Hollywood 2021: Summer Movies in (Reopened) Theaters



Scarlett in Black Widow, Chris Rock in Spiral, Tom Cruise in Top Gun Maverick, Emma Stone in Cruella
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40 films are set for wide release over the next several months. Viewing guide, with trailers.

What’s below could totally change. We all know that by now. In fact, studios were still making tweaks to their summer movie schedules as late as last week. But as things currently stand, at this moment and barring some fresh apocalyptic pandemic variant or major surge in COVID-19 cases,  there are nearly 40 films scheduled to open in wide release in theaters over the next few months.

While this schedule is not as active as your typical Hollywood spring and summer lineup, the following nonetheless represents a massive ramp-up from the theatrical drought of the last year. Chains such as AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres and Regal Cinemas have begun reopening theaters around the country, including in top markets such as New York City and Los Angeles, the country’s top two moviegoing markets.

The following list (with trailers) films does not include titles getting a limited release or going to streaming-only (several will debut in theaters and on a streaming service on the same day, however). Here’s your post-vaccination movie calendar:

The Unholy
Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a struggling journalist, who stumbles upon a series of strange events.
Release date: April 2

Described as “Lord of the Flies in space,” Neil Burger wrote and direct this sci-if thriller about a group of young people on a colonization mission. 
Release date: April 9

Mortal Kombat
Martial arts fantasy action film based on the iconic video game.
Release date: April 23.

In the Earth
British-American horror film about a scientist and park scout venturing into the forest during a pandemic.
Release date: April 23

Wrath of Man
Guy Ritchie’s latest action film with Jason Stratham in an English language remake of the 2004 film Cash Truck.
Release date: May 7

Those Who Wish Me Dead
Western from Taylor Sheridan stars Angelina Jolie as a survival expert tasked with protecting a teenage murder witness.
Release date: May 14

Spiral: From the Book of Saw
Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson team up for the ninth installment of the Saw series.
Release date: May 14

Disney’s live action One Hundred and One Dalmatians prequel stars Emma Stone as revenge-bent fashion designer.
Release date: May 28 (also on Disney+)

A Quiet Place Part II
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt’s post-apocalyptic horror sequel to the 2018 breakout hit.
Release date: May 28

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The latest Conjuring film returns Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as paranormal investigators.
Release date: June 4 (also on HBO Max)

Sylvester Stallone plays a long-missing superhero.
Release date: June 4

Spirit Untamed
The computer-animated sequel to Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
Release date: June 4

In the Heights
The film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s stage musical.
Release date: June 11 (also on HBO Max)

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
The sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek.
Release date: June 16

The latest Fast & Furious film from director Justin Lin starring Vin Diesel and his crew.
Release date: June 25

Sexy trip dramedy based on a viral Twitter thread.
Release date: June 30

Top Gun: Maverick
Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role as Pete “Maverick Mitchell” in Joseph Kosinski’s sequel.
Release date: July 2

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway 
Computer-animated comedy sequel starring the voice of James Corden.
Release date: July 2

Black Widow
Marvel’s latest stars Scarlett Johansson as the lethal Natasha Romanoff.
Release date: July 9 (also on Disney+)

The Forever Purge 
The fifth and final installment of the dystopian horror series.
Release date: July 9

Space Jam: A New Legacy 
LeBron James holds court with the Looney Tunes gang in this sequel to the 1996 film.
Release date: July 16 (also on HBO Max)

Kay Cannon’s next generation musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale with newcomer Camila Cabello in the title role.
Release date: July 16

Co-directed by Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin, this comedy stars Tatum as an Army Ranger traveling with a Belgian Malinois down the Pacific Coast to catch a funeral.
Release date: July 16

The Night House
David Bruckner’s psychological horror film starring Rebecca Hall.
Release date: July 16

Jungle Cruise
Dwayne Johnson stars as a riverboat captain and Emily Blunt is a scientist in this adaptation of Disney’s theme park ride.
Release date: July 30

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest about a cursed beach that ages visitors.
Release date: July 30

Tom McCarthy’s drama stars Matt Damon as a father who works to exonerate his estranged daughter of a murder she never committed.
Release date: July 30

The Green Knight
Medieval fantasy stars Dev Patel as King Arthur’s nephew who embarks on a quest.
Release date: July 30

The Suicide Squad
James Gunn’s take on the DC Comics anti-hero gang.
Release date: Aug. 6 (also on HBO Max)

Hotel Transylvania 4
Computer-animated sequel stars the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez.
Release date: Aug. 6

Don’t Breathe 2
Stephen Lang returns as the lethal Blind Man who is now living in a remote cabin and raising a young girl.
Release date: Aug. 13

Free Guy
Shawn Levy’s sci-fi comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as character living in an open-world videogame.
Release date: Aug. 13

Jennifer Hudson plays the legendary Aretha Franklin in this biographical drama.
Release date: Aug. 13

Miguel Sapochnik’s sci-fi drama stars Tom Hanks as the last man on Earth.
Release date: Aug. 13

Paw Patrol: The Movie
Computer-animated comedy adventure film from Cal Brunker based on the children’s television series.
Release date: Aug. 20

Lisa Joy’s sci-fi thriller stars Hugh Jackman as veteran hired by Rebecca Ferguson to help her relieve a past memory.
Aug. 27 (also on HBO Max)

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II stars as an artist who encounters the vengeful spirit.
Aug. 27

The Beatles: Get Back
Peter Jackson’s documentary of the making of the 1970 album Let It Be.
Release date: Aug. 27