The Reel World

By Michael Benninger

Shaun the Sheep Movie
Small sheep. Big movie.
Action | Adventure
Starring: Omid Djalili, Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes

In Theatres: August 5

When a sheep and his flock wind up in the Big City, they must impersonate humans to evade capture as they attempt to rescue their amnesic farmer and find their way home.

Fantastic Four
Change is coming.
Action | Fantasy
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara

In Theatres: August 7

A courageous quartet of earthlings who acquire incredible abilities after teleporting to an alternate universe must come to grips with their newfound powers and save the world upon their return home.

The Gift
Not every gift is welcome.
Mystery | Thriller
Starring: Jason Bateman, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Hall

In Theatres: August 7

After a happily married couple encounters an old acquaintance, ominous gifts that appear on their doorstep reveal a disturbing secret that shatters their marriage and threatens their lives.

Ricki and the Flash
Get ready for Ricki.
Comedy | Drama
Starring: Meryl Streep, Sebastian Stan, Kevin Kline

In Theatres: August 7

Decades after deserting her family to pursue a life of rock-and-roll reverie, an aging strumstress has a chance to redeem herself by helping her ex get their divorced daughter’s life back on track.

Have a ball.
Action | Adventure | Animation
Starring: Matthew Morrison, Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult

In Theatres: August 14

Years after a foosball phenom bests the town bully, the latter returns as the world’s greatest soccer player and demands a rematch on a full-size field where the miniature men from the table-top game play as the protagonists’ teammates.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Saving the world never goes out of style.
Action | Adventure
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander

In Theatres: August 14

CIA and KGB agents in 1963 team up to take down a contemptible cartel threatening to use nukes to disrupt the capricious relations between the world’s two superpowers.

Straight Outta Compton
The world’s most dangerous group.
Biography | Drama | Music
Starring: Paul Giamatti, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge

In Theatres: August 14

When young men from L.A. County’s roughest neighborhood unite to drop beats and spit rhymes about struggles on the streets, they end up changing the world by giving birth to a new genre of music.

Get stupid rich.
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson

In Theatres: August 19

Coerced by a coquettish coworker, an asinine armored-car driver steals $17 million, and then gives the dough to deceitful dicks who end up framing him.

Hitman: Agent 47
Your number is up.
Action | Thriller
Starring: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware

In Theatres: August 21

The world’s deadliest assassin tries to topple a multinational corporation that aims to exploit his genetics to create an unstoppable army of engineered executioners.

American Ultra
The hit is on.
Action | Comedy
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Topher Grace

In Theatres: August 21

When a stoner finds out that he’s not only high, but also a highly trained sleepercell agent with a bull’s eye on his back, he sets down his bong to combat the henchmen trying to harsh his mellow.

Sinister 2
Be careful. Children at play.
Starring: Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone

In Theatres: August 21

After a woman and her twin sons move into a house that’s more than haunted, the demon dwelling inside demands that one of the brothers slaughter his brother and mother while capturing the murders on film.

We Are Your Friends
The world is yours.
Starring: Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski, Wes Bentley

In Theatres: August 28

A fledgling DJ finds a mentor in an older scratch addict, but when the up-and-comer gets too close to his guru’s girl, the master-apprentice dynamic dissolves, leading to tough choices for the aspiring EDM mogul.

Fear always finds its victim.
Starring: Emma
Watson, Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis

In Theatres: August 28

A father admits to the abuse of his young daughter - despite having no memory it - as an intrigued investigator and a skilled psychologist try to get to the bottom of the confounding case.