Pick of the Litter – August 2019


BLOCKBUSTER OF THE MONTH

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw

(Universal) Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby. The first spin off movie from the Fast and Furious franchise gives us Agent Luke Hobbs and former outlaw Deckard Shaw forced to work together to save the world (and Shaw’s sister) from a genetically enhanced madman who is intent on releasing a biological weapon that will decimate the world’s population – and that Shaw’s sister stole from him. August 2

INDEPENDENT PICKS

Love, Antosha

(mTuckman) Anton Yelchin, Chris Pine, Jodie Foster, Nicolas Cage. The heartbreaking and yet still inspiring story of the late actor Anton Yelchin whose death in a freak accident at age 27 robbed the world of a consummate artist whose best work was ahead of him. August 2

Ladyworld

(Cleopatra) Ariela Barer, Annalise Basso, Ryan Simpkins, Odessa Adlon, Eight girls are trapped in a house during a birthday party by a massive earthquake that may or may not have happened. As the never-ending party continues, the girls begin to face the music in that food and water is becoming short and a kind of Lord of the Flies mentality begins to kick in. The film is touted as a new look at feminine stereotypes by visionary director Amanda Kramer. August 2

Luce

(Neon) Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Tim Roth. A married couple couldn’t be prouder of their son, adopted from a war-torn African nation. He has risen above his past to become a model student, a fine athlete and someone much admired in the community. When a devoted teacher suddenly rings alarm bells after he writes a paper advocating violence, the parents are forced to reconsider their image of their son. August 2

Brian Banks

(Bleecker Street) Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd. The incredible but true story of a 16-year-old high school football player, considered a can’t-miss prospect for the NFL, who is incarcerated for 11 years for a crime he didn’t commit. He struggles to prove his innocence and get a chance to get the life he should have had back. August 9

The Banana Splits Movie

(SyFy) Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Romeo Carere, Steve Lund. What better birthday present could there be for a young boy in the 1970s than tickets to a taping of the beloved children’s show, The Banana Splits? However, things take a much darker turn in this much-anticipated horror comedy. What hath Sid and Marty Kroft wrought? August 13

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles

(GKIDS) Starring the voices of Jorge Usón, Fernando Ramos, Luis Enrique de Tomás, Cyril Corral. Budding filmmaker and staunch surrealist Luis Buñuel is certain that he will never make an impact on his art or the world until a friend with a winning lottery ticket allows him to make a documentary that will forever change the way he sees the world. This is based on a true story and features actual footage from the original documentary woven in with the animation. August 16

Mission Mangal

(FIP) Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha. The incredible true story of the scientists and engineers of the Indian Space Research Organization who in overcoming personal adversity and a history of failures were able to successfully launch India’s first probe to Mars – the least expensive mission to ever go there  August 15

The Amazing Jonathan Documentary

(Hulu) The Amazing Jonathan, Weird Al Yankovic, Anastasia Synn, Benjamin Berman. Popular comedian and magician The Amazing Jonathan found his life derailed when he was diagnosed with a terminal heart condition that gave him a year to live. First-time documentary filmmaker Berman initially was set to document the last year of his life – only to discover that reality and illusion were beginning to blur. August 16

Aquarela

(Sony Classics) Viktor Kossakovsky. A globe-hopping, mesmerizing documentary examines the effects of water on our world and the effects of climate change on all things aquatic. Using stunning visuals to immerse the viewer in a world of water, ice and steam, the movie will also be released in high frame-rate versions in selected cities. August 16

Brittany Runs a Marathon

(Amazon) Jillian Bell, Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh, Lil Rel Howley. A New Yorker, tired of being ignored and overweight, decides to take charge of her life in this life-affirming comedy. She decides that her goal is to run the New York City Marathon and while some scoff, she will not be deterred. August 23

Freaks

(Well Go USA) Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Lexy Kolker, Amanda Crew. An overprotective dad keeps his young daughter confined to the house. As she grows up, she begins to suspect her dad may be paranoid and delusional, and she is eager to solve the mystery of her mom who disappeared when she was very young. It turns out that her dad had reason to be overprotective. August 23

Official Secrets

(IFC) Kiera Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode. This is based on the true story of British whistleblower Katherine Gun, who was tried for violations of the Official Secrets Act for leaking information to the press about an illegal NSA operation that was designed to convince the UN Security Council to support the 2003 invasion of Iraq despite there being no real evidence to justify it. August 23

Vita & Virginia

(IFC) Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones. This is based on the actual love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West; whose forbidden romance inspired the novel Orlando. August 30

August 2019


Hobbs and Shaw

AUGUST 2, 2019

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw
15 Minutes of War – Limited
A Score to Settle – Limited
Coyote Lake – Limited
Daughter of the Wolf – Limited
The Flower – Limited
Is That You? – Limited
Khandaani Shafakhana – Limited
Kings of Beer – Limited
Ladyworld – Limited
Leo DaVinci: Mission Mona Lisa – Limited
Love, Antosha – Limited
Madness in the Method – Limited
The Nightingale – Limited
The Operative – Limited
Otherhood – Netflix
Piranhas – Limited
States – Limited
Teacher – Los Angeles
Them That Follow – Limited
Union – Limited

AUGUST 3, 2019

Expo – Limited/VOD

AUGUST 5, 2019

Enter the Anime – Netflix

AUGUST 6, 2019

The Buskers and Lou – VOD
Crazy Birds – VOD
Meet the Space Guardians – VOD
Perception – VOD
Xenophobia – VOD

AUGUST 8, 2019

Nerkonda Paarvai – Limited
Pentagram – VOD

AUGUST 9, 2019

The Art of Racing in the Rain
Brian Banks
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
The Kitchen
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

After the Wedding – Limited
The Circus: Down the Road – Limited
Dying to Survive – Limited
ECCO – Limited
Every Time I Die – Limited
Gwen – Limited
Jabariya Jodi – Limited
One Child Nation – Limited
The Peanut Butter Falcon – Limited
Rapid Eye Movement – Limited
Singham – Limited
Socrates – Limited

AUGUST 10, 2019

Manson: The Women – Oxygen
My Senior Year – VOD

AUGUST 12, 2019

The Purification – YouTube Premium

AUGUST 13, 2019

The Banana Splits Movie – SyFy
The Mummy Rebirth – VOD
ZZ Top: That Lil’ Ol’ Band from Texas – Los Angeles

AUGUST 14, 2019

The Angry Birds Movie 2
Adam – Limited
Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America – HBO
Los Reyes – Limited

AUGUST 15, 2019

Batla House – Limited
Mission Mangal – Limited
Saaho – Limited
Scared of Revolution – Limited
Such a Funny Life – Limited

AUGUST 16, 2019

47 Meters Down: Uncaged
Blinded By the Light
Good Boys
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Already Gone – Limited
The Amazing Jonathan – Hulu
Aquarela – Limited
Boss Level – Limited
Bunuel in the Labyrinth of Turtles – Limited
Cold Case Hammarskjold – Limited
The Divine Fury – Limited
Driven – Limited
End of the Century – Limited
The Fanatic – Limited
Kingdom – Limited
Line Walker 2: Invisible Spy – Limited
One Last Night – Limited
Sextuplets – Netflix
Wake Up – Limited
What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire? – Limited

AUGUST 17, 2019

JoJo’s Follow Your D.R.E.A.M. – Nickelodeon
Zombie Tidal Wave – SyFy

AUGUST 19, 2019

Nektrotronic – Limited/VOD

AUGUST 20, 2019

One Last Night – Expands to VOD
Apocalypse Earth 2036 – Limited
Bee Geniuses: The Life of Bees – VOD
Hoax – VOD
Seaside – VOD
Tomorrow, Maybe? – VOD/Limited

AUGUST 21, 2019

Ready or Not
American Factory – Netflix
Tigers are Not Afraid – Shudder

AUGUST 23, 2019

Angel Has Fallen
Overcomer

Becoming Burlesque – Limited
Brittany Runs a Marathon – Limited
Burn – Limited
The Demons – Limited
Friedkin Uncut – Limited
Genese – Limited
Give Me Liberty – Limited
Hot Air – Limited
Intern-in-Chief – YouTube Premium
Jacob’s Ladder – Limited
Jawline – Hulu
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool – Limited
Naukar Vahuti Da – Limited
Official Secrets – Limited
Parallel Chords – Limited
This is Not Berlin – Limited
Tone-Deaf – Limited

AUGUST 27, 2019

Stuck – VOD

AUGUST 28, 2019

The Miracle of the Little Prince – Limited
The Traitor – Limited
Travis Scott: Look Mom, I Can Fly – Netflix

AUGUST 29, 2019

Falling Inn Love – Netflix
Ne Zha – Limited IMAX 3D

AUGUST 30, 2019

Don’t Let Go
Angel of Mine – Limited
Before You Know It – Limited
Bennett’s War – Limited
The Clouds Still Stand – YouTube
Itsy Bitsy – Limited/VOD
Killerman – Limited
The Load – Limited
Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins – Limited
Santa Girl – Limited/VOD
Spider in the Web – Limited
Surkhi Bindi – Limited
Tabernacle 101 – Limited
Tod@s Caen – Limited
Vita & Virginia – Limited