12 Movies and TV Shows on Our August Radar

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago

IMDb's editorial team turns a spotlight on the movies and TV shows they most want to catch this August.

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John Boyega in Detroit (2017)


In recent years, the city of Detroit, Mich., has received plenty of attention for all the wrong reasons, especially from urban explorers who have flocked to the once great Motor City to see firsthand how both racial and class politics can sap a thriving metropolis of its cultural vitality. This movie, the latest from director Kathryn Bigelow, helps to temper that fascination with the cold realities of the city's history, one that has been too often shaped by injustice and one worth revisiting for its still-relevant lessons. Here, with frequent collaborator Mark Boal writing the script, Bigelow focuses her lens on the Algiers Motel incident during Detroit's 12th Street Riot of 1967, serving up a movie that will prove as difficult to watch as it is essential for the times. — Bret

In theaters Friday, Aug. 4

Gil Birmingham and Jeremy Renner in Wind River (2017)

Wind River

Taylor Sheridan could've laid claim to being Hollywood's breakout success story last year if he would've just sat still for a moment. But the Hell or High Water screenwriter barely took a breath to enjoy watching his Western become a box-office hit and quadruple Oscar nominee because he was getting Wind River, his directorial debut, ready for Sundance this past January. (He also wrote Soldado, the sequel to his Sicario script and got the mini-series "Yellowstone" greenlighted). Wind River picked up further momentum at Cannes, where Sheridan won the Un Certain Regard award for Best Director, essentially assuring us that the filmmaker is due for a potentially bigger year in 2017. — Arno

In theaters Friday, Aug. 4

Brie Larson in The Glass Castle (2017)

The Glass Castle

I kept closer attention to this adaptation of Jeanette Walls' memoir when Lionsgate picked up the project from Paramount and refashioned it as a reunion between Brie Larson and her Short Term 12 director, Destin Daniel Cretton. Knowing the Cretton didn't shy away from the book's toughest material, and hearing Walls' reaction to the first time she saw her life on screen, I sense that Lionsgate, who also has The Big Sick and Wonder this year, is staging a major awards campaign for all three movies. — Arno

In theaters Friday, August 11

Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza in Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West

In this indie festival favorite, Aubrey Plaza plays Ingrid, a mentally unstable social media stalker who moves out to Los Angeles determined to befriend her Instagram icon, played by Elizabeth Olsen. While the film does sound a bit Single White Female meets Fatal Attraction for Generation Snapchat, it's getting rave reviews as a comedy and took home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. — Michelle

In theaters Friday, August 11

Tony Anselmo, David Tennant, Bobby Moynihan, Kate Micucci, Danny Pudi, and Ben Schwartz in DuckTales (2017)


Duck, yeah! Nearly 27 years after the original animated series aired its last new episode, Duckburg's most famous trillionaire, Scrooge McDuck, is back along with his three triplet grandnephews for a whole new round of adventures. And this time, all the familiar faces have been spruced up with flashier animation, new voices (David Tennant voices Scrooge), and even a revamped theme song. But don't worry on that last point, the much beloved (and much covered) theme retains the addictive verse and chorus. Which means, naturally, that both old and new fans can sing along with equal ease and glee. Woo-oo! — Bret

Premieres Saturday, Aug. 12, on Disney XD

Danielle Macdonald and Siddharth Dhananjay in Patti Cake$ (2017)

Patti Cake$

When I first saw the outstanding trailer for Patti Cake$, I knew I wanted to see this indie drama about an aspiring rapper who feels stuck in New Jersey. But then I learned more about director Geremy Jasper's own inspiring journey to make this film, from a struggling to musician to a self-taught filmmaker who worked his way through the Sundance labs. It's these stories that make me love indie film and I can't wait to support this one by seeing it in the theater. — Michelle

In theaters Friday, August 18

Channing Tatum and Adam Driver in Logan Lucky (2017)

Logan Lucky

After announcing his retirement from feature filmmaking in 2012, legendary director Steven Soderbergh is returning to the big screen this summer with Logan Lucky, his first film since 2013’s Behind the Candelabra. The film follows two brothers, Jimmy and Clyde (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver), as they attempt to pull off an elaborate heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. And while there remains some mystery as to who actually wrote the movie, one thing is for sure: Logan Lucky is sure to be the grand ol' action thrill ride of the year. — Matt

In theaters Friday, August 18

Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones in The Defenders (2017)

"The Defenders"

After two long, but entertaining years of origin stories, characters crossing into other shows, social circles growing smaller, and the reach of The Hand threatening to over take New York, Luke Cage, Matt Murdock, Danny Rand, and Jessica Jones are finally teaming up to do battle. I'm not sure if I'm more excited for the giant fight scenes or the snarky clash of personalities. The biggest challenge will be trying not to binge-watch all eight episodes come midnight on Aug. 18. — Vanessa

Premieres Friday, Aug. 18, on Netflix

Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)

The Hitman's Bodyguard

I'm generally not one for action films, but when you've got Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in the same movie, it's hard to say no. Throw Gary Oldman, Selma Hayek, and Richard E. Grant into the mix, and you know it's no ordinary action film. — Pam

In theaters Friday, August 18

Lakeith Stanfield in Death Note (2017)

Death Note

Although the track record of US anime to live-action adaptions has been spotty, those who are on the fence about the upcoming "Death Note" remake might take some comfort in the fact that manga creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata have given the Netflix incarnation their approval. As a fan of the manga and the 2006 Japanese live-action adaptation, I'm interested to see how director Adam Wingard changes the original story to fit both a very different setting (Seattle) and time (2107 vs. 2003) and how those changes spiral out into the characters and beyond. — Vanessa

Premieres Friday, Aug. 25, on Netflix

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong in Terminator 2 (1991)

Terminator 2 3D

The Terminator always said he’d be back and, true to his word, the heavy metal hero is returning to the big screen. More than 25 years after it was first released, Terminator 2: Judgment Day has been given a 4K restoration and is getting a 3D release. As someone who saw the film on its original release in 1991, it’s incredible to see the leap in quality in the trailer for this restoration. And the film holds up all these years later, more than earning its spot in the top movies of all time on IMDb. – Michael

In US theaters Friday, Aug. 25, and UK theaters Tuesday, Aug. 29

Bonus Trivia: Aug. 29, 1997, is the date of Judgment Day, as stated by Sarah Connor and the T-800.

Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig, and Stephen Mangan in Episodes (2011)


All the “Friends” have enjoyed subsequent success on the big and small screens. But my favorite has been watching Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes” alongside British actors Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig. It has been great to see the actor playing an exaggerated version of himself – a role for which he won a Golden Globe – and tackling more adult but still very funny comedy. So it’s bittersweet to see the series come to an end. While it’s a shame to see the show draw to a close, it’s always good to go out on a high. – Michael

Premieres Sunday, Aug. 20, on Showtime