Big movies are back. Listed here are 12 summer releases we can’t wait to see


Hollywood’s summer movie season is delayed no more.

Could it be that it’s finally secure to say those words? After so many postponed releases, Memorial Day weekend is upon us with two major movie openings: “A Peaceful Place Part II” featuring Emily Blunt and Disney’s “Cruella” starring Emma Rock and Emma Thompson. Each were supposed to be 2020 movies, but you know the story.

Yet even as movies have reopened across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend traditional moviegoing. Although the majority of this summer’s major movies will get a theatrical release — and many will be in theaters only on their opening day — others will roll out at the same time at the cineplex and on streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu. Still others will make their debuts exclusively for home viewing.

But even though we will get our first Wonder Cinematic Universe feature after a pause of two complete years (! ) as well as the ninth installment in the “Fast and Furious” saga, following a four-year wait, don’t expect a blockbuster release every week.



Studios continue to be in an experimental mode, actively playing it cautious and holding back many big-ticket films for fall and directly into 2022. You’ll also still see some star vehicles originally intended for theaters arrive on streaming instead, which includes Kevin Hart’s “Fatherhood” on Netflix and Chris Pratt’s “The Tomorrow War” upon Amazon. As we adjust to the particular brave new world of moviegoing, Times film writers possess picked 12 of the films they’re most excited to observe this summer.