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50 Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2020

Wonder Woman's in the '80s, the Ghostbusters are in Oklahoma, and Nolan's starting WW3

50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020
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New year, new decade, new films, right? Sure. Every January, another calendar of movies gets slapped down, and we all sit there and decide what we think’s worth seeing in theaters, what’s worth saving for later, and what’s worth skipping altogether.

It’s all very cyclical, especially nowadays in the age of commodification. Once more, there will be blockbusters, there will be sequels, there will be comic book movies, there will be remakes, there will be reboots, and there will be blood … in more horror movies.

Beyond that, you’ll have some indie darlings trying to hit the mainstream, last year’s veteran filmmakers will tap in this year’s veteran filmmakers, and the dance continues. You could almost plug and play each and every one of them, come to think about it.

Even so, we’re particularly jazzed about this year’s rotation: We’re getting some aquatic horror early on. Paul Thomas Anderson is going back to the ’70s. Christopher Nolan returns to melt our minds. Damon and Affleck are reuniting. Hell, Wonder Woman’s in the ’80s.

Where you will be? Find out below.

–Michael Roffman
Editor-in-Chief


Underwater

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Underwater (20th Century Fox)

Release Date: January 10th

Kristen Stewart leads the cast in this deep-sea horror adventure, which sees an earthquake decimate a research station at the bottom of the ocean. The crew of aquatic researchers must get to safety, but their harrowing journey is made even more dangerous by the arrival of a deadly creature. Aquatic horror tends to bring bonkers levels of fun and entertainment. Still, we’re even more excited to see what would entice Stewart, who’s become a master of selecting fascinating roles, to this particular project. Either way, Stewart versus deep-sea creature sounds like a win, possibly in the same vein of Alien. (It is, according to our own Joe Lipsett.) –Meagan Navarro


Bad Boys for Life

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Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)

Release Date: January 17th

After a staggering 18 years in development hell, we’re finally getting another Bad Boys sequel. Now in their 50s, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to the streets of Miami as Detectives Michael “Mike” Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. This time, however, they’re without Michael Bay. Instead, they’re under the direction of Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who are best known in the States for helming two episodes of FX’s Snowfall. Admittedly, that’s a little concerning, as is the film’s not-so-summer release, but hey, we could all use a little South Beach R&R around this time of the year. –Michael Roffman


The Turning

Finn Wolfhard in The Turning (Universal)

The Turning (Universal)

Release Date: January 24th

Henry James’ Gothic story The Turn of the Screw has long been fodder for the most intriguing works of cinematic horror — take Jack Clayton’s The Innocents for instance, or 2001’s The Others. But Runaways writer-director Floria Sigismondi comes to us with a slinky, modern-day adaptation starring Mackenzie Davis as a beleaguered nanny beset by dark forces in a spooky old house and two even spookier charges (Finn Wolfhard and The Florida Project’s Brooklynn Prince). January releases for horror are never a good sign, but the game cast and stylish visuals give us hope that this will be a step above the rest. –Clint Worthington


Gretel and Hansel

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Gretel and Hansel (United Artists)

Release Date: January 31st

Look, no matter how you spin it, Hansel and Gretel is terrifying. Witches eating kids? C’mon. So, you can only imagine what filmmaker Oz Perkins might do with his literal spin on the infamous Brothers Grimm tale. Based on its cloudy first trailer, Gretel and Hansel looks downright unnerving in the ways we love prestige horror. Sophia Lillis, fresh off of equally nail-biting turns in It: Chapter One and Sharp Objects, plays little Gretel, and while she’s out of the sewer, these woods don’t look so pleasant, either. That shot of the witch in the distance? Much scarier than Pennywise the Dancing Clown. –Michael Roffman


Birds of Prey

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Birds of Prey (Warner Bros.)

Release Date: February 7th

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn proved to be one of the few pieces of 2016’s Suicide Squad that actually worked. So, rolling with a spinoff that puts Robbie at center stage, free from that production’s unfortunate baggage (read: Jared Leto) makes perfect sense. And linking her up with an all-female team of heroes, while also giving women both the camera and the pen, makes Birds of Prey look even better. With a superheroic Thelma & Louise vibe and a titular theme of emancipation, this film promises to be far more distinctive and engaging than the one that spawned it. –Andrew Bloom


The Lodge

Riley Keough in The Lodge

The Lodge (Neon)

Release Date: February 7th

Those searching for some bleak winter horror should seek refuge in The Lodge. One of our favorite selections from last year’s Cinepocalypse Festival, this icy thriller follows a fractured family in a remote cabin amidst a brutal holiday storm. What’s under the Christmas tree? Dread! As they’re wont to do, Goodnight Mommy directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala relish every opportunity to send their characters further into a downward spiral, and Riley Keough burns brighter the deeper she goes. It’s claustrophobic, it’s often cruel, but it’s always riveting. Don’t sleep on this one. –Michael Roffman


The King’s Man

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The King’s Man (20th Century Fox)

Release Date: February 14th

Your mileage may vary with the Kingsman franchise — they’re either sly, hyper-stylish James Bond riffs or empty exercises in effects-heavy style with a heaping helping of too-edgy humor. But if your favorite part of the series was its lore, Matthew Vaughn’s got a WWI-set prequel for you, charting the origins of the titular spy agency through the eyes of the Duke of Oxford (Ralph Fiennes) and his protege Conrad (Harris Dickinson) as they work to stop a global threat. Who knows? Maybe going full 1917 is the shot in the arm this franchise needs. –Clint Worthington


Fantasy Island

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Fantasy Island (Blumhouse)

Release Date: February 14th

In 2018, Lucy Hale made for one of the few bright spots in the otherwise drab, toothless Truth or Dare. We’re guessing both she and the audience will fare better with Blumhouse’s latest: Fantasy Island, a Jeff Wadlow-directed horror adaptation of the 1978 TV show of the same name. Hale joins a pretty sold cast, which includes Maggie Q, Michael Rooker, Michael Peña, and Ryan Hansen in full Ryan Hansen mode. Add in a lively trailer (with a top-tier Ariana Grande needle-drop deployment) and we’re not-so-cautiously optimistic.—-Allison Shoemaker


Sonic the Hedgehog

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Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: February 14th

The teeth, they hurt my eyes. When the first trailer dropped for Jeff Fowler’s film adaption of beloved video game character, Sonic the Hedgehog, more than the inclusion of a zany Jim Carrey, all anyone could focus on was the hedgehog’s teeth. Paramount Pictures shelved the film so the VFX team could undo their initial nightmare fuel, and the character’s design is much improved. The only question remaining is whether this live-action take will be a monumental success in perseverance or a complete disaster. In any case, Sonic the Hedgehog shouldn’t be boring. –Robert Daniels


VFW

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VFW (Fangoria Studios)

Release Date: February 14th

VFW turned a whole lotta heads last year at Austin’s Fantastic Fest. Our own critic Mike Vanderbilt called it a “barroom classic” and went on to praise director Joe Begos as a “trash cinema auteur” in his glowing review. That’s some hype, alright, and totally warranted. On paper, the whole thing reads like a John Carpenter movie — a bunch of grizzly vets must defend their VFW against a relentless army of punk mutants — and sports a cast straight outta your favorite horror-con: William Sadler, Stephen Lang, George Wendt, David Patrick Kelly, and Martin Kove. Midnight, here we come. –Michael Roffman


The Invisible Man

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The Invisible Man (Blumhouse)

Release Date: February 28th

Here’s one remake saved by development hell: After the dissolution of Universal’s failed Dark Universe, Blumhouse snagged the rights to The Invisible Man to deliver this modern reimagining, instead. Directed by Leigh Whannell, who’s hot off of 2018’s sleeper hit Upgrade, the film follows Elisabeth Moss as she attempts to stave off her abusive boyfriend who may or may not be the titular force at hand. Lots of metaphors to glean with this one, but also plenty of tension to mine, and Whannell isn’t the kind of guy to waste any of that. Good on him, and good for us. –Michael Roffman


Onward

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Onward (Disney/Pixar)

Release Date: March 6th

The world may be far too saturated with Disney content, but Pixar’s latest looks utterly delightful. Featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, and the eternally great Julia Louis Dreyfus, the story follows a family of elves that uncover a magical secret on how to spend one last day with their deceased father. There’s something about blending fantasy lore with the aesthetic of a Disney-fied Iron Maiden album cover that’ could hit a note-perfect tone. We can expect to have a few laughs, shed some tears, and hopefully get some outside-of-the-box character designs as audiences explore this mythical world. –James Clay


A Quiet Place 2

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A Quiet Place II (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: March 20th

A Quiet Place didn’t need a sequel. The 2018 sci-fi thriller ended beautifully, leaving the fate of the surviving Abbots and the rest of that curious world up to our own imagination. Well, imagination got the best of writer and director John Krasinski because he’s back with a second chapter. This time around, we’re leaving the farmstead and venturing forth into the world, and Emily Blunt is at the front of the charge. Based on the synopsis (and the first trailer), it would appear there are more monsters due on this Maple street, and some of them may be from this world. Spooky. –Michael Roffman


Mulan

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Mulan (Walt Disney Studios)

Release Date: March 27th

We wouldn’t blame you if you’ve had your fill of live-action bastardizations of your childhood favorites. And while Disney seems hellbent on raising their animated classics from the grave, whether we like it or not, we’re filing 2020’s upcoming Mulan adaptation under “like it”. With Niki Caro at the helm, Mulan 2020 delivered a sparkling trailer that made us rethink what a live-action adaptation could be, trading in the theatrics and sing-a-longs in favor of a sharp-edged, serious martial arts flick starring Liu Yifei, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen. Needless to say, we’ll miss you Mushu. –Irene Monokandilos


The New Mutants

The New Mutants (20th Century Fox)

The New Mutants (20th Century Fox)

Release Date: April 3rd

It looks like 2020 will finally be the year we actually get to see this film. Based on the X-Men franchise, The New Mutants is one of the few Marvel properties to embrace the horror genre. The film follows five mutants who are trapped in a secret facility, all while also discovering their latent powers. Having to survive the dangers around them, as well as confront their pasts, the five strive to escape the facility. For those craving a comic book movie with more chills and frights, audiences can look forward to finally seeing The New Mutants this April. –Michael Pementel


No Time to Die

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No Time to Die (United Artists Releasing)

Release Date: April 8th

In another universe, Danny Boyle’s Bond is already on Blu-ray, and we’re talking about casting a new 007. In this world, though, we’re anticipating Daniel Craig’s final outing, hoping Cary Fukunaga can bring some of that True Detective magic to the spy franchise, wondering what Phoebe Waller-Bridge added in those rewrites, getting amped for Hans Zimmer’s just-announced score, and tempering our excitement at seeing Craig reunite with his Knives Out co-star Ana de Armas. Yeah, there’s a lot going into this long-awaited followup. It’s the Grimes of all blockbusters. –Michael Roffman


Antlers

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Antlers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Release Date: April 17th

Scott Cooper may not be one of the most well-known filmmakers working today, but he’s spent the majority of the last decade crafting taut mid-budget dramas with a dash of social commentary. So, it seems that he’ll be quite comfortable dipping into the horror genre with his latest picture Antlers. There’s a sinister teaser trailer online now that hints of what scares Cooper has tucked under his sleeve. With actors like Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons involved, those are reasons alone to get excited for one of the most anticipated horror films of 2020. –James Clay


Antebellum

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Antebellum (Lionsgate)

Release Date: April 24th

Though details for Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’s Antebellum remain scant, the few crumbs we do have are tantalizing. The teaser released in November depicts Janelle Monáe as a modern-day author trapped in a nightmare: She’s a slave in the pre-Civil War South. Kiersey Clemons and Gabourey Sidibe also star in this provocative horror flick produced by Sean McKittrick (Get Out and Us). Seeing Monáe in a star-driven vehicle makes Antebellum a can’t miss experience. –Robert Daniels


Bad Trip

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Bad Trip (United Artists)

Release Date: April 24th

Eric Andre on a road trip? Who doesn’t want to watch this? –Michael Roffman


Black Widow

Black Widow

Black Widow (Marvel Studios)

Release Date: May 1st

Having been a decade since she made her debut, Scarlett Johansson will finally be taking on a lead role in Marvel’s Black Widow. The film takes place following the events of Captain America: Civil War, with Natasha looking to confront the struggles of her past. Based on the trailer, Black Widow looks to pack loads of espionage action alongside a stellar cast, including the likes of Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour. For those who have been waiting, Black Widow looks to be an exhilarating kick off to a new decade of MCU films. –Michael Pementel


The Personal History of David Copperfield

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The Personal History of David Copperfield (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Release Date: May 8th

Political satirist Armando Iannucci is taking a break from skewering world leaders to adapt Charles Dickens’ delightful novel that follows the titular man (Dev Patel) from adolescence to adulthood as he meets friends, enemies and goes on several misadventures. While it may seem like a side step for Iannucci, the film already received a host of rave reviews after hitting the film festival circuit this past fall. This comedy has it all, a little bit of heart, a dollop of colorblind casting, and a twinge of that biting humor that fans of Iannucci crave. Plus, we just can’t resist the charms of Patel. –James Clay


The Organ Donor

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The Organ Donor (Lionsgate)

Release Date: May 15th

A ninth Saw movie starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson … from a story by Rock? That’s something you don’t hear every day. Allegedly, The Organ Donor will not be a reboot as previously thought, but a legitimate continuation of the Jigsaw story — complete with Saw sequel stalwart Darren Lynn Bousman returning to direct. The plot itself is still under wraps, but given Rock’s involvement, we can expect some darkly comic twists along the way. Unless he wants to play it completely straight, in which case we’re doubly interested to see what kind of twisted game he has in store. –Clint Worthington


Fast and Furious 9

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Release Date: May 22nd

Buckle up, mi familia, another Fast and Furious movie is on its way. After the modest (if muted) success of Fast spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, the franchise is returning to its roots with a Justin Lin-directed entry in the ongoing saga of the Toretto clan. The gang is back — minus The Rock, of course, that Diesel beef has yet to be squashed — including Jordana Brewster, who was last seen retiring with the late Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner. What circumstances bring her back into the fold, we can’t say; all we know is that joining her is Helen Mirren as Mama Shaw, and Charlize Theron as Fate of the Furious baddie Cipher (who, according to franchise tradition, will probably be a good guy now for some reason). –Clint Worthington


The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: May 22nd

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Square Pants! Five years past the last SpongeBob movie (2015’s Sponge Out of Water), the cackling jelly-fish hunter/Krusty Krab employee and his best friend Patrick return with Sponge on the Run—a film that will see the two on a rescue mission to save the kidnapped snail Gary. If you’re a SpongeBob fan, as any feeling human should be, you won’t need much convincing for another adventure. But as an added bonus, the movie will depict how SpongeBob and Gary first met, which is enough for my ticket. –Robert Daniels


Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984, photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Release date change june 5 2020

Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros.)

Release Date: June 5th

One of the most anticipated films of the year sees Gal Gadot back in action and Patty Jenkins back in the director’s seat in their follow up to 2017’s smash hit. That Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is also somehow back, in 1984 no less, has us deeply intrigued. Moreover, it looks like the ’80s action movie is alive and well in 2020. Our favorite, charming superheroine will battle new foes in a neon haze and ‘80s excess. Between the dazzling one-sheets and a riveting trailer that reeled us with its instrumental remix of “Blue Monday”, we needed this movie yesterday. –Meagan Navarro


Candyman

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Candyman

Release Date: June 12th

Candyman. Candyman. Cand–eh, let’s not test it. Out of all the reboots and remakes coming from Hollywood, we’re actually pretty stoked to reunite with Clive Barker’s man in the mirror, especially since Tony Todd is back behind the bees. Of course, it helps that Jordan Peele is involved, and that it’s being helmed by Little Woods director Nia DaCosta. That level of talent insists we’re not getting just another cash grab sequel, but a film that has something to say, which has long been the enduring strength of the 1992 original. Even better, it’s a direct sequel! –Michael Roffman


Soul

50 Anticipated Movies of 2020

Soul (Pixar)

Release Date: June 19th

Pixar has always been at its best creatively making out-of-the-box-centric films that place its characters into relatable yet emotionally charged situations. Soul brings veteran Pixar writer/director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up, Inside Out) back to the helm in what looks to be their most music-forward title yet. Tie in the comedic geniuses of Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx, and Pixar looks to have one of its most original releases in years, helping to usher in a return to form from a decade that saw the studio take on too many sequels and spinoffs. –Kyle Cubr


Pete Davidson Movie

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Untitled Pete Davidson/Judd Apatow Project

Release Date: June 19th

This past Summer, Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson low-key shot a movie while the Saturday Night Live star was on hiatus. Davidson is a controversial figure, and we all know that breeds intrigue, so it’s possible the film will tackle his high-profile dating life and bring some emotional heft by reflecting on the loss of his father in the 9/11 attacks.  Even though there’s no word on what the plot will be, or what the comedic tone the film will strike, there’s plenty to be excited about as providing comedic talents with a cinematic voice is what Apatow does best. –James Clay


Top Gun: Maverick

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Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: June 26th

If Tom Cruise wants to fly jets, he’s going to fly jets. Such is the case for Top Gun: Maverick, the long-developed, never-asked-for sequel to Tony Scott’s queer classic. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the film sees Cruise’s Maverick training new cadets, including his late pal Goose’s son (Miles Teller). Whether or not we see Mav shed the flight suit for another game of volleyball remains to be seen, but he will be back on that chopper, and in his trademark bomber jacket. We just hope that also means a reprisal of Berlin. Take our breath away, Tom. Take our breath away. –Michael Roffman


In the Heights

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In the Heights (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Release Date: June 26th

The initial trailer for In The Heights—the first Broadway stunner from Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda—is pretty damn close to perfect as trailers go, a riot of sound and color (not unlike those for Crazy Rich Asians, also directed by Jon M. Chu) designed to make you sit forward in your seat. But for all the liveliness and flash (and there’s a lot of both), the three big selling points here are the timeliness (immigration, gentrification, activism, and so on), the gorgeous music, and the leading performance. Odds are in a year the world’s gonna know Anthony Ramos’s name; it’s a perfect bit of casting sure to clue the broader public in on what theater fans already know: he’s a mega-watt, top-tier, breath-snatching star. —-Allison Shoemaker


Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife, photo by Kimberly French for Vanity Fair

Release Date: July 10th

Who ya gonna call? Jason Reitman. The son of OG director Ivan Reitman returns with a direct sequel to the original Ghostbusters franchise, and we’re expecting things to get emotional. Based on the trailer that dropped back in December, Afterlife looks like a Force Awakens-style reboot, only it doesn’t appear that we’re getting a beat for beat remake. No, this is a coming-of-age story set in the rustic confines of Oklahoma, which is a far cry from the Big Apple adventures of the ’80s. Toss in Paul Rudd, some proton accelerators, a few cameos, and we’re back in business. –Michael Roffman


Tenet

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Tenet (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Release Date: July 17th

It’s July 17th, do you know where Christopher Nolan is? He’s back with Tenet, his highly anticipated followup to 2017’s Dunkirk, and arguably his greatest conquest yet. Filmed across not one, not two, but seven goddamn countries — ahem, Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and United States — the “romantic thriller”‘s been described as North by Northwest meets Inception. Those check out in our book, as does the pairing of Robert Pattinson and John David Washington, who are both at the top of their game right now. Watch that woozy trailer enough times, and you start to think this might be the only film that matters this year. Very likely. –Michael Roffman


Bob’s Burgers:The Movie

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Release Date: July 17th

For nearly 10 years, Bob’s Burgers has delivered small stakes, oddball hilarity on Fox’s airwaves. A big part of the charm and joy of the series is its amusing songs and overall musical bent. So the prospect of a feature-length musical comedy from Loren Bouchard and his team is assuredly something to get excited about. While many details surrounding the film are still under wraps, the show’s continued stellar quality in its 10th season gives reason to hope that Bob’s Burgers can successfully follow in the footsteps of The Simpsons and South Park in making the jump to the silver screen. –Andrew Bloom


Bill and Ted Face the Music

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Bill and Ted Face the Music (Orion Pictures)

Release Date: August 21st

In 1989, Bill & Ted creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon sold us on an epic time-traveling adventure full of slushies, rock and roll, and history come to life. Somehow, the charm of slackers Bill S. Preston Esquire (Alex Winter) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) won us over, and the absurdly high stakes of passing an oral history exam in order to — skipping a few beats — maintain harmony in the universe through their future musical output as Wyld Stallyns was just insane enough to work. Bill and Ted Face the Music catches up with the Stallyns, still hitless and now fathers, as we’re sure the universe faces great peril once more. Though our heroes are closer to senior citizenship than adolescence, we gotta believe they’re not too old to rock our worlds one last time. Then again, completing a successful trilogy is almost as hard as finding a phone booth in 2020. –Matt Melis


The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Release Date: September 11th

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return once more to bring our favorite cinematic demon-fighting couple to life in the next installment of the mega-popular Conjuring series. This time, James Wan has passed the baton to The Curse of La Llorona’s Michael Chaves. It’s not just behind the scenes that mark a shakeup for the series; the plot centers around one of the most sensational cases from the Warrens’ files in which an American murder suspect argued that they couldn’t be found guilty of the crime, as they were demonically possessed at the time. Demonic courtroom drama and the Warrens? Yes, please. –Meagan Navarro


Last Night in Soho

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Last Night in Soho (Focus Features)

Release Date: September 25th

Edgar Wright knows his way around every genre, but he tends to always have the last laugh. That’s why we’re intrigued by Last Night in Soho, which is being touted as a psychological horror movie. Is this Wright tickling his Lynchian funny bone? Will he leave any room for comedy? Given his macabre influences on the project (Don’t Look Now, Repulsion), we’re expecting something as visceral as Baby Driver, only with chills over thrills. Then again, with 1917 co-screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns offering an assist, it’s hard to imagine this being anything short of a thrill ride. –Michael Roffman


The Trial of the Chicago 7

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Paramount Pictures)

Release Date: September 25th

Writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 seems to be arriving right on time, a mere five weeks and change before the 2020 election. But while we know we should be most eager about Sorkin’s screenplay, which concerns the marked civil unrest and anti-war protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the subsequent trial of seven men accused of conspiracy and more, we got pretty distracted by the cast list, because holy crap: Watchmen standout Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, legends Frank Langella and Michael Keaton, world-class that-guy John Carroll Lynch, Oscar-winners Eddie Redmayne and Mark Rylance, No. 1 boy Jeremy Strong of Succession, and Sacha Baron Cohen, who is playing Abbie freakin’ Hoffman. Let’s hope this is more Social Network than Newsroom, shall we? –Allison Shoemaker


Respect

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Respect (MGM)

Release Date: October 9th

Jennifer Hudson is playing Aretha Franklin, and the trailer alone is likely to give you chills all the way up and down your spine. There’s really nothing more to be said on this one. Perfect casting; the very idea Jellicle can and Jellicle should wipe Cats straight out of your Jellicle head, Jellicle Jellicle goddamnit. Still, this will be good. –Allison Shoemaker


Halloween Kills

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Halloween Kills (Blumhouse)

Release Date: October 16th

When David Gordon Green’s Halloween conquered the box office in 2018, becoming the highest grossing slasher of all time, you just knew Michael Myers never perished in that fire. Well, he didn’t, at least not yet, as Blumhouse has dated two sequels for this year and the next. The first, Halloween Kills, hits theaters this October, and seemingly picks up right where the last left off. This time around, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode isn’t the only familiar face in Haddonfield, Illinois as we’ll be seeing Anthony Michael Hall as not-so-bratty Tommy Doyle, Kyle Richards as not-so-little Lindsay Wallace, and Charles Cyphers as not-so-Sheriff Brackett. Trick or treat? We’ll find out. –Michael Roffman


The Eternals

Marvel's The Eternals

Marvel’s Eternals

Release Date: November 6th

We’re going to respectfully ask that you place any Marvel or general franchise exhaustion you might be feeling up on the shelf, just for a moment, and instead think of this as a weird-ass movie directed by a great rising filmmaker. Focus on the Chloé Zhao of it all, she of The Rider—one of the best films of 2017—or zero in on the cast, which includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, and the newly-ripped Kumail Nanjiani (blame this movie for the muscles). Or focus on the story, which we don’t know much about, but which will certainly focus on the aptly-named Eternals, an extremely long-living humanoid race that resulted from experiments performed by immensely powerful supernatural beings. It will be beautifully filmed and (at worst) capably acted; it will also be weird as hell. Bring it on. –Allison Shoemaker


Stillwater

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Matt Damon in Contagion

Release Date: November 6th

Admittedly, I initially thought this was a sequel to Almost Famous, and got really excited. But no, Tom McCarthy’s film isn’t a mockumentary of the fictional Billy Crudup band Stillwater. Instead, this picture of a father working to clear his daughter of murder features Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, and Camille Cottin. Which if the director of Spotlight wants that narrative instead of a mockumentary, then I guess that’ll do too. With a November 6th release date, Stillwater might be the film to return McCarthy to the Oscar race, so here’s your early jump on that race. –Robert Daniels


Godzilla vs Kong

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Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros.)

Release Date: November 20th

Godzilla vs. Kong is a rematch 58 years in the making. Last we saw the two titular monsters, Godzilla is the reigning alpha-predator of the world and Kong is still master of his domain on Skull Island. Obviously, something will bring these two titans of kaijudom together for the ultimate battle royal. Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler reprise their roles from Godzilla: King of the Monsters to further Monarch’s study into the Titans’ origins with a presumed third-party coming in to complicate their research and set off the titular showdown. Is Legendary’s potential finale to the MonsterVerse one where we see Toho favorites’ Mechagodzilla or Mecha-King Ghidorah? Only time will tell. –Kyle Cubr


Dune

Dune director Denis Villeneuve

Dune director Denis Villeneuve

Release Date: December 18th

Following up David Lynch is a task I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, but when it comes to adapting a monolith of science fiction like Dune, the mastermind behind Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival will more than do. Denis Villeneuve rocked us in 2019 with a titanic wave of casting news that will see the likes of Timothee Chalamet, Oscar IsaacRebecca FergusonStellan SkarsgardDave BautistaJavier BardemZendayaJosh BrolinJason MomoaDavid DastmalchianCharlotte RamplingChang Chen, and Stephen Henderson  (*sharp inhale*) unite on the silver screen to bring Frank Herbert’s 1965 classic to vivid, affecting life. Having already shown us his chops with the precious brainchild of Philip K. Dick, Villeneuve has promised diehard fans to eschew the Lynchisms for an adaptation that stays true to its source text with an all new aesthetic. Needless to say, we’re effectively sandworms champing at the intergalactic bit. –Irene Monokandilos


West Side Story

West Side Story (Fox)

West Side Story (Fox)

Release Date: December 18th

West Side Story has gone nearly 70 years without a remake, and for good reason. The original is one of the finest musicals set to film, but when a name like Steven Speilberg decides to take up the mantel, expectations become sky-high. Speilberg’s blocking in his films has been one of his strongest suits and his retelling of the Jets vs. Sharks should only further cement his status as a master of this form. Ansel Elgort as Tony is the kind of role that will thrust him into a household name. –Kyle Cubr


Coming 2 America

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Coming to America

Release Date: December 18th

Coming to America saw crown prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) trade his birth ponytail, a custom-trained wife who barks, and all the riches of Zamunda for a McJob, a rat-infested apartment in Queens, and a chance to find a “woman who arouses his intellect as well as his loins.” More than 30 years later, much of the cast and crew are back (sans director John Landis) as Prince Akeem returns to America to take the son he never knew he had under his wing. No doubt odd couple Murphy and Arsenio Hall can still keep us in stitches as they jump into a variety of characters, but will this sequel retain the heart of the first? Behind all of the original’s silliness was the classic tale of the pauper (actually a prince) proving nice guys can finish first and the lesson that every girl out there should never settle for less than her “prince” (sometimes literally). In 2020, even in silly comedies, we really need the good guys to win. –Matt Melis


The Last Duel

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

Release Date: December 25th

With The Last Duel, Ridley Scott returns to fill the French medieval intrigue niche we never knew existed. Featuring Adam Driver, the period piece re-teams the starring and writing partnership of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Their first such credits together since Good Will Hunting. I don’t need to know much more to want this movie in my veins right now, but if you’re into French kings (for any number of reasons, I don’t judge), The Last Duel follows the Knight Jean de Carrouges after he’s ordered by Charles VI to settle a dispute with his squire through a duel. So, medieval murder? Sweet! –Robert Daniels


Da 5 Bloods

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Spike Lee, photo via Facebook

Release Date: TBD

It wouldn’t have been an insult to suggest that Spike Lees best movies were behind him just a few years ago. No matter how fearless, frustrated, and focused the celebrated filmmaker remains, sometimes a director’s time has passed — his vision even at odds with those  who had always championed his voice. Then BlacKkKlansman dropped in 2018, and all of a sudden a Spike Lee Joint became a stamp of relevance, resistance, and radicalness all over again. Now, Lee has taken that momentum and appears to be shifting from the violence in the streets to the aftermath of another senseless war. In Da 5 Bloods, four Black Vietnam vets return to the site of their days as soldiers to keep a promise and seek out a treasure. While details remain scarce, none of us will be bamboozled into missing a Spike Lee Joint in 2020. –Matt Melis


The French Dispatch

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Wes Anderson, photo by Heather Kaplan

Release Date: TBD

The French Dispatch is described as “a love letter to journalists” and will feature a slew of Wes Anderson regulars in its cast. The film is to be set in a fictional French town during the 20th century and will no doubt feature innumerable references to the French films that have inspired Anderson’s work like he did with Indian cinema in The Darjeeling Limited and Japanese cinema in Isle of Dogs. Quirky dead-pan dialogue, central-point focus, and a Rolling Stones song are all good bets to make appearances in Anderson’s tenth feature film. –Kyle Cubr


Nightmare Alley

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Guillermo Del Toro

Release Date: TBD

Three years after winning Best Picture and Best Director with The Shape of Water, dark fantasy maestro Guillermo del Toro is finally ready to return to the big screen. In a very on-brand move for him, del Toro’s next picture is an adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel Nightmare Alley, about a traveling carnival filled with con men and grifters. Knowing del Toro, some grim Lovecraftian fantasy is sure to creep its way in (and Doug Jones will play, I dunno, a sword-swallower or something); whatever shape it takes, it’ll be aided by a killer cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Willem Dafoe. –Clint Worthington


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New film 2020 high school student Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson

Release Date: December

Details on Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film are sparse. Set in 1970’s San Fernando Valley and following a high school student trying to make it as an actor, not much else is known. Will this be PTA’s Dazed and Confused? We’ve seen him work in this era before with Boogie Nights and Inherent Vice and given his track record on the whole, all signs point to something exceptional in the works. A new PTA film is something to behold and the excitement will only continue to grow as details continue to pour out. –Kyle Cubr

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