华体会登陆采用百度引擎7（Baidu 6）The summer of 1984 has become one of the temporal junction points for the space-time continuum of the modern film geek. Along with 1982, the titles from these seasons are notable for the films that took years to become classics as much as the ones that became instant phenomenons. One date in particular is notable for checking all the boxes as the perfect storm in cinema history namely June 8, 1984, which saw the release of two beloved genre films from a pair of maverick directors that would go on to capture the imaginations of viewers for generations to come: Ghostbusters and Gremlins.With that in mind, we decided to take a look back through the past several decades to see how frequently two classics opened to the general public on the same day. While we found plenty of instances when two noteworthy films shared the same release date, only a handful of them really blew us away, and we plucked 10 from the pack that we thought were particularly fun choices. Read on for the full list, beginning with the iconic pair that inspired it in the first place.GHOSTBUSTERS GREMLINS(Photo by Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros.)Date: June 8, 1984While some folks were seeing Beat Street, most of the country was split between Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters and Joe Dante’s Gremlins. Opening atop the box office at .5 million and .5 million, respectively, the two films went on to become the second and fourth highest-grossing films of the year with 9 and 8 million each. It is actually rather rare to find two films that opened on the same weekend and enjoyed a similar level of success, since studios are often reluctant to challenge films preordained to be blockbusters. But sometimes history can change the tune of that strategy as films take on a life of their own, and sometimes you just get two phenomenal, groundbreaking movies in the same week that, even after three and a half decades have passed, still resonate with audiences new and old.STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN POLTERGEIST(Photo by Paramount Pictures, MGM)Date: June 4, 1982A week before a boy named Elliott met his new alien friend, movi
(Photo by © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. ™. All Rights Reserved.)The season 2 finale of The Mandalorian left fans with plenty of questions, but none were more pressing than a surprise announcement about something called “The Book of Boba Fett” would arrive in December 2021. Was it the next season of The Mandalorian, switching its focus from Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) to the infamous Star Wars bounty hunter? Or was it its own standalone series? Without a clarifying word from executive producer Jon Favreau or Lucasfilm, speculation ran high across the weekend of December 19, 2020 on the nature of Fett’s new story.Thankfully, Favreau appeared on Good Morning America during its Monday, December 21 airing to dispel some of the confusion regarding The Book. So let’s take a look at everything we know so far.[Updated on 9/29/21]It Is a Standalone Series(Photo by © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. ™. All Rights Reserved.)In our look at the Season 2 finale, we assumed The Book of Boba Fett was the next phase of The Mandalorian. No Boba Fett series was mentioned at Lucasfilm’s exhaustive Investor Day presentation of December 10 and the no logo appeared during the finale’s stinger scene indicating a new series. But as Favreau explained on GMA, the series was kept out of the presentation to maintain the surprise.Temuera Morrison stars as Boba Fett, the cloned son of Jango Fett (also Morrison), who may have a strong claim to being Mandalorian even if the heir apparent to that planet’s throne refuses to accept him. As seen in the Mandalorian stinger scene, it will focus on Fett taking over the criminal empire of Jabba the Hutt. And as Disney+ press release later clarified, he will use those assets to navigate the Galaxy’s underworld. (Photo by © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. ™. All Rights Reserved.)Joining him on this new journey will be Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), the mercenary he rescued in The Mandalorian’s first season. Seemingly indebted to him, if even by just her own code of ethics, the pair will continue on as Fett plans his next move.And if we might indulge in some speculation, we imagine the other bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back — Dengar, IG-88, Bossk, Zuckuss, and 4-LOM — may appear at some point. Also, there may be room to do an episode on Jodo Kast, the imposter Boba Fett who appeared in the Expanded Universe while Fett himself recuperated from his encounter with the Sarlaac.Come to think of it, revealing how he actually survived his seeming death scene in Return of the Jedi would make for a strong chapter as well. Also, you have to wonder how long before Fett’s actions in Jabba’s palace attracts the attention of Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), other elements on Tatooine, or even the other Hutts.On the production side, Robert Rodriguez — who directed the episode re-introducing Boba Fett to The Mandalorian’s sector of space — will serve as executive producer with Favreau and stalwart Star Wars creative Dave Filoni. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will also serve as an executive producer with long-time Star Wars veterans Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck taking co-executive producer roles. John Bartnicki will produce and John Hampian serves as co-producer.It Is Not a Replacement for The MandalorianAs Favreau clarified during his GMA appearance, The Book of Fett will come before the third season of The Mandalorian, but not replace it; in fact, Favreau said the third season will “pretty soon follow” The Book of Fett in terms of production. Whether or not this means the new season will immediately follow Fett in airing is anyone’s guess. It is rather clear, however, that there will be no Mandalorian in 2021.The year 2022 appears to be the big one for Star Wars on Disney+ with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor debuting alongside the third season of The Mandalorian. There is also the potential for at least one other live-action Star Wars project to join that group as well.It Is Part of the Post–Return of the Jedi Timeline(Photo by © 2020 Lucasfilm Ltd. ™. All Rights Reserved.)Alongside the Ahsoka series, The Book of Boba Fett will take place in the era five or so years after Return of the Jedi. For lack of an official name, we’ll call it the New Republic era. In an echo to the early Expanded Universe novels, games, and comics, it is a time when the newly established Republic faces a lot of backlash from Imperial enclaves and plenty of internal tensions the Rebel Alliance set aside to combat the Empire.That issue will likely be covered more closely in Ahsoka or the third season of The Mandalorian, but it will also factor into Fett as organized crime is constant in the Star Wars galaxy, as is the central government s inability (or apathy) to police it. We’ll hazard a guess that a show more focused on scum and villainy made a standalone Fett series attractive to Favreau and Filoni as they devised the Mandalorian spinoffs — well, assuming the series is just about Fett becoming the godfather of space. As we’ve already seen, he is a man of his word, and it is possible the resources of the Hutt criminal enterprise could be utilized in some other goal. 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.
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21. Mary Louise Screams, Sets Internet Alight, in Big Little Lies: Season 2 (2019) 86%Who’s powerful enough to face off against the collective force of Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoe Kravitz? Meryl Streep, that’s who. Queen Meryl is at the top of her game as the grieving mother of Alexander Skarsgård’s Perry in the second season of the HBO drama, and asserts her power in the premiere with a primal scream that went viral across social media.20. “F k the Police” from Us (2019) 93% (Photo by Claudette Barius / © Universal )The biggest laugh in Jordan Peele’s mind-bending horror hit, Us, comes during one of its most gruesome scenes. Elisabeth Moss’s Kitty is crawling on the ground having been attacked by a doppelgänger of her husband, and – her voice just audible as blood presumably pools in her lungs – she calls out to her Google Home-like device to “call the police.” The device misunderstands her and switches from “Good Vibrations,” which has been playing in the scene, to N.W.A.’s “F k the Police.” Universal Pictures film music president Mike Knobloch told IndieWire that the scene could have gone a different way – the punchline was originally going to be a song by The Police. The movie was tested, though, and audiences responded to the N.W.A. song. “I think it became very clear at a critical point in the process that N.W.A was a much more satisfying choice,” Knobloch told IndieWire.19. Sweet Birthday Baby from Russian Doll: Season 1 (2019) 97%(Photo by Netflix)The first time Natasha Lyonne’s Nadia walked out of her friend’s bathroom during her weeknight birthday party, the peppy piano of Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up” seemed like a fun retro soundtrack cue. The 20th or the 30th however, and the tune became a little more ominous — as did her pal Maxine’s (Greta Lee) slurred greeting of “sweet birthday babyyyy.” The call became a signature for the show, which was one of Netflix s biggest and most acclaimed hits (Certified Fresh at 96%) of the first half of 2019. 18. Kit Harington Discovers Dany s Fate in Game of Thrones: The Last Watch (2019) 100%(Photo by HBO)Emilia Clarke knew the fate of Daenerys Targaryen when she sat down for the table read of Game of Thrones’ final season, but many of her costars didn’t. Not even her on-screen beau/nephew Kit Harington, whose tearful reaction when he learned what would happen — and how he would be involved — was a rare behind-the-scenes look into the making of season 8, which received a mixed reception from critics.17. Selina sells Gary Out in Veep: Season 7 (2019) 97%(Photo by Colleen Hayes/HBO)For seven seasons, HBO’s savage political satire Veep never let up in its pursuit of breaking our funny bones with vicious one-liners and some of the darkest comedy we’ve seen on American TV. In its final episode, though, it broke our hearts. The moment comes just before Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) takes the stage to accept the Democratic nomination for president, and, hugging her loyal bagman, Gary (Tony Hale), tells him she couldn’t have done it without him. She’s almost teary, and so are we, because we know what Gary doesn’t: Selina has made him the fall guy for nefarious goings on at the Meyer Foundation; a few minutes later, as she rouses the crowd with talk of sacrifice, we see FBI agents approaching Gary offstage. In an epilogue set 24 years later at Meyers’ funeral, a loyal-to-the-end Gary shows up, armed with lipstick in her favorite shade.16. Michael Marshall Sings San Francisco In The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) 92%The Last Black Man in San Francisco, directed by Joe Talbot from a story by Talbot and the film’s star, Jimmie Fails, features some of the year’s most beautiful cinematography. But this tale of gentrification on the Bay also features one of the most incredible music moments, as the film essentially pauses for a rendition of Scott McKenzie’s 1967 “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers In Your Hair).” The song is given a new, jazzy spin as performed by Michael Marshall (he does the hook/chorus on “I Got 5 On It,” part of another great movie music moment this year) and with tuba courtesy of Norway’s Daniel Herskedal. The song features heavily in the trailer for the film above.15. The Vampire Council Convenes in What We Do in the Shadows: Season 1 (2019) 94%FX’s TV version of the cult vampire movie was always in good hands coming from the film’s co-writer, co-director, and star Jemaine Clement, but things got extra-special when the comedy paid tribute to the vampire genre with a next-level star-studded seventh episode, directed by the film’s other star/co-writer/co-director, Taika Waititi. As Staten Island vampires Nandor, Laszlo, and Nadja prepare to face the all-powerful vampire council and answer for their wrongdoing, prepare yourself for a cameo-fest that will blow your mind.14. WTF Did Goose Just Do?! in Captain Marvel (2019) 79%(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel)Comic book fans might have known what was coming, but most moviegoers checking out Carol Danvers’ origin story were as shocked as Nick Fury when Goose the cat suddenly spewed out a bundle of alien tentacles and swallowed the Tesseract. Turns out Goose is a Flerken, a shape-shifting, egg-laying, tentacle-having species of alien with the capacity to house a pocket dimension inside themselves. Duh! In a movie full of scene-stealers – Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos – this feline sidekick stole the whole damn show.13. Whisperers massacre survivors in The Walking Dead: Season 9 (2018) 89%Samantha Morton s Alpha wants the survivors from Alexandria, Hilltop, The Kingdom, and elsewhere to know where her boundaries end, so she mounts the (still jabbering) heads of 10 survivors on pikes and embeds them in the ground to mark the edge of the Whisperers’ territory. R.I.P. Addy, Rodney, Tammy Rose, Highwaymen Ozzy and Alek, DJ, Frankie, and, most shockingly, Henry, Enid, and Tara. The scene is a bloody tableau that Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl (Norman Reedus), Henry’s adoptive mom Carol (Melissa McBride), Siddiq (Avi Nash), Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), and fans won’t ever forget.12. Elton performs Your Song in Rocketman (2019) 89%(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel)Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic is big on spectacle: the director’s staging of “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” in a pub and carnival and of “Crocodile Rock” at the Troubadour left us with some of the most memorable screen images and sounds of the year. But it’s a quieter Rocketman scene that lingers longest. Sitting in his family’s living room, Elton (Taron Egerton) starts to put music to Bernie Taupin’s lyrics for “Your Song”; as the song takes shape, Taupin (Jamie Bell), as well as Elton’s mother (Bryce Dallas Howard) and grandmother (Gemma Jones) become transfixed. Egerton delivers show-stopping numbers throughout the Certified Fresh film, but this could be the scene they play come Oscar night.11. Andy Is Willing to Go the Distance in Netflix s Fyre (2019) 92% Andy King has seen all of your FYRE Fest memes — and he loves them! pic.twitter.com/mCNgDoHpjW Netflix (@netflix) January 29, 2019In the battle of this January’s Fyre Festival docs, it was Netflix’s Fyre that came out on top according to the Tomatometer, with a Certified Fresh score of 90%. While Hulu’s Fyre Fraud was no slouch at 78% on the Tomatometer, we think one key sequence may have given Netflix’s film the edge – and you know exactly what we’re talking about. With four 18-wheelers’ worth of Evian sitting in Customs, event producer Andy King confesses he agreed to “take one for the team” and perform fellatio on a government official to free the water. “I drank some mouthwash,” he tells us, before getting in his car fully prepared to do his duty for the fast-imploding festival. In the end King didn’t have to bend the knee – he says Customs released the water on the condition they would be paid soon after the festival ended – and things ended very happily for him. King’s story went viral, he became something of a folk hero, and has been fielding offers from networks for his own TV show.10. The Knife Fight in John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) 89%(Photo by © Lionsgate)In a franchise characterized by lethal stationery and unpleasant night-outs at the club, what makes a lowly, stabby knife fight stand out? First, it begins with a dash of humor: Keanu Reeves John Wick has been chased into an antiquated New York building, and as he and his assailants pummel each other, they take a second to pause and realize their surroundings. My God, it s full of knives! And then comes the audience wincing as sharp blades of every curve and edge are tossed up and down the hallway, mixed in with some trademark Wickian gun-fu, all shot in steady and crisp camera angles. Then, as Wick emerges victorious, but with one would-be assassin still alive, he hurls an axe in a comically large arc into the guy s skull – just for that last dash of mordant humor. The knife fight captures everything brutal and entertaining about the series.9. The Hot Priest Monologue in Fleabag, Season 2(Photo by Steve Schofield)This moving moment from the series finale from series creator, writer, and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge starts after Jake’s beautiful bassoon piece. The Priest – Andrew Scott, forever known as hot priest hereafter – delivers a speech about love at the wedding of Fleabag’s Dad (Bill Paterson) and godmother (Olivia Colman), starting with “Love is awful!” Claire (Sian Clifford) is alarmed: “There’s something wrong with your Priest.” Fleabag thinks maybe he’s talking about her, but it turns out, it’s a love letter to God — The Priest later dumps her at a bus stop. Check out the full speech: Love is awful. It’s awful. It’s painful. It’s frightening. It makes you doubt yourself, judge yourself, distance yourself from the other people in your life. Makes you selfish. Makes you creepy. Makes you obsessed with your hair. Makes you cruel. Makes you say and do things you never thought you would do. It’s all any of us want, and it’s hell when we get there. So no wonder it’s something we don’t want to do on our own. I was taught if we’re born with love, then life is about choosing the right place to put it. People talk about that a lot: It feeling right. When it feels right, it’s easy. But I’m not sure that’s true. It takes strength to know what’s right. And love isn’t something that weak people do. Being a romantic takes a hell of a lot of hope. I think what they mean is: When you find somebody that you love, it feels like hope. 8. Ducky and Bunny have a Plan in Toy Story 4 (2019) 97%(Photo by © Pixar, © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)Not to take anything away from Forky or Duke Caboom – both great additions to the Toy Story world, and both with their own fantastic moments in the series fourth film. But for pure scene-stealing skills, we re going all in on plush with Ducky and Bunny, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. As the movie turns into pure heist flick, these two carnival toys kick into comedy high gear, and their one-note suggestions for how to steal a key provide for one of the most gut-busting running gags we ve ever seen in a Pixar film. Definitely stay for the credits. 7. Keanu Makes An Entrance in Always Be My Maybe (2019) 90%In the Year of Keanu Reeves, formerly known as 2019, there was just so much Keanu goodness going around – Duke “Yes I Can-ada!” Caboom; John Wick on a horse; the promise of next year’s Bill and Ted reboot. But perhaps our favorite Keanu moment came in Netflix’s Ali Wong-Randall Park rom-com Always Be My Maybe, in which Reeves makes one of the movies’ great entrances, strutting slow-mo into a fancy San Francisco restaurant, shaking hands and blowing kisses as Awolnation’s synthy Sails blasts on the soundtrack. It was the walk that launched a thousand memes, and Reeves performance as a cocky and surreal version of himself in the film is inspired.6. Barry Fights Feral Martial Arts Guru, Lily, in Barry: Season 2 (2019) 100%(Photo by Aaron Epstein/HBO)Sent to kill Ronny Proxin (Daniel Bernhardt), Bill Hader’s Barry has the misfortune of learning during that job that Ronny is a taekwondo champion. Barry manages to break the guy’s windpipe and appears to kill him – and that s when little Lily (Jessie Giacomazzi), Ronny’s daughter and also a martial arts master, comes home. The fight that ensues is the highlight of an incredible season of the Emmy-winning show. Feral with grief, Lily growls and shows off some supernatural leaping abilities. She finally subdues Barry by stabbing him repeatedly, then runs away. “What are you?” Fuches (an always hilarious Stephen Root) screams into the night when the petite warrior later takes a chunk out of his cheek with her teeth. The episode was directed by Hader.5. Reactor 4 explodes in Chernobyl: Miniseries (2019) 96% (Photo by HBO)The story in HBO s acclaimed miniseries Cherobyl begins in Moscow on April 26, 1988, with the dramatic suicide of enfeebled Valery Legasov, played to perfection by Jared Harris (The Terror). In a recording, Legasov indicts Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter), the man who ran the room at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exactly two years earlier when its core exploded, and calls for his death. The explosion resulted in the worst man-made environmental disaster in history and in untold deaths — estimated in the thousands when reduced life expectancy is included. The story then flashes back to Pripyat, Ukrainian SSR, in 1986 and takes viewers directly into the room following the explosion. Dyatlov embodies blind arrogance, as he denies eyewitness accounts that the core has exploded. “You’re confused,” he tells one of his men. “RBMK reactor cores don’t explode.” It turns out that under exactly the right circumstances — one having to do with cost cutting and infuriating incompetence — they do. This scene is where the horror story begins. (Check out our interview with series director Johan Renck.)4. Tony Vanquishes Thanos in Avengers: Endgame (2019) 94%(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios)Avengers: Endgame is chock full of moments that are like emotional kryptonite to Marvel fans (hello, mixed media metaphors!). But you re going to need Doctor Strange doing magic hand jazz to hold back the onslaught of tears most of us felt when Tony Stark snapped his fingers as the Infinity Stones were infused into his Iron Man armor, sending Thanos back to the dust from whence he came, and frying himself in the process. It s a pulverizing moment coming at the end of a very long battle – or the end of a very long movie, or the end of a very long series depending on how you look at it – made all the more devastating with the funeral and reunion that immediately follows it. Or how about the moment preceding the snap, when Stark looks straight into the purple fiend s eyes and proclaims, I am Iron Man ? It s all a whirling carousel of rising intensity and action, and that snap really ties it all together.3. A Trumpet and a Verdict in When They See Us: Season 1 (2019) 97%(Photo by Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix)Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us is a gripping and harrowing journey through the darkest corners of the criminal justice system: from bent investigations and interrogations to heavily weighted legal proceedings to the corruption and horrors of the prison system and finally the way that the label of “prisoner” sticks hard in a post-prison life. The four-part retelling of the eventually overturned rape and assault convictions of the so-called Central Park Five – Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, and Raymond Santana – is stacked with moments that shock, anger, and move, but there’s one image that lingers perhaps more than any other (or anything else we’ve seen on TV this year). In the closing moments of episode 2, as the boys are read their guilty verdicts, DuVernay cuts to Richardson (played by Asante Blackk) sitting in the middle of a Harlem street and raising his trumpet to his lips, a pair of handcuffs dangling from his left wrist. Richardson plays a few tortured notes before we cut back to court to see him, wide-eyed in terror and shock, lower his head, closing out the episode.2. Arya Kills the Night King in Game of Thrones: Season 8 (2019) 55%(Photo by HBO)The Stark family’s own Faceless (Wo)Man schools us on what that whole Braavos excursion was for: to wield an ancient Valyrian-steel dagger and kill the Game of Thrones villain many viewers thought was destined to face Jon “Aegon Targaryen, sixth of his name” Snow in his final confrontation. But for every Jon Snow fan whining about how the Night King was his to kill, there’s an Arya Stark fan fist-pumping because the gal has mad skills. Yes, even silently stalking her prey and becoming virtually invisible when the undead masses are focused on their leader as he readies a death blow against the No. 1 target on his hit list, the Three-Eyed Raven. Stealthy assassin Arya would not let her brother go out like that.1. Avengers Assemble! from Avengers: Endgame (2019) 94%(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / )Think cutting off Avengers assemble mid-line at the end of Age of Ultron was a major blockbuster tease for MCU fans? They d only been waiting since 2012 when the first Avengers movie came out – diehard comic book fans have been anticipating to hear the famous battle cry on the big screen since the 60s. And everybody got what they came for in the fan service fantasia that is Avengers: Endgame. During the climatic battle, as Captain America tightens his shield, standing alone against Thanos and his cosmic hordes, Infinity War s fallen come rushing out of the portals. As the triumphant music swells, the heroes stand in unison, awaiting Cap s command, which comes softly growled, with the impact of destiny fulfilled at last. (Read how composer Alan Silvestri brought the moment to sonic life.)Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
As home to the premieres of Hereditary, The Babadook, and Get Out, Sundance s Midnight program has developed a reputation among genre fans. And this year s lineup – on paper at least – looked set to hold up that legacy. There were a number of second features from directors who d shown scary-good talent with their debuts – including the second film from Under the Shadow s Babak Anvari and the duo behind Goodnight Mommy – and a film that had already been picked up by A24, the distributor that has become a kind of stamp of approval for fans of quality indie chillers. But did Sundance s 2019 horror offering live up to expectations? Will this year s fest gift us with another Hereditary? We checked out the films, and rounded up what the critics were saying, to give you the heads up on which Sundance horror films are most likely to make a splash when they hit screens later in the year.Little Monsters (2019) 79%Release date: TBDThis “Shaun of the Dead Down Under” zombie comedy is (so far) the best-reviewed movie from the festival’s Midnight Program. It’s sitting at 100% on the Tomatometer after early reviews and being declared “a new cult classic” by the likes of Nerdist’s Dan Casey. Time will tell whether that kind of talk is just hype, but this story of a group of Australian kindergarteners trying to survive a zombie attack during a field trip to a petting zoo certainly has its early fans. Most of them are singling out Lupita Nyong’o s performance as ukulele-plucking “kindy” teacher Miss Caroline, who – even as the groaning zombies close in – remains doggedly dedicated to convincing her troop of kids that it’s all just a game, and not at all the beginning of the apocalypse. (This gambit involves Nyong’o singing “Shake It Off” in what will be no doubt become a seminal moment in the zombie genre.)“Little Monsters is a testament to the fact that Nyong’o is a force of a nature who should absolutely be in more comedies,” writes Casey. Even critics who didn’t wholly fall for the movie’s charms sang the actress’s praises: “[Nyong’o] sings, gets laughs, talks tough, wields a shovel and pitchfork, and expertly navigates a big monologue about Neil Diamond,” writes Jason Bailey for The Playlist. “She’s so good, in fact, that the pleasure of her performance makes Little Monsters worth seeing. But just barely.” Meanwhile, Josh Gad gives an “unhinged” and totally un–Olaf-like performance as a foul-mouthed American childrens’ entertainer (and literal motherf—ker) who finds himself mixed up in the gory action.While many critics have noted the film can feel very familiar (you’ve seen this profane take on the undead in Shaun, Zombieland, and New Zealand flick Black Sheep), they also say its bigheartedness helps it stand out from the pack. The charming romance between Miss Caroline and slacker Dave (Alexander England), and Dave’s growing protectiveness of his nephew, are genuinely moving. (We re not going to say we cried, but we re not going to say we didn t either.) Katey Stoetzel at The Young Folks puts it best: “Little Monsters will be one of the best feel good movies of the year.”Sweetheart (2019) 95%Release date: TBDThis lean mean Blumhouse gem – “82 diamond-sharp minutes,” as Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri puts it – was one of the true highlights of the Midnight program. The plot is simple by-the-campfire stuff: a young woman (Kiersey Clemons) washes up on a deserted island and is forced to survive. By day that means gathering wood and food and tending to camp; by night that means steering clear of a mysterious sea creature that comes ashore after sunset with food and terror on its mind. It’s the kind of film that rests on the strength of its central performance and on its director’s ability to build tension then ratchet it up, and early reviews say it succeeds on both fronts.Clemons, who starred in last year’s Certified Fresh Hearts Beat Loud, is a dynamite and ferocious final girl (only girl?); “In mostly a one-woman show, Clemons does a great job being vulnerable and also tough as she faces off against the monster,” writes critic Rachel Wagner. Meanwhile, director J.D. Dillard (whose first film Sleight is Certified Fresh at 77%) constructs what Ebiri calls “an ingenious affair, a no-nonsense monster movie that uses its limitations effectively and tells its story cinematically.” Critics are split on the creature design, though – “cheesy” says Wagner; “well-designed” says the Hollywood Reporter’s John DeFore – but we can confirm the movie does feature one of the best monster reveals we’ve seen in years.The Hole in the Ground (2019) 83%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute )Release date: March 1 (limited)When a horror flick comes to us via A24, expectations are high – this is, after all, the distributor that in recent years has assaulted audiences with Hereditary, The Witch, and It Comes At Night. For some, “A24 horror” has become its own genre: unconventional and elusive family terror that digs right under the skin. On paper, The Hole in the Ground, which A24 acquired along with DirecTV before Sundance, mostly fits that bill.Director and co-writer Lee Cronin’s film focuses on a broken family – a mom and her young son living in remote Ireland – their dank and shadowy home, and the mysterious forest it backs onto (which contains the foreboding crater of the film’s title). The scares kick off when young Chris (James Quinn Markey, giving off serious young Haley Joel Osment vibes) starts acting differently and mom Sarah (Seána Kerslake) begins to question if he really is her son – and if that mysterious hole has something to do with it? Cue creepy kid antics and lots of menacingly innocent “Mommy, are you OK?” inquiries.If that all sounds familiar, it’s because it is: there is little in Cronin’s movie that you haven’t seen before – particularly if you’ve watched The Babadook, The Shining, or The Descent any time recently. For some, it s all a bit unexpectedly conventional for an A24 acquisition. “The Hole In the Ground is less subversive than we’ve come to expect from the indie distributor’s genre fare,” Variety’s Guy Lodge wrote in his review. “Compared to Ari Aster’s penetrating family nightmare Hereditary, which likewise debuted in a buzzy Midnight slot at Sundance last year, Cronin’s film is more of a straight-up spookhouse ride: jolting in the moment, but less likely to linger in the bones long after viewing.” Similarly, Nick Allen at rogerebert.com writes: “This is a story that errs toward the familiar instead of embracing strangeness, its freaky kid becoming the distraction when you just want more time with the hole in the ground.”Nearly all early reviews have noted that however familiar the story is, Cronin does do wonders with mood and delivers some effectively chilling scars (arachnophobics be warned: this one is not for you). The movie s excellent craft explains its current 91% Tomatometer. Writing for Digital Spy, Ian Sandwell went so far as to declare Hole the “first great horror of 2019,” and writes: “For the most part, Cronin avoids jump scares – although a couple of vivid nightmare sequences do go for the quick shock – and crafts an atmosphere of pure dread, combined with astonishing and immersive sound design.”The Lodge (2019) 74%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Thimios Bakatakis. )Release date: TBDDirectors Veronica Franz and Severin Fiala continue to mine mommy issues for scares with The Lodge, their English-language follow-up to Certified Fresh genre slow-burn, Goodnight Mommy. There are parallels to that film in The Lodge – an impenetrable and potentially dangerous mother, for starters – but critics have been pointing to another film when considering the pair’s latest work. “The film frequently recalls the atmospheric, strings-heavy A24 horror house-style,” A. A. Dowd writes in the AV Club. “In fact, its foreboding establishing shots, deliberate pacing, and dollhouse imagery specifically bring to mind Hereditary.” Emily Yoshida at Vulture similarly writes that “the eerie rhythms of the universe that gave us Deep Impact and Armageddon, Antz and A Bug’s Life, and Fyre and Fyre Fraud have conspired to make The Lodge exist in Hereditary’s shadow, but while some tonal and iconographic similarities exist, the two films jump off their shared diving board into very different corners of the psycho-mom pool.”The “psycho-mom” in question here is actually a stepmom and the lone survivor of a cult suicide; when circumstances put her alone with her two stepchildren in the titular lodge, the scares and psycho-mom freakouts begin. Critics have been unanimous in praising Riley Keough in the lead role, with The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney writing that the actress “goes all in with fanatical-evangelical whack-job fervor” and Yoshida writing that “Keough’s performance walks a tricky line skillfully.” It’s not quite enough to put the film at the level of Goodnight Mommy, nor Hereditary, but it delivers on scares – particularly in its opening moments. As Rooney writes, The opening 15 minutes alone is must-see stuff.”Wounds (2019) 47%Release date: March 29, 2019Armie Hammer had been leaving plastic cockroaches all over Park City in the lead-up to the midnight premiere of Wounds, a brutal little Cronenbergian body-horror piece from Under the Shadow director Babak Anvari. (Your RT correspondent got a rude shock when he sat down at the Library screening room and stepped on one.) See the film and you’ll get the gag: This is one roach-filled movie. And a scare-filled one. And a very Armie Hammer-filled one (he’s essentially in every scene). In Wounds, the actor plays a New Orleans bartender who unlocks a cellphone left behind by a group of kids, discovering some disturbing videos and images stored in the camera roll; things get worse for him when the texts start coming. It all has to do with “wounds,” and portals, and yes, roaches.Most critics agree that Wounds is probably the most surprising of Sundance’s horror offerings: Mashable’s Angie Han wrote in her review, “What this movie is about, what it’s trying to do, I couldn’t tell you. But it is never boring.” And many are praising Hammer for a big, Nic Cage-esque performance as the bartender increasingly on the verge of some kind of breakdown. For Film Threat, Norman Gidney writes, “Hammer’s performance is unhinged, insane, and totally relatable,” while David Rooney at The Hollywood Reporter writes that Hammer “gamely loses himself in the sweaty panic of the role, subverting his golden matinee-idol persona to explore the gnawing sense of inadequacy eating away at Will and steadily filling him with overwhelming rage.”Is the movie scary? At times it s plain terrifying; one late-night kitchen sequence was the freakiest thing we saw at the fest. But as many critics are noting, Wounds doesn’t quite live up to Anvari’s Certified Fresh first feature, which sits at 99% on the Tomatometer. As Rooney concludes: “There s nothing here that comes close to the fascinating cultural specificity, the sobering political perspective or the elevating personal connection of Anvari s first feature, set in the Tehran of his childhood, near the end of the protracted Iran-Iraq War. But the director nonetheless remains a skilled craftsman, subtly tapping into the flavorful history of New Orleans as a hub of dark magic, while wrapping the entire action in a soupy soundscape of ambient dread.”Corporate Animals (2019) 25%(Photo by Courtesy of Sundance Institute.)Release date: TBDCorporate Animals arrived at Sundance with big horror-comedy pedigree: writer Sam Bain was a co-creator of beloved British TV comedy Peep Show and director Patrick Bice gave us Netflix’s acclaimed low-budget chillers Creep and Creep 2. Plus, Animals features Demi Moore in a rare comedic role, playing the head of a company whose employees get trapped in a cave during a corporate retreat and resort to cannibalism – as you do.Still, in early reviews, many critics aren’t feeling it. The Hollywood Reporter’s DeFore writes that “Bain’s script is about as fresh as the air in a cave nine people without toothbrushes have shared for a week,” while Screen International’s Anthony Kaufman wondered whether the horror-comedy elements were working together as seamlessly as they should: “On an episode of Parks and Recreation, there might be instances of office politics, insults lobbed at the quirky intern, and general backstabbing, but it’s not remotely credible coming from a group of people who are trapped, starving, and dying of thirst.” Others, however, were digging Animals’ absurdist vibe and Moore’s comedic turn: The cast is full of comedians who deliver but they all orbit around Moore,” writes Fred Topel at Monsters and Critics. “She has never been this funny. I hope Corporate Animals is the beginning of a Demi Moore comedy renaissance.”The Sundance Film Festival runs January 24-February 3, 2019.
(Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images)Whitney Friedlander for Rotten Tomatoes: You re playing three versions of the same person. Does that make it harder than just playing three different characters?James Wolk: In some ways, it is more challenging because you can t just go and create three different characters. You have to really think about, in a nuanced way, how someone s life can change in 10 years. So it s basically creating the same backstory from birth until 21. And then everyone takes a divergent road.Obviously, costumes and makeup play a part in this. But does that also affect your posture, your cadence, etc.?Yeah, absolutely. All three versions of this guy are so different, right? You have the rock star, who is super confident versus the nurse, who s down on his luck. I think that s a posture thing, for sure — just the way we hold ourselves when we re feeling really confident versus when we re feeling down on our luck. And then the cop, who s to me is kind of like a big kid. So he s just kind of like a big Labrador. Wardrobe help big time. There s wigs. there s a beard expert that came in and hand-laid that beard for each for each time I was rock star (Photo by NBC Entertainment)The musician character, naturally, performs a lot and the police officer sings in the pilot. You can sing. But do you play the guitar and the piano?I sing, but I sing to my kids: my four-year-old and my two-year-old. So what you hear is my voice. I do play guitar. But they did bring in a guitar aficionado to really play it. That is me singing. That is me playing guitar. And when you hear it in the mix, you re hearing the guitars, but you re getting my voice because my guitar skills are like that of a camp counselor. I can play, like, Cats in the Cradle and a couple of songs around the fire. I don t have rock-star technique.And there was a great vocal coach in Chicago. I haven t sung seriously since high school when I used to do high school musicals. And they brought in this guy and he was amazing. He added two notes to the top of my register that I never thought I could hit.In all versions of this, Joe is successful. He s a really good nurse. He s an extremely successful musician. He s a really good cop. Was that interesting? Were there conversations about having a Joe who wasn t doing well in his career?It s interesting. Nurse Joe is down on his luck, but it s with his marriage. They all have their thing [that s not going well] like, in their show, his marriage isn t going well. Music Joe: he s always wanted to be a dad. It appears in the pilot that his dad passed away on 9/11 and there s a whole backstory that will come out as the series goes on. I think, he has always wanted to replicate that father-son relationship. For him, he and his wife deal with infertility. With Cop Joe, he never moved on with his life. He froze in time; he has Peter Pan syndrome. So they all have something that s eating at all of them.You keep calling them Music Joe or Cop Joe. Is that what you call them on set or are there nicknames for them?We should get nicknames for them.(Photo by Jaimie Trueblood / © AMC / Courtesy: Everett Collection)This isn t the first time you ve played characters with a sort-of double life. You did the short-lived series Lone Star. And even your character on Mad Men, Bob Benson (pictured), had a sort of double life because he was a gay man living in the closet. Is there something that draws you to these characters?Subconsciously, I m attracted to that duality. I think that I m someone who went on this path to become an actor. But prior to this, I had so many different interests. I was attracted to that script because I felt like I had a lot of ways I wanted to go at 21 — like vastly different ways. Like grad school. Or did I want to pursue acting? Or did I want to stay in my hometown of Michigan? Or did I want to go to New York?Each one of those choices would have led me to completely different paths. I m married with two kids now. And I m in love with my wife, and I have these two amazing kids. Had I made a different choice, the probability is that I would have a totally different family. So that concept is really interesting to me.And then along those lines, Lone Star and Bob Benson: just the idea of the faces we show versus who we really are inside? It also interests me.Ordinary Joe premieres at 10 p.m. September 20 on NBC.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
The stand-out episode of Netflix s latest horror hit The Haunting of Bly Manor draws inspiration from a Henry James short story that, according to series creator Mike Flanagan, had not previously been adapted.A follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House, the new series explores several tragic love stories as it follows American au pair Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti), who accepts a job in England looking after orphaned siblings Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) and Flora (Amelie Bea Smith) while supernatural phenomena swirl around her. If the scenario sounds familiar, the season was primarily inspired by James much-adapted classic novella The Turn of the Screw.But other works by the iconic author add to the story layers that unfold at Bly.(Photo by EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020)Episode 8 takes the same name as the previously overlooked James tale, The Romance of Certain Old Clothes, and acts mostly as a standalone episode that detours to the 18th century to reveal the origin of Bly Manor s ghost story. Flanagan called it more aggressive and vicious than anything else Henry James ever wrote, during a virtual press conference for the series.Unlike his work with Hill House, Flanagan made a concerted effort to remove himself as the sole creative force behind every episode of Bly Manor. But for the season s penultimate episode of, he admits he did everything in his power to be on set every day. I was never more anxious to get to set just to sit at the monitor and watch than I was during episode 8, because it was so cool. It was the kind of episode I just wanted to see as a fan, Flanagan said. The Romance of Certain Old Clothes is a brooding gothic romance and tragic love song to the genre, with visual storytelling to make fans of classic horror cinema rejoice. The episode is the most haunting hour of TV you ll see this year. Here s why.SPOILER ALERT: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DETAILS ABOUT EPISODE 8 OF THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. STOP HERE IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE EPISODE.It Gives a Heartbreaking Backstory to Bly Manor s Curse(Photo by EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020)Flanagan said he had planned to explore the origins of Hill House’s hauntings, but that production didn t have the budget or time to see its backstory brought to life. After the series remarkable reception on Netflix, however, Flanagan clearly had more flexibility for his next The Haunting series.Episode 8 throws us way back in time to recount the lives of Viola (Kate Siegel) and Perdita (Katie Parker), sisters left with an uncertain future in the manor after their father passes away. Practical Viola marries her distant cousin Arthur, heir to the manor (since it was illegal for women to inherit property).A true romance blossoms between the two, and soon their daughter Isabel is born. But, as with most gothic romances, the story takes a tragic turn, and Viola falls ill with tuberculosis. While Viola is locked away in a room, coughing up blood, romance between Arthur and Perdita develops and tensions rise between the sisters. One day, it all comes to a head, and Perdita murders Viola in her bed.(Photo by EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020)Perdita marries Arthur, of course, and the two raise Isabel, but financial struggles leave the couple s relationship strained. Perdita wants to sell Viola s fine jewelry and clothes that are locked away in a chest in the attic, but Arthur refuses. He made a promise to Viola that Isabel would receive those treasures once she was of age. But Perdita goes against his wishes and opens the truck, and Viola s enraged spirit chokes her sister to death.After Arthur finds Perdita dead, he deduces that the trunk is cursed and throws it into the lake, before taking Isabel and moving far away from Bly Manor. The sisters ghosts remain stuck to the property, however, to form the haunting foundation that the rest of the season s unfortunate events are built upon.Like Episode 6 of The Haunting of Hill House, This One Is a Standout(Photo by Steve Dietl/Netflix (The Haunting of Hill House)) The Romance of Certain Old Clothes holds just as much importance to the Haunting franchise as Hill House s sixth episode, Two Storms, did two years ago.This episode doesn t come with all the bells and whistles that made Two Storms such a milestone — you won t find any 18-minute-long tracking shots here and that episode focused on the generational trauma that permeated the Crain family, both in their present and in their past. It was a poignant exploration of grief that relied on some dazzling camera work and blocking to tie everything together.(Photo by EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020)Bly Manor is a different beast — at its core, even more of a ghost story than Hill House’s exploration of family trauma. Carla Gugino s narrator figures prominently in this episode, and her comforting diction, along with the detailed set dressing, intricate costume design, and the guidance of up-and-coming director Axelle Carolyn — who Flanagan calls a student of black-and-white horror cinema — The Romance of Certain Old Clothes delivers the context that connects the past and present of the series. Everybody was always looking at episode 8 as our chance to do what we love the most, Flanagan admits. It s what made us want to do The Haunting and to look back at [director] Robert Wise and [director of The Innocents] Jack Clayton. These incredibly influential movies from the early ’60s, which were done so perfectly, they ve rendered it pointless to try to do a faithful feature adaptation of these texts. So it was one of those episodes, much like episode 6 in season 1, that we were preparing for and building up to the entire time. We shot it last. Kate Siegel s Lady of the Lake Is the Terrifying Key to Bly Manor s Mysteries(Photo by Netflix)The episode s timeline charges forward once Viola dies, showing the manor succumbing to decay and plague victims taking shelter under its roof. Throughout, Viola s ghost is anchored to that chest underwater, her afterlife focused on reunification with her daughter.Viola emerges from the water nightly to roam the grounds, eventually losing her face as the memory of who she was fades. When she disappears entirely, the monstrous Lady of the Lake emerges. The faceless being we see earlier in the season kills without remorse, taking out anyone who gets in her path as she makes her way up to the manor s bedroom, looking for young Isabel.
华体会登陆 Updated October 28, 2020Whether you re looking for a family-friendly Halloween movie like Hocus Pocus or an ultra-scary made for the horror super-fans who subscribe to Shudder, there are plenty of viewing options this October on cable, streaming, and broadcast networks. Annual marathon events like Freeform s 31 Nights of Halloween or Hulu s Huluween are at your fingertips, as are series like The Haunting of Bly Manor and Helstrom.Read on to learn more about this year s spookiest Halloween programming from special episodes to new films and everything in between. We ll update our list as more Halloween programming is announced.MARATHONS(Photo by Paramount Pictures)31 Nights of Halloween, FreeformThe entire month of October is filled with movies (The Addams Family, Tim Burton s Corpse Bride, Hotel Transylvania and its sequels, the 2016 Ghostbusters, and more). Old standbys like Hocus Pocus, Casper, and The Mummy are there too, plus airings of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes.Spooktacular October, SyfyEvery Sunday in October is Dark Arts Sundays with films from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series. A Don t Fear the Sequel marathon on October 12 brings horror favorites and their sequels (28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later, The Purge/The Purge: Anarchy). There are also zombie, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and masked murderer-themed marathons. Halloween day will see a 14-hour Harry Potter marathon.Treat-A-Thon, Cartoon NetworkEvery Monday through Thursday throughout the month of October will bring ghouly themed episodes of Victor and Valentino, plus premieres of Apple Onion, Craig of the Creek, Teen Titans Go!, and more. And on Saturday, Oct. 31 starting at 6 a.m. ET/PT, there will be a full day of spooktacular programming.HallowScream, NickelodeonPremieres of the network s live-action, animation and preschool series (SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues You!, The Casagrandes, The Loud House) will debut on the network, as well as NickJr.com and the Nick app (which will include Halloween-themed episodes and short-form content).Ghostober, Travel ChannelThe network s annual Halloween programming event will again feature paranormal programming including Portals to Hell, Paranormal Caught on Camera: Top 100, The Osbournes: Night of Terror, and a crossover featuring superstar paranormal investigators from two of the network’s hit shows, Ghost Nation and Kindred Spirits.Supernatural, TNTThey re back! As the Winchester brothers wrap up their 15 seasons of adventures on The CW, celebrate Halloween with TNT s annual marathon featuring some of the series spookiest episodes all day long on Halloween Day.Sitcom Halloween, TBSThe network will air scary movies throughout the month (including The Nun, It and The Blair Witch Project) before launching a marathon of Halloween episodes from series including American Dad, Family Guy, Bob s Burgers, Family Matters, Seinfeld, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and more).ShudderFest, ShudderThe horror-centric streaming service is hosting a virtual celebration of all things spooky on Halloween day that will feature panels, presentations, conversations and screenings led by legendary genre icons, fan-favorite musicians, and acclaimed directors, writers, and producers. It s free to all and available anywhere in the world via its website.Halloween Marathon, Adult SwimStay up late with Adult Swim for some spooked-out treats beginning Friday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The evening starts with a marathon of themed episodes that lead to the Adult Swim Smalls premiere of Jack Stauber’s OPAL at midnight ET/PT, followed by Smalls-O-Ween at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT. The fright fest continues on Halloween as Toonami fans will be treated to a season one marathon of the suspenseful thriller The Promised Neverland starting at midnight ET/PT.SERIES(Photo by Netflix)The Haunting of Bly Manor — Dead doesn t mean gone. An au pair plunges into an abyss of chilling secrets in this gothic romance from the creator of The Haunting of Hill House. Streaming on Netflix.Monsterland — Eight-part anthology based on the collection of stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s “North American Lake Monsters.” Streaming on Hulu.Helstrom — The series brings the Marvel comics to life and follows the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer as they track down the worst of humanity. Premieres October 16 on Hulu.Lovecraft Country — Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO (and streaming on HBO Max).Fear the Walking Dead — Sundays at 9 p.m on AMC.The Walking Dead: World Beyond — Sundays at 10 p.m on AMC.Supernatural — Thursdays at 8 p.m on The CW.Swamp Thing — Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Truth Seekers — streaming October 30 on Amazon Prime Video.Ratched — streaming on Netflix.What We Do in the Shadows — streaming on FX on Hulu.Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2 — Streaming October 19 on Netflix.Murder Unboxed — What do a bottle of brandy, a toaster, a pile of cash, and a Bourne Supremacy DVD have to do with murder? Quibi’s new true crime series, Murder Unboxed, reveals the connections by dusting off the boxes of evidence from outlandish and real-life murder cases. Mimicking the style of popular online “unboxing” videos, each episode takes a new case and introduces seemingly unrelated evidence — one item at a time. Premieres October 19.Castle Rock — now streaming on HuluCreepshow — now streaming on ShudderA Discovery of Witches — now streaming on Sundance NowInto The Dark — Blumhouse’s horror anthology — now streaming on HuluUtopia — now streaming on Amazon Prime VideoMOVIES SPECIALS(Photo by Warner Bros.)Roald Dahl s The Witches — Robert Zemeckis, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Kenya Barris and their all-star cast of Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, and Chris Rock have teamed up for this reimagined fantasy adventure about a young boy (Jahzir Kadeen Bruno) who stumbles upon a secret coven of witches and, with the help of his loving grandmother, tries to stop their evil plan to turn the world’s children into mice. Premieres Oct. 22 on HBO Max.Hubie Halloween — It s October 31 in Salem, Massachusetts, and a town s eccentric, devoted community volunteer and the good-natured object of his fellow citizen s derision and meanest pranks, finds himself in the midst of a real investigation, for a real murderer. Streaming now on Netflix.Rebecca — A young newlywed arrives at her husband s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. Stars Armie Hammer and Lily James. Launches October 21 on Netflix.The Babysitter: Killer Queen — Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee, Cole once again has to outsmart the forces of evil when old enemies unexpectedly return. Streaming now on Netflix.Bad Hair — Set in 1989, this horror satire out of Sundance follows an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) who discovers that her hair may have a mind of its own. Premieres October 23 on Hulu.Books of Blood — Inspired by Clive Barker’s stories, this film tells a journey into uncharted and forbidden territory through three tales tangled in space and time. Streaming now on Hulu.The Strangers: Prey at Night – A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths. Available on demand and streaming now on Syfy.com.Tales from the Hood 3 — director Spike Lee executive produces with writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott in this next installment of the ground-breaking original Tales from the Hood. Following the franchise’s cult classic roots, this all-new anthology, which features Tony Todd and Lynn Whitfield, is four terrifying tales that will scare and thrill audiences with its horrifying twists and social commentary. Premieres Saturday, Oct. 17, at 9 p.m. on Syfy.Scare Me — During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in the dark of a Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny may be the better storyteller. Starring Aya Cash, Josh Ruben and Chris Redd. Directed by Josh Ruben. Streaming now on Shudder.The Mortuary Collection — A young drifter applies for a job at the local mortuary and meets an eccentric mortician who chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last. Starring Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Barak Hardley, Christine Kilmer and Jacob Elordi. Streaming October 15 on Shudder.32 Malasana Street — It’s 1976. The Olmedo family has left the countryside for a new life in Madrid. But their new home becomes a house of horrors in this hit supernatural thriller based on actual paranormal events. Streaming October 22 on Shudder.May the Devil Take You Too — Two years after escaping from demonic terror, a young woman is still haunted by unnatural visions. The dangers that await her and her friends grow as a figure of darkness rises, threatening to take their lives. Streaming October 29 on Shudder.The Cleansing Hour — Max and Drew are millennial entrepreneurs who’ve made themselves famous with a webcast they created called “The Cleansing Hour,” which streams live exorcisms. The catch? Each ceremony is elaborately staged to look real in order to dupe their global audience—until today, when today’s subject, Drew’s fiancé, actually turns out to be possessed. Starring Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis. Streaming now on Shudder.Ghost Nation — Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango are joined by Shari DeBenedetti for more adventures and bigger mysteries that have never been investigated on television. Premieres Saturday, October 17 at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room — Airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.Paranormal Caught on Camera: Top 100 — Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.The Holzer Files — Premieres Thursday, October 29 at 11 p.m. on Travel Channel.Destination Fear — Premieres Saturday, October 24 at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel.Halloween Wars — Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Food Network.Halloween Freakshow Cakes — Airs Sundays at 10:30 and 11 p.m. on Food Network.STREAMING(Photo by Sony Pictures)Amazon Prime Video: The streaming service s scary movie selection is robust this year, with “Welcome to The Blumhouse original films Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye and Nocturne; horror/thrillers like Cabin in the Woods, Hereditary, Midsommar, and Pet Cemetery; supernatural films like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Super 8; and more — like Scream 4, The Ring, Anaconda, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Legion. In honor of new paranormal series Truth Seekers, which debuts Oct. 30, fans can participate in a virtual escape room with the Truth Seekers Remote Adventure (visit TruthSeekersExperience.com for more details — and trust us, it s very fun!).AMC+: More than 1,000 hours of horror content from AMC, Shudder, and IFC Midnight live on the subscription service, including films playing via AMC s FearFest and early access to Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and season 2 of Eli Roth’s History of Horror; Joe Bob’s Halloween Hideaway Special and The Creepshow Animated Special from Shudder, and genre cinema (Human Centipede, The Babadook) from IFC Midnight.Crackle: Five new Halloween-themed channels — Creatures of the Night, Stream Your Head Off, Don’t Go in the Water, Screen Queens, Swords and Sandals — will air classic horror movies and other spooky-themed programming all month long on the streaming service.Disney+: You don t need to wait for a marathon to stream Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas if you re a Disney+ subscriber, since those films and so many more Halloween-friendly movies are available on the service. There s also Halloweentown, Zombies, Frankenweenie, the best Disney Channel and Disney Junior Halloween episodes (from That s So Raven, Doc McStuffins, and more) and 30 episodes of The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” franchise. Halloween Is Here on HBO Max: This special dedicated landing page, available throughout the month of October, features a rotating roster of more than 140 curated movies, series and Halloween-themed TV episodes, organized in themes like Terrifying TV, Scares for All Ages, Foreign Frights, and Creepy Cult Classics. Films include recent releases like The Invisible Man, Us, It: Chapter 2, and Doctor Sleep; creepy cult classics Night of the Living Dead and Eraserhead; and other spooky fare like The Haunting and Glass. There are also TV series like Lovecraft Country, True Blood, and The Outsider, and episodes from shows including Friends, Euphoria, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.Huluween on Hulu: Last year s Huluween saw viewers stream more than six billion minutes of Halloween content. The third year of the Halloween event will feature a hub for hand-picked content including family-friendly Madagascar: A Little Wild special; zombie movie Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong o and Josh Gad; Wounds starring Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz, and Dakota Johnson; and 22 horror films from Jason Blum s Into the Dark series.Peacock: On the TV side, viewers can stream series like Mr. Mercedes, The Fall, the 1990s version of Charmed, and more. On the movies side, you ll get the Harry Potter series, E.T., The Birds, Psycho, Rear Window, Curse of Chucky, and many more.Shudder: This month is really no different for the horror-centric streaming service, but it is packed with tons of new content including a Ghoul Log (a 24/7 streaming jack-o’-lantern, Halloween’s answer to the Christmas Yule Log), Joe Bob s Halloween Hideaway special, The Creepshow Halloween Special, a Halloween Hotline, a Vincent Price collection, and original and exclusive movies (Scare Me, The Cleansing Hour, The Mortuary Collection, and more).EPISODES(Photo by © 2020 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror XXXI — In the annual animated rite of passage for the series, The Simpsons this year takes a frightening look at the 2020 election, parodies Pixar and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and examines a ninth birthday Lisa just can’t get over. Airs Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. on Fox.Bless the Harts, “Dead Mall.” Jon Hamm and Kristen Schaal guest star in this Halloween-themed episode that sees the Harts visit Greenpoint’s abandoned mall, which brings back fond memories from the 2000s, but their reminiscing is interrupted when a mall rat named Stacey (voiced by Schaal) takes them hostage. Airs Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.Bob s Burgers, Heartbreak Hotel-oween.” Louise s plan to get revenge on Halloween for a candy transgression hits a snag when the Belcher kids meet a mysterious elderly woman at a hotel. Linda and a very squeamish Bob donate blood at a vampire-themed blood mobile. Airs Sunday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. on Fox.Madagascar: A Little Wild, A Fang-Tastic Halloween special streams October 21 on Hulu.America’s Funniest Home Videos, Catch a special Halloween episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos with highlights including a dog who is scared of a giant inflatable cat on the neighbor’s lawn, a grandma pranked when her grandbaby is replaced with a zombie doll and animals in funny costumes. Airs Sunday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. on ABC.Supermarket Sweep, Trick-or-Treat! Leslie Jones hosts this Halloween-themed episode of the rebooted game show on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.Dancing with the Stars, “Villains Night.” Just in time for Halloween, 10 celebrity and pro-dancer couples find their inner villain as they compete for this season’s seventh week live. The show’s cold open will find Tyra Banks and the judges dressed up for the night and experiencing their own horror when they find out the celebrities have become villains! Later, Tyra Banks will walk out to “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell. Airs Monday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. on ABC.The Conners, “Halloween and The Election vs. The Pandemic” — The Conners pull together when Halloween is canceled by the city. Airs Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. on ABC.General Hospital. As an impending storm approaches Port Charles, Trina and Joss decide to meet up with Cameron and Dev at Charlies before heading off to a Halloween party for the night. Unbeknownst to them, Julian notices the kids are being watched a little too closely by a masked individual. Uneasy and unable to shake the feeling that something is off, Julian confronts the man. Meanwhile, Carly is stunned when Cyrus brings a familiar acquaintance to dinner at the Metro Court. And elsewhere, Finn and Anna’s plans to take Violet trick-or-treating are hampered when Finn is called back to GH, leaving Anna alone, unaware that a particularly evil threat awaits her. Airs Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. on ABC (check local listings).Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party. The midseason premiere sees the Jokers host a Halloween-themed dinner party where they surprise each other with elaborate costumes and enjoy scary-themed meals with special guest Kane Hodder (a.k.a. Jason Voorhees from the Halloween series). Airs Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. on truTV.Portals to Hell, Frightmare in Connecticut. Paranormal investigators Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman head to Poquetanuck, Connecticut, to investigate Captain Grant s Inn, rumored to be Connecticut s most haunted home. Premieres Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel.Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell. Ghost Nation stars Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango call on Amy Bruni and Adam Berry of Kindred Spirits to reopen a case that has taken a sinister turn involving Seaview Terrace, the 40,000-square-foot Rhode Island mansion famous for being featured on the TV show Dark Shadows. Premieres Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
In the upcoming seven-part HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, Kate Winslet stars as a small-town Pennsylvania detective who grapples with past and present troubles while investigating a murder. It s a character that Winslet says she may not be that similar to — in part because, as she told journalists Wednesday during HBO and HBO Max s all-virtual winter Television Critics Association press day, I d be a f ing lousy detective. Read on to learn more about Mare of Easttown as well as details on HBO Max s Genera+ion and other programs coming to the sister networks.TOP STORYNo SVU Sundays for Winslet(Photo by Michele K. Short/HBO) I don t think I have the mental stamina that is required, Winslet said of being a detective, adding But I think the one thing I did feel I had in common with Mare — that I, quite honestly, was able to lean on a lot — was that real sense of family and how much it means to her to hold that together at all costs. And also to be able to admit to herself from time to time that she has failed in a lot of areas and tries desperately to correct those errors and to hold everyone as close to her as she can, even if she s a difficult person to live with from time to time. Winslet said she actually deliberately didn t binge-watch any TV crime dramas to prepare for her role, although she did watch a lot of real crime drama and a lot of YouTube footage. She also spent some time working with real police department individuals in blacked-out vehicles driving around those areas in order to learn, she explained, because we really wanted to capture the essence of what it s like to really be a detective from that town since it s a place that really exist. She also tried to master the distinct accent of this part of Pennsylvania. The thing that was hardest for me, of course, was to do it well enough that you kind of shouldn t hear the act of doing it, she said. I always hate that when you can hear someone doing a voice or doing an accent. And that s one of the things for me that is more important than anything is just making it just disappear and blend in. So I did spend a long time working with a coach and working with people locally, as well. And it was up there amongst the hardest accents I ve ever done. The limited series also stars Julianne Nicholson (The Outsider) as Lori Ross, Mare’s best friend since childhood; Jean Smart (Watchmen) as Helen, Mare s mother; Angourie Rice (Black Mirror) as Siobhan Sheehan, Mare’s teenaged daughter; Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Detective Colin Zabel, the county detective called in to assist with Mare s investigation; Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce) as Richard Ryan, a local creative writing professor; Cailee Spaeny (Devs) as Erin McMenamin, an isolated teen living with her volatile father; David Denman (Outcast) as Frank Sheehan, Mare’s ex-husband; John Douglas Thompson (Let Them All Talk) as Chief Carter, Mare s boss at the Easttown Police Department; Patrick Murney (Seven Seconds) as Kenny McMenamin, Erin s father; James McArdle (Ammonite) as Deacon Mark Burton; Sosie Bacon (Here and Now) as Carrie Layden, Drew’s mother and Kevin’s ex-girlfriend; Joe Tippett (Rise) as John Ross, Lori s husband and high school sweetheart; and Neal Huff (The Wire) as Mare’s cousin, Father Dan Hastings.The series is from creator and writer Brad Ingelsby (The Way Back), with all episodes directed by Craig Zobel (The Leftovers).Mare of Easttown will premiere Sunday, April 18 on HBO.Talking Bout HBO Max s Genera+ion(Photo by HBO)The latest in HBO and HBO Max s line of pot-stirring TV series is Genera+ion. Created by teen Zelda Barnz and her dad, screenwriter Daniel Barnz, and follows a group of high schoolers who have frank conversations about race, sexuality, gender identity and more.Starring younger actors like Justice Smith and Michael Johnston, it s based loosely on people Zelda knew from her time in high school and she says I think if you re basing a show o ff something real and authentic, something that s real and authentic is intersectionality and people who identify across the gender and sexuality spectrum and with different races and different ethnicities. And so I think it’s important to remember that they re not just people who are straight and gay, there s like a whole spectrum and all those identities deserve to be represented. The show will also, inevitably, draw comparisons to HBO s Emmy-winning teen drama, Euphoria.Daniel Barnz tells the TCA journalists that Euphoria is an incredible show and the craftsmanship in it is amazing, but that when you watch them, it’s just abundantly clear that they are different shows. One of the most obvious differences is that Euphoria is an hour-long show and ours is a half-hour show, he continues. And that s not just the time difference. You know, the real beauty and excitement of being able to work in that half-hour format is that there s less pressure on story and you re allowed to let your characters live and breathe and experience. And one of the things that Zelda’s always wanting us to do with the show is to reflect the actual experiences of teenagers which sometimes is kind of random or weird. And you go off on tangents and strange things happen, and we wanted to reflect that in the storytelling as well. The series stars Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Chase Sui Wonders with Justice Smith, and Martha Plimpton.Genera+ion premieres March 11 on HBO Max.Plus: In Treatment Revived, Jean Smart Comedy Is on the Horizon, Surfer Garrett McNamara Describes the Perfect Wave, and Alex Gibney Investigates The Crime of the Century(Photo by HBO)A new installment of HBO s In Treatment premieres in May, this time with Uzo Aduba in the therapist s chair instead of Gabriel Byrne. The story will take into consideration the current global pandemic as well as other cultural and political issues. An example? There’s such a stigma attached to it, especially in communities of color, so it felt important to me, personally, to put that on television to show that we all need this, executive producer Joshua Allen told journalists. The series also stars Anthony Ramos, Liza Colón-Zayas, John Benjamin Hickey, Quintessa Swindell, and Joel Kinnaman.Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder are starring in an as-yet-to-be-titled upcoming HBO Max comedy about a legendary Las Vegas comedian and her relationship with an entitled 25-year-old. Executive producers include Broad City’s Paul W. Downs (who also appears on the show) and Lucia Aniello and The Good Place’s Jen Statsky and Michael Schur. But is the show a send-up or homage of any performer in particular? “Every once in a while, there’ll be a scene or I’ll do something and I’ll think, ‘Oh, that kind of reminds me of so-and-so,' Smart said. I guess I borrow things from other comedians unconsciously, anywhere from Elayne Boosler to Phyllis Diller to Sam Kinison.”The upcoming six-part surfing documentary for HBO, 100 Foot Wave, follows surfing pioneer Garrett McNamara and his quest to find the largest wave. But what is the perfect wave? A perfect wave, for most surfers, has a really good barrel on it. So you come down the wave and instead of running 11 in front of the wave away from it, you wait for it to cave over you. You’re either running full speed and it passes you, or you wait until the last second and turn under it, McNamara said.Alex Gibney’s upcoming two-part HBO documentary, The Crime of the Century, looks at the opioid crisis. And while there are definitely similarities between the prevalence of this drug and the history of Big Tobacco, source Anna Lembke, the medical director of addiction medicine at Stanford University, explained that tobacco never pretended that they were selling medicine that would actually make you better; whereas, [for] the opioid industry, that was their winning ticket. Tina, an intimate look at the life and career of musical icon Tina Turner from HBO Documentary Films, premieres on March 27.HBO Max announced its adult animation slate, including a two-season order for Clone High, a modern refresh of the series from Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence that was set at a high school for clones of historical figures; a 10-episode order for Warner Bros. Animation’s Velma, a comedic origin story for brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang, Velma Dinkley, voiced by executive producer Mindy Kaling; Fired On Mars, an existential workplace comedy set five minutes in the future, voiced by Pete Davidson (Saturday Night Live). The streamer also renewed creator JG Quintel (Regular Show) animated series Close Enough for seasons 2 and 3.Animated series in development include cat tale Hello Paul; Obi, an adaptation of Obi Arisukwu’s Instagram comic strip about a man-child pursuing a career as an artist; Uncanny Valley about three awkward domestic helper robots who kill their human owners and try to assume their identities; and comic book adaptation Cover, an animated espionage thriller from Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News. 国内也很重视手游，开启联赛也是要参加的，那么国服上线的进程也会跟上来，这也都在我们大家的意料之中了，毕竟国服上线后，庞大的玩家数量对于LOL手游来说绝对是没有坏处的。
华体会登陆 (Photo by ©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection)The stacking references to the Pietro of Two Worlds may matter. Did Wanda some how pluck another universe s Pietro into the MCU? And if so, did he die in a similar manner to our Pietro? If we take it on face value that Peters is playing the same character he portrayed in the three most recent X-Men films, there is some irony to him dying from gunshots. His Pietro, after all, famously appeared in bravura sequences using his speed to dodge all manner of threats.But if we can go meta again, it is also possible Peters is literally playing Evan Peters, an actor who appeared in a film called Kick-Ass with an actor who greatly resembled Wanda s brother. As we still don t know why Wanda is making the specific cultural references she has chosen thus far, pulling the MCU s Peters into her Hex is as valid an idea as anything else.Or, perhaps, we re trying to make up for the lost Full House joke.Would the Hayward Cataract See Vision Used as a Weapon?(Photo by Marvel Studios)Outside of Westview, it is becoming clear that S.W.O.R.D. Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg) is up to no good. Many have suspected this for awhile — his missile stunt last week definitely put him in the shady column — but it is now clear he has little interest in helping the people caught up in the Hex.The few things we know about him so far: he s been at S.W.O.R.D for awhile and was the default choice to replace Maria Rambeau after her death. He absolutely believes in the Sokovia Accords and has a pretty dower opinion of super-powered people in general.Also, his interest in the Hex appears to stem from Wanda s theft of Vision s corpse just before WandaVision began. Our first guess, Wanda inadvertently gave him the clearance to use Vision as a drone — something which was expressly forbidden in his will. Considering he is an android made of vibranium, Vision s body could be a valuable asset to aspects of the U.S. government still worried about superheroes so many years after the Sokovia Accords were signed. But as Dr. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) discovered, his plans involve something called Cataract. Whose vision does he hope to impair with Vision?Considering Hayward s stated opinions, maybe he wants to give the Avengers a blind spot.Then again, if S.W.O.R.D. has been around long enough for Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) to grow up in the agency, it is possible it was also infiltrated by Hydra. If that s the case, maybe Hayward s aim is not centered on Vision or the Avengers. Maybe this is about recovering Wanda as an asset.Is WandaVision Setting Up Monica s Superhero Origin Story?Debbie DayAnd speaking of Monica, we seem to be getting a lot of set-up about her eventual status quo. For one thing, her test results reveal her cells are changing at the molecular level. We got further confirmation about her history with Carol — although the health of that relationship is still obscure. Even if it is strained, Hayward s comments suggested she is still predisposed to favor superheroes.Back in the comics, Monica adopted the Captain Marvel name for a time, changing it to Photon when the original Captain Marvel s son wanted to use the alias. In the MCU, Photon also happens to be the call sign her mother used when she and Carol flew jets in the Air Force.We bring this up because it seems as though WandaVision is on the precipice of making Monica a superhero. As it happens, her comic book counterpart received her powers after being hit by a wave of extra-dimensional energy — something very much like what seems to be powering the (currently expanding) border of Westview. Her abilities are based around the electromagnetic spectrum with an emphasis on light, and what is television but a guided, information-rich manipulation of light?(Photo by Marvel Studios)Darcy suggested another pass through the energy field could be lethal, but now we wonder if Monica might appear as a light-powered Captain Marvel next week. Well, provided she and Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) end up caught in the expansion of the Hex. In fact, you have to wonder who Darcy will become as she definitely passed through the field.One broke girl, maybe?Also, who is the engineer friend Monica keeps referring to? She s pretty sure this person can get her back into Westview, but their name has been obscured. Some believe this character will be the Luke Skywalker–level cameo promised by Olsen a few weeks back, but do any of the established Marvel characters fit the description we have so far while also having a plausible friendship with Monica prior to the Blip?If we remove the requirement that it has to be someone we ve seen in a Marvel film before — which seems essential for an impact on par with Luke s Mandalorian appearance — there is one fantastic answer. But that has to be a long shot, right? Also, Marvel Mutant Longshot seems pretty unlikely, too.New episodes of WandaVision premiere on Fridays on Disney+.