Among new releases for the week of August 3, a talking teddy bear reappears after decades absent in wistful adventure “Christopher Robin,” survivors of a generational pandemic discover powerful new abilities in “The Darkest Minds,” two best friends hightail it across Europe when an ex-boyfriend is assassinated in action comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” and a teenage girl is sent to a conversion therapy center in “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.”
Christopher Robin (rating)
Select release dates: August 1 – Philippines; August 2 – Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore; August 3 – Canada, South Africa, USA, Vietnam; August 17 – Ireland, UK; September 13 – Australia; September 14 – Japan; October 24 – France
Story: Christopher Robin, now grown up and working all hours as a stressed husband, father, and company man, finds himself reunited with childhood imaginary friend and walking, talking bear Winnie the Pooh.
Starring Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episode 1,”) and Jim Cummings (Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” films and TV shows,) and directed by Marc Foster of “The Kite Runner” and “Quantum of Solace.”
The Darkest Minds (rating)
Select release dates: August 2 – Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore; August 3 – South Africa, USA; August 10 – Ireland, UK; August 15 – France
Story: When a pandemic wipes out almost everyone under the age of 20, survivors are found to have developed a range of psychic powers — and are promptly rounded up and imprisoned. Based on a young adult novel (by Alexandra Bracken).
Starring Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”), Harris Dickinson (TV series “Trust”), Mandy Moore (“This is Us”), Gwendoline Christie (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson of “Kung Fu Panda” 2 and 3.
The Spy Who Dumped Me (R)
Select release dates: August 2 – Hong Kong, Singapore; August 3 – USA; August 8 – Belgium, France; August 9 – Australia, Netherlands; August 22 – Ireland, South Korea, UK; August 24 – South Africa
Story: Audrey discovers that her ex-boyfriend is a CIA operative hunted by assassins and, together with best friend Morgan, flees to Europe in order to try to outrun or out-assassinate her pursuers.
Starring Mila Kunis (“Bad Moms”), Kate McKinnon (“Finding Dory,” “Ferdinand”), and directed by Susanna Fogel of “Life Partners.”
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Select release dates: August 3 – USA; August 30 – Australia; September 7 – Ireland, UK
Story: Caught kissing another girl, Cameron Post’s family sends her to a remote, religious counselling center for teens, to receive treatment for her sexuality. There she finds new friends and a way of dealing with the course’s content and staff. Based on the novel of the same name, itself inspired by a true life story.
Starring Chlöe Grace Moretz (“The 5th Wave”), Sasha Lane (“American Honey”), John Gallagher Jr. (“10 Cloverfield Lane”) and Jennifer Ehle (“The King’s Speech”), and directed by Desiree Akhavan (“Appropriate Behaviour”).