August starts off hot with a ton of VOD, Home Theatrical, and limited release films.
This week spreads around the options when it comes to catching a movie. There are five releases headed for limited screenings at theaters (several of which are also available day and date on streaming.) There is also a ton of Home Theatrical release this week, and several big name stars go straight to video on demand.
Limited Release, Aug. 7
Black Water: Abyss (VOD Aug. 7)
Five friends exploring a remote cave system in Northern Australia find themselves threatened by a hungry crocodile.
Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine (VOD Aug. 7)
Explores the seminal music magazine from its 1969 launch in Detroit to the untimely death of its publisher Barry Kramer in 1981.
Made in Italy
A bohemian artist who travels from London to Italy with his estranged son to sell the house they inherited from his late wife.
SamSam appears to have it all: his own flying saucer and great family and friends. But the one thing he has yet to attain are actual superpowers.
The Tax Collector (VOD Aug. 7)
A “tax collector” for a crime lord finds his family’s safety compromised when his boss’ old rival shows up in LA and upends his business.
Home Theatrical Release
Sunless Shadows (Aug. 7)
The follow-up to Oskouei’s critically acclaimed Starless Dreams (2016), Sunless Shadows takes another look at the lives of teenage girls in an Iranian juvenile detention center. But this time the focus is narrowed: each of the film’s principal subjects is serving time for the murder of a male family member. One by one, Oskouei invites them to go into a room alone, push the red button on the camera, and address their accomplices or their victims.
You Never Had It: An Evening with Bukowski (Aug. 7, Kino Marquee)
Producer and journalist Silvia Bizio introduces an evening with writer Charles Bukowski by recounting her time with the author and the discovery of an extraordinary time capsule that lead to the documentary’s creation.
Psychomagic: A Healing Art (Aug. 8, Alamo at Home)
We are honored to host the U.S. premiere of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s new documentary, PSYCHOMAGIC, A HEALING ART, an intimate exploration of the visionary director’s theory of trauma therapy. His unique concept of healing uses performance art as a vehicle to counter deep, debilitating psychic suffering with literal “acts of confrontation” in real world applications.
Video on Demand
Crshd (Aug. 4)
This inventive, female-driven sex comedy follows college freshman Izzy Alden (Isabelle Barbier) and her two best friends, Anuka (Deeksha Ketkar) and Fiona (Sadie Scott), as they embark on a journey to get Izzy to a “crush party” so she can lose her virginity before the end of the semester. The acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Emily Cohn, CRSHD tells a hilarious, unique story about navigating the messy ups and downs of life and love in the age of social media.
Ride Your Wave (Aug. 4)
Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water.
The Stand: How One Gesture Shook the World (Aug. 4)
The Stand: How One Gesture Shook the World explores the motives behind Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s gesture of defiance during the 1968 Olympics and the consequences.
Star Light (Aug. 4)
A kind-hearted teenager, Dylan, attempts to save a runaway popstar, Bebe A. Love, from a threatening manager. Fearing for Bebe’s safety, Dylan seeks shelter at a friend’s house, turning a fun graduation party into a night of living hell.
Limbo (Aug. 4)
A murderer finds himself on trial in Hell, caught between a bitter prosecutor and an inexperienced defense attorney.
Red Penguins (Aug. 4)
Detailing an incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, Red Penguins tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow.
Spinster (Aug. 7)
After her partner breaks up with her on her 39th birthday, Gaby tackles her fears of loneliness as well as preconceptions of what it means for a woman to be single
The Secret Garden (Aug. 7)
Set in England during a new time period in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl who, after being sent to live with her uncle, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate.
Waiting for the Barbarians (Aug. 7)
The Magistrate (Mark Rylance) of an isolated frontier settlement on the border of an unnamed empire looks forward to an easy retirement until the arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), whose task it is to report on the activities of the ‘barbarians’ and on the security situation on the border. Joll conducts a series of ruthless interrogations, which leads the Magistrate to question his loyalty to the empire.
I Used to Go Here (Aug. 7)
Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel, 35-year-old writer Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives a welcome invitation from her former professor and old crush (Jemaine Clement) to speak at her alma mater. With her book tour cancelled, and her ego deflated, Kate hopes that returning to her old college as a published author will give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into a comical regression—from misadventures with eccentric twenty-year olds to feelings of jealousy toward her former professor’s new favorite student.
Boys in the Wood (Amazon Prime, Aug. 7)
Dean, Duncan and DJ Beatroot are teenage pals from Glasgow who embark on the character-building camping trip-based on a real-life program-known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, where foraging, teamwork and orienteering are the order of the day. Eager to cut loose and smoke weed in the Scottish Highlands, the trio finds themselves paired with straight-laced Ian, a fellow camper determined to play by the rules. After veering off-path into remote farmland that’s worlds away from their urban comfort zone, the boys find themselves hunted down by a shadowy force hell-bent on extinguishing their futures.