From remakes to zombie flicks, Netflix unveils 32 summer movies: here are our top picks
Jason Momoa, Amy Adams and Kevin Hart are part of the star-studded line-up of films spanning a gamut of genres
If you can’t go to the movies, let the movies come to you. That’s what Netflix seems to be telling fans as it unveiled its slate of summer films on Tuesday.
From Jason Momoa’s action film Sweet Girl to Zack Snyder’s zombie heist Army of the Dead and Amy Adams’s thriller The Woman in the Window, the 32 films set for release between April and August span a gamut of genres.
There’s also Kevin Hart’s drama Fatherhood and a remake of the 1999 hit romantic comedy She’s All That called He’s All That, with Cobra Kai sensation Tanner Buchanan and TikTok star Addison Rae in the lead.
With Netflix promising a new film every week, here are some of our top picks:
‘Things Heard & Seen’ (April 29)
Cast: Amanda Seyfried and James Norton
Based on Elizabeth Brundage's book All Things Cease to Appear, this horror film has Seyfried and Norton playing a Manhattan couple who move to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley only to discover the dark history of their new home, as well as their marriage.
'Monster' (May 7)
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright and John David Washington
Featuring a stellar cast, this drama is an adaptation of Walter Dean Myers's award-winning book of the same name. Harrison Jr (It Comes at Night, Luce) plays Steve Harmon, a bright student aged 17 whose world comes crashing down around him when he is charged with murder. John Legend serves as one of the executive producers.
'The Woman in the Window' (May 14)
Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie
Another film with an A-list cast, Adams plays an agoraphobic psychologist whose obsession with her neighbour across the street leads her to inadvertently witness a crime. The thriller is based on a The New York Times bestseller of the same name.
'Army of the Dead' (May 21)
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Huma Qureshi, Tig Notaro and Hiroyuki Sanada
This highly-anticipated zombie film by Zack Snyder stars an international cast, led by Avengers actor Bautista. The action film, which has been in development for many years, follows a group of mercenaries who plan a heist on a Las Vegas casino in the midst of a zombie outbreak.
'Skater Girl' (June 11)
Cast: Rachel Sanchita Gupta and Shafin Patel
Starring a cast of newbies, this inspiring drama tells the story of a tribal girl in Rajasthan who discovers skateboarding after a tourist introduces it to her. Bollywood star of the 1960s, Waheeda Rehman, also makes an appearance.
'Jagame Thandhiram' (June 18)
Cast: Dhanush, Aishwarya Lekshmi and James Cosmo
This Tamil-language film has South Indian superstar Dhanush playing a nomadic gangster who has to choose between good and evil. The much-relayed film's release was halted by the coronavirus pandemic, until Netflix acquired it earlier this year.
'Fatherhood' (June 18)
Cast: Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard and Melody Hurd
Best known for his comedy, Hart takes on a dramatic role in this story about a single father who brings up his daughter after the unexpected death of his wife one day after giving birth. It's based on author Matthew Logelin's life, taken from his memoir Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love.
'Good on Paper' (June 23)
Cast: Iliza Shlesinger and Margaret Cho
Based on a mostly true story, comics Shlesinger and Cho come together in this film about a stand-up comedienne whose friend convinces her to try uncover the truth behind the man she's dating, before she commits to a relationship.
'The Ice Road' (June 25)
Cast: Liam Neeson
The always-dependable Neeson heads to Canada for this action flick. After a remote diamond mine collapses, Neeson's character, an ice driver, leads an impossible rescue mission to save the lives of trapped miners as thawing ice threaten all of their lives.
'America: The Motion Picture' (June 30)
Cast: Channing Tatum, Matt Thompson and Dave Callaham
A revisionist look at American history, Tatum lends his voice to this animated film which, according to Netflix, follows "a chainsaw-wielding George Washington who assembles a team of rabble rousers — including beer-loving bro Sam Adams, famed scientist Thomas Edison, acclaimed horseman Paul Revere, and Geronimo — to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James in the American Revolution".
'The Last Mercenary' (July 30)
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Everyone's favourite 1980s action star Van Damme returns to his element in this action comedy. He plays a former secret service agent who goes back to France when his estranged son is falsely accused of drug trafficking.
'The Last Letter from Your Lover' (July, date TBC)
Cast: Felicity Jones, Nabhaan Rizwan, Shailene Woodley and Joe Alwyn
Flitting between the past and the present, Oscar-nominated actress Jones plays a journalist in present-day London who uncovers a series of love letters from star-crossed lovers in the 1960s. She becomes obsessed with finding out how their story ends. The film is based on Jojo Moyes's book of the same name.
'Sweet Girl' (August 20)
Cast: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Raza Jaffrey
Aquaman star Momoa returns to action mode in this revenge film about a devastated husband who hunts for the people responsible for his wife’s death, while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter.
'He's All That' (August 27)
Cast: Addison Rae, Tanner Buchanan and Rachael Leigh Cook
This one's a gender-swapped remake of the 1999 hit She's All That, which followed a high-schooler who vowed to make a random dorky girl popular after he's dumped by his girlfriend. TikTok star Rae will play the lead while Cobra Kai's Buchanan will play the dorky boy. Cook, who starred in the original will play Rae's character's mother.
'Beckett' (August, date TBC)
Cast: John David Washington and Alicia Vikander
Initially titled Born to Be Murdered, this action film pairs Tenet's Washington and The Danish Girl star Vikander in a story about a vacationing couple who are trapped in a violent conspiracy with tragic consequences.
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Updated: April 29, 2021 02:27 PM