Hot Summer August: This month’s most-anticipated movies

Shark night Still as terrifying, rousing and magnificently crafted as the day it opened, Steven Spielberg's 1975 proto-blockbuster Jaws has already.


Shark night

Still as terrifying, rousing and magnificently crafted as the day it opened, Steven Spielberg‘s 1975 proto-blockbuster Jaws has already had a few local screenings to mark its 40th anniversary this summer. But the one on August 10 is extra special because it’s this month’s NOW Free Flick at the Royal. (The first 100 guests get a free popcorn and soda!) And there’s nothing like seeing Jaws with a crowd. August 10

World’s end

Yeah, post-apocalyptic stuff is kind of worn out at this point, but you’ll be happy to know that Z For Zachariah, an adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien‘s 1974 novel, finds a new wrinkle on the genre. It’s set in a future world where only the pretty people have survived. Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine play characters hoping to strike a delicate balance of power in a hostile landscape, but the wild card here is director Craig Zobel, whose knockout 2012 feature, Compliance, automatically makes this a much more interesting proposition. Opens August 28

Hot sheep

Shaun The Sheep Movie, a feature-length expansion of Aardman Animations’ charming stop-motion TV show, is exactly the sort of unexpected delight we need at this point in the summer. Kids will love the goofy antics of Shaun and his posse as they wander London in disguise, and grown-ups will appreciate the subplot nicked from Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop and the way Aardman handles the inevitable reference to The Silence Of The Lambs. Opens August 5

American women

As summer winds down and people start looking for an alternative to superhero movies, Noah Baumbach‘s Mistress America offers the story of a young woman (Mozart In The Jungle’s Lola Kirke) swept up in the whirlwind that is her older stepsister-to-be (Greta Gerwig). If Baumbach’s last picture, While We’re Young, was a fusion of his earlier comedies with more caustic works like The Squid And The Whale and Greenberg, this one’s a callback to the slow-burn character-driven farce of his almost forgotten Mr. Jealousy. That’s a good thing. Opens August 21

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