coming your way in 2020
The future is here, the future is now; but for what it may lack in flying cars and hoverboards, 2020 more than delivers when it matters most – wave after wave of cinematic delights.
Full of sequels, scares and spin-offs, if 2020 doesn’t have it then you don’t need it.
Here at The Film Club we’ve cast our beady eyes over some of the most exciting films heading your way over the next 6 months, with part 2 arriving in the summer. So, in the meantime, while you’re snacking on the leftover turkey and making your way through the rubbish chocolates no-one else wants, let’s dive in, gun it to eighty-eight and take a look at what’s on offer between now and June.
1917 - IN CINEMAS 10th january
January and February come with a pretty full slate, as the studios begin to jostle for the awards podiums. First up is Sam Mendes (Skyfall) spectacular WWI epic 1917. Two young British soldiers must bravely enter enemy territory to deliver a vital message that will stop over 1,600 of their fellow men from walking into a deadly trap. Mendes teams with cinematographer Roger Deakins to create the effect that the film was shot in one continuous take, ramping up the tension to nail-biting levels. Save that, Private Ryan.
bad boys for life - IN CINEMAS 17th january
Ok, so the closest these bad boys may get to an awards podium is if they have to investigate another of Frances McDormand’s stolen statuettes, but it will still be good to be back in the company of cool-as-ice Detective Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and his cantankerous partner Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) after 17 long years. This time round, the destructive cops must team with a much younger elite squad known as AMMO, to take down a drug cartel. Supposedly the final instalment, they’ll ride together, but will they die together?
Also out in January – The Gentlemen, Jojo Rabbit, Bombshell, Just Mercy, The Grudge, The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Lighthouse, Richard Jewell, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, Queen & Slim, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, The Rhythm Section
birds of prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn - IN CINEMAS 7th february
Sure-fire bet for Title of the Year, BoP:AtFEoOHQ (yep, that’s much easier to write…) is the first of the latest wave of comic book films to be hitting the big screen this year. A spin-off from 2016’s Suicide Squad sees Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) on a soul-searching mission to free herself from the oppressive clutches of her former squeeze The Joker. Her coping mechanism? Teaming up with a group of female superheroes known as the Birds of Prey to take down Ewan McGregor’s evil crime lord Black Mask.
the invisible man - IN CINEMAS 28th february
Horror hit-makers Blumhouse Productions and director Leigh Whannel (Saw) team up once again following 2018’s excellent Upgrade to put a fresh spin on a classic horror-tale. Elisabeth Moss stars as Cecilia Kass, who’s abusive ex-boyfriend leaves her a small fortune following his apparent suicide. However, Cecilia believes that it’s all a hoax, and must fight to prove her own sanity when a mysterious invisible force begins to hunt her. Ever get the feeling you are being watched?
Also out in February – Parasite, Underwater, Dolittle, Sonic the Hedgehog, Fantasy Island, Emma, Like a Boss, The Call of the Wild, Bloodshot, Dark Waters
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onward - IN CINEMAS 6th march
The first of a double helping of Pixar this year, Onward tells the story of the heart-warming (and let’s be honest, heart-breaking) quest of two elf brothers who discover that they are able to resurrect their deceased dad for 24 hours only. A tale of self-discovery with some serious Weekend at Bernie vibes, Pixar look to have another classic on their hands.
mulan - IN CINEMAS 27th march
The latest live-action film from Disney, Mulan appears to be a somewhat different offering from the mega successful movie studio. Coming across as more of an historical epic than fantasy film (no talking dragon sidekicks or musical numbers here), still expect the story of a young Chinese maiden, who must disguise herself as a male in order to take her sick fathers place in the Chinese Army, to create some pretty hefty waves at the box office.
Also out in March – Finding The Way Back, Misbehaviour, My Spy, A Quiet Place: Part II, Trolls World Tour, Peter Rabbit 2
no time to die - in CINEMAS 2nd april
Widely touted as Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the super suave 007 James Bond (although pretty sure we’ve heard that one before). No longer in her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond’s idyllic retirement has a Felix Leiter - sized spanner thrown into the works, when his old CIA buddy asks for help in tracking down a nefarious character wielding some life-threatening technology. Prepare to be both shaken and stirred.
Also out in April – The New Mutants, Promising Young Woman, Antlers, Antebellum
black widow - IN CINEMAS 1st may
Clearly even Thanos and his dastardly plans can’t hold back this kickass assassin, with Scarlett Johansson returning as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow and finally landing her very own solo film. Despite this being a prequel (set in the time period between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War), Marvel Studio execs have promised that this will help to set the events for the next phase of the Marvel mega-franchise.
fast & furious 9 - IN CINEMAS 22nd may
The franchise that just keeps on giving wheel spins into cinemas for it’s ninth instalment this May. All of the familiar faces are back, minus the edition of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, following their own 2018 spin-off Hobbs and Shaw. Taking their place is another musclebound giant, as John Cena joins Vin Diesel and his ‘family’. Also back is Charlize Theron as Cipher, surely out for revenge following her defeat to Diesel’s Dominic Toretto last time out. Get those pink slips at the ready.
Also out in May – Saint Maud, The Woman in the Window, Scoob!, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Artemis Fowl
wonder woman 1984 - IN CINEMAS 5th june
Now that DC seem to have given up on their plans to create an MCU style connected universe for their own slate of super heroic characters, they can finally get back to doing what they do best–making damn fine comic book films. With this 80’s set sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman, they look to have raised the bar even higher. The eponymous heroine must deal with a new threat in the form of Kristen Wiig’s Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, as well as the apparent return of her long-lost love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Let there be perms. Lots of perms.
soul - IN CINEMAS 19th june
The second offering this year from Pixar also looks likely to continue their 25 - year streak of creating masterpiece after masterpiece. This time around we follow the story of a musician struggling to rediscover his passion for his own art. When a tragic accident completely turns his world upside down, he must learn to find himself once more, with the help of an infant soul herself learning about the joys of life. Expect tears, laughter and a great soundtrack.
Also out in June – Candyman, In the Heights