Here at Atom Insider, we love to give love to the movies coming out every month. This month, we have a piece dedicated to all the biggest movies hitting theaters in August, as well as the top five August horror movies heading our way before school starts back up.
But what about the smaller and limited releases? What about special theatrical events? Those one-time-only screenings that always prove to be amazing experiences? This list is for you. Here are the most anticipated special movie events heading your way in August.
1. ‘Bring The Soul: The Movie’
Release Date: Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11
There is no band in the world bigger than BTS right now. Last February, the global superstar K-pop band brought their BTS Love Yourself World Tour to screens in a limited run. Now they’re returning to theaters for a third time with Bring the Soul: The Movie courtesy of Trafalgar Releasing. Directed by Park Jun Soo, Bring the Soul aims to be less a capture of their stage performance, but an immersive, behind-the-scenes look at preparations and practice for the tour as well as a peek into the day-to-day lives of the seven members of BTS. With the promise of them sharing “their own stories as never heard before,” it’s shaping up to be a must-see event for any BTS fan – and for any parent trying to understand their teenager’s obsession with the philanthropic pop group.
Who Should See It: Any and all A.R.M.Y. members, parents wanting to win a Parent of the Year award
2. ‘Doctor Who: The End of Time’ 10th Anniversary
Release Date: Wednesday, August 7
It’s been 10 years since David Tennant regenerated out of his role of the Tenth Doctor, leaving us eager to see what Matt Smith would do in the role of the Eleventh, but heartbroken to say goodbye. All due respect to the talented Christopher Eccleston, but it was Tennant’s plucky, spirited approach to the Doctor, with his beat-up Converse and pinstriped suits, that brought needed amounts of charisma and pathos to the role and created an entirely new generation of Doctor Who fans. Courtesy of Fathom, the two-part episode that saw Tennant taking his final bow will be in theaters for a one-night-only event to commemorate, fittingly, the tenth anniversary of Ten’s run. I was lucky enough to go to the theatrical event for “The Day of the Doctor,” Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary special, and let me tell you, it was magical to see it in a theater full of Whovians. “The End of Time” is equally a must-see event for any hardcore fan.
Who Should See It: Whovians and anyone wanting to get into Doctor Who but isn’t sure where to start
3. ‘Apocalypse Now Final Cut’ – 40th Anniversary IMAX Re-Release
Release Date: Thursday, August 15 & Sunday, August 18
Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now has been one of the most influential films since its release in 1979. Coppola’s multi-influence odyssey shaped the way we portrayed the Vietnam War in movies ever after, from music to shot framing. The legendarily troubled and difficult production nonetheless produced some of the most iconographic moments in film, with Vittorio Storaro’s gorgeous cinematography and perfect shots still being referenced in movies and TV today. When you see a moment that looks familiar, it’s not because it’s copying other movies, it’s because other movies copy it. And oh, that soundtrack, the one that cemented the fact that every Vietnam-era flick from that point on was stuffed full of The Doors and Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Stones and Hendrix. Even Forrest Gump used “All Along the Watchtower” and “Fortunate Son” during its Vietnam sequence. In other words, Apocalypse Now regularly makes “greatest film of all time” lists for a reason. Now, thanks to IMAX and Lionsgate, those of us who weren’t alive or were too young to see it when it hit theaters in 1979 can get the opportunity to see it in theaters with the 40th anniversary re-release of Coppola’s cut.
Who Should See It: Cinephiles, people who love war movies, anyone who wants the chance to experience Apocalypse Now in theaters
4. RUSH: Cinema Strangiato 2019
Release Date: Wednesday, August 21
Influential and long-lasting prog rock band Rush is back in theaters with RUSH: Cinema Strangiato, the band’s first so-called “Annual Exercise in Fan Indulgence.” The global event will give fans a special look at the behind the scenes of Rush’s R40 Live tour as well as covering plenty of their greatest hits including “Tom Sawyer” and “Closer to the Heart.” There are also interviews with other musicians including Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, producer Nick Raskulinecz, violinist Jonathan Dinklage and others. As a bonus, fans will be given a peek into the passion that went into the making of lead singer Geddy Lee’s new book Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass, including an interview with Geddy Lee himself. Basically, it’s full of footage and clips that any Rush fan is sure to love.
Who Should See It: Rush fans, music fans in general
5. ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ – Studio Ghibli Fest 2019
Release Date: Sunday, August 25 – Monday, August 26 & Wednesday, August 28
Studio Ghibli Fest 2019 is almost upon us, and, thanks to Fathom Events and GKIDS, one of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films will be back in theaters for three nights this month. My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of sisters Satsuki and Mei, who move to a new house and discover the forest behind their house is full of strange and incredible creatures, including the gentle giant spirit Totoro. With Totoro, the girls go on all sorts of charming adventures in Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece of animation. Miyazaki’s work has influenced multiple generations of anime lovers and artists alike, with his gentle focus on environmentalism and pacifism, family, and love and whimsical animation style. My Neighbor Totoro was the best and earliest example of all of those trademark Miyazaki elements working together and the opportunity to see it in theaters shouldn’t be missed.
Who Should See It: Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki fans, anime lovers, kids of all ages, parents wanting to introduce their kids to a time-honored classic