One of the positive things about life returning to something approximating normality is that movies have started to come back to theaters. Many films that were to see their premieres during the pandemic were pushed back, sometimes repeatedly and other times indefinitely—but now they are finally hitting theater screens all over the world as originally intended. We’ve found five movies coming out in the next few months to screens large and small that you may want to see and listed them below. If there’s something you think we left out, please let us know in the comments. But beware, with COVID still going around, the release dates for all of these films may change!
No Time to Die (10/8)
Daniel Craig’s last outing as master spy James Bond was one of cinema’s pandemic victims, repeatedly pushed back for its opening day until finally landing on October 8. The movie sees Craig’s Bond brought out of the happy retirement he was sharing with Lea Seydoux’s Madeleine to foil a plot by new villain Safin, played by Rami Malek. Also starring Lashana Lynch as Bond’s 00 replacement and Ana de Armas, the movie is sure to kick off the season with a lot of action.
Last Night in Soho (10/29)
Largely known for comedies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, director Edgar Wright tackles his first psychological thriller with Last Night in Soho. Thomasin McKenzie plays Eloise Turner, a modern-day woman who finds herself reliving the life and brutal murder of Sandie, a singer from 1966 played by Anya Taylor-Joy. Matt Smith and Terence Stamp appear as Jack, a man Sandie falls for in 1966 who may know what happened to her while Diana Rigg also appears in one of her final screen appearances.
Written and directed by Kenneth Branagh, Belfast is a coming-of-age film set in the Northern Irish city. The movie focuses on a child named Buddy (Jude Hill) as he grows up during the tumultuous 1960s as tensions heat up between Protestant Unionists and Catholic Republicans. In addition to the introduction of Judge Hill, the film also features Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds, Judi Dench, and Caitriona Balfe. Modern scenes are filmed in color while the bulk of the film is black-and-white. Branagh has called it his “most personal film” and it was actually shot during the pandemic in London before moving production to Belfast.
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (12/3 – Netflix)
Some time back, Netflix managed to snatch up the rights to any Shaun the Sheep films and specials to release exclusively on their platform. This began with Farmageddon and continues to this year’s The Flight Before Christmas. For this half-hour special, Shaun, Bitzer, Timmy, the Farmer, and the rest of the flock return for a holiday that’s sure to be full of wooly antics. The story kicks off when the flock decides to raid the Farmer’s house for bigger Christmas stockings and Timmy goes missing, prompting a harrowing search for the young lamb before he becomes someone else’s Christmas present.
The King’s Man (12/22)
A prequel to the Kingsman series of films from comic book creators Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, The King’s Man is set in the early days of the spy organization. Ralph Fiennes leads the Kingsman organization as Orlando, Duke of Oxford, and sets about with his agents to stop a plot by Rasputin that threatens millions of lives on Earth. In addition to Fiennes, the movie also stars Rhys Ifans as Rasputin, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Bruhl, Djimon Hounsou, Tom Hollander, and Harris Dickinson. It’s certainly not the first time for Fiennes playing a spy, following up on films like The Avengers (no, not those Avengers) and his turn as M in the James Bond franchise.
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