Film and TV

5 Must-See Movies in Metro Phoenix This August

Some of your favorite comic and cartoon characters might be coming to life this month on the silver screen. Or maybe you're excited to catch a biographical peek into the world of a prolific fashion designer or genre-bending indie band. In any case, there's plenty of good stuff to see in theaters this August, and we have five suggestions for your viewing pleasure.

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Yves Saint Laurent Opening: August 1

Although this YSL biopic hasn't received what anyone would consider rave reviews thus far, we'll admit that we're mostly in it to peep some stellar clothes. The moody French language film follows the life of Yves Saint Laurent beginning in 1958 at the start of his fashion career. You can be certain that the movie will be a big juicy piece of eye candy, if nothing else, so dig in.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Opening: August 8

Although this oddly realistic take on a cartoon looks kind of weird (to say the very least), that doesn't make us want to see it any less. If you're anything like us, these four teenage mutant ninja turtles were a part of your early childhood development. Some of us might have even pretended that we were April O'Neil as youngsters. Regardless, the movie will probably be entertaining with folks like Will Arnett and Johnny Knoxville involved, especially if you can turn your cynicism off for an hour and a half and have some fun.

The Past Is a Grotesque Animal Opening: August 12

If you're a fan of the band Of Montreal, you might find it hard to keep the group's ever changing line-up of musicians straight. Jason Miller's new documentary makes keeping tabs on the out-there indie band a little easier by showcasing the morphing, expanding, and contracting catalog of performers surrounding frontman Kevin Barnes. Named after one of the band's most raw and emotional songs off of Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, the movie looks at Barnes' personal and professional life and how he separates himself from the past as if it were a severed limb. Intense, introspective, and reminiscent of the movie Dig!, the film has two showings at FilmBar on August 12 and 14.

Life After Beth Opening: August 15

When it comes to indie comedies, I Heart Huckabees on many a short list of favorites, and, for the first time since that film was released a decade ago, writer Eric Baena returns as writer and director of Life After Beth. With a list of A-list funny people including John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, and Aubrey Plaza, we can't help but expect great things from Baena this time around. Although it is yet another indie zombie comedy, the unique twist is that Plaza's living dead character doesn't really know she's dead right away.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Opening: August 22

Last but most definitely not least, the sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's 2005 comic-to-screen adaptation is finally here. From the looks of the trailers it's going to be another star-studded gritty film noir flick full of ass-kicking, sex, violence, and moral ambiguity. Exciting new additions to the film's cast include Joseph Gordon Levitt and Lady Gaga, though old favorites like Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, and Mickey Rourke will reprise their roles from almost 10 years ago. If you see any movie this month, this is definitely the one to catch.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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