The summer 2018 movie season so far has been somewhat underwhelming, but August’s new releases certainly contains a few sleepers that seem to surprise cinema lovers. After all, July is known to be Franchisepalooza, with multiple sequels tht came out to play, including Ant-Man and the Wasp and Mission: Impossible — Fallout. But July also brought out smaller gems such as Eighth Grade and Sorry to Bother You that continue to gain traction and momentum as they roll out to more and more theaters throughout the nation.

5. The Happytime Murders

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The Happytime Murders stars Melissa McCarthy as a human cop who reteams with her puppet ex-partner Phil (performed and voiced by puppeteer Bill Barretta) to solve a murder mystery tied to an old children’s television show. The film’s trailer seemed to divide the film community and even garnered a lawsuit from Sesame Street with its R – rated trailer. But personally i’m glad to see such a unique and risky take and see Melissa McCarthy swing for the fences after recent misses and her becoming a stale act after playing the same character for her previous five films.

4. Christopher Robin

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Disney has been pumping out movies in 2018 and they don’t appear to be stopping any time soon. With the Mary Poppins remake slated for December, fans get a sneak peek on what to expect with Christopher Robin. The August release date is a bit alarming, but growing up with these characters earns it a slot on the list. The film stars Ewan McGregor as the grown-up version of the young boy who spent his childhood with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and company. After entering a drought and losing his imagination and creativity, his childhood friends return to help Christopher Robin rediscover his childhood imagination. The movie is slated to release nationwide on August 3rd and is gearing up to be the perfect movie to take the family and rediscover the magic Pooh brought to everyone’s childhood.

3. The Meg

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Let’s make one thing clear, Jason Statham is the king of B-level action movies, and just by that statement alone this movie has me hooked. But Jason Stathom fighting a ship sized shark for what seems to be no apparent reason? Take my money right now. As far as late summer blockbusters go, The Meg may be the most fitting way to cap off the summer. As one of the season’s last spectacles, it’s Jason Statham vs. a 70 foot shark? That’s like the Ali vs. Frazier of the sea world. Who wouldn’t want to watch that, and if the trailers are any indication, this movie might be the best/worst movie of 2018.

2. Mile 22

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Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg clearly love working together, and it works. The star and director have collaborated on most of the films Wahlberg was worked on such as like Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day, tackling based on true event films and now they’re back together for Mile 22. The action thriller sees Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey play CIA agents who must escort a witness played by Iko Uwais to an extraction point 22 miles away.

The film is flushed out with a standout supporting cast which also includes John Malkovich and Lauren Cohan. Aided by a simplistic premise and an established director who relies heavily on practical effects and in camera work, Mile 22 seems to be gearing up to being one of the better action films in 2018.

1. BlacKkKlansman

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Say what you want about Spike Lee, but one thing that can’t be said is that Spike Lee isn’t bold. Lee understands the magnitude of this film, and based on the buzz out of the Cannes Film Festival, he knocked it out of the park with BLACKkKLANSMAN. Spike Lee is known for his controversial filmmaking, but it seems to be that BlacKkKlansman is the culmination of his illustrious filmmaking career. Based on the autobiography by Ron Stallworth, the real-life tale follows an African-American police officer (John David Washington) in Colorado who infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan. With more and more films willingly to make social commentary about the political climate of the U.S.A, Lee’s take is sure to be one to remember.

Ananth Para
paramana@mcmaster.ca

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