While spring can really hook you the most, as one great old song says, fall 2021 feels like an honorary spring in the making.
Cultural entertainment suspended. Uncertain variants and a million distinct comfort zones, often competing. Movie theaters have reopened and people are coming back, at least to some (a lot?). Do the studios that make these movies care? Or are they so invested in supplying their streaming platforms with new fish to whip up to reflect on the fate of the multiplex?
The film that captures the moment best, I think, is the new James Bond film “No Time to Die”. Its very title suits the sentiments of both the Vaxed and Masked part of the country and the Live Free and Die faction, millions upon millions of strong. The film will be released on October 8, roughly 18 months after the first scheduled opening of the $ 250 million franchise. This is Daniel Craig’s last Bond photo, at least that’s what Craig says. It’s like a long goodbye, finally fulfilled.
Old-fashioned, “No Time to Die” will only open in theaters. Then he added his streaming option a few weeks later, a date yet to be confirmed. Now that our children are approaching full immunization, I feel a little better about going to the movies, that is, going to the movies. Let’s all do what it takes to say goodbye to the pandemic and the behavior that got us where we are this fall – which is back, in a way, at a time of partial and hopeful recovery.
Here are 10 prospects, which I sincerely hope turn out to be glitches. As always, release dates are subject to change.
“The Many Saints of Newark,” October 1 in theaters and on HBO Max. I’ve seen this one, and it’s good – a witty and melancholy prequel to “Sopranos” in which teenage Tony (Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini) and his strained romantic relationship with his uncle Dickie ( Alessandro Nivola) is surrounded by family turmoil and turmoil at the end of the 1960s.
“Diana: The Musical,” October 1 on Netflix for one day only; Broadway premiere, December 16; First Netflix broadcast TBD. It’s Diana’s season, okay, with Netflix sneaking up on “Come From Away” director Christopher Ashley’s “Broadway Catch” edition of the new musical on October 1, two months before the show’s premiere. on Broadway. Meanwhile, “Spencer,” “Jackie” director Pablo Larrain, featured on Lady Diana Spencer’s work with Kristen Stewart, premiered in theaters on November 5.
“No time to die”, October 8 in theaters. Retirement doesn’t suit James Bond, which is handy, as there wouldn’t be a movie if his old friend Felix didn’t appeal to his brooding sense of obligation for one last life-saving gig.
“Dune,” October 22 in theaters and on HBO Max. Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi phenomenon, previously filmed, somehow, by David Lynch, is tantamount to stabbing / disorienting / stunning / frustrating / luring moviegoers looking for a bit of spice. The cast of “Arrival” and “Blade Runner 2049” director Denis Villeneuve includes Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac.
“The Harder They Fall,” November 3 on Netflix and in theaters. Fantastic cast: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Regina King, Delroy Lindo… hopefully this is an invigorating amalgamation of factual history (protagonist Nat Love was a key black figure of the post-Civil War era Wild West) and imaginative styling courtesy of British director and musician The Bullitts, aka Jeymes Samuel.
“Eternals” on November 5 in theaters. It seems silly: the director Chloe Zhao, whose poetic naturalism has served her so well in “Nomadland” and especially “The Rider”, at the head of a Marvel film? Results will be limited to theaters for at least 45 days prior to airing on Disney Plus, suggesting that Disney has learned a lesson from the success of “Shang-Chi” and the wisdom of not auto-cannibalizing your own menu offerings. .
“Julia”, November 5 in theaters. Sony Pictures Classics distributes this documentary about legendary cookbook author, chef and life lover Julia Child. It was recently premiered at the Telluride Film Festival with a warm and heartwarming welcome.
“Belfast”, November 12 in theaters. Coming from the late summer and fall film festival circuit (writer-director Kenneth Branagh is set to attend the Chicago International Film Festival in October), this black-and-white cinematic memoir delves into the early years. from Branagh in Northern Ireland. The filmmaker’s set includes Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciaran Hinds and Caitriona Balfe.
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife,” November 19 in theaters. Jason Reitman, son of original “Ghostbusters” director Ivan Reitman, strives to revitalize the ’80s franchise. He brings back several of the ringers from the first film, including Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver; Headliners include Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd.
“King Richard,” November 19 on HBO Max and in theaters. Will Smith smells like an Oscar (or something like that), based on the early, tear-stained response to this biopic from Richard Williams – father, battery driving trainer and source of house wisdom, on and off the court. tennis, to his incredibly talented daughters Venus and Serena.
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