While Suicide Squad may still be dominating the U.S. box office, there are still plenty of other films out there for audiences to enjoy during these dog days of summer. This week, audiences can expect to see a remake of a classic, a visionary animated tale, and an unbelievable true story they won’t forget anytime soon. If none of this week’s releases pique your interest, be sure to check out last week’s releases too.
Two friends in their early 20s living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan military-a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. government. Based on a true story. See photos of the cast at the NYC premiere. Fun fact: the movie almost starred Shia LaBeouf & James Corden instead; you can see James auditioning here.
Starring: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Steve Lantz
Kindhearted Kubo ekes out a humble living while devotedly caring for his mother in their sleepy shoreside village. It is a quiet existence – until a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. Suddenly on the run from gods and monsters, Kubo’s chance for survival rests on finding the magical suit of armor once worn by his fallen father, the greatest samurai the world has ever known. Summoning courage, Kubo embarks on a thrilling odyssey as he faces his family’s history, navigates the elements, and bravely fights for the earth and the stars.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Ralph Fiennes, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey
Prince Judah Ben-Hur is falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala, an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves, Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based the novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.
Starring: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Morgan Freeman
Thirteen-year-old Morris Gentry has just relocated with his single father, Curtis, to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water-a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams.
Starring: Craig Robinson, Carla Juri, Lina Keller, Markees Christmas
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the world’s last remaining Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, they fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae, captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to Niflheim rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.
Starring: Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, Sean Bean, Neil Newbon