New must-see films opening in August

It seems like only yesterday that the 2022 blockbuster season kicked off with movies like TOP GUN: MAVERICK and MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU, and yet we’re nearing the end of summer. But before you start planning all those highly-anticipated fall movie premieres, several upcoming releases prove that summer will end on a high.

Below is a breakdown of some of the new August movies that are sure to draw audiences to AMC theaters nationwide before the start of the new school year and cap the chapter on another great summer in theaters. With high-octane action-comedies like BULLET TRAIN, vicious monster movies like BEAST, and jaw-dropping epics like THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF DESIRE, there’s plenty to look forward to on the big screen.

Here is a list of movies you should see in August.

High-speed train

Before Brad Pitt’s Ladybug can end his career as an assassin, he must complete what initially seems like a rather mundane job – board a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and retrieve a mysterious briefcase. . Simple enough, right?

But in addition to Ladybug, an assortment of highly skilled killers also want to finish the job and take the briefcase for themselves. David Leitch’s action-comedy BULLET TRAIN will see Brad Pitt’s seasoned assassin face off against characters played by Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Bad Bunny and more when it opens August 5.


Body Body Body

A24’s latest release, BODIES BODIES BODIES centers on a group of friends who decide the best way to weather an approaching hurricane is to throw a party at a remote mansion. Seeking ways to entertain themselves, they decide to play a murder-mystery game in the dark called “Bodies Bodies Bodies”. But when the lights come back on a real corpse, things turn around, so to speak.

Halina Reijn’s upcoming dark comedy slasher features a cast that includes Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders and Pete Davidson, BODIES BODIES BODIES – featured among AMC’s Thrills and Chills picks – could end up being a another classic when it opens on August 5.


Easter Sunday

Jo Koy stars as fictional, down-on-his-luck comedian Joe Valencia as he and his adopted son Junior, played by Brandon Wardell, return home to attend an Easter celebration with his extended, loving but tempestuous Filipino-American family. But in addition to surviving a busy holiday weekend, Joe will also have to resolve some major family disputes.

Jay Chandrasekhar’s EASTER SUNDAY looks set to be the next great family comedy-drama with its rich history and a cast of outstanding and remarkably funny actors and comedians like Jimmy O. Yang, Tiffany Haddish and many more when it opens on 5 August.


To fall

After climbing to the top of a 2,000 foot radio tower in the middle of the desert, best friends Becky, played by Grace Caroline Currey and Hunter (Virginia Gardner) find themselves trapped after the structure’s only ladder breaks and crashes to the ground. .

Scott Mann’s white-knuckle thriller FALL looks like one of those movies you’ll want to see on the biggest screen possible, whether it’s IMAX or AMC’s Dolby Theater, when it opens August 12.



Fitting for an end-of-summer story, James Ponsoldt’s coming-of-age drama SUMMERING follows a group of four girls on the eve of the first day of eighth grade who try to find a way to prevent the end from childhood. In their attempt to extend summer vacation, the quartet of friends find themselves embarking on a journey no one will soon forget.

SUMMERING, which includes Lia Barnett, Madalen Mills, Eden Grace Redfield and Sanai Victoria, Megan Mullally and Lake Bell, opens August 12.


The beast

In an attempt to come to terms with his wife’s death, Dr. Nate Samuels, played by Idris Elba, takes his daughters on what was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime to South Africa where they are to go on safari. But when they become the target of a vicious man-eating lion, their journey turns from adaptation to survival.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, BEAST – another AMC Thrills and Chills selection – seems like the next big addition in a long line of survival thrillers featuring ferocious animals that turn hunters into the hunted when it opens August 19.


Dragon Ball Super: Super heroes

Years after Goku put an end to the fearsome Red Ribbon Army, the evil force is back with plans for revenge with a new set of fighters who might be the most destructive yet. But before they can put their plans into motion, they’ll first have to go through Gohan and Piccolo.

DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO, the latest in a long line of movies and shows based on Akira Toriyama’s classic manga series, hits theaters on August 19.


The invitation

After coming into contact with a family she never knew existed, Evie, played by Nathalie Emmanuel, finds herself invited to an extravagant wedding at a sumptuous estate in the English countryside. But what starts out as a memorable event quickly turns into a nightmare she won’t soon forget.

Jessica M. Thompson’s next horror flick, THE INVITATION, is set to both thrill and terrify audiences when it premieres August 26th.


Three thousand years of nostalgia

By meeting a mysterious Djinn (Idris Elba), Dr. Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton), has the opportunity to make three wishes. Although she was initially reluctant to go ahead with the proposal, as she is one to listen to reason, Alithea throws caution to the wind and takes the cipher on her proposal.

George Miller’s THOISAND YEARS OF LONGING is set to take audiences on a fantastical journey from August 31st.


These are just a few of the new movies in August that you can see at your local AMC theater. With all of the other types of movies hitting the big screen, not to mention June and July leftovers, there’s plenty to enjoy before the summer is over.

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