Seth Rogen, Ricky Gervais and Matthew McConaughey headline August’s bumper crop of dude cinema…
Think of it as Pixar with rude bits because this raunchy animated comedy is about convenience store produce that discover the horrible truth about what happens to them after they’re purchased by humans. Spoiler alert: it involves chew and chew and then poo and poo. So, led by hot dog Frank, the foodstuffs try to escape and wage war on humanity. With the voices of Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill and James Franco, this promises the be side splitting stuff. Out now.
2. War Dogs
From Todd Phillips, who gave us The Hangover, this action comedy is based on the incredible true story of two American doofuses who talked their way into supplying arms worth a staggering $US300 million to American troops in Afghanistan. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in what looks like it’ll be the most rock ‘n’ roll war movie since Three Kings. Out August 18.
3. Ben Hur
Can Ben Hur be bigger than, er, Ben-Hur? From what we’ve seen of this remake from Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted), the answer is: yes. While he’s gone for some CGI, the majority of the stunts were done for real, meaning it could offer Mad Max: Fury Road levels of awesome. Out August 25.
4. David Brent: Life on the Road
He’s baaaaack. Ricky Gervais reprises the role that made him a global superstar, with David Brent finally pursuing his dream of being a rock star with his band Foregone Conclusion. Problem is, he’s doing it while doing his new job as a travelling salesman and, as always, he’s hindered because he’s an utter, utter prat. Out August 25.
5. Free State of Jones
Matthew McConaughey stars in this based-in-fact historical epic that has him as a disillusioned Confederate soldier who turns his back on the rebel cause and, siding with other deserters and runaway slaves, launching his own war on the Southern army. If you thought America was a mess in 2016, this depiction of 1862 will be an eye opener.