The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in August

Now we've hit August, the summer blockbusters are now coming thick and fast.

And in this month's top picks, we have a Marvel film, violent action movie and a family film that'll have most children thrust back to their childhood imagination.

So here is our pick of the films that you should be hitting the cinema to watch in August...

Ant-Man And The Wasp - 3rd August

After the gigantic Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel are going small again as their money-making machine continues to pump out the enjoyable superhero films.

Ant-Man is joined by Hank Pym's daughter Hope van Dyne, who is given her own shrinking super suit as they must fight a dangerous new villain as well as uncovering secrets from their past.

When it was released in 2015, Ant-Man surprised everyone with its humour, and after the harrowing ending of Infinity War, this will be the light-hearted breath of fresh air that Marvel fans have needed for a while.

The Equalizer 2 - 17th August

Denzel Washington returns for (surprisingly) the first sequel of his career as Robert McCall, a retired Marine who violently fights for the exploited and oppressed.

This time David McCall is a cab driver whose friend is killed, prompting him to tool up and seek vengeance against the killers.

With a supporting cast including Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman, and returning director Antoine Fuqua - who also worked with Denzel on Training Day - expect non-stop violence, action and a fun thrill ride.

Christopher Robin - 17th August

Ewan McGregor stars as a grown-up Christopher Robin who is revisited by his childhood toys (and best friends) after he has lost all sense of imagination in order to help him rediscover the joys of life.

Jim Cummings - who has voiced both Pooh Bear and Tigger since 1988 - resumes his voiceover duty which will give a warm returning nostalgia to people who watched the animated TV series as children, while the likes of Peter Capaldi and Toby Jones lend their voices to other residents of Hundred Acre Wood.

In what is set to be the most heart-warming and beautiful enjoyable family film in a long while, the latest Winne the Pooh will have something for the kids to enjoy, while the adults hark back to their carefree childhood, just like an adult Christopher Robin.

The Darkest Minds - 10th August

The latest young adult novel to get its big-screen adaptation, The Darkest Minds sees 98% of American children killed by a disease and the surviving 2% - who develop superpowers - are thrown into internment camps by a fearful public.

The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg plays the lead, joined by the likes of Mandy Moore, Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie and Bradley Whitford.

With a lot of buzz around it, The Darkest Minds is looking like it is being built up to be the next Hunger Games, rather than the next Divergent.

The Spy Who Dumped Me - 22nd August

An action comedy that sees best friends thrown into an international conspiracy when they discover that one of their ex-boyfriends is actually a spy.

Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play the hapless pair who find themselves chased through Europe by assassins after being dumped by a CIA agent, played by Justin Theroux.

WIth McKinnon impressing in the much-maligned Ghostbuster reboot and Kunis already having provided the laughs in comedies Bad Moms and Ted, this could turn out to be one of the most popular comedies of the summer.

The Meg - 10th August

An old-fashioned action-horror in the style of Jaws or Aliens, Jason Statham comes face-to-teeth with a giant prehistoric shark.

Statham plays a diver who has previously encountered the 75-foot Megalodon and must face his fears again when a research submersible is attacked by the creature, thought to be extinct millions of years ago.

Not taking itself too seriously, The Meg is a creature feature of days gone by that is lining up to be an over-the-top thrill ride.

Also out in August

Action Point - 31st August

Jackass star Johnny Knoxville does his own stunts in the slapstick theme park comedy.

The Escape - 3rd August

A bored housewife makes the bold decision to head to Paris to come to grips with her life and her future.

The Festival - 17th August

A teenager gets over being dumped by hitting a music festival in the comedy from the creators of The Inbetweeners.

Mile 22 - 27th August

Another Mark Wahlberg action flick as he plays an Intelligence Officer tasked with smuggling a mysterious police officer out of the country.

BlacKkKlansman - 24th August

Spike Lee's new film tells the true story of a black police officer who infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan chapter.

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