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question of the day: What movie are you most looking forward to in August?

As of this writing, 13 movies will open wide in North America in the month of August. Which means that even if you’re an active moviegoer and see a movie each week, you’ve still gotta pick and choose (and it’s even worse if you’re in a city on the arthouse circuit, but let’s not make this too complicated).

After a jump, a list of those 13 movies to whet your appetite, or not, as the case may be:
August 7
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on the same day)
Julie & Julia (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on September 11)
A Perfect Getaway (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on August 12)

August 14
Bandslam (opens in the U.K. on August 12)
District 9 (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on September 4)
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (opens in the U.K. on October 9)
The Time Traveler’s Wife (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on the same day)

August 21
Inglourious Basterds (opens in the U.K. on August 19)
Post Grad (opens in the U.K. on January 1, 2010)
Shorts (opens in the U.K. on the same day)

August 28
The Final Destination (opens in the U.K. on the same day)
Halloween 2 (no U.K. release date has been announced)
Taking Woodstock (trailer) (opens in the U.K. on October 30)

Which of these movies are you most looking forward to in August?

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  • marshall myers

    There are several good looking movies coming out in Aug. I’m most looking forward to seeing District 9, followed by G.I. Joe. Possibly Ingloreus Basterds.

  • LaSargenta

    Taking Woodstock and District 9. Actually, I’m going to show the trailers for both of these to my son and see if he thinks he’d be ready for or like to see either or both of them, too. I think D9 would be too scary, but I’m going to let him make that call. It looks waaaaaaay better than the sexed-up bloodless violence of GI Joe, which I know lots of kids his age are going to be taken to see.

    But, I live in NYC and m thinking about several non-mainstream things, too.

  • LaSargenta

    PS: I wish Abrazos Rotos wasn’t being held back from here. It would be nice if potential Oscar picks were released sometime before Labor Day.

    You didn’t put The Boat That Rocked on your list…isn’t it getting a wide release? It can’t really be an art film?!

  • There’s SO MANY choices in August, I’m pretty much frazzled trying to choose which one I’m most looking forward to seeing.

    In contention: Julie & Julia, District 9, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Inglorious Basterds, and Taking Woodstock.

    Plus I also want to see Adam and The Hurt Locker! Gah!

  • Inglorious Basterds is the only film I need to see this summer, but the more I see and read about District 9, the more I want to see it too.

    GI Joe looks incredibly stupid, but early reviews are saying its a really fun movie, so I guess I’ll see it.

  • I saw the trailer for Time Traveler’s Wife, and it looks like a real cry fest. I’ll pass. I’m not a big fan of the melodrama.

  • I am *so* intrigued with District 9, but wonder if it would be enjoyable to my fellow movie-going friends.

    Inglorious Bastards is looking to be sheer bloody pulp (Dirty Dozen with more graphic violence).

    I want to skip GI Joe simply on principle (I left my principles at home for Transformers2: The Sickening and I swore I would only do that once a year, so I’m done).

    If I want the Woodstock experience, I could just drop some brown acid, drive out into the middle of the New York highways to cause traffic jams, and blast Sha Na Na from my radio at 1200 decibels. >:-) I kid. I’d really listen to Richie Havens’ “Freedom” over and over (an improvised riff on “Motherless Child” but even MORE haunting and spiritual than the original source).

  • One more thing: Why are they released a “Halloween” movie in AUGUST?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Release dates for Halloween-themed slasher pics should be between Sept.30th and Nov.1st bleeping bleepity bleep!!!

  • CM

    So excited for Inglourious Basterds. My man, Quentin can do no wrong.

  • Kathy A

    The top two (right now) are Julie & Julia and The Time Traveler’s Wife (love the book, am hoping the movie doesn’t ruin it and also that it shows Chicago off well).

    The more I see of District 9, the more I’m thinking I’ll be seeing that as well.

    And since I first saw the trailer for Taking Woodstock when I saw The Hurt Locker last Friday, I’m thinking that might be a good film, too.

    Since I’ve only see three movies since February, August looks like a good month for me!

  • Pollas

    Inglourious Basterds. There are a couple others I want to see, but only IB has me excited to see it. Looks like a lot of fun.

  • Joanne

    I’d say District 9, but I’m in the UK, so technically it’s not an August film!

    I’m hoping that The Time Traveler’s Wife will be as good as the book, but I’m not hopeful.

  • misterb

    For peace in the household, it will be Julie and Julia. Something for the chick and the geek (Julia Child is an honorary uber-geek in my book).

  • Like reading the comments so far. It seems with the variety of choice, most of the movies are finding some love. It would be quite interesting to see which film will have the highest gross.

    The contenders:

    Gi-Joe – If it’s as goofy fun as the first Transformers movie, it could hit big.

    Julie & Julia – It’s summer and it’s Meryl Streep. Doesn’t that mean big money recently?

    District 9 – Peter Jackson. Sci-Fi. Mmm. If people hear about it and see it and it’s good, sky is the limit.

  • hdj

    I wouldn’t miss “Inglourious Basterds” for anything QT and killing Nazis its a total dude movie.
    “District 9″ I wanna see ,

    ” G.I Joe ” mainly because I was one of the kids that watched the show and collected the figurines.

    “Halloween 2″ the remake sequel of the original Halloween sequel. I don’t understand why he didn’t do season of the witch 2. The Halloween movie not related to the Michael Myers plot with the silver shamrock mask that ate the kids head when they put it on.

    I wanna try to fit ” The Collector” in there and ” A perfect Getaway” , I doubt it, event if its a little gem, it looks like one I could hold off on.

  • LaSargenta

    If I want the Woodstock experience, I could just drop some brown acid, drive out into the middle of the New York highways to cause traffic jams, and blast Sha Na Na from my radio at 1200 decibels. >:-) I kid. I’d really listen to Richie Havens’ “Freedom” over and over (an improvised riff on “Motherless Child” but even MORE haunting and spiritual than the original source).

    Hey, I’m going to see Taking Woodstock for Schreiber’s performance.

    Totally off-topic: Richie Havens sang Freedom at this year’s Clearwater Festival! It was a great performance he gave. And the finale, with Taj Mahal, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and Havens was beautiful. Were you there?

  • LaSargenta

    Urg. html-fail.

    Apologies, Paul W and Maryann.

  • bats :[

    Nothing is grabbing me. I did see the original Inglorious Bastards a couple of weeks ago — QT’s looks like a complete makeover, but I have to admit that the first one was a lot of mindless, noisy fun, and if the remake is anything like it, it might be the one for me.

    I cringe at the thought of Julie and Julia. I’m not a Meryl Streep fan; her looks of pain or distress or sadness always come across as an unfortunate case of constipation. What trailers I have seen for the movie comes across as a SNL sketch with Streep doing a broad, rather vulgar, parody of Child (and if this is supposed to be the case, I’d rather see Dan Ackroyd in the role).

  • JoshDM

    I’ll see District 9 because it’s spelled correctly.

  • Peter Lanes

    The Final Destination!

  • Ben

    District 9 for sure, although I have no idea when it it coming out in Europe…

  • Hank Graham

    The two I’m most looking forward to are District 9 and Miyazaki’s Ponyo, which is getting released here in the US on August 14th.

  • Hank Graham

    And the one I’m dreading is Inglorious Bastards.

  • wrongturn687

    District 9 is a must see for me, but Inglorious Bastards isn’t far behind. I also have some intreset in The Final Destination because I heard the 3D deaths look amazing, but I don’t think I’ll even be able to see it in Theatres.

  • thatguy

    District 9 took me in from the first preview and I CAN’T FLIPPIN’ WAIT!!!

    And I’m sad to say that I’m SORT OF looking forward to Halloween 2 as well, just because Rob Zombie raves that he’s done something with the film that “nobody will expect” and it’s supposed to have this all-new plot line that consists of Laurie mentally breaking down, and honestly I can say the trailer didn’t look too bad..but he screwed up the first one, which is why I’m very wary about what he’s done with this one, but nonetheless I’m still excited–I mean, the original sequel wasn’t exactly a work of art in and of itself, so he’s got lots of room to do what he wants and surprise people, instead of taking away from everything that made the original scary like he did in his remake of the first..

  • iakobos

    This one is an easy pic, District 9.

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