Pick of the Litter – August 2018


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

The Meg

(Warner Brothers) Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis. A decorated diver is recruited to rescue a submersible that has been attacked by a sea creature previously thought extinct and lies disabled on the deepest part of the ocean floor. With time running out for the crew, a rescue operation is to be mounted but there’s one hitch; the diver encountered the creature once before and is terrified of it. If the crew is going to be saved he is going to have to get past his fear of the 75-foot prehistoric shark known as Megalodon. August 10

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Nico, 1988

(Magnolia) Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Sandor Funtek. Nico was a rock and roll legend and a rock and roll casualty. In 1988 she was living in Manchester, struggling with addiction and the demons brought on by fame. Dyrholm gives a searing performance as the former singer for the Velvet Underground who shunned her fame and yearned to live life on her own terms.. August 1

La Familia

(Film Movement) Giovanni Garcia, Reggie Reyes, Kirvin Barrios, Indira Jimenez. A father and son are barely squeaking by in the gang-infested barrios of Caracas. When the son gets into a scrape with ta boy he shouldn’t have, the father realizes they cannot stay and survive. The willful boy detests his father, whom he sees as a coward. A day laborer, he brings his son to work with him as he desperately tries to earn enough to get them out before they can be caught and killed, slowly showing his son what a straight life looks like. This played the Miami Film Festival earlier this year and Cinema365 reviewed it which you can read here. August 3

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

(FilmRise) Chloe Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland, Sasha Lane. The conservative guardians of a teenage girl send her to God’s Promise, a gay conversion therapy treatment center. Set in 1993, the movie is about the discovery of who you are and learning to be okay with it. This was one of the more talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. August 3

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

(Netflix) Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman. Following the end of World War II a writer comes to Guernsey Island to do a reading for their literary society. She unexpectedly bonds with the residents and determines to write a book about their experiences during the war which opens old wounds but could also bring much-needed closure. August 10

Juliet, Naked

(Roadside Attractions) Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, Chris O’Dowd, Lily Newmark. A young English woman’s boyfriend is obsessed with an obscure American rock idol who has been out of the spotlight for twenty years. A chain of unlikely events puts her in touch with the musician online and when he comes to London, the two get together and sparks fly. Who will she wind up with, the rocker or the schlubby boyfriend? August 17

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl

(GKIDS) Starring the voices of Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Kazuya Nakai. A group of teens, following a time-honored ritual of college sophomores, go out on the town to drink as much as they possibly can. Senpai, a classmate who has a crush on one of the girls, contrives to find ways to “accidentally” run into her during the night in question. This is definitely not just for kids. August 21

 

An L.A. Minute

(Strand) Kiersey Clemons, Gabriel Byrne, Bob Balaban, Ed Marinaro. One of the most successful writers in the world who’s known for producing potboilers that get made into big budget movies, is eager to try his hand at something that has more meaning. When he encounters a vibrant and innovative young actress in a small theater, he is inspired. He then watches as her star begins to eclipse his own. August 24

Active Measures

(Super LTD) Donald J. Trump, Vladimir Putin, John McCain, Hillary Clinton. This is a look at Russian meddling into the 2016 Presidential election and how it happened. The collusion between Trump and Putin didn’t start with the election, according to this documentary – and it won’t end there. A chilling entry into the most recent Hot Docs Film Festival.. August 31

Pick of the Litter

(Sundance Selects) Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman. This heartwarming documentary follows a litter of puppies selected to participate in the Guide Dog training program. The standards are high and not every puppy will make the cut, but the journey will be one that you’ll never forget. August 31

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August 2018


The Meg

AUGUST 1, 2018

A Reckoning – VOD
Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days – Limited
Nico, 1988 – Limited
No Date, No Signature – Limited
The Other Side – Starz

AUGUST 2, 2018

The Little Mermaid – Limited

AUGUST 3, 2018

The Darkest Minds
Disney’s Christopher Robin
The Spy Who Dumped Me

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie – Limited
Fanney Khan – Limited
The Forest of the Lost Souls – Limited
Gavagai – Limited
La Familia – Limited
Like Father – Netflix
Long Live Brij Mohan – Netflix
Milla – Limited
The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Limited
Mulk – Limited
Never Goin’ Back – Limited
Revengeance – Limited
Urban Country – Limited
The Wife – Limited

AUGUST 7, 2018

3 – VOD
Black Wake – Limited/VOD
Euthanizer – Limited/VOD
Jackson Bolt – VOD
The Legend of King Solomon – VOD
Paint it Red – Limited/VOD

AUGUST 9, 2018

Perdida – Netflix

AUGUST 10, 2018

BlacKkKlansman
The Meg
Slenderman
Love is Tolerance – Tolerance is Love – Expands to New York City
A Prayer Before Dawn – Limited
Along Came the Devil – Limited
BuyBust – Limited
Church & State – Limited
Dog Days – Limited
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Netflix
Hope Springs Eternal – Limited
The Island – Limited
Madeline’s Madeline – Limited
Making a Killing – Limited
The Package – Netflix
Skate Kitchen – Limited
Summer of ’84 – Limited
The Swan – Limited
Vishwaroopam 2 – Limited
We the Animals – Limited

AUGUST 11, 2018

Love at Sea – Hallmark Channel

AUGUST 12, 2018

Kill the Babysitter – Lifetime

AUGUST 13, 2018

Megalodon – VOD

AUGUST 14, 2018

Bennett’s Song – VOD
Choosing Signs – Limited/VOD
Patient Zero – Limited/VOD
Snapshots – Limited/VOD
What Still Remains – VOD

AUGUST 15, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians
Gold – Limited
Legacy – YouTube Premium
Satyameva Jayate – Limited

AUGUST 16, 2018

The Dawnseeker – Limited

AUGUST 17, 2018

Alpha
Mile 22

A Whale of a Tale – Limited
Alt-Right: Age of Rage – Limited
Blaze – Limited
Breaking and Exiting – Limited
Down a Dark Hall – Limited
Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks – Limited
Juliet, Naked – Limited
Luis & the Aliens – Limited
Memoir of War – Limited
Minding the Gap – Limited/Hulu
The Motive – Netflix
Mr. & Mrs. 420 Returns – Limited
Notes on an Appearance – Limited
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich – Limited
The Ranger – Limited
The Road to Edmond – Limited
Running for Grace – Limited
Songwriter – Limited
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Netflix

AUGUST 21, 2018

Paying the Price for Peace – VOD
Runner – VOD

AUGUST 22, 2018

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection – Limited
The Night is Short, Walk on Girl – Limited

AUGUST 24, 2018

A.X..L.
The Happytime Murders

Summer of ’84 – Expands to VOD
5 Weddings – Limited
The After Party – Netflix
An L.A. Minute – New York City
Beautifully Broken – Limited
Blue Iguana – Limited
The Bookshop – Limited
Crime + Punishment – Hulu
Dead Envy – Limited/VOD
Guru Da Banda – Limited
Hot to Trot – Limited
I Am Vengeance – Limited
Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 – Limited
Last Curtain Call – Limited
Load Wedding – Limited
Papillon – Limited
Rodin – Limited
Searching – Limited
Support the Girls – Limited
What Keeps You Alive – Limited
The Wild Boys – Limited

AUGUST 28, 2018

Brand New Old Love – Los Angeles
Public Disturbance – VOD
With a Kiss I Die – VOD

AUGUST 29, 2018

Operation Finale

AUGUST 31, 2018

Kin
The Little Stranger

Searching – Expands Wide
A Paris Education – Limited
Active Measures – Limited
Big Brother – Limited
Blood Fest – Limited
Boarding School – Limited
Chasing the Win – Los Angeles/Amazon
Cynthia – Limited/VOD
Destination Wedding – Limited
The Elephant and the Butterfly – Limited/VOD
Inventing Tomorrow – Limited
Khali the Killer – Limited
The Laws of Thermodynamics – Netflix
Let the Corpses Tan – Limited
Pick of the Litter – Limited
Prototype – Limited
Reprisal – Limited
Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se – Limited
Yo Veremos – Limited