Ten films to watch in August

Ten films to watch in August
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BBC Culture picks ten films coming out next month, including The Man from UNCLE, Straight Outta Compton and an animated take on The Little Prince.

The Little Prince

James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro are among the stars who lend their voices to this animated telling of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic 1943 novella. Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne and screenwriters Irena Brignull (The Boxtrolls) and Bob Persichetti have transposed the children's tale to a modern setting, in which a little girl listens to her neighbour, a grisly old aviator (voiced by Jeff Bridges), recount his adventures in the desert. At that point, the style shifts to stop-motion animation, with images drawn from Saint-Exupery's own watercolours. These scenes were praised by Variety as "a joy to behold - a bliss-out of brightly coloured paper and hand-moulded clay"; the reviewer added that the animated tale "stays true to its timeless depiction of childhood wonderment at odds with grown-up disillusionment". Released 29 July in France, 7 August in Poland and 20 August in Brazil. (Credit: PR)

The Man from UNCLE

Director Guy Ritchie reboots the 1960s TV series with this action adventure. Henry Cahill (Man of Steel) stars as CIA agent Solo, who teams up with KGB agent Kuryakin (played by The Social Network's Armie Hammer) against a shady international criminal organisation. Ritchie collaborates again with Lionel Wigram for the screenplay, following their two-part re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes. In a year filled with spy flicks, it seeks to make its mark as a stylish update on the Cold War classic. Released worldwide from 13 August. (Credit: PR)

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