News

The 5 Most Anticipated Movies of August 2021

The summer movie season ends with a DC super-anti-hero movie, a Ryan Reynolds action comedy, and a trio of very different horror thrillers.

by | August 5, 2021 | Comments

As we near the end of summer and the beginning of the school year, we’ve still got a few noteworthy titles looking to pull in big audiences for that sweet blockbuster dough. The biggest of them is, of course, the DC super-anti-hero movie helmed by James Gunn, but we’ve also got a cheeky action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and a trio of horror flicks of very different stripes. Based on numbers compiled from our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter polls, as well as Want-to-See numbers on RT, here are the five most anticipated movies of August!


1. The Suicide Squad (2021)

#1 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, #2 on RT
In theaters and available on HBO Max on August 6

Just in case you haven’t been following along with the DC Extended Universe, this is not the same movie as 2016’s Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, even though it features some of the same  actors portraying the same characters (Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag). James “Guardians of the Galaxy” Gunn takes over behind the camera for this new iteration of a group of would-be villains who are recruited to fight other bad guys under a secret government initiative, and if early reviews are any indication, you all have good reason to be excited about this one.


2. Candyman (2021)

#2 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, #3 on RT
In theaters on August 27

Taking a hard left from goofy, self-aware superhero shenanigans, we have this reboot-by-way-of-sequel of an iconic horror franchise. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II stars as an artist who moves into a fancy new development where Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green housing projects once stood — and where the vengeful spirit known as the Candyman once stalked his victims. As he explores Candyman’s origins in his art, he unwittingly unleashes a new horror. This film was delayed from its scheduled release last year, so fans have been eager to see it for over a year.


3. Free Guy (2021)

#1 on RT, #3 on Instagram and Twitter, #4 on Facebook
In theaters on August 13

This meta-comedy set in the world of video games centers on a background character (Ryan Reynolds) who becomes self-aware and decides to become the hero of the game with the help of the programmers responsible for his awakening. Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, and Taika Waititi co-star, and Reynolds has plenty of experience with this brand of silly, self-referential humor (see: Deadpool). This one was also delayed from its original release last year, but it still managed to rack up the most Want-to-See votes on RT.


4. Don't Breathe 2 (2021)

#4 on Instagram and Twitter, #5 on Facebook
In theaters on August 13

Fede Álvarez had a sleeper hit with 2016’s relentless thriller Don’t Breathe, which followed a group of young burglars who find themselves at the mercy of a blind man with a very particular set of skills. This time, Álvarez takes on a producing role (alongside horror vet Sam Raimi) and hands the reins over to first-time director Rodo Sayagues, as Stephen Lang reprises his role as the blind man in question, Norman Nordrstrom, who again must protect his home from invaders who may or may not have a very good reason for breaking in. Nobody asked for — or expected — this sequel, but the first film was so deliciously raw that this one makes it to spot #4 on our list.


5. The Night House (2020)

#3 on Facebook, #5 on RT
In theaters on August 20

No stranger to horror dramas and psychological thrillers, Rebecca Hall stars in this chiller about a woman grieving the sudden death of her husband. Holed up in the home he built for her, she begins to experience terrifying visions that lead her to uncover dark secrets from his past. This film premiered to solid reviews at Sundance back in 2020, and it’s finally getting a release. Most critics praised Hall’s performance and moody atmosphere, so if you’re looking for a good scare this month, you’ll only have to wait a few weeks for it.


Thumbnail by Warner Bros. Pictures

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

streaming ABC Signature Film Festival genre political drama halloween tv Box Office blaxploitation quibi all-time women VOD screen actors guild Amazon book adaptation BBC One Pride Month thriller spanish language video Stephen King Tarantino kids monster movies a nightmare on elm street 90s Disney Plus Syfy Hallmark royal family LGBT History Calendar comic book movie YouTube Red 99% ABC rom-coms cancelled Tokyo Olympics biopic MCU Quiz BET Awards Lifetime superhero Freeform Extras miniseries live event Star Wars boxoffice Spring TV action-comedy ghosts Year in Review cancelled television diversity Mary Tyler Moore Pet Sematary sequel Family The Academy Spectrum Originals kong TV movies Crackle japan fresh CBS TCA Awards witnail Country Comedy Central 93rd Oscars zombies APB harry potter canceled Holidays USA Network king kong Showtime new zealand cops mcc Nominations Fox Searchlight Disney+ Disney Plus comic books Trivia asian-american concert SDCC Lionsgate Sundance TV Infographic tv talk parents Oscars 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Disney HBO Go Fantasy dexter stop motion Reality Competition Comics on TV National Geographic social media robots X-Men Apple cancelled TV series Red Carpet BAFTA YouTube Nat Geo 20th Century Fox news ABC Family Comedy breaking bad golden globe awards OneApp Premiere Dates adaptation criterion australia Disney streaming service richard e. Grant BBC America IFC The Walt Disney Company suspense Neflix french Set visit based on movie best MSNBC vs. Legendary Arrowverse reviews hollywood 2018 Emmys Rock Endgame directors spain Star Trek posters Winter TV TIFF BBC GLAAD cooking biography Writers Guild of America Tomatazos TCA Winter 2020 critic resources obituary dragons BET gangster anthology 007 singing competition Bravo nature space spy thriller 4/20 Winners Mudbound TruTV Western die hard 21st Century Fox Pop TV Nickelodeon new star wars movies Warner Bros. Broadway golden globes adenture New York Comic Con pirates of the caribbean ID jamie lee curtis E3 crime canceled TV shows Mary poppins FX on Hulu zero dark thirty franchise 71st Emmy Awards First Reviews Image Comics vampires ITV Hulu football Cosplay serial killer Amazon Prime game show politics Lifetime Christmas movies spanish basketball Paramount Network hidden camera hispanic halloween Summer war Brie Larson Turner comic book movies movies Grammys Anna Paquin The CW mob Horror dramedy Starz comics true crime TV PaleyFest series SundanceTV finale Women's History Month Paramount The Purge south america scene in color strong female leads Travel Channel olympics versus Columbia Pictures black comedy OWN Superheroe Musical DirecTV Wes Anderson doctor who TCM trailers cartoon game of thrones TLC nfl Best and Worst Creative Arts Emmys japanese theme song documentaries venice Chernobyl Tubi TNT free movies Photos LGBTQ independent DGA A24 Animation jurassic park 2019 RT21 Mystery classics Pacific Islander Sneak Peek mission: impossible TCA new york joker Logo prank Instagram Live FXX live action aliens toronto Action First Look target 2015 Mindy Kaling Turner Classic Movies CW Seed FOX San Diego Comic-Con blockbusters Walt Disney Pictures scorecard romance cats Funimation Heroines Disney Channel Election 24 frames 2020 cinemax Awards 2017 popular Lucasfilm Baby Yoda revenge science fiction james bond Pirates sequels Christmas lord of the rings television psychological thriller kaiju The Arrangement wonder woman 73rd Emmy Awards Thanksgiving 2021 Teen discovery comic Certified Fresh facebook Marvel crime drama comedies PlayStation Hear Us Out critics Sci-Fi name the review FX Character Guide children's TV boxing renewed TV shows Cartoon Network worst movies sports crossover high school werewolf Epix Masterpiece TV Land slashers Ghostbusters Hallmark Christmas movies See It Skip It sitcom foreign Fall TV ESPN dceu universal monsters satire NBC Apple TV+ batman christmas movies Universal Pictures Awards Tour DC Universe rotten movies we love romantic comedy Marvel Television TV One young adult Paramount Plus rt labs documentary marvel cinematic universe AMC spider-verse TBS unscripted Cannes The Walking Dead Reality RT History Black History Month Rom-Com festivals Alien telelvision festival AMC Plus 45 saw Schedule GoT films streaming movies Marathons Dark Horse Comics spinoff indiana jones scary Watching Series Pixar Emmy Nominations CNN President Interview dc rt labs critics edition 72 Emmy Awards psycho WGN TV renewals Discovery Channel nbcuniversal adventure black E! technology police drama Trophy Talk Trailer chucky feel good 1990s PBS debate Shudder disaster Opinion know your critic cults art house blockbuster Elton John ratings Captain marvel hist elevated horror HBO Max Super Bowl VH1 slasher Shondaland Vudu dreamworks YA Food Network Ellie Kemper Sundance Now stand-up comedy Esquire historical drama Crunchyroll archives child's play IFC Films scary movies Exclusive Video screenings Drama what to watch superman justice league SXSW rotten Video Games anime Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Chilling Adventures of Sabrina transformers composers Black Mirror docuseries toy story VICE Universal remakes IMDb TV Peacock supernatural Marvel Studios Music CBS All Access latino Academy Awards Martial Arts king arthur Biopics Netflix Christmas movies animated teaser green book Amazon Prime Video mockumentary period drama Comic-Con@Home 2021 Musicals natural history Superheroes worst The Witch hispanic heritage month Sony Pictures cancelled TV shows Apple TV Plus GIFs Polls and Games reboot Song of Ice and Fire deadpool binge casting DC Comics laika docudrama book Spike Ovation emmy awards ViacomCBS USA MTV sag awards Binge Guide stoner Pop Television Critics Association italian travel indie Netflix dogs WarnerMedia Fox News legend rt archives Film A&E medical drama Britbox mutant Tumblr crime thriller Countdown Podcast spider-man Kids & Family international TCA 2017 zombie cars American Society of Cinematographers Holiday Adult Swim godzilla Comic Book razzies talk show heist movie HBO Rocky Avengers movie 2016 Acorn TV YouTube Premium NBA award winner Valentine's Day comiccon Amazon Studios Television Academy Sundance Rocketman dark fast and furious aapi Classic Film El Rey Mary Poppins Returns CMT Toys DC streaming service sopranos NYCC video on demand marvel comics twilight