Movie-theater experience may have drastically changed because of the pandemic, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make the most out of it every time. Even with safety protocols in place, much of your two- to three-hour stay in the theater still boils down to the film you’re going to choose.
And if you’re looking for reasons to make your much-anticipated return worthwhile, here are five upcoming Universal Pictures films to remind you that nothing beats laughing, crying, screaming, or holding tight to your seat inside a theater after all.
House of Gucci
Opens January 19
Directed by Ridley Scott, House of Gucci pools a powerhouse cast led by Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Jack Huston. The movie is inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian luxury brand that spanned three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and murder. The movie delves into what a name means, what it’s worth and how far a family will go for control.
Fast & Furious 9
Fast & Furious 9 is the ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world.
This time, Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew team join forces to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena). The action hurtles around the globe and features hot rides like R34 Skyline GT-Rs, SRT-8 Jeep Grand Cherokees, Toyota Supras, and more.
Illumination’s smash animated franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet.
There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono—to join them. Buster has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but he has his eyes on a bigger prize: debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.
Cyrano is a 2021 musical romantic drama directed by Joe Wright and with a screenplay by Erica Schmidt, based on Schmidt’s 2018 stage musical of the same name. The film tells the story of Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage) as he pines for the affections of the beautiful Roxanne (Haley Bennett), who has fallen in love with another man named Christian de Neuvillette (Kelvin Harrison Jr.).
Because Cyrano understands that his social status and physical appearance will forever keep him apart from his lady love, he instead offers his skills as a gifted poet to Christian in an effort to bring the two lovers together once and for all.
Over one day across the streets of L.A., three lives will change forever in Ambulance. In this breakneck thriller from director-producer Michael Bay, decorated veteran Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) is desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills. He asks for help from the one person he knows he shouldn’t—his adoptive brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal).
A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history. With his wife’s survival on the line, Will can’t say no. But when their getaway goes wrong, the desperate brothers hijack an ambulance with a wounded cop clinging to life and ace EMT Cam Thompson (Eiza González) onboard.
Now Will and Danny must keep their hostages alive, and somehow try not to kill each other, all while executing the most insane escape L.A. has ever seen.