The hits just keep coming in the summer of 2015. With a bevy of incredible movies behind us, it’s time to look ahead to what’s going to get people out of their air-conditioned homes and off to the theater.
Thanks to hits like “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Ant-Man,” the public is primed and ready for some good action movies -- and the month of August won’t disappoint. Titles like “The Fantastic Four” and “Hitman: Agent 47” are vying for audience attention in their first month out of the gate. Meanwhile, as we slowly begin to enter the fall season, August will see some pretty spooky thrillers drop just in time for a possible on-demand release when Halloween rolls around. Scare fans can get excited for the release of movies like “The Gift” and “Sinister 2.”
To help make sure you don’t miss a single trip to the movies, below is a list of the 14 movies hitting theaters nationwide this August:
“Shaun The Sheep Movie,” Aug. 5
When Shaun thinks it’s OK to take just one day off, a series of misunderstandings lead him and his flock to the big city. Once there, it’s up to Shaun to get the flock home safely. This is the second movie based on the popular animated BBC series. The first debuted in 2007.
“The Gift,” Aug. 7
Jason Bateman steps outside the comedy genre in this intense psychological thriller about a young married man trying to outrun the sins of his past and protect his new life from a terrifying figure.
“Fantastic Four,” Aug. 7
Marvel’s first family is back on the big screen once again in this refreshing reboot. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell star as the title heroes as they attempt to crack the mysteries of teleportation. Unfortunately, things go awry, and they are with strange and impossible superpowers. It’s up to them to master these powers and become one of the most iconic comic book teams of all time.
“Ricki and the Flash,” Aug. 7
What happens when a rock-and-roll star crosses the age threshold and evaluates her life? Apparently she does a victory lap of her hometown in the hopes of making amends with the family and friends she left behind. Meryl Streep stars in this heartfelt comedy about second chances.
“Underdogs,” Aug. 14
Who doesn’t love a good game of foosball? In this wacky animated adventure, a young man named Amadeo (David Masajnik) discovers that his table-top game’s players have come to life. Together, he’ll challenge one of the greatest soccer players -- and biggest jerks -- in the world to a grudge match for fame and the girl.
“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” Aug. 14
Based on the popular 1960s television series, Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star in this spy action comedy about two spies on opposite ends of the U.S. and Russia tensions of the decade, who are forced into service with each other to stop an even bigger threat.
“Return to Sender,” Aug. 14
Rosamund Pike stars in this thriller about the horrors of going on a blind date and discovering that the person isn’t quite who he says he is.
"Straight Outta Compton," Aug. 14
Based on the lives of the iconic real-life hip hop group NWA, the film covers the true story of how a group of young kids from the streets of Compton, California, rose to fame in the mid-80s and revolutionized the music industry just by being themselves.
“Max Steel,” Aug. 18
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When a teenage boy and his alien companion discover a way to harness and combine their newly discovered super powers, they do so in order to become the world’s newest superhero, Max Steel.
“Hitman: Agent 47,” Aug. 21
Based on the very popular video game series “Hitman,” this is the second attempt to bring the title assassin character to the big screen. Rupert Friend stars as the title character, a scientifically enhanced killer. Joining him are co-stars Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware.
“American Ultra,” Aug. 21
“Adventureland” stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart reunite in this action and comedy adventure, in which a stoner discovers that he’s a highly trained government agent that’s been deactivated for quite some time. Armed with a unique set of skills he didn’t even know he had, the two embark on a journey fraught with bullets, bad guys and explosions.
“Sinister 2,” Aug. 21
A follow up to the terrifying 2012 film, “Sinister 2” follows a young mother and her twin boys. They move into a new home that’s been cursed by the same evil that showed up in the previous film.
“We Are Your Friends,” Aug. 28
Heartthrob Zac Efron plays an aspiring DJ trying desperately to break into the electronic music scene.
“Regression,” Aug. 21
Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke star in this thriller about a father accused of a crime he has no memory of committing.