From gritty dramas to spine-tingling horror movies, there’s something for everyone this August. The Cayman Reporter highlights some of the best movies set to hit the silver screen. So, grab yourself some popcorn and get comfy, this month’s a cracker.
The Dark Tower
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, and Katheryn Winnick The Dark Tower is based on the best-selling epic novels by horror writer Stephen King and is designed as a sequel to the books’ events. Directed and co-written by Nickolaj Arcel this action horror film offers a gripping watch from beginning to end. 11-year-old Jake Chambers is a young adventure seeks who discovers an alternative world. Here he meets a lone gunslinger Roland Deschain (Elba) who is on a mission to protect The Dark Tower, a mythical structure which supports all realities. Set in modern-day New York City and in an Old-West style parallel universe, The Dark Tower will transport movie goers to an action-packed fantasy world in a bid to save all existence from extinction. If you’re a fan of King, then this movie is a must see.
Fan of horror movies? This one will leave you on the edge of your seat, with ample scare tactics to leave even the hardened horror movie fan jumping out of their seat. Directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Gary Dauberman the movie is a prequel to the 2014 movie Annabelle and the fourth film in The Conjuring film series. Annabelle: Creation focuses on the origins of the demonically possessed doll which features in the The Conjuring series. The film tells the tale of the Mullins family, who 12 years after the tragic death of their daughter, decide to offer shelter at their spacious California farmhouse to a group of young girls from a local Catholic orphanage, setting the scene for conflicts between religious faith and demonic possession.
Starring screen siren Halle Berry, this action thriller highlights a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her abducted son from kidnappers. Karla Dyson (Berry) is out enjoying a carefree afternoon in the park with her young son Frankie when kidnappers snatch him. Spotting the kidnapper’s car driving away with her son, Dyson decides there is no time to waste, rushing to her car to follow them, with the pursuit turning into a frantic high-speed chase. Kidnap is a heart-stopping movie featuring high speed white-knuckle chases that is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.
The Glass Castle
Based on Jeannette Walls’s best-selling 2005 memoir of the same name, The Glass Castle is an American drama that highlights the struggles of a young woman coming of an age in an eccentric, free-living, tight-knit family plunged into poverty. Born into a family of semi-dysfunctional nomads, including an alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson), Walls (played by Oscar winner Brie Larson) is determined to carve out a successful life on her terms. The film features two timelines; during Walls’s troubled childhood and after she has moved to New York. A tear-jerking movie with an all-star cast.
Based on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit’s 1967 12th Street Riot, Detroit is being released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of what has become one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit city. A gritty crime drama, the film highlights the racially charged days-long riot which resulted in the deaths of three black men and beatings of nine others; seven black men and two white women. A powerful movie featuring period newsreel footage and racial violence set amidst the backdrop of the crumbling squalor of the city in the late 60s.
An animated film for youngsters, and those young at heart. Leap! tells the tale of a young orphan girl who dreams of one day becoming a ballerina. Set in Paris, 1884, Felicie Milliner is just 11, but has big dreams. By stealing another youngster’s identity, she enters the Opera Ballet School, where she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome her obstacles. Her best friend Victor also has big dreams, to one day become a famous inventor. Together the dynamic duo both encourage each other to
reach for the stars in pursuit of their dreams. Starring Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, and Mel Brooks, to name just a few.