If you have a suggestion for a movie or show you think we should do an episode on, let us know in the comments, or email us at email@example.com.Meet the hostsJacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. #LOTRonPrime pic.twitter.com/7TuQh7gRPD— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019Sauron Will Be an Integral Character(Photo by Warner Bros.)At this point in LOTR history, Sauron had the ability to take corporeal form. So instead of the Great Eye of the film series, he will need to have a humanoid, often Elvish, shape. Sauron is a very active participant in the events of the Second Age, and not just in creating the Rings of Power, so he will need to be played by an on-screen actor.Early on, Sauron began building an army of Orcs, loyal Men, and other creatures. He even controlled territory in the southern region of Middle-earth before Númenóreans began establishing settlements on its shores. Skirmishes were inevitable, leading to Númenor taking up more and more of its resources in a battle against Sauron until, after hundreds of years, they raided his home in Mordor and physically took him prisoner.Of course, because Sauron was a master manipulator dedicated to perverting all Eru and the Valar established, he allowed himself to be taken back to Númenor. Once there, he began a campaign to sway the king, Ar-Pharazôn, to his side. After a number of years, Morgoth cults — with Sauron as their chief priest — operated in the open and Sauron became a key adviser to the king, promising faith in Morgoth would allow them to step foot in Aman and obtain immortality. Those still loyal to the Valar eventually decamped to Middle-earth, allowing Sauron’s scheme to come to fruition — much to the despair of the Númenóreans.Oh, also, he did all of this while leaving the One Ring back in Mordor.The Fall of Númenor is one of the great stories in Tolkien’s mythology (although many also enjoy the incomplete Second Age tale “The Mariner’s Wife”). Since it takes place over a great span of years, there is room for the series to build up characters such as Ar-Pharazôn and Elendil, the Númenórean who defied Sauron and helped establish the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor in Middle-earth.We Will See Some Familiar Characters(Photo by Warner Bros.)Thanks to the way Tolkien mapped out the longevity of certain characters, there are a handful of well-known Lord of the Rings figures around to witness the events of the Second Age and the Fall of Númenor. Though nothing indicates any of the film series actors will reprise their roles, the Second Age setting allows room for some familiar characters.Elrond Half-elven (played by Hugo Weaving in Jackson s films), as his name implies, is a direct descendant of the First Age unions between Men and Elves who chose the fate of Elves. It makes him directly related to the kings of Númenor. During this time, he and Gil-Galad, the High Elven king in Middle-earth, had their own problems with Sauron. They saw the Númenóreans as allies — at least, until Sauron corrupted the seafarers. Nonetheless, it is possible we will see Elrond implore the Númenóreans to restore their ties with the Valar.With news of Clark s (pictured above) casting, Galadriel is certain to appear, which makes Celeborn (Marton Csokas in the films) highly likely. Both hail from the First Age, with Galadriel possessing a firsthand account of an Elvish migration from Aman to Middle-earth. Celeborn’s history is a little more imprecise, as Tolkien could never decide if he was born in Aman or Middle-earth. But both are, by human standards, impossibly old and witnesses to just about every historic event in Middle-earth up until they departed with Frodo to Aman at the end of The Lord of the Rings. As with Elrond, their concerns are local (with Sauron’s forces encroaching on their kingdom by the River Anduin), but it is always possible they will be around to sow the seeds of the Last Alliance of Men and Elves, the epic battle that could very well close out the series as a whole a few years from now.And Some New Faces As Well(Photo by Daybreak Game Company)Should the series continue beyond Númenor’s downfall, it is possible audiences could see two of the five Wizards arrive in Middle-earth. Though the Fall of Númenor left the Valar estranged from the world, they sent five Maiar spirits in the shapes of frail old men to rally the people of Middle-earth against Sauron (who survived the Fall, only losing his “fair” appearance). While most of the Wizards arrived in Middle-earth a thousand years into the Third Age, the two Blue Wizards Tolkien never really developed may have arrived during the Second Age, just after the Fall. Only mentioned in his unfinished tales, the pair quickly made their way to the East and either succumbed to Sauron’s influence or died as they failed to sway the Easterlings away from the Dark Lord. Presuming Amazon’s deal with the Tolkien estate includes unfinished material like the tale of the wizards, they would be ideal characters to utilize in the series. They could be villains, fallen heroes, or anything in between.Another character worthy of inclusion is the legendary Elf hero Glorfindel. While he “died” during the Fall of Gondolin in the First Age of Middle-earth, he eventually returned from Aman, possibly alongside the Blue Wizards, to aid both men and Elves in their struggle against Sauron during the Second Age. He makes a notable appearance early in The Lord of the Rings as he helps deliver Frodo to Rivendell. But after attending the Council of Elrond, Glorfindel drops out of the narrative until Aragorn’s wedding to Arwen. While other on-screen adaptations have substituted recurring characters for Glorfindel rather than introduce a new character to their stories — Jackson replaced him with Arwen (played by Liv Tyler), giving her an early heroic moment, while animated film director Ralph Bakshi subbed in Legolas — he is an interesting character out in the wide world during the period indicated on the map and fans would be thrilled to see him. (Orlando Bloom played Legolas in Jackson s films.)Other characters definitely alive at the time include Tom Bombadil (pictured above as portrayed in the Lord of the Rings Online video game), who himself suggests he’s the oldest consciousness in the world, and Legolas’ father Thranduil (played by Lee Pace in Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy), who has a pretty interesting story in his own right.The Devices of the Enemy(Photo by Warner Bros.)As Sauron assails all of Middle-earth in this period, he has vast resources of Orcs and Men at his disposal. But fans of the films will recognize his phantom lieutenants, the Nazgul, as a significant part of this army.If the series centers on Sauron’s time in Númenor, the nine kings of Men will already have their rings. For much of the Second Age they enjoyed the wealth and prosperity Sauron promised the rings would give them, but they were his wraiths by the time he left with Ar-Pharazôn. Presumably, they kept his affairs in order even as his capture halted the war against the people of Middle-earth.Should the series continue beyond the fall, they could become active antagonists against the likes of Elrond, Galadriel, and Elendil’s sons Isildur and Anárion — conflicts that will eventually lead to the Last Alliance.
热血传奇客户端完整版2021最新手游是一款传奇题材的RPG游戏，游戏继承了传奇游戏的核心玩法，延续了传奇世界的经典设定，玩家们可以在热血霸业世界里尽情厮杀，感兴趣的朋友们赶紧加入吧!天博bob1. BAD BOYS 4 AND NATIONAL TREASURE 3 NOW IN DEVELOPMENT(Photo by Columbia Pictures)It is really quite surprising exactly how often major film trade publications bury the lede when reporting on film developments (or, at least, lump two big stories together when they could ve easily just published them individually). Let s start with a little bit of history. At one point, Sony Pictures had two Bad Boys sequels on their release schedule: Bad Boys III for 2/17/2017, and Bad Boys IV for July 3, 2019 (so yes, we would ve already had a 4th movie six months before the actual third movie was released this week.) This week s Bad Boys for Life currently sports a Fresh Tomatometer with a score of 74%, which is higher than the combined scores of Bad Boys (42%) and Bad Boys II (23%), and it also broke a record with its Thursday night opening box office. All of that put together might be why Sony Pictures has hired Bad Boys for Life co-writer Chris Bremner to star work on a fourth Bad Boys. As for that buried lede, the very last paragraph of that story also reveals that Bremner is currently writing National Treasure 3 for Walt Disney Pictures, presumably with Nicolas Cage returning as well.2. CHRISTIAN BALE TO REUNITE WITH DAVID O. RUSSELL(Photo by Anita Bugge/Getty Images)Like many directors, David O. Russell (Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook) frequently works with the same actors. There are four Russell has cast three times (Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, and Mark Wahlberg), and soon, there will be a fifth, as Christian Bale (The Fighter, American Hustle) is now attached to star in a movie with the working title Amsterdam. The premise is being kept relatively secret, except that it reportedly involves an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer. Christian Bale is the first confirmed cast member, but David O. Russell reportedly is considering also casting Jamie Foxx, Angelina Jolie, and Margot Robbie, which would add up to a remarkable star-studded ensemble. In related news, Russell reportedly may also be developing a John D. Rockefeller biopic with Robert De Niro starring, but that news has not been confirmed by a major film industry source yet.3. TRAILER FOR JARED LETO S MORBIUS HINTS AT MCU CONNECTION(Photo by Sony Pictures Entertainment)Even as Marvel Studios prepares to merge previous Fox/Marvel titles like Fantastic Four and X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are some properties like Venom and Spider-Verse that remain at Sony Pictures. When Venom came out last year, it was presumed that it was set in a different cinematic universe than the MCU. Who s set where gets complicated by Tom Holland s Spider-Man, who has appeared in multiple MCU movies (Avengers: Endgame, etc), and who has been rumored to possibly have a cameo role in Venom 2 (10/2/2020). This week, we got our first trailer for Morbius, in which Jared Leto plays Marvel Comics Living Vampire,
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Welcome to a new year and a new decade! Of course, before we can really get into all that s in store for us, we still have to make it through the first few months of 2020, and if you re tuned in to how the movie industry works, you know that January in particular is not known to be fertile ground for fantastic cinema. That said, we still have a number of interesting titles to look forward to, starting with an ambitious World War I film from Sam Mendes that actually opened in limited release on Christmas but expands to a much wider release this month (so a lot more people can actually see it on the big screen). After that, we ve got a revival of a popular action franchise, a revival of popular horror franchise, a revival of a popular children s franchise, and every thalassophobe s worst nightmare. Read on to see what movies RT site users and our fans across social media are looking forward to the most in January.1. 1917 (2019) 89%4,564 Want-to-See Votes#1 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fansOpens January 10The gimmick, if you want to call it that, behind Sam Mendes World War I film is that it s been crafted to play as a single continuous take. He s not the first one to attempt the feat, and he won t be the last, but 1917 may be the most ambitious effort of its kind to date, being that it covers a lot of ground and incorporates giant set pieces as the action unfolds. The story follows a pair of British soldiers tasked with delivering a message to another battalion to warn of an impending ambush, and it s based on accounts related to Mendes by his own grandfather. Our fans across social media are all eager to see the film, as it topped all of our polls, and its high Tomatometer score indicates they likely won t be disappointed.2. Bad Boys for Life (2020) 76%6,385 Want-to-See Votes#3 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fansOpens January 17Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are back as buddy cops Marcus Burnett and Mike LAWWWWRY in this third installment of the Bad Boys franchise that comes 17 years after the last entry. This time out, the duo must team up again to take down a cartel boss with connections to their past. Expect a lot of quippy banter and slow-mo explosions. This one was unanimously voted into the third slot across all of our social media polls and garnered the most Want-to-See votes.3. The Grudge (2020) 21%949 Want-to-See Votes#2 pick by our Facebook fans and Instagram fans, #5 pick by our Twitter fansOpens January 3Ready for more pale-faced ghosts and ominous glottal croaking? A new version of the J-horror classic The Grudge which was already remade in English once and spawned two of its own sequels is coming at the very beginning of the month. Sarah Michelle Gellar is nowhere in sight for this one, but Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho, and noted scream queen Lin Shaye are on board to deliver what they hope will be a terrifying entry in the series. Sure, horror films released in January don t normally do well with the critics, but maybe this one will be different?4. Dolittle (2020) 14%1,748 Want-to-See Votes#4 pick by our Twitter fans, #5 pick by our Facebook fansOpens January 17Robert Downey Jr. reportedly insisted on ending his run as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because he was afraid he d miss his chance to take up the mantle of the legendary Doctor Dolittle. Just kidding. But if Tony Stark himself isn t enough to put some butts in theater seats, then maybe a voice cast that includes John Cena, Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, Selena Gomez, and a ton of other folks will. This new adaptation of Hugh Lofting s classic novel hopes to introduce the character to a new generation, and judging from its star power, it might get in front of enough eyeballs to make a significant impact on countless childhoods.5. Underwater (2020) 47%898 Want-to-See Votes#2 pick by our Twitter fans, #4 pick by our Instagram fansOpens January 10Kristen Stewart continues her eclectic cinematic journey which took an unexpected high-profile turn last year with Charlie s Angels in this thriller whose title sums up its premise rather succinctly. She stars alongside Vincent Cassell, T.J. Miller, Mamadou Athie, John Gallagher Jr., and Jessica Henwick as a group of scientists holed up in a research facility seven miles below the surface of the ocean who awaken an unknown entity and suffer the consequences. Underwater managed to entice a lot of our Twitter and Instagram fans, which earned it the final spot on our list.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
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8.27.1 5月喜迎Got a ghost problem? A rogue vampire keeping you up at night? A spawn of Satan disturbing your peace? If so, there are two teams you can rely on to crack the case: The Winchester Brothers of TV’s Supernatural or the Scooby Gang and its hilarious namesake, Scooby-Doo. But which is better suited to solve your supernatural issues? In our latest episode of Vs., we’re pitting the long-running series Supernatural against everything Scooby-Doo – the original cartoon, its spin-offs, and the live-action movies. Which mystery-solvers are more popular with the people and the critics? Which franchise features the richest characters? And which team has faced off against the most dastardly villains? Find out as Rotten Tomatoes Contributing Editor Mark Ellis breaks it down to decide whether you should hop in the Mystery Van or the Winchesters’ Chevy when the ghouls come a-calling.As ever, if you don t agree with our choice of winner, let us have it in the comments.Scoob! will be released digitally May 15, 2020. Supernatural airs on the CW, next air dates are unknown.
Today s Ketchup brings you another 10 headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles like the sequels to Bad Moms, Ghostbusters, and A Quiet Place.This WEEK S TOP STORYRACHEL WEISZ AND DAVID HARBOUR IN TALKS FOR BLACK WIDOW(Photo by John Lamparski, Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images)Marvel Studios is preparing to shoot their next two films this summer for likely 2020 releases. It was just last week that we heard about Angelina Jolie being in talks for a lead role in The Eternals, but that s not actually the next film in the works. Marvel is closer to starting production on the Black Widow solo film, starring Scarlett Johansson, with filming scheduled to begin in June. Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family, Lady MacBeth) was announced last month for Black Widow, and this week, it was revealed that two more stars are in talks. Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) is now in talks for a role in Black Widow. David Harbour (Stranger Things), who will star later this month in the Hellboy, is also in talks for a Black Widow role. We don t yet have any clue what the Black Widow movie is about (including whether it s a prequel or is set after Avengers: Endgame), or what characters Pugh, Weisz, or Harbour might be playing. (This writer s guess for Rachel Weisz is long-time HYDRA leader Viper.) Black Widow may be the Marvel Studios movie scheduled for May 1, 2020.Fresh Developments1. CILLIAN MURPHY JOINS A QUIET PLACE 2(Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)Last year s monster/suspense movie A Quiet Place (Certified Fresh at 95%) was a surprise box office hit, with over 0 million worldwide from a budget of just million. Paramount quickly greenlit a sequel for next year (May 15, 2020), with real life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski returning (as actress and writer/director, respectively). This week, it was confirmed that the the two surviving kid actors (Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds) would be returning for the sequel, and also the first new cast member for the sequel. Frequent Christopher Nolan collaborator and Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy will join Emily Blunt in the A Quiet Place sequel as a character who is described as a man with mysterious intentions who joins the family unit. The other movie scheduled against A Quiet Place 2 is the animated Scooby-Doo reboot Scoob, featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Tracy Morgan, and Amanda Seyfried.2. EMMA STONE AND RALPH FIENNES MAY STAR IN HORROR COMEDY THE MENU(Photo by Sabrina Lantos/Sony Classics)After six Academy Award nominations, and two wins (for Adapted Screenplay), Alexander Payne had his first Rotten film as director with 2017 s Downsizing. For his next film, Payne is reportedly recruiting Emma Stone (three Oscar nominations, one win) and Ralph Fiennes (two Academy Award nominations). Described as a comedic horror-thriller, the movie is called The Menu, and is about a couple who travel to a remote island to attend an exclusive restaurant where the acclaimed chef (Fiennes) has prepared a lavish tasting menu, along with some shocking surprises. Although Alexander Payne won both of his Academy Awards as screenwriter, The Menu was instead written by late night TV show staff writers Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) and Seth Reiss (Late Night with Seth Meyers). Emma Stone will next co-star in the sequels Zombieland: Double Tap (10/11/2019) and The Croods 2 (9/18/2020), and Ralph Fiennes has at least three films scheduled for 2020 as well.3. MARK HAMILL TO VOICE CHUCKY IN NEW CHILD S PLAY(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)Enough fans of the Child s Play franchise have been talking about Brad Dourif not voicing Chucky in this summer s Child s Play reboot (6/21/2019) that no Brad Dourif is a top autocorrect result on Google search. Curiously, for a movie that is just over two months away from release, however, we didn t actually know for sure who would be voicing Chucky instead. As it turns out, the actor taking on the role is the one famous for voicing the Joker in dozens of video games and animated TV shows. Mark Hamill is obviously best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, and he can now add Child s Play to the list of franchises he s associated with. Hamill announced his participation in a video that debuted at this past weekend s WonderCon in Anaheim.4. VIOLA DAVIS, JAI COURTNEY TO RETURN IN THE SUICIDE SQUAD(Photo by Warner Bros.)When director James Gunn s The Suicide Squad (8/6/2021) was first announced, it was quickly described as a soft reboot with a new cast of supervillains. That, however, was before it was confirmed that Margot Robbie would indeed be returning as Harley Quinn. (We also thought Deadshot would be returning, albeit in the form of Idris Elba instead of Will Smith, though it later turned out that s not the character Elba would be playing.) This week, we learned of two more actors from the 2016 version who are returning in the same roles. Viola Davis will once again play Amanda Waller, the government agent who brings together the various super villains, and Jai Courtney also talked this week about returning as Captain Boomerang (although it s possible that his character won t survive).5. STERLING K. BROWN TO STAR AS JANITOR-TURNED-COACH IN RISE (Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Chrissy Metz of NBC s This is Us will star in the faith-based drama Breakthrough later this month, and this week, one of her co-stars also signed on for his own faith-based drama. Sterling K. Brown is in talks with Sony s AFFIRM Films (Miracles from Heaven, Heaven is for Real) to star in their inspirational sports drama called Rise. If he signs on, Brown will portray Louisiana middle school janitor Willie Davis, who took over his school s basketball program and went on to compete in the state championship. Rise is based on Davis true life story, which has previously been reported on by HBO s Real Sports. Sony has already scheduled Rise for release a year from next week, on April 10, 2020 (up against James Bond 25).
Tiffany Haddish has been a comedy queen since her breakout role in 2017 s Girls Trip, and Rose Byrne has proven her own chops in several projects, most notably in 2011 s Bridesmaids. Throw in a scenery-chewing Salma Hayek, and you d be forgiven for assuming the result would be a surefire hit. The reviews for Like a Boss, however, would indicate otherwise. Haddish and Byrne play Mia and Mel, a pair of odd-couple BFFs who run a modest cosmetics company together but are deep in debt. When they decide to sell 51% of their company to Hayek s makeup mogul Claire Luna and their business begins to tank, Mel and Mia find themselves at odds with each other, even as they must work together to take Claire down and save their brand. Like a Boss isn t without its share of laughs, with its heavy dose of physical humor and raunchy jokes, but critics say the film doesn t explore Mel and Mia s relationship deeply enough to make their redemptive turnaround feel earned. Plus, thanks to a repetitive series of clashes and reconciliations and a story whose turns are stale and predictable, it feels longer than its 83-minute runtime. Haddish and Byrne have solid chemistry, and they and Hayek appear to be having fun, but that s one of the few bright spots Like a Boss offers, so if you aren t a particularly big fan of any of the stars, you may find yourself counting the ways in which it could have been a better movie.
With Sunday’s Critic’s Choice Award ceremony done, all of the prominent critics groups have had their say on the best films of 2018. Each year, countless critics associations host year-end awards to recognize exceptional filmmaking, but the National Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, and Broadcast Film Critics Association are carefully considered when making Oscars predictions. Each group will say they are independent to the academy in voting, tastes, and identity, but they help shape the race for the big one. And so we have our eyes on them.Our Awards Leaderboard tracks major critics groups and guilds honors, and looking at the current leaders, we think Roma, If Beale Street Could Talk, and The Favourite should feel fairly confident of some Oscar love when the nominations are announced on Tuesday. (Regina King, Olivia Colman, and Richard E. Grant in particular would not be risking much to set an early alarm.) This year, though, there have been coordinated efforts to bring lesser-known films and performances into the conversation, so we re also expecting a number of surprises among the noms. Where might those surprises come from? Below, we re looking at Oscar long shots who might just have enough buzz – and which have a couple of awards already in the bag – to break through with some Oscar voters.Toni Collette, Hereditary (2018) 89% Best ActressAlready recognized by: Gotham Awards, Film IndependentDo we need to say more about what Toni Collette did in Hereditary? It seems some may have forgotten the greatest full body performance of 2018. In the movie – which caught fire at Sundance and made an impact at the box office – Collette gifted all of us with a face-screwed-screech-filled-terrified performance that takes at least three viewings to fully deconstruct. The Aussie actress started strong this awards season with a Gotham win followed by a Film Independent nomination, but then things went quiet. Collette would be vying for the open fifth Best Actress nomination – assuming favorites Colman, Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, and Melissa McCarthy all come through as expected. She will need those horror lovers in the Academy to champion her incredible work.Yalitza Aparicio, Roma (2018) 96% Best ActressAlready Recognized by: BFCA, Gotham Awards(Photo by © Netflix)It s worth noting the star of the most awarded film of the season has gone largely unrecognized. An unknown actress, in a black-and-white foreign language film, distributed on a platform many Academy voters herald as the end of cinema, is a hard sell. Director Alfonso Cuarón has repeatedly said Roma does not exist without the women who inspired and made it, but the accolades have not exactly come streaming in. In Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical love letter to Mexico and the woman who raised him, Aparicio gave depth and aching authenticity to a character rarely featured on screen. Cuarón painted a masterpiece, but Aparicio is the canvas, paint, and brush.Steven Yeun, Burning (2018) 95% Best ActorAlready Recognized by: LAFCA, NSFC(Photo by @ Go Well USA)Yeun’s performance as a South Korean playboy in Burning is ethereal, charismatic, and unnerving. Another foreign language entry, Lee Chang-dong’s noir-thriller slowly unravels and builds to a climactic twist you don’t see coming – and so much of it rests on the former Walking Dead star s performance; our thoughts on Yuen’s character, Ben, mirror how we interpret the events of the film. Is he just a spoiled playboy formulating sinister plots for entertainment? Or is he a calculating psychopath? Or maybe just a guy who likes to burn greenhouses? It all rests on what we see in Yuen, in his gaze or sly smile. It’s a tightrope to pull off a likable Oscar-worthy villain, and Yeun makes it look effortless. The formula worked for Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men, so fingers crossed.Debra Granik, Leave No Trace (2018) 100% Best DirectorAlready Recognized by: Film Independent, National Board of Review, LAFCA(Photo by JA/Everett Collection)In a year littered with exceptional work by female directors, it’s hard to justify their lack of inclusion come award time. The Rider, You Were Never Really Here, A Private Life, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and Destroyer all are worthy of recognition. But Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace distinguishes itself from even those stellar entries – and not just because it still sits at 100% on our Tomatometer after 200 reviews. Director Jane Campion may have said it best in her impassioned plea for Leave No Trace: “A film filled with compassion… it has had a powerful impact on audiences. Not because it is loud, but because the truth that Granik speaks quietly can be heard even in a noisy world.”Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade (2018) 99% Best ActressAlready Recognized by: Film Independent, Gotham Awards, DGA, BFCA, NYFCC(Photo by © A24)Cringeworthy Cinema: that’s how Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade and its star Elsie Fisher charmed their way into our hearts. Reliving the painfully awkward moments of adolescence with such unflinching honesty, Fisher gave the best performance of the year that we had to watch through fingers and stooping down in our seats. (OK, maybe tied with Collette – but for very different reasons.) Burnham’s script is the quintessential coming-of-age story for the YouTube generation and, as with Roma, his film lives or dies by its central performance. As Kayla, Fisher is relatable and endearing for tweens and their parents, finding a perfect blend of earnestness and mortification.Ethan Hawke, First Reformed (2017) 93% Best ActorAlready Recognized by: Film Independent, Gotham Awards, NYFCC, BFCA, LAFCA, NSFC(Photo by © A24)Ethan Hawke often remarks that he doesn t want to be known just for the Dead Poets Society. But after the over 30 years, 80 credits, four Oscar nominations, and countless more beloved performances, Hawke still hears Oh Captain, My Captain on the regular. His turn as the conflicted and apathetic Reverend Toller is miles away from any previous role he has done. Many are taking notice: With a near clean sweep of the critics associations, Hawke s performance in First Reformed is second only to Regina King s in Beale Street in regards to acclaim this season. Why isn t he a lock for an Oscar nom? Hawke s lack of movement outside of the critics groups awards does not bode well. We ll be watching this one keenly.Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns this week for what Netflix calls Part 3 and it seems like forever since we spent any time in Greendale — Part 2 debuted last April.The series, about a teenager who tries to manage her witchy responsibilities with a more normal, human adolescence, is a far cry from both of the Archie Comics that inspired it: the classic Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the more recent Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which recast her into a gothic horror mode. But it redrafted many of those ideas into something often compelling and something with a strong through-line — Sabrina’s attempt to create an accord between the witch and mortal world, even if demonic powers often tempt her towards a darker side.But as it grew in its first two parts, Sabrina also became a show about her family, her friends, and at least a little bit about Greendale itself — a quaint American town whose fascination with the macabre may stem from it being located in the same place where Lucifer Morningstar (Luke Cook) fell from grace eons ago.With that in mind, there s plenty to recall, so let’s take a quick refresher on Sabrina and the world which surrounds her.Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) (Photo by Netlfix)Click photo to see full keyart.In a bid to save her Greendale, Sabrina signed her name into the Book of the Beast and completed her Dark Baptism, as is tradition in her coven. She also transferred to the Academy of Unseen Arts, a school for witches and warlocks. Along the way, she broke up with her mortal boyfriend Harvey Kinkle and began dating Nicholas Scratch. Nevertheless, she tried to maintain her human ties – going so far as to plan exposing herself as a witch to the Greendale locals.This ultimately failed as Father Blackwood, leader of the Church of Night, inched ever closer to putting Sabrina under his sway. But that attempt also failed as Lucifer is actually Sabrina’s father and Sabrina resurrected herself as the Herald of Hell — a display of power which makes her uniquely suited to rule by her father s side. Not that she wants any of that, though. She has school to consider.Instead of journeying to Hell as its queen, she will enter its gates to retrieve Nick (more on him shortly). And if that works out, she might learn more about her mother s side of the family.Zelda Spellman (Miranda Otto) (Photo by Netlfix)Aunt Zelda’s affair with Blackwood continued into a full-blown marriage. But life with the ambitious Church of Night leader was anything but blissful. Eventually, Zelda returned home to the Spellman Mortuary, losing access to the Blackwood twins in the process. But by the time Satan returned to the world, she was solidly devoted to preventing him from taking Sabrina as his bride. And for all of her troubles, she declared herself the High Priestess of what remained of the Church of Night.Hilda Spellman (Lucy Davis)(Photo by Netflix)Aunt Hilda sought more autonomy from her sister as Part 2 wore on. At first, she decided to get a mortal job at the bookshop-café in town. She then pursued a relationship with the business’s proprietor, Dr. Cerebus (Alessandro Juliani), only to learn he was possessed by an incubus. Meanwhile, she also braced for a life without her sister by planning Zelda’s wedding. The two would eventually live under one roof again, but the desire for her own life continues to press at their bond.Ambrose Spellman (Chance Perdomo) (Photo by Netflix)Blackwood’s plan to break the family apart led to Ambrose getting an early release from his centuries-long house arrest for an attempt to blow up the Vatican. He also became part of Blackwood’s inner circle — the Judas Society — and began dating Luke Chalfant (Darren Mann), another of Blackwood’s elite students (who was later killed by a band of witchunters). His loyalty waned as he came to know Blackwood better and, ultimately, stood against him when his ambition to turn the Church of Night into his own cult of personality was revealed.Oddly enough, Ambrose will spend at least a portion of Part 3 hunting his former mentor.Rosalind Walker (Jaz Sinclair) (Photo by Netflix)After accepting the loss of her eyesight — and the reciprocal clairvoyance (aka the Cunning ) she would receive as a consequence — Roz s regular vision was restored thanks to Sabrina s heightened powers. It may have blunted the storyline a bit, but at least Roz retained the Cunning. During this time, she and Harvey found themselves getting closer together and, finally, dating after confessing their growing affection to Sabrina. Things did not go smoothly at first — and reportedly they will still be bumpy — but what teenage romance is truly perfect? At least Roz has her best friends around her to face whatever chaos may yet come to Greendale.Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch)(Photo by Netflix)Still reeling from his brother’s disquieting resurrection and Sabrina’s use of magic, Harvey began learning about the Kinkles family history as witchhunters. This fell by the wayside as he began to focus on Roz and learned that witches may not be the heartless monsters his grandfather believed them to be — even if he and Nick never really got along. But his specific knowledge made him essential in standing up to Hell s hordes within the family s mine — the place where Earth and Hell meet. And on the other side of the tumult, he found his friends united as a team, which he named Fright Club. Their first mission: rescue Nick.Theo Putnam (Lachlan Watson)(Photo by Netflix)Though Susie Putnam’s transition into Theo was seeded in Part 1, they would not make the leap until Part 2. Along the way, Theo had to face the reactions of their friends and father. It mostly worked out, even if there were some conflicts to sort out. More difficult was the emerging family history between the Putnams and the Spellmans. Nonetheless, they were willing to help Sabrina defend the world from Hell s armies by literally standing at the gates of the inferno and joining the Fright Club.And for all their troubles, Theo may finally find a teenage romance of their own in Part 3.Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood)(Photo by Netflix)Nick’s attraction to Sabrina led to something quite surprising: an empathy for the world. Fully converted to Sabrina’s way of thinking — even if he still had to betray her to Lucifer along the way — Nick was willing to sacrifice everything not just for her, but for a world where witch and mortals live free of the Dark Lord s subjugation. And sacrifice he did, becoming a prison for Satan and being taken bodily into Hell at the conclusion of Part 2.Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle)(Photo by Netflix)Father Blackwood had a plan for the Spellmans and, indeed, his flock. His hatred of Sabrina’s adoptive father, Edward Spellman, transferred to the others and he hoped by upholding Hilda’s excommunication, forcing Sabrina to attend the Academy, bringing Ambrose into his circle, and marrying Zelda, he would force the family to disintegrate. Without out their meddling, he would be free to pursue conservative reforms and transformer the Church of Night into his own cult of personality: the Church of Judas. This proved untenable when the Dark Lord returned in his angelic form and commanded Blackwood to report to Sabrina, the new Queen of Hell. Blackwood would not have it and attempted to poison the entire coven instead. A few survived, but it was the end of the Church as the Greendale coven had known it.But before any justice could find him, Blackwood absconded from the area with his infant twins, leaving his illegitimate daughter Prudence (Tati Gabrielle) vowing revenge.Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez)(Photo by Netflix)The Devil’s first handmaiden, Madam Satan began Part 2 as the new principal of Baxter High and Sabrina’s primary confidant. This disintegrated as she pushed Sabrina to fulfill a prophecy allowing Lucifer his original form. But even as she furthered his design, she began to doubt she would ever rule by his side, particularly as he began to announce plans for Sabrina to be his queen. She also revealed herself as Lilith, the First Woman, who quit Eden and tended to Lucifer after he fell. Reliving her past and explaining herself to Sabrina led her to aid the young witch as it would put her in the frame to rule Hell.In the fallout, Madam Satan — now going by Lilith again — returned to Damnation to be its queen. But taming the inferno proves a challenge for this would-be ruler.Part 3: Of Pagans and False Devils(Photo by Netflix)As is now the custom for Sabrina, Part 3 will pick up shortly after Part 2 and see Sabrina attempt to rescue Nick. In the process, she will learn her dethroning of Satan has broken the faith within the Church and the order of the universe itself. And as she always tries to clean up her messes, Sabrina returns to Hell in Part 3 and faces a new threat in the form of pagans who ve set a course for world domination under their ancient gods, inspiring the witches of Greendale to fight for the Devil they know.Which all feels like par for the course with Sabrina. Her convictions have led to a lot of disorder. But sometimes chaos is a good thing and, perhaps, Sabrina will finally be a place to put some of that disarray into a new normal. Or, maybe, this is still part of Satan s design, and she will have to find new ways to defy his expectations.The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 launches on Friday, January 24 on Netflix.
Children – his own – were also a big part of Prisoners and The Red Road writer Guzikowski’s inspiration for the series.“I have three young sons, and (I was) just thinking about them moving out into this world and their relationship with technology and my own relationship with technology, and just at what point will these things start to overlap, and I won t be able to tell the difference anymore? Where it really becomes part of me and I become a part of it,” Guzikowski said. “A lot of it, I think, came from just my lifelong obsession with science fiction, but I think it was really this idea about raising children in this world of technology. And also, if we were to start a new world somewhere, with all the knowledge of what went wrong on Earth, what would we choose to do? What would we take with us and what would we try and leave behind? And are we even able to make that choice, or are we just stuck in these cycles as human beings?”(Photo by HBO Max)Scott, meanwhile, appreciates some of the good things technology can do – like the efficiency of Zoom in allowing pandemic-era interviews to happen, and the fancy bookcase background we used for our Zoom chat with the director – but points out the old school methods are sometimes still the best for storytelling, even when telling a story about the future.“I draw, and I draw on paper. I film on paper before I get there, because the boards are very specific,” the Alien and The Martian director said. “They re literally drawn like the film, because I can. And I evolve an exercise on paper so I can literally sit on a scene in which I ve drawn and flipped through it, and literally I can see the scene. So right there, you re getting ideas about evolution of where you can go next with this. It s fascinating. Thank God for art school.”Raised By Wolves premieres Thursday, September 3 on HBO Max.
天博bob One year into the new decade, the movie prospects keep getting better. The releases slated for 2021 are so exciting they ll make you salivate with anticipation, and we can t wait to see them – especially now that it looks like we can see them. For starters we ll be getting another Asian blockbuster in director Destin Daniel Cretton s Marvel entry, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The Fast Family will be back for another action-packed installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise (can you believe we re at 9 movies already?!). Venom: Let There Be Carnage arrives (on October 1, after multiple shuffles around the calendar), as do horror sequels A Quiet Place 2 and Halloween Kills, and quasi-sequel Candyman. One big change in 2021: The way we watch the movies is changing big time. Warner Bros., for example, is releasing almost their entire slate of 2021 movies on HBO Max as well as in theaters in an unprecedented move that could signal bigger changes in the industry. The list is long and it ll probably get longer, so start marking your calendars now. [Updated 9/10/2021]Jan-Mar | Apr-June | July-Sep | Oct-DecThe Best Movies of 2020 | The Most Anticipated Movies of 2022JanuaryThe Dig (2021) 88%Directed by: Simon StoneStarring: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben ChaplinOpening on: January 15, 2021 (limited), followed by Netflix premiere on January 29, 2021Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan star in this Netflix original film based on true events and set in 1939. Mulligan plays a wealthy widow who hires an archaeologist (Fiennes) to excavate the burial mounds on her estate, leading to the discovery of a wealth of medieval Anglo-Saxon artifacts.FebruaryThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) 67%Directed by: Tim HillStarring: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. LawrenceOpening on: February 2021 on VOD and CBS All Access (formerly August 7, 2020)The long-running, wildly popular animated series gets another big screen outing as the whole Spongebob Squarepants gang are back for another adventure. This time out, Spongebob and Patrick embark on a rescue mission to recover Gary, who has been taken by Poseidon, and find themselves in the mystical land of Atlantic City.Malcolm & Marie (2021) 57%Directed by: Sam LevinsonStarring: John David Washington, ZendayaOpening on: February 5, 2021 on NetflixIf you feel like you ve been wasting time during quarantine, wait until you hear about writer/director Sam Levinson, who wrote an entire movie script in six days, then called up John David Washington and Zendaya to be in that movie, and then filmed it, all during lockdown. The story follows a filmmaker and his girlfriend as they return from a movie premiere and, over the course of the evening, begin to hash out their relationship.Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) 96%Directed by: Shaka KingStarring: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield, Jess Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Martin Sheen, Lil Rel HoweryOpening on: February 12, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxShaka King co-writes and directs this based-on-true-events drama focused on William O Neal, the FBI informant who infiltrated the Illinois Black Panther Party in an effort to keep track of Fred Hampton.To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) 79%Directed by: Michael FimognariStarring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Janel Parrish, Emilija BaranacOpening on: February 12, 2021 on NetflixOne of three Netflix original franchises to see a third installment in 2021 (the other two being The Kissing Booth and The Princess Switch), To All the Boys concludes with Always and Forever, as Lara Jean (Lana Condor) nears the end of high school and takes a pair of life-changing trips that lead her to ponder life with her family and Peter (Noah Centineo) after graduation.I Care a Lot (2020) 78%Directed by: J BlakesonStarring: Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Chris Messina, Isaiah Whitlock Jr.Opening on: February 19, 2021 on NetflixRosamund Pike stars in this comedy as a con woman who takes swindles the elderly out of their money until she comes into contact with a woman who is more cunning than she appears.Nomadland (2020) 93%Directed by: Chloé ZhaoStarring: Frances McDormand, David StrathairnOpening on: February 19, 2021 (following one-week virtual release on December 4, 2020)Writer-director Chloé Zhao impressed the folks at Disney so much with her 2017 breakout film The Rider that they handed her the keys to Eternals, but before that film opens (presumably) in February, Zhao will release this drama based on the nonfiction book by Jessica Bruder. The film stars Frances McDormand as a woman who loses everything in the Great Recession and decides to see if #VanLife is all it s cracked up to be.The Father (2020) 98%Directed by: Florian ZellerStarring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia ColmanOpening on: February 26, 2021 (formerly December 18, 2020)Two Oscar winners headline this drama based on the 2012 French play Le Père by the film s director and co-writer, Florian Zeller. The story focuses on an aging man (Anthony Hopkins) struggling with memory loss whose daughter (Olivia Colman) moves into his flat to help care for him.Tom & Jerry (2021) 31%Directed by: Tim StoryStarring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, Colin Jost, Rob DelaneyOpening on: February 26, 2021 (formerly March 5, 2021), with simultaneous release on HBO MaxThe classic animated television series gets a big-screen update in the form of a live-action/animated hybrid in which mischievous mouse Jerry moves into a hotel on the eve of a big wedding and forces the wedding planner to bring Tom into the picture to get rid of him. When an even bigger threat emerges, Tom and Jerry are forced to work together to save the day.MarchComing 2 America (2021) 49%Directed by: Craig BrewerStarring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, KiKi Layne, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, James Earl JonesOpening on: March 5, 2021 on Amazon Prime (formerly December 18, 2020)After over three decades, it looks like Prince Akeem ahem, King Akeem and Semmi are returning Stateside from there homeland of Zamunda. Much of the original cast are returning, including James Earl Jones as King Jaffe Joffer and John Amos as Cleo McDowell, as Akeem learns that he has a long-lost son he never knew about who might be the heir to the throne.Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) 94%Directed by: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Paul Briggs, John RipaStarring: Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Sandra OhOpening on: March 5, 2021 (formerly March 12, 2021)In this animated film from Disney, Kelly Marie Tran lends her voice to the title character, a young warrior in a fantastical land who embarks on a quest to find the last dragon. Awkwafina, who s been on a roll as of late, will provide the voice of said dragon, whose help Raya needs to bring peace to her land.Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) 71%Directed by: Zack SnyderStarring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Ray Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Jeremy IronsOpening on: March 18, 2021 on HBO MaxBrought to life by a rabid fan campaign, this re-cut four-hour-long version of the DC superhero team-up purports to be original director Zack Snyder s true vision for the film, with additional footage shot and incorporated, along with new elements that were absent from the 2017 theatrical release that director Joss Whedon took over when Snyder left the project for personal reasons.Nobody (2021) 84%Directed by: Derek KolstadStarring: Bob Odenkirk, Connie Nielsen, RZA, Christopher LloydOpening on: March 26, 2021 (formerly April 2, 2021)Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk plays a man suffering from PTSD who unwittingly draws the ire of a Russian drug lord when he murders a pair of thieves who have been terrorizing his neighborhood.Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) 75%Directed by: Adam WingardStarring: Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on: March 31, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxIt s the showdown we ve been waiting for since 2014 s Godzilla. Director Adam Wingard – who has proven he knows how to bring the thrills with The Guest and You re Next – helms this climactic entry in Warner Bros. MonsterVerse series, which continued in 2019 with Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Who will win when the giant ape takes on the king?AprilConcrete Cowboy (2020) 80%Directed by: Ricky StaubStarring: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Method ManOpening on: April 2, 2021 on NetflixBased on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri, this drama stars Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) as a Detroit teen who moves to Philadelphia to live with his estranged father (Idris Elba) and learns about the urban cowboy subculture.Mortal Kombat (2021) 55%Directed by: Simon McQuoidStarring: Joe Taslim, Ludi Lin, Mechad Brooks, Lewis Tan, Elissa Cadwell, Ng Chin Han, Max Huang, Josh Lawson, Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sisi StringerOpening on: April 23, 2021 (formerly January 15, 2021), with simultaneous release on HBO MaxIf you ve been waiting for the inevitable Mortal Kombat reboot, 2021 has got you covered. With Lewis Tan, Mechad Brooks, and Joe Taslim attached to star, the newest franchise installment is bound to be everything you could want in a fantasy martial arts action film. James Wan will be producing, so there s bound to be some of the magic that made the Saw franchise so successful.In The Earth (2021) 79%Directed by: Ben WheatleyStarring: Joel Fry, Reece Shearsmith, Hayley Squires, Ellora TorchiaOpening on: April 30, 2021 (formerly April 16, 2021)The latest thriller from Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) is a slice of supernatural horror centered on a scientist who ventures into a forest on an equipment run for research to cure a mysterious virus whose journey slowly transforms into a surreal nightmare.Limbo (2020) 92%Directed by: Ben SharrockStarring: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Kais NashifOpening on: April 30, 2021This comedy-drama from writer-director Ben Sharrock puts a wry spin on the refugee experience as it follows a group of new immigrants to Scotland waiting to hear back on the status of their asylum claims. The film was originally set to screen at Cannes before the festival was cancelled, and it has already earned four British Independent Film Awards nominations and two nods from the BAFTAs.Wrath of Man (2021) 66%Directed by: Guy RitchieStarring: Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Post MaloneOpening on: May 7, 2021 (formerly April 23, 2021)Director Guy Ritchie teams up with Jason Statham for their fourth collaboration together in a twist on the heist movies that made them famous. Based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck, Wrath of Man centers on an employee (Statham) at an armored truck company who takes part in a heist but has ulterior motives.Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) 37%Directed by: Darren Lynn BousmanStarring: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol NicholsOpening on: May 14, 2021 (formerly May 21, 2021)The Saw franchise officially gets revived in this new thriller, with Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV) back behind the camera. This time, two cops played by Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson investigate a series of gruesome murders and find themselves at the mercy of a killer reminiscent of the past (Jigsaw copycat, anyone?).The Woman in the Window (2021) 26%Directed by: Joe WrightStarring: Amy Adams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on: May 14, 2021 (formerly May 15, 2020)In Joe Wright s adaptation of the novel of the same name that takes the premise of Rear Window to new places, Amy Adams stars as child psychologist Anna Fox, an agoraphobic woman who develops a friendship with a neighbor who lives in the building across the street (played by Julianne Moore), only to witness her friend being murdered by her husband. Except, maybe that s not actually what happened, and maybe Anna s medication is playing tricks on her mind.Army Of The Dead (2021) 67%Directed by: Zack SnyderStarring: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo RossiOpening on: May 21, 2021 on NetflixBefore he set about rejiggering Justice League for HBO Max, Zack Snyder returned to his undead roots to helm this zombie thriller about a group of mercenaries who head into the heart of Las Vegas after a zombie outbreak in order to pull off a daring casino heist.Cruella (2021) 74%Directed by: Alex Timbers and Craig GillespieStarring: Emma Stone, Joel Fry, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Paul Walter Hauser, Emma ThompsonOpening on: May 28, 2021 with Premier Access on Disney+Emma Stone will star in Disney s latest live-action remake of an old classic. In the vein of Maleficient, Cruella will focus on the enigmatic villain of 101 Dalmatians in her youth and show how she became obsessed with Dalmatian fur. With Emma Thompson and Mark Strong rounding out the cast, it s bound to be worth the wait.A Quiet Place Part II (2021) 91%Directed by: John KrasinskiStarring: Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon HounsouOpening on: May 28, 2021 (formerly September 17, 2021)Director John Krasinski returns to helm this sequel, which he also wrote, starring his real-life wife Emily Blunt, as it follows up with the Abbott family after the events of the first film. Judging from the first trailer, we ll also get some flashbacks to the beginning of the invasion? Infestation? Whatever you want to call it, it looks like Krasinski has done a bang-up job ratcheting up the tension, and audiences should be in for another great ride.The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) 55%Directed by: Michael ChavesStarring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, Julian HilliardOpening on: June 4, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxPatrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return to reprise their roles as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in this third chapter of the original Conjuring franchise, focusing on a real case they investigated in which a murder suspect invoked demonic possession as a defense for his crimes. Michael Chaves, who directed 2019 s Conjuring-adjacent spinoff The Curse of La Llorona, takes the reins as director, while James Wan remains attached to the film as a producers.In the Heights (2021) 94%Directed by: Jon M. ChuStarring: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha PolancoOpening on: June 11, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxCrazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu adapts Lin-Manuel Miranda s breakout musical, In the Heights. The show, which kicked off the Hamilton creator s career, won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Chu demonstrated real skill with spectacle in Crazy Rich Asians, and the new movie shares similar themes of reclaiming one s heritage – it follows the stories of several characters in New York s heavily Latino neighborhood, Washington Heights, over three days.Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021) 67%Directed by: Will GluckStarring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth DebickiOpening on: June 11, 2021 (formerly July 2, 2021)First the garden, then the world. The plot for this sequel to the surprise hit loosely based on the work of Beatrix Potter is still under lock and key, but we re sure it will involve James Corden s cheeky rabbit causing all sorts of PG-rated trouble. We do not expect any blackberries to be involved, however.The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) 27%Directed by: Patrick HughesStarring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Richard E. Grant, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Frank GrilloOpening on: June 16, 2021 (formerly August 20, 2021)2017 s The Hitman s Bodyguard didn t exactly wow the critics, but it was a moderate hit at the box office, so why not give it another go? As indicated by the title, it s Salma Hayek s Sonia who now enlists the help of Michael (Ryan Reynolds) in order to rescue her husband and Michael s old rival Darius (Samuel L. Jackson).Luca (2021) 91%Directed by: Enrico CasarosaStarring: Jacob Tremblay, Maya Rudolph, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jim GaffiganOpening on: June 18, 2021 on Disney+The latest offering from Pixar (after 2020 s Soul) will be a deeply personal coming-of-age tale with a twist from director Enrico Casarosa. The story will focus on the title character, a sea monster who lives off the coast of the Italian Riviera who strikes up a friendship with another sea monster; together they discover that they take human form when dry and decide to visit the nearby seaside town for an adventure.F9 The Fast Saga (2021) 59%Directed by: Justin LinStarring: Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Lucas BlackOpening on: June 25, 2021 (formerly May 28, 2021)It s full-throttle and pedal to the metal for the Toretto crime/adventure/anti-terrorism/what-even-are-they family yet again. Director Justin Lin was the man to turn the franchise around, delivering the series first Fresh entry on his third try with 2011 s Fast Five (Certified Fresh at 73%); since then, every Fast movie has landed on the red end of the Tomatometer. The new entry will bring the family back together to face off against a new villain played by John Cena who happens to be Dom Toretto s brother. Also, Han is back? What? The film was originally slated to open in May of 2020, but was pushed back almost a year to occupy the slot that had originally been reserved for Fast Furious 10.Zola (2020) 88%Directed by: Janicza BravoStarring: Taylour Paige, Riley KeoughOpening on: June 30, 2021Based on a notoriously stranger-than-fiction series of viral tweets (and a subsequent Rolling Stone article) from 2015, this adventure comedy follows a Detroit waitress who embarked on a road trip to Florida with a stripper and ended up spending the craziest two days of her life with her.The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021) 47%Directed by: Tom McGrathStarring: Alec Baldwin, Amy Sedaris, Lisa Kudrow, James Marsden, Jeff Goldblum, Jimmy Kimmel, Eva LongoriaOpening on: July 2, 2021 (formerly September 17, 2021) in theaters and streaming on PeacockThe Boss Baby might be Rotten, but its monster box office take shows the audience is hungry for more. This time, though, the story takes place years after the first film, when the original Boss Baby Ted voiced by Alec Baldwin and his older brother Tim have both grown up. Tim now has a smarty-pants infant of his own (Amy Sedaris), who embarks on a secret mission involving her big sister.The Forever Purge (2021) 50%Directed by: Everardo GoutStarring: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Will PattonOpening on: July 2, 2021Set after 2016 s Purge: Election Year, in which the Purge was officially abolished, this next chapter in the franchise goes smaller than its predecessors. Forever follows a Mexican couple who become stranded on a ranch and besieged by strangers who miss the good ol days of lawless anarchy.Black Widow (2021) 79%Directed by: Cate ShortlandStarring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel WeiszOpening on: July 9, 2021 (formerly November 6, 2020) with Premier Access on Disney+The first Marvel property to kick off its Phase 4 (on the big screen, at least) will be this prequel focusing on Scarlett Johansson s Natasha Romanoff. The story takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War and follows Natasha as she deals with dangerous people from her past as a double agent. David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and Florence Pugh co-star, and who knows? Maybe Jeremy Renner s Hawkeye will make an appearance.Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) 48%Directed by: Adam RobitelStarring: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Isabelle Fuhrman, Holland RodenOpening on: July 16, 2021 (formerly January 7, 2022)Taylor Russell and Logan Miller return to reprise their roles from the first Escape Room, a Saw-inspired horror-thriller that became something of a surprise hit when it premiered in January of 2019. Though we don t know exactly what the second film will be about, the first one ended on a pretty suggestive cliffhanger, so we can expect Ben (Miller) and Zoey (Russell) to take part in a new round of deadly games. Originally slated to debut in 2020, and then in 2021, the film was ultimately pushed even further back to 2022.Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) 26%Directed by: Malcolm D. LeeStarring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Cedric Joe, Sonequa Martin-GreenOpening on: July 16, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxSpeaking of old stories for new audiences, LeBron James long-awaited Space Jam sequel will finally arrive in 2021. In this updated take on the original, Bron and his son (Cedric Joe) are transported to a digital world by an evil AI (voiced by Don Cheadle), who forces the basketball icon to team up with the Looney Toons and play a game of hoops against his digital Goon Squad.Old (2021) 50%Directed by: M. Night ShyamalanStarring: Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex WolffOpening on: July 23, 2021 (formerly February 26, 2021)M. Night Shyamalan s newest project seems like a fairly straightforward idea, so it ll be interesting to see where he takes it. In Old, a family on vacation discovers that the isolated beach where they re relaxing is causing them to age rapidly. This is the first of two films the horror auteur is slated to direct for Universal in the coming years.Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) 36%Directed by: Robert SchwentkeStarring: Henry Golding, Samara Weaving, Iko UwaisOpening on: July 23, 2021 (formerly October 22, 2021)Snake Eyes, the mute ninja/commando previously portrayed by Ray Park in the live-action G.I. Joe film franchise, gets an origin story. The character s past has always been shrouded in mystery, save for the fact that he was once close friends with enemy ninja Storm Shadow and the fact that an explosion not only severely disfigured his face but also fried his vocal cords. Now we get to see how it all came to be.The Green Knight (2021) 88%Director: David LoweryStarring: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Barry Keoghan, Sarita ChoudhuryOpening on: July 30, 2021Based on the 14th century Arthurian poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this medieval fantasy adventure written and directed by David Lowery (Ain t Them Bodies Saints, The Old Man the Gun) appears to be splashed with a touch of horror, at least judging from the cryptic trailer. It was originally slated for a 2020 release before it moved to 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.Jungle Cruise (2021) 62%Director: Jaume Collet-SerraStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul GiamattiOpening on: July 30, 2021Following the path that Pirates of the Caribbean charted so successfully, this new film (franchise?) is based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star, respectively, as a riverboat captain and a scientist on a hunt for a magical cure in this Depression-era action adventure. Comedian Jack Whitehall also joins in the fun, playing Blunt’s character’s brother. Collet-Serra has had a string of action-thriller hits working with Liam Neeson (Commuter, Non-Stop, Unknown), so there s a chance this one could be slightly darker than anticipated.Stillwater (2021) 75%Directed by: Tom McCarthyStarring: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille CottinOpening on: July 30, 2021 (formerly November 6, 2020)Matt Damon stars in this thriller about an Oklahoma oil-rig worker who travels to Marseille, France to unravel a mystery and clear his daughter s name when when she is imprisoned for a crime she says she didn t commit. The film co-stars Abigail Breslin and is directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, who won a pair of Oscars for 2015 s Spotlight, so there s considerable pedigree behind this project, and there s no reason not to be optimistic about it.Vivo (2021) 86%Directed by: Kirk DeMiccoStarring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry, Nicole Byer, Leslie David BakerOpening on: July 30, 2021 in select theaters and August 6, 2021 on NetflixHot on the heels of the Oscar-nominated Moana and 2020 s In The Heights movie adaptation, Broadway legend Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to his musical roots with a new animated musical from Sony. Kirk DeMicco will direct, with Miranda voicing the titular musical kinkajou, and the film will stream on Netflix.AugustThe Suicide Squad (2021) 90%Directed by: James GunnStarring: Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, Sylvester StalloneOpening on: August 6, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxDirector James Gunn looks to erase the memory of 2016 s Suicide Squad with this soft quasi-reboot. A handful of the cast members from the first film return, while Idris Elba, John Cena, Peter Capaldi, and more join in on the fun, as Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) gathers the Squad for a secret mission involving a giant starfish.Free Guy (2021) 80%Directed by: Shawn LevyStarring: Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jody Comer, Joe Keery, Lel Rel HoweryOpening on: August 13, 2021 (formerly May 21, 2021)Ryan Reynolds brings his sarcastic wit and boyishly good-looking everyman charm to this self-referential, special effects-driven comedy. He stars as Guy, a nondescript bank teller non-player character (NPC) in a violent, open-world video game who suddenly becomes self-aware and decides to take his destiny into his own hands. Expect a lot of ironic, self-referential humor and over-the-top action shenanigans, which, when Ryan Reynolds is involved, is essentially its own genre these days.Respect (2021) 68%Directed by: Liesl TommyStarring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Mary J. BligeOpening on: August 13, 2021 (formerly January 15, 2021)Jennifer Hudson has some big shoes to fill, as she steps into the role of Aretha Franklin in Liesl Tommy s biopic of the legendary singer in Respect. It was originally slated for a January release before, like a lot of other films, it was delayed by coronavirus-related shutdowns.Reminiscence (2021) 37%Directed by: Lisa JoyStarring: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandie Newton, Daniel Wu, Cliff CurtisOpening on: August 20, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxHugh Jackman stars in this sci-fi drama set in a flooded, near-future Miami about a man who offers people the chance to relive any memory. As he begins to fall for one of his clients, he discovers she may or may not be involved in a series of violent crimes and dives into her past to learn the truth. This is the feature debut of Lisa Joy, who previously worked on TV series like Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice, and most recently Westworld.Candyman (2021) 84%Directed by: Nia DaCostaStarring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah ParrisOpening on: August 27,2021 (formerly October 16, 2020)Longtime fan and contemporary horror maestro Jordan Peele is producing this sequel to not a remake of the classic 1992 horror film about the murdered son of a slave whose ghost haunts the Chicago neighborhood where the Cabrini Green housing projects once stood. The update is set after the gentrification of Cabrini Green, as an artist learns about the history of his neighborhood and begins to explore it in his work, unknowingly opening a door he may not be able to close.SeptemberCinderella (2021)Directed by: Kay CannonStarring: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Idina MenzelOpening on: September 3 on Amazon Prime (formerly July 16, 2021)If there s anyone who can do justice to Whitney Houston s turn as the Fairy Godmother, it s none other than Broadway legend and Pose star Billy Porter. Sure, we might not need another Cinderella story, but what could be better than vocal legends like Idina Menzel and newcomers like Camila Cabello bringing a classic story to life?Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Directed by: Destin Daniel CrettonStarring: Simu Liu, Tony Leung, AwkwafinaOpening on: September 3, 2021 (formerly July 9, 2021)After bringing the true story of Bryan Stevenson to screen in this 2019 s Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton will be joining the big leagues for his next project. Shang-Chi will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe s first Asian-led film. Kim s Conveince s Simu Liu is set to star, alongside Awkwafina and legendary actor Tony Leung, as the Marvel hero comes to grips with the legacy of his lineage.The Card Counter (2020)Directed by: Paul SchraderStarring: Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish, Tye Sheridan, Willem DafoeOpening on: September 10, 2021Writer-director Paul Schrader, who recently earned an Oscar nomination for First Reformed, helms this thriller about a man (Oscar Isaac) who reverts back to his old, dangerous ways when he meets a young man (Tye Sheridan) out for revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe).Malignant (2021)Directed by: James WanStarring: Annabelle Wallis, George Young, Jake Abel, McKenna GraceOpening on: September 10, 2021 (formerly August 14, 2020)James Wan s next project stars Annabelle Wallis as a woman who begins to have terrifying visions of gruesome murders, only to discover not just that the killings are real and she is witnessing them in real time, but also that the killer has ties to her mysterious past.The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)Directed by: Michael ShowalterStarring: Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Vincent D Onofrio, Cherry Jones, Sam JaegerOpening on: September 17, 2021Director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick) takes a more dramatic turn with this film based on the documentary of the same name that chronicles the rise and fall of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, with Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield set to play the infamous couple.OctoberVenom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)Directed by: Andy SerkisStarring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris, Stephen GrahamOpening on: October 1, 2021 (formerly October 15, 2021)Andy Serkis takes the reins for this follow-up to 2018 s Spider-Man-adjacent Sony hit Venom. Tom Hardy returns to reprise his role as journalist Eddie Brock, who entered into a mutually beneficial partnership with the alien symbiote who possessed his body in the first film, and he ll face off against a new villain in the form of Woody Harrelson s Carnage, who was teased in the post-credits scene of the first film.Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (2022)Directed by: Derek Drymon, Jennifer KluskaStarring: Kathryn Hahn, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael KeyOpening on: October 1, 2021 (formerly July 23, 2021) exclusively on Amazon PrimeThe final chapter in the Hotel Transylvania series will not, in fact, include Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, but will focus on Dracula s human son-in-law Johnny (Andy Samberg), who is inadvertently transformed into a monster just as all his monster cohorts are turned into humans.The GuiltyDirected by: Antoine FuquaStarring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley KeoughOpening on: October 1, 2021 on NetflixJake Gyllenhaal, Riley Keough, and Peter Sarsgaard star in Antoine Fuqua s remake of the 2018 Danish thriller of the same name about a police emergency dispatcher who becomes invested in a 9-1-1 call from a woman in the middle of an abduction.The Many Saints of Newark (2021)Directed by: Alan TaylorStarring: Michael Gandolfini, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta, Corey Stoll, Alessandro NivolaOpening on: October 1, 2021, with simultaneous release on HBO MaxWhether you feel that the end of The Sopranos you know, that controversial fade to black was fitting and poignant or anti-climactic and unsatisfying, you probably jumped at the news that a Sopranos movie was in the works. With the late James Gandolfini no longer around, however, the only way to go was a prequel, and who better to portray a young Tony Soprano than Gandolfini s son himself, Michael? Alan Taylor directs this look back at the early years of the iconic TV mobster, with Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Ray Liotta in supporting roles.No Time to Die (2021)Directed by: Cary FukunagaStarring: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana LynchOpening on: October 8, 2021 (formerly April 2, 2021)True Detective director Cary Fukunaga takes the reins for the 25th James Bond film, with Daniel Craig returning for his fifth and (presumably) final turn as 007. He s joined by series regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, as well as returning characters played by Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright. Recent Best Actor-winner Rami Malek is reported to play the villain, while it s presumed Captain Marvel s Lashana Lynch will play a newer 007 who may have to relinquish her famous code number back to Bond when he comes out of retirement.Halloween Kills (2021)Directed by: David Gordon GreenStarring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Anthony Michael HallOpening on: October 15, 2021, with simultaneous release on PeacockThe duo of director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride proved successful in the 2018 sequel-that-nullified-all-the-other-sequels, Halloween, so they recently announced two more films to close out a new trilogy. The second installment, which sees the return of the newly badass Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her grown-up daughter (Judy Greer), will hit theaters just before, well, Halloween.The Last Duel (2021)Directed by: Ridley ScottStarring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie ComerOpening on: October 15, 2021 (formerly January 8, 2021)It s been two years since Ridley Scott did the unthinkable and reshot All The Money In The World weeks before its release date. But this time around, he ll be racing against history with this Edwardian tale of knights and maidens. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will reunite, with Killing Eve s breakout star Jodie Comer filling out the cast.Dune (2021)Directed by: Denis VilleneuveStarring: Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, ZendayaOpening on: October 22, 2021Acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on the massive challenge of re-adapting Frank Herbert s sprawling sci-fi epic more than 30 years after David Lynch attempted the same and, according to many fans, fell short. At the very least, Villeneuve has assembled an impressive cast (just look at those names!) so it s now up to him and his co-writers to fashion an engaging script from the daunting source material.The French Dispatch (2021)Directed by: Wes AndersonStarring: Timothée Chalamet, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Benicio Del Toro, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright, Owen WilsonOpening on: October 22, 2021 (formerly October 16, 2020)Reportedly inspired by director Wes Anderson s love of The New Yorker magazine, the latest is a comedic drama that brings to life a handful of stories from the French bureau of a fictional newspaper headquartered in Kansas. The film s press release calls it a love letter to journalists, and it brings together several of Anderson s regular collaborators in a massive, star-studded cast.Last Night in Soho (2021)Directed by: Edgar WrightStarring: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence StampOpening on: October 22, 2021 (formerly April 23, 2021)Any time Edgar Wright has a new movie coming out, it s something to look forward to. But throw in the fact that he s assembled a cast that includes up-and-coming young stars like Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie, as well as legendary vets like Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp? And the fact that it s a horror film inspired by both Don t Look Now and Repulsion? Yes, please, and thank you.Ron's Gone Wrong (2021)Directed by: Jean-Philippe Vine, Sarah SmithStarring: Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed HelmsOpening on: October 22, 2021 (formerly April 23, 2021)Originally slated for a late 2020 release, Ron s Gone Wrong was pushed back a few months after 20th Century Fox was acquired by Disney. The animated adventure is set in a world where every child s best friend is a digitally connected device and follows one young boy who discovers his own robot pal doesn t quite work the way it should.Antlers (2021)Directed by: Scott CooperStarring: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham GreeneOpening on: October 29, 2021 (formerly February 19, 2021)Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons star in this supernatural thriller about a small-town teacher and her sheriff brother who find themselves in a waking nightmare when they discover one of her students is harboring a terrifying secret in his attic.NovemberThe Harder They Fall (2021)Directed by: Jeymes SamuelStarring: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Regina KingOpening on: November 3, 2021 on NetflixFans of Idris Elba riding a horse should be overjoyed to know that, in addition to Concrete Cowboy, he s also in a more traditional Western. Here, he stars alongside a powerhouse cast that includes Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, and Regina King in a good, old-fashioned revenge tale about a man looking to hunt down the villain who murdered his parents.Eternals (2021)Directed by: Chloé ZhaoStarring: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on: November 5, 2021 (formerly February 12, 2021)The second film of Marvel s Phase 4 goes cosmic again with the Eternals. Much of the cast was announced in bits and pieces, with a big reveal at Comic-Con 2019 and a key addition made in August. In brief, the Eternals are powerful immortals who helped shape humanity and history on Earth, and the cast includes a lot of big names, from Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek to Kumail Nanjiani and a couple of Game of Thrones kings, Richard Madden and Kit Harington. Plus, director Chloé Zhao is no slouch herself; she had one of 2018 s best-reviewed films in The Rider. We ll just have to see how well she makes the transition to big-budget, special effects-driven blockbusters.Finch (2021)Directed by: Miguel SapochnikStarring: Tom HanksOpening on: November 5, 2021 on Apple TV+ (formerly August 20, 2021)Tom Hanks is back, breaking our hearts again. Here he plays a sickly inventor and the last human left on a post-apocalyptic earth who creates a robot to protect the life of his dog when he dies and keep them both company while he s alive. Will said robot be as lovable as, say, Wilson? Time will tell. Director Miguel Sapochnik boasts an epic resume, particularly in TV – if you need any convincing on this one, just know he directed Game of Thrones Battle of the Bastards episode.Red Notice (2021)Directed by: Rawson Marshall ThurberStarring: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan ReynoldsOpening on: November 12 on NetflixDirector Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper) teams up with Dwayne Johnson for a third time in this action-comedy about a top FBI agent who is forced to team up with two rival criminals (Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds) to take down one of the world s most wanted.Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)Directed by: Jason ReitmanStarring: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul RuddOpening on: November 19, 2021 (formerly June 11, 2021)Jason Reitman will direct a sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise, unrelated to the all-female reboot directed by Paul Feig in 2016. We still don t know much about what the story will be, but as casting news trickled in, we did learn that Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace will play a brother and sister, with Carrie Coon as their single mother, and Paul Rudd is in the film as what appears to be a schoolteacher. Originally slated to open on July 10, 2020, the film was pushed back due to concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak.Tick, Tick... Boom! (2021)Directed by: Lin-Manuel MirandaStarring: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesus, Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley WhitfordOpening on: November 19, 2021 on NetflixBetween In the Heights and Encanto, Lin-Manuel Miranda was already going to have a big 2021, but he decided to go ahead and drop his feature directorial debut as well. This musical drama stars Andrew Garfield as an aspiring theater composer nearing 30 and hoping for his big break who begins to reexamine his life and his relationships.Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)Directed by: Johannes RobertsStarring: Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Hannah John-Kamen, Neal McDonoughOpening on: November 24, 2021Nothing says Thanksgiving like a little zombie horror, right? Sony s reboot of the massively popular Resident Evil franchise looks to hew closer to the original video games than the Paul W.S. Anderson movies starring Milla Jovovich did. The new film, directed by horror vet Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey at Night, 47 Meters Down), will serve as an origin story focusing on characters and landmarks that will be very familiar to fans of the games.DecemberThe Power of the Dog (2021)Directed by: Jane CampionStarring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Thomasin McKenzieOpening on: December 1, 2021 on NetflixIt s been a while since Jane Campion helmed a feature film, and as if to prove they re not just interested in sci-fi thrillers and action films, Netflix scooped up her latest as part of their 2021 release plan. Based on the Thomas Savage novel of the same name, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons as two brothers who own a Montana ranch at the turn of the 20th century and find themselves engaged in a bitter rivalry when one of them marries a local widow.West Side Story (2021)Directed by: Steven SpielbergStarring: Rita Moreno, Ansel Elgort, Rachel ZeglerOpening on: December 10, 2021 (formerly December 18, 2020)Steven Spielberg s new adaptation of the famous Broadway musical of the same name, which is itself an alternative take on Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliet, is finally seeing the light of day in late 2020. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler star in the as Tony and Maria, two teens in 1950s New York City who belong to rival gangs but fall in love with each other and must deal with the consequences.Nightmare Alley (2021)Directed by: Guillermo del ToroStarring: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Rooney MaraOpening on: December 17, 2021 (formerly December 3, 2021)Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro always has a dozen or so plates spinning, but his next project is this adaptation of the novel of the same name by William Lindsay Graham. Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, the story revolves around a manipulative carnival hustler who hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is. It doesn t have a specific release date yet, but a recent Tweet by Searchlight Pictures announced it would be released in December of 2021.Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Directed by: Jon WattsStarring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alfred MolinaOpening on: December 17, 2021 (formerly November 5, 2021)There s a lot to break down in the upcoming third Sony/MCU Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, with some pretty big potential implications for both studios and their respective franchises. Suffice it to say, there will be some heady, game-changing plot elements at play, and if you want to know more than that, you can always read our breakdown of everything we know about the movie so far.The King's Man (2021)Directed by: Matthew VaughnStarring: Harris Dickinson, Ralph Fiennes, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci, Djimon HounsouOpening on: December 22, 2021 (formerly August 20, 2021)While both a third installment of the Kingsman franchise and a Statesman spin-off are still on the way, audiences will first get a taste of how the whole thing came to exist in the first place with this prequel, set in the early 1900s. Ralph Fiennes leads an all-star cast in an origin story that will show how a group of ex-soldiers formed the spy agency.The Matrix Resurrections (2021)Directed by: Lana WachowskiStarring: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra JonasOpening on: December 22, 2021 (formerly April 1, 2022), with simultaneous release on HBO MaxSomehow, some way, Neo and Trinity are set to return to the world of The Matrix, as Lana Wachowski is set to bring us another sci-fi action-adventure set in the world digital world she helped create way back in 1999. We won t get Agent Smith or Morpheus this time around, but people like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Priyanka Chopra are joining the cast, so that s exciting. The film was already delayed once to 2022 after it was originally slated to open in May of 2021, and now it s been moved back up again to a very competitive Christmas weekend.Sing 2 (2021)Directed by: TBDStarring: Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, John C. Reilly, Idina Menzel, Resse Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, Scarlett JohanssonOpening on: December 22, 2021Originally slated for Christmas 2020, Universal s Sing 2 will release summer 2021 instead. The animated feature about a koala talent agent will see most of the principal cast return, with the addition of Idina Menzel and Selena Gomez. Chances are it ll be another big family-friendly hit.Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)Directed by: Simon CurtisStarring: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie BayeOpening on: December 22, 2021Fans of the popular ITV/PBS series rejoiced when the Crawley family and the staff of their famous estate made the leap to the big screen in 2019, and we re getting a second trip just in time for Christmas, 2021. The original cast is returning, with new additions like Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, and Nathalie Baye, while Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) will take on directorial duties. No word yet on what exactly the story of the new film will be.Don't Look Up (2020)Directed by: Adam McKayStarring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana GrandeOpening on: December 24, 2021 on NetflixAdam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) directs a massive ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in this satirical take on the disaster movie, following a pair of low-level astronomers who discover an approaching comet will destroy the planet and embark on a media tour to try to get the world to take them seriously.Sherlock Holmes 3Directed by: Dexter FletcherStarring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdamsOpening on: TBD (formerly December 22, 2021)With Robert Downey Jr. free from the MCU, it s finally time for the long awaited Sherlock Holmes sequel. By 2021, it ll have been a decade since RDJ and Jude Law last brought their mischievous friendship to Victorian England. Rachel McAdams is set to return as Irene Adler, with a script from Chris Brancato, best known for his work in television on Hannibal and Narcos, and Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher is at the helm, though he did report back in October of 2020 that the film was on the back burner, so it likely won t hold to its 2021 release plans.Escape from SpiderheadDirected by: Joseph KosinskiStarring: Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, Mark Paguio, Tess HaubrichOpening on: TBD on NetflixWorking from a script by Deadpool writing duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick) directs this action film about a pair of near-future convicts who agree to a series of experimental drug tests in exchange for shorter prison sentences. The film was initially thought to be getting a 2022 release, but as of now, we haven t gotten concrete word on that.Blazing Samurai (2021)Directed by: Chris Bailey, Mark KoetsierStarring: Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Cera, Michelle Yeoh, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon HonsouOpening on: 2021Originally slated for release in 2017, the star-studded animated feature was scheduled to finally see the light of day in 2021, though we don t know if that will come to fruition. Inspired by Mel Brooks classic western Blazing Saddles, the cast includes Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson and Ricky Gervais.Pinocchio (2018)Directed by: Guillermo del Toro, Mark GustafsonStarring: TBDOpening on: TBD on NetflixThis has been one of Guillermo del Toro s long-in-development passion projects, and it will also be his first foray into animation. The stop motion-animated adaptation of the classic tale will reportedly be a tad darker than we may be accustomed to, with del Toro calling it a brutalist fable. Like The Power of the Dog, this was picked up by Netflix and given a 2021 release date; whether or not the streaming giant will put it in theaters remains to be seen.Jan-Mar | Apr-June | July-Sep | Oct-DecThe Best Movies of 2019 | The Most Anticipated Movies of 2020Thumbnail image by Jaap Buitendijk/©Focus Features.
(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)In a year in which franchises and reboots are dominating more than ever – and some are sounding the death knell for the traditional mid-budget drama and comedy – Hustlers is looking to buck a trend. It is one of the year s few movies without a 2 at the end of its title (or a 3 or 4, or a colon somewhere in the middle) to be generating serious box office buzz. Much of that has to do with the cast, which puts A-list star power via Jennifer Lopez alongside fresh-off-a-mega-hit It Girl Constance Wu, and peppers in some crowd-drawing names from the music world, with Cardi B and Lizzo along for the ride. And it has to do with the allure of the Hustlers story, a crime caper about a group of strippers who found a smart – and entertaining – way to swindle rich Wall Street types at the time that those same types were crashing the global economy.Directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Nora s Infinite Playlist), Hustlers has sex, violence, money, great dancing, a killer soundtrack, and puts a very high heel on the neck of the 99%. Many are predicting it to be one of 2019 s first genuine surprise hits; the movie s rapturous reception at the Toronto International Film Festival has done nothing to dampen that expectation. A big success would be familiar territory for Wu, who made her first major studio picture last year playing Rachel Chu in the biggest surprise hit of 2018, Crazy Rich Asians. The star of ABC s Fresh Off the Boat – she assures us, unprompted, that she loves the show as much as we do and is happy to be returning to it – says Hustlers has another ingredient that crowds who show up on opening day might be surprised to see: a huge amount of heart. And that s something that may make this Goodfellas-style story of a group of women doing what it takes to get by even bigger than some are expecting.Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: I think a few people who go to this movie are going to be surprised that while Hustlers is about exotic dancers and is set in a strip club, it’s really about relationships – mothers, friends. Do you think people are going to expect that?Constance Wu: Yeah, I completely think that people are not going to expect it. I mean, for me, at the end of the day, this movie is really about friendship, a friendship between these two women [Wu’s Destiny and Jennifer Lopez’s Ramona]. Destiny thinks of Ramona as like an aspiration, a friend and a mentor. And Destiny s own mother abandoned her when she was little. So in that sense, Destiny has been seeking somebody like Ramona her whole life. I really think that that s kind of the story of the movie. It s not about stripping, it s not about robbing men. It s not about who s a hero, who s the villain. Because nobody s truly a hero or a villain. These girls did bad things and men did bad things. We re all just complex human beings. We go a little deeper than just the externals of what everybody thinks a strip club is.(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)There have been a few high-profile movies that take place within the stripping world, but this seems to be the biggest high-profile one directed and written by a woman, and I think that really shines through. Was working with Lorene and having a female filmmaker overseeing this project one of the draws for you?Oh, for sure. Lorene and I instantly clicked. And I think it was important to have her lens on this movie and her pen, computer – her writing on it! And even Jessica Pressler, the woman who wrote the source material, which was the New York magazine article, to have her point of view. And then the fact that the New York magazine article was written from the perspective of Roselyn Keo, an Asian-American woman. It was really, from start to finish, a project that was centered around women and it was by and about women and told through the point of view of an Asian-American woman. That is really rare actually.My acting coach at one point commented, and he said, like, Hey, how come there are no men of substance in this movie? The men are just, like, there. And I was like, Yeah. And it doesn t mean we don t love men. Obviously, men have got great stories. But I said to my acting coach, Oh yeah, because it was not about them.” But that happens with women a lot, too. There are a lot of movies where the women are just there to be a prop, or they re just there to serve the story and not to have their own story. And the fact that it was so unusual that my acting coach had to pay attention, like, noticed it – that says something not about our movie but about our culture and the lack of this type of story and these types of roles.(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)You mentioned it s about friendship and that really is the heart of it. And it seems so genuine, this bond that these women have, in particular that you and Jennifer/ Destiny and Ramona have. What did you guys do to establish that chemistry, because it sort of rang off the screen as so authentic.I think, at least from my perspective, I just really love and admire Jen so much, like naturally. And the more I got to know her, the more I just truly loved her. Because yeah, Jen is an icon, but when you get to know her, she s really down to earth. She has her sister on set with her, her kids come sometimes, her mom s there. She is a family person, and we just talked like girls. We just really enjoyed each other as people. It s interesting, because everyone s like, Oh how did you develop this chemistry? It s not like we did speed dating or something; it was like any friendship. It was a natural evolution from time spent with somebody that you love and admire. And also, Jen, by nature, is a very caring person, and this is only my second studio movie ever that I ve ever done, and she s done so many. So somebody like that really caring about me and nurturing me and just wanting to do whatever she could to make me feel comfortable, it meant a lot to me.Was there anything that you were surprised to discover that you had in common with Jennifer Lopez when you got to know her?Yeah. We were talking about some of our high school boyfriends. We had similar kinds of stories about that.The other thing that comes through when watching is how much fun some of the scenes in this movie must have been to shoot. I m thinking specifically about the Christmas morning party and the scene where all the girls get on stage together when a major celeb comes into the club. The Christmas scene was really fun just because we all love each other on that set, and we were just free and silly and whatever. And then also the Cardi and Jennifer pole dancing and lap dancing scene is so fun because we were improvising. The [celebrity] scene… it was super fun, but to be honest, physically it was a little hard to keep your balance on the stage with so many bodies around you. A lot of that scene, it was super fun, but a lot of it I m thinking like, Don t fall over, don t fall over. And there are takes, which obviously they didn t use, where I fell over because of those heels!(Photo by Motion Picture Artwork © 2019 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)Those heels are amazing. Was it intimidating to perform not just with J-Lo, who s known for her dance background, but also with so many of the others who had significant dancing experience?I don t know if scary is the right word for it, necessarily. It was really inspiring how good Jen was. Like in that scene where she dances to “Criminal,” I just wanted to stand up and cheer. It was just so amazing. But I will say that I was very relieved that my character was not supposed to be super great at dancing. So that kind of let me off the hook, in a way. Because Jen s character teaches Destiny how to get better at dancing. It works for the character is what I would say, and it was just inspiring to be able to work with women who had dance training and are incredible athletes.We said people might be surprised when they come into this movie: What do you want them to leave with?I want people to leave this movie caring about these characters and caring about them as people, as friends, and as women who are trying to make the best of a world that hasn t always been fair to them, and they re still figuring it out. Empathy and care is what I hope people get out of it. And fun I want people to laugh.Hustlers is in theaters September 13, 2019. (Photo by New Line Cinema courtesy Everett Collection)All Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movies RankedCowabunga! We re ranking the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, starting with the original! The story of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, and their sensei Splinter was a hit back in 1990, as audiences were drawn to the movie s relatively gritty and realistic ninjitsu-practicing half-shelled heroes, in line with the Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird comic book. One year after, at the height of Turtle mania, came sequel Secret of the Ooze, which replaced April O Neil with a new actress, brought back Shredder, and went to great lengths to tone down the weapon-based violence. One more sequel in 1993 sent the Turtles back in time, a box office under-performer that closed the book on the original movie trilogy.But the franchise stuck around, through video games, comics, action figures, and numerous television series. Seems like there s always a market for brash, active reptiles for young people to latch onto. This has led to film revivals throughout the years, including an animated film in 2007, and a Michael Bay-produced reboot in 2014. As the franchise celebrates over 35 years of unlikely and phenomenal success, we re ranking all the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies by Tomatometer!
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