with both U.S. and German intelligence agencie who are trying to figure out his identity and his agenda. Probably most notable for being one of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s last films, it’s got solid reviews and is expanding into more theaters this week.
Check out Fandango.com to find a theater near you for these films or any of the other summer offerings that may have slipped through the cracks.
See you at the theater!