We’re officially in August and smack in the middle of the dog days of summer and the sweltering vibes that come with it. There’s no better time to beat the heat than by heading to a nice, air-conditioned theater, and this month offers a lot for those headed to the movies. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back, Dracula gets a terrifying new look, the Meg rides again, and more hit theaters this month.

Here are all the wide-release movies coming to theaters in August 2023. Get tickets here.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem – Release Date: Wednesday, August 2

Cast: Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Hannibal Buress, Rose Byrne, Nicolas Cantu, John Cena, Jackie Chan, Ice Cube, Natasia Demetriou, Ayo Edebiri

Director: Jeff Rowe

After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.

Meg 2: The Trench – Release Date: Friday, August 4

Cast: Jason Statham, Wu Jing, Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Skyler Samuels, Cliff Curtis, Sienna Guillory

Director: Ben Wheatley

Meg 2: The Trench follows a daring research team on an exploratory dive into the deepest depths of the ocean. Their voyage spirals into chaos when a malevolent mining operation threatens their mission and forces them into a high-stakes battle for survival. Pitted against colossal megalodons and relentless environmental plunderers, the heroes must outrun, outsmart, and outswim their merciless predators in a pulse-pounding race against time.

Shortcomings – Release Date: Friday, August 4

Cast: Justin H. Min, Sherry Cola, Ally Maki, Tavi Gevinson, Debby Ryan, Sonoya Mizuno, Timothy Simons, Jacob Batalon, Theo Iyer, Scott Seiss

Director: Randall Park

Randall Park makes his directorial debut in Shortcomings, from a screenplay by Adrian Tomine based upon his comic of the same name. The dramedy follows a trio of young Bay Area urbanites–Ben Tanaka, Miko Hayashi, and Alice Kim–as they navigate a range of interpersonal relationships, traversing the country in search of the ideal connection.

The Pod Generation – Release Date: Friday, August 11

Cast: Emilia Clarke, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Vinette Robinson, Veerle Dejaeger, Lamara Strijdhaftig, Emma De Poot, Kyoung Her, Karel Van Cutsem, Nilson David, Bernard Gallant

Director: Sophie Barthes

In The Pod Generation, couple Rachel and Alvy live in a not-so-distant future in New York City where technology provides ever-more convenient living. A rising tech company executive, Rachel lands a coveted spot at the Womb Center, which offers couples a convenient (and shareable) maternity by way of detachable artificial wombs, or pods. But Alvy, a botanist with an affection for nature, prefers a natural pregnancy. And yet, as Rachel’s AI therapist puts it, why is that “natural?” So begins the tech-paved path to parenthood.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter – Release Date: Friday, August 11

Cast: David Dastmalchian, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, Javier Botet, Corey Hawkins, Stefan Kapicic, Jon Jon Briones, Chris Walley, Nicolo Pasetti, Woody Norman

Director: André Øvredal

Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, The Last Voyage of the Demeter tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo – fifty unmarked wooden crates – from Carpathia to London. Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive the ocean voyage, stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard the ship. When the Demeter finally arrives off the shores of England, it is a charred, derelict wreck. There is no trace of the crew.

Blue Beetle – Release Date: Friday, August 18

Cast: Xolo Maridueña, Adriana Barraza, Damián Alcázar, Elpidia Carrillo, Bruna Marquezine, Raoul Max Trujillo, Susan Sarandon, George Lopez, Belissa Escobedo, Harvey Guillén

Director: Angel Manuel Soto

DC gets its first big-screen Latino superhero with Blue Beetle. When a Mexican teenager named Jaime Reyes (played by Cobra Kai breakout star Xolo Maridueña) stumbles across a mysterious blue scarab, it binds to his spine and gives him superpowers and a powerful suit of alien armor. He becomes the superhero known as Blue Beetle, eventually becoming a member of the Teen Titans and, later, the Justice League.

Strays – Release Date: Friday, August 18

Cast: Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, Will Forte, Isla Fisher, Randall Park, Josh Gad, Harvey Guillén, Brett Gelman, Rob Riggle, Jamie Demetriou

Director: Josh Greenbaum

Abandoned on the mean city streets by his lowlife owner, Doug, in Strays, a naive but lovable dog named Reggie falls in with a fast-talking, foul-mouthed Boston Terrier and his gang of strays. Determined to seek revenge, Reggie and his new canine pals embark on an epic adventure to get him home and make Doug pay for his dirty deed.

Back on the Strip – Release Date: Friday, August 18

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Tiffany Haddish, Spence Moore, Faizon Love, J.B. Smoove, Gary Owen, Bill Bellamy, Colleen Camp, Raigan Harris

Director: Chris Spencer

After losing the woman of his dreams in Back on the Strip, Merlin moves to Las Vegas to pursue work as a magician, only to get hired as the frontman in a revival of the notorious Black male stripper crew, The Chocolate Chips. Led by Luther – now broke and broken – the old, domesticated, out-of-shape Chips put aside former conflicts and reunite to save the hotel they used to perform in while helping Merlin win back his girl.

Gran Turismo – Release Date: Friday, August 25

Cast: David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, Darren Barnet, Geri Horner, Djimon Hounsou, Emelia Hartford, Josha Stradowski

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Based on the unbelievable, inspiring true story of a team of underdogs, Gran Turismo is for those who love inspirational stories, fast cars, and games. The story follows a struggling, working-class gamer, a failed former race car driver, and an idealistic motorsport exec who risk it all to take on the most elite sport in the world. When their motorsport league needs a shakeup, a search is launched to find the best Gran Turismo video game players in the world and see if they have what it takes to become real, professional race car drivers.

The Hill – Release Date: Friday, August 25

Cast: Joelle Carter, Dennis Quaid, Scott Glenn, Bonnie Bedelia, Colin Ford, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Justin Miles, Mila Harris, James Devoti, Mark Rowe

Director: Jeff Celentano

The Hill tells the remarkable true-life story of Rickey Hill’s improbable journey to play Major League Baseball. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to a poor Baptist preacher, Rickey Hill’s life was one of trials and tribulations. With a life of poverty, and struggles from being in leg braces, Rickey’s childhood seemed to lay out a bleak path for his future. However, his determination and passion for baseball found him slowly making a name for himself, until he found his way out of his hometown and into the MLB, becoming one of the greatest hitters the league had ever seen.

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