What Movies Are Coming To HBO Max In 2021
HBO max is here and whether you are already an HBO subscriber or are just thinking about becoming one there are a few things you should know about this new streaming service
what is HBO max how is it different than HBO now or HBO GO and if you already subscribe will you get it for free and how do you access it I’ve got all the answers coming up first let’s start with what HBO Max is and what you get with it?
HBO max is a new streaming service that will offer up everything you can watch on HBO your Westworld Game of Thrones all the good original stuff dating back to Oz and The Sopranos along with hit movies in constant rotation and other specials you get all that stuff you might normally subscribe to HBO for plus a whole bunch of Warner Brothers content and folks there is a ton of that stuff obviously can’t list it all off.
But we’re looking at over 10,000 hours of content at launch old school stuff like prince of bel-air and Looney Tunes cartoons the entire libraries of South Park in the West Wing all eleven seasons of the modern Doctor Who series plus 700 blockbuster films including crazy rich Asians a star is born Aquaman Joker.
The Criterion Collection and of course, the infamous Snyder cut of Justice League also and I know some folks who are considering a subscription just for one show I’m talking about friends yes friends possibly the most expensive show ever to stream online look I could name drop all day long but the fact is HBO max is going to be the exclusive streaming home for a lot of killer content which means that it is turning into one of the must-have channels in streaming TV but it’s gonna cost you where is it this leads me to how you can get HBO max it seems a little complicated at first.
But it really isn’t first off if you don’t subscribe to HBO in any way right now that means you don’t get HBO from your cable or satellite provider you don’t get it as an add-on to other streaming services. like Amazon Prime Video or Hulu, you are looking at a new subscription and it’s gonna cost you $15 a month.
which I know is steep but it’s the same price HBO now subscribers have been paying for years if you do decide to get HBO max you can get the standalone app on most major platforms like Chromecast Xbox One and PlayStation 4 iOS / TV OS Android / Android TV Roku also supports the HBO max app but sadly it is not available on Amazon Fire TV at launch and the problem there is that HBO is demanding that viewers use the HBO max app and not watch through an integrated platform for instance if you subscribe to HBO through Hulu you watch through Hulu but if you want to watch HBO max extras through your Hulu subscription.
you’ll have to use your Hulu login credentials in the HBO max app on whatever streaming platform you are using right now the only TV specific partner is Samsung so if you have a Samsung Smart TV dating back to about 2016 you’ll be able to get the app right on your TV if you own a Roku TV or Sony or Hisense TV running Android TV you can also get it right on your TV without needing a separate box of some sort otherwise you will have to wait a few months before the app is available on your Smart TV platform so that covers new subscribers.
but what if you already subscribe to HBO in some way well chances are you are going to get HBO max for no additional cost HBO now subscribers will simply get access to HBO max for no added charge no matter how you get your HBO now access you’ll keep paying your subscription and now you’ll get all the added goodies included in HBO max in fact HBO now is kind of looking unnecessary more on that in a minute.
if you subscribe to HBO’s linear live TV service through cable satellite YouTube TV Hulu or Amazon Prime video you will get access to HBO max for no additional charge and of course, AT&T customers have tons of options for getting HBO max as it’s often included with various AT&T TV and AT&T Wireless packages.
now if you can get a subscription to HBO from your cable satellite or wireless service for less than the $15 add-on fee then do that even if you never watched the live linear HBO channel you’ll get HBO max included and it’ll save you money versus paying the fifteen dollars standalone fee, okay technically it’s $14.99.
but what’re 12 pennies a year so what about HBO now and HBO GO well they’re looking pretty unnecessary at this point I don’t think they’re gonna go away right away but HBO max effectively replaces both services as a reminder HBO GO is just the online access companion to a traditional HBO subscription whereas HBO now is HBO access for anyone who doesn’t get HBO as part of their TV package, in either case, HBO max has everything those other services have plus a bunch of stuff they don’t have so like keep either one of them around.
now I know a lot of you out there are using shared passwords I don’t think anything is gonna change for you you’ll still be able to access HBO max just like you did HBO now or HBO GO and you can still watch on multiple screens at once how many screens well HBO isn’t saying it never has talked about its official limit but it will let you know if it’s being screened on too many devices at once so share your passwords at your own risk.
so it’s 15 dollars too much to ask Disney Plus is basically $7 a month Netflix’s most popular tier is $13 a month HBO is clearly asking a premium here but it was already getting $15 a month out of most folks and now it’s adding a ton of content to the mix meaning whatever value HBO had before it is adding a lot more value to the mix I think it will be interesting to see how many new subscribers HBO gets with HBO max and how long it can hold on to them.
With Warner Brothers’ decision to simultaneously release their 2021 slate of films in theaters
and on HBO Max, there are lots to look forward to from the comfort of your own home.
From sci-fi spectacles to prestige dramas and documentaries, here are the must-watch
movies coming to HBO Max in 2021 and beyond.
Mortal Kombat fans have been not-so-patiently waiting for nearly 25 years for another Mortal
Kombat movie to be released in theaters.
Video game movies have a track record of being subpar, and Mortal Kombat certainly has a
part to play in that history.
Not counting the direct-to-video release of Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge
in 2020, the last Mortal Kombat movie was the poorly received Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Even as a sequel to the beloved 1995 original film, Annihilation was enough of a failure
to completely end the Mortal Kombat film franchise.
Ever since Warner Brothers acquired Midway Games in 2009, fans have been anticipating
a new Mortal Kombat, which is finally hitting theaters and HBO Max on April 23, 2021.
The movie is getting off on the right foot by casting martial arts and stunt professionals
from across the globe, including Lewis Tan and Joe Taslim.
And along with actors such as Mehcad Brooks, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, and Hiroyuki
Sanada, the cast is a good indicator that the new Mortal Kombat is fully embracing the
fantasy franchise’s martial arts tournament roots.
The trailers so far aren’t showing too much about the story, but if nothing else, expect
some impressive stunts and intricately choreographed hand-to-hand fights.
Those Who Wish Me Dead
If you’re a fan of dark, modern-day Westerns, then keep your eyes on HBO Max.
Those Who Wish Me Dead is based on the novel of the same title, one written by Michael
Koryta and published in 2014.
Koryta is one of the credited screenwriters on the project, alongside Charles Leavitt
and director Taylor Sheridan.
Those Who Wish Me Dead stars Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult in lead roles, along with
Tyler Perry, Aidan Gillen, and Jon Bernthal.
Filmed in New Mexico, the movie is actually set in the wilderness of Montana, in a forest
threatened by wildfires.
This white-knuckle thriller finds a teenage murder witness being pursued by twin assassins.
Needless to say, that’s not a great situation to find yourself in, but at least this teen
has the assistance of a survival expert tasked with protecting him.
Those Who Wish Me Dead is sure to be an intense ride for its characters while also being a
commentary on the state of the environment. The film is set to hit HBO Max and theaters on May 14, 2021.
The Conjuring universe
The Conjuring universe has grown a lot since we were first introduced to the world of the
Warrens in 2013.
Since then, we’ve met the likes of La Llorona and Valak, and we’ve run into that creepy
Annabelle doll on more than one occasion.
Now, we’re returning to the main storyline with the eighth film in the franchise — The
Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are returning as real-life paranormal investigators and
authors Ed and Lorraine Warren.
Originally scheduled for a September 2020 release, The Devil Made Me Do It was delayed
due to COVID-19 and will now be out June 4, 2021.
It’s directed by relative newcomer Michael Chaves, who is best known to Conjuring fans
as the director of The Curse of La Llorona, the sixth film in the Conjuring universe.
The Devil Made Me Do It is based on the trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, who was the first
murder suspect to ever claim demonic possession as a defense.
The 1981 case also involved the possession of an 11-year-old boy, which is certain to
be the source of many scares in the upcoming Conjuring film.
The Devil Made Me Do It hits HBO Max on June 4, 2021.
In the Heights
Before Hamilton, In the Heights was the musical that put Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Broadway
map. Featuring his characteristic pop-rap style of songwriting, the story of his first show
is much more grounded than the bombastic historical hit.
A community in Washington Heights has to deal with the sweltering heat of a New York summer
while working through issues of family, race, and class.
“They’re talking about kicking out all the Dreamers.
It’s time to make some noise.”
The film adaptation of In the Heights is directed by Jon M. Chu and features one of Hamilton’s
youngest star, Anthony Ramos, in the lead role.
Originally scheduled to be released in the summer of 2020, In the Heights will finally
release in theaters and on HBO Max on June 11, 2021.
For decades now, fans have been clamoring for a sequel to Space Jam.
The 1996 Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan crossover is still the highest-grossing basketball movie
of all time, begging the question of why it’s taken so long for Hollywood to make a new
But in 2021, Space Jam: A New Legacy will finally bring the Space Jam magic to a new
This time, the basketball star at the center of the story is LeBron James.
Trapped in a virtual reality space with his son by a rogue A.I., played by Don Cheadle,
James has to team up with the Looney Toons to beat a team of elite basketball-playing
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Ryan Coogler, Space Jam: A New Legacy is sure
to be a blast for families and kids.
Even if you’re not a fan of Bugs Bunny and company, there will be something for everyone
in this wacky flick, as James’ journey through virtual reality will tie into other Warner
Brothers films such as Casablanca and Mad Max: Fury Road.
The game starts on July 16, 2021.
The Suicide Squad
Written and directed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, The Suicide Squad serves
as a soft reboot of the 2016 film of nearly the same name.
While the 2021 film keeps Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, as well as Joel Kinnaman’s Rick
Flag, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, and Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, the majority
of the 2016 cast isn’t returning for the new film.
Instead, the movie is opting for a fresh start, with new actors playing new characters.
The impressive and eclectic cast of The Suicide Squad includes Idris Elba as Bloodsport, John
Cena as Peacemaker, Sylvester Stallone as King Shark, Michael Rooker as Savant, and
Pete Davidson as Blackguard, among a host of other actors.
A spinoff show starring John Cena’s Peacemaker is already in the works and slated for the
2022 HBO Max lineup.
Between the cast and the adult tone projected, The Suicide Squad looks to be a funny, bombastic
alternative to the more serious side of the DCEU, and — true to its name — already
promises a high body count.
“We’re all going to die.”
“I hope so.”
Seeming to follow in the chaotic footsteps of Birds of Prey, the largely doomed team
of The Suicide Squad is coming to town on August 6, 2021.
Reminiscence is an upcoming sci-fi thriller starring Hugh Jackman that looks to be channeling
Inception, which isn’t all that surprising considering Reminiscence is a collaboration
between producer Jonathan Nolan and his wife, director Lisa Joy, who previously co-created
Not much is known about the intriguing film outside of its premise.
Jackman plays Nick Bannister, an ex-military man with certain professional skills.
For the right price, he can offer the chance for people to relive any memory they desire.
When he falls in love with Mae, played by Rebecca Ferguson, things get complicated when
he gains access to her memories, and the truth about her dark past starts to come to the
If you like action, sci-fi, or thrillers, Reminiscence is a can’t-miss watch when it
comes to HBO Max on September 3, 2021.
Only a few months after a new Conjuring movie hits, we get Malignant, and it’s sure to scare
our pants off.
Aside from this being Conjuring universe creator James Wan’s first time directing a horror
movie since 2016’s The Conjuring 2, it also features a face that might be familiar to
audiences who absolutely love being terrified.
Annabelle Wallis, who is best known for her role as Mia in the first Annabelle film, has
a starring role in Malignant.
Wan has said that Malignant isn’t based on any pre-existing movie or story.
It’s a completely original horror thriller, but beyond that, not a whole lot else is known.
It’s probably best that way, too.
There’s nothing better to a horror fan than a completely surprising and terrifying moviegoing
Get ready for some major scares on September 10, 2021.
The Many Saints of Newark
Years after the ambiguous ending of The Sopranos, fans of HBO’s era-defining mob epic are finally
getting invited back into the life of Tony Soprano and his family.
Only this time, it’s a prequel.
The Many Saints of Newark is a collaboration between Warner Brothers and HBO Films that
was originally scheduled for theatrical release in September 2020.
Like many of the Warner Brothers features on this list, The Many Saints of Newark was
delayed exactly one year and will hit a simultaneous release in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.
This prequel to the acclaimed drama series is set in the 1960s and ’70s in New Jersey.
Penned by Sopranos series creator David Chase, The Many Saints of Newark aims to tell a story
about the 1967 Newark riots.
The film will focus on the racial tensions between the Italian-American and African-American
communities of New Jersey and the Eastern seaboard.
The cast is loaded, with Corey Stoll as a young Junior Soprano and James Gandolfini’s
son, Michael, cast as a young Tony.
Plus, we’ve got Vera Farmiga as Livia Soprano, in addition to appearances from Jon Bernthal,
Leslie Odom Jr., and Ray Liotta.
Sopranos fans will have a lot to be thankful for this fall when the gangsters make their
way to HBO Max on September 24, 2021.
Denis Villeneuve’s take on Dune is one of the most hyped movies of 2021, following an
entire year of being one of the most hyped movies of 2020.
Still, the excitement persists with each morsel of news that comes out.
For sci-fi fans of many ages, Dune is a fundamental work — a cornerstone of the genre — and
this version looks to get a lot of things right where David Lynch’s 1984 attempt to
adapt it failed.
Timothee Chalamet takes the reins as Dune hero Paul Atreides, and Oscar Isaac will appear
as his father, Duke Leto Atreides.
This will be the first entry in Villeneuve’s two-part adaptation of the first novel in
the Frank Herbert series.
The rest of the cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Stellan
Skarsgård, Jason Momoa, and Dave Bautista.
So, if you’re ready to visit the world of Arrakis, just remember that fear is the mind-killer
and that Dune will be hitting HBO Max on October 1, 2021.
If you’re a fan of films like Hang ‘Em High, The Outlaw Josey Wales, or The Good, the Bad
and the Ugly, have we got some great news for you.
Cry Macho is the next Western from Clint Eastwood.
It’s based on the 1975 book of the same name, written by N. Richard Nash, who co-wrote the
screenplay in the ’90s with Nick Schenk prior to Nash’s death in the year 2000.
And as you’ve probably assumed, Eastwood is not only showing up in front of the camera,
but also sitting in the director’s seat.
The film will be a neo-Western, meaning it’s set closer to the modern-day than the heyday
of cowboys in the 1800s.
Still, we’re pretty sure the Academy Award-winning director of Unforgiven will handle the century
change just fine.
Eastwood stars as a washed-up rodeo star and 20th-century cowboy.
In 1978, he takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from
his alcoholic mother.
The film was shot in New Mexico in November and December of 2020.
If you’re excited to see Eastwood back in the proverbial saddle, Cry Macho will ride
onto HBO Max on October 22, 2021.
Slated as one of HBO Max’s big releases of the 2021 holiday season, King Richard is setting
itself up as an awards-season contender.
The Warner Brothers biopic stars Will Smith as Richard Williams, father of tennis superstars
Venus and Serena Williams.
The film is a look at their father’s influence and how Richard coached them to success.
King Richard features Saniyya [sa-NIE-ah] Sidney and Demi Singleton as Venus and Serena,
Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn, and Dylan McDermott are also going to make appearances in supporting
Liev Schreiber was originally cast but was replaced by Goldwyn in October of 2020.
Not much else is known about the film aside from its talent and premise.
The script was penned by Zach Baylin, and Monsters and Men director Reinaldo Marcus
Green was brought on to helm the project.
Anyone looking for more serious drama fare on HBO Max is sure to perk their ears up when
King Richard gets a release on the streaming service later this year, especially Will Smith
fans and tennis aficionados.
The match begins on November 19, 2021.
It’s been quite a long time since we’ve seen a new project set in the world of The Matrix.
The pivotal cyberpunk franchise has laid dormant since the multiplayer role-playing game The
Matrix Online went offline in 2009.
But over a decade later — and nearly two decades since the last movie — Lana Wachowski
is returning to direct a fourth live-action Matrix movie.
While the film doesn’t yet have a title, Resurrections has been heavily rumored as a potential option.
Although Lilly Wachowski worked with Lana on the original Matrix trilogy, as well as
most of the sisters’ other projects, she is not returning for this brand new Matrix film.
The production on the fourth Matrix movie was interrupted by the COVID-19 shutdown,
but it resumed filming in the summer of 2020 and wrapped up in November.
Of course, no matter how fascinating the world of The Matrix is, a new Matrix movie would
be nothing without Neo.
Thankfully, both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning to the series as Neo and
Jada Pinkett Smith, Daniel Bernhardt, and Lambert Wilson will also be reprising their
roles from the Matrix sequels.
Sadly, Laurence Fishburne has gone on the record saying he wasn’t asked to return to
his iconic role as Morpheus.
Still, the cast isn’t without its fair share of star power.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jonathan Groff will all
be making appearances in the newest movie when it releases on December 22, 2021.
Based on the J.T. Rogers play that took the world by storm in 2017 and won a Tony for
Best Play, Oslo is an upcoming film adaptation from producers Steven Spielberg and Marc Platt.
Rogers wrote the screenplay, and the adaptation is being directed by Bartlett Sher, who directed
Oslo on Broadway and earned a Tony nomination for his work.
With Andrew Scott of Fleabag and Ruth Wilson of The Affair in the leading roles, this version
of Oslo is shaping up to be the real deal.
The plot of the film will tell the story of the secret 1990s Oslo Peace Accords between
Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
In other words, it’s a story about people from wildly different backgrounds trying to
build relationships and the struggles they face due to overwhelming political turmoil
And since this film is based on an award-winning play and backed by some very successful producers,
it’s clear that HBO wants this project to be a major hit.
So while there’s no release date for Oslo yet, it’s likely to hit the streaming service
later in 2021, just in time for awards season.
In the Same Breath is the first of two HBO Films documentaries slated for release on
HBO Max sometime in 2021.
In the Same Breath
This one is HBO’s exposé on the COVID-19 outbreak and how it specifically affected
China and the United States.
In the Same Breath takes a look at the government response from each country and puts it in
a wider global context.
The documentary premiered at Sundance in January and SXSW Online in March to rave reviews.
It currently holds an outrageously positive average of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
A passion project for Chinese-American director Nanfu Wang, In the Same Breath focuses on
the widespread governmental failures in handling the pandemic response by taking a deeper look at the two countries Wang has lived in.
After receiving such a positive reception following its festival premiere, hopefully
it will find its way onto HBO Max before the end of 2021.
Like the rest of Hollywood, HBO Films is champing at the bit to capitalize on the GameStop stock the market anomaly that occurred early in 2021.
Already, Hulu has released its documentary, GameStopped, and a number of other projects
are in the works from other studios, including an MGM film, two Netflix projects, and a feature
documentary by Console Wars director Jonah Tulis.
However, we’re pretty sure that HBO’s documentary will be something special, given the studio’s
past track record for creating critically acclaimed documentaries.
While the project is still in its earliest stages, Andrew Ross Sorkin of TBTF Productions,
Len Amato of Crash&Salvage and Jason Blum of Blumhouse are all on board to serve as
executive producers for the film.
TV fans probably know Sorkin best as co-creator of the TV drama Billions.
It’s an interesting mix of producers that will hopefully result in a fascinating exposé
of one of the most interesting companies of the year.
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