Summer Movie Preview 2021: What's Opening in Theaters

As theaters get ready for full reopenings, movie fans look forward to the return of big movies. Here's what's on the way in our 2021 Summer Movie Preview.

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton

Summer Movie Preview 2021: A Quiet Place Part II

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Four months. 30+ movies. From big movies to indie hits to everything in between. This season, theaters and studios are finally ready to welcome movie fans back. From our current month all the way to Labor Day, here's our full theatrical 2021 Summer Movie Preview.

Wrath of Man - 5/7

Jason Statham. Guy Ritchie. It's a match made in macho moviemaking heaven. Be sure to check out the trailer, and this heist movie with lots of surprises on the biggest screen possible.

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Wrath of Man

Thriller / 2021 / R

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Army of the Dead - 5/14

In a rare move, Netflix actually releases this zombie shoot-out in Vegas on the big screen one week before its debut on their platform. Zack Snyder and Dave Bautista fans, rejoice!

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Army of the Dead

Horror / 2021 / R

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Spiral - 5/14

From the Book of Saw, maybe? Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson both show up to mix up the franchise recipe. Would you like to play a new game?

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Horror / 2021 / R

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Those Who Wish Me Dead - 5/14

Gritty filmmaker Taylor Sheridan (writer of "Sicario") and Angelina Jolie combine forces for an explosive story about a smoke jumper (Jolie) determined to save the life of a little boy in peril from more than just a raging forest fire.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead

Thriller / 2021 / R

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A Quiet Place: Part II - 5/28

It was quiet and terrifying the first time. The second go round, there's a little more noise and more strangers – and all sorts of terror.

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A Quiet Place: Part II

Horror / 2021 / PG-13

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Cruella - 5/28

Ever wonder if Cruella was always a cruel one? Now – with Emma Stone in the title role – we can all find out.

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Comedy / 2021 / PG-13

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Spirit Untamed - 6/4

Horse lovers, and family film fans, take note. This animated story finds young heroine Lucky moving from the city to the country, and befriending a wild Mustang named Spirit.

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Spirit Untamed

Animated / 2021 / PG

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - 6/4

Ol' reliable paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren are back to find out if the devil really did make a murderer do it.

In the Heights - 6/11

"Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu and "Hamilton's" Lin-Manuel Miranda combine forces to tell a music-filled tale about a charismatic bodega owner and the community that brings his neighborhood to life.

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In The Heights

Musical / 2021 / PG-13

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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard - 6/16

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek return for another bullets-and-quips-heavy action-comedy. Also along for the fun are Morgan Freeman, Richard E. Grant and the always super-fit Frank Grillo.

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The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Action / 2021 / R

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway - 6/18

Family film fans, especially those with super little ones, will appreciate another round with mischievous Peter Rabbit. He's on the run and ready for fun…with his family in hot pursuit.

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Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Comedy / 2021 / PG

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F9: Fast Saga - 6/25

The gang's all back for more high speed vehicular action and espionage. The latest wrinkle? Dom's long lost brother, who looks exactly like John Cena and holds a hard family grudge.

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F9: The Fast Saga

Action / 2021 / PG-13

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Zola - 6/30

From the looks of the trailer, Taylour Paige's Zola might have been better off than to indulge bad news friend Riley Keough's idea to go on a 48-hour stripping binge to make some quick cash. Then again, without that decision, we wouldn't have this fast-paced, adrenaline-juiced, A24 enterprise.

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Drama / 2020 / R

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The Forever Purge - 7/2

Is one night of no laws really enough to keep people from breaking the law the rest of the year? Sometimes…once just isn't enough.

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The Forever Purge

Horror / 2021 / R

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Summer of Soul - 7/2

History's about to be rewritten. The revolution at the Harlem Cultural Festival in the summer of '69 will finally be televised.

Black Widow - 7/9

Before she was an Avenger, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff had a complicated past. Now we’ll get a chance to see how exactly complicated it really was…

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Black Widow

Action / 2021 / PG-13

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Escape Room: Tournament of Champions - 7/16
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© Columbia / Courtesy Everett Collection

The surviving victims may have won the first nightmarish game. But the fun is just beginning as they end up trapped in another room with a new batch of contenders.

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Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

Horror / 2021 / PG-13

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Space Jam: A New Legacy - 7/16

Over 20+ years ago, there was a famous basketball game where Michael Jordan and the Tune Squad beat the Monstars. Now, LeBron James is joining up as the squad's latest star player. The odds of victory…very, very good…

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Space Jam: A New Legacy

Comedy / 2021 / PG

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Hotel Transylvania: Transformania - 7/23

Johnny Loughran has always felt out of place in his new family because he’s not a monster. With the help of Van Helsing and his "Monsterfication Ray,” that’s about to change.

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Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Animated / 2021

Old - 7/23

In M. Night Shyamalan's latest, a family at a tropical vacation at remote beach quickly discover that this sandy locale is causing all of them to age at a truly abnormal pace.

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Thriller / 2021 / PG-13

Snake Eyes - 7/23

What's behind that black mask? The mysterious ninja master from G.I. Joe is finally showing his origins along with his killer sword-slicing skills.

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Action / 2021 / PG-13

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Jungle Cruise - 7/30

Adventure awaits a group of travelers as they cruise into the unknown searching for a legendary tree that is said to heals all. Thankfully, they're led by physically fit Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and ever resourceful Emily Blunt.

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Jungle Cruise

Adventure / 2021 / PG-13

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Stillwater - 7/30

After a young American girl living in France is blamed for a murder she didn’t commit, her father (Matt Damon) will do everything he can to prove her innocence.

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Drama / 2021 / R

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The Green Knight - 7/30

After landing a blow on the infamous Green Knight, Sir Gawain (Dev Patel) is told by the knight that they will fight again in a year. When the time rolls around and the Green Knight is nowhere to be found, Sir Gawain must embark on a quest to bring honor to his name.

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The Green Knight

Fantasy / 2021 / R

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The Suicide Squad - 8/6

It's not exactly a sequel and it's not exactly a reboot. Director James Gunn brings the style that made "Guardians of the Galaxy" famous to the DCEU.

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The Suicide Squad

Action / 2021 / R

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Don’t Breathe 2 - 8/13
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© Screen Gems / courtesy Everett Collection

After the success of Fede Alvarez's 2016 under-the-radar horror flick, producer Rodo Sayagues picks up the camera for this sequel. Stephen Lang returns as the blind man whose past is now catching up to him following the home invasion from the first movie.

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Don't Breathe 2

Horror / 2021 / R

Free Guy - 8/13

Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy, a nondescript, non-playable character in an open-world shoot-em-up game. Things change for the NPC as he takes more control of his so-called life.

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Free Guy

Action / 2021 / PG-13

Respect - 8/13

Jennifer Hudson was hand-picked by the Queen of Soul herself for this biopic on the late Grammy-winning legend.

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Music / 2021 / PG-13

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PAW Patrol: The Movie - 8/20

Led by 10-year-old Ryder, the pups that patrol Adventure Bay make their big-screen debut. Celebrities joining in include Jimmy Kimmel, Kim Kardashian, Randall Park, and Dax Shepard.

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PAW Patrol: The Movie

Animated / 2021 / G

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Reminiscence - 8/20

This sci-fi thriller stars Hugh Jackman as a scientist who develops technology that helps people relive their past. Jackman uses the tech to search for his long-lost love.

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Science Fiction / 2021 / PG-13

The Night House - 8/20

This creepy Sundance gem from 2020 stars Rebecca Hall as a widow still coping with the unexpected death of her husband. This slow burn horror flick should get horror fans excited for director David Bruckner's next project, a "Hellraiser" reboot.

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The Night House

Horror / 2020 / R

The Protege - 8/20

Maggie Q kicks butt and takes names in this action/thriller from Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale').

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The Protégé

Action / 2021 / R

Candyman - 8/27

Nia DaCosta (who will soon step into the MCU helming "The Marvels") directs this continuation of '90s horror series "Candyman." However, this new outing serves more as a direct sequel to the original 1992 slasher flick. Tony Todd reprises his role as the vengeful spirit.

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Horror / 2021 / R

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The Beatles: Get Back - 8/27

Peter Jackson floored us in 2018 with his doc "They Shall Not Grow Old." His painstaking restoration of WWI footage brought lost souls to life. Jackson uses the same process with over 55 hours of never-before-seen footage of the Beatles as they record their final album "Let It Be."

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The Beatles: Get Back

Documentary / 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - 9/3

We're excited that the MCU is back. This Labor Day, we'll be able to experience Marvel Studios' 25th film. It's quite a milestone, and even more so as Marvel's first Asian-led superhero adventure.

*Additional research and writing by Matt Lissauer and Jesse Conner

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Chuck Walton

Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango,, MediaTrip, and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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