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It's been a hot summer, but the imaginative blockbusters of the season are only getting hotter!  From trouble-making super villains to epic stories of fantasy to downright silly cat humor, the movie releases for August are a great way to have fun in a cool movie theater while it's sweltering outside.  Check out these five Dish favorites for this month's collection of quirky, magical and screwy movies for an action-packed summer.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad | Friday, August 5
In a world full of super hero movies, perhaps what we need is a super villain movie to change things up a bit. Based on the DC comic series of the same name, Suicide Squad follows a group of villains from Batman's rogue gallery. After the events of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, intelligence officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) pulls an expendable group of super villains out of their cells at Arkham Prison to create her own super-powered strike force. A mysterious and dark force has taken control of a city, and now marksman Deadshot (Will Smith), psycho-mastermind Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Aussie assassin Boomerang (Jai Courtney), pyromancer El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and monster-man Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) must ban together to infiltrate the city and take out the threat. Add a splash of the Joker (Jared Leto) cooking up his own scheme, and we're all in for a wild ride.

Nine Lives

Nine Lives | Friday, August 5
Nine Lives follows the story of uber-successful, yet work-obsessed, businessman Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) who finds himself in a picular situation that is certain to change his life forever, one way or another. After finally stopping by a shop to pick up a cat for his daughter's birthday, the mystical shop owner Felix (Christopher Walkin) casts a spell to transform Tom into a cat himself! Now, Tom as one week to connect with his family as their cat, or he is going to be stuck a cat for the rest of his life. The laughs are easy to relate to, as all cats seem to think their human.  However, this one really is!

Sausage Party
Sausage Party | Friday, August 12
From the hilarious mind of Seth Rogen, this R-rated animated romp follows a group of supermarket items with personalities who believe that being purchased is the best thing that could ever happen, until Frank the sausage (Seth Rogen) learns the horrible truth:  they're all going to be eaten! Now, he must lead his friends Brenda the hotdog bun (Kristin Wiig), Teresa Taco (Salma Hayek) and Sammy Bagel Jr. (Edward Norton) to safety before being horribly cooked and devoured by humans. In the vain of Southpark and Family Guy, this movie brings adult content and concepts to the animated world in ridiculously funny action.

War Dogs
War Dogs | Friday, August 19
Based on a true story, two guys in their early twenties, David Packouz (Miles Teller) and Efraim Diverolli (Jonah Hill) devise a plan to get filthy rich selling arms during the Iraq War through an overseen loophole in government weapons contracts.  What they didn't realize is the fact that there is no such thing as a quick and easy buck. After living the high life for a while, the two young men fall deeper and deeper in the rabbit hole of arms dealing and meet an older and more experienced arms dealer (Bradly Cooper) who opens their eyes to the very real danger that this business can be. Expect to see drama mixed with over-the-top humor as Jonah Hill and Miles Teller get in way over their heads.

Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings | Friday, August 19
This Japanese-inspired stop-motion animation brings Eastern fantasy to life in the vain of Coraline and Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. Kubo (Art Perkinson) is a kind, young musician who quite literally brings stories to life with his magical shamisen (a stringed instrument) and origami. Being a person of magic, his family holds many secrets, one of which comes down from the heavens to complete an age-old vendetta against Kubo's family. His mother whips up a spell to send him away to find his legendary father's samurai sword and armor to stop the threat. Fortunately, allies Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) come to his side to help and protect the young boy. With beautiful animation and whimsical story-telling, Kubo and the Two Strings is a must see for the whole family.

Mechanic: Resurrection
Mechanic: Resurrection | Friday, August 26
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the assassin who specializes in making deaths look “accidental” in this sequel to 2011's The Mechanic. When he is deceived by a beautiful and cunning woman (Jessica Alba), Arthur must once again return to the life of killing he thought he left behind. Not only is he forced to kill again, but he must finish an entire list of the world's most dangerous men before time runs out.  Get ready for heavy-hitting action scenes and thrilling stunts when Mechanic: Resurrection hits the big screen to round out this month of epic releases.



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