50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2021

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50 Anticipated Movies of 2021
50 Anticipated Movies of 2021

    Anticipating movies these days is a fool’s errand. Unless it’s guaranteed to be hitting a streaming platform, the release date of any film should have an asterisk appended to it. That’s not cynical, but the nature of covering this industry amidst the pandemic.

    So, you could imagine how fun this list was to put together. (Spoiler: It wasn’t.) Dragging over last year’s offerings to this one seems like an easy task, but the shift opens the door for so many questions, all of which boil down to: “What are the odds?”

    For many features — you know, like Ghostbusters: Afterlife, or No Time to Die, or Halloween Kills, or any film without a streaming opt-in — the release date is as certain as we are about anything right now in life. “We’ll see” is the name of the game.


    Having said that, a few studios and streaming giants are hip to the ages. Case in point: Three weeks into the new year and we already have assurances by HBO Max, Netflix, and Shudder that new movies are on the way to your living rooms.

    Those offerings certainly lend some much-needed gravitas to this list, which is why we’ve split this feature into two parts. The first half sports the more reliable fare as we’ve already outlined, while the latter lists films that depend more on theatrical distribution.

    Read ahead and be sure to bookmark as the year evolves. We’ll keep tabs as the dates shift, the schedules flex, and the times — to crib from Bobby D — keep a-changin’. Here’s hoping with a vaccine, we’ll all be back laughing together. Eating popcorn. Living.


    Update on Thursday, January 21st: Ghostbusters: Afterlife and No Time to Die have both moved to Fall 2021 with Uncharted bumped all the way to 2022. The list has been amended to reflect these changes.

    Update on Friday, January 22nd: A Quiet Place Part II has been bumped to Fall 2021.

    Update on Monday, January 25th: Last Night in Soho is now expected for Halloween season.

    Update on Thursday, February 25th: New dates for Bad Trip and Army of the Dead.

    –Michael Roffman
    Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief

    Movies You’re Likely to See

    These are the titles that are either already set to drop on streaming networks such as HBO Max or Netflix, or they at least have the option of doing so if the studios see fit. For instance, Disney’s slate remains up in the air for 2021 — particularly, its Marvel blockbusters — though last year’s releases such as Mulan and Soul suggest a likely course.

    The Little Things

    The Little Things (HBO Max)

    Release Date: January 29th via Warner Bros.

    Who’s In It? Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto

    What To Look For: After dialing things back to the ’30s for Netflix’s The Highwaymen, director John Lee Hancock is offering a more modern slice of crime for HBO Max with The Little Things. At the front and center of it all are Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Rami Malek as two sheriffs on the hunt for the same serial killer. Their best suspect is fellow Oscar winner Jared Leto, probably because he’s no doubt doing his whole Weird Leto thing. Admittedly, none of this reads as compelling beyond the star power, but hey, it’ll at least be entertaining seeing Malek play a Los Angeles sheriff. Sure. –Michael Roffman

    PVT Chat


    PVT Chat Film Review

    PVT Chat (Darkstar)

    Release Date: February 5th via Darkstar

    Who’s In It? Peter Vack, Buddy Duress, Nikki Belfiglio, Austin Brown, Julia Fox

    What To Look For: One of our favorite films out of last year’s Fantasia Festival was writer-director Ben Hozie’s thoroughly modern rom-com PVT Chat. Uncut Gems standout Julia Fox stars as an online dominatrix who strikes up a curious relationship with a lonely New Yorker with a penchant for kink. What ensues is a delirious cat-and-mouse game with twists you’ll never see coming. It’s smart, it’s sexy, it’s stylish, and it’s all too real. As our own Mike Vanderbilt wrote in his glowing review, “It’s a fantasy with a happy ending, and don’t we all deserve one? Even us perverts?” Yes, we certainly do. –Michael Roffman


    Lucky Fantasia Film Festival Review

    Lucky (Shudder)

    Release Date: March 4th via Shudder

    Who’s In It? Brea Grant

    What To Look For: Like PVT Chat, director Natasha Kermani’s second feature similarly turned heads at last summer’s Fantasia Festival. Now, the slasher satire is set to drop on Shudder. Brea Grant, who also wrote the script, stars as May, a self-help author continuously stalked by a mysterious man whom no one else seems too concerned about. Sound familiar? It’s a bit of a blunt metaphor, but in the wake of 2020, the film’s themes of frustration and gaslighting are bound to hit close to home. –Jenn Adams

    Coming 2 America

    Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in Coming 2 America

    Coming 2 America (Amazon Studios)


    Release Date: March 5th via Amazon Studios

    Who’s In It? Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, John Amos, Teyana Taylor, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones

    What To Look For: Coming to America saw crown prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) trade his birth ponytail, a custom-trained wife who barks, and all the riches of Zamunda for a McJob, a rat-infested apartment in Queens, and a chance to find a “woman who arouses his intellect as well as his loins.” More than 30 years later, Prince Akeem returns to America to take the son he never knew he had under his wing. There’s no doubt odd couple Murphy and Arsenio Hall can still keep us in stitches as they jump into a variety of characters. What remains a mystery is whether this sequel will retain the heart and magic of the original. –Matt Melis

    Justice League: The Snyder Cut

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    Zack Snyder’s Justice League Director’s Cut (Warner Bros.)


    Release Date: March 18th via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher

    What To Look For: Because Hollywood is built on fandom, the incessant demands of #ReleasetheSnyderCut will finally be answered this Spring with a staggering four-hour, four-part reworking of Justice League. Director Zack Snyder returns to deliver his original vision of the 2017 blockbuster, adding in new scenes, new looks, and even new villains. You know, like the DC Extended Universe’s biggest baddie, Darkseid (Ray Porter)? Rest assured, this is no ramshackle cut, but an entirely new film, one that Warner Bros. spent a reported extra $20-$30 million on. If we’re lucky, it won’t start a trend. –Michael Roffman

    Bad Trip

    Bad Trip (Netflix)

    Release Date: March 26th via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Eric André, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish

    What To Look For: It’s been a long road for Bad Trip. If you recall, Eric Andre’s highly anticipated feature was originally slated for theaters a long, long time ago in a year we called 2019. Then it was slated to premiere at last year’s South by Southwest. Then came COVID-19. Now, it’s finally getting a release, and our 2020 Comedian of the Year couldn’t be more stoked. “I’ve been working on the movie, in fits and starts, for almost like seven years,” he told us in December, adding with relief: “But it’s at Netflix, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I think tons of people are going to see it next year.” He’s not wrong. –Michael Roffman

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong (Legendary)


    Release Date: March 31st via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir

    What To Look For: Godzilla vs. Kong is a rematch 58 years in the making. Last we saw the two titular monsters, Godzilla is the reigning alpha-predator of the world and Kong is still master of his domain on Skull Island. Obviously, something will bring these two titans of kaijudom together for the ultimate battle royal. Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler reprise their roles from Godzilla: King of the Monsters to further Monarch’s study into the Titans’ origins with a presumed third-party coming in to complicate their research and set off the titular showdown. Is Legendary’s potential finale to the MonsterVerse one where we see Toho favorites’ Mechagodzilla or Mecha-King Ghidorah? Only time will tell. –Kyle Cubr

    Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat (HBO Max)

    Release Date: April 16th via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Ludi Lin, Joe Taslim, Tadanobu Asano, Jessica McNamee, Mehcad Brooks, Josh Lawson, Lewis Tan, Chin Han, Hiroyuki Sanada


    What To Look For: It’s been well over 20 years since the last Mortal Kombat film (see: 1997’s godawful Annihilation). Since then, the franchise has been relegated strictly to video game consoles, where the brand has evolved from one generation to the next. Now, after countless stops and starts (including a go by web series wunderkind Kevin Tancharoen), producer James Wan is finally dragging the IP out of development hell for a complete and total reboot. Granted, the logline reads a lot like Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 original, but the recent confirmation of fatalities suggests this film may test our might. –Michael Roffman

    Black Widow

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    Black Widow (Marvel Studios)

    Release Date: May 7th via Marvel

    Who’s In It? Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Rachel Weisz


    What To Look For: Having been over a decade since she first made her debut in the MCU, Scarlett Johansson will finally be taking on a lead role in Marvel’s Black Widow. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the film follows Natasha Romanoff as she confronts the skeletons of her past. Based on what we’ve seen over the years (!), those skeletons include stellar espionage action and one hell of a supporting cast. Of course, the question remains: If theaters are a no-go, will Disney go the route of Mulan and Soul? The suits have been mum, but the option is clearly on the table for them. And us. –Michael Roffman

    Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead (Netflix)

    Release Date: May 21st via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Theo Rossi, Tig Notaro, Huma Qureshi, Garret Dillahunt, Raúl Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Matthias Schweighöfer


    What To Look For: The real Zack Snyder joint of 2021 doesn’t involve capes or tights. No, it consists of sand, slots, and ghouls. With Army of the Dead, Snyder returns to his zombified roots, only this time he’s not remaking another George A. Romero classic (see: 2004’s Dawn of the Dead). No, he’s got his own story, and it’s pretty, pretty, pretty good. Here’s the elevator pitch: “Ocean’s 11, but with zombies.” Given the talent involved — we’re looking at you, Bautista, Notaro, and Dillahunt — we’re at the very least getting a mildly enjoyable afternoon watch on Netflix. At best? A genre smash. We like those odds. –Michael Roffman


    Emma Stone in Cruella

    Cruella (Disney)

    Release Date: May 28th via Disney

    Who’s In It? Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Mark Strong, Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Jamie Demetriou.

    What To Look For: Oscar winner Emma Stone plays the nefarious titular villain, who first terrorized dogs in the original 101 Dalmatians way, way back in 1961. Cruella is an origin story, though. Set during the ’70s punk rock scene in London, the film chronicles a-then young fashion designer, particularly the experiences that led to her becoming the iconic malefactor obsessed with the skins of dogs. Glenn Close, who first brought the role to life in 1996, serves as executive producer. –Okla Jones

    Fear Street Trilogy

    Fear Street (Netflix)

    Release Date: Summer via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Gillian Jacobs

    What To Look For: If you grew up in the ’90s, it’s likely most of your nights were spent within the pages of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street. The Big Kid Books that fans of Goosebumps graduated to — that is, if they weren’t already en route to Stephen King — were filled with the kind of elevated horror that made nightlights a godsend. Well, Netflix is capitalizing on that nostalgia with not one, not two, but three Fear Street films this summer. What’s the premise? Not much is known except that it takes place in 1994 (how fitting), involves teens (of course), and will bring plenty of terror (phew). DayGlo optional. –Michael Roffman

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It


    50 Anticipated Movies of 2020

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (HBO Max)

    Release Date: June 4th via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian Hilliard

    What To Look For: Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return once more to bring our favorite cinematic demon-fighting couple to life in the next installment of the mega-popular Conjuring series. This time, James Wan has passed the baton to The Curse of La Llorona’s Michael Chaves. It’s not just behind the scenes that mark a shakeup for the series; the plot centers around one of the most sensational cases from the Warrens’ files in which an American murder suspect argued that they couldn’t be found guilty of the crime, as they were demonically possessed at the time. Demonic courtroom drama and the Warrens? Yes, please. –Meagan Navarro

    In the Heights


    In the Heights (HBO Max)

    Release Date: June 18th via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits

    What To Look For: The original trailer for In The Heights—the first Broadway stunner from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda—is pretty damn close to perfect as trailers go. It’s a riot of sound and color (not unlike those for Crazy Rich Asians, also directed by Jon M. Chu) designed to get you moving. But for all the liveliness and flash (and there’s a lot of both), the three big selling points are the timely themes of immigration, gentrification, activism, and so on; the gorgeous music; and the leading performance. Given the shift to HBO Max, Anthony Ramos will be an immediate (and literal) household name; it’s a perfect bit of casting sure to clue the broader public in on what theater fans already know: He’s a mega-watt, top-tier, breath-snatching star. —-Allison Shoemaker


    Luca (Pixar)

    Release Date: June 18th via Pixar

    Who’s In It? No one knows yet.

    What To Look For: It’s heartening to see Pixar shake some of its franchise-friendly doldrums for more diverse, original content on the back of Coco and Soul, and Enrico Casaroca’s Luca is no exception. The film will follow a friendship between two young boys, Luca and Alberto, as they bond on the Italian Riviera one summer. There’s just one catch: Alberto’s a sea monster from an underground world, disguised as a human. –Clint Worthington

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings


    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Marvel)

    Release Date: July 9th via Marvel

    Who’s In It? Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, Ronny Chieng, Michelle Yeoh

    What To Look For: Marvel continues to pull from the back bench in Phase 4 with Dustin Daniel Cretton’s (Short Term 12, Just Mercy) Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will feature the franchise’s first Asian lead in Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience). All told, the film will likely follow the old-fashioned origin story format of a lot of heroes’ introductions, as the skilled martial artist enters the Ten Rings organization (one we’ve seen since the first Iron Man) and confronts his past. Awkwafina co-stars alongside Tony Leung and Michelle Yeoh, so if nothing else, we’ll have a cavalcade of incredible Asian actors collecting a fat Marvel paycheck, which I’m not mad at. –Clint Worthington

    Space Jam: A New Legacy


    Space Jam: A New Legacy (HBO Max)

    Release Date: July 16th via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Peter Cornell, Chris Paul, Kyle Kuzma, players of the WNBA, Looney Tunes squad

    What To Look For: Not even the pandemic can slow down LeBron James; if anything, it’s only made him stronger. Back in October, he secured yet another Finals win for his third NBA team to date (over his alma mater, the Miami Heat, no less), and now he’s set to spend this summer with the one and only Tune Squad. Not a bad beat for the guy who’s out for Jordan’s legacy. This starring role is one more piece to the puzzle, and let’s be honest, all signs point to a better movie. With Malcolm D. Lee at the helm and Ryan Coogler behind the script, there’s no way this doesn’t dunk over the 1995 blockbuster. –Michael Roffman

    The Suicide Squad


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    The Suicide Squad (Warner Vros.)

    Release Date: August 6th via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Peter Capaldi, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis

    What To Look For: Before he returns to the Guardians of the Galaxy after his brief respite from alt-right trolls, writer-director James Gunn is set to make his mark on a Suicide Squad sequel stuffed with stars (literally dozens of characters!). Margot Robbie’s back, as is most of the rest of the remaining squad (sans Will Smith), and the marketing is leaning heavily into a Dirty Dozen, ’70s war movie vibe we kinda dig. It’s entirely possible this will be a bloated mess, but we have faith that Gunn will ease us through the mayhem with a wink and a smile. –Clint Worthington

    The Beatles: Get Back


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    The Beatles: Get Back (Disney+)

    Release Date: August 27th via Walt Disney

    Who’s In It? Who do you think?

    What To Look For: He conquered The Lord of the Rings. He brought back King Kong. He squeezed three films out of The Hobbit. Now, Peter Jackson is attempting to change the legacy of The Beatles — or, more specifically, their final studio album, Let It Be. By recalibrating footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary, the Oscar-winning filmmaker plans to capture the joy and heart of the band’s final chapter. As Ringo Starr said of the project: “There was hours and hours of us just laughing and playing music, not at all like the Let It Be film that came out [in 1970]. There was a lot of joy and I think Peter will show that.” We’ll find out this August, when the Fab Four turn Disney+ into the rooftop of Apple Corps. No jackets required. –Michael Roffman

    The Many Saints of Newark

    The Many Saints of Newark (HBO Max)


    Release Date: September 24th via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro, Michela De Rossi, Ray Liotta, Vera Farmiga

    What To Look For: Nobody asked for it, but David Chase went right ahead and wrote a prequel to The Sopranos. Set in Newark, New Jersey circa the late ’60s, the film follows a young Tony Soprano — played here by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael — as he grows up amidst the ensuing riots between Italian-Americans and African Americans. On paper, that reads a hell of a lot like Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale, but when you look at the participating crew (particularly director Alan Taylor, who helmed a hefty amount of Sopranos episodes), it’s clear that this film is keepin’ things in the Sopranos family. –Michael Roffman


    Dune First Trailer

    Dune (Warner Bros.)

    Release Date: October 1st via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Zendaya, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Charlotte Rampling, Chang Chen, Stephen Henderson

    What To Look For: Everyone wants to see Dune. Ever since it was first announced that Denis Villeneuve would be adapting Frank Herbert’s legendary novel, the hype has been out of this world. Then came the casting. Oh, how they cast the hell out of this thing: Timothee Chalamet, Oscar IsaacRebecca FergusonStellan SkarsgardDave BautistaJavier BardemZendayaJosh BrolinJason Momoa, Charlotte RamplingChang Chen, and Stephen Henderson. So, yeah, we all want to see Dune, we’re all clawing at anything related to Dune, and we all hope Warner Bros. actually drops this in 2021. –Michael Roffman


    Marvel's The Eternals

    Marvel’s Eternals

    Release Date: November 5th via Marvel

    Who’s In It? Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, the newly-ripped Kumail Nanjiani (blame this movie for the muscles).


    What To Look For: We’re going to respectfully ask that you place any Marvel exhaustion you might be feeling up on the shelf, just for a moment, and instead think of this as a weird-ass movie directed by a great filmmaker. Focus on the Chloé Zhao of it all, she of The Rider (one of the best films of 2017) and of Nomadland (one of the best films of 2020). Or zero in on the cast (see above) .Or focus on the story, which we don’t know much about, but which will certainly focus on the aptly-named Eternals, an extremely long-living humanoid race that resulted from experiments performed by immensely powerful supernatural beings. It will be beautifully filmed and (at worst) capably acted; it will also be weird as hell. In other words: Bring it on. –Allison Shoemaker

    The Matrix 4

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    The Matrix (HBO Max)

    Release Date: December 22nd via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Daniel Bernhardt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff

    What To Look For: Nearly 20 years after the Wachowskis logged off the franchise, The Matrix returns with a mysterious fourth installment. Given the events that went down in 2003’s Revolutions, it’s going to be intriguing to see how things shake down for this chapter. Details are mum, but Keanu Reeves told The BBC that it’s “a love story”, describing it as “inspiring” and “a kind of call to wake up.” Okay, there’s not much there, but does it matter? Red pill: This all boils down to Warner Bros. trying to regenerate a franchise that made ’em billions, money they’ve since left on the table for nearly two decades. Blue pill: More action, more thrills, more effects, and more story with fan favorites Neo and Trinity. Ah, ignorance is bliss. –Michael Roffman

    Don’t Look Up


    Don’t Look Up (Netflix)

    Release Date: TBD via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Rob Morgan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Himesh Patel, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Matthew Perry, Tomer Sisley, Tyler Perry, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Perlman, Chris Evans

    What To Look For: Look at that cast list! ::Joker voice:: LOOK AT IT. With that kind of star power, this could be a smoldering pile of garbage, and we’d still drop everything to watch it. The good news is two-fold: For starters, it’s on Netflix, where it’ll be easily assessible, and therefore, easily discoursed. The second, and more important fact, is that Adam McKay is both writer and director. Like 2015’s The Big Short and 2018’s Vice, Don’t Look Up is a political satire, only of the fictional mode. The gist involves a global disaster in which two astronomers are tasked with warning everyone about an approaching comet. Considering our country’s laissez-faire attitude towards COVID-19, this one should tickle our funny bones in a timely manner. –Michael Roffman

    The Harder They Fall


    The Harder They Think (Netflix)

    Release Date: TBD via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Regina King

    What To Look For: Netflix’s film-a-week slate may be exhausting at first glance, but at least there are some diamonds in the rough, like this Jay Z-produced Black Western co-written and directed by Jeymes Samuel (aka English singer-songwriter The Bullitts). Telling the story of real-life Black outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors), The Harder They Fall sees Love reassembling his old gang (including Idris Elba, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, and others) to avenge the death of his parents. –Clint Worthington



    Malignant (HBO Max)

    Release Date: TBD via HBO Max

    Who’s In It? Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel, George Young, Maddie Hasson, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, Mckenna Grace.

    What To Look For: Writer-producer-director James Wan returns from the ocean depths to direct his first horror feature since 2016’s The Conjuring 2. Though details are scarce, Wan has confirmed that the R-rated thriller will not be based on any existing IP, but namely his graphic novel Malignant Man. Also returning to the fold is Annabelle Wallis, who reunites with the filmmaker seven years after starring in his Wan-iverse production, Annabelle — one of the first branches of the Conjuring cinematic universe. No word yet on whether Malignant will grow another branch, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for Crooked Men and Warrens. –Jenn Adams


    O2 (Netflix)

    Release Date: TBD via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi

    What To Look For: After a few casting upheavals, Mélanie Laurent is set to star as a woman who wakes up in a medical cryo unit with no memory of who she is or how she got there. It’s the perfect conceit for Alexandre Aja, who is no stranger to tense survival horror. Coming off of 2019’s brutally tense gator horror Crawl, Aja appears to be pivoting away from the swamp and towards our lockdown-esque feelings of claustrophobia in the best and most horrific ways. We’ll bite. –Jenn Adams

    Red Notice


    Red Notice (Netflix)

    Release Date: TBD via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds

    What To Look For: Maybe the most high-profile of Netflix’s cinematic offerings, Red Notice reunites Dwayne Johnson with writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper) for an A-list action comedy picked up from Universal before the pandemic hit. Johnson plays an INTERPOL agent forced to team up with the world’s greatest art thief (Gadot) and con man (Reynolds), with what is sure to be studio blockbuster-level spectacle to ensue. –Clint Worthington

    There’s Someone Inside Your House

    There’s Someone Inside Your House (Netflix)

    Release Date: TBD via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Sydney Park, Theodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper, Dale Whibley, Jesse LaTourette, Burkely Duffield, Diego Josef, Markian Tarasiuk, Sarah Dugdale


    What To Look For: Adapted from the bestselling novel-of-the-same-name by Stephanie Perkins, Patrick Brice’s latest will follow the graduating class of Osborne High School as they’re stalked by a masked killer bent on exposing their scandalous secrets. While the premise sounds like Scream meets Gossip Girl, the Creep director’s mumblegore background and knack for mixing uncomfortable comedy with realistic dread means we’re likely in for some horrific high school hijinx. After all, secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets secrets kill someone. –Jenn Adams

    The Woman In the Window

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    The Woman in the Window (Netflix)

    Release Date: TBD via Netflix

    Who’s In It? Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore


    What To Look For: Back in Fall of 2020, Joe Wright’s perpetually delayed thriller The Woman in the Window finally found a home in Netflix. Even now, there’s still no word on a release date, but Netflix has at least confirmed it’s dropping in 2021 — nearly two years after it was expected to originally hit theaters. Nevertheless, the course of events has led to what will likely be a meta watch: Described by Wright as “Rear Window meets Gone Girl,” Amy Adams plays an agoraphobic child psychologist who watches her neighbors from the comforts of her New York suburban home. How prescient. –Michael Roffman

    Movies Likely to Be Shuffled Around

    The titles below are heavily relying on a theatrical release, and don’t have pre-established ties with digital distribution. Because of this, it’s more than likely that most — if not all — of these titles will be shuffled around throughout the year.


    50 Anticipated Movies of 2020

    Spiral (Lionsgate)

    Release Date: May 21st via Lionsgate

    Who’s In It? Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson

    What To Look For: A ninth Saw movie starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson … from a story by Rock? That’s something you don’t hear every day. Allegedly, Spiral will not be a reboot as previously thought, but a legitimate continuation of the Jigsaw story — complete with Saw sequel stalwart Darren Lynn Bousman returning to direct. Despite the delay, the plot itself is still under wraps, but given Rock’s involvement, we can expect some darkly comic twists along the way. Unless he wants to play it completely straight, in which case we’re doubly interested to see what kind of twisted game he has in store. –Clint Worthington


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    F9 (Universal)

    Release Date: May 28th via Universal

    Who’s In It? Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron


    What To Look For: Buckle up, mi familia, another Fast and Furious movie is on its way. After the modest (if muted) success of Fast spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, the franchise is returning to its roots with a Justin Lin-directed entry in the ongoing saga of the Toretto clan. The gang is back — minus The Rock, of course, that Diesel beef has yet to be squashed — including Jordana Brewster, who was last seen retiring with the late Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner. What circumstances bring her back into the fold, we can’t say; all we know is that joining her is Helen Mirren as Mama Shaw, and Charlize Theron as Fate of the Furious baddie Cipher (who, according to franchise tradition, will probably be a good guy now for some reason). –Clint Worthington

    Top Gun: Maverick

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    Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

    Release Date: July 2nd via Paramount

    Who’s In It? Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Ed Harris, Val Kilmer


    What To Look For: If Tom Cruise wants to fly jets, he’s going to fly jets. Such is the case for Top Gun: Maverick, the long-developed, never-asked-for sequel to Tony Scott’s queer classic. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film sees Cruise’s Maverick training new cadets, including his late pal Goose’s son (Miles Teller). Whether or not we see Mav shed the flight suit for another game of volleyball remains to be seen, but he will be back on that chopper, and in his trademark bomber jacket. We just hope that also means a reprisal of Berlin. Take our breath away, Tom. Take our breath away. –Michael Roffman


    M. Night Shyamalan's Old

    M. Night Shyamalan

    Release Date: July 23rd via Universal

    Who’s In It? Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Ken Leung, Embeth Davidtz, Rufus Sewell

    What To Look For: Sure, Glass wasn’t great, but Servant has been phenomenal. In other words, when M. Night Shyamalan has the right source material, he’ll deliver. Old is looking like another hit from the veteran filmmaker. Inspired by Pierre Oscar Lévy and Frederik Peeters’ 2010 graphic novel Sandcastle, the story revolves around 13 people who rapidly age on a remote beach. Sounds like an old episode of The Twilight Zone, huh? Exactly. It’s pulpy genre fare that is right in Shyamalan’s wheelhouse, and the ramifications of that situation lead this writer to believe we’re in for some dark, twisty turns. –Michael Roffman

    Deep Water


    Deep Water (20th Century)

    Release Date: August 13th via 20th Century

    Who’s In It? Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard, Lil Rel Howery, Finn Wittrock, Jacob Elordi, Kristen Connolly, Dash Mihok

    What To Look For: I feel like I’ve been waiting for Deep Water my whole life. Adrian Lyne’s erotic thriller, which was supposed to come out last November, has already had a significant impact on pop culture (and on me personally). Stars Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, who have spent the past 10 months walking around Los Angeles with Dunkin Donuts together, met and fell in love while shooting. To add even more hype, Deep Water is Lyne’s first film since 2002’s Unfaithful. In other words, the thriller could mark a triumphant return for one of the best film genres, and an interesting career shift for Affleck, who abandoned his sex symbol roots and spent the majority of the last decade directing movies or playing Batman. –Carrie Wittmer



    Respect Teaser Trailer

    Respect (MGM)

    Release Date: August 13th via MGM

    Who’s In It? Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan, Mary J. Blige

    What To Look For: Jennifer Hudson is playing Aretha Franklin, and the trailer still gives us chills. Look, there’s not much more to be said. It’s a biopic with a genuine singer at the center, and no delay is gonna stop us from wanting to hear Aretha. –Michael Roffman


    Candyman 2020 teaser trailer

    Candyman (Universal)

    Release Date: August 27th via Universal

    Who’s In It? Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo, along with Tony Todd, Vanessa Estelle Williams


    What To Look For: Candyman. Candyman. Cand–eh, don’t test it. Out of all the reboots and remakes coming outta Hollywood, we’ve been champing at the bit to reunite with Clive Barker’s man in the mirror — and that was before the delay. Now, we’re ravenous to see what Nia DaCosta has in store for us with her re-imagining, and fortunately, the mystery remains intact. To date, we’ve only seen a short teaser trailer and a gorgeous animated featurette, both of which confirm this isn’t just another cash grab, but a film that has something to say. Wouldn’t that be nice. –Michael Roffman

    Jackass 4

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    Johnny Knoxville and Steve-O, photo via artist’s Facebook

    Release Date: September 3rd via Paramount

    Who’s In It? Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man” Acuña, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Ehren McGhehey and Dave England.


    What To Look For: Directed by Jeff Tremaine and co-written by Spike Jonze and Johnny Knoxville, the latest installment of the Jackass franchise started filming 20 years after its controversial MTV debut. Once more, the original gang returns for a fresh onslaught of physically destructive stunts that should leave parents sweating everywhere. Stunts that led to the hospitalization of both Knoxville and Steve-O), causing filming to stop two days into production. Not gonna lie: The fact that this aging crew is still willing to put their bodies on the line only adds to the film’s anticipation. –Okla Jones 

    Resident Evil

    Resident Evil (Capcom)

    Release Date: September 9th via Screen Gems

    Who’s In It? Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Avan Jogia, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper, Neal McDonough, Donal Logue

    What To Look For: It’s only been a few years since Paul W.S. Anderson’s six-part adaptation of the Resident Evil games concluded, a mesmerizing spectacle of schlock that played merry hob with its source material in favor of a multi-film showcase for Milla Jovovich. Now, we’re getting a reboot closer in tone to the haunted-house feel of the early games, with Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell as Claire and Chris Redfield. The cast also includes Neal McDonough, Hannah John-Kamen, and Donal Logue, if the filmed-in-Canada-on-a-modest-budget vibes weren’t clear enough. –Clint Worthington

    A Quiet Place Part II


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    A Quiet Place II (Paramount)

    Release Date: September 17th via Paramount

    Who’s In It? Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski

    What To Look For: A Quiet Place didn’t need a sequel. The 2018 sci-fi thriller ended beautifully, leaving the fate of the surviving Abbots and the rest of that curious world up to our own imagination. Well, imagination got the best of writer and director John Krasinski because he’s back with a second chapter. This time around, we’re leaving the farmstead and venturing forth into the world, and Emily Blunt is at the front of the charge. Based on the synopsis (and the first trailer from way, way back), it would appear there are more monsters due on this Maple street, and some of them may be from this world. Spooky. –Michael Roffman


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