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DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: August 2016

All movies are 2015/16 releases unless otherwise noted. Availability: DVD | Blu-ray | Both Blu-ray and DVD

April and the Extraordinary World Trailers

This imaginative and entertaining French/Belgian animated adventure is set in an alternate steampunk reality in which electricity was never discovered, leaving the world dependent on coal power. This American home video release features the English-dubbed version, with the voices of Paul Giamatti, Tony Hale, and Susan Sarandon.

High-Rise Trailers

Sort of a vertical take on Snowpiercer, the latest from director Ben Wheatley (A Field in England) is an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's seemingly un-adaptable novel about a class war taking place entirely within a giant apartment building. The excellent cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Elisabeth Moss, and Luke Evans. Critics admire Wheatley's ambition more than the finished product.

Keanu Trailers

This first feature film from Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele is less impressive and more one-note than their TV show, though it's not without its moments. Taking on racial stereotypes and action movie tropes, the comedians play mild-mannered cousins who must go undercover as drug dealers to rescue their beloved kitty, the Keanu of the title. (Listen carefully and you'll hear the other Keanu as well.)

The Lobster Trailers

This English-language debut from writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos is just as weird as his previous features (like Dogtooth and Alps) would lead you to expect. The absurdist tale is set in the near future, and Colin Farrell’s David, a divorcée, must check into a hotel, where he has 45 days to find a mate. If he fails, he will be turned into the animal of his choice (in this case, the titular lobster). Rachel Weisz plays a potential mate who has escaped the hotel and lives in the forest amongst the Loners, and John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, and Lanthimos regular Angeliki Papoulia are other singles looking for love.

Louder Than Bombs Trailers

This restrained drama serves as the English-language debut for writer-director Joachim Trier (Reprise, Oslo, August 31st). The film examines the impact of a war photographer’s (Isabelle Huppert) death on her husband (Gabriel Byrne) and two sons (Jesse Eisenberg and Devin Druid).

A Hologram for the King Trailers

For his follow-up to the overly ambitious Cloud Atlas, director Tom Tykwer tackles another literary adaptation, this time of a Dave Eggers novel. Tom Hanks stars as a middle-aged American businessman sent to Saudi Arabia to close a deal he hopes will change his life. Helping him with local customs is his driver (Alexander Black) and a beautiful Saudi doctor (Sarita Choudhury). Critics find the result a bit meandering and muddled.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made Trailers

Three 11-year-old boys attempt to create a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and their quest is chronicled in this crowd-pleasing documentary.

Maggie's Plan Trailers

Writer-director Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) returns with a smart comedy about a woman (Greta Gerwig), whose plan to become a single mother gets derailed when she falls in love with professor and aspiring novelist John (Ethan Hawke). Unfortunately, John is married to Georgette (Julianne Moore), but when John decides to leave his wife, Maggie makes a new plan for herself with the help of her married best friends, Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph).

The Nice Guys Trailers

After co-writing and directing Iron Man 3, Shane Black returned to his roots with a film that more closely resembles his first directorial effort, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys follows private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) as they reluctantly work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. Critics think it ranks with Black's best work.

Sunset Song Trailers

Acclaimed director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea) adapts Lewis Grassic Gibbon's 1932 Scottish novel about a young woman, played by Agyness Deyn, growing up on a farm at the beginning of the 20th century. The film somewhat split critics when it premiered at TIFF last year, but Deyn earned praise for her portrayal of a strong woman facing a series of adversities.

Weiner Trailers

During this era of divisive and heated politics, it's nice to reflect back on a simpler era: 2013, when a disgraced former Congressman attempted to rebound from a sexting scandal by mounting an ill-fated campaign for mayor of New York. (Hint: it's a bit of a trainwreck.) This Sundance-winning documentary from Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman earned praise from critics for its intimate access to candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin (who is now one of Hillary Clinton's top advisors).

Wiener-Dog Trailers

In this four-part anthology with stories linked by the travels of the titular Dachshund, writer-director Todd Solondz revisits one of his early (and best-known) characters, Dawn Wiener of Welcome to the Dollhouse, though now she's a veterinary nurse played by Greta Gerwig. Other stories feature Julie Delpy, Tracy Letts, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and Zosia Mamet.

View DVD releases from previous months, or take a look at the latest titles just added to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

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