I think we can all agree films and shows played a huge role in passing the time last year. Normally I wouldn’t say this, but they were real life-savers as we were stuck home for months.
Now with the new year we are all ready for some new releases to watch and gossip about online. Lucky for you, I have a list of the top talked about movies coming out this year. I’ll try to give you as much detail as I can find, but the further away the release date, the less information there is unfortunately.
Based off Google reviews, 87% of users liked the first movie and honestly my family was one of them. This is hopefully going to be a great family approved sequel as Peter Rabbit tries navigate life as a runaway rabbit.
Have you been craving a black and white film with Black actors as the leads? Look no further. Malcolm & Marie is about a filmmaker and his girlfriend (John David Washington and Zendaya) as they return home from a movie premiere and discuss their past relationships. I read an article likening the film to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and I thoroughly enjoyed that play so I’m more than eager to see this one.
3. Cinderella (February 5)
You’re probably thinking, “What? Another Cinderella?” And while I totally agree with that sentiment, there’s no way I’m not going to be watching this if for no other reason to hate on it’s lack of originality.
Marvel couldn’t possibly stop at Avengers so we will be gifted with The Eternals this year. The idea is that this team has come to protect Earth from an ancient enemy called “The Deviants”. Additional, this film is going to be the first MCU film to feature a same-sex kiss and openly gay couple. If you’re a diehard fan, Marvel even has a countdown set up for the release day.
I feel like I needn’t explain why we all need to watch Tom and Jerry, but I’ll still give you all some context. Tom the cat is kicked out by his owner as is his longtime mouse rival Jerry. The pair wander the street and go their separate ways to survive. Fastforward to Jerry living his best life in the finest hotel of Manhattan and a new staff member, Kayla, is assigned the task of getting rid of the mouse that could ruin the “wedding of the century”. Kayla hires Tom to help her and thus the classic game of cat-and-mouse unfolds on screen.
6. Masters of the Universe (March 4)
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When I say I could barely find information on this film, I mean I spent quite a while watching fan made trailers and going in circles with Google. According to Imdb, this film will star Noah Centineo. The Instagram post is supposedly him bulking up for the role since he will be playing He-Man who is the most powerful man in the universe and has to save planet Eternia from the evil Skeletor.
This sci-fi film stars Tom Holland who plays Todd Hewitt and Daisy Ridley who plays Viola. His character finds her after she crash lands on his planet where all other women have disappeared and men’s thoughts are all put on display due to “the Noise”. Todd vows to protect Viola as they navigate through uncharted territory. I am personally very intrigued… what do men’s thoughts look like when the world is in dystopia?
This Disney animated film is an adventure fantasy about a lone warrior named Raya who must track down the last dragon to protect the humans of Kumandra and finally stop the evil monsters known as the Druun from destroying the lands.
Action movies are always a fun time because one minute nothing is happening and the next everything is happening. This film is the prequel to the Kingsman films and if you haven’t had the privilege of enjoying those, you have a little time before this film is out. Please note, there were four different dates floating around but their twitter account states March at the moment.
10. Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (April 7)
There isn’t a trailer out and the plot is still kind of a mystery but this film will be an animated musical comedy based off the TV series of the same name so if you love the show and enjoy musicals, I don’t see how you could go wrong watching this.
I never got around to watching the first film of this horror/thriller series but so many people were talking about it and now the world is being blessed with a part two. The Abbott family are still in danger as they venture into the unknown and realize that there are other creatures lurking just around the corner.
12. Black Widow (May 7)
You have to admire just how dedicated Marvel is at making its viewers have a look inside the life of every single one of their characters. Even the dead ones have a story to be told so this prequel about Black Widow is sure to be enlightening to say the least.
The moment is here, a new animated film about monster wrestling being a global sport and the a human becomes a coach to an underdog monster. The film is based on the graphic novel by Rob Harrel. I don’t know about you, but I’m always down for a good underdog story.
If you want to have a good time with action, fast cars, and a nice heartfelt moment, the Fast & Furious series is your answer. With movie nine we see Dom and Letty have a son named Brian and want to put him first. Unfortunately, someone has come to town to wreak some havoc in their lives. Who? No other than Dom’s jealous and bitter brother.
15. Godzilla vs. Kong (May 21)
So basically if you wanna see a gorilla and kaiju fight with dramatic effect this movie is for you. I’m not going to lie, this one is hard to summarize but the two classic characters explain themselves.
16. Infinite (May 21)
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What would you do if the hallucinations you’ve been having are actually flashbacks of your past lives. The film is an adaptation of the novel The Reincarnationist Papers and though we usually agree the book is better than the movie, maybe this one will be an exception staring Mark Wahlberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Dylan O’Brien.
17. Cruella (May 28)
I loved Maleficent as it made us think about the villain’s side of a story. So, I’m excited to watch the live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil, starring none other than Emma Stone.
18. The Conjuring (June 4)
If you’ve seen one, you haven’t seen them all. This conjuring films is based off the files of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren as they looked into the murder of a young boy. What makes this different? The murder suspect claimed demonic possession as a defense for the first time in the history of the United States.
19. Vivo (June 4)
Sony Pictures Animation has created an adventure musical comedy with songs written by Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton. The story is one full of adventure as the main character travels from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida in hopes of fulfilling his dreams.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was clearly not wasting time as this is another project he worked on to share a story about a bodega owner closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The film will be staring Anthony Ramos who played John Laurens and Philip Hamilton on Broadway. We love Into The Heights.
21. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25)
Tom Hardy is back to play Eddie Brock (Venom). The plot isn’t officially known but it seems people think Carnage, the main antagonist of the comics will make an appearance. I don’t think this is a huge leap considering the title.
The plot for this prequel is that 12 year old Gru is growing up in the suburbs and he wants to become evil enough to join the Vicious 6, a supervillain group. Of course, things don’t go exactly as planned. This series is a classic at this point so really I have nothing to add but that I’ll for sure be watching this with my younger brothers.
Even though the first film came out 1986, Paramount Pictures will be distributing the sequel this year. Of course, Tom Cruise will be part of the cast, along with Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, and Jon Hamm. It’s sure to be full of fun aerial footage.
The Purge was one of the best received horror films and the series hasn’t let its viewers down. The Forever Purge is said to be the fifth and last installment of the series. Let’s see if it ends the series with a bang.
Based off the Marvel Comics, this film will be focusing on the master of kung fu, Shang-Chi, as he confronts a past he thought he left behind until he’s dragged into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. Yay for the Asian representation in mainstream media!
26. Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16)
The original Space Jam famously starred Michael Jordan, however, this sequel will have LeBron James instead. The premise is that LeBron James and his son Dom get trapped in a digital space. The only way out is to win a game on the court with the Looney Toon gang against the evil AI-G Rhythm.
This comedy is about a pair of best friends who leave their small town for the first time to go on a vacation to (you guessed it) Vista Del Mar but they find themselves tangled up in so much including a villain’s plans to kill everyone in town. Barb and Star are played by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig so it’s sure to have some laughs.
Riverboat captain Frank (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) leads a scientist (Emily Blunt) and her brother through a jungle to find the elusive Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is meant to have properties that allow humans the chance of eternal youth so it’s no surprise that someone is also on the hunt for it and ready to stop them.
Though this film will also have Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as the Joker, most of the other characters have been changed so this will be less of a sequel and more of an attempt two.
30. Respect (Aug 13)
If you love classy vibes, this biopic of Aretha Franklin staring Jennifer Hudson is going to be right up your alley. Hudson was personally picked by Franklin before her death in 2018 and if that’s not a sign this film will be one for the ages, I don’t know what is.
This second film is about how both boys have grown up but then Tim’s youngest is now an agent for Baby Corp and she needs their help to expose the secrets of Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood school.
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With no trailer yet, it’s a wonder people are already talking about this film. Probably because of how seriously Tom Cruise takes the regulations on set due to COVID-19. I’m not here to talk about the right and wrongs of his rant but I feel like with that much passion, it’s my duty to watch the film and see how it all plays out.
The fifth and last Bond film with Daniel Craig as 007 and well it looks like a wild ride. Bond has left active service but is called upon by the CIA to look for a very important missing scientist. And of course, this is all a matter of life and death.
34. West Side Story (Dec 10)
This Spielberg directed film is an adaptation of the 1957 musical and is about a forbidden romance as the rivalry between two street gangs of different ethnicities grows. I loved the musical and am highly anticipating this film.
35. [Untitled] Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel (Dec 17)
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The title is still up in the air, but down here on Earth we’re all eagerly waiting to watch the next Tom Holland Spiderman film.
36. The Dune (Dec 18)
Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, and many more come together for this epic sci-fi based on the best selling novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Paul Atreides is the son of an aristocratic family on the planet Caladan but then they move to planet Arrakis (aka Dune) and everything changes.
37. Black Adam (Dec 22)
I would have never, and I mean never believed you if you had told me this lime last year that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would play a DC antihero. Nevertheless, here we are.
38. Sherlock Holmes 3 (Dec 22)
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Since this film is so far from the time of writing this, I can’t tell you much but since I’m a loyal Sherlock fan I’ve added this to the list and hope ya’ll are as excited as I am.
39. Sing 2 (Dec 22)
My brothers and I thoroughly enjoyed the first film. While I am totally into kids films, it’s rare for one to cater to all ages so well, so I’m excited to see what’s in store for the sequel.
40. Wicked (Dec 22)
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I’ve seen Wicked on stage twice now and it’s such a classic that I can’t imagine it going wrong. The iconic musical again plays with the concept of the villain being misunderstood is the same but with music. The main cast is still not confirmed, but the internet has been going crazy with speculations: Ariana Grande, Dove Cameron? All the possibilities…
41. The Matrix 4 (Dec 22)
I have a confession to make… I’ve never watched The Matrix. Despite that, even I understand just how iconic of a film it is and I couldn’t betray your trust by not adding the fourth film to the list. Hopefully it’s as good as the first.
With the release dates not yet official I wanted to quickly mention a few other films. There is going to be a live action Pinocchio which I think could be very interesting. Additionally, the comedy thriller titled Red Notice is coming and if it’s even half as good as Knives Out then that’ll be a win in my book. Plus, Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 3 is also coming to us, whether to hate watch or for genuine enjoyment is yet to be determined. Last, but definitely not least is “Diana: A New Musical” which will be a Broadway play about the late princess that will be recorded and added on Netflix.
All in all it seems that Dwayne Johnson, Zendaya, and Lin Manuel have been on a roll of cinematic projects since I mentioned them more than anyone else. There are also so many sequels and remakes in the works. I can only hope they turn out really well.
The only question is if we’ll be able to watch any of these films in theater, though I must confess I’m a fan of streaming in my living room while I eat an unhealthy amount of sugar in three day old sweats. And remember all these dates are subject to change, but hopefully they don’t. What movie has you most excited?
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