By Bella Kaguyutan
The past year has been a bit of a movie drought. There is typically nothing to watch with a few interesting releases here and there. But these releases are brought to us through a new method of initially releasing onto streaming services. Production companies have tested putting their movies out onto streaming services for their initial release.
Movie theatres have begun to reopen as more and more of the population becomes vaccinated. With this is a program called Cinema Safe. This program promotes guidelines and precautions that are recommended to keep the movie theatre’s patrons and staff safe. These guidelines involve air filtration, reduced capacity, mobile ticketing, and the typical mask wearing and social distancing that we have come accustomed too. As restrictions have been lifted just in time for summer releases the following list contains movie releases spanning from June 15th to August 30th.
Lakefront movie nights will begin at Lake Kittamaqundi June 21st. Visit the Columbia Association’s website for more information.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard / June 16th / theaters
The original cast of The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) returns for a sequel to save Darius Kincaid’s (Samuel L. Jackson) wife who is portrayed as Salma Heyek. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard will be released june 16th in theaters.
Fatherhood / June 18 / Netflix
This film is based on the 2011 memoir Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin. Kevin Hart takes on a more serious role as a widowed single father struggling to raise his daughter. Fatherhood will stream exclusively on Netflix on June 18th.
The Sparks Brothers / June 18 / theaters
Originally this documentary premiered at the 2021 Sundance film festival. The documentary centers on pop and rock duo Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks. The Sparks Brother will be released into theaters June 18th.
Luca / June 18 / Disney+
Luca Paguro (Jacob Tremblay) and his best friend Alberto Scorfano (Jack Dylan Grazer) have a fun-filled summer in the Italian Riviera town of Potorosso. In this Pixar coming of age tale Alberto is hiding a deep secret, that he is a sea monster in disguise. Luca will be released June 18 exclusively on Disney+.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway / June 18 / theatres
Peter Rabbit (James Corden) continues in his mischievous ways and adventure out of the garden. After his family risks everything to find Peter he realizes he must figure out who he wants to be. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway will be released into theaters on June 18th.
F9 / June 25 / theaters
The 9th film in the main franchise takes place after the events of the 2017 film The Fate of the Furious. Jakob Toretto (John Cena), a dangerous assassin, is working for the Toretto family’s old enemy Cipher (Charlize Theron) and Dominic (Vin Diesel) must face his younger brother. F9 will be released in theaters on June 25th.
False Positive/ June 25/ Hulu
Lucy and Adrian Martin (Illana Glazer and Justin Theoroux) have found what seems to be their ideal fertility doctor, Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). After becoming pregnant Lucy notices something ominous about Dr. Hindle and decides to uncover the truth. This film is said to be a take on 1968’s horror film Rosemary’s Baby. False Positive will start streaming on Hulu June 25th.
Infinite / June? / Paramount +
Evan Mcauley played by Mark Wahlburg is a schizophrenic man. He learns that his hallucinations are memories of his past lives. Infinite will be released on Paramount + sometime in June.
The Tomorrow War / July 2 / Amazon Prime
This film is set during a war with aliens that relies on soldiers from the past. The military believes that the way to win the war is to draft soldiers from the past. The fate of humanity is dependent on Dan Forester, played by Chris Pratt. The Tomorrow War will be released on Amazon Prime Video on July 2nd.
Black Widow / July 9 / theaters & Disney+
This film will take a dive into the past of long-term Avenger Natasha Romanoff played by Scarlett Johanssen. After the events of Captain America: Civil War the Black Widow must confront her past as a KGB spy. Black Widow will be released on July 9th in both theaters and Disney+.
The Forever Purge / July 9 / theaters
After the abolishment of the purge a Mexican couple escaping a drug cartel is stuck on a Texas ranch. A group of outsiders plan to continue their own purge illegally and eliminate the couple. The Forever Purge will be released July 9th in theaters.
The Night House / July 16 / theaters
After the unexpected death of her husband Beth portrayed by Rebecca Hall is left alone in their lakeside home. A presence in the house calls to her but the daylight washes away evidence of a haunting. Against the advice of her loved ones she begins to go through her late husband’s belongings and a mystery she is determined to solve. The Night House will be released in theaters on July 16th.
Space Jam: A New Legacy/ July 16 / theaters & HBO Max
Basketball champion Lebron James and his youngest son (Cedric Joe) end up trapped in the Serververse. To escape they must lead the Looney Tunes crew in a basketball game against a rogue A.I., AI-G (Don Cheadle). Space Jam: A New Legacy will release July 16th in theaters and on HBO Max.
Old/ July 23/ theaters
Based on the graphic novel, Sandcastle, a family on holiday discovers a secret about a secluded beach. After relaxing for a few hours they age rapidly reducing their lives into a single day. Old will come out on July 23 in theaters.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania / July 23 / theatres
In an attempt to become closer to Drac, now voiced by Brian Hull replacing Adam Sandler, Johnny (Andy Samberg) uses the monsterification ray which turns humans into monsters and vice versa. After accidentally turning Drac and the whole crew into humans Johnny and them must race against the clock before their transformations become permanent. Hotel Transylvania: Transformia releases in theaters on July 23.
Snake Eyes / July 23 / theatres & Paramount Plus
In the reboots of the G.I. Joe reboot Henry Goulding plays Snake Eyes in his origin film. Snake Eyes will release in theaters and on Paramount Plus on July 23rd.
Jungle Cruise / July 30 / theaters & Disney+
A riverboat captain, Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson), takes Dr. Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her younger brother (Jack Whitehall) on a mission to find the Tree of Life. The trio must fight wild animals and the competing German expedition. Jungle Cruise will be released in theaters and on Disney+ on July 30th.
The Green Knight / July 30 / theaters
Based on the Athurian legend, Dev Patel stars as King Arthur’s stubborn nephew, Sir Gawain as he embarks on an adventure to confront the eponymous Knight. The Green Knight will premiere in theaters on July 30th.
The Suicide Squad / August 6th / theaters & HBO Max
The convicts of Belle Rive prison are sent to Corto Maltese, a South American Island, as members of Task Force X. They must destroy a Nazi-era prison, Jotunheim, that held prisoners and did experiments.
The Kissing Booth 3 / August 11 / Netflix
No information on the plot of this film has been released. The Kissing Booth 3 will stream on Netflix starting August 11.
Free Guy / August 13 / theaters
In the Free City video game Guy (Ryan Reynolds) is an NPC bank teller who suddenly becomes aware. He creates a race against the clock to save the city before the programmers shut the game down. Free Guy will be released in theaters on August 13th.
Respect / August 13 / theaters
Based on the life of Respect singer Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin. Respect premieres in theaters on August 13th.
CODA / August 13 / theaters & Apple TV+
Originally premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this film focuses on a culturally deaf family’s fishing business. A 17 year old girl Ruby (Emilia Jones), the only hearing member of her family, joins the school choir. After her choirmaster suggests she considers music school she must decide between her dream and her family’s business. CODA will release in theaters and on Apple TV+ August 13th.
Don’t Breathe 2 / August 13/ theaters
After being orphaned from a house fire a young girl is taken in by the Blind Man in an isolated cabin. When she is kidnapped by a group of criminals the Blind Man must leave his safe house. Don’t Breathe 2 will be released in theaters on August 13th.
Reminiscence / August 20 / theater & HBO Max
Nicholas Banner (Hugh Jackman) gives his clients the opportunity to relive their memories. After falling for Mae (Rebecca Ferguson) one of his clients’ memories incriminate her in a series of violent crimes. He must uncover the truth of Mae’s past. Reminiscence will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on August 20th.
The Protégé / August 20 / theaters
Following the Saigon massacre the assassin, Anna (Maggie Q), is raised by Moody. After spending many years completing high-profile contracts Moody is murdered. Anna must return to Vietnam to find who killed him. The Protégé will be released on August 20th in theaters.