The year 2020 keeps getting better for online streaming services with an overwhelming number of new releases of movies and TV shows. Since COVID-19 arrival, multiplexes have been shut down for the audience, leading to the scrapping of theatrical movies worldwide release. Instead, the streaming platforms have grabbed the opportunity to take these movies online and make them available either for streaming or ‘On-demand’ services. The current scenario has even led the big studios to opt for an online release, instead of postponing the release for next year.
Sony’s movies like ‘Greyhound’ have been sold to Apple TV plus, while Paramount Pictures’ movies like ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ and ‘The Lovebirds’ will be available to stream on Netflix. Many other big movies have also gone to other OTT giants like Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and others. While, some production companies have even decided to release their titles on their streaming sites, instead of selling off to other platforms.
With so much to choose from, one can easily get confused. But don’t worry as we are going to make it easy for you.
We are presenting here in this list 7 such new movies that are going straight for streaming or ‘On Demand’ release. The list comprises movies that are well worth your time and money and available for you to watch soon.
7 New Theatrical Movies that are going straight to Streaming or On-Demand
1. The Secret Garden (August 7)
The movie is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911s classic novel of the same name.It follows the story of a spoiled girl, sent away to live with her uncle after her parents’ death. The audience is then led into the magical world of an orphaned 10-year-old girl, who happens to discover a secret garden at one of her strict uncle’s estate. Since its release, the PVOD release has garnered positive reviews from the audiences and critics alike.
Director: Marc Munden
Cast: Dixie Egerickx, Richard Hansell
IMDb rating: 5.5
Genre: Fantasy Drama
Where to watch: Rent on Vudu, Fandango, Prime Video
2. Bill & Ted Face the Music (August 28)
The upcoming movie marks the return of the favorite characters Bill and Ted, played by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, after 29 years. Once again, they will take you along on a time-traveling adventure in their attempts to save the universe. Laugh along with them as they still try to crack up a song that can save the world’s lives.
Director: Dean Parisot
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal
Genre: Sci-fi Comedy
Where to watch: Pre-order at Amazon, Vudu, Fandango, Apple, Google Play, Youtube
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3. The One and Only Ivan (August 21)
Watch this heartwarming animated movie as it tells the story of a gorilla named Ivan (Sam Rockwell) trying to recollect his past memories. Held in captivity, Ivan then decides to hatch a plan to escape the place with his elephant friend Stella. Starring Bryan Cranston, this one is a must-watch theatrical release online.
Director: Thea Sharrock
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Phillipa Soo
IMDb rating: 6.9
Genre: Animated Adventure Comedy
Available to watch: Disney+
4. Mulan (September 4)
The upcoming film is a live-action adaptation of the Disney’s 1998 Mulan film. The film follows a young woman’s desperate attempts to save her ailing father from getting recruited in the Imperial Army based on the popular Chinese folklore’ The Ballad of Mulan’. The young daughter disguises herself as a man and fearlessly fights off the Northern Invaders of China. The film will both release online and in theatres where they are open. It became Disney’s first-ever movie to skip the theatrical movies’ release.
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen
Genre: Live-action drama
Available to watch: Disney+ for $30.
5. Antebellum (September 18)
A successful author (Janelle Monae) founds herself stuck in a horrifying reality of life. She now has to find her way out of the mind-bending suspicious setting and set herself free amidst the ‘Underground Railroad’ period. The film is also set to release internationally where theatres are open for audiences.
Director: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz
Cast: Janelle Monae, Jena Malone
Genre: Horror/ Thriller
Available to Watch: Premium Video on demand
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6. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (October 16)
Directed by Aaron Sorking, this American legal drama film is slated for an online release on Netflix. Starring an ensemble new cast, the Spielberg produced movie is loosely based on the story of ‘Chicago Seven’. And, will take a brave step in telling the story of the most high profile cases in US history.
Director: Aaron Sorking
Cast: Ensemble cast
Genre: Legal Drama
Where to Watch: Netflix
7. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Early 2021)
Based on Stephen Hillenburg’s ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’, the film takes the viewers on an exciting journey of the much-loved characters to the lost city of Atlantic City. SpongeBob and his friend Patrick embark on a mission to rescue SpongeBob’s pet snail named Gary, who has been ‘Snail-snapped’ by King Poseidon.
The Paramount Pictures’ production is set to release on Netflix and as premium video on demand and CBS All Access across the United States. On August 14, the movie was made available to the Audience in Canada as the release of a Theatrical Movies.
Director: Tim Hill
Cast: Tom Kenny, Awkwafina, Clancy Brown
Genre: Live action animated adventure comedy
Available to Watch: Premium Video On Demand and CBS All Access in early 2021
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With these suggestions, we must have sorted out the upcoming theatrical movies schedule of online streaming for you. Watch these movies soon to get unlimited entertainment within the comforts of your home.