There are plenty of July 2021 movies that are coming to theaters, streaming platforms, and video on demand this month that we should not miss. This month is offering loads of movies belonging to a wide plethora of genres. That includes action flicks, romance, dramas, comedies, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and thrillers. Last month more major theatrical releases started to roll and that continues this month. This will be another exciting month because a whole bunch of tentpole movies are getting released.

In July, streaming services are stacked with an exciting line-up of films. We usually see anthology TV series but for the first time on Netflix, we are getting an anthology film trilogy event called Fear Street trilogy, which will be released in subsequent weeks. A film in the trilogy will be released on the first three Fridays of July. The horror mystery trilogy consists of films Fear Street Part One: 1994, Fear Street Part Two: 1978, and Fear Street Part Three: 1666.

Other Netflix movies include Gunpowder Milkshake an action-adventure; Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans an animated fantasy adventure; The Last Letter From Your Lover a romantic drama. And on Amazon Prime, The Tomorrow War a sci-fi action flick; and on HBO Max, No Sudden Move a crime thriller is releasing.

Some films will be released digitally for the audience to view on-demand. The intriguing VOD releases of this month are Werewolves Within a horror comedy; Till Death an action thriller; Die in a Gunfight a romantic crime action flick; Midnight in the Switchgrass a crime thriller; and Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two an animated superhero movie.

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At this point, many theaters across various countries are reopened and new movies are getting released wherever theaters are available. Looks like the movie-going audience is increasing every month and there is a sign at last for theaters to return to full form soon. Already many theatres in some countries started to increase seating capacity. 

The release of major movies is increasing for the last three months. The recent tentpole movie, Fast 9 set a new box-office opening record during the pandemic surpassing the May record of A Quiet Place Part II which earlier surpassed the March record of Godzilla vs. Kong, this has further emboldened studios. Looks like each month as a new blockbuster arrives the audience rate is going up.

Films that are releasing exclusively in theaters are- The Forever Purge an action thriller; Escape Room 2 a horror thriller; Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins a superhero action-adventure; Old a mystery thriller; The Green Knight a fantasy adventure drama; and Stillwater a crime drama. Snake Eyes is one of the highly anticipated films of this year it has the potential to do great at the box office.

In Warner Bros’ HBO Max release strategy of their 2021 film slate, eight films have already been released. WB’s Space Jam: A New Legacy a sports fantasy comedy is arriving this month. One of the biggest blockbusters of the year which is the highly awaited MCU film, Black Widow a superhero action thriller is finally releasing this month. Being a Marvel film Black Widow will likely be the next film to break the pandemic era box office record.

Similar to how Disney debuted Raya and the Last Dragon and Cruella on Disney+ the studio decided to also release Marvel’s Black Widow and their action-adventure comedy film, Jungle Cruise for premiere access on their streaming service along with a simultaneous release in theatres. However, these films are eventually made available on Disney+ without the need for an additional payment, typically thirteen weeks (91 days) after release.

Just like WB and Disney, Universal is trying the simultaneous release with their film which is both theatrical release and a streaming release on the studio’s own streaming service. Universal’s animated comedy adventure sequel, The Boss Baby: Family Business is releasing in theatres and on their streaming service, Peacock on the same day.

Check out the synopses and release dates for each of these July 2021 movies below.

JULY 2021 MOVIES TO WATCH OUT FOR

No Sudden Move

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No Sudden Move is HBO Max’s original period crime mystery thriller directed, photographed, and edited by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s trilogy, Logan Lucky, Magic Mike) and written by Ed Solomon (Men In Black, Now You See Me).

The film features an ensemble cast of Don Cheadle (Avengers: Endgame, Ocean’s trilogy), Benicio del Toro (Sicario, Guardians of the Galaxy), David Harbour (Stranger Things, Black Widow), Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver), Amy Seimetz (Pet Sematary, Sweet Tooth), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy, Doom Patrol), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Noah Jupe (Ford v Ferrari, A Quiet Place part 1&2), Craig Grant (Good Time), Julia Fox (Uncut Gems), Frankie Shaw (SMILF), Ray Liotta (Marriage Story), and Bill Duke (Black Lightning).

Premise: Set in 1955 in Detroit, a group of small-time criminals is hired to steal what they think is a simple document. When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city.

No Sudden Move had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 18, 2021, and is scheduled to be released on HBO Max. The R-rated film so far holds a 88% Rotten Tomatoes score based on 58 reviews with praise for the director and cast. This is a must-watch entertainer.

No Sudden Move HBO Max release date: July 1, 2021

The Tomorrow War

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The Tomorrow War is Amazon’s original sci-fi action film directed by Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie, Robot Chicken) in his first live-action directorial release. It is produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, David S. Goyer, Jules Daly, and Adam Kolbrenner, and written by Zach Dean.

The film stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World, Onward), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale, Dexter), J. K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash, Invincible), Betty Gilpin (The Hunt, GLOW), Jasmine Mathews (Sweetbitter), Edwin Hodge (The Purge), Ryan Kiera Armstrong (Anne with an E), Seychelle Gabriel (The Legend of Korra), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Sam Richardson (Veep). Pratt also serves as an executive producer.

Synopsis: The world is stunned when a group of time travelers arrives from the year 2051 to deliver an urgent message: 30 years in the future, mankind is losing a war against an alien species. The only hope for survival is for soldiers and civilians from the present to be transported to the future to join the fight. Among those recruited is a high school teacher and family man Dan Forester (Pratt). Determined to save the world for his young daughter, Dan teams up with a brilliant scientist (Strahovski) and his estranged father (Simmons) in a desperate quest to rewrite the fate of the planet.

Originally set for theatrical release by Paramount Pictures, the film’s distribution rights were acquired by Amazon Studios due to the global pandemic and it is releasing on the streamer. This fun futuristic, alien action film is a popcorn flick that should not be missed. Read our review for The Tomorrow War below!

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The Tomorrow War Amazon release date: July 2, 2021

The Boss Baby: Family Business

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The Boss Baby: Family Business is Dreamworks Animation’s computer-animated comedy adventure film loosely based on the 2010 picture book The Boss Baby and its 2016 sequel The Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee, produced by DreamWorks and distributed by Universal Pictures. The second installment in The Boss Baby franchise and the sequel to The Boss Baby (2017) film. Director Tom McGrath (Madagascar trilogy, Megamind) and writer Michael McCullers returned for the sequel. Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro returned to write the music for the sequel.

The film will star the voices of Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible 5 & 6), James Marsden (X-Men franchise, Sonic the Hedgehog), Amy Sedaris (The Mandalorian), Ariana Greenblatt (Love and Monsters, The One and Only Ivan), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Jimmy Kimmel (Teen Titans GO! To the Movies), Lisa Kudrow (Friends, Space Force), and Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Thor: Ragnarok).

Synopsis: The Templeton brothers–Tim (Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Baldwin)–have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again… and inspire a new family business.

The first film, which was nominated for an Oscar, became a big hit for Universal by making $527.9 million worldwide. A TV series was made as a follow-up to the first film on Netflix consisting of 4 seasons. The show picks up the story right after the first film has ended. Since The Boss Baby 2 was set in the future, watching the Netflix show is not a prerequisite, if you haven’t watched the show you will not be lost while watching the sequel film.

The film is scheduled to be theatrically released worldwide by Universal Pictures and will also stream on their streaming service, Peacock on the same day as its theatrical release date for 60 days. This is a fun charming comedy film to watch for the family audience.

The Boss Baby: Family Business (theatrical & Peacock) release date: July 2, 2021

Fear Street Part One: 1994

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Fear Street Part One: 1994 is Netflix’s original horror mystery slasher film directed by Leigh Janiak (Panic, Honeymoon), with a script co-written by Phil Graziadei and Janiak, from an original story by Kyle Killen, Graziadei, and Janiak. Based on the book series of the same name by legendary R. L. Stine. We usually see anthology TV series but for the first time, we are getting a weekly anthology film trilogy.

Synopsis: Set in 1994, a teen and her friends accidentally discover that an ancient evil force responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their notorious town, Shadyside for over 300 years are all connected—and that they may be the next targets.

The film stars Kiana Madeira (Trinkets), Olivia Scott Welch (Panic, Shithouse), Benjamin Flores Jr. (Your Honor), Julia Rehwald, Maya Hawke (Stranger Things, Little Women), Fred Hechinger (The Woman in the Window), Ashley Zukerman (Succession), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Barry), Jordana Spiro (Ozark), Jordyn DiNatale (The Irishman), Jeremy Ford (The Mosquito Coast), David W. Thompson (Gotham, The Boys), Noah Bain Garret, Charlene Amoia (The Conjuring 3), Elizabeth Scopel (Chicago Med), and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Invincible).

This R-rated film is scheduled to be released by Netflix as the first installment in the Fear Street Trilogy. Two sequels, entitled Part Two: 1978 and Part Three: 1666, are scheduled for release in subsequent weeks from Part One, on July 9 and 16. Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, McCabe Slye, and Jacobs from Part Two will be making a small appearance in this.

Even though these three films take place in different periods they are all connected and also some of the cast will be appearing in all three films. The most interesting thing here is, as the story progresses from one part to the next we are going back in time and unraveling the mystery piece by piece. They all breed together and become one big story. The concept of this trilogy seems like a classic slasher flick with supernatural elements that any horror fan would appreciate. The film so far holds an 87% RT score based on 60 reviews. This anthology film event is not to be missed, especially the fans of the horror genre.

Read our review for Fear Street Part One: 1994 below!

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Fear Street Part One: 1994 Netflix release date: July 2, 2021

The Forever Purge

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The Forever Purge is Universal Pictures’ dystopian action horror thriller directed by Everardo Gout (Days of Grace, Luke Cage, Mars) and written and co-produced by James DeMonaco. It is the fifth and final film in The Purge franchise and serves as a direct sequel to 2016’s The Purge: Election Year. This bonkers R-rated franchise is not critically acclaimed but it is a kind of movie that serves as an entertaining popcorn flick.

The film stars Ana de la Reguera (Army of the Dead, Ana, Narcos), Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico, Days of Grace), Josh Lucas (Ford v Ferrari, Sweet Home Alabama), Cassidy Freeman (The Righteous Gemstones, Longmire, Smallville), Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games, True Detective), Alejandro Edda (Narcos: Mexico, American Made), Susie Abromeit (Jessica Jones), and Will Patton (Swamp Thing, Halloween).

Synopsis: All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end. Adela (Reguera) and her husband Juan (Huerta) live in Texas, where Juan is working as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb (Patton), but that fuels the jealous anger of Caleb’s son, Dylan (Lucas). On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family–including Dylan’s wife (Freeman), and his sister (Rambin), forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.

The Forever Purge release date: July 2, 2021

Werewolves Within

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Werewolves Within is IFC Films’ horror comedy directed by Josh Ruben (Plan B, Scare Me) from a screenplay by Mishna Wolff, based on the video game of the same name from Red Storm Entertainment. The film follows a group of people in a small Vermont town who get trapped in a snowstorm only to suspect one of them is a werewolf.

It stars Sam Richardson (Veep, M.O.D.O.K), Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us), George Basil (Crashing), Sarah Burns (Desperados), Michael Chernus (Orange Is the New Black), Catherine Curtin (Orange Is the New Black), Wayne Duvall (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Rebecca Henderson (Russian Doll), Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story), Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust), Anni Krueger (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Glenn Fleshler (Barry). Richardson serves as a producer.

Synopsis: After a proposed pipeline creates divisions within the small town of Beaverfield, and a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Richardson) and postal worker Cecily (Vayntrub) must try to keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.

Werewolves Within had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 16, 2021, and began a limited theatrical release in the US on June 25. Now it is releasing through video on demand. The R-rated film so far holds an 85% RT score based on 95 reviews with high praise for its story and clever concept making this charming whodunnit horror comedy a must-watch.

Werewolves Within VOD release date: July 2, 2021

Till Death

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Till Death is Screen Media Films’ horror action thriller film directed by S.K. Dale in his directorial debut, from a screenplay by Jason Carvey. It stars Megan Fox (Transformers 1 &2, Jennifer’s Body, TMNT 1 & 2), Callan Mulvey (Captain America: Winter Soldier, 300 part 2), Eoin Macken (Resident Evil 6, The Forest), Aml Ameen (I May Destroy You, The Maze Runner), and Jack Roth (Brimstone).

The film follows Emma (Fox) who is stuck in a stale marriage to Mark (Macken) and is surprised when he whisks her away to their secluded lakehouse for a romantic evening on their 10th anniversary. But everything changes the next morning when she finds herself handcuffed to Mark’s dead body. Trapped and isolated in the dead of winter, Emma learns this is only the beginning of her late spouse’s twisted plan, and to survive, she must fight the two hired killers coming to finish her off.

Till Death holds an 89% RT score based on 18 reviews with praise for Fox’s performance and director’s approach to the thriller. It is set to be released in limited theatres and through VOD. The premise of the R-rated film is a bit silly but it turns out to be an exhilarating and intense thriller making this a worthy watch.

Till Death VOD release date: July 2, 2021

Black Widow

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Black Widow is Marvel Studios’ latest comic book film, it is the 24th installment in Marvel Cinematic Universe. The action-adventure superhero spy thriller is directed by Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome, SMILF) from a screenplay by Eric Pearson (Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, Agent Carter, and Godzilla vs. Kong) and the story by Jac Schaeffer (Marvel’s WandaVision) and Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby). This is the first film in phase four of the MCU. The film is set after Captain America: Civil War (2016) and before Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and sees Natasha Romanoff on the run and forced to confront her past.

The film features Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story, Her, Lucy) as Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow alongside Florence Pugh (Little Woman, Midsommar, Fighting with My Family) as Yelena Belova/ Black Widow, David Harbour (Stranger Things, Hellboy) as Alexei Shostakov/ Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz (The Mummy, The Favourite) as Melina Vostokoff/ Black Widow, O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Rick Mason, Ever Anderson (Resident Evil 6) as young Natasha, Violet McGraw (The Haunting of Hill House) as young Yelena, Ray Winstone (The Departed) as Dreykov, and William Hurt (The Incredible Hulk, Goliath) as Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross.

It also stars Olivier Richters, Simona Zivkovska, Yolanda Lynes, Jade Ma, Shaina West, Zhanè Samuels, Fatou Bah, Michelle Lee, Madeleine Nicholls, Nanna Blondell, Shawarah Battles, Georgia Curtis, Tabby Bond, Yasmin Riley, Olga Kurylenko, Ione Butler, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, and Yuuki Luna. Except Johansson and Hurt rest of the cast are new to MCU. Johansson also serves as an executive producer.

The character Taskmaster, who completes missions for the Red Room, will also be featured in the film. The character has photographic reflexes that allow him to mimic his opponents’ fighting style in order to learn how to use it against them. This is Johansson‘s 8th and possibly final appearance in the MCU, nine if you count the end credits scene in Captain Marvel.

Synopsis: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Natasha Romanoff finds herself on the run and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past involving the spymaster Dreykov (Winstone), with the help of her adoptive family- Yelena, Alexei, and Melina. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

Black Widow is the second standalone female-led movie in the MCU. Fans have been craving for a Black Widow solo film for a long time, so excitement for it is high. It’s been two years since the last MCU film Spider-Man: Far From Home which was released in July of 2019, making it the longest gap between two MCU films. The film was originally scheduled to be released on May 1 2020 but due to the global pandemic, it was delayed three times. The wait is finally over.

Black Widow is scheduled to be released in theatres worldwide and also simultaneously release on Disney+ with Premier Access in the US. The movie will be unlocked with a $29.99 price point and will remain available to renters for as long as they stay subscribed to Disney+. You have your choice of going to theatres or you can watch it at your home. The movie will join the regular Disney Plus library on October 6th.

The prequel film so far holds an 85% RT score based on 130 reviews with much praise for entertaining action and its cast, especially Johansson and Pugh. Pugh’s Yelena is said to become a fan favorite by many people who watched the film. Suggesting this as yet another solidly entertaining and satisfying film for MCU. Like any MCU flick, this is a must-watch for all audiences.

Read our review for Black Widow below!

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Black Widow (theatrical & Disney+ premiere access) release date: July 9, 2021

Fear Street Part Two: 1978

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Fear Street Part Two: 1978 is Netflix’s original horror mystery slasher film directed by Leigh Janiak (Panic, Honeymoon), with a script co-written by Zak Olkewikz and Janiak, from an original story by Olkewicz, Phil Graziadei, and Janiak. Olkewikz didn’t work on the script of Part One. Based on the book series of the same name by legendary R. L. Stine. We usually see anthology TV series but for the first time, we are getting a weekly anthology film trilogy.

Synopsis: Set in 1978, A summer of fun turns into a gruesome fight for survival as a killer terrorizes Camp Nightwing in the cursed town of Shadyside. Camp Nightwing is divided by the campers and counselors who hail from the prosperous town of Sunnyvale and the campers and maintenance staffers from the downtrodden town of Shadyside, but when horrors from their town’s shared history come alive, the two rival groups must band together to solve a terrifying mystery before it’s too late.

The film stars Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, Eli), Emily Rudd (Dynasty, The Romanoffs), Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man, Revolutionary Road), McCabe Slye (Destroyer), Ted Sutherland (The Walking Dead: World Beyond), Kiana Madeira (Trinkets), Olivia Scott Welch (Panic, Shithouse), Benjamin Flores Jr. (Your Honor), Jordana Spiro (Ozark), Chiara Aurelia (Cruel Summer, Tell Me Your Secrets), Jordyn DiNatale (The Irishman), Drew Scheid (Mare of Easttown), Marcelle LeBlanc (Criminal Minds), Fred Hechinger (The Woman in the Window), Noah Bain Garret, Eden Campbell (The Mortuary Collection), Elizabeth Scopel (Chicago Med), and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Invincible).

This R-rated film is scheduled to be released by Netflix as the second installment in the Fear Street Trilogy. Part One: 1994 will be released a week before this film and its sequel Part Three: 1666 is scheduled for a week after this film’s release. Even though these three films take place in different periods they are all connected and also some of the cast will be appearing in all three films. Madeira, Welch, Flores Jr., Spiro, Hechinger, Garret, Scopel, and DiNatale are reprising their roles from Part One.

So watching the first one is a necessity for understanding this film. The most interesting thing here is, as the story progresses from one part to the next we are going back in time and unraveling the mystery piece by piece. They all breed together and become one big story. The concept of this trilogy seems like a classic slasher flick with supernatural elements that any horror fan would appreciate. This anthology film event is not to be missed, especially the fans of the horror genre.

Fear Street Part Two: 1978 Netflix release date: July 9, 2021

Gunpowder Milkshake

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Gunpowder Milkshake is Netflix’s original action-adventure thriller film directed by Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves, Rabies), from a screenplay by Papushado and Ehud Lavski.

The film stars Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumanji 2 and 3, Doctor Who), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones, 300 part 1 & 2, Dredd), Carla Gugino (The Haunting of Hill House, Watchmen), Chloe Coleman (My Spy, Big Little Lies), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Crazy Rich Asians), Angela Bassett (Black Panther, Mission: Impossible 6), Freya Allan (The Witcher), Ralph Ineson (The Witch), Samuel Anderson (Witless), Adam Nagaitis (Chernobyl), and Paul Giamatti (Billions, 12 Years a Slave).

Synopsis: In her turbulent life as a professional assassin, Scarlet (Headey) was cruelly forced to abandon her daughter Sam (Gillan) and go on the run. She was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, despite the estrangement, Sam has also grown up into a cold-blooded hitwoman. After a high-stake mission spins out of control, putting an innocent 8-year-old girl (Coleman) in the middle of a gang war she has unleashed, Sam has no choice but to go rogue. This ultimately leads her back to her mother and her former hitwomen sidekicks, who all join forces in an avenging war against those who took everything from them.

Gunpowder Milkshake is scheduled to be released on Netflix in the US on July 14. Internationally, it is set to be released in theaters by STXfilms and StudioCanal, beginning on July 15. In the UK it will release on September 17 on Sky Cinema and in theatres. The trailers for this R-rated film looked captivating with cool action sequences. This all-star female team-up action thriller filled with lots of kick-ass action is a must-watch for action lovers.

Gunpowder Milkshake Netflix release date: July 14, 2021

Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Space Jam: A New Legacy is Warner Bors. Pictures’ live-action/ animated sports fantasy comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Night School, Girls Trip), serving as a standalone sequel to the iconic film Space Jam (1996) which starred basketball player Michael Jordan. The film is written by Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, Terence Nance, Jesse Gordon, Celeste Ballard. It will mark the first theatrically released film to feature the Looney Tunes characters since Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), and like the previous hybrid films, it will be a combination of live-action, traditional hand-drawn animation, and 3D CGI effects.

The film stars basketball player LeBron James (Trainwreck, Smallfoot) as a fictionalized version of himself along with Don Cheadle (Avengers: Endgame, Ocean’s trilogy), Cedric Joe (Good Trouble), Khris Davis (The Blacklist), Ceyair J. Wright (American Skin), and Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery) in live-action roles. Michael Jordan, who played himself as the lead in the first film, also makes an appearance. James and Ryan Coogler serve as producers.

The Looney Tunes voice cast includes Jeff Bergman (Looney Tunes) as Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn; Eric Bauza (DuckTales) as Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian; Bob Bergen (Star Wars: The Bad Batch) as Porky Pig and Tweety; Jim Cummings (Looney Tunes) as Tasmanian Devil; Candi Milo (Looney Tunes) as Granny; Gabriel Iglesias (Ferdinand) as Speedy Gonzales; and Zendaya (The Greatest Showman, Spider-Man: Far from Home) as Lola Bunny.

Synopsis: When basketball champion and global icon LeBron James and his youngest son Dom (Joe)—who dreams of being a video game developer rather than follow his father’s footsteps—find themselves trapped in the Warner 3000 entertainment server-verse, a digital space ruled by a rogue A.I. named Al-G Rhythm (Cheadle).

LeBron must save his son and get them home safely by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny, and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to win a basketball match against Al-G’s digitized champions on the court, the Goon Squad: a team of powered-up virtual avatars of professional basketball stars. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself.

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This is one of the WB films of this year that is going to follow the HBO Max release strategy. Space Jam: A New Legacy is scheduled to be released in theaters worldwide and also have a month-long simultaneous release on the HBO Max streaming service. The first film is considered a classic. Also, this film features various characters from the WB catalog in the style of Ready Player One film. This is a fun family entertainer so it is a must-watch film for fans of the original Space Jam film and family audience in general.

Space Jam: A New Legacy (HBO Max & theatrical) release date: July 16, 2021

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

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Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is Sony Pictures’ psychological horror thriller directed by Adam Robitel (Insidious: The Last Key, The Taking of Deborah Logan) and screenplay by Will Honley, Maria Melnik, Daniel Tuch, and Oren Uziel from a story by Christine Lavaf and Fritz Bohm. It is a sequel to 2019’s Escape Room also directed by Robitel.

The PG-13 film stars Taylor Russell (Lost in Space, Waves) and Logan Miller (Love, Simon) who reprises their roles from the first film, alongside new cast members Indya Moore (Pose), Holland Roden (Teen Wolf, No Escape), Thomas Cocquerel (Otherlife, Table 19), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games), and Carlito Olivero (Step Up: High Water).

Synopsis: After surviving a series of harrowing, deadly escape rooms designed by Minos Escape Rooms Corporation, Zoey (Russell) and Ben (Miller) are determined to bring it to justice for the personally witnessed deaths of those who hadn’t survived them. On their way to confront Minos in New York City, they are unexpectedly trapped with several other survivors of other escape rooms. They must all work together to get through yet another gauntlet of Minos’ more elaborate and dangerous escape rooms if they are to have any hope of putting a stop to its murderous games once and for all.

The first Escape Room became a box office hit considering it’s a low-budget film. Escape Room: Tournament of Champions was released in Australia on July 1, 2021, and is scheduled to be released in the US on July 16 by Sony, following several release date delays. Escape Room thriller concepts are always fun to watch.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions release date: July 16, 2021.

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