The pandemic has forced movie theaters around the country to shut down. It’s unclear as to when they will reopen, but there are hopes that they will be open by the end of June or around early July.
Many big-name films have been delayed from the summer to other times. These include A Quiet Place Part II, Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, Black Widow, Pixar’s Soul, and Top Gun: Maverick. Some delayed films like The Purge Forever, Promising Young Woman, and the Personal History of David Copperfield don’t even have new release dates yet. Other films have been moved to streaming or on-demand services.
But there are a few movies that will be available this summer, assuming theaters are open. Here are twenty movies to look for in the summer and when they will be made available. These include films that will be in theaters and ones that are available on streaming and VOD outlets.
Note: The data here is accurate as of June 11, 2020. Details on when major theater chains like AMC, Cinemark, and Regal will reopen are sketchy, but most say they will do so around the Independence Day holiday. Any films that aren’t coming to theaters but will be on home streaming services will be specified in this report.
1. Da 5 Bloods (June 12 on Netflix) – Spike Lee’s newest joint entails some Vietnam War veterans looking to find the remains of their old leader in that country.
2. The King of Staten Island (June 12 on VOD) – Judd Apatow’s latest is a semi-autobiographical comedy about Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson.
3. Artemis Fowl (June 12 on Disney+) – Kenneth Branaugh’s film is an adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel about a young boy encountering the supernatural.
4. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (June 26 on Netflix) – Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams play an Icelandic duo competing to enter the Eurovision Song Contest.
5. Irresistible (June 26 on VOD) – Jon Stewart’s new film entails two political strategists feuding over a mayoral race in a swing state.
6. Unhinged (July 1) – Russell Crowe is in this thriller about a man stalking a woman.
7. Hamilton (July 3 on Disney+) – An official taping of the original Broadway cast performance of this musical will premiere more than a year ahead of schedule.
8. The Truth (July 3 on VOD) – The film is the first English-language work from Shoplifters director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
9. Palm Springs (July 10 on Hulu) – This romantic company comes from Lonely Island, the comedy team behind Hot Rod and Pop Star.
10. Broken Hearts Gallery (July 10) – Selena Gomez produces this romantic comedy.
11. The Old Guard (July 10 on Netflix) – Charlize Theron stars in this film about some immortal mercenaries.
12. Tenet (July 17) – Christopher Nolan’s latest is expected to be the film that brings people back to theaters. Little is known about the film, but it appears that it entails a story about moving time backward.
13. Mulan (July 24) – The film is the live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film.
14. An American Pickle (August 6 on HBO Max) – Seth Rogan stars as a man who falls asleep in the 1920s and wakes up in the present day.
15. Wonder Woman 1984 (August 14) – Wonder Woman is back, but this time it’s the year 1984. Steve is also back, but how he returns is unclear.
16. Charm City Kings (August 14 on HBO Max) – This film is a documentary on dirt bike racing in Baltimore.
17. Bill and Ted Face the Music (August 21) – Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reunite as the tubular duo.
18. Antebellum (August 21) – Janelle Monae stars as a writer who suddenly travels back to the antebellum South.
19. The New Mutants (August 28) – This X-Men spinoff was supposed to have debuted two years ago. It has already been delayed many times over.
20. The Beatles: Get Back (September 4) – Peter Jackson’s documentary includes restored footage of the band as they made their Let It Be album.