The summer draws to a close but what summer blockbusters are there still to see? Movies.ie presents the ten unmissable films of August ’08.

 

(1)HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY

 

What’s it about…

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader, who treads the world above and the one below, defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…
For Guillermo del Toro. The visionary director of ‘The Devil’s Back Bone’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ returns to his beloved Hellboy franchise with a wealth of new misfits and monsters.

When is it in cinemas?
August 22nd 2008

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(2) GET SMART

 

What’s it about…

When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23. Smart is partnered instead with the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99. Given little field experience and even less time, Smart-armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm-must thwart the doomsday plans of KAOS head Siegfried.

Why you should see it…
The 1965 Mel Broke’s series gets a well deserved face lift with Steve Carrell (Little Miss Sunshine) perfectly cast as Maxwell Smart. A nostalgic reminder for fans of the original series and a must-see for fans of Carell.

When is it in cinemas?
August 22nd 2008

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(3) SOMERS TOWN

 

What’s it about…

Runaway Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) arrives in London with nothing but a bag and a swagger. Within hours, the bag has been stolen and a chance meeting with bored Polish teenager Marek proves Tomo’s only hope. Together, the two pursue moneymaking scams – as well as the affections of local waitresses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…

The big winner at this year’s Edinburgh film festival, director Shane Meadow’s reunites with the star of ‘This is England’ in this bittersweet teen tale.  This is Shane Meadows at his most charming, compassionate and hilarious.

When is it in cinemas?
August 22nd 2008
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(4) MAN ON WIRE

 

What’s it about…

August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. He danced on this wire for an hour with no safety net before he was arrested for what has become to be known as the “artistic crime of the century.”

Why you should see it…

A brilliantly achieved documentary in the style of a heist movie, director James Marsh’s ‘Man on Wire’ combines suspense, humour and genuine charm in retelling Philippe Petit’s classic ’74 tightrope tale.
When is it in cinemas?
August 1st 2008
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(5) The X-FILES : I WANT TO BELIEVE

 

What’s it about…

 “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” takes the always-complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in unexpected directions. Mulder continues his unshakable quest for the truth, and Scully, the passionate, ferociously intelligent physician, remains inextricably tied to Mulder’s pursuits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…
For Mulder and Scully of course! X-Files creator Chris Carter delivers what is, essentially, a long stand-alone episode of the television show. Thankfully it delivers everything we loved about the original series – suspense, mystery, chills, love, and that all important/confusing X-factor.
When is it in cinemas?
August 1st 2008
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(6) THE FOX AND THE CHILD

 

What’s it about…

Based on director Jacquet’s own experience as a child, ‘The Fox and the Child’ tells the story of a little girl who enters the familiar landscape of the forest surrounding her home but, by following in the fox’s footsteps, an entire new world is revealed to her.

Why you should see it…

From the team the box-office sensation ‘The March of the Penguins’ comes the visually arresting and thoroughly original ‘The Fox and The Girl’. Director Luc Jacquet first narrative pic offers audiences an unprecedented journey into the magical, secret world of this most elusive and enigmatic creature.

When is it in cinemas?

August 8th 2008

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(7) THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR


What’s it about…

Doomed by a double-crossing sorceress to spend eternity in suspended animation, China’s ruthless Dragon Emperor and his 10,000 warriors have lain forgotten for eons, entombed in clay as a vast, silent terra cotta army. But when dashing adventurer Alex O’Connell is tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, the reckless young archaeologist must seek the help of the only people who know more than he does about taking down the undead: his parents. Striding the Far East with unimaginable supernatural powers, the Emperor Mummy will rouse his legion as an unstoppable, otherworldly force–unless the O’Connells can stop him first…

Why you should see it…

Brendan Fraser returns to the action-packed Mummy franchise, now with added Jet Li; see it to compare to Indy 4!

When is it in cinemas?
August 6th 2008
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(8) STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS

 

What’s it about…
On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favourite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin’s padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains–led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous–are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why you should see it…
An entirely new look and feel to the “galaxy far, far away”–combining the expansive scope of the Star Wars Saga with state-of-the-art computer-generated animation. ‘The Clone Wars’ is still heavily under wraps but promises to be a must-see.

When is it in cinemas?
August 15th 2008
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(9) BABYLON AD.


What’s it about…
A mercenary charged with delivering a young woman from Russia to Canada learns that she has been manipulated by a synthetic virus and what lies inside her could doom the human race.
Why you should see it…
For it’s director -Mathieu Kassovitz- the man behind cult classic La Haine.
When is it in cinemas?
August 29th 2008
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(10) STEP BROTHERS

 

What’s it about…
Brennan Huff, a sporadically employed thirty-nine-year-old, lives with his mother, Nancy. Dale Doback, a terminally unemployed forty-year-old lives with his father, Robert. When Robert and Nancy marry and move in together, Brennan and Dale are forced to live with each other as step brothers. As their narcissism and downright aggressive laziness threaten to tear the family apart, these two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys will orchestrate an insane, elaborate plan to bring their parents back together. To pull it off, they must form an unlikely bond that maybe, just maybe, will finally get them out of the house.
Why you should see it…
If you like Judd Apatow’s bawdy R-rated comedies and Ferrell’s inspired silliness, Step Brothers is the most riotously funny film this side of Knocked Up.
When is it in cinemas?
August 29th 2008
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