Fantastic August Movies To Go See!

the-helpThe Help

Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, ‘The Help‘ stars Emma Stone (‘Easy A‘) as Skeeter, Academy Award-nominated Viola Davis (‘Doubt‘) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny–three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed–even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.

Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, ‘The Help’ is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.

Genre(s): Drama
Theatrical Release Date: 08/10/2011
Distributor(s): DreamWorks
Director(s): Tate Taylor
To read more or watch the trailer, click here.

30-minutes-or-less30 Minutes or Less

In the action-comedy ‘30 Minutes or Less,’ Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose mundane life collides with the big plans of two wanna-be criminal masterminds (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson). The volatile duo kidnaps Nick and forces him to rob a bank. With mere hours to pull off the impossible task, Nick enlists the help of his ex-best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari). As the clock ticks, the two must deal with the police, hired assassins, flamethrowers, and their own tumultuous relationship.

Genre(s): Comedy, Action
Run Time: 83min.
Theatrical Release Date:
Distributor(s): Sony
Director(s): Ruben Fleischer
To read more or watch the trailer, click here.

one-dayOne Day

After one day together — July 15th, 1988, their college graduation — Emma Morley (Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway) and Dexter Mayhew (Jim Sturgess of ‘Across the Universe‘) begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition who dreams of making the world a better place. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dex and Em through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself.

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Theatrical Release Date: 08/19/2011
Distributor(s): Focus Features
Director(s): Lone Scherfig
To read more or watch the trailer, click here.

the-family-treeThe Family Tree

Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family — Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17-year-olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Britt Robertson) — seems like a lost cause. When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment. Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family!

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Run Time: 95min.
Theatrical Release Date: 08/26/2011
Distributor(s): Entertainment One
Director(s): Vivi Friedman
To read more or watch the trailer, click here.

our-idiot-brotherOur Idiot Brother

Every family has one: the sibling who is always just a little bit behind the curve when it comes to getting his life together. For sisters Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), that person is their perennially upbeat brother Ned (Paul Rudd), an erstwhile organic farmer whose willingness to rely on the honesty of mankind is a less-than-optimum strategy for a tidy, trouble-free existence. Ned may be utterly lacking in common sense, but he is their brother and so, after his girlfriend dumps him and boots him off the farm, his sisters once again come to his rescue. As Liz, Miranda and Natalie each take a turn at housing Ned, their brother’s unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes in their comfortable routines. But as each of their lives begins to unravel, Ned’s family comes to realize that maybe, in believing and trusting the people around him; Ned isn’t such an idiot after all.

Genre(s): Comedy
Run Time: 95min.
Theatrical Release Date: 08/26/2011
Distributor(s): The Weinstein Co.
Director(s): Jesse Peretz
To read more or watch the trailer, click here.

the-debtThe Debt

The espionage thriller begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) and Stefan (two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson) about their former colleague David (Ciaran Hinds of Focus’ ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day‘). All three have been venerated for decades by their country because of the mission that they undertook back in 1966, when the trio (portrayed, respectively, by Jessica Chastain [soon to be seen in 'The Tree of Life'], Marton Csokas [Universal's upcoming 'Dream House'], and Sam Worthington ['Avatar,' 'Clash of the Titans']) tracked down Nazi war criminal Vogel (Jesper Christensen of ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace‘) in East Berlin. At great risk, and at considerable personal cost, the team’s mission was accomplished — or was it? The suspense builds in and across two different time periods, with startling action and surprising revelations.

MPAA Rating: R for some violence and language.
Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
Run Time: 104min.
Theatrical Release Date: 08/31/2011
Distributor(s): Focus Features
Director(s): John Madden
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