The month of August may mark the tail-end of the summer blockbuster season, but that doesn’t mean the cinemas will be short of great movies to watch. From one of the most anticipated superhero flicks of the year, to a showdown between two Japanese horror icons, as well as a Malaysian film about one of our most decorated war heroes, there’s no shortage of interesting movies coming up.
Suicide Squad (Aug 4)
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis
Synopsis: A special task force of the most dangerous people on the planet – including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Enchantress, and, er, Captain Boomerang – is put together. Chaos ensues. Hey, they’re bad guys, it’s what they do.
Why you should see it: Superhero movies are a dime a dozen these days, so having a team of supervillains as the “heroes” of Suicide Squad does make this one stand out quite a bit. Never mind that they’re probably the worst heroes ever. If you’re still not convinced by that awesome trailer, well, THERE’S BATMAN.
Line Walker (Aug 11)
Cast: Louis Koo, Charmain Sheh, Nick Cheung, Francis Ng
Synopsis: Based on the hit 2014 Hong Kong TVB drama of the same name, with Charmaine Sheh reprising her role as Ding, an undercover cop whose main task is to recover undercover agents in the criminal world who have gone missing.
Why you should see it: If you’re a fan of the original series, then you can expect the intrigue and action to be dialled up a lot more for this feature film. Plus it’s always entertaining to see Koo and Cheung as triad members.
Sadako Vs Kayako (Aug 18)
Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Masanobu Ando, Masahiro Komoto, Aimi Satsukawa, Mai Kikuchi
Synopsis: A medium plots to pit two terrifying ghosts – Sadako (of The Ring) and Kayako (The Grudge) – against each another to end the curses once and for all by luring them to the same location.
Why you should see it: The latest in the grand tradition of pitting one iconic movie character against another (such as Freddy Vs Jason, Alien Vs Predator, King Kong Vs Godzilla, and er, Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus), this Japanese flick should be a real treat for fans of both franchises. Whether having both ghosts in the same movie equals double the scares is another matter.
The BFG (Aug 18)
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall
Synopsis: Sorry, Doom fans, BFG doesn’t mean Big Freaking Gun. It stands for the Big Friendly Giant that young orphan Sophie befriends in this movie based on the classic Roald Dahl book of the same name.
Why you should see it: The BFG is one of Dahl’s most magical books, and judging by the trailer, the film version looks just as magical and wondrous. Well, it is directed by Steven Spielberg after all.
Green Room (Aug 25)
Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Patrick Stewart
Synopsis: A struggling punk-rock band gets an unexpected show booking at an isolated, run-down club in the backwoods of Oregon which harbours a deadly secret. Their gig soon escalates into a battle for survival against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker.
Why you should see it: This may be Anton Yeltchin’s final film, but it’s the presence of another Star Trek alumnus that has us intrigued – Patrick Stewart, who plays the “depraved owner” mentioned in the synopsis. Have you ever wanted to see Captain Picard as a villain? Well, go watch this. Make it so.
Mechanic: Resurrection (Aug 25)
Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh
Synopsis: Former assassin Arthur Bishop a.k.a. the Mechanic is forced to return to the murderous life he left behind, and eliminate three impossible targets comprising some of the most dangerous men in the world.
Why you should see it: Jason Statham has a knack for making mindless action movies that you have fun watching anf forget right afterwards. This should be no different – that opening stunt in the trailer featuring that suspended pool was good enough to hook us. And hey, our very own Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh is in it too!
Kanang Anak Langkau: The Iban Warrior (Aug 25)
Cast: Langgi Kanang, Adi Putra, Johan Asari
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Datuk Temenggong Kanang Langkau, an Iban warrior and the nation’s most decorated war hero, who fought bravely during the communist insurgency.
Why you should see it: Other than the fact that this is a movie about one of Malaysia’s greatest heroes, what caught our eye about this film as well is that he is played by his own son, Langgi Kanang; as well as the fact that it is directed by Bade Hj Azmi (KL Menjerit, Castello). Could be the Malaysian war epic we’ve all been waiting for?
Kubo And the Two Strings (Aug 25)
Voice cast: Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro
Synopsis: Kubo is a young boy with some remarkable magical abilities. But when an ancient spirit reignites an age-old vendetta and wrecks his idyllic life, he has to find a magical suit of armour which once belonged to his late father, a legendary samurai warrior.
Why you should see it: Produced by stop-motion animation wizards Laika (Coraline, The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman), the movie looks absolutely gorgeous, and the story sounds great. But what really caught our attention was the hauntingly beautiful use of The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps in the trailer. Now THAT’S epic.