About this time last year every film lover was naively and eagerly talking about the most anticipated theatrical releases—titles which had everyone all excited for the year 2020. From a number of remakes and reboots to high-octane action, and the finest comedy flicks, there was sure a good number of movies expected to premier on the big screen. But what no one previsioned was a deadly virus sweeping across the entire world, and banging the brakes on normal lifestyle from March onward.
Most of us have perhaps not watched a movie in the theater for what may appear a very long time now. Cinemas in New York have just started to open. Albeit, amidst speculations whether people would return too. The film industry continues to grapple with blockbuster delays caused by halted productions, and resulting bottlenecks at many fronts, including distribution. And, hardly anyone wants to make presumptions about what 2021 may have in store.
Yet as far as the cinematic landscape is concerned, movies of an assorted variety stand hopeful to hit the big screen—as production houses combine postponed plans from 2020 with the slates of their output in 2021, and come up with innovative strategies given the rarity of the circumstance. For instance, Warner Bros. has announced all its 2021 films will premiere on HBO MAX™ at the same time as in theaters, albeit following the first month of release, these films will be available exclusively in theatres.
The hope of COVAX being able to instate a New Normal by the second half of the year is there, but unpredictability remains. Whether or not movie lovers get to watch the biggest movies on the big screen this year, one thing is sure—the films lined up for release in 2021 pack a punch for all!
A mild-mannered and rather meek suburban family guy, who is used to being underestimated, encounters an unexpected transformation of character following a home break-in. As he draws the attention of a dangerous foe, he finds himself all set to bring forth the secrets of his inward life, and put a lethal skill-set into action—as in bone-smashing, sharpshooting, and spine-breaking mastery. The Long Shot star battle-trained for a couple of years to give his best performance in this action film, produced by David Leitch and directed by Ilya Naishuller.
Godzilla, the granddaddy of all the mythical creatures, was reserved for a head-to-head battle with fellow colossal King Kong last year. But both fighters tenderly agreed to put aside their differences, given every additional thing happening in 2020. The fourth chapter in the acclaimed MonsterVerse, Godzilla vs. Kong, will depict the legends of the Titans, and the strengthened bond between these ancient mythological monsters and humans as they come to have a share in their planet. Alexander Skarsgård plays the role of a geologist caught amidst this disastrous scrap and Millie Bobby Brown comes back as Madison. King Kong and Godzilla’s combat is anticipated to be overshadowed by the entry of a new villain—a man-made creation like Mechagodzilla or another of the Titans.
Because the Black Widow lovers asked for it—and because Natasha Romanoff deserves her own independent movie—Scarlett Johansson fulfills her Marvel duty for the final time, the brilliant ass-kicking Avenger who is popular as the Black Widow. Set between the Infinity War and Civil War plots, this solitary joint follows the heroine back to Russia where she must settle unfinished business. The movie, directed by Cate Shortland, involves a great deal of thrilling action with shoot outs, fights, and costumed characters shouting at the peak of their voices.
The sequel of John Krasinski’s blockbuster 2018 horror film takes us back to the first day of the foreign creatures’ invasion that erased the modern civilization. Taking up from where the first part left off, Evelyn Abbott looks for new safe place to shelter her family. During her search, she encounters a weird stranger who investigates hearsay about other survivors. The Walking Dead fans will tell you, this means not every “monster” has supersonic hearing skills and big claws—quite a lot of them are just normal human beings pushed to the edge. Shush!
Every person’s dearest family of drag racers, gearheads, car thieves, ex-cons, run-of-the-mill speed demons, and ex-secret agents, is back with new international escapades that involve souped-up motor vehicles and a flagrant ignorance of the laws of physics. It is still a surprise what Dominic Toretto and Co. will be seen working on in this ninth installment, but what’s well-known is that Vin Diesel will be seen in the driver’s position—ditto Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Helen Mirren. Rumor has it that Cardi B and John Cena are also joining in on the entertainment. So, start invigorating your engines!
The newest Pixar adventure on the Italian Riviera involves a young lad named Luca who spends a peaceful summer of bliss and joy with his new mate, Alberto. But Alberto does not disclose he is a sea monster in reality. Considering Pixar’s blockbuster underwater action-adventure films, audience would not be surprised if this film leans heavily on the glowing aquatic scenery.
Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote In the Heights—a mesmerizing Musical influenced by the diverse cultures of the working class neighborhood wherein he spent the early days of his life. This movie revamp of the Musical, which got the Tony Award in 2008 for the best Musical, blends New York salsa dancing, rap, and cheerful Busby Berkeley-inspired set pieces to narrate the tale of generations of immigrants and their cultural differences. The movie is directed by Jon M. Chu who bestows his sense of magnificence upon the film, while the multi-talented Anthony Ramos plays the charismatic Usnavi.
Because fans never got enough of him in The Need for Speed, Tom Cruise makes a solid return to one of his most beloved characters: Pete Maverick Mitchell—an ex-hotshot fighter pilot who is now serving as an instructor in the Top Gun program of the Navy. He sure has got skills to teach the young squad members, but he must also confront his own past as he prepares them for a perilous mission which asks for great sacrifice.
Master of Kung Fu was a 1970s comic-book character originally created to take advantage of the obsession around Bruce Lee and martial arts. Today, Shang-Chi is being positioned as the newest star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe while laying the foundation for the upcoming Phase 4 storylines. Tony Leung is the secretive person behind the terrorist firm the Ten Rings. Simu Liu will be seen playing the role of a man whose feet and fists must be reckoned fatal weapons; Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, and The Daily Show‘s Ronny Chieng will be seen helping the hero via intervention in one way or other.
Similar to the 2016s, but an improved version. Despite being the 10th highest-grossing film in 2016 it is common notion that Suicide Squad did not turn out to be quite the movie it could have been. But hold your horses. James Gunn directs a unique incarnation of the Suicide Squad in this standalone sequel, which is also the 10th film in the original DC Extended Universe. Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn make a comeback, and are accompanied by John Cena, Sean Gunn, Peter Capaldi, Idris Elba, Pete Davidson and others. The R-rated film promises to show a great improvement over the original, and emerge as a TV spin-off for John Cenas Peacemaker series.
With Middle-earth days safely behind Peter Jackson for some time, the New Zealanders upcoming project casts four down-to-earth young guys who set off from home and earn popularity across the globe with their impressive and unrivalled talent. Having already achieved huge fame with They Shall Not Grow Old, a beautifully colorized World War I documentary, the latest masterpiece of Peter’s hard work is The Beatles: Get Back. While filming the making of the 1970s Let It Be—the Fab Fours final album—the director works closely with the still-present Beatles members, and the acquaintances of those no longer present—watching hours of unseen audio and video footage so as to be able to present genuine insight into the worlds most popular music band, instead of focusing on the stressful events that caused its split.
Let’s go back to the New Jersey of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when a family called Sopranos was safeguarding its turf and setting itself up as a criminal power which was to be both respected and dreaded. Yes, we are referring to those Sopranos. This movie prequel takes you back to the starting point, when Tony’s father Giovanni Francis “Johnny Boy” Soprano was just beginning to kick off his own act. You may get to see various baby-faced editions of the Mobsters in this film, with the added pathos generated by James Gandolfini’s son Michael playing the role of younger Tony. And that’s not it. Vera Farmiga will be seen as a thirty-something Livia along with John Magaro, Alessandro Nivola, Ray Liotta, and Corey Stoll—bringing you a complete roller-coaster experience. The creator of the series, David Chase co-wrote the script and director Alan Taylor called the shots, so the lineage is pretty solid here!
Dune was unquestionably one of the most hotly-anticipated movies of 2020, and has the same standing a year later. In fact, fans have only become more excited with lapse of time. An adaptation of Frank Herberts influential sci-fi novel by Denis Villeneuve had to be aspiring. But, only a few realized the blockbuster potential of the film until the launch of the first trailer—which blew away fans with its excellent visuals and heightened nuance of drama. Dune’s all-star cast headed by Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Timothée Chamalet, Jason Momoa, Josh Brolin and Dave Bautista signals the power of impression this movie could reveal upon release.
Dune will be released on HBO MAX™ too.
So, keep an eye on cable TV providers in your area that carry HBO MAX™ in their channel lineup—with Warner Bros. premiering its 2021 films on HBO MAX™ for the first month of release, it’d be a bargain deal—one that can spice up your in-home entertainment regime by many notches.
Daniel Craig will be seen playing James Bond for the last time in this belated movie. Filmed under the direction of Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die has Phoebe Waller-Bridge as screenwriter. The film adds some appealing new faces—Rami Malek, who plays the terrifying villain Safin—Lashana Lynch, who undertakes the role of 007, and Ana de Armas, who formerly performed with Craig in Knives Out.
Danny McBride and David Gordon Green’s anastasis of the horror-film franchise—that brought the uniquely talented Jamie Lee Curtis back into the fold—and the way they handled the material was too interesting to stop at just one movie. So they came up with an amazing idea and signed up for two more films to shoot successively. If you are also an enterprising super fan with a good deal of industry juice, you’ll understand better what an amazing strategy that was. This is the first follow-up to the 2018 reboot that we will be watching on October 15. Although the turns and twists of the plot are being kept quite a secret, chances are Michael Myers will return from the dead, and Laurie Strode along with her companion survivors will not welcome his unpreventable return with feeble screams so much as a battle cry.
The World’s End director Edgar Wright’s time-leaping intellectual horror film revolves around an enthusiastic fashion designer who in order to meet her favorite icon, an alluring aspiring singer, travels all the way to the 1960s London, with a tragic outcome. The movie is presumed to slow burn, becoming more intense as the story moves on from the beginnings set in the psychological realm.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife had high hopes of becoming one of the biggest hits in 2020 before the outbreak of COVID-19. Ever since, the release of the movie has been pushed back three times, and it is now due for release by the end of this year. Yet, fans are exhilarated by the idea of getting to watch the fourth film in the Ghostbuster franchise. The 2016 reboot failed to create as big a hype as the original movie, but Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a direct sequel to the 1984 and 1989 films—set 30 years after the second. Brilliant stars like Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd come together with the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, and Bill Murray—as the legacy of the original Ghostbuster cast catches up with the present times. The movie promises to create a unique balance between nostalgia and progression, and fans hope it’ll be able to prove proton packs and gray jumpsuits have life after the 80s as well.
The upcoming seventh sequel in the long-running poplar action franchise, Mission: Impossible 7, sees Tom Cruise reprise his character as Ethan Hunt—a daredevil IMF agent—alongside several returning co-stars, like Simon Pegg, Vanessa Kirby, Ving Rhames, and newbies Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Esai Morales, and Pom Klementieff. Fallout and Rogue Nation writer-director Christopher McQuarrie renews his dual role on both Mission: Impossible 7 and 8—which were planned to be shot successively. The events of the past year however caused disruption to the shooting schedule of Mission: Impossible 8.
The upcoming 2021 Spider-Man 3 movie, guarantees to be the best—thanks to the rather unfading rumors about casting. The film will bring Jamie Foxxs Electro back to New York, and chances are fans will get to see other “Spidey” actors including Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Holland has been touting the upcoming film as impressive in scale and the most difficult to make—which only confirms the expectation that Spider-Man 3: No Way Home may just be among the biggest Marvel Comic Universe films thus far.
With the great number of 2020 movies affected by postponed filming and pushed back release dates, it looks like 2021 has its hands full. And, given the uncertain circumstance caused by COVID-19, it’ll be perhaps a wise move to include HBO MAX™ in your cable TV channel lineup—customize your Mediacom Cable TV package with the addition of HBO MAX™—so you are all set to take the front row seat when DUNE releases on March 31, 2021!
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