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With a dry July it's up to August to cap off this summer in a big way. Sure 2015 and 2016 are the real years to spend some cash at that theater but in case you'd like to escape the heat at all in the coming weeks you'll probably be seeing one of the following films. If I didn't mention the movie you're looking forward to this month feel free to leave it in the comments.
Guardians of the Galaxy-August 1st:
Quite possibly the biggest release this year and the only Marvel movie of the summer. Guardians is different than your usual Marvel comic film now that we're moving off of the Avengers formula and moving into the deeper, and stranger, Marvel universe. Among fans Guardians of the Galaxy aren't exactly your 'go-to' franchise for a big feature film especially since their tone doesn't match up with what Marvel has already been producing. Change, however, may be a breeze of fresh air into that movie studio that keeps them from taking those billion dollar box office totals for granted.
James Gunn (Super, Slither) is directing and previews give off a goofy and different feel than any other comic book film, and the cast somewhat backs that up. If Guardians flounders it won't be a big blow to Marvel's movie plans but those other one off films setting up the larger universe, Dr. Strange and Ant-Man chief among them, may have to be handled with kid gloves. Do comic book movie fans want more strange comic book movies? Or do they only want more Iron Man and Thor?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-August 8th:
Michael Bay is here to ruin your life! Well not really. The Turtles have been on the big screen before and with great success ($200+ profit) but it really seemed like a franchise rooted in the 80s and 90s. However Michael Bay, who is producing, tapped Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles, Wrath of the Titans) to direct this giant question mark of a movie. Even as a fan of the original films, not that terrible third one, I may have little hope in this movie but I also don't mind that it exists. The Turtles have a new TV show on, a new movie coming out, and suddenly their comics are back on shelves. Just be glad we can once again debate openly about our favorite turtle and enjoy it while it lasts.
Let's Be Cops-August 13th:
I hadn't heard of this film until a full length trailer, no TV edited down version, was aired during wrestling recently. Luke Greenfield isn't an acclaimed comedy writer and Damon Waynes Jr. and Jake Johnson also aren't exactly hard to get actors. The premise is pretty simple, Johnson plays a stuck in life loser who dresses up as a cop with his best friend for Halloween. Their costumes are very convincing and soon they're having the time of their lives. The next night they do it again each time uping their costume and sliding deeper into their fantasy.
The trailer reveals little plot besides the titular phrase "let's be cops!" but with a raunchy comedy you really don't need much. The main plot essentially writes itself but it's all the in between stuff, also called jokes, will be the glue of this movie. Also Johnson's character, according to Wikipedia, is named Ryan Davis. So hopefully this is up to his standard.
The Expendables 3-August 15th:
Continuing the grand tradition of hiring every old 80s/90s action star and current wanna-be action stars, Expendables 3 should have been the last big action hit of the summer. Then it leaked. Not a slight drip that echoes down the hallway and keeps you up at night. The film is already reported across several torrent sites and it's gone beyond the talk of seedy forums and onto movie sites like Deadline and AV Club, essentially guaranteeing even more illegal viewers. This leak only makes the life of this film even tougher since the third film of most franchises aren't usually known for quality or their box office gains. Expendables 2 was generally regarded as a downgrade and no one would be surprised if this one followed in those footsteps. But when your specialty is explosions and mayhem it's hard to go wrong.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For- August 22nd:
The original Sin City came out in 2005, nearly a decade ago in a world devoid of Giant Bomb. It introduced audiences to a deeper and more stylized comic book film. Only in black, white, and red this sequel seeks to follow up on the original and still has the stamp of approval from Frank Miller, the comic's creator. A lot of the cast return including Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Michael Madsen and Robert Rodriguez, with help from Miller, will be directing once again. This looks like a return to form for an almost forgotten franchise and hopefully this will anchor this summer off nicely.