With the pandemic pushing many of the 2020 releases out, the next few months are shaping up to be strong for movie lovers. With a fun mix of dark, spooky and downright joyous films set to be released, we’re already gathering up the crew and planning out our snacks.
Check out some of our must-watch movies hitting the big screen and streaming services between May and August, 2021.
Released on Disney+, 27 May
Emma Stone is a young Cruella de Vil in this live-action prequel to the 1961 Disney classic, One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Features Emma Thompson as the Baroness.
A young fashion designer in ’70s London who’s infatuated with dog skins – particularly Dalmatians’ – slowly but surely turns into the renowned villain we now know as Cruella de Vil.
A Quiet Place II
In cinemas, 27 May (postponed from 2020)
Director John Krasinski follows-up his 2018 post-apocalyptic horror hit, which pitted Earth’s last remaining souls against fierce extraterrestrials with sensational hearing. Emily Blunt reprises her role as Evelyn, she is joined by new cast members Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou.
After the deadly attack on their home, the Abbots (Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) hit the road in search of safety. Travelling into unknown territory, they soon find out that the aliens that hunt with their ears aren’t the only threats they will have to face.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
In cinemas, 3 June
“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
In the Heights
In cinemas, 24 June
Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) directs this feature adaption of the Tony-winning Broadway stage play by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who co-stars).
A Washington Heights, New York bodega owner (Anthony Ramos, A Star is Born) is unsure about closing shop and returning to his native Dominican Republic after receiving an inheritance.
In cinemas, 8 July and streaming on Disney+ 9 July
Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow in this Marvel superhero movie set after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Co-stars Florence Pugh (Midsommar), David Harbour (Stranger Things) Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) and Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast). Cate Shortland (Somersault) directs.
When a dangerous conspiracy comes to light, Black Widow is forced to confront her past as a menacing force pursues her with the goal of taking her down.
In cinemas, 29 July
Emily Blunt is an intrepid scientist and Dwayne Johnson is a riverboat captain on a jungle mission to find the Tree of Life and discover it’s healing powers in this Disney adventure, inspired by the Disneyland theme park ride.
The are racing a competing German expedition, and must battle the elements, wild animals and supernatural forces en route.
The Suicide Squad
In cinemas, 5 August
Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney return alongside newcomers Idris Elba, John Cena, Pete Davidson and Taika Waititi in the standalone sequel to the DC Films 2016 hit Suicide Squad, with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn writing and directing.
Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) was originally signed on to direct but left the project in 2018, leaving the spot open for James Gunn, returning to big studio filmmaking after his firing by Walt Disney from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn’s said to be drawing inspiration from the original ’80s comic book characters rather than continuing with the 2016 film’s narrative.
In cinemas, 26 August
Billed as a “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror, produced and co-written by Jordan Peele (Get Out). Set in the now-gentrified Chicago neighbourhood where the Candyman legend – a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, the son of a slave killed in the late 19th century, summoned by saying his name five times in the mirror – began. Tony Todd, who played The Candyman in the original, returns.
In present day, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Us) and his girlfriend (Teyonah Parris, If Beale Street Could Talk) move into a modern condo in Cabrini. It’s there that they bump into an old-timer (Colman Domingo, Assassination Nation) that spooks them with the true story of what happened there decades earlier. Anxious to kick-start a stalling career, Anthony begins to explore the horrific details in his studio. But he doesn’t realise that by doing so, he’s paving the way for an all new wave of terror.
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Written by Monique Renee
Usually barefoot and deep in wanderlust mode, Mon loves binging Netflix, cuddling babies and stalking through Instagram looking for boho decor inspo and hotties with man buns. You’ll usually find her on holiday, planning a holiday or thinking about holidays.
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