August is a big month for Australian movies, with the release of sci-fi thriller Predestination, cop drama Felony, and Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth.
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28 Jul 2014 - 11:25 AM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2015 - 12:20 PM

Out August 7

Guardians of the Galaxy

(USA, action/adventure/sci-fi)
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace
What's it about?
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain. When he discovers the power it holds, Quill has to rally his rivals to save the universe.

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And So it Goes

(USA, comedy/romance)

Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins
What's it about?
The life of an obnoxious realtor is turned upside-down when he is suddenly left in charge of the granddaughter he never knew existed until his estranged son dropped her off at his home. He tries to pass on the responsibility to his lovely neighbour , but things don't quite go the way he'd planned...

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Begin Again

(USA, comedy/drama/romance)

Director: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine
What's it about?
Songwriting partners Gretta and her long-term boyfriend Dave move to New York to pursue their dream. Dave lands a major record deal but soon the trappings of his new found fame tempt Dave to stray, leaving Gretta angry and alone. But things begin to work in Gretta's favour after she meets and begins collaborating with a dejected music executive.

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Out August 14

Palo Alto

(USA, drama)

Director: Gia Coppola
Starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer
What's it about?
Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy.

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The Expendables 3

(USA, action/adventure/thriller)

Director: Patrick Hughes
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li
What's it about?
Barney and his team 'Expendables' come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables' co-founder, who is determined to destroy them.

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Blog: Mel Gibson creeps back with The Expendables 3

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey

(USA, drama)

Director: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Rohan Chand
What's it about?
An Indian family moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory.

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Out August 21

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

(Sweden/Croatia, adventure/comedy)

Director: Felix Herngren
Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg
What's it about?
On his 100th birthday, Allan Karlsson decides to break out of his retirement home, after realising he still has more living to do. Until now, this ordinary man has already lived an extraordinary life, but there are plenty more adventures to follow for this centenarian now on the loose.

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20,000 Days on Earth

(Australia, documentary)

Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
Starring: Nick Cave, Blixa Bargeld, Susie Bick
What's it about?
In a fictional 24-hours, Australian musician and writer Nick Cave examines his own songwriting process and turns his music from a simple sketch to a dazzling show. 

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The Inbetweeners 2

(UK, comedy)

Directors: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
Starring: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison
What's it about?
The boys from the smash hit UK TV show – Jay, Neil, Simon, and Will – return to the big screen for an Australia holiday.

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In Search of Chopin

(UK, documentary)

Director: Phil Grabsky
Starring: Juliet Stevenson, David Dawson, Leif Ove Andsnes
What's it about?
Filmmaker Phil Grabsky brings to screen the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin – one of the greatest composers of all time.

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Out August 28

Felony

(Australia, thriller)

Director: Matthew Saville
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney
What's it about?
Malcolm Toohey has the perfect life: a great family and a job as a respected police officer. One night, after celebrating a successful arrest, he makes a potentially fatal error that lands a child in a coma. He covers up the tragic accident by lying with the help of his senior officer Carl Summer. However, Summer's new partner Jim Melic  has his suspicions and starts investigating to find the truth.

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Locke

(UK, drama/thriller)

Director: Steven Knight
Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson
What's it about?
A family man and successful construction manager, Ivan Locke, is about to confront the biggest challenge of his career. On the eve of this new project, Locke receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his life and that of his family's. The action takes place in the course of a single drive home.

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Magic in the Moonlight

(USA, comdy/drama/romance)

Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Antonia Clarke
What's it about?

In the roaring '20s, British stage magician and master illusionist, Stanley (Colin Firth) - alias Wei Ling Soo - is brought to the French Riviera to help unmask a potential fraud spiritualist who may be exploiting a rich family. However, professional and extremely personal complications are quick to arise.

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Predestination

(Australia, sci-fi/thriller)

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, Sarah Snook
What's it about?
On his final time travelling assignment, a Temporal Agent must stop The Fizzle Bomber, the one criminal that has always managed to elude him, from killing 10,000 New Yorkers. Whilst on this mission, he seeks out a new recruit by the name of John Doe.

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If I Stay

(USA, drama)
Director: R.J. Cutler
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Liana Liberato
What's it about?
Following a car accident, a young woman falls into a coma and experiences an out-of-body experience, which reveals to her what her future might be like and forces her to make a gruelling decision.

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