What to Watch in August

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Ingrid Goes West

Matt Spicer's directorial debut is a cautionary tale for the social media age, and one shepherded by a patented performance from Aubrey Plaza, who plays an unstable young woman intent on parlaying her obsession with Instagram influencer and lifestyle guru Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) into a picture perfect friendship. As most acts of creepy desperation go, the one in Ingrid Goes West fails miserably, but not before Plaza's character cleverly schemes her way into Taylor's life while escalating her own fixation. Spicer's timely satire captures the absurdity and danger of curating our second lives – the ones that play out on digital screens and almost always portray us in our best light.

Check out all of the Sundance-supported films hitting theaters and digital platforms in August, and don't miss Gook, Lemon, and other films as they make their L.A. premieres at NEXT FEST this month.

Friday, August 4

Icarus, directed by Bryan Fogel (Netflix)

Columbus, directed by Kogonada

Brigsby Bear, directed by Dave McCary

STEP, directed by Amanda Lipitz

Fun Mom Dinner, directed by Alethea Jones

Machines, directed by Rahul Jain (UK Release)

Friday, August 11

Ingrid Goes West, directed by Matt Spicer

Whose Streets?, directed by Sabaah Folayan

The Nile Hilton Incident, directed by Tarik Saleh

Friday, August 18

Patti Cake$, directed by Geremy Jasper

Gook, directed by Justin Chon

Lemon, directed by Janicza Bravo

Marjorie Prime, directed by Michael Almereyda

Friday, August 25

Beach Rats, directed by Eliza Hittman

Crown Heights, directed by Matt Ruskin

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Ingrid Goes West