New Movie Releases – August 2012
August is summer's last hurrah at the box office. As such, there are a ton of fantastic films hitting your local theater this month, including some of the best independent films of the year so far. Read on for our list of theatrical releases and dates for this August and start planning accordingly.
'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days' -- Directed by David Bowers. Starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick. The Wimpy Kid returns, and this time his summer plans have been ruined. What's a kid to do?
'Total Recall' -- Directed by Len Wiseman. Starring Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston. When a factory worker attempts to take a virtual vacation and become a spy, he begins to question whether or not he already is one in this remake of the Paul Verhoeven classic.
'360' (Limited) -- Directed by Fernando Mereilles. Starring Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins. An interconnected look at the lives and relationships of a group of people, from the director of 'City of God.'
'The Babymakers' (Limited) -- Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. Starring Paul Schneider, Olivia Munn and Kevin Heffernan. When a couple is unable to have a baby naturally, the husband hatches a plan to retrieve the sperm he donated to a sperm bank several years ago.
'Celeste and Jesse Forever' (Limited) -- Directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Elijah Wood. A husband and wife struggle to maintain their friendship in the wake of their divorce, much to the chagrin of everyone they know.
'The Bourne Legacy' -- Directed by Tony Gilroy. Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton. When a CIA operative's program is shut down, he goes on the run in this follow-up to the 'Bourne' trilogy, based on Robert Ludlum's novels.
'The Campaign' -- Directed by Jay Roach. Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. This comedy focuses on the rivalry between a North Carolina politician and the simple-minded local resident who challenges him for office.
'Hope Springs' -- Directed by David Frankel. Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. A middle-aged couple attends a week-long therapy session when their marriage of thirty years begins to crumble.
'2 Days in New York' (Limited) -- Directed by Julie Delpy. Starring Julie Delpy and Chris Rock. In this sequel to '2 Days in Paris,' Marion has moved on and married Mingus, but their blissful lives are interrupted when her insane French parents come to visit them in New York.
'Goats' (Limited) -- Directed by Christopher Neil. Starring David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga and Keri Russell. A teenager leaves his granola home in Tucson for a prep school on the East Coast.
'Red Hook Summer' (Limited) -- Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd and Toni Lysaith. A boy from Atlanta is sent to spend the summer with his religious grandfather in Brooklyn.
'The Odd Life of Timothy Green' -- Directed by Peter Hedges. Starring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ron Livingston. A childless couple places all their hopes and dreams for a child in a box and buries it in their garden, only to awaken and find their perfect child has landed on their doorstep.
'The Expendables 2' -- Directed by Simon West. Starring Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Church and the Expendables get back to business in this sequel. What starts as an easy mission becomes one of revenge when one of their own is murdered.
'ParaNorman' -- Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell. Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. A boy who can speak to the dead is his town's only hope for salvation from a supernatural curse.
'Sparkle' -- Directed by Salim Akil. Starring Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Whitney Houston. Whitney Houston's final film is a tale of three sisters and singers who hit it big in Motown in the '60s, but find that success comes with a heavy price.
'Compliance' (Limited) -- Directed by Craig Zobel. Starring Dreama Walker, Pat Healy and Ann Dowd. Based on true events, this dark thriller tracks a day at a fast food restaurant when a manager is asked to strip search an employee accused of theft by a man on the phone who says he's a police officer.
'Cosmopolis' (New York and LA) -- Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche and Sarah Gadon. While traveling in a limo across Manhattan to get a haircut, a wealthy businessman's day takes a turn for the bizarre in this film based on the novel by Don DeLillo.
'The Apparition' -- Directed by Todd Lincoln. Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton. A group of college students hypothesize that the supernatural only exist if we believe in them. Unfortunately, their experiment is a success.
'Premium Rush' -- Directed by David Koepp. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Jamie Chung. When a bicycle messenger comes in possession of a package coveted by a dirty cop, he leads the cop on a high-speed chase through the streets of New York City.
'Hit and Run' (Limited) -- Directed by David Palmer and Dax Shepard. Starring Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper. A former getaway driver and member of the witness protection program is found by his old gang members and hits the road with his unwitting girlfriend to escape.
'Robot and Frank' (Limited) -- Directed by Jake Schreier. Starring Frank Langella, Peter Sarsgaard and Susan Sarandon. When an ex-jewel thief receives a robot butler from his son as a present, he attempts to use the robot to commit more crimes.
'Sleepwalk With Me' (Limited) -- Directed by Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish. Starring Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose and Kevin Barnett. Based on his own stand-up, Mike Birbiglia plays a fictional version of himself -- a struggling comedian who fears commitment and resists seeking help when he starts sleepwalking.
'Lawless' -- Directed by John Hillcoat. Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce. Bootleggers in Depression-era Virginia are pursued by shady law enforcement who want a cut of their profits.
'The Possession' -- Directed by Ole Bornedal. Starring Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick. A girl accidentally unleashes an evil spirit from an antique box she bought at a garage sale, leaving her father and his ex-wife to join forces to save her.
'For a Good Time Call...' (Limited) -- Directed by Jamie Travis. Starring Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller and Justin Long. Two girls who have a love/hate friendship move in together in New York and start a phone sex line to make ends meet.
'The Tall Man' (Limited) -- Directed by Pascal Laugier. Starring Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland and Stephen McHattie. A mysterious figure known as "The Tall Man" abducts a woman's son, sending her on a journey to uncover the secret of the local urban legend.