The Complete Guide to Hollywood Movies Opening in August 2020
August has traditionally been a wind-down period for the summer blockbuster schedule. Due to the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked though, and with a July reopening now looking impossible due to the recent spike in cases, August has become the month that both studios and theater owners are banking their hopes on that movie-going can resume so they can stop bleeding money.
Both Warner Bros and Disney were forced to reshuffle Tenet (initially on 16 Jul, then 30 Jul, then 11 Aug, then finally 27 Aug) and Mulan (from 27 Mar to 24 Jul, to 20 Aug, and then to premium VOD on 4 Sep in countries with Disney Plus, and in cinemas for those without). Here’s hoping they don’t have to reschedule the movies for a third time. *Spoiler alert: They did.*
Movies coming out in August 2020
(Click on the movie titles in the bullets to jump to that section if you don’t want to scroll through the entire list. You can also click on each movie’s heading to go to their IMDb pages. Release dates below are for Singapore, but if you’re outside Singapore, IMDb can tell you fairly accurately what’s the release date in your country.)
Opening on the week of 13 August
Director: Ric Roman Waugh (“Angel Has Fallen”, “Shot Caller”)
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn
Genre: Action, Disaster, Thriller
Synopsis: A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity while they battle the increasing panic and lawlessness surrounding them. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.
Director: Craig Zobel (“Z for Zachariah”)
Cast: Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Ike Barinholtz, Glenn Howerton
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Synopsis: Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen… for a very specific purpose… The Hunt. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, a group of elites gathers for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt humans for sport. But the elites’ master plan is about to be derailed because one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin, GLOW), knows The Hunters’ game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off, one by one, as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (two-time Oscar® winner Hilary Swank) at the center of it all.
Opening on the week of 27 August
Director: Christopher Nolan (“Inception”, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Interstellar”, “Dunkirk”, “Memento”, “The Prestige”)
Cast: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy, Himesh Patel
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Synopsis: John David Washington is the new Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi action spectacle “Tenet.” Armed with only one word—Tenet—and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.
Not time travel. Inversion.
Director: Josh Boone (“The Fault in Our Stars”)
Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Synopsis: 20th Century Fox in association with Marvel Entertainment presents “The New Mutants,” an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.