New movies 2021: what to watch in theaters this year – and which films are streaming

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Let’s be real: 2020 was a disaster for theaters.

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Major studios pulled film after film from their release schedules as the Covid-19-induced lockdown led to an unprecedented shutdown of cinemas around the world, and even some of the films that made it to the screens – for example For Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 – The Struggle to reach anywhere at the box office they would have earned in any other year.

But as theaters reopen in some regions – and with the successful rollout of vaccines in many countries providing a source of optimism – 2021 could turn into one of the biggest years for movies in living memory.


Not only will we (hopefully) have seen four Marvel Cinematic Universe releases at the end of the year (Black Widow, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel’s Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home), but we’re certain Major science-fiction titles are also arriving in Dune and The Matrix Resurrections.

With the big hitters originally scheduled for 2020 competing against the current release slate of 2021, the competition is going to be fierce. In fact, it’s unlikely that there are enough opening weekends to keep everything afloat—some big blockbusters will almost certainly take big hits at the box office, or be pushed back further in the end (as in Top Gun: Maverick and Mission). :Impossible 7). .

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And before you factor in movies are streaming platforms (all of Warner’s theatrical releases for 2021, for example, will launch simultaneously on HBO Max), and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

With that said, don’t be surprised if some of the dates below move up significantly in the coming months. If there is one thing we can be sure of in these turbulent times, it is that we should expect the unexpected.

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halloween kills

Release date: October 15, 2021 (Theatrical)

Say what you love about Michael Myers, he loves a sequel so much. And with Jamie-Lee Curtis making a resoundingly successful return to her breakout film role in the 2018 Halloween reboot, William Shatner is back for another round of psycho killer murder in the mask.

The creative team of the 2018 film has also made a return trip to Heddenfield for this follow-up (part three, Halloween Ends, coming out in October 2022), and reports say they’re going to dive into the backstories of John’s supporting players. Carpenter’s classic 1978 original.

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Release date: October 22, 2021 (streaming via US, theaters and HBO Max and UK, Theatrical)

Director Denis Villeneuve certainly isn’t afraid of a challenge. After negotiating a difficult arrival timeline and meeting fans’ expectations with the spectacular Blade Runner 2049, he’s taking on Frank Herbert’s epic space opera—a book largely considered non-filmi. Certainly David Lynch was known in 1984, but you’d expect that with 21st century influences, Villeneuve’s storytelling prowess, and an all-star cast – The King’s Timothée Chalamet is the story’s protagonist Paul Atreides, while Mission: Impossible’s Rebecca Ferguson played her mother, Lady Jessica – New Dune might just achieve the impossible. The fact that the book is being split into two movies suggests at least that they will give the story time to breathe.

We’ve watched the first 10 minutes and…wow.

french dispatch

Release Date: October 22, 2021 (Theatrical)

Moving on to the trailer, the latest new Wes Anderson movie is probably the most Wes Anderson-like thing you can imagine. His first film since the less-acclaimed Isle of Dogs is an anthology of stories composing the final issue of Titanic magazine, an American publication made in France. From the color palette to the ensemble cast (which includes Anderson regulars Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Tilda Swinton) everything is in line with what we’d expect from a director whose name appears with “bizarre” in a dictionary. needed. Timothée Chalamet and Jeffrey Wright also star.

last night in soho

Release date: October 29, 2021 (Theatrical)

A new film from Edgar Wright is always something to be excited about and his seventh, Last Night in Soho, is set to mark another shift of direction following the stylish action of Baby Driver. In fact, it doesn’t look like the new film will include the Spaced/Cornetto trilogy comedy that made Wright’s name. Instead, it’s a timely horror story, where a fashion student finds himself relegated to the seedy side of 1960s London. Expect the cinema-literate Wright to make something special in it.

Marvels Eternal

Release date: November 5, 2021 (Theatrical)

Featuring a group of barely known Bunch A-holes in outer space, Guardians of the Galaxy looked like a huge risk to Marvel in 2014. The MCU has since been so good at turning anything that touches box-office gold, though, that no one is particularly concerned about Eternals, even though it’s an equally unrecognizable asset.

The film also marks a new level for Marvel, with the story of god-like beings (stars include Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Salma Hayek) told over thousands of years. While Disney Plus shows WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier gave us our first glimpse of where Marvel’s post-Avengers: Endgame future is headed, expect Eternal to supply the big screen spectacle — especially the director of Oscar-winning Nomad. Chloe Zhao is on top.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Release Date: November 19, 2021 (dramatic)

Ghostbusters meets Stranger Things — and not just because there’s Finn Wolfhard in the cast, one of the young stars of Netflix’s nostalgic smash hit. The second update to the beloved ’80s horror comedy — following 2016’s underrated female-led reboot — moves the action from New York to Nowheresville USA, as a pair of kids take on Proton Pack, Ecto-1, and other ghost-hunting. Stumbles upon the material.

The fact that it is set in the same continuity as the original films (with most of the surviving stars returning) would lend the project additional kudos points — as should director Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters helmer Evan Reitman.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

Release date: November 24, 2021 (US, theatres), December 3, 2021 (UK, theatres)

It turns out you can’t keep a bunch of zombies down for long, as the long-running movie franchise based on the long-running videogame franchise gets a reboot. Original star/director combo Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson vacate Raccoon City for this 1998 origin story. Instead, The Maze Runner’s physique Scodelario will play Claire Redfield, with The Tomorrow People’s Robbie Amell as her brother Chris, and Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine. 47 Meter Down director Johannes Roberts marshalls survival horror Carnage.

story of the west

Release date: December 10, 2021 (Theatrical)

The year is set to end with a song and dance, as all eyes are on Steven Spielberg’s first big-screen musical. And to be honest, the legendary director of Indiana Jones, Jaws and Saving Private Ryan could not have chosen a greater act to follow. Robert Wise’s 1961 Oscar-winning film version of the classic Bernstein and Sondheim production is undoubtedly one of the greatest screen musicals of all time, so it will be exciting to see what Spielberg can bring to the party.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Release date: December 17, 2021 (Theatrical)

The most remarkable thing about Spider-Man: No Way Home is that it absolutely exists. Thankfully, rights holder Sony was able to settle a dispute with Marvel Studios that could see Tom Holland’s Spidey go it alone, and now Wallcrawler will continue to operate within the MCU’s labyrinthine continuity.

Far From Home’s mid-credits twist makes particularly welcome news, plunging Spidey into new territory when Mysterio reveals Peter Parker’s secret identity to the world. It also looks like he may be exploring the multiverse, with several rumors suggesting that two former screenwriters, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, are getting in on the action. Thanks to the teaser in the first trailer of the film, the entry of old villains like Electro, Doc Ok and Green Goblin has been confirmed.

Matrix Resurrection

Release date: December 22, 2021 (Streaming via US, Theatrical and HBO Max and UK, Theatrical)

The Matrix saga was supposed to be done and dusted after the double disappointments of Reloaded and Revolution, but Warner Bros. is inviting us to take the red pill once again in this unexpected follow-up. Lana Wachowski, half of the original writer/director team, is back for the reboot, along with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Both of his characters died in the original trilogy, so we’re not sure how this film fits in with the predecessors – the Wachowskis were secret even before it was fashioned by JJ Abrams and Christopher Nolan, so solid information is thin on the ground. Is. Still, in the cyber-world of The Matrix, a lot should be possible, so expect Bullet-Time to take it to the next level.

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