The dog days of summer are here and we’re planning to milk as much R&R out of August as we can! The EPIX library is getting quite a few additions this month and if you can manage it, we recommend planning an outdoor movie night with family or friends to watch one of them (just don’t forget the s’mores).
For A Movie Night Party: Top Five & Katy Perry: Part of Me
Chris Rock’s comedy Top Five makes it’s television premiere this month on EPIX and it’s definitely a must watch. Written, directed by and starring Rock, the film tells the story of Andre Allen, a comedian-turned-movie star, whose encounter with a journalist, played by Rosario Dawson, forces him to look at his career and the past he left behind to make it. Top Five also stars Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer and Sherri Shepherd.
If you’re looking for something a little more crowd-friendly, we suggest Katy Perry: Part of Me. The kids will love it, but it’s also a really interesting look behind Katy Perry’s path to becoming one of the biggest pop sensations ever. Sure, it’s coated in bright colors, fabulous costumes and peppy tunes, but behind it all, there’s an authentic story that’ll motivate anyone to achieve their dreams.
For The Whole Family: Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown & Charlotte’s Web
The Peanuts gang heads off to Camp Remote for the summer in Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown. Adventure ensues immediately with Charlie forced to hitch a ride to camp on Snoopy’s motorcycle and the gang being confronted by a group of bullies as soon as they arrive. Challenged to a raft race, the Peanuts gang risk their necks in a hair-raising river race and stand up to those cheating bullies.
One of literatures most beloved books, E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web jumps off the pages and onto the screen in this animated film adaptation. Full of color and music, it’s the perfect family movie and one that’ll have you believing in miracles!
For The Dramatically Inclined: Hamlet & Revolutionary Road
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, drama addicts can get their fix with 1990’s Hamlet starring Mel Gibson in the title role. You know the story, and this telling of it is full of star-studded talent with strong performances from Gibson, Glenn Close and Helena Bonham Carter.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite in Revolutionary Road, Sam Mende’s 2008 film adapted from the bestseller by Richard Yates. It’s a dark and complex study of a young Connecticut couple raising a family in the 1950s era. Their once perfect relationship has deteriorated into an endless cycle of jealousy, fighting and depression over the obsessive demand for conformity by the community they live in, and while Frank (DiCaprio) is comfortable with the path their headed down, April (Winslet) is in desperate need to escape.
For Some Laughs: The Chumscrubber & Top Secret!
A dark comedy, The Chumscrubber stars Jamie Bell as Dean, a Californian teen who finds himself in a chaotic mess when his best friend and neighborhood drug dealer, Troy, kills himself and no one else seems to care. No one, that is, except some local bullies and former customers of Tory’s who decide to threaten Dean for the remaining drug stash. It may sound deep, but the plot is really solid and it’s got a some good laughs.
What do you get when you combine spies and Elvis musicals? Top Secret! This outrageous parody starring Val Kilm (in his feature film debut) and is brought to you by the same people who brought us Airplane! and The Naked Gun. It’s got lots of laughs and entertains the entire time you’re watching it.
Share what movie or movies are on your EPIX watch list for August in the comments below!