Published Aug 03, 2012The start of August is a reminder that the days of summer are numbered, but blockbuster season is still far from over. If you're looking to check out one of the many films hitting the big screen this weekend, head to Exclaim!'s Recently Reviewed section and read up on some of the week's most promising titles, starting with some of the highlights below.
First, director Len Wiseman offers his own take on a futuristic '90s staple with Total Recall (pictured), which sees Colin Farrell stepping into the role of Douglas Quaid, a man whose memories may or may not be his own. With plenty of action sequences and sci-fi stylings, it fits right in with the growing list of big-budget summer flicks.
The ripple effect triggered by infidelity provides the plot line for Fernando Mereilles's 360, which features an impressive ensemble cast including names like Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins, while Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones star in Celeste and Jesse Forever, a romantic comedy that serves up a relatively realistic take on relationships, and the personalities behind them.
Then, Ruby Sparks follows the story of a young writer whose prose, describing the ideal girlfriend, manifests as the film's titular beauty, and director David Bowers's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days adds a third film to the kids' series adapted from Jeff Kinney's comics of the same name.
And lastly, Kirby Dick's documentary The Invisible War takes a sobering look at the sexual assault within the U.S. military, sharing the stories of several former recruits, while Queen of Versailles tracks the slow demise of an aging mogul and his family, as their opulent lifestyle is threatened by the recent economic decline.
To read full reviews of these picks and more, check out the Recently Reviewed section at Exclaim.ca.