The Top Ten Films to See This August

Here’s our take on the ten most interesting looking films which reach UK cinemas this month…

After another good month for film in July in which films like Love and Mercy and The Wonders were released we now settle down into August and everything it has to offer. We at Rumsey’s have sat down and compiled a list of the top ten films which will be reaching the UK this month, there were a lot to pick from and some of you will no doubt contend the absence of films such as Fantastic Four but it’s simply down to there being a lot of interesting, hyped or otherwise intriguing films to catch this month. Here’s our pick of them…

45 Years

IMDB: There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.
Rumsey’s Musings: Two strong actors as the leads in what has all the makings of a powerful drama compels us to check 45 Years out when it reaches the UK late this month. It’s also been receiving the level of praise we could hope for with plenty of critics responding positively to its themes of age, love and relationships.
Release Date: 28/08/15

52 Tuesdays

IMDB: 16 year old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons.
Rumsey’s Musings: The film’s use of filming over the course of 52 Tuesdays in order to create an accurate portrayal of gender transition reminds us of Boyhood, however whereas Linklater’s use was a grand statement 52 Tuesdays appears to be using it to serve the film both artistically and honestly. We have heard great things about the film, it’s cast and its script and so can’t wait to check this one out.
Release Date: 07/08/15

The Dance of Reality

IMDB: Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.
Rumsey’s Musings: The legendary filmmaker Jodorowsky hasn’t made a film in 23 years and now returns to give us this creative interpretation of his childhood – sounds like a must see to us!
Release Date: 21/08/15

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

IMDB: A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.
Rumsey’s Musings: We have been hearing great things about how strikingly honest and ballsy this film is and we want to see it for ourselves. Also it’s been really interesting to see the progression of Alexander Skarsgård and this is as good a vehicle as any for him to keep on diversifying his portfolio.
Release Date: 07/08/15

Hard to Be a God

IMDB: A group of scientists is sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God’s place? Director’s statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.
Rumsey’s Musings: Here is one of the most talked about films this year, it’s been lavished with praise by critics (the word masterpiece has floated around a bit) and I think it’s fair to say that it’s also been rejected by a fair few members of the public… it’s dividing opinion and we can’t wait to get stuck in and see what we think of it.
Release Date: 07/08/15

Mistress America

IMDB: A lonely college freshman’s life is turned upside down by her impetuous, adventurous soon-to-be stepsister.
Rumsey’s Musings: Noah Baumbach’s latest is doing very well with critics and early audiences and looks set to be another winning comedy to add to his collection.
Release Date: 14/08/15

Theeb

IMDB: In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.
Rumsey’s Musings: Theeb is everything that you hope it will be; a coming of age tale which feels rooted in its culture whilst incorporating the soul of a Western in order to give it structure. At once epic and concise this is an affecting, thrilling and stunning film.
Release Date: 14/08/15

The Treatment

IMDB: Inspector Nick Cafmeyer seems to have it all – looks, brains and a successful career. But a dark cloud hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother, Bjorn. Plettinckx, a known sex offender, was questioned but quickly released. Plettinckx lives close by and takes fiendish pleasure in harassing Nick. Then, when a disturbing case comes to light involving a missing nine-year-old, Nick heads a massive search which turns into a relentless manhunt.
Rumsey’s Musings: We really liked this thriller here at Rumsey’s with our Christian Robshaw describing it as one of the year’s strongest thrillers¹.
Release Date: 21/08/15

Unity

IMDB: Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on — none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can’t seem to get along, even after thousands and thousands of years.
Rumsey’s Musings: This documentary does not lack ambition, and if it can succeed at mapping the canvas it hopes to it could be a fascinating piece of film. Narrated by 100 narrators from different professions including actors, artists, businessmen, musicians and the military.
Release Date: 12/08/15

The Wolf Pack

IMDB: Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, ‘The Wolfpack,’ the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.
Rumsey’s Musings: This critically acclaimed urban fable looks set to be a fascinating look at our relationship with film.
Release Date: 21/08/15


So, what did you think? Are you also looking forward to any of these films or do you have your eyes set on other releases? Be sure to let me know in the comment box below!

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10 comments

  1. abbiosbiston · · Reply

    Excellent list. Definitely some I want to check out here!

    1. Thank you, I hope we can see a number of them!
      Which are you most looking forward to?

      1. abbiosbiston · · Reply

        I think Diary of a Teenage Girl.

        1. Ah cool, I’ve heard a lot of good things about that one!

  2. I can’t say that I’ve actually heard of any of these films before. I hope you end up enjoying them! I suppose Unity sounds like it has the most promise based on the summaries. August is pretty empty for me as far as the theater is concerned, but I’ll be checking out Fantastic Four in a few days and am watching Dragon Ball Z tonight, but it’s a limited theater release so it only barely counts. After these two, I won’t be in theaters again until November so it’ll be quite the break! (007 and Hunger Games)

    1. Oh wow we have very different feelings about this month then! Having already seen a few of them I can recommend them, particularly Theeb which is excellent.
      I’ll definitely be there for Spectre – no doubt about that!

      1. Haha, well it seems like I may need to watch more Fathom events over in the US. While watching DBZ last night they played a trailer for Unity so now I can say that I’ve seen a trailer for one of the films! Theeb sounds interesting, you got to see some advance screenings for them or did you go to a film festival where they showed them early?

        1. Ah cool!
          Yeah we were sent to press screenings etc for four or five of these films, the others we are relying upon word of mouth.

  3. Cool list. None of these will make me run out to the theater immediately, but there are some very interesting options here, particularly The Wolf Pack.

    1. Theeb is excellent and several others here are pretty good as well if you ever have the chance to see them!

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