Here are the latter half of 2021’s most exciting upcoming films – you’re guaranteed to find one that matches your mood and piques your interest.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Fala Chen
Genre: Superhero, action-adventure
Synopsis: Martial arts aficionado Shang Chi battles the sinister Ten Rings in this feel-good, laugher-filled summer blockbuster.
The Shot That Attracted Me To This Film: There’s an epic, highly kinetic action sequence in a bus that is practically bottled serotonin for action lovers.
Who’ll love this film: Action lovers, Marvel fans, Martial arts fans
The Green Knight
Director: David Lowery
Cast: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander
Genre: Fantasy, adventure
Synopsis: Based on the Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this film retells the travails and adventures of the Sir Gawain, a knight under King Arthur in medieval England, who must battle the seeming undefeatable Green Knight.
The Shot That Attracted Me To This Film: This is a little grizzly, but in one shot the Green Knight – who’s just been decapitated – opens his eyes and we’re struck by a close up shot of his gnarled, wooden (and yes, green) countenance. Terrifying!
Who’ll love this film: Fantasy lovers, indie film enthusiasts, anyone who likes a period drama
Last Night in Soho
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Thomasin Mackenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith
Genre: Horror, phycological thriller
Synopsis: When Eloise is offered a chance to travel back in time, her newfound ability seems like a charm – until she realises that she may have gained far more than she’s bargained – a sinister sort of more.
The Shot That Attracted Me To This Film: At one moment, Eloise is entering a 50s dance hall and the we’re able to see her reflection in a mirror. But as an attendant removes her coat, her reflection is that of another woman (played by Anya Taylor Joy).
Who’ll love this film: Horror lovers, mystery enthusiasts, Edgar Wright fans
Director: Kay Cannon
Cast: Camila Cabello, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, Idina Menzel
Genre: Musical, comedy
Synopsis: Get lost in Amazon’s modernist musical retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.
The Shot That Attracted Me To This Film: There was no particular in this case, but the trailer is vibrant and colourful – it oozes fun.
Who’ll love this film: Fairy-tale fans, comedy fans
The Kissing Booth 3
Director: Vince Marcello
Cast: Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney
Genre: Romantic comedy
Synopsis: Elle, Noah and Lee are back for yet another romp and drama-filled vacation! Don’t miss the swansong of the Kissing Booth Trilogy.
The Shot That Attracted Me To This Film: As with Cinderella, no one shot caught my attention, but the repetition of familiar elements (beach scenes, the infamous Kissing Booth itself) was warming – reminding us that this is a quintessential popcorn film
Who’ll love this film: Rom-com lovers, fans of the Kissing Booth series
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Thomasin Mckenzie, Alex Wolff
Genre: Thriller, horror
Synopsis: When a family takes a vacation to a beachside paradise, they begin aging rapidly and must untangle the mystery of the beach
The Shot That Attracted Me To This Film: There’s a haunting moment when the main protagonists’ kids disappear behind a cliff and reappear as confused teens calling for their parents, who are stunned.
Who’ll love this film: Horror and thriller fans, M. Night Shyamalan fans
House of Gucci
Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto
Genre: Thriller, historical
Synopsis: Go behind the scenes of the assassination of Maurizio Gucci (yes, it’s that Gucci), at the hands of none other than his ex-wife, Patrizia.
The Shot That Attracted Me To This Film: I was struck by the sight of Lady Gaga – playing Patrizia Gucci – crossing herself and saying, in a heavy Italian accent no less, “Father, Son and House of Gucci”
Who’ll love this film: Drama lovers, Lady Gaga fans, Ridley Scott fans
And there you have it – some of the most exciting upcoming (and currently released) films!