It’s a New Year and the awards for 2019 are being dished out in all the various lavish ceremonies and we can now look forward to the prospect of some fresh new ventures on the big screen. 2020 looks set to be filled with some original concepts, twists on your typical comedies and drama, large doses of the ‘unknown’ and some now to be expected remake action.
Whatever the outcome we’ll be front and centre at the cinema and to get you in the mood, we’ve scoured through all the films being released to bring you our list of the best new movies in 2020 to get excited about. Enjoy!
– JANUARY –
She’s hung out with Vampires and Werewolves in the Twilight movies, but Kristen Stewart faces an even greater threat in this action-horror. She stars as part of an underwater research crew who find themselves trapped down in the deep following a devastating earthquake. Which would be bad enough without the quake waking up some rather nasty creatures.
Ok, so the original was a great little Japanese horror, but having been remade what feels like a hundred times with ever-diminishing levels of dread, we were a bit concerned when this reboot was announced. But we have hushed hopes for this latest version, with it having The Eyes of My Mother director Nicolas Pescehelming and Sam Raimi on producing duties. Brit actress Andrea Riseborough stars as a detective targeted by a vengeful spook.
Guy Ritchie’s back on familiar territory with this star-studded crime comedy. It follows American ex-pat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) as he tries to cash out of his London marijuana empire, causing a host of crims to attempt to blackmail and bribe him to get hold of his business for themselves. Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant also star.
– FEBRUARY –
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Harley Quinn, the best character in the patchy Suicide Squad, gets her own spin-off here with a mainly unrelated movie. Here after splitting from The Joker, Margot Robbie’s Quinn joins up with some female superheroes to create an all-girl gang who go after an evil crime lord.
This unsettling horror by the Austrian Filmmakers behind Goodnight Mommy sees two children who’ve recently lost their mother dropped off by their dad to spend one day with his new girlfriend Grace, who they deeply resent, at an isolated lodge in the middle of winter. The kids quickly discover Grace was the sole survivor of a mass suicide by her father’s Christian cult and pops pills to keep her on an even keel. You won’t be surprised to hear things get weird and pretty bloody terrifying.
Vin Diesel takes on the role of this comic book assassin in this ultra-violent movie. With echoes of Robocop, but possibly with an altogether different moral compass, Diesel plays a mortally wounded soldier who’s resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as ‘harbingers.’ Expect trouble, lots of it.
The Invisible Man
This classic H.G. Wells story has been given a fresh lick of paint by horror specialists Blumhouse Productions to deliver this twist on the tale. It sees The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss plays the former lover of an abusive sociopath who has committed suicide, or at least that’s the way it seems on the surface. When the lives of her loved ones come under threat, her sanity is put to the test by a sinister force no one can see.
– MARCH –
A Quiet Place Part II
The first film about a family surviving in silence as they tip-toed around a world filled with monsters was one of the best of 2018. The sequel sees the remaining Abbott family forced to venture into the unknown, where they find the freaky creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. Fingers on lips people.
– APRIL –
No Time To Die
Daniel Craig’s incarnation of Bond returns for one last hurrah and it looks like he’s gone all progressive. Reports suggest they’ll be no Bond innuendo here, and the spy is sporting some grey hair and even driving an electric car. Thankfully the plot still feels the same with 007 lured out of retirement to battle a dastardly villain who plans to infect the world’s oceans with a killer algae.
The New Mutants
This genre-bending tale is part superhero movie mixed with a large dollop of horror. Delayed from being released last year this movie based on the comic book of the same name sees five young mutants discover their abilities while being held in a murky looking secret facility against their will. The group find themselves forced to fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Maisie Williams & Charlie Heaton are among the superpowered teens.
– MAY –
Tom Hanks takes another trip back in time to WWII for this war epic based on C.S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd, that sees him on his first assignment in command of the naval ship Greyhound. A vessel that was pursued by German U-boats across the Atlantic Ocean along with 36 other Allied ships. Elisabeth Shue co-stars.
The Woman in the Window
Fans of the bestselling book by A. J. Finn will no doubt be flocking to see if this screen version of the psychological thriller can do it justice. It sees an agoraphobic doctor (Amy Adams) witness something she shouldn’t while keeping a close eye on her neighbours (one of which is a sinister-looking Gary Oldman) who live across the road. But did she actually see what she thought she saw? Or is her mind playing tricks on her? We’re desperate to find out as well!
– JUNE –
Yes, it’s yet another horror classic getting dusted off, along with the other ‘new’ movies in 2020, but we’re willing to give this the time of day, seeing as Tony Todd is reprising his role as the iconic title character and because we’re promised this isn’t a remake, but a sequel. US director Jordan Peele is on producing duties for this movie, and with plot details unknown, all that we can tell you is that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) and Teyonah Parris (If Beale Street Could Talk) will star.
Top Gun: Maverick
It’s only taken 31 years for this sequel to fly into airspace, with Tom Cruise back in the cockpit and even Val Kilmer returning as Iceman. Exact plot details aren’t confirmed, but the trailer confirms more high flying antics, some in icier climbs, a hefty dose of motorbike riding and some solemn looks. See you in another 31 years for Top Gun: Retirement Village.
– JULY –
Reaction has been fairly positive to the just-released trailer for what will be the official third film in the franchise, with Paul Feig’s all-female busters reboot not being a sequel. The plot sees relatives of the late Ghostbuster Egon, inherit his Oklahoma farmhouse along with all his ghoul hunting kit and it seems the ghostly activity that used to follow him around as well, forcing his family and others to don the famous suits to take down some spooks. As new movies in 2020, we’re excited about this one.
Director Christopher Nolan has plenty of previous when it comes to bending our minds while holding us in a state of utter confusion (we’re looking at you Inception and Momento), and it looks like his new movie, Tenet, will do just that with bells on. We’ve got a trailer, but few details with it, what we do know is that John David Washington will play some sort of soldier/spy who is trying to protect planet Earth from something and seems to be able to experience time both forwards and backwards, we think?
Ryan Reynolds is the go-to guy for self-referential comedy these days. Here he stars as Guy, an unassuming man who works as a cashier in a bank, inside a violent GTA style video game called Free City. When his character suddenly becomes self-aware this world gets a new hero it never knew it needed. It looks to be heavy on the effects, but thankfully also the fun.
Morbius is based on the Spider-Man villain, a scientist who suffers from a rare blood disease and inadvertently turns himself into a vampire while trying to cure himself. It happens right? Jared Leto plays the comic book bloodsucker, and hopefully, his turn as this villain won’t be as polarising as his examination of the Joker in Suicide Squad.
– AUGUST –
Bill & Ted Face the Music
The Wyld Stallyns of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will finally return to their beloved roles as time-travellers Bill and Ted this summer. This long-awaited comedy sees William S. Preston Esquire and “Ted” Theodore Logan, yet to fulfil their destinies by penning the song that’ll bring harmony to the universe. But after a guest visits them from the future, this dynamic duo are set back on their true path.
– SEPTEMBER –
The Many Saints of Newark
Being huge fans of The Sopranos, we couldn’t help but get excited when we heard a movie was in the works. With the brilliant James Gandolfini no longer with us, this prequel focusses on a young Tony Soprano, fittingly played by Gandolfini’s son. Vera Farmiga and Ray Liotta make up the rest of the cast.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren for this third chapter of the Conjuring franchise, as they try and unravel the mystery surrounding the first murder suspect to ever use demonic possession as a defence in the court of law. Should be scary as hell.
The King’s Man
This Kingsman prequel, set in the early 1900s, sees Ralph Fiennes lead an all-star cast in an origin story that will show how a group of ex-soldiers originally formed the spy agency. It sees The King’s Men facing a race against the clock to defeat the world’s worst masterminds in their plot to wipe out millions of people. Tom Hollander, Gemma Arterton and Rhys Ifans as mad monk Rasputin, round out a fine looking cast.
– OCTOBER –
Tom Hanks continues his commendable work ethic, here playing a sickly inventor who happens to be the very last human left on a post-apocalyptic planet. He creates a robot to care for his dog when he dies and to keep them both company while he’s alive. Expect a few tears and some rumination on the meaning of life.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns in the follow-up to the 2018 re-boot success that was Halloween. After surviving the terrifying return of bogeyman Michael Myers, Laurie Strode (Curtis) must once again face off against Myers in a bloody battle. We’ve certainly been here before, but as huge fans of the franchise, we’re not complaining.
Andy Serkis is on directing duties to this sequel to the smash hit Spider-Man spin-off. It’s confirmed Tom Hardy will reprise his take on Eddie Brock and his anti-villain alter ego Venom. And it seems this time around he’ll be facing off against serial killer Cletus Kasady aka supervillain Carnage played by Woody Harrelson, and it’s also rumoured Spidey himself will pop up at some point. Should be a blast.
– NOVEMBER –
Godzilla vs. Kong
Few firm details are known about this slice of monster madness. But after the tease we got in last year’s underrated Godzilla: King of Monsters, we can expect the epic battle of all battles, as Skull Island’s very own giant ape squares off against everyone’s favourite radioactive lizard. Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall star.
– DECEMBER –
David Lynch attempted what many have said was impossible in 1984 when filming Frank Herbert’s brilliant sci-fi novel Dune. Although it was received with less than considerable acclaim. Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has stepped up to have his own crack at the material and if casting alone is a barometer then this should be very good. Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård and Dave Bautista are all on board. Chalamet takes the lead as Paul Atreides, the young nobleman who must travel to the planet Dune, home to the most valuable commodity known to man, to lead the fight against his family’s enemies. Keep your fingers crossed for this one.
Coming 2 America
After a serious return to form with the Nexflix film Dolemite Is My Name, Eddie Murphy reprises the role of Prince Akeem in this sequel to the smash-hit 80s comedy that’s been touted for years. The plot sees Akeem learning that he has a long-lost son he never knew about who might be the heir to the throne. Most of the original cast such as James Earl Jones return for what is set to be another huge hit.
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