We’re almost to the back-half of the year, so it’s time to grab another ten movies we’re excited to see.
With theaters re-opening and more films locking in release dates after shuffling around the calendar, there are a ton of new movies to choose from. Some of these are holdover from our start of the year list (and some are even holdovers from 2020’s lists!) so we’ll try to pick ten films we haven’t spotlighted before, and put our returning picks in a bonus section at the end.
Most Anticipated Movies of 2021, Part 2.
The Forever Purge (July 2)
All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end.
The Purge films, as with any long-running horror franchise, has its ups and downs. When it’s on point, it is both exhilarating and insightful. As this looks to be the final Purge movie, hopefully the studio brought its A game.
Old (July 23)
A thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.
That’s right, I’m betting on another M. Knight Shyamalan movie. M. Knight has been back on his game lately, and growing as a director. Here, he’s also adapting some really great material from an awesome graphic novel, one which he’s super passionate about. Great recipe for a good film.
The Green Knight (July 30)
When an imposing Green Knight challenges the bravery of King Arthur’s court, a young Gawain (Dev Patel) stands up for the honor of the round table. Unfortunately, the deck is stacked against him as his foe’s magic prevents a killing blow, and now Gawain has one year to discover the Green Knight’s secret, or be struck down instead.
There’s a reason why this legendary tale made our list of best King Arthur films. This big budget, high caliber remake looks stacked to the rafters, making us excited about it all over again.
Reminiscence (August 20)
A scientist (Hugh Jackman) discovers a way to relive your past and uses the technology to search for his long lost love.
Hugh is at his best in bleak science fiction. I loved the trippy time travel flick, The Fountain, and The Prestige is an instant classic. I expect another mesmerizing outing here.
The Protege (August 20)
Rescued as a child by the legendary assassin Moody (Samuel L. Jackson) and trained in the family business, Anna (Maggie Q) is the world’s most skilled contract killer. But when Moody – the man who was like a father to her and taught her everything she needs to know about trust and survival – is brutally killed, Anna vows revenge. As she becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer (Michael Keaton) whose attraction to her goes way beyond cat and mouse, their confrontation turns deadly and the loose ends of a life spent killing will weave themselves even tighter.
Look at that cast. Samuel L. as a sage contract killer. Michael Keaton as a diabolical antagonist. And Maggie Q returning to a genre where she really shines.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (September 17)
An intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.
I really like the quirky tone of the trailer, and I’m a sucker for Andrew Garfield being weird and Jessica Chastain being complicated. The story itself is larger than life, so the trailer really lives up to the material.
Dune (October 1)
Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.
It’s Dune. QED.
Eternals (November 5)
The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.
Marvel pulled out all the stops with the casting here to tell one of the wilder stories from the comic book pantheon. I’m willing to gamble on all of the talent coming together.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (November 24)
Set in 1998, this ‘Resident Evil’ origin story explains the secrets of the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City.
The Matrix 4 (December 22)
This movie has been hermetically sealed away from the press and prying eyes. No plot leaks, no shots from the set, no trailer, no nothing. But it’s The Matrix, and even when it was “bad” it was always one of my favorite series. I’m down to journey into the unknown.
Black Widow (July 9)
A film about Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.
This one has been in limbo forever, and Widow was long overdue a solo project even back when this movie was supposed to ship last year.
The Suicide Squad (August 6)
Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.
The squad gets to take another bite at the apple, retaining most of the parts that worked (Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, the pervasive weirdness) and supplementing it with quality additions like Idris Elba and John Cena. If they can get a convincing big bad, it could all work out.
Candyman (August 27)
A “spiritual sequel” to the horror film Candyman that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.
This project has looked great since its inception, with Nia DaCosta having obvious investment in the doing the property justice. Psyched to finally see it get a release date.
No Time to Die (October 8)
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Hopefully after the long string of delays, we get the send-off for Daniel Craig’s 007 that the series deserves.
Last Night in Soho (October 22)
A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Anya Taylor-Joy in a period piece horror, directed by Edgar Wright? Sign me up.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (November 11)
When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
I’m still cautiously optimistic for this flick, as the tone and look just keep pulling me in.