The trailer (further below) sure makes this creature that the boy befriends look like E.T. It appears to be a twisted E.T, which is the right idea just before Halloween.
“Come Play stars Azhy Robertson as a lonely young boy who feels different from everyone else. Desperate for a friend, he seeks solace and refuge in his ever-present cell phone and tablet. When a mysterious creature uses the boy’s devices against him to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son from the monster beyond the screen.”
The E.T-looking character is called Larry, based on a 2017 short with that name. The concept has been expanded, something that worries me. Too many times shorter works that are expanded for a full length movie screw up the pacing. Hopefully the padding won’t show in this effort. We’ll know in a few days.
Come Play will be released on a LIMITED number of theaters starting Thursday October 30, 2020.
Still hovering around 1-2 max new movies widely released in theaters in November. With classics and drop-in movies those with the AMC Stubs A-List pass will barely fill up their three movies per week included with the plan.
The results of the presidential election could give studios cold or warm feet — or maybe the results will have zero impact on if further delays and moves are coming.
At any rate, we’ve waited almost to the end of October to get this out, covering any movie date moves and changes so this would be as accurate as possible when posted. Movies get moved around in the current pandemic frequently, so not sure how reliable this will be by the end of the month. You can follow along on the 2020 list page for the updates. We also added the 2021 page to start looking forward to movies being released in theaters next year.
For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned along with their rescheduled release dates, several have been pushed to 2021.
Vince Vaughn plays a woman serial killer in his body. Blumhouse, it’s Friday the 13th, and there’s about to be bodies everywhere — or so we think based on the trailer.
Clifford The Big Red Dog (Nov 13)
No official trailer available.
Ammonite (Nov 13)
The Croods: A New Age (Nov 25)
Happiest Season (Nov 25)
No official trailer available.
Which of these movies, if any, are you looking forward to seeing?
Of the list of movies above released or delayed, what are you most looking forward to seeing? Are you going to wait for these movies to come to streaming or venture into theaters? If you’re still in a holding pattern, it’s all good. Let’s chat about it in the comments.
As always, wishing you all happy viewing, whatever you’re watching!
This is showing at a nearby AMC theater in south Seattle and released today. Hadn’t seen anything about it prior to seeing it on the movies available list at AMC and seeing that it was showing at only one theater nearby.
It made its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019.
In the new sci-fi horror Synchronic, Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan star as Steve and Dennis, two New Orleans paramedics who witness the troubling side effects of a new drug that distorts reality. When personal and professional obligations collide, the terrifying power of this new pill takes them on a mind-bending journey through time.
We share your pain in pandemic fatigue, but here in America we have an election coming in a few weeks and many still haven’t voted yet (my ballet will arrive in the next few days). I used to vote on election day in person, but for several years now it’s been strictly mail-in balloting.
One of the topics that many will be considering in who they vote for is what will future politicians will do about the pandemic? Personally, I have mixed opinions about politicizing the pandemic, but worried about the next four years. Heck, I’m worried about the next four months.
We’ve anticipated a wide variety of COVID-19 movies, documentaries and TV shows to begin appearing in entertainment. Totally Under Control scratches that itch on the documentary front.
Filmed in secret over five months, Totally Under Control (streaming on Hulu tomorrow) uses news footage and interviews with experts and government whistleblowers to show how the administration missed each opportunity to either stop the virus from arriving in the U.S. or prevent its spread. The filmmakers present these events in rapid, blow-by-blow succession, lending the doc an urgency that contrasts with the languid federal response to the pandemic.
Despite running this movie site and actively researching new movies coming out via multiple sources, sometimes I’ve noticed — and I don’t have an explanation why — movies just show up in the theater.
The Kid Detective is one of those movies.
I didn’t see it being talked about anywhere, didn’t see it on a release schedule, then AMC just reopens in our area and it’s showing at one of the reopened theaters as of the Friday schedule. I didn’t even see this as a movie that tickets could be preordered. This, along with it being a LIMITED release, explains why it wasn’t even included on our Wednesday post (see: Opening 10-16-2020 in Theaters: Honest Thief, 2 Hearts)
Curious, I did a little more digging on this movie and learned I’m not the only one pleasantly surprised when it showed up in theaters. Heck, Sony bought this movie and just put it out with little to no advance promotion. Thank you, Sony (definitely no sarcasm, we like new movies in theaters, more, more, more!)
With postproduction, we’ve been editing it all year. Film festivals have been mostly closed down and so we didn’t really get a chance to do that. Then Sony bought it, I don’t know, a month ago. Then last Monday, they go, “Hey, we’re going to put it on 1,000 screens, 850 screens in a week and then a bunch in the U.K. Here’s the publicity department. Talk to them, they’re going to cut a trailer.” So here we are, I’m doing press for a movie.
You didn’t know the movie was coming out until when? Almost a week ago. It’s super weird and I want to be optimistic about it and I am … It’s so interesting and unlike anything, any road that any movie I’ve been on has traveled and we’ll see. But I’m pretty happy about it, I have to say.
Faith-based film by Freestyle is screening the same weekend as Liam Neeson in Honest Thief. Unlike several other films that are delaying release or going to streaming and VOD, they are embracing a theatrical release.
Directed by Lance Hool, whose filmmaking credits include being an executive producer on movies such as Man on Fire, Flipper, The Cup and directing One Man’s Hero and the Chuck Norris classic Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, 2 Hearts follows two couples. Their future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection brings them together in a way no one could have predicted. Freestyle is making a play at YA females and faith-based older female audiences this weekend in a campaign that spans not only digital, but TV as well. For Freestyle, 2 Hearts is a service deal on par with the label’s release strategy.
2021, at least from what’s planned, looks like a good year for new movie theater releases.
Hopefully, the pandemic will not be a major factor — again — in continuing to delay titles but as of this post in October 2020, that shadow looms.
Bookmark this post and return to see what’s coming out when in the future.
As movie release dates are frequently changing, some of the information below might be inaccurate now or at times in the future. This post, like our 2020 post (see: FIRST LOOK: 75+ Movies Coming To Theaters In 2020), is regularly updated as new info is made available.
Note: this post will be updated periodically to include links to new coverage as it is posted and becomes available throughout 2021.
KEY Bolded title movies we’re most looking forward to seeing
FIRST LOOK – contains the first time a movie was looked at with the information at that time. As a monthly movies coming soon posts are released (typically 30-45 days before the new month to allow for studio release changes), it will be linked in the date heading and contain more information about the movies scheduled to come out during that month.
JANUARY 2021 (12 movies)
Mortal Kombat – videogame movies have traditionally by and large been horrible, but I loved this videogame which reminded me of Bruce Lee’s Game of Death. The finishing moves in the game are awesome, but sometimes videogames just don’t translate to movies. They keep trying though
Escape Room 2 (Jan 1)
The Devil’s Light (Jan 8)
Untitled Blumhouse Horror Project (Jan 8)
Mortal Kombat (Jan 15)
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Jan 15)
355 (Jan 15)
Cash Truck (Jan 15)
Respect (Jan 15)
Chaos Walking (Jan 22)
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (Jan 22)
Rumble (Jan 29)
The Little Things (Jan 29)
FEBRUARY 2021 (9 movies)
Cinderella (Feb 5)
The Eternals (Feb 12)
Monster Problems (Feb 12)
What About Love (Feb 12) – Sharon Stone [LIMITED]
Dog (Feb 12)
Untitled WB Event Film (Feb 12)
Nobody (Feb 19)
Antlers (Feb 19) [LIMITED]
The King’s Man (Feb 26)
MARCH 2021 (9 movies)
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! My love for the original film had me seriously doubting any sequel not having the ghost busting trio: Harold Ramis (now deceased), Bill Murray and Dan Akyroyd, but must admit the trailer and buzz around this film has me intrigued.
Also, it has sort of a Cobra Kai feel to it in that it seems to be continuing from a future point and harkening back vs. a retelling of the original story. That got my attention.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Mar 5)
Tom and Jerry (Mar 5)
Untitled Universal Event Film (Mar 5)
Raya And The Last Dragon (Mar 12)
The Many Saints of Newark (Mar 12)
Tomb Raider 2 (Mar 19)
Morbius (Mar 19)
The Unbearable Weight of Massive … (March 19)
The Boss Baby 2 (Mar 26)
APRIL 2021 (9 movies)
James Bond #25, the last Daniel Craig outing, sees Bond facing off against an ecoterrorist played by Ram Malek.
Holy title changes, Batman! The source material is loosely (?) based on a horror novella by Nikolai Googol. Oh, and is a sequel. Haven’t read the book, haven’t seen the first movie, but it’s noteworthy for two actors.
If only we could have gotten Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger going against each other in their prime. Alas, we’ll have to settle for older versions of the action and martial arts legends facing off in some quasi fantasy/horror mashup (or so we think).
Chan plays a kung fu expert, simply known as Master, who must escape from the maniacal James Hook (Schwarzenegger) in order to help his daughter save their homeland from a mythical dragon.
The trailer isn’t making me that excited, especially with the hokey looking wire work, but I’m a fan of both Jackie and Arnold, so maybe this will be better than the trailer. Arnold’s costume looks kind of ridiculous too. Those sideburns, lol!
This is a sequel to the movie Viy (2014) and was released in China as Viy 2: Journey To China on August 16, 2019. I found that out by going to the Wikipedia page, because there isn’t a lot of non-review information available otherwise. I normally try to avoid looking at reviews to avoid spoilers before seeing movies, but caught the scores and most aren’t good. Maybe they want to distance from the first movie? Not sell this as sequel? The new title is too much like The Man in the Iron Mask, which also had a recent version.
Also, odd to see two familiar action stars, admittedly late in their respective careers, starring in this sequel. Viy the first film was commercially successful in Russia although it’s known under two different names: Forbidden Empire and Forbidden Kingdom. I don’t get the reasons behind all these different movie titles, can anybody throw me a bone in the comments? Figure out a title, stick with it, brand it, promote it, etc. Don’t change the freaking title a half dozen times and confuse the heck out of everybody.
Anybody looking forward to this one? Seems a bit sketchy to me, but maybe it will be better than it looks without deep diving too much and having the entire movie ruined. Then again, maybe it is what it looks like. Paint me mildly curious, if nothing to see what the heck Arnold and Jackie are doing herein.
Iron Mask will be available on VOD/PVOD November 20, 2020.
Horror hair, now there’s a creative idea. Too bad that’s it’s going the comedy route, but I guess the absurdity makes it difficult to pull off with a scary vibe. Still, I like the concept.
Helmed by Dear White People’s Justin Simien, the film follows a young executive assistant named Anna, portrayed by Elle Lorraine. As Anna attempts to move up the corporate ladder during 1989 — when music television programming was at its peak — her employer has Anna receive demonic hair transplants to give her a paranormal edge
There might not yet be a vaccine for the pandemic, but there’s a vaccine for Liam Neeson starring in more action roles, despite his desire to leave them due to his age. And it’s coming in a week — hopefully, maybe.
IN SEPTEMBER 2017, Liam Neeson announced he was retiring his “special set of skills” as an action movie star due to his advancing years and desire to take on more dramatic roles.
Speaking at that year’s Toronto International Film Festival, he insisted his recent foray into action thrillers was “all a pure accident”.
“They’re still throwing serious money at me to do that stuff,” he said.
“I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-f******-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.'”
Yes, unless it pulls a course change like Bill & Ted Face The Music, Greenland and others, we’ll get to see a 65-year old Neeson take down some corrupt cops. We need some of that on the big screen. Heck, I’ll take a 75-year old Neeson on the big screen taking down bad guys. Now, 85 might be pushing it, but these are lean times for the big screen.
Are you looking for some more Taken-esq Neeson? There’s something calming about the way Neeson dispatches those who have crossed him.
Honest Thief opens wide in theaters on October 16, 2020.