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Hollywood Movie Imports in August: The Secret Life of Pets, Jason Bourne, and More

Jul 26, 2016 | 17:03 Tue
Sorry, no Ghostbusters, no Suicide Squad, and you might need to wait another month to see Star Trek Beyond. Not to worry, though. We're still in for a few good ones for August. Click on the jump for the next batch of Hollywood movies coming to Shanghai theaters.

The Secret Life of Pets, in theaters August 2

An animated movie that shows the world through your pets' eyes, The Secret Life of Pets stars top-notch American comedians Louis CK, Ellie Kemper, Kevin Hart, and Jenny Slate. It comes to us from the same humans behind Despicable Me and currently clocks in at 74% on RottenTomatoes, with the majority of critics agreeing on its "strong visual gags and a witty script." Seems like a fine choice for families.

Song of the Sea, in theaters August 12

Another one for the whole family, Oscar-nominated animated film Song of the Sea is the same director who gave us the critically-acclaimed The Secret of Kells. Just like the previous work, this movie is hand-drawn, and merges vivid color with idiosyncratic character design and a beautiful soundtrack. Should be stunning on the big screen. The story is based on a pretty poignant and romantic Celtic folklore tale, and explores "the deep connection between human and nature." Seen it. It's a truly splendid film. Don't miss it.

Jason Bourne, in theaters August 23

Matt Damon is back from Mars and back in his iconic role for the latest chapter in the Bourne franchise. Damon is also reunited with director Paul Greengrass, who has the first two classic Bourne films to his credit. Alicia Vikander, Tommy Lee Jones, and Vincent Cassel are among the new members added to the cast. Looks promising already. This new Bourne movie will be focusing on... something about social media and digital networks, but also Jason Bourne punching a whole lot of people in a whole lot of interesting ways. According to the film's producer this one has "the best Bourne chase ever". Okay.

Ice Age: Collision Course, in theaters August 23

They're still making these? Coming to Chinese cinemas is the fifth installment of the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Collision Course. Three prehistoric mammals found themselves threatened by an asteroid that might end the world. For its lack of creativity, the film bombed in the US, and has been lambasted by critics as being "a loud, lazy, laugh-starved cash grab". But it's got humor and ice, right, and that's good enough for summer. Right? Maybe?

Kidnapping Mr.Heineken, in theaters August 26

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is an action thriller based on the real-life story of the highest ransom ever collected at that time. It stars Anthony Hopkins as the famous Dutch brewer, along with Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington ,and Ryan Kwanten as the three kidnappers. It's already coming in with some negative reviews. The Hollywood Reporter puts it harshly thus:"viewers may feel like they've been held hostage themselves". Still, Anthony Hopkins... might be worth a look.


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