The year is coming to a close, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic shutting much of the world, it was still a good year for movies. Yet, in this final quarter, there are still a few films yet to be released that everyone is clamoring to see, as well as a few more at the beginning of next year.
Halloween Kills — October 15th 2021
The follow-up to the 2018 horror film Halloween, and sequel to the the 1978 film. The last film was met with a great deal of fanfare and blew all of the other lackluster sequels out of the water. With goodwill returned to the franchise, people are really looking forward to this one. The film comes out October 15th and will be released on Peacock the same day.
The Last Duel — October 15th 2021
This film’s gained a lot of traction just based on who’s in it. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have been reunited in this Ridley Scott film, as well as including Adam Driver and Jodie Comer in the cast. Ridley Scott certainly adds a lot of artistic flavor to his films, for better and for worst, so hopefully it’ll be for the better this time. The film will be released October 15th.
Dune — October 22nd 2021
Denis Villeneuve is the second person to tackle the illustrious novel in a film. The cast assembled is immaculate, including A-listers such as Zendaya, Sophia Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac to name just a few, as well as other actors quickly growing in prominence, such as Timothée Chalamet. Not to mention, the visuals from the trailers are absolutely breathtaking. But, we’ll just have to wait and see if the film, itself, lives up the hype. The film releases October 22nd.
The French Dispatch — October 22nd 2021
Speaking of Timothée Chalamet, he’ll also be starring in Wes Anderson’s film The French Dispatch. Anderson is well-known for his light-hearted and whimsical films. This one is described as a “love letter to journalists”, focusing on a handful of stories from the French bureau of a newspaper headquartered in Kansas. A comedic drama, the film comes out October 22nd.
Last Night In Soho — October 22nd 2021
Edgar Wright has an excellent body of work, mostly including heartfelt comedies. However, Last Night in Soho is intended to be a horror. While the horror genre isn’t something Wright has no experience in (even his comedic films have some terrifying elements), it’ll be interesting to see him tackle a genre he isn’t well-known for. The film releases October 22nd.
The Eternals — November 5th 2021
It’s a Marvel movie! People are always excited for a Marvel movie. Directed by academy award winner Chloé Zhao and featuring an all-star cast, this movie’s got a lot going for it. Coming out right after Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a box office hit, The Eternals will likely continue to increase the profits of Marvel Studios. The Eternals comes out November 5th.
Finch — November 5th 2021
Director Miguel Sapochnik has a varied body of work, but mostly on television, so it’ll be interesting to see how he tackles this film concept. About a man who’s the only one living after the apocalypse, he creates a robot to take care of his dog after he dies, as well as keep them both company before the end. An interesting concept to say the least. Oh, and the main protagonist is played by Tom Hanks, so there’s that. The film releases November 5th on AppleTV+.
Red Notice — November 12th 2021
Who wouldn’t want to see a film starring these three? Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot star in a shaky team-up as they try to take down the world’s most wanted criminals. This will be Johnson’s third film with director Rawson Marshall Thurber, having down Central Intelligence and Skyscraper previously. While those movies may not have done quite as well critically, perhaps this one will be different. The film debuts November 12th on Netflix.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife — November 19th 2021
This one has been a long time coming. After the lackluster reception from the 2016, all-female Ghostbusters, this film was designed as more of a sequel than a reboot. Not much is known about the plot or story details, but it’s Ghostbusters, so of course people will be excited. This film releases November 19th 2021.
Tick, Tick… Boom! — November 19th 2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda has plenty of experience on the stage and writing music, but this will be his feature directorial debut. Tick, Tick… Boom! stars Andrew Garfield as an aspiring theatre composer, hoping to get his big break before he turns 30. The film releases November 19th on Netflix.
West Side Story — December 10th 2021
A new adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, it’ll be interesting to see Steven Spielberg’s take on the beloved property. Starring Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler as the protagonists, this film is set to release December 10th.
Nightmare Alley — December 17th 2021
An adaptation of of a novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley is set to be another one of award-winning director, Guillermo del Toro’s, cerebral films. Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, it features a carnival hustler that hooks up with a female psychiatrist even more dangerous than he is. The film is set to release December 17th.
Spider-Man: No Way Home — December 17th 2021
The third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man franchise, this film is set to be a box office hit. Not only is Tom Holland, as well as the rest of the cast, beloved, but the film will be taking advantage of the multiverse opened up in MCU series Loki. Unfortunately, Spider-Man: No Way Home is the last film Marvel Studios is allowed to make using the character, as the rights are still owned by Sony. After this, the character is only allowed to appear in one more team-up film. The film is set to release December 17th.
The King’s Man — December 22nd 2021
A prequel to the acclaimed Kingsman film franchise, this film focuses on the creation of the Kingsman organization portrayed in the other films. Boasting an all-star cast with director Matthew Vaughn returning, it’s certain to be a great ride. The film releases December 22nd.
Sing 2 — December 22nd 2021
Sing 2 was first announced all the way back in 2016, shortly after the release of the original. It was a real hit with kids, and not a bad film by itself. These lovable animals will once again sing and dance their way into your hearts. The film releases December 22nd.
The Comeback Trail — Release Date Unknown
A film starring Robert Deniro, Tommy Lee Jones, and Morgan Freeman is bound to get butts in the theatre. While The Comeback Trail was first screened all the way back in 2020, it hasn’t had its theatrical release yet because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the 1982 film of the same name, while no concrete release date is known, this film will be coming out this year.
Ron’s Gone Wrong — October 22nd 2021
Another film originally scheduled for a 2020 release, Ron’s Gone Wrong is another film about someone and their robot friend. However, instead of the darker, post-apocalyptic feel of Finch, this animated film will likely go for a lighter tone. It takes place in a world where every child’s best friend is a digitally connected device. The protagonist’s, however, is a little different from the others of his kind. The film releases October 22nd.
Antlers — October 29th 2021
Antlers is another thriller from visionary director Guillermo del Toro. Although, instead of directing this time he’s producing. Directed by Scott Cooper, Antlers focuses on a small-town teacher and her sheriff brother. The pair then find themselves in a waking nightmare after they discover the terrifying secret in one of her student’s attic. The film releases October 29th.
The Harder They Fall — November 3rd 2021
For fans of the western, we’ve got a good old tale of revenge starring Idris Elba. Not just Elba, but an all-star cast that includes Johnathon Majors, Zazie Beetz, and Regina King. The film releases November 3rd on Netflix.
The Matrix Resurrections — December 22nd 2021
The Matrix blew everyone’s mind when it came out in 1999. While it was followed up by some less impressive sequels, public opinion on their content is starting to take a turn for the better. And that resurgence in the Matrix franchise is all thanks to the announcement of this film. It’s had a pretty killer marketing strategy so far, bringing back the old website used to promote the original film all those years ago. The Matrix Resurrections releases December 22nd.
Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City — November 24th 2021
This won’t be Sony’s first attempt at a live-action Resident Evil film, but it’s certainly got more production values behind it. Seeming to have a more horror focus than action, the film is directed by horror director Johannes Roberts. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, releases November 24th.
The Power Of The Dog — December 1st 2021
A film adaptation of the a novel of the same name, The Power of the Dog details the bitter rivalry that forms between two brothers after one of them marries a local widow. A western directed by Jane campion, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, the film is sure to be a hit. It releases December 1st on Netflix.
Downton Abbey: A New Era — December 22nd 2021
Fans of the popular television show rejoiced when Downton Abbey hit the big screen in 2019. And this year, they’re ready for another foray onto the big screen. Both the original cast, as well as new cast members, will be appearing in the film. While none of the plot details have been released yet, it’ll certainly be a fun experience. The film releases December 22nd.
Don’t Look Up — December 24th 2021
A film starring Leonardo DiCaprio is already exciting enough, but on top of that the cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, and Timothée Chalamet (he’s having a big year), and Ariana Grande. Don’t Look Up is a satirical look at the disaster film, focusing on a pair of astronomers that discover a comet on a collision corse with Earth. They then go on a media tour to try to get people to take them seriously. The film releases December 24th on Netflix.
Sherlock Holmes 3 — Release Date Unknown
The films focusing on world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, is set to make a return. No plot details have been revealed yet, but the film is sure to be as exciting as the first two in this franchise. The movie was originally set to release December 22nd 2021, but this is more up in the air now.
Escape From Spiderhead — Release Date Unknown
The script for this film was written by Deadpool writers Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick. This film focuses on near-future convicts who agree to take experimental drugs for decreased prison sentences. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, and Jurnee Smollett. Initially it the film was to have a 2022 release, but its exact release on Netflix is now up in the air.
Blazing Samurai — 2021
This animated film takes inspiration from Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles. Blazing Samurai has a star-studded cast, including Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, and George Takei. Originally slated for a 2017 release, the film’s been pushed back all the way to 2021, albeit without a concrete release date.
Pinocchio — Release Date Unknown
This movie’s been in development for quite some time. Guillermo del Toro will tackle this classic story in the form of stop motion. Del Toro described it as a “brutalist fable”, which seems appropriate given the general plot of the story. The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s known that it will release on Netflix.
Scream — January 14th 2022
The sequel shares the same name as the original film that came out all the way back in 1996. Veterans to the franchise, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, are all set to return. Details on the plot are still thin, but the film will likely expand further on the mythos of Ghostface and the people he terrorized.
Sesame Street — January 14th 2022
If everything goes as planned, expect to see some of the most beloved characters in the third feature film focusing on the characters of Sesame Street January 14th 2022. Anna Hathaway, Bo Burnham, and Chance the Rapper will be appearing the film as well.
Morbius — January 22nd 2022
The latest film from Sony Pictures using the characters from the Spider-Man comics. Starring Jared Leto in the titular role, it focuses on Michael Morbius as he attempts to cure a rare blood disease so that he doesn’t die. However, the cure he’s seeking might end up worse than the disease. The movie releases January 22nd 2022.
Death On The Nile — February 11th 2022
After the success of Murder on the Orient Express in 2017, a sequel became all but certain. It’s already got big name actors like Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer, and Kenneth Branagh will be returning as detective Hercule Poirot. Moved from a September 17th release date in 2021, the film will release February 11th 2022.
Uncharted — February 18th 2022
The video game franchise focusing on Nathan Drake has been floating around in development for more than a decade. The film will focus on a younger version of the beloved adventuring hero, played by Tom Holland. Moving from its original release date of February 11th, the film comes out on February 18th 2022.
The Batman — March 4th 2022
The Batman has been in development since Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice released back in 2016. With small pieces of information and glimpses of the films from trailers, it will finally be released March 4th of 2022. It will be starring Robert Pattinson in the titular role, as well as Zoe Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright.