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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published July 21st 2014
Mutant Turtles or Genetically Engineered Racoons?
We've had some great films this year. Based on gross profit, the top ten are:

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
5. Maleficent
6. Godzilla
7. Rio 2
8. The Lego Movie
9. How to Train Your Dragon 2
10. Noah

We still have five and a half months to go; can any new releases knock these films out of the ranking? I think there is a pretty good chance. In August alone, there will be fifteen nationwide releases, and over thirty smaller limited releases. So which are the ones to watch out for?

As you can see from the list above, Super Heroes are ranking high, so I expect Guardians of the Galaxy prove popular when it comes out on the 1st August. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. When Peter Quill steals an orb, he finds himself on the run from the villainous Ronan. He joins forces with an unlikely team misfits (including a genetically engineered racoon, tree-like creature, and blue skinned bandit) to uncover the orb's true power.

Another superhero film to be released on the 8th August is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, it is a reboot of the very popular franchise that captured the hearts of children growing up in the eighties and nineties. But will fans looking for nostalgia be swayed by the new CGI characters?

Those looking for something a little bit more down to earth might be interested in Get on Up, a biographical drama about the life of singer, James Brown, which will be out on the 1st August.

Most films these days are not original, but rather being adapted from previous material. We can see this in the above with comic book characters and inspiration from real life, but the most common source is novels. There are four book adaptations in August, starting with The Giver on the 15th August. It is a science fiction story about a utopian society, where there is no conflict, racism or sickness, a everyone has a specific role. But does perfection come at a price? Have the people lost their humanity? If I Stay comes out on the 22nd August. Mia and her family are going out for the day on a nice family drive, but an accident leaves all her loved ones dead, and Mia in a coma. Should she fight to stay with the living, or slip away? The November Man is an upcoming spy thriller film based on the novel, There Are No Spies, by Bill Granger, while Life of Crime is a crime comedy film based on The Switch by Elmore Leonard, in which the wife of a wealthy man is kidnapped, but he doesn't want to pay the ransom. There is crime of a more serious nature in the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, while The Expendables 3 is a 'next generation' sequel, in which the mercenary group hire some new recruits.

For those who like sports you have a choice from American football in When the Game Stands Tall on the 22nd August or dance in Step Up All In on the 8th August.

As Above, So Below is unlikely to break the box office, but this independent horror film is an interesting international collaboration between America, Britain, and France, using found footage. It tells the story of a group of explorers who discover a dark secret in the catacombs of Paris.

What are you most looking forward to in August?
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Love the movies Bryony and I'm sure I will see some of those
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|1693) 2259 days ago
Thanks for the overview
by Jeni Wilson (score: 3|1866) 2259 days ago
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