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August (2008) Anyone who thinks that Josh Hartnett isn't a true movie star should see his riveting, high-wire performance in August , a shrewdly dramatized look back… 2008-07-11 R PT88M Drama Naomie Harris Josh Hartnett First Look
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August (2008)

MPAA Rating: R

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Josh Hartnett, August | DOT-COMMAND Josh Hartnett gives off movie-star heat in August , an indie Wall Street for Internet boomers
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DOT-COMMAND Josh Hartnett gives off movie-star heat in August, an indie Wall Street for Internet boomers
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jul 11, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 88 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Naomie Harris and Josh Hartnett; Distributor: First Look

Anyone who thinks that Josh Hartnett isn't a true movie star should see his riveting, high-wire performance in August, a shrewdly dramatized look back at the bursting of the dot-com bubble. As Tom, the hipster CEO of a start-up that's about to crash and burn, Hartnett has a scruffy glamour worthy of Brad Pitt, as well as a whiplash gift-of-gab intensity all his own. Tom knows he's running on fumes, and the director, Austin Chick, and the screenwriter, Howard A. Rodman, use the summer of 2001 to comment on a culture that is still lethally leveraged. They've made an indie Wall Street for the Internet era of virtual-profit hucksterism. A-

Originally posted Jul 11, 2008 Published in issue #1002 Jul 18, 2008 Order article reprints