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The 2020 summer film season is not the same. As social distance and shelter rules closed theaters around the world, the film industry is in constant water. A season that was set up to release expensive and highly anticipated tentpoles for studios has been cut short due to frequent calendar inconsistencies and uncertainties.

Most of the films that were considered to be the biggest hits of the summer have been left behind. Marvel’s “Black Widow,” Paramount’s “Top Song: Maverick” and Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman 1984” has a new release date later this year. Some movies, such as Universal’s “F9” and Sony’s “Ghostbusters: Later”, have been delayed until 2020.

The shutdown has led to experimentation with digital and video-on-demand (VOD) releases for films scheduled to debut in theaters. “King of Staten Island,” “Artemis Foul” and “Scoob” will all be available for viewing in the living room sooner than expected. Other movies that already planned digital releases, such as Spike Lee’s “The 5 Bloods” and Broadway’s hit “Hamilton” recorded production, may get more attention due to the lockdown.

With an uninterrupted calendar, it’s easy to lose track of when movies will play. So far, here are the movies that will hit theaters and streaming this summer.


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“The Lovebirds”
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“The Lovebirds” (May 22, Netflix)

Originally set to release in theaters on April 3, Paramount has sold the rights to romantic comedy rights to Netflix, led by Ishta Rai and Kumail Nanjiani. The murder mystery was directed by Michael Schwalter (“The Big Sick”).

“Legacy” (May 22, VOD)

This indie thriller reveals the secrets of their inheritance to the wife and daughter after they die as the wife of the family. The film stars Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen, Chase Crawford, Michael Beach and Patrick Warburton.

“Travel to Greece” (May 22, VOD)

Steve Kagan and Rob Brydon reunite for the fourth time to travel through Europe’s best landmarks and have their best kitchen food, ab about celebrity impressions, middle age and bloated anxiety

“High Note” (May 29, VOD)

Dakota Johnson and Tracey Ellis Ross share the spotlight on this musical about a superstar in the Los Angeles music scene taking her career test forward. Kelvin Harrison Jr., Ice Cube, Joe Chao, Eddie Ezard and Bill Pullman cast out round

“The West of Night” (May 29, Amazon Prime Video; preview of selected theaters from May 15)

The debut, directed by Andrew Patterson, was critically acclaimed when it premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in 1999. The film is about two teenagers investigating a mysterious audio frequency from their radio.


“Shirley” (June 5, Hulu)

Josephine Decker’s non-fiction drama – a unique look at the life of author Shirley Jackson (portrayed by Elizabeth Moss) – received rave when it premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Becky” (June 5, VOD)

Kevin James jumps into the drama playing a neo-Nazi who attacks a family vacation home. Lulu Wilson, Amanda Brugel, Robert Mellett and Joel McHale have also starred.

“Artemis Foul” (June 12, Disney Plus)

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the long-awaited adaptation of a series of young adult novels discovers a world of dangerous fairies following a boy’s talent. It was originally set to debut in theaters in late May, but will now hit Disney Plus due to theaters closing.

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“The 5 Bloods”
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“The 5 Bloods” (June 12, Netflix)

Speaker Lee’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Blackclanksman” includes Delroy Lindo, Clark Peters, Norm Lewis, Isaiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Bosman, Jean Reno, Paul Walter Hodger, Jonathan Majors and many more. The film follows four African-American veterans to find the remains of their fallen leader, including the gold treasure they hid to return to Vietnam after years of war.

“King of Staten Island” (June 12, VOD)

Semi-autobiographical comedy centers as mourners for the death of Pete Davidson’s firefighter father. The film is directed by Jude Apato and stars Marisa Tomai, Bill Burr, Maud Apato, Bell Paulie, Pamela Adlon and Steve Bussemi.

“BabyThith” (June 19, theater and VOD limited)

The year-old from Shannon Murphy premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival. In the picture a married couple discovers that their sick teenage daughter is on the side of a drug dealer. The cast includes Eliza Scanlane, Toby Wallace, Emily Berkeley, Eugene Gilfielder, AC Davis and Ben Mendelssohn.

“Mr. Jones” (June 19, digital; July 3, VOD)

On the eve of World War II, the thriller examines Hitler and Stalin’s regime and examines the propaganda tools of a journalist: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, and Joseph Mawle.

“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Netflix, June 26)

Directed by David Dobkin, the comedy – starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams – is about two musicians trying to prove themselves by representing their country in the world’s largest music competition.


“Without” (July 1, Spacious Theater)

The Russell Crowe vehicle is set to release on the first wide-ranging stage in the calendar for the rest of 2020. The cat-and-mouse thriller is calling for a single mother (Karen Pistrius) after a road brawl by Crowe’s character.

“Hamilton” (July 3, Disney Plus)

Lynn-Manuel Mirander’s hit Broadway musical is ready to hit the living room just before Independence Day. The release is a 2016 production recording featuring the original print cast, including Miranda, Filippa Sue, Leslie Odom Jr., David Diggs, Renee Eliz Goldberry, Christopher Jackson, O’Keefe Onadowan and Anthony Ramos.

“True” (July 3, limited)

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda made her first film outside of her mother tongue with this play starring Katherine Deniew, Juliet Binoche and Ethan Hawke.

“Outpost” (July 4, Theater and VOD)

Based on Jack Tapper’s best-selling book, this war film dramatizes the true story of a platoon in Afghanistan taking part in the bloody American occupation of Afghanistan. Starring Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, Orlando Bloom, Jack Casey, Taylor John Smith and Milo Gibson.

“The Old Guard (July 10, Netflix)

Gina Prince-Bythwood is directing this superhero movie, which is forced to fight for the freedom of the centenarians. Starring Charlize Theron, Kiki Lane, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schwartz and Chiwel Eziofer.

“Silencing” (July 16, DirectTV; August 14 Theater and VOD)

Led by Nicolaus Coster-Waldo and Annabelle Wallis, the crime thriller follows a sheriff and a hunter as they search for the hunter’s daughter.

“Tenet” (July 17, wide)

A follow-up to Christopher Nolan’s best-nominated nominee “Dunkirk” is still expected to hit the big screen this summer. The plot details related to the time-bending espionage thriller will be closely guarded. Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicky, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Kane and Kenneth Branagh.

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“Mulan” (July 24, wide)

Nicki Caro directed the live-action remake of Disney’s 1998 animated film, starring Liu Yifai Chinese as the heroine who disguised herself as a man enlisting in the Imperial Army.

“Radioactive” (July 24, Amazon Prime Video)

Rosmund Pike has acted in this biopic about the life of scientist Mary Curie. The movie premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“Rent” (July 24, limited)

Dave Franco made his directorial debut with this horror film starring Alison Brie, Dan Stevens, Sheila Wand and Jeremy Allen White. It follows two couples who suspect their Airbnb owner is spying for them.

“Informer” (July 31, Ltd.)

The thriller, based on the novel “Three Seconds” by Anders Roseland and Berg Helstrom, will have its US premiere this year. The film, starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, General, Anna de Armas and Clive Owen, is about a disguised penetration into the Polish drug business.


“The Spoke Movie: Spongebob on the Run” (August 7, Wide)

Sponge is trying to save his pet snail Gary from Poseidon in the third movie based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series. The series’ ‘regular voice cast’ is back, while Snoop Dogg, Keanu Reeves, Aukwafina and Reggie Watts have all been confirmed to star in the film. Directed by Tim Hill, former series writer.

“The Only and Only Evan” (August 14, Wide Release)

Guerrilla, an elephant and a dog to raise a baby elephant in a mall This fantasy drama is directed by Thea Sharok. Starring Sam Rockwell, Brian Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Brooklyn Prince, Danny Divito and Helen Mirren.

“Secret Garden” (August 14)

Colin Faith, Julie Walters, and Dixie Ajax star in this adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s favorite novel of the same name.

“Wonder Woman 1984” (August 14, Wide Release)

The sequel to the 201 superhero Smash reunites star Gal Gadot with director Patty Jenkins, and the two move from World War I to DC Comics as heroines in the mid-1980s. Also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen.

“Antbelam” (August 21, wide)

Lionsgate’s horror film centers on Janelle Mone as a successful writer who mysteriously moved to a southern garden when slavery was legal.

“Facing Bill & Ted Music” (August 21, wide)

The long-awaited third entry has reunited Alex Winer and Keanu Reeves, two back-time travelers embarking on an adventure to save the universe.

“New Mutants” (August 28, Wide)

The long-delayed “X-Men” horror spin-off will hit theaters at the end of the summer. Macy Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blue Hunt and Henry Jaga star in a group as a group of restless teenagers with extraordinary abilities.


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“Second in a Quiet Place” (September 4, Wide)

John Krasinski will help end the summer with a follow-up to his hit 2018 horror film with more enthusiasm in his post-apocalyptic world. Emily Blunt, Millicent Symonds and Noah Jupe all resurfaced their roles in the main character, while Celine Murphy and Digimon Hounsou joined in the cast.

“The Beatles: Come Back” (September 4)

Peter Jackson’s documentary about the legendary British rock band will be considered the final album of the group’s rehearsal and recording of his recording of the fly

“Truth Thief” (September 4, wide)

Liam Nisson portrays a bank robber who fell in love just as he wanted to get himself back. The cast also includes Katie Walsh, Jay Courtney, Jeffrey Donvan, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Ramos and Robert Patrick.

“Monster Hunter” (September 4, wide)

Director Paul W. S. after closing the “Resident Evil” series in 2017. Anderson took over the franchise for another video game by adopting the popular Capcom series of the same name. Milla Jovovich, Tony Ja and Tip “T.I.” Harris star.

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