It’s a big month in movies and TV with sequels A Quiet Place Part II and Peter Rabbit 2 hitting JB Hi-Fi, along with the penultimate season of The Walking Dead, more classic Doctor Who on Blu-ray, and plenty for action fans. Take your pick and pre-order your copies today.
A QUIET PLACE PART II – August 11
Dynamically edited, intensely performed, and packing all the scares and suspense that made the original something to shout about, A Quiet Place Part II plays as a direct continuation of the story, expanding upon the established milieu and its rules as the Abbott family leave their rural refuge for the big, wide, post-apocalyptic world in search of other survivors.
PETER RABBIT 2 – August 4
This ambitious sequel takes Beatrix Potter’s iconic characters out of their rural comfort zone and into the big city, where mischief and the temptations of a farmers market prove irresistible. And once again our very own Sydney-based animation studio, Animal Logic, brings them to vivid life in a charming follow-up that kids and adults alike will adore.
VOYAGERS – August 4
With the future of the human race at stake, a crew of young men and women, bred for intelligence and obedience, embark on an 85-year voyage to colonise a distant planet. Directed by Neil Burger (Limitless), this young adult sci-fi adventure channels Lord of the Flies in its exploration of human nature in a vacuum. The quality cast includes Colin Farrell (Minority Report), Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) and Lily-Rose Depp (The King).
THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD – August 11
Angelina Jolie is on fire in this propulsive action-thriller, co-written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) from the novel of the same name by Michael Koryta. Aussie Finn Little (Storm Boy) plays a kid on the run from relentless hitmen, who becomes trapped in a forest wildfire and must depend on a fearless firefighter (Jolie) still reeling from the loss of three lives on her watch.
LUCA – August 18
Set in the Italian Riviera during the 1950s, Pixar’s latest animated adventure is a coming-of-age story about the power of friendship – in this case the bond that develops between two young sea monsters who have taken human form on land. Think of it as kind of a spin on the classic The Little Mermaid tale, with a bit of Gremlins “don’t get them wet” thrown in.
TILL DEATH – August 4
Things get nasty for Megan Fox in this horror-thriller directed by Aussie filmmaker S.K. Dale. Fox plays a young wife who feels trapped in a lifeless marriage, only to wake up handcuffed to her dead husband as part of a macabre revenge plot. Things get worse when a pair of hired killers arrive at her secluded lake house, intent on silencing her forever.
SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW – August 25
Although pitched as a Saw spin-off, on account of there being an all-new killer, Spiral is most definitely a sequel, albeit distinct enough to stand on its own for series’ newcomers. Chris Rock – who chaperoned the film from concept to release – stars as a brash detective investigating a series of grisly murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past.
THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD – August 25
This over-the-top sequel to the 2017 action-comedy, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, reunites Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, and gives Salma Hayek a bigger role. This time around the bodyguard (Reynolds) has his downtime interrupted when he learns that the hitman (SLJ) has been kidnapped by the mob, and his foul-mouthed wife (Hayek) needs him to come to the rescue.
WRATH OF MAN – August 11
Director Guy Ritchie (The Gentlemen) opens fire, unleashing what is possibly his most intense film to date – a straight-laced action-thriller with the emphasis on action. Adapted from the 2004 French film Cash Truck, Wrath of Man stars Jason Statham as a mysterious guy hired by an armoured cash-in-transit company, whose quiet demeanour conceals a dangerous secret.
SPIRIT UNTAMED – August 25
A sequel of sorts to the 2002 animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, this western-adventure follows 12-year-old Lucky Prescott (voiced by Isabela Merced), who has relocated from the city to a small frontier town where she meets and befriends the wild mustang of the title. A delightful family flick that celebrates the power of female friendships.
THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 10 – August 25
The penultimate season of TWD is also the show’s longest to date, with six bonus, character-focused episodes taking the total count to 22. While primarily concerned with the escalating ‘Whisperer War’ that threatens Hilltop, it’s the final bonus episode, Here’s Negan, that’s the pick of the bunch, providing a welcome – and poignant – backstory for the series’ former Big Bad.
DOCTOR WHO: CLASSIC SEASON 24 – August 25
The next round of classic Who to receive the limited Blu-ray boxset treatment is Sylvester McCoy’s debut season as the seventh Doctor, comprising the stories Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers, Delta and the Bannermen, and Dragonfire – including alternate extended versions. Ample bonus features include brand new documentaries, interviews and more. Pre-order now while stocks last.
BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, PART 2 – August 11
The second half of this epic animated adaptation of the iconic ’90s DC comic book sees the Holiday Killer still on the loose, with Batman suspecting the serial killer may be a former ally. But with Bruce Wayne under the spell of Poison Ivy, the Dark Knight is powerless to act. Elsewhere, Harvey Dent grapples with a mob war and ultimately becomes Two-Face, posing a further threat to Gotham.
TRAIN TO BUSAN: PENINSULA – August 18
This relentless sequel to the 2016 South Korean zombie cult classic picks up four years later when the virus has turned the nation into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Upping the action quotient with a heist-movie plot, Peninsula pre-empts Zack Snyder’s recent Army of the Dead, with millions in abandoned loot up for grabs in the zombie-infested coastal city of Incheon.
RAVAGE – August 11
A nature photographer (Annabelle Dexter-Jones) snaps photos of a guy being tortured in the woods of rural Virginia and duly reports it to the local sheriff, only to be abducted by the redneck perpetrators and taken to their pig farm, where she must depend on her survivalist skills to escape and exact her own brand of savage justice. A gripping slice of hillbilly horror, with a bonus appearance by Bruce Dern.