Fear Street Part Three: 1666

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Fear Street Part Three: 1666 is Netflix’s original supernatural horror mystery film directed by Leigh Janiak (Panic, Honeymoon), and co-written by Phil Graziadei, Janiak, and Kate Trefry. Trefry didn’t work on the script for the previous two films. 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.

This R-rated film is scheduled to be released by Netflix as the third installment in the Fear Street Trilogy. Part One: 1994 and Part Two: 1978 will be released in the preceding weeks before this film’s release. Even though these three films take place in different periods they are all connected.

Synopsis: Set in 1666, a colony is gripped by a hysterical witch-hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come. Meanwhile, the teenagers in 1994 and 1978 try to finally put an end to the town’s curse, before it is too late. So most of the stars from Part One will be appearing along with the stars of Part Two in this finale. Also, some of the cast will be playing different roles along with their previous role, so they will be playing two characters in this story.

Kiana Madeira (Trinkets), Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, Eli), Olivia Scott Welch (Panic, Shithouse), Emily Rudd (Dynasty, The Romanoffs), McCabe Slye (Destroyer), Benjamin Flores Jr. (Your Honor), Elizabeth Scopel (Chicago Med), Fred Hechinger (The Woman in the Window), Jordana Spiro (Ozark), Jordyn DiNatale (The Irishman), and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Invincible) are the only ones to appear in all three films.

From Part One-Ashley Zukerman (Succession), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Barry), Julia Rehwald, Charlene Amoia (The Conjuring 3), Jeremy Ford (The Mosquito Coast) are reprising their roles in this. From Part Two-Ryan Simpkins (A Single Man, Revolutionary Road), Ted Sutherland (The Walking Dead: World Beyond) are reprising their roles in this. New additions to the cast are Mark Ashworth (Stargirl) and Randy Havens (Stranger Things).

So watching the two films before this 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 Three: 1666 Netflix release date: July 16, 2021

Die in a Gunfight

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Die in a Gunfight is Lionsgate’s romantic crime action film directed by Collin Schiffli (Animals, All Creatures Here Below) and written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. It is described as an updated version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The R-rated film is set to be released in theaters and through video on demand in the US.

It stars Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson, Lost Girls and Love Hotels, San Andreas), Diego Boneta (Terminator: Dark Fate), Travis Fimmel (Raised by Wolves, Vikings), Justin Chatwin (Shameless, Dragonball Evolution), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Superman and Lois, 100 Girls), Wade Allain-Marcus (Insecure), Nicola Correia Damude (The Boys, Shadowhunters), Michelle Nolden (Tiny Pretty Things), and John Ralston (Ready or Not, Tiny Pretty Things).

The film follows Mary (Daddario) and Ben (Boneta), who are the star-crossed black sheep of two powerful families, the Rathcarts and Gibbons, engaged in a centuries-long feud – and they’re about to reignite an affair after many years apart. Ben falls in love with Mary, the daughter of his father’s enemy, starting a battle full of love, lust, revenge, and betrayal.

Their forbidden love will trigger the dominoes that will draw in Mukul (Marcus), Ben’s best friend, who owes him a life debt; Terrence (Chatwin), Mary’s would-be protector-turned-stalker; Wayne (Fimmel), an Aussie hitman with an open mind and a code of ethics; and his free-spirited girlfriend, Barbie (Chriqui). As fists and bullets fly, it becomes clear that violent delights will have violent ends.

Die in a Gunfight VOD release date: July 16, 2021

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

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Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans is Netflix’s original animated fantasy action-adventure film, the conclusion of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy TV series created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro and produced by DreamWorks Animation. The three award-winning Netflix series are Trollhunters (2016–2018), 3Below (2018–2019), and Wizards: Tales of Arcadia (2020). This trilogy would be concluded with this full-length feature film titled “Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans”.

The series comprising the trilogy follows the inhabitants of the small suburban town of Arcadia Oaks, which is secretly home to various supernatural creatures and the young heroes who fight against the forces of evil that lurk in the shadows. Since its release, the franchise has been widely praised as an ambitious and boundary-pushing animated series. This is a must-watch film if you are a fan of this trilogy series.

This film is directed by Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz-Velasco, Andrew L. Schmidt from a screenplay by Dan and Kevin Hageman and Marc Guggenheim. del Toro serves as a producer for the film. In Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, all of the Guardians of Arcadia unite when the world is on the brink of an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged as the Arcane Order reawakens the Titans.

Synopsis: Arcadia may look like an ordinary town, but it lies at the center of magical and mystical lines that make it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures, including trolls, aliens, and wizards. Now, various heroes from the hit series Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards will team up in an epic adventure where they must fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all together.

Returning voice cast from the three shows include Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, The Girl Next Door), Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason, Orphan Black, She-Hulk), Lexi Medrano (Agent X), Charlie Saxton (Hung), Kelsey Grammer (The Expendables 3, The Simpsons), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Steven Yeun (Minari, Invincible), James Hong (Kung Fu Panda trilogy), Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Truth Seekers), Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time), Diego Luna (Rogue One), Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?), Bebe Wood (Love, Victor), Amy Landecker (Your Honor, Batman: The Long Halloween), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation).

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans Netflix release date: July 21, 2021

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

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Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is Paramount Pictures‘ superhero action-adventure film directed by Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife, RED, and Insurgent, Allegiant) from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast), Joe Shrapnel (Rebecca), and Anna Waterhouse (Rebecca) and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toy, comic, and media franchise. The film is the third installment in the franchise. It serves as a spin-off and reboot of the G.I. Joe film series and serves as an origin story for the fan-favorite character, Snake Eyes played by Ray Park in the previous films.

Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, The Gentleman, A Simple Favor) stars as the title character. Also features Andrew Koji (Warrior) as Storm Shadow, Samara Weaving (Ready or Not, The Babysitter, Bill & Ted 3) as Scarlett, Úrsula Corberó (Money Heist’) as The Baroness, Iko Uwais (The Raid) as Hard Master, Haruka Abe (The Cyberbully) as Akiko, Steven Allerick (The Expanse), Takehiro Hira (Girl/Haiji) as Kenta, and Peter Mensah (Spartacus) as Blind Master.


Synopsis: After saving the life of their heir apparent, tenacious loner Snake Eyes is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage where he is taught the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing him something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested—even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.

Snake Eyes is one of the highly anticipated films of this year. Even though the G.I. Joe franchise is considerably popular but there hasn’t been a perfect live-action depiction of it. The first two installments, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) are not well received by fans. This reboot film looks to be much grounded and filled with great action choreography so hype for this film is high.

The trailer for the film looks very promising and badass. The majority of the film’s cast is Asian. This film will be kicking off a new franchise, a follow-up to Snake Eyes movie is already in the works. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is scheduled for a theatrical release worldwide. This kick-ass, high-octane, martial arts film is a must-watch for G.I. Joe fans and action fans in general. The film could be available to stream on Paramount+ 45 days after it releases in theatres.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins release date: July 23, 2021


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Old is Universal Pictures’ supernatural mystery thriller written, directed, and co-produced by M. Night Shyamalan (Split, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense, Signs), inspired by the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. Shyamalan is famous for his thriller films, Old has such a crazy premise that completely bodes with the style of the acclaimed filmmaker.

Synopsis: A family on a tropical vacation discovers that the secluded beach they are relaxing on for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day. The PG-13 thriller is set to have a theatrical release worldwide. This is an intriguing film for the fans of thrillers and this is a must-watch for fans of Shyamalan movies.

The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Gael García Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle), Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread), Eliza Scanlen (Little Women, The Devil All The Time), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, True History of the Kelly Gang), Alex Wolff (Jumanji 2 & 3, Hereditary), Abbey Lee (Lovecraft Country, The Neon Demon), Aaron Pierre (Krypton), Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle), Ken Leung (Lost), Nikki Amuka-Bird (Avenue 5), Embeth Davidtz (Mad Men), Emun Elliott (Prometheus), Alexa Swinton (Billions), Nolan River (Adverse), Mikaya Fisher (The Deep Ones), and Kathleen Chalfant (The Affair).

Old release date: July 23, 2021

The Last Letter From Your Lover

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The Last Letter From Your Lover is Netflix’s original romantic drama film directed by actress/director Augustine Frizzell (Never Goin’ Back, Euphoria) and written by Nick Payne and Esta Spalding, based on Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel of the same name. It is scheduled to be released on Netflix in select territories in July and UK and Ireland on August 6, by StudioCanal.

It stars Felicity Jones (Rogue One, The Theory of Everything, Inferno), Shailene Woodley (Divergent series, Big Little Lies, The Fault in Our Stars), Callum Turner (War & Peace, Fantastic Beasts 2), Joe Alwyn (Boy Erased, Mary Queen of Scots), Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer), Emma Appleton (The Witcher), Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education), Ben Cross (Star Trek, Banshee), and Diana Kent (Heavenly Creatures).

A pair of interwoven stories set in the present and past, the film follows Ellie Haworth (Jones), an ambitious journalist who discovers a trove of secret love letters from 1965 and becomes determined to solve the mystery of the forbidden affair at their center. As she uncovers the story behind Jennifer Stirling (Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony O’Hare (Turner) the financial journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of Ellie’s own begins to unfold with the assistance of an earnest and endearing archivist (Rizwan) who helps her track down more letters.

The Last Letter From Your Lover Netflix release date: July 23, 2021

Midnight in the Switchgrass

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Midnight in the Switchgrass is Lionsgate’s crime thriller film directed by producer turned director Randall Emmett in his directorial debut, from a screenplay by Alan Horsnail. It is based on the true story of Texas’ most dangerous serial killer. The R-rated gritty and intense crime-thriller is set to release in select theatres and on-demand simultaneously.

It stars Megan Fox (Transformers 1 &2, Jennifer’s Body, TMNT 1 & 2), Bruce Willis (Die Hard franchise, The Sixth Sense, Cosmic Sin), Emile Hirsch (Speed Racer, The Girl Next Door, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood), Lukas Haas (Inception), Machine Gun Kelly (The Dirt, Project Power), Jackie Cruz (Orange Is the New Black), Caitlin Carmichael (Dwight in Shining Armor), Sistine Rose Stallone (47 Meters Down 2), and Michael Beach (The 100).

Synopsis: FBI agent Karl Helter (Willis) and his partner Rebecca Lombardi (Fox) are very close to busting a sex-trafficking ring. When they realize their investigation has crossed the path of a brutal serial killer, they team up with Texas Ranger Byron Crawford (Hirsch) who has years on this case. Rebecca and Crawford team up for an undercover sting but it goes horribly wrong. When Rebecca herself is abducted by their target and her life hangs in the balance, Helter and Crawford have a precious few hours to piece together the last clues and put an end to the infamous ‘Truck Stop Killer’.

Midnight in the Switchgrass VOD release date: July 23, 2021

Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two

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Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two is an animated direct-to-video superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, based on the iconic DC Comics storyline of the same name from Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. The action crime mystery film is directed by Chris Palmer (Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Voltron: Legendary Defender) and a screenplay by Tim Sheridan and Palmer. It is the 43rd film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line and the fourth installment of the Rebirth timeline in the DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU).


It features the voices of Jensen Ackles (Supernatural) as Batman, Naya Rivera (Glee) as Catwoman, Josh Duhamel (Jupiter’s Legacy) as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke (Twilight) as James Gordon, Titus Welliver (Argo) as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man) as Calendar Man, Troy Baker (The Last of Us video-game) as Joker, Amy Landecker (Transparent, Your Honor) as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson (Elena of Avalor) as Gilda Dent, Jack Quaid (The Boys) as Alberto Falcone, Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) as Solomon Grundy, Alyssa Diaz (Narcos: Mexico) as Renee Montoya, and Alastair Duncan (The Batman) as Alfred Pennyworth.

New cast members include Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian, Battlestar Galactica) as Poison Ivy, Robin Atkin Downes (The Simpsons) as Scarecrow, and Thomas Wayne, John DiMaggio (The Loud House) as Mad Hatter, Laila Berzins (Amphibia) as Sofia Falcone, and Zach Callison (Steven Universe) as young Bruce Wayne.

Synopsis: The story continues as the Holiday serial Killer is still at large and, with Gotham City’s young vigilante, Bruce Wayne under the spell of the venomous Poison Ivy, Batman is nowhere to be found. Liberated by an unlikely ally, Bruce quickly uncovers the real culprit: Poison Ivy’s employer Carmine Falcone. The Roman, his ranks decimated by Holiday and his business spinning out of control, has been forced to bring on less desirable partners — Gotham City’s rogues’ gallery.

In the meantime, Harvey Dent is confronting battles on two fronts: attempting to end the mob war while also dealing with a strained marriage. And, after an attack that leaves Harvey hideously disfigured, the District Attorney unleashes the duality of his psyche that he’s strived his entire life to suppress. He gets caught in a feud involving the criminal family of the Falcones. Now, as Two-Face, Dent decides to take the law into his own hands and deliver judgment to those who’ve wronged him, his family, and all of Gotham. Ultimately, the Dark Knight must put together the tragic pieces that converged to create Two-Face, the Holiday Killer, Batman, and Gotham City itself.

The film follows Bruce Wayne, in his early years as Batman, as he investigates a murder spree that takes place on holidays. The comic on which this story is based is one of the best DC comics. Part One was released on June 22. The first film so far received a 100% RT score based on 18 reviews and a 90% audience rating. Unlike the first part, this movie is rated R. The film will be released digitally first, and on DVD, and Blu-ray on August 10.


Batman: The Long Halloween Part Two VOD release date: July 27, 2021

Jungle Cruise

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Jungle Cruise is Walt Disney Pictures’ period fantasy action-adventure comedy directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Orphan, Non-Stop) from a story by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa and a screenplay written by Michael Green, Ficarra, and Requa, based on Walt Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name. The studio is hoping it would become a hit like their other franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean also based on a theme park ride.

Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji 2&3, Fast and Furious franchise, Moana) and Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place Part 1&2, Edge of Tomorrow, Marry Poppins Returns) star in the lead roles. Also starring are Édgar Ramírez (Gold, The Undoing), Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Bounty Hunters), Jesse Plemons (Fargo, I’m Thinking of Ending Things), Andy Nyman (Judy), Quim Gutiérrez (The Neighbor), Dani Rovira (100 Meters), Veronica Falcón (Ozark), Sulem Calderon (Mayans M.C.), and Paul Giamatti (Billions, 12 Years a Slave).

Synopsis: Set during the early 20th century, the film is a rollicking thrill ride down the Amazon with wisecracking, shrewd, and cynical but noble skipper Frank Wolff (Johnson) and intrepid, eccentric, adventurous, and virtuous British scientist Dr. Lily Houghton (Blunt). Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her and her brother (Whitehall) downriver on a mission on La Quila–Frank’s ramshackle-but-charming steamboat. Lily is determined to uncover the ancient Tree of Life with unparalleled healing abilities–possessing the power to change the future of medicine. 

Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. They must fight against dangerous wild animals, a hot and deadly environment, and a competing German expedition that is determined to find the tree first. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate–and mankind’s–hangs in the balance.

Jungle Cruise is scheduled to be released in theatres worldwide and also simultaneously release on Disney+ with Premier Access. 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 29th.

This is not the first time Dwayne Johnson had to deal with the jungle, he starred in many films set in jungles. Director Serra is well known for his action flicks and thrillers. Also, Jaume Collet-Serra is the one directing Johnson’s DC film, Black Adam. Jungle Cruise rides on the shoulders of the duo Johnson and Blunt who are both fan-favorite actors. This will definitely take the audience on a ride filled with fun and adventure. This a must-watch film based on the concept and the lead stars alone.

Jungle Cruise (theatrical & Disney+ premiere access) release date: July 30, 2021

The Green Knight

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The Green Knight is A24’s epic medieval fantasy adventure drama film written, edited, produced, and directed by David Lowery (The Old Man & the Gun, Pete’s Dragon, A Ghost Story) based on the 14th-century tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. A fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.

The R-rated film stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion, Chappie), Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.), Joel Edgerton (The King, Bright, The Great Gatsby), Sarita Choudhury (Jessica Jones, Blindspot, Lady in the Water), Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible 5 and 6), Kate Dickie (Prometheus, The Witch), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, American Animals, Eternals), Erin Kellyman (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Solo: A Star Wars Story), and Ralph Ineson (The Witch).

Synopsis: An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight (Ineson), a gigantic emerald-skinned tree-like creature, and tester of men. Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger.

The film was originally scheduled to be released in May 2020 but due to the global pandemic, it was delayed. The trailer for this film looks great, showcasing a visually stunning film with great production design. A24 studio is a house for many critically acclaimed movies hopefully The Green Knight will join the list. It is scheduled to be released in theatres. This is a must-watch film for fans of epic fantasies and filmmaker Lowery and Dev Patel.

The Green Knight release date: July 30, 2021


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Stillwater is Focus Features’ crime drama thriller directed by Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, 13 Reasons Why, Win Win), from a script he co-wrote with Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain, and Noé Debré. It is scheduled to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in July 2021, followed by a wide theatrical release.

It stars Matt Damon (The Martian, Ocean’s trilogy, Ford v Ferrari), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland 1 & 2, Little Miss Sunshine), Camille Cottin (Call My Agent!, Killing Eve), Lilou Siauvaud, and Deanna Dunagan (Unforgettable, The Exorcist).

The film follows Bill Baker (Damon), an oil-rig roughneck from Stillwater, Oklahoma, who travels to Marseille, France to visit his estranged daughter Allison (Breslin), in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit and discovers that she has all but exhausted her legal options. He makes it his personal mission to exonerate her. He moves permanently to France and struggles to clear her name, contending with the language barriers, cultural differences, and a complex and unfamiliar legal system based on the 1994 Code Pénal. He is aided by a French woman, Virginie (Cottin), and her eight-year-old daughter Maya (Siauvaud). As the pressure mounts, he must decide just how far he’s willing to go.

Stillwater release date: July 30, 2021

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