Remember the days when we could get a ticket, grab a bucket of popcorn and a soda, and set down to watch a movie? Unfortunately, 2020 saw a halting of the moviegoing experience as COVID crept across the land and numerous films that were due out last year are ready to come back to theaters with new release dates. They join a slew of films that were already scheduled for release in 2021, offering plenty of options for moviegoers, including a number of British films. If you’re having trouble deciding what to see in the coming year, here are our ten selections for you to consider. It’s still not clear whether many of these films will actually get a cinema release or just end on digital on-demand services. We shall see.
While the final release date has yet to be announced, this WWII drama was one of the casualties of 2020. Starring Colin Firth as Captain Ewan Montagu, who along with Charles Chomondoley, staged an elaborate deception with a corpse and briefcase that caused the Nazis to divert forces away from the Allies’ planned invasion of Sicily.
Promising Young Woman
Originally meant to be released in April 2020, it was pushed back to December for in-person theaters and then again to January 2021 for video on demand. It’s a very dark comedy featuring Carey Mulligan as Cassie Thomas, out for revenge after a close friend was sexually assaulted. It’s set to be available for rent on January 15 through Amazon Prime, Vudu, iTunes, and more.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
James Corden is back as the voice of everyone’s favorite misbehaving English rabbit. Following the events of the first movie, Peter decides he can have more fun outside the garden and runs away, causing his family to leave in search of him. The movie is set for release in the UK on February 12 and in the States on April 2.
The King’s Man
A prequel to the Kingsman series of films based on comics by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and directed by Matthew Vaughn, 2021’s The King’s Man sees the formation of the independent espionage organization. It was originally meant to be released in 2019 but now has a date of March 12.
Last Night in Soho
From comedy to horror, director Edgar Wright brings to 2021 the story of a modern girl who finds herself back in 1960s London. There she encounters her idol, a wannabe singer, but quickly begins to realize this place is not what it seems. The film is set to be released on April 23.
Death on the Nile
The follow up to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile is another adaptation of Agatha Christie’s work that features Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot. Naturally, when a passenger on the S.S. Karnak is found murdered, Poirot is drawn in to discover who the murderer is. As with the last movie, this one features an all-star cast as the suspects including Annette Benning, Russell Brand, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Letitia Wright, and Rose Leslie. It’s set for release on September 17.
Another prequel, this time to the book and film 101 Dalmatians, Cruella features Emma Stone as the titular villain and will seek to explore Cruella De Vil’s past on the streets of 1970s London and why she comes to hate dalmatians so much. Originally meant for release around Christmas 2020, the pandemic caused filming to be pushed back, and now it will be released on May 28.
The Beatles: Get Back
Far from the land of Middle Earth, director Peter Jackson brings this us this documentary about the making of The Beatles’ album Let It Be. Jackson’s picture takes previously-filmed materials for the album to show the good feelings that existed between the band at time when it’s generally believed that they were falling out. The film is due to be released on August 27.
No Time to Die
The latest entry into the long-running James Bond franchise, No Time to Die sees Daniel Craig’s James Bond come out of retirement at the request of CIA Agent Felix Lighter (Geoffrey Wright) to deal with a new threat posed by Safin (Rami Malek). Another victim of multiple delays due to the pandemic, James Bond will return on April 2.