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August 9, 2014

What Happens When Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift Join Forces?

Meryl_Streep_by_Jack_MitchellWith The Giver coming to theaters in a few days and plenty of other great movies coming out, August is the perfect time for the movies. Use our quick guide to plan movie outings with friends, a date night with that special someone, or family bonding time! Although there are several worthwhile movies debuting in August, these three standouts are especially exciting.

 

The Giver

Genre: Drama; Science Fiction

Release date: August 15

Rating: PG-13

 

Taylor Swift

Lois Lowry’s famous book “The Giver” comes to life through the all-star cast of Phillip Noyce’s rendition of the book. The book’s plot is genius and unforgettable, and the cast is promising. A young boy, Jonas, is chosen among all of the members of the idealistic community to take on the responsibility of training to become the town’s Giver, a crucial role in their community. Jonas slowly learns that his responsibilities are more enormous than he ever anticipated. Even if the promise of a good story isn’t convincing enough, a chance to see the 18 Academy Award winner Meryl Streep is a good reason alone to see this film. Other stars include Brenton Thwaites as the protagonist, Jonas, Oscar-winning Jeff Bridges, and even Taylor Swift.

 

Helen MirrenThe Hundred-Foot Journey

Genre: Drama

Release date: August 8

Rating: PG

The Hundred-Foot Journey uses culinary establishments to touch upon complex issues like displacement, culture differences, and human relationships. The Kadam family, uprooted from their native India, start to build roots in their new French home as they begin an Indian restaurant business. Their new business does not sit well with the established, highly rated French restaurant that is one hundred feet from the new restaurant. The two businesses become rivals until Hassan Kadam’s culinary talent brings peace to the two restaurants by combining elements from both cultural food types. Manish Dayal from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) performs the role of Hassan, and Academy Award winning Helen Mirren plays the French restaurant’s proprietress.

 

Robin_Wright_2009The Congress

Genre: Drama; Science Fiction

Release date: July 24

Rating: N/A

An actress, well past her prime, agrees to one final job before retirement – digitally recording her likeness to be preserved and used in future film productions. This plotline was originally portrayed in a 2013 French-Israeli version of the movie, and Drafthouse Films saw enough potential in the plot to purchase the rights to produce their own 2014 rendition of the movie.  Robin Wright, especially famous for her role as Jenny in Forrest Gump, promises to put on a good show, while Jon Hamm, Mad Men’s Don Draper, continues to break into the film industry in this film.

 

Escape the heat and spend some time enjoying these films, and let us know what you think of our recommendations!



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