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What’s Worth Watching – August 2015

August 2015

With most of the big stonking blockbusters out of the way for the year (once Fantastic Four gets out of the gates), we’re into a rather busy August with tonnes of nice looking, for want of a better word, “indies” on the way. More on some of these toward the end of the reviews chunk of the latest podcast, #32.

As usual, full release schedule list is below and then five picks for the month are previewed at the bottom of the post.

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August 2015 – Cinema Release Dates for Ireland

6 August 2015
Fantastic Four (2015)

7 August 2015
Max (2015)
The Gift (2015)
Manglehorn (2014)
A Doctor’s Sword (2015)
The Diary of A Teenage Girl (2015)
Hard to be a God (2014)

12 August 2015
Pixels (2015)

14 August 2015
Trainwreck (2015)
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Absolutely Anything (2015)
Mistress America (2015)
Precinct Seven Five (2014 Documentary)

21 August 2015
Paper Towns (2015)
Vacation (2015)
Sinister 2 (2015)
The Wolfpack (2015)
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)
Good People (2014)
Bill (2015)
Gemma Bovery (2014)
Theeb (2014)
The Great Wall (2014)
The Treatment (2014)

27 August 2015
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015)

28 August 2015
Straight Outta Compton (2015)
45 Years (2015)
L’Eclisse (1962)
Miss Julie (2014)

These films are all receiving general or limited releases in Ireland this month, no festival or one-off showings are included. Let us know what we’ve missed –

#1 – Mistress America

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August 14th

“Frances Ha 2”. We can hope.

It’s great to see Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach teaming up again, and while you’d be tempted to approach this one with some caution, it’s hard not to hope for the best as it looks great fun. Gerwig’s Lola Kirke also looks more than capable starring opposite her.

This year’s first Baumbach effort While We’re Young seemed to divide his fans, personally I thought it was fine but seemed to just confirm him as a neo-Woody Allen – as likely to make a mediocre film as a small scale masterpiece. Here’s hoping for something better here.

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#2 – Trainwreck


August 14th

Amy Schumer has been subject to a tonne of lengthy features and think-pieces on foot of Trainwreck’s US release. Her brash, confident form of comedy has been seen for a few years now in the Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer”, but now by teaming up with Judd Apatow for Trainwreck, she’s being exposed to a whole new audience.

The film itself has gotten mixed to positive reviews but the talent involved – Schumer, Apatow, Tilda Swinton, Brie Larson, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena and LeBron James – have me intrigued.

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#3 – Precinct Seven Five

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August 14th

One of the year’s most talked about true-crime documentaries is coming to UK and Irish cinemas. Tiller Russell’s film deals with one of America’s most corrupt police groupings – Brooklyn’s Precinct Seven Five – at a time of extremely high murder rates – the early 1980s.

We’ve seen 80’s New York on screen in recent times in the fictional A Most Violent Year and the under-rated doc The Central Park Five, both have found their ways onto my end of year lists, so here’s hoping for more of the same.

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#4 – Escobar: Paradise Lost


August 21st

Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez playing Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Yes please!

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#5 – Paper Towns

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August 21st

The world’s most famous eyebrows, Cara Delevingne, are becoming on-screen stars with the adaptation of the John Green book “Paper Towns”, following on from the smash hit from last summer “The Fault in Our Stars”.

Delevingne has been on-screen before, but not with anything of this scale. She’s starring opposite Nat Wolff in a story of a road-trip of some sort. So hopefully less cancer than “The Fault in Our Stars”.

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