The Best New Movies in August 2019

July 26th, 2019The Best New Movies in August 2019

August is typically when the summer movie season starts to wind down. But if the list of titles headed to AMC is any indication, things are about to get even more interesting at your local theatre.

This is mostly because a relatively new initiative known as AMC Artisan Films is in play, bringing you the latest and greatest in artist-driven films. These titles will be displayed in gold text in the listings below.

But, of course, there’s plenty of new and exciting blockbuster fare to bring you through August, and that too will be highlighted in the monthly watch list you’re about to read through.

Here now are the movies that will be coming soon to an AMC theatre near you in August 2019.

August 2

Hobbs & Shaw

Credit: Universal Pictures

Spinning off the world famous FAST & FURIOUS franchise, HOBBS & SHAW sees Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) teaming up to take down the seemingly superhuman villain Brixton (Idris Elba). They'll have plenty of help to face him down, as both men will bring in key family members to get the job done.

Luce

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Tensions boil between student, teacher and parents when the central conflict of LUCE starts to take hold, as a young man (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) believes his teacher (Octavia Spencer) is unfairly singling him out for punishment. When this ordeal starts to involve Luce's adoptive parents (Tim Roth and Naomi Watts), the truth of who to believe and who to reject becomes even less apparent, with no one knowing how, or when, it'll all end.

August 9

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Making her way to the big screen for the first time, Nickelodeon's favorite explorer will face the adventure of her life in DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD! As Dora (Isabela Moner) is just about to get used to life in a typical high school, she and her classmates are apprehended to try and find the mythical lost city of gold. Unfortunately for her captors, Dora's pretty resourceful and will give them quite the run for their money.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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A literary classic comes to life in SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, as producer/co-writer Guillermo del Toro helps to turn the famed collections of short stories and urban legends into a cinematic experience. After finding a hidden diary filled with creepy short stories, a group of teenagers must race against time to figure out how, and if, they can stop these seemingly fictional stories from coming true in their reality.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Dog fans are going to love THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, based on author Garth Stein's novel of the same name. A story of the joys and pains of life, the film is told from the viewpoint of Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner), a golden retriever who lives with a race car driver (Milo Ventimiglia) and sees him go through personal and professional triumphs. You're probably going to need tissues for this one. Just a guess.

Brian Banks

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A true story of adversity, BRIAN BANKS dramatizes the actual proceedings that saw Banks (Aldis Hodge) falsely convicted and imprisoned on sexual assault charges, as well as chronicles his fight to clear his name and play the game he loves. Co-starring Academy Award®-nominee Greg Kinnear, this inspiring biopic shows what happens when people band together to demand justice and never give up.

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Zak (Zack Gottsagen) wants to become a big time professional wrestler, but is stuck in a residential nursing home due to the fact that he has Down syndrome. That's nothing a quick escape and a new friend (Shia LaBeouf) can't fix, as the two become partners of sorts and sail the high seas in the name of Zak's wildest dreams.

After the Wedding

A remake of the 2006 Susanne Bier film of the same name, AFTER THE WEDDING sees Isabel (Michelle Williams) travel from India to the United States, in the name of seeking a charitable donation to the orphanage she runs. This trip just happens to be right before the wedding of her would-be benefactor's daughter (Abby Quinn). Naturally, events start to take some unexpected turns, with Isabel's past surfacing in some surprising ways.

The Kitchen

A trio of '70s mob wives (Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss) takes matters into their own hands in THE KITCHEN, a film based on the DC/Vertigo graphic novel of the same name. With their husbands in jail and their needs not being met by those who swore to protect them, these women are about to turn the tables in their favor, in a bid to run Hell's Kitchen.

August 14

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Credit: Sony Pictures Animation

The birds (Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride and Josh Gad) and the pigs, led by King Mudbeard (Bill Hader), are at war again, as THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2 sees clashing factions picking up old grudges and trying to fight it out for dominance. Though it will be a pretty short fight, when a common rival (Leslie Jones) threatens everyone's way of life, triggering the old-fashioned strategy of teaming up to take down their shared foe. Let's just hope they can get along long enough to actually do the job.

August 16

Good Boys

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Three sixth-grade boys (Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon and Keith L. Williams) are about to go on an adventure of maturity and self-discovery in the very adolescent, but very R-rated comedy GOOD BOYS. Operating as a sort of SUPERBAD but with middle schoolers at the center, GOOD BOYS follows the trio as their growly outrageous and hysterical antics lead to their very first kissing party.

Blinded by the Light

Credit: Warner Bros.

Javed (Viveik Kalra) is a young Pakistani teenager growing up in the 1980s. Feeling out of place, he stumbles onto the music of Bruce Springsteen and starts to identify with the message of a blue collar guy from New Jersey, while growing up in small town England. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT feels like a film that would make a perfect double feature with YESTERDAY, as it's an artist-driven movie that uses music to tell a powerful, triumphant message.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Maria Semple's best-seller, WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE, is finally hitting the big screen! The offbeat tale of an architect (Cate Blanchett) who randomly disappears one day and her family's journey to find her looks to be a mix of light comedy and deep emotional drama. Just the sort of movie the world needs to prepare for prestige season!

Ready or Not

Credit: Fox Searchlight

Weddings can be killer, and Grace (Samara Weaving) is about to find that out firsthand in Fox Searchlight's summer horror film READY OR NOT. After just marrying her fiancé, Alex (Mark O'Brien), Grace's new in-laws have one simple request to make everything official: She has to play a game of hide-and-seek and remain hidden until the sun rises. Of course, the game is just a cover for something more sinister, and Grace is going to have to stay a couple steps ahead of the game if she expects to live until tomorrow.

August 23

Angel Has Fallen

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Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) is back, and this time the crisis is so big that ANGEL HAS FALLEN. After an attempt on the life of President Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), the Secret Service all-star of the FALLEN franchise is accused of the treasonous act he's sworn to prevent. With forces on both sides of the equation closing in, Banning will have to work fast before those conspiring against the president succeed in their nefarious deeds.

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Credit: Amazon Studios

Brittany (Jillian Bell) is a party girl who doesn't care what the world thinks of her — until, one day, she does. And in the aftermath of that newfound concern, she starts training to become a marathon runner. A dramedy based on a true life story, BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON tells a funny, but heartwarming story about a person who learns to truly accept herself and achieve a goal bigger than they are as a celebration.

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