There are plenty of reasons to go to the cinema this month: from fascinating biographies of great painters and travellers, to soul-stirring love stories that'll stay on your mind long after the credits roll. Happy watching! 

England Is Mine 

A nostalgic throwback to Seventies’ Manchester, focusing on the early life of Steven Patrick Morrissey before he went on to become the lead singer of the groundbreaking band The Smiths.

Mimicking the mood of its subject matter, the film is half-glum, half-hilarious, packed with sardonic humour and the restlessness that comes with pursuing a career as an artist. A treat for any music fan.

Out on August 4 

 

Maudie 

If there’s one film this year that’ll make you want to be a better person through its sheer wholesomeness, Maudie is it. Set against the stern but gorgeous Nova Scotian landscape, the film revolves around Maud—a gentle soul with a passion for painting, who suffers from a debilitating illness. Eager to break free from her controlling aunt, she applies for a job as a maid to a gruff, antisocial fish peddler.

The boss-employee relationship—which starts as a volatile dynamic crippled by insecurity—blossoms into a loving, nurturing union. Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke portray this couple caught in an avalanche of emotion, both good and bad, with enormous empathy—always resurfacing with undeterred spirit.     

Out on August 4 

 

A Ghost Story 

It begins the way it usually does: there’s a boy and a girl, they’re in love, there’s some conflict—and then one of them dies. What follows is a profound meditation on grief, life and time.

Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star in this incredibly original, ineffably moving ghost story whose ethereal nature is akin to a free-verse poem. You’ll think you know where it’s going but—trust us—you have no idea.

Out on August 11

 

The Dark Tower

After years of anticipation and numerous production delays, the high-scale adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic Dark Tower book series is finally here. Idris Elba stars as Roland Deschain, a gunslinger on a mission to protect the mythical structure of The Dark Tower.

Matthew McConaughey is his nemesis, Walter Padick—or the menacing “Man in Black”. The film engulfs you in a fantastical, head-spinning multiverse filled with creatures and characters from King’s many beloved works.

Out on August 18

 

Final Portrait 

Sit for a portrait, they said. It’ll only take a couple of days, they said.

Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer star in this fun, offbeat story of the Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. In 1960s Paris, Giacometti (Rush) bumps into his old friend, critic James Lord (Hammer) and spontaneously invites him to sit for a portrait.

Flattered, Lord accepts the offer, but as the hours turn into days and days—to weeks, he begins to question the master’s process and intentions. Visually, it’s a treat for any art enthusiast and Geoffrey Rush yelling profanities at his canvas is the cherry on top. 

Out on August 18

 

The Hitman's Bodyguard 

Ryan Reynolds is the world’s top bodyguard tasked with protecting Samuel L Jackson’s notorious hitman on his way from England to the International Court of Justice. Oh, and they just happen to be mortal enemies.

A hilarious nod to the Whitney Houston classic—full of explosions, gunshots and high-speed car chases, along with small but feisty performances from Gary Oldman and Salma Hayek.

Out on August 18

 

The Odyssey 

This visually stunning and dramatically ripe drama tells the story of Jacques Yves Cousteau, the great French ocean-going adventurer, biologist, and filmmaker. There are two elements that make it an incredibly enjoyable film: the performances and the subject matter. The former is delivered by a magnificent cast, including Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou, who leave no stone unturned when it comes to their characters’ emotional complexity and depth.

The latter, which is the life of Cousteau himself, turns out to be perfect movie material: there are numerous layers and points of view weaved into this grand narrative and they’re all handled with equal sensitivity and deftness. If there’s one foreign-language film you're going to watch this month—make it The Odyssey

Out on August 18

 

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