August Movies Snapshot

August has had some high highs and some low lows. It didn’t have any of the big block busters come out but it definitely had some hidden gems. Here are all the movies I was able to review in August from worst to best.

The Circle 2/10

Image via Roadshow Films

I think Emma Watson’s face says it all. This movie was terrible. For a film with so much talent behind it the movie should have been fantastic, but sadly this has been one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. Read the full review here

The Dark Tower 4/10

Matthew McConaughey;Idris Elba
Image via Sony

If you look at the image about you see two of the best actors currently working today and even they couldn’t save this movie. Despite some pretty impressive action sequences, the film feels empty with a story that is only half told. The major issue is the filmmakers don’t know who they wanted to make this movie for, fans of the books or a new audience. Read the full review here

The Wall 5/10

The Wall Aaron Taylor Johnson
Image via Amazon Studios

The easiest way to describe this movie is American Sniper meets Phone Booth. The film itself is fine, just an average war movie. The main thing I felt after watching The Wall was that I have seen it been done before and I have seen it be done better. Read the full review here

Atomic Blonde 7/10

Atomic Blonde1
Image via Universal

I really enjoyed this movie for the action spy thriller it was, but I loved it for what it represented and what it means for female action stars. Charlize Theron is incredible in the lead role and works perfectly opposite James McAvoy is as awesome as usual. The fight sequences alone are worth the trip to the cinema. Read the full review here

Gifted 8/10

Image via Fox Searchlight

I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Gifted. It seems like a simple and predictable story but it feels like so much more. This is a charm to Gifted brought out by its incredible cast, in particular McKenna Grace as Mary. It never feels like it tries to be more than it needs to be and is a great viewing experience. Read the full review here

Logan Lucky 8/10

Image via Film Nation

Logan Lucky was on my anticipated list as soon as I saw the first trailer and it did not disappoint. I was blown away by how funny and clever the movie was without being offensive or pretentious. I hope more people go and see this movie. Read the full review here

Wind River 8.5/10

Hugh Dillon, Elizabeth Olsen and Graham Greene star in Wind River
Image via The Weinstein Company

Taylor Sheridan wrote on of my favourite movies of 2015 with Sicario, wrote what I believe to be one of the best movies of 2016 with Hell or High Water and now has his directorial debut with Wind River. The film is a modern twist on the Western genre set as a crime thriller on an Indian Reservation. Read the full review here

The Big Sick 9/10

Image via Amazon Studios

When romance movies are done well they can be fantastic. When comedies are done will they can be hysterical. Well thats what The Big Sick is, a well made romantic comedy. Being based on a true story definitely helped keep the film grounded, despite how outrageous the story can get at times. Not only was this my favourite movie of August but this is in my favourite movies on the year. Read the full review here


So that is all the movies I reviewed in August. What were your favourite movies that you saw in August. Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments section below.

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  1. First off, impressive list. Re: Atomic Blonde – I think you meant James McAvoy, not McCoy, I didn’t bother to see either The Circle or The Dark Tower because word of mouth and reviews were sufficiently poor to dissuade me from wasting my time and your low ratings have confirmed that I did the right thing. The Wall never played near me although I did hear some good things. I enjoyed Atomic Blonde, but not nearly as much as I thought I would. Agree that Ms. Theron kicked some serious ass and even though the “thriller” aspects got a bit overly twisty and convoluted and ultimately weren’t all that difficult to figure out, the action sequences were tremendous – particularly the extended hand to hand combat in the hallway that went all the way to the car chase etc. Absolutely agree with you on GIFTED – a wonderful surprise. Heartfelt and funny and touching and not quite as predictable as you let on. Kudos to little Miss Grace as well as Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan and Jenny Slate as the caring and observant teacher (although the terrific Octavia Spencer was wasted in a nothing role). Logan Lucky DID disappoint me. Based on the trailer, I expected something wildly entertaining or something kinda dumb and it fell flat somewhere in the middle. A kind of Hillbilly Ocean’s heist, or as a friend
    referred to it – Ocean’s 7 Eleven. I liked Channing Tatum, thought Daniel Craig was wildly miscast, and having to explain exactly what you think you saw by replaying the whole robbery in a flashback shows that Mr. Soderbergh failed to get it right the first time through. Hillary Swank wasted in a cliched role as the FBI agent who knows she’s right even though no one will let her prove it. Big yawn. Agree with you on Wind River. Taylor Sheridan is fast becoming one of my favorite writers and he makes a splendid directorial debut with this one. Not quite on a par with Hell or High Water – which was hands down MY favorite film of 2016, but much better than Sicario which for me, fell apart a bit at the end – having set itself up as a big movie with big ideas about corruption and drug dealing and internecine warfare between competing police agencies and ended up being a rather small tale about revenge – with a lousy ending. Wind River has a quick powerful set up, takes its time getting to where it’s going and then explodes – maybe packing just a bit too much into it’s final 20 minutes. But a good one. And we agree on The Big Sick which I thought was excellent. A superlative cast – Nanjiani (playing himself), Kazan, Romano and Hunter are all wonderful. The fact that the story is true only enhances it all. To be able to make an audience laugh in the face of a life or death situation is quite a remarkable achievement.

    I would add Ingrid Goes West to my August list. A dysfunctional journey by an off-kilter character – played to a fare thee well by Aubrey Plaza – who somehow makes you root for her while she’s self-destructing before your eyes. Oscar worthy. Also seen in August: Highly recommend DETROIT – a powerful film about the race riots in that city in the US in 1967 – by the team that did Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. One of the best movies of 2017. Predicting Kathryn Bigelow will win her 2nd Oscar as Best Director. Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel – as good and more frightening than the first. Oscar #2 for him as well. Good Time – Robert Pattinson is very good in a movie that isn’t. Unless you like unrelentingly dark times spent with a bunch of idiots doing stupid things over and over again. LANDLINE – starring Jenny Slate (the teacher from Gifted) is really good. Concentrating on two sisters and their relationship with one another and others. I thought it was terrific. I also liked The Only Living Boy in New York – sort of Woody Allen but without his comedic overlay – extremely well written. Full of literate characters (writers and publishers and their circle of friends) about a young man who discovers his father is having an affair. Unable to tell his “fragile mother”, he starts out trying to break it up and instead falls for and indulges in an affair himself with his father’s mistress. A really good cast – Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale, Callum turner. I was caught up in this fairly early on but getting the feeling I’d seen it all before and knew where it was all headed. I was wrong.

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    1. Thanks for the comment.
      This list is only the movies I saw in August so there s a few that I missed. I am really keen to see some of the movies you mentioned in particular Ingrid Goes West which unfortunately doesn’t have a release date in Australia that I can confirm. Good Time is another one over been keeping my eye on.
      Thanks again for the comment you have some great opinions


  2. I think I’m just about the only person on the planet who liked “The Circle” – except for the ridiculous ending. I liked Tom Hanks as the not-really-evil bad guy, and Emma Watson always gives a person their money’s worth. However, the film is not without its flaws, so there’s that.

    Thanks for the mention of the other films, most of which I haven’t yet seen. Really looking forward to “Gifted” – I liked what you said about it not trying to be more than what it is.

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    1. As long as you enjoyed it that’s the point. Everyone’s taste is different so I won’t judge someone for their opinions.
      I would highly recommend Gifted.
      Thanks for the comment.


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