Movies to Look Out For in 2021

By: Alexis Cope

The Golden Globes have passed. The Oscars aren’t for another two months. What’s next?

In this realm of skewed normality we call the 2020s, I, for one, have found comfort in many movies and TV shows, have explored many movies and TV shows, and have begun keeping tabs on several new titles coming soon. 

In keeping with the theme of the upcoming Academy Awards, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most anticipated films to look forward to as the year goes on. 

In order of release date:

Raya and the Last Dragon

The newest animated feature film from Disney’s studios, Raya and the Last Dragon follows Raya through her life and she embarks on a quest to find the one thing that can unite the divided people of her land.

Starring: Kelly Marie-Tran, Awkwafina, Sandra Oh

When: March 5

Where to watch: Theaters and Disney+

Black Widow

Only the second film centered around a female lead in the Marvel Universe, Black Widow follows the hero’s adventures with both evil forces and her own family in the bleak winterscape of Russia.

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour

When: May 7

Where to watch: Disney+


Disney’s latest live-action reboot of an animated classic, Cruella looks at the story from the villain’s point of view, weaving a visionary, slightly manic new tale.

Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste

When: May 28

Where to watch: Theaters and Disney+

In the Heights

The movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first hit musical, In the Heights will be a vibrant and rhythmic exploration of the highs and lows of the human experience in New York’s Washington Heights.

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Stephanie Beatriz

When: June 18

Where to watch: Theaters and HBO Max


M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Old tells the story of a family’s beach vacation that turns horrifying as each of them suddenly grow years older within the space of the day.  

Starring: Alex Wolff, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie

When: July 13

Where to watch: To be announced


A reboot of the book and subsequent 1984 film, Dune follows Paul Atreides as he steps into his destiny and leads a group of nomadic tribes into battle for control of their desert planet, Arrakis. 

Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa

When: October 1st

Where to watch: HBO Max

West Side Story

From Steven Speilberg comes a colorful reimagining of the classic musical tale of the rivalry and forbidden love between the street gangs the Jets and the Sharks in 1950s New York City.

Starring: Ansel Engort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose

When: December 10

Where to watch: To be announced

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