This Month in Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy, Life after Beth, and more...

We can’t remember the last time we lined up for a midnight premiere, but the releases this month are making us consider another late-night movie run. From space-age action films to tear-jerking rom-coms, August is packed with tons of great releases for your next trip to the movie theater. Check out our picks below! 

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st)

One of the most highly anticipated movies this fall, GOTG follows cheeky space adventurer Peter Quill (who we all know as Andy Dwyer from Parks & Recreation) who suddenly finds himself the target of powerful space villain, Ronan. To help fight Ronan and save the galaxy, Quill puts together a dream-team of anti-heroes, including alien-assassin Ganora (Zoe Saldana), massive tree-man Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), trash-talking space raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and beastly brute Drax (Dave Bautista). We’re always a sucker for the underdogs -- and this is a dream-team we want to see in action. 

Life After Beth (August 15th)

Hugely popular at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Life After Beth, has finally set a limited release date for this month. The film stars Dane DeHaan as Zach and Aubrey Plaza (another Parks & Rec favorite!) as his girlfriend-turned-zombie, Beth. Zach attempts at making up for everything he didn’t do with Beth before she died -- but her inclinations as a zombie start getting in the way of their relationship. Cheeky zombie love story? Yes, please. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8th)

If last month’s Boyhood didn’t get you nostalgic enough for your childhood, our favorite classic cartoon getting an upgrade this week as a live-action movie should. Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello team up to fight against the all-powerful Shredder and his evil Foot Clan, ridding their corrupt grip on everything from politicians to the police. Plus, an added bonus: Megan Fox jumps in from a 2-year hiatus as supportive camerawoman, April O’Neal. 

The Hundred-Foot Journey (August 8th)

It’s a restaurant war when the Kadam family opens up an Indian eatery by a celebrated French restaurant, owned by proprietress Madame Mallory (played by Helen Mirren). However, the chemistry between her sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), and the Kadam family’s son/chef, Hassan (Manish Dayal), leads Madame Mallory to take the talented young chef under her wing. For our foodies out there -- which we know you are -- you’re going to love this one. 

The Giver (August 15th)

Based of one of our favorite novels in middle school, Lois Lowry’s The Giver hits the big screen (finally!) on the 15th. Set in a seemingly perfect community with no pain, war, or suffering, a young boy named Jonas (played by Brenton Thwaites) is chosen to learn from The Giver (Jeff Bridges) about the sacrifices that come with this perfection. Confronted with the realities of this dystopian society, Jonas is forced to make difficult decisions about his life and his future. The film features a star-studded cast, from Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder to a cameo by Taylor Swift as Rosemary. 

What If (August 8th)

Wallace and Chantry struggle over the age-old question: can they be just friends? Played by Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, the two meet each other at very different points in their lives. Wallace, burned out by dead-end romances, has decided to put his love life on pause, while Chantry lives with her longtime boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). However, the two have an instant connection (plus an undeniable chemistry) and are forced to consider: what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?