HBO Max’s Massive Play with 17 Films for 2021

Warner Bros have announced that “Wonder Woman 1984” will debut onto their streaming service in HBO Max this Christmas at the same time it releases in theatres. Many speculated that this was a strategic move by the industry as a response to an unprecedented pandemic. Yet, with Warner Bros’ recent trailer of them releasing all 17 movies for free in 2021; at no extra cost of a subscription, on top of it showing in theatres, what does this spell for the traditional theatre experience? CEO Ann Sarnoff briefly replied stating the model is merely “an unique one-year plan to combat the ongoing health crisis”. For the consumer, this is clearly Christmas come early next year.

The Little Things

(Source: Collider)

Release Date: January 29, 2021

Genre: Crime-Thriller

Director / Writer: John Lee Hancock

Denzel Washington plays as an observant Deputy Sheriff that is sent to Los Angeles in search of a serial killer terrorizing the city. For fans of Deja Vu, they can see themselves in familiar territory.

Judas and The Black Messiah

(Source: Variety)

Release Date: TBA

Genre: True-Story Drama

Director / Writer: Shaka King and Will Berson

Daniel Kaluuya from Get Out returns to star in the chronicles of Fred Hampton (the leader of the Black Panther), who was assassinated at the young age of 21.

Tom and Jerry

(Source: THR)

Release Date: February 26, 2021

Genre: Animation

Director: Tim Story

Writer: Kevin Costello

It’s Tom and Jerry, fingers crossed they finally get to address that actual tragic ending. I’d be happy to see them return anyways, regardless of all the controversy it’s generated prior. It is still a much needed lightness and levity for this dumpster fire of a year.

The Many Saints of Newark

(Source: Collider)

Release Date: March 12, 2021

Genre: Animation

Director: Alan Taylor

Writer: David Chase and Lawrence Konner 

Taking place in the 1960’s, it looks at the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano. Yes, that Soprano from the HBO series The Sopranos with the film acting as the prequel.


(Source: Collider)

Release Date: April 16, 2021

Genre: Sci-Fi Romantic Thriller

Director / Writer: Lisa Joy

This is a story about a scientist who discovers a way to relive one’s past, exploits it in hopes to reunite with a lost lover.

Godzilla vs. Kong

(Source: Legendary Entertainment)

Release Date: May 21, 2021

Genre: Action

Director: Adam Wingard

Writer: Terry Rossio

Just make them fight and make it look amazing, that’s all. That’s the only thing they have to do.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

(Source: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Release Date: June 4, 2021

Genre: Horror

Director: Michael Chaves

Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick

This is considered to be the third main movie in the Conjuring timeline. With James Wan gone, I really don’t know about this one. How many movies have they already milked off this franchise?

In The Heights

(Source: Variety)

Release Date: June 18, 2021

Genre: Musical 

Director: Jon M.Chu

Writer: Quiara Alegria Jones

In The Heights tells the story of a bodega owner in Washington Heights who dreams of a better life. It is based on the famous Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Space Jam: A New Galaxy

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(Source: Pioneer Scoop)

Release Date: July 16, 2021

Genre: Animation

Director: Malcolm D.Lee

Writer: Sev Ohanian and Ryan Coogler

Don’t expect a serious movie with an equally serious storyline with this one. A reminder to those who haven’t watched the first movie (spoiler alert): Michael Jordan played basketball with the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck… in space. Yeah, it’s not gonna receive any nominations as it is purely comedic and ridiculous beyond belief, with Lebron James this time around. And honestly, it’s a movie I’m really excited for.

The Suicide Squad

(Source: Den of Geek)

Release Date: August 6, 2021

Genre: Superhero Action / Adventure 

Director / Writer: James Gunn

Under the helm of James Gunn who was kicked out from Marvel under ‘political opinions on Twitter’, this is pretty much James Gunn’s massive rebuttal against Marvel with his release of The Suicide Squad.


(Source: Collider)

Release Date: October 1, 2021

Genre: Sci-Fi Epic

Director: Dennis Villenueve

Writer: Dennis Villenueve, Jon Spaiths and Eric Roth

Dune tells the story of a gifted young man born into a dynasty who traverses the most dangerous planet in the universe to secure his family’s future. With Villenueve’s track record of Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Arrival (2016), this is a must watch for both sci-fi fans of Frank Herbert’s book serialization and newcomers alike. 

King Richard

(Source: Collider)

Release Date: November 19, 2021

Genre: True Story Drama 

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Writer: Zach Baylin

This film ventures to tell the story of the father of Venus and Serena Williams, two tennis legends.

The Matrix 4

(Source: Collider)

Release Date: December 22, 2021

Genre: Sci-Fi Epic

Director: Lana Wachowski

Writer: Lana Wachowski, Aleksandar Hamon and David Mitchell

Considering how it ended, I am really skeptical about this one. The details are still unclear and in my personal opinion, it feels like they are going to be really banking on Keanu Reeves’ star power to make this tired horse work.

Mortal Kombat

(Source: Techradar)

Release Date: April 16, 2021

Genre: Action / Martial Arts

Director: Simon Mcquoid

Writer: Greg Russo and Dave Callaham

When will industries ever learn that video games will never make for good live action adaptations. For anyone who has played the game and is a huge fan of it, keep your expectations low and you will never be disappointed.


(Source: Collider)

Release Date: TBA 2021

Genre: Horror

Director: James Wan

Writer: Akela Cooper

The original director of the first two mainline Conjuring films (the only good ones) is working on another mysterious original horror film, one worth keeping your eyes on.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

(Source: Collider)

Release Date : TBA 2021

Genre : Thriller

Director : Taylor Sheridan

Writer : Taylor Sheridan and Michael Koryta

In this movie, a teenaged murder witness is pursued by two assassins in the wilderness, protected by a survival expert.

Cry Macho

(Source: Newsbytes)

Release Date: TBA 2021

Genre: Dramatic Thriller

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: N. Richard Nash

Cry Macho follows an old rodeo star and horse breeder who goes to take a young boy from his alcoholic mother. On the journey back, he forms a bond with the young boy.

And that’s a wrap!

Although HBO Max is currently unavailable for streaming in Malaysia as it has not opened subscription to the country yet, this can be overcome by using a VPN server or proxy. You can either subscribe or use other means to access these live streaming US services of HBO Max, Disney +, Netflix and so on. May you stream movies well and safely in the year 2021.

Written by Kishaun Xavier