FIRST LOOK: Come Play

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.”

Fresh ‘Come Play’ Poster and Stills Find a Friend in Larry – Bloody Disgusting

Official trailer:

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.

7 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in November 2020

Theaters: Nov 13

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For historical reference, we’re including the films originally planned along with their rescheduled release dates, several have been pushed to 2021.

2020 Theater Releases
JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUNE
JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV

If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is being updated throughout the year).

All November 2020 movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries can/may/will vary.

NOVEMBER 2020 (7 movies)

  • Let Him Go (delayed, move from August 21 to Nov 6)
  • Stillwater (Nov 6) [LIMITED] Matt Damon
  • Freaky – FIRST LOOK (Friday the 13th, Nov 13)
  • Clifford The Big Red Dog (Nov 13)
  • Ammonite – FIRST LOOK (Nov 13)
  • The Croods: A New Age (Moved up from Dec 23 to November 25)
  • Happiest Season (Nov 25)

    STREAMING PREMIERE
  • Red Notice (Nov 13) – Netflix
  • Jingle Jangle (Nov 13) – Netflix
  • Run (Nov 20) – Hulu
  • Christmas on the Square (Nov 23) – Netflix
  • Iron Mask – FIRST LOOK (Nov 24) – VOD/PVOD
  • Uncle Frank (Nov 25) – Amazon Prime Video
  • The Christmas Chronicles 2 (Nov 25) – Netflix
  • Black Beauty (Nov 27) – Disney+

    DELAYED/MOVED
    • Black WidowFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from May 1 to Nov 6, move #2 to May 7, 2021)
    • The Eternals (delayed, moved from Nov 6, 2020 to Feb 12, 2021)
    • Ron’s Gone Wrong (delayed, moved from November 6, 2020 to Feb 26, 2021)
    • Vivo (delayed, moved from November 6, 2020 to April 16, 2021, move #2 to June 4, 2021)
    • No Time To DieFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from April 10, 2020 to Nov 20, move #2 to April 2, 2021)
    • Godzilla vs. KongFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from March 13 to November 20, move #2 to May 21, 2021)
    • Soul (delayed, moved from June 19 to Nov 20, move #2 to December 25 via Disney+)
    • Voyagers (delayed, moved from Nov 25 to “TBA 2021”)
    • Raya And The Last Dragon (delayed, moved from Nov 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021)
    • King Richard (delayed, moved from November 25, 2020 to Nov 19, 2021) biopic on tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father

As we look through the DELAYED list above, those 11 delayed movies would have been a major boost to movie theater interest. Instead, we’ll get the five movies below … maybe.

Let Him Go
(Nov 6)

Stillwater
(Nov 6)

No official trailer available.

Freaky
FIRST LOOK
(Friday the 13th, Nov 13)

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!

FIRST LOOK: Synchronic

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.

The costume design secrets behind sci-fi horror Synchronic

A designer drug that distorts reality, don’t almost all drugs do that? I like the box art and the title has a sci-fi ring to it.

Trailer:

Yeah, I’m kinda digging the trailer. No idea if the movie will deliver or not, but I’m a fan of sci-fi horror that’s done well. Anybody see this? Interested in seeing it?

Synchronic is available as a LIMITED theatrical release on October 23, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: Totally Under Control – Hulu

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.

‘Totally Under Control’: An Essential Pandemic Documentary – The Atlantic

Official trailer:

Totally Under Control is available for streaming via Hulu on October 20, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: The Kid Detective

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.

Adam Brody Talks ‘The Kid Detective’ and Revisits Seth Cohen – The Ringer

Official trailer:

What do you think? Any interest in seeing?

The Kid Detective is open in LIMITED theaters as of October 16, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: 2 Hearts

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.

How Jacob Elordi Movie ‘2 Hearts’ Is Staying The Theatrical Course During The Pandemic – Deadline

Official trailer:

We’re planning to see this at the newly reopened AMC theater locally. Probably will be #3 film we see after Honest Thief and The War with Grandpa.

2 Hearts opens wide in theaters on October 16, 2020.

FIRST LOOK: 92+ Movies Coming To Theaters In 2021

Watchlist as of 10/2020 – includes some 2020 movies

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.

Mortal Kombat: Jan 15

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)
Antlers: Feb 19

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.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife March 5

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.

Bond #25: April 2
  • No Time To Die (Apr 2)
  • Fatherhood (Apr 2)
  • Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (Apr 9)
  • BIOS (Apr 16) Tom Hanks
  • Reminiscence (Apr 16)
  • A Quiet Place: Part II (Apr 23)
  • Last Night in Soho (Apr 23)
  • The Assist
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong

MAY 2021 (8 movies)

  • Black Widow (May 7)
  • Shang Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings (May 7)
  • Spirit Riding Free Untitled Movie (May 14)
  • Spiral (May 21)
  • Godzilla vs. KongFIRST LOOK (May 21)
  • F9: The Fast Saga (May 28)
  • Cruella (May 28)
  • Infinite (May 28)

JUNE 2021 (7 movies)

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (delayed, Sept 11, 2020 to June 4, 2021)
  • *Samaritan (Jun 4)
  • Micronauts (Jun 4)
  • Vivo (delayed, moved from November 6, 2020 to April 16, 2021, move #2 to Jun 4)
  • Luca (Jun 18)
  • In The Heights (Jun 18)
  • Venom: Let There Be Carnage (Jun 25) Marvel MCU

JULY 2021 (9 movies)

  • Top Gun: Maverick (July 2)
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 2)
  • The Forever Purge (July 9)
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy (July 16)
  • Uncharted (delayed, moved from December 18 to March 15, 2021, move #2 to Oct 8, move #3 to July 16)
  • Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar (July 16)
  • The Tomorrow War (July 23)
  • Untitled M. Night Shyamian 2021 Untitled (July 23)
  • Jungle Cruise (July 30)

AUGUST 2021 (6 movies)

  • The Suicide Squad (Aug 6)
  • Hotel Transylvania 4 (Aug 6)
  • Untitled Blumhouse Project (Aug 13)
  • PAW Patrol: The Movie (Aug 20)
  • The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Aug 20)
  • The Beatles: Get Back (Aug 27)

SEPTEMBER 2021 (5 movies)

  • Jackass 4 (Sep 3)
  • Untitled New Line Horror Film (Sep 10)
  • Bad Guys (Sep 17)
  • The Man from Toronto (Sep 17)
  • My Little Pony (Sep 24)

OCTOBER 2021 (7 movies)

  • Dune (Oct 1)
  • Untitled Paramount/Hasbro Event (Oct 1)
  • Untitled Disney Live Action IV (Oct 8)
  • The Last Duel (Oct 15)
  • Halloween Kills (Oct 15) Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Snake Eyes (Oct 22)
  • The Addam’s Family 2 (Oct 29)
  • Halloween Ends (delayed, moved from Oct 15 to Oct 2022)

NOVEMBER 2021 (7 movies)

  • Elvis (Nov 5)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 3 (Nov 12)
  • Mission Impossible 7 (Nov 19)
  • King Richard (Nov 19) biopic on tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father
  • Untitled Disney Live Action (Nov 19)
  • Gucci (Nov 24)
  • Untitled Disney Animation 3D (Nov 24)

DECEMBER 2021 (4 movies)

  • Spider-man: Homecoming 3 (Dec 17)
  • The Nightengale (Dec 22)
  • Sing 2 (Dec 22)
  • Black Adam (Dec 22)

FIRST LOOK: Iron Mask – VOD

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.

Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger Face Off in Trailer for Iron Mask | PEOPLE.com

Official trailer:

If only this movie had been made in the 80s! Younger Jackie and Arnold head to head? Sign me up!

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.

FIRST LOOK: Bad Hair – Hulu

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

Bad Hair: Hulu Horror Trailer Mixes the ’80s Hip Hop Scene With Demonic Weaves

Official trailer:

Bad Hair will stream October 23 on Hulu.

FIRST LOOK: Honest Thief

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.'” 

Liam Neeson’s new action thriller looks awfully familiar | The Irish Post

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.

Official trailer:

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.