In a bright spot of news for 2021, Netflix recently announced that it will be releasing 70 new films this year, promising “a new movie every week.” The long list of titles coming to the streaming giant spans genres and offers an impressive roster of talent, making staying safely at home a lot more entertaining. We’re sharing our top pick from every provided category Netflix offers in its slated list, along with the A-listers starring in them.
Action: Red Notice
From writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber comes this fast-paced film about a heist that brings together two competing criminals and a top profiler at the FBI. Dwayne Johnson plays the latter, with Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds portraying the characters on the other side of the law.
Romance: The Last Letter from Your Lover
Based on the novel by the New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, the film follows a journalist named Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), who uncovers the story behind some secret love letters written in 1965. Shailene Woodley and Callum Turner play the subjects of said letters, and you can also keep an eye out for Nabhaan Rizwan as the archivist who assists Ellie in her pursuit of their story.
Thriller: The Woman in the Window
Amy Adams stars in this on-screen adaptation of A.J. Finn’s novel of the same name that Stephen King himself called “one of those rare books that really is unputdownable.” If the trailer is any indication, the film version will also easily hold your attention. The upcoming thriller follows an agoraphobic woman (Adams) and the violence she witnesses as her sanity is put in question. You can find a number of other A-listers in the film, such as Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, Wyatt Russell, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Comedy: Don’t Look Up
Adam McKay wrote and directed the upcoming film that’s packed with some heavy hitters like Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, and Ron Perlman. The comedy centers on two low-level astronomers who embark on a media tour to get the word out that an approaching comet is going to obliterate the planet.
In her directorial debut, Halle Berry also stars as the central character, a former MMA fighter trying to get custody of her son and reclaim her athletic career. Other performances of note in the sports drama come from Adan Canto, Sheila Atim, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Shamier Anderson.
Joe Penna directed and co-wrote the upcoming sci-fi feature about a mission to Mars that suffers unexpected challenges and dissent amongst its crew. Keep an eye out for Shamier Anderson as an unintended stowaway on the spaceship, Anna Kendrick as a medical researcher, Toni Collette as the commander, and Daniel Dae Kim as the ship’s biologist.
Western: The Harder They Fall
From co-writer and director Jeymes Samuel comes this period piece produced by Jay-Z. It follows an outlaw named Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) who seeks revenge on his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) with the help of his gang. Regina King, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, and LaKeith Stanfield can also be seen in this star-studded Western.
Horror: Things Heard And Seen
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are the writing and directing team that brings the story of Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear to the screen in the upcoming adaptation. The plot centers on a Manhattan couple that moves to a new home in Hudson Valley, where they discover a sinister darkness in both their new dwelling and in their marriage.
Family: Yes Day
Jennifer Garner produces and stars in this family-friendly romp about parents Allison (Garner) and Carlos (Edgar Ramirez), who give their children a day where they get to make all the rules. A grand adventure across Los Angeles ensues, and it’s one that helps bring them all closer together. Keep an eye out for performances from other names like Jenna Ortega, Molly Sims, and Arturo Castro.
Musical: tick, tick…BOOM!
Andrew Garfield stars as an aspiring theater composer named Jon in the film adaptation of the semi-autobiographical musical from the late, great Jonathan Larson. The feature follows Jon’s efforts to finally get his big break as his 30th birthday approaches and he questions if his career aspirations are worth their cost. Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his film directorial debut with tick, tick…BOOM!, and he’s working with a cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley Whitford, Alexandra Shipp, Robin de Jesús, Joshua Henry, and Judith Light.
These are just our top picks from the upcoming 70 new films that will be dropping on the streaming giant this year. The list is long, and while Netflix is keeping the release dates for the slated titles largely under wraps, you can look forward to a year filled with the certainty of having access to new, star-studded films from the safety of your own living room. Take that, 2020.