Movie aficionados may get a break from some of the franchise films in August 2017. They'll also be getting a break from the laughs. Many of the Movies set to be released during the month include book adaptations and intriguing action thrillers. It's a calmer month during a blockbuster summer, which may actually be a relief for many film fans. These are the four movies fans should be most excited for in the last full month of the summer.

'Ingrid Goes West'

There were three movies that immediately came to mind for the month, leaving one spot vacant.

Then, Aubrey Plaza's name popped up on a movie poster. She can do no wrong, no matter what she does, from "Parks and Recreation" to "Legion." It's a strange cast, with Elizabeth Olsen and O'Shea Jackson Jr. also getting starring headlines. It's a comedy about the trappings of social media fame, so the idea doesn't seem inventive. But Plaza will surely put her usual spin on things. "Ingrid Goes West" heads to theaters on August 11, 2017.


John Boyega finally gets his opportunity to carry a movie all on his own. He broke out with the revived "Star Wars" franchise, but that universe has a tendency to hamstring actors. In "Detroit," Boyega will be put into the trenches of a high-octane moment of civil unrest in the city, circa the late 1960s.

The gripping thriller from Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") arrives on August 4, 2017.

'The Dark Tower'

In the eyes of many, this is the most anticipated movie of the month. This Stephen King story may be one of the most ambitious to hit screens (and is the beginning of a string of movies of his adaptions coming to theaters).

The story doesn't include a large cast of characters, but the action-adventure flick features both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, lending instant credibility to the project. The lights will dim on "The Dark Tower" on August 4, 2017.

'The Hitman's Bodyguard'

At the end of the day, this film is going to be a mad dash comedy caper - everyone already knows that.

But the way this movie is being marketed, with Ryan Reynolds and the notorious Samuel L. Jackson assuming the positions from "The Bodyguard" (where Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" was born) is a hilarious strategy. Things will be blown up, battle lines will be drawn, laughs will be had - it sounds like good summer fun. "The Hitman's Bodyguard" arrives in theaters for your protection on August 18, 2017.