Can you believe the summer is almost over?  It feels like it just began and, already, we are looking at the movie releases for August. It hasn’t exactly been an impressive season at the box-office (sales are down after 2013’s record-breaking summer) but there is hope that this final month could turn things around.  Here are some of the titles that will be released in August.

Friday, August 1

Guardians of the Galaxy – If you are a fan of the Marvel Universe, you will not want to miss this movie about a band of misfits that reluctantly agree to work together to keep a mysterious orb out of the hands of an evil villain. Whereas most of the Marvel movies take place on Earth (except for Thor, of course), Guardians of the Galaxy takes the action to the cosmos.

Get on Up – If movies such as Ray or Walk the Line are any indication, audiences love biopics. For this reason, it’s very possible that this movie about the life of James Brown could do very, very well at the box-office. Viewers will get to see the meteoric rise of the Godfather of Soul, including his humble beginnings.

Friday, August 8

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – With the success of live-action adaptations of 80s cartoons (Transformers and G.I. Joe) it’s not surprising that a reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has appeared (despite the fact that live-action versions already exist). Still, older kids might enjoy the nostalgia of seeing the pizza loving turtles on the big screen whereas younger kids could discover new heroes to embrace.

Into the Storm – In what feels like this generations version of Twister, the town of Silverton deals with an onslaught of tornadoes in a single day. Of course, there are storm chasers who insist on trying to capture images of the unprecedented event while most people seek shelter.

Wednesday, August 13

Let’s Be Cops – Fans of New Girl will love seeing two cast members in this movie about two guys who discover the power they could have if they were cops. With fake uniforms and a cruiser purchased on eBay, they take impersonating a police officer to the next level. Of course, not everything goes as planned.

Friday, August 15

The Expendables 3 – Yes, there is a third installment of this franchise that features aging actors that we have loved in action films over the years. It’s kind of epic to see them all of these big names together in a single movie. They are cheesy and more than a little ridiculous but who cares? It’s fun!

The Giver – Based on the popular novel, the plot tells the story of a world that is perfect in every way. Unfortunately, it’s not a very exciting or colorful world but, when 16-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver of Memories, he learns that a stable society comes at a price.

Friday, August 22

If I Stay – This movie looks like a real heart-wrenching tear-jerker. Based on the young adult novel of the same name, If I Stay follows a young woman who falls for a guy but a car accident changes her entire life. She is left comatose as the sole survivor of the crash that killed her family. She can hear all that is going on around her and must decide whether she wants to wake up and learn to live as an orphan or die to avoid the pain.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – Viewers who enjoyed the first Sin City movie may want to see this sequel (that is actually a prequel) since it tells the story of how Dwight’s face became so dramatically different. In the film, he is hunted down by Ava Lord, his only love, and things go terribly wrong.

Friday, August 29

As Above, So Below – A team of explorers decide to brave the twisting catacombs beneath Paris in order to discover a dark secret. While the underground trenches have become the home to countless souls, the group quickly discovers their own personal demons may be just as terrifying as the unknown.

Jessabelle – After a car accident damages her legs, a girl is left with no choice but to move back to her father’s home in Louisiana. As she adjusts to her new life, she realizes that her own birth is shrouded in mystery and that an angry ghost named Jessabelle seems to be holding a grudge against her.

There are movies about superheroes, touching dramas and supernatural horrors. This last month of the summer box-office could be a real winner!