While the summer film season is starting to wrap up, there are still a few more films worth checking out. This weekend features a range of films from biographical dramas to superhero action films. Take a look at seven films opening August 16 that we think you should check out.
The sequel to the “Kick-Ass,” the film based off the comic book of the same name opens this weekend. Director of the first film, Matthew Vaughn takes on a producer role this time around while Jeff Wadlow (“Never Back Down”) takes the reins of this sequel superhero action comedy film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprises his role as David Lizewski /Kick-Ass, along with Chloe Grace Moretz (“Movie 43”) as Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad”) as Chris D’Amico / The Mother F---er. Jim Carrey (“Bruce Almighty”) also joins the superhero film as Sal Bertolinni / Colonel Stars and Stripes.
“Kick-Ass 2” follows Kick-Ass who continues to fight crime, with normal citizens who don costumes as well. Meanwhile The MotherF----r previously known as the Red Mist, is plotting his revenge on Kick-Ass for killing his father.
“Kick-Ass 2” opens this weekend and is Rated R.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
This American historical drama film directed by Lee Daniels (“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”) is based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen a man who worked for the White House for 34 years until he retired as head butler in 1986. Forest Whitaker (“The Green Mile”) plays Cecil Gaines, a White House Butler who witnesses historical events of the 20th century through eight presidential terms.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is rated PG-13.
“Paranoia” is a thriller film directed by Robert Luketic (“21”) that follows Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth), a low level worker who makes a mistake that almost costs him his job. CEO Nicolas Wyatt’s (Gary Oldman) is willing to overlook his mistake if he spies on Wyatt’s old mentor, Jock Goddard (“Harrison Ford”) at a rival company.
“Paranoia” is rated PG-13.
This biographical film drama film is based on the life of Steve Jobs, the late CEO of Apple Inc., from 1971 to the introduction of the iPod in 2001. Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) directs “Jobs” with Ashton Kutcher (“Dude Where’s My Car”) as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad (“21”) as Steve Wozniak. The film has been met with mixed reviews.
“Jobs” is rated PG-13.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
David Lowery directs this independent drama film that follows an outlaw Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) that breaks out of prison to reunite with his wife Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) and daughter he has never met. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” originally premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2013, and was acquired by IFC Films for limited distribution in the US.
“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” opens this weekend in limited release.
This romantic comedy film directed by Jerusha Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”) follows Jane Hayes (“Keri Russell”), a woman obsessed with the BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice, so much so that she travels to a Jane Austen theme park to search for the perfect man. This romantic comedy has been met by mixed reviews.
“Austenland” opens in select theaters this weekend and is rated PG-13.
Cutie and the Boxer
This documentary follows the New York love story between famous boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko. Ushio gained a notable following for his boxing paintings, where he dips boxing gloves in paint and pounds canvas with the gloves. The film explores Noriko’s struggle to develop her own identity outside of just being her husband’s assistant. Zachary Heinzerling directs this film.
“Cutie and the Boxer” opens this weekend in select theaters and is rated R.
What film are you looking forward to this weekend? Let us know in the comments.