Last call for summer flicks

  • by David Lamble
  • Thursday July 26, 2018
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Last call for summer flicks

We wrap up our round-up of summer movies. Here's what to expect in August.

"Nico, 1988" Susanna Nicchiarelli's portrait of the final years of the Velvet Underground singer and Andy Warhol superstar is an offbeat biopic shot in the squarish aspect ratio of Warhol's Edie Sedgwick films. The Danish actress Trine Dyrholm does her own singing.

"Christopher Robin" An adult Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) reunites with Winnie-the-Pooh (voice of Jim Cummings) in a reboot that mixes actors and computer-animated favorites from the Hundred Acre Wood. The story is by Alex Ross Perry. Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland") directs.

"The Darkest Minds" A detained teenager with special powers (Amandla Stenberg) joins a group of like-powered teenagers to form a rebellion. Based on the Alexandra Bracken novel. Mandy Moore co-stars. Jennifer Yuh Nelson directs.

"Mile 22" In the latest bang-em-up derby from Peter Berg, Mark Wahlberg is an intelligence officer charged with smuggling a police officer out of the country. Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey co-star.

"The Miseducation of Cameron Post" Set in the 1990s, the winner of Sundance's top US dramatic competition prize has a high schooler (Chlo� Grace Moretz) go to a center for gay conversion therapy. With Sasha Lane and John Gallagher Jr. Desiree Akhavan directs.

"Searching" When his daughter disappears, a widowed father (John Cho) searches for her using any clue he can find online. Thanks to clever use of FaceTime-like videos and news broadcasts, every shot in Aneesh Chaganty's movie is of a computer screen. With Debra Messing.

"The Spy Who Dumped Me" After one of them has a breakup with a CIA operative, two friends (Mila Kunis, Kate McKinnon) become embroiled in international intrigue. Susanna Fogel directs.

"The Wife" Tensions come to a head between a writer (Glenn Close) and her husband (Jonathan Pryce) as he prepares to receive the Nobel Prize. Christian Slater also stars in this adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer novel.

"BlacKkKlansman" Spike Lee, who coaxed a great performance out of NBA player Ray Allen in "He Got Game," directs John David Washington (son of Denzel and a former professional football player) as an African-American cop who goes undercover in the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. Adam Driver plays his partner, and Jordan Peele is one of the producers. Based on the memoir by Ron Stallworth.

"Madeline's Madeline" Helena Howard stars as a teenager who becomes untethered as she prepares for a theater role. Molly Parker plays her director, and a subdued Miranda July her mother. This feature from Josephine Decker teeters on the border between narrative and the avant-garde.

"Skate Kitchen" A Long Island skateboarder joins up with a crew from the city. Crystal Moselle (2015 documentary "The Wolfpack") turns to fiction filmmaking with this feature, although many of the skaters are played by members of a real-life collective. Rachelle Vinberg and Jaden Smith star.

"Cielo" Alison McAlpine's experimental doc uses the skies above the Atacama Desert in Chile to pose philosophical questions about humanity and the universe.

"Alpha" Separated from his hunting group, a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in the last Ice Age fights to survive with the help of a wolf he tames. Albert Hughes directs.

"Crazy Rich Asians" Anticipation is high for a Hollywood movie that puts an Asian story front and center. A New York economics professor (Constance Wu) accompanies her boyfriend (Henry Golding) to his native Singapore, and learns that he and his family are extremely wealthy. Jon M. Chu directs this adaptation of Kevin Kwan's novel.

"Down a Dark Hall" Rodrigo Cortes directs this adaptation of Lois Duncan's young-adult horror novel. Anna-Sophia Robb plays a girl sent to a strange boarding school. Uma Thurman plays the headmistress.

"The Happytime Murders" Brian (son of Jim) Henson directs a puppet story that sounds darker than what his father is known for. The cast members of puppet TV show "The Happytime Gang" are murdered. Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks are in the cast.

"Juliet, Naked" In this adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, Rose Byrne plays a museum curator at an impasse in a relationship with an obsessed fan (Chris O'Dowd) of a rock star (Ethan Hawke) who disappeared. She strikes up an email relationship with the musician. Jesse Peretz directs.

"Memoir of War" Adapted from Marguerite Duras' memoir. M�lanie Thierry plays the writer during WWII, when she and her husband were part of the French Resistance. After he is taken to Dachau, she must get close to a Vichy officer (Beno�t Magimel).

"John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection" Julien Faraut uses footage from the 1984 French Open to construct this meditation on a tennis star's court style and over-the-top personality.

"The Bookshop" Emily Mortimer plays a widow who opens a bookstore in an English town in 1959, scandalizing her neighbors with "Lolita." Patricia Clarkson and Bill Nighy co-star. Isabel Coixet directs.

"Papillon" In another adaptation of the Henri Charri�re novel "Papillon" (the 1973 version starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman), Charlie Hunnam steps in for McQueen, and Rami Malek has the Hoffman role, allies at a French penal colony.

"Slender Man" This work of Eric Knudsen, aka Victor Surge, became an internet meme and the subject of fan fiction after he first appeared in 2009.

"Support the Girls" Mumblecore champ Andrew Bujalski ("Funny Ha Ha") examines the camaraderie at a Hooters-like restaurant whose manager (Regina Hall) looks out for her employees. With Haley Lu Richardson and Shayna McHayle.

"The Little Stranger" In his first feature since "Room," Lenny Abrahamson directs this adaptation of Sarah Waters' 2009 novel, about a doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) who pays a house call to a haunted estate headed by Charlotte Rampling. Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter co-star.

"A Paris Education" Jean-Paul Civeyrac directs this black-and-white story about a film student in Paris working to refine his notions of cinema and romance.