5. Don’t Look Up

Release Date: December 10th 2021
Director: Adam McKay (Step Brothers, The Big Short, Vice)
Screenwriter: Adam McKay
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Kid Cudi, Matthew Perry, Himesh Patel, Tomer Sisley, Tyler Perry, Melanie Lynskey, Ron Perlman, Chris Evans
Rating: R for language throughout, some sexual content, graphic nudity and drug content
Trailer Link: https://youtu.be/RbIxYm3mKzI
Plot Summary: The film follows two low-level astronomers who embark on a media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth in six months.

4. The Northman

Release Date: *DELAYED UNTIL 2022*
Director: Robert Eggers (The Witch, The Lighthouse)
Screenwriters: Robert Eggers, Sjón
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Willem Dafoe, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Ethan Hawke, Claes Bang, Björk
Rating: N/A
Trailer Link: N/A
Plot Summary: Set at the turn of the 10th century in Iceland, it stars Alexander Skarsgård as Nordic prince Amleth, who seeks revenge after his father is murdered.

3. Those Who Wish Me Dead

Release Date: May 14th 2021
Director: Taylor Sheridan (Wind River)
Screenwriters: Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt, Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult, Tyler Perry, Jon Bernthal, Aidan Gillen
Rating: R for strong violence, and language throughout
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV6VNNjBkcE&t=153s&ab_channel=WarnerBros.Pictures
Plot Summary: A female-driven neo-western set against a wildfire in the Montana wilderness. A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

2. Killers of the Flower Moon

Release Date: *DELAYED UNTIL 2022*
Director: Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street)
Screenwriter: Eric Roth
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone
Rating: N/A
Trailer Link: N/A
Plot Summary: “Killers of the Flower Moon” tells the story of the Osage Indians, who, in the 1920s, became the wealthiest group of people per capita in the world because of oil under their land in Oklahoma. They were then serially murdered in one of the most sinister crimes in American history, sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

1. Dune

Release Date: October 22nd 2021
Director: Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049)
Screenwriters: Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem
Rating: PG-13 for sequences of strong violence, some disturbing images and suggestive material
Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g18jFHCLXk&t=207s&ab_channel=WarnerBros.Pictures
Plot Summary: Set in the distant future, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides whose family accepts control of the desert planet Arrakis. As the only producer of a highly valuable resource, control of Arrakis is highly contested among the noble families. After Paul and his family are betrayed, the story explores themes of politics, religion, and man’s relationship to nature as Paul leads a rebellion to restore his family’s control of Arrakis.

Top 5 Most Anticipated New TV Shows

5. The Falcon & the Winter Soldier – March 19th 2021 (Disney+)
4. Maniac Cop – *DELAYED UNTIL 2022* (HBO)
3. Y: The Last Man – September 13th 2021 (FX/Hulu)
2. Halo – *DELAYED UNTIL 2022* (Paramount+)
1. The Lord of the Rings – *DELAYED UNTIL 2022* (Amazon Prime Video)

FINAL NOTES: Thank you to everyone for reading this list and congrats once again to this year’s prediction winner, Grady in Chicago, Illinois for him predicting the most films of my Top 5 most anticipated for the third year in a row. Film release dates are always subject to change but we here at Top Pun Reviews will update this list if and when they do. The Coronavirus delaying most of last year’s films to this year isn’t just a one-off. As studios continue to shift filming dates and therefore release dates around, a few movies in this year’s Top 10 may be pushed into 2022. If I was a betting man I would say that “Disappointment Blvd.”, “Babylon” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” are the most likely to end up in 2022 but in case they make their intended release dates this year, I wanted to include them in this year’s list. Top Pun has been adding reviews for films/shows from Netflix, HBO, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, etc. over the last couple of years which came in handy in 2020 once theaters were shut down. As streaming services completely change how we as the consumer view film and television, Top Pun Reviews is dedicated to keeping up with the times and we hope you will join us into 2021 to see which films are worth seeing and which are worth skipping, all while having some fun with puns along the way. Thanks for reading, have a wonderful 2021 and I’ll see you at the movies!

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