Over the previous 12 months, cinephiles have had to fully rework how they eat their media of alternative. As Covid-19 shuttered theaters everywhere in the world, film lovers might now not float between multiplexes and streaming companies to watch movies nevertheless they preferred. A raft of improvisations—the return of drive-ins, main tentpoles being despatched straight to HBO Max—made it attainable for followers to see numerous good motion pictures in 2020, however the lockdowns additionally meant fairly a couple of large motion pictures bought pushed out to 2021. If the previous yr left behind any true lesson, it’s that nothing is for certain—besides, there are numerous motion pictures to look ahead to in the approaching yr. We don’t know if it’ll be in a theater or in our residing rooms (or on a sheet in a good friend’s yard), however these are the movies we’re most excited to see in 2021. All dates topic to change, as a result of clearly.
Long earlier than coronavirus shut down film theaters, Dune was one of the crucial extremely anticipated movies of 2020. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) and that includes an all-star forged that features Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, and Oscar Isaac, the variation of Frank Herbert’s traditional sci-fi novel could be a juggernaut in any yr. That’s most likely why scores of followers, together with Villenueve himself, have been stunned to be taught that the movie could be one of many main releases that Warner Bros. plans to launch on HBO Max the identical day it hits theaters. It was made for the massive display—and that’s the place we hope to see it—however we’ll take it any approach we are able to get it.
Release date: October 1
The Matrix 4
It’s been 18 years for the reason that third Matrix film—The Matrix Revolutions—hit theaters. In that point, appreciation for the 2 sequels to the 1999 traditional has grown (kinda), however the appreciation for star Keanu Reeves has exploded. Big think-y sci-fi motion pictures have additionally come to dominate the cinematic panorama in a approach they didn’t in the late 1990s. There’s rather a lot using on this fourth Matrix installment to be epic—or a minimum of a enjoyable return to the black-clad world followers beloved a lot 20 years in the past. Lana Wachowski, we’re ready.
Release date: December 22
A Black Widow stand-alone film would have been a deal with by itself. But for this one, Marvel added Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour because the estranged household of Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Sure, it kinda feels like Red Sparrow with barely higher Russian accents, however who cares? It additionally feels like one helluva time.