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August comes with an abundance of new releases, including the much-anticipated Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer, Sundance Winner The Wolfpack and, closer to home, Last Cab to Darwin and Holding the Man.
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6 Aug 2015 - 3:05 PM  UPDATED 31 Aug 2015 - 4:31 PM

Out August 6

Unity

(USA, documentary)

Director: Shaun Monson
Starring: Olivia Munn, Rose Byrne, Amanda Seyfried
What's it about?
Seven years in the making, this documentary takes an in-depth look at what it truly means to be human. Director Shaun Monson collaborates with a cast of 100 celebrity narrators to present a message of love, tragedy and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th and 21st Century footage imaginable.

 

Fantastic Four

(USA, action/adventure/sci-fi)

Director: Josh Trank
Starring: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan
What's it about?
Four young outsiders teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. 

 

The Farewell Party

(Israel/Germany, comedy/drama)

Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon
Starring: Ze'ev Revach, Levana Finkelstein, Aliza Rosen 
What's it about?
A group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home decide to help their terminally ill friend. When rumours of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, and the friends are faced with a life and death dilemma.

 

Good Kill

(USA, drama/thriller)

Director: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz
What's it about?
After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised, Egan’s nerves – and his relationship with his wife – begin to unravel.

 

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'

(Japan, animation/action/adventure)

Director: Tadayoshi Yamamuro
Starring: Masako Nozawa, Ryô Horikawa, Hiromi Tsuru
What's it about?
One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.

 

Trainwreck

(USA, comedy)

Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson
What's it about?
When commiment-phobic journalist Amy starts falling for the subject of the new article she’s writing – a charming and successful sports doctor – she starts to question her deeply held belief, instilled in her by her father from a young age, that monogamy is not realistic.

Watch Marc Fennell's interview of Amy Schumer on The Feed
Watch Marc Fennell's interview with Bill Hader on The Feed
Read article: Amy Schumer and the promise of the Ladyjerk

 

Last Cab To Darwin

(Australia, comedy/drama/romance)

Director: Jeremy Sims
Starring: Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton
What's it about?
When loner Rex learns that his days are counted, he embarks on an epic drive in his taxi through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin in the Northern Territories, where voluntary euthanasia has been legalised, so that he can die on his own terms.

Watch trailer
Watch interview with director Jeremy Sims

 

Out August 13

5 Flights Up

(USA, drama)

Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon
What's it about?
A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same apartment in now-hip and expensive Brooklyn become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they start thinking about selling and moving away.

 

Survivor

(USA/UK, action/crime/thriller)

Director: James McTeigue
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Milla Jovovich
What's it about?
After being mysteriously framed for a terrorist bombing, a Foreign Service Officer must evade government capture and death by a ruthless assassin in order to stop the real perpetrators’ master – and much deadlier – plan.

 

Girlhood

(France, drama)

Director: Céline Sciamma
Starring: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh
What's it about?
Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the "boys' law" in the neighborhood, 16-year-old Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. Enthralled by their bravado and brash energy, Mariame quickly adopts their flashier look and their often reckless behaviour, making both foolish and brave choices as she struggles towards independence.

Read Céline Sciamma interview: On Girlhood, Boyhood and sending out an SOS to Rihanna

 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

(USA, action/adventure/comedy)

Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer
What's it about?
In this new take on the popular 1960s television series set at the height of the Cold War, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin are forced to put aside long-standing hostilities to team up on a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organisation, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

 

Iris

(USA, documentary/biography/history)

Director: Albert Maysles
Starring: Iris Apfel, Carl Apfel
What's it about?
In this documentary, legendary filmmaker, late Albert Maysles, follows Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old New York style icon and muse. Iris portrays a woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

 

Out August 20

Dope

(USA, comedy/crime/drama)

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Starring: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons
What's it about?
Malcolm Adekanbi is a straight-A student who is coming to terms with the fact he still might not make it into Harvard. He's picked on at school, loves hip-hop and is in band with his nerdy friends. After sneaking into a drug dealer's party that quickly crashes, he and his friends are left holding a backpack stash of drugs.

Watch trailer

 

Irrational Man

(USA, drama)

Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey
What's it about?
When a burned-out, brilliant professor takes a job at a small college, he becomes involved with a teacher as well as a precocious student. Once Abe makes a profound choice, he is able to embrace life to the fullest again. But his decision sets off a chain of events that will affect him and his two lovers forever.

Watch trailer

 

Vacation

(USA, comedy)

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo 
What's it about?
Following in the footsteps of his father Clark and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold surprises his wife, Debbie, and their two sons, with a cross-country trip back to America's favorite family fun park: Walley World, as it will be closing forever.

 

Southpaw

(USA, action/drama/sports)

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence
What's it about?
When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy "The Great" Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World, enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves.

Watch trailer
Read: Jake Gyllenhaal says 'Southpaw' character gets a beating to learn a life lesson
Read: Gyllenhaal says his priorities shifted after Heath Ledger's death
Read: 'Southpaw' is the first US film to be financed entirely by a Chinese company

 

Out August 27

StalkHer

(Australia, comedy/romance/thriller)

Director: John Jarratt, Kaarin Fairfax
Starring: John Jarratt, Kaarin Fairfax, Alan Finney
What's it about?
An obsessive prowler Jack (John Jarratt) breaks into the home of Emily (Kaarin Fairfax). Finding himself wounded then tied to a chair, Jack soon realises he underestimated his intended prey as the two engage in a gritty, night-long tête-à-tête.

Watch trailer
StalkHer: John Jarratt interview
John Jarratt takes 'StalkHer' on a karaoke promo tour

 

Hitman: Agent 47

(USA/Germany, action/crime/thriller)

Director: Aleksander Bach
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Rupert Friend, Ciarán Hinds
What's it about?
An assassin, who was genetically engineered to be the perfect killing machine, teams up with a young woman who might hold the key to overpowering his latest target: a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47's past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own.

 

She's Funny That Way

(USA, comedy)

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
What's it about?
When established director Arnold Albertson casts his call girl-turned-actress Isabella "Izzy" Patterson in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert, a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists. Meanwhile, Izzy's therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold's playwright Joshua Fleet, is also developing a crush on Izzy.

 

Holding The Man

(Australia, biography/drama)

Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Ryan Corr
What's it about?
Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance endured for 15 years to laugh in the face of everything life threw at it - the separations, the discrimination, the temptations, the jealousies and the losses - until the only problem that love can't solve, tried to destroy them.

Watch trailer
Read our interview with director Neil Armfield

 

The Wolfpack

(USA, documentary/biography/drama)

Director: Crystal Moselle
Starring: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo
What's it about?
Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, 'The Wolfpack,' the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

 

Ricki And The Flash

(USA, comedy/drama/music)

Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline
What's it about?
Meryl Streep stars in this new movie by Diablo Cody (Juno), as Ricki, a musician who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom returns home, looking to make things right with her family.

Watch trailer
Mamie Gummer on making 'Ricki and the Flash' with mother Meryl Streep
Casting Aspersions: Streep to rock out with Ricki

 

We Are Your Friends

(USA, drama/music/romance)

Director: Max Joseph
Starring: Vanessa Lengies, Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski
What's it about?
Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year old DJ Cole spends his days thinking with his childhood friends of ways to become rich and famous. His life changes when a charismatic but damaged older DJ takes him under his wing. But things get complicated when Cole falls for the DJ's much younger girlfriend and he finds himself having to chose between love, loyalty and the future he is destined for.

 

The Gift

(Australia/USA, mystery/thriller)

Director: Joel Edgerton
Starring: Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall
What's it about?
A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin after a chance encounter with an acquaintance from the husband's past. The seemingly bland man keeps coming their house uninvited, bringing mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Watch trailer & Read 4½-star review
Read: How 'The Gift' used bloggers' personal histories and Periscope to go viral
Read: 'Control freak' Joel Edgerton talks writing/directing/acting in 'The Gift'