New On Screen: August

Exciting flicks for all in the family!

By Yong Shu Chiang        4 August 2021

Sweet Girl

Out 20 August: Netflix

Stars: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

A man (Momoa) and his daughter (Merced) are shaken by the death of their beloved wife and mother after a drug that could have saved her life is suddenly taken off the market. As the man makes it his life’s mission to investigate the pharmaceutical company, he learns the truth behind its actions. Disgusted by the greed and corruption at play, he seeks revenge against the powerful people responsible, and has to protect his daughter while they are pursued by shadowy forces.

Jason Momoa: Macho, Macho Man

The Hawaii-born actor has portrayed several notable rugged and heroic roles, including in Game of Thrones and the DC Extended Universe, and can next be seen in the epic Dune.

It will surprise few that Jason Momoa’s most notable acting roles have been those of brooding warriors and manly heroes.

This is, after all, a hulking and hirsute man, of both Native Hawaiian and Native American ancestry, who is the very definition of rugged masculinity. 

Some of Momoa’s early television roles capitalised on his roots and good looks. He was cast in Baywatch: Hawaii (in 1999) and North Shore (2004), with both series based in Hawaii.

After a main-cast role in the science-fiction series Stargate Atlantis, from 2005 to 2009, his profile rose significantly two years later, when he played the title character in the film Conan the Barbarian and the memorable part of Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones

Momoa’s biggest role to date is undoubtedly that of the oceanic superhero Aquaman, first assumed in 2016’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. He has since reprised the role twice and will again wield his trident in the 2022 film, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Despite his big-screen success, the 41-year-old has continued to appear on the smaller screen. He has played the blind warrior Baba Voss in the series See since 2019 and can next be seen in the streaming movie Sweet Girl, as a vigilante bent on avenging his wife’s wrongful death.

And if Momoa needs any further introduction to uninitiated audiences, he will also appear in the much-anticipated and latest movie adaptation of the epic sci-fi novel Dune this year. Also starring Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, Dune will be out in October 2021.

Escape From Mogadishu

Out In Cinemas 12 August

Stars: Kim Yoon-seok, Zo In-sung, Huh Joon-ho

Diplomatic officials with divergent allegiances find themselves caught up in extraordinary circumstances far from home. Such is the premise of this action-drama depicting a real-life scenario faced by North and South Korean embassy workers during the Somali Civil War in the early 1990s. As violence escalates around them, the workers are isolated from the rest of the world and have no choice but to cooperate to have any chance of escape and survival.


Out In Cinemas 18 August

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton

In the not-too-distant future, in a world threatened by rising sea levels, a former soldier-turned-investigator (Jackman) works with a scientist (Newton) to help clients relive their cherished memories. One day, he meets and falls for a mysterious woman (Ferguson). Haunted by his own recollections after the woman vanishes, he then gets pulled into a conspiracy after seeing visions of his lost love in another client’s memories, seemingly implicated in violent crimes.

Paw Patrol

Out In Cinemas 26 August

Stars: Iain Armitage, Will Brisbin, Kim Kardashian

A young boy named Ryder (Brisbin) leads the PAW Patrol, a group of heroic search-and-rescue dogs that embark on missions to protect their community. When a callous man called Humdinger – who is more of a “cat person” – becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City, and starts causing trouble that could destroy the metropolis, the pups leap into action. Using their special skills and high-tech gadgets, the PAW Patrol take on the challenge of saving the city and its residents.

The White Lotus

Out Now, HBO Go

Stars: Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Alexandra Daddario

Guests at The White Lotus resort have arrived in Hawaii to relax and rejuvenate in a picture-perfect tropical paradise. Throughout their respective vacations, they meet the jolly, mustachioed hotel manager Armond (Bartlett), whose cheerful disposition belies his increasing desperation. Over the course of a week, something dark and wickedly funny will be revealed about each of these holidaymakers, including a family, a pair of honeymooners and an unexpected guest.

Mr Corman

Out 6 August, Apple TV+

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arturo Castro, Debra Winger

Josh (Gordon-Levitt), a public school teacher, reaches a crossroads in his life as he ponders the dreams he once had, the path that has taken him to where he is, and an overwhelming sense of failure that pervades his current reality. While re-examining his life, and how he could have made more of it with a little luck, he has conversations and encounters with his mother (Winger), his ex-girlfriend (Juno Temple), and his friend and roommate Victor (Castro) as he attempts to turn the corner.