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The 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020

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By  · Published on January 15th, 2020

Bill & Ted Face the Music (August 21)

In what must be the most welcome sequel in the history of sequels, Bill S. Preston, esq. (Alex Winter) and Ted “Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) are jumping back in the phone booth for another most non-heinous adventure through time under the direction of Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest). According to Reeves, the pair’s lives are falling apart and they need to write the greatest song ever to stop the universe destroying itself, which they’ll do with the help of returning cast members William Sadler (Death), “Missy… I mean Mom” Amy Stoch, and new additions Kid Cudi (playing himself), Kristen Schaal, and Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine as the daughters of the bodacious title characters. Fingers crossed for an appearance of another member of the Faith No More Spiritual and Theological Center. (Charlie Brigden)

Last Night in Soho (September 25)

Edgar Wright has worn his horror-loving heart on his sleeve for the entirety of his career. From TV shows like Spaced and Asylum to the Cornetto Trilogy movies, the director has never shied away from embracing his spooky influences, but he’s always made sure that the laughs came first. With Last Night in Soho, however, he’s out to scare viewers with a psychological horror film set in London’s Swinging Sixties. Wright has cited Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion as major influences here, so expect a strong character-driven horror movie that explores some dark themes. His horror-comedies have shown that he’s capable of orchestrating a good scare, and this year, moviegoers will get to experience an entire movie of them. (Kieran Fisher)

Venom 2 (October 2)

Admit it, you enjoyed Venom more than you thought you would. Tom Hardy chewing scenery like he was a Symbiote devouring a head tickled you, He gave one of the most entertaining performances of his entire career, and you loved it. I know I certainly did anyway. More than anything, though, Venom is the kind of ambitious mess that we just don’t see enough of in an age where superhero movies have become reputable cinema. The movie tried to be a body horror flick, a bromantic comedy, and an antihero origin story all rolled into one, and while these elements didn’t necessarily blend seamlessly, it made for some fascinating cinema all the same. The sequel should retain that messy ambition, albeit with some gore thrown into the mix this time around. (Kieran Fisher)

Death on the Nile (October 9)

I’m just here for the mustache and all mustache accouterments. Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express was a solid, albeit traditional, take on the Agatha Christie narrative with a parade of delectable talent to keep your eyes wide open. Rian Johnson’s Knives Out upped the game on the whodunit, and as a result, I’d like to see this Hercule Poirot take a few more chances than a straight adaptation, but if not, oh well, the movie star eye candy is still top-notch. The scenery shall be chewed by Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, and Russell Brand. Plus, Branagh’s displaying that magnificent, gargantuan cookie duster. (Brad Gullickson)

The Witches (October 17)

Can anyone top Angelica Huston’s performance as the Grand High Witch in Nicolas Roeg’s 1990 version? Can Robert Zemeckis finally come back from his two holes he’s dug himself into (dead-eyed performance-capture animations and CG-heavy remakes of modern documentary classics)? These are the two most important questions regarding this second adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel. This time it’s Anne Hathaway playing the villainous Grand High Witch, and she might just have the goods to deliver something freshly iconic. As for Zemeckis, he’s due for a real return, not just another okay movie like Flight but a true resurrection to form as one of our most dependable entertainers. Never mind that this could wind up being like Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as far as Dahl remakes go. I’m optimistic because I want the best for everyone here. (Christopher Campbell)

The Eternals (November 6)

We accepted Asgardians and genuflected to Guardians; now we’re ready for The Eternals. Who and what they are is not what’s going to put butts in seats. The streak of success established by the MCU will secure half the audience, and a ridiculously attractive cast will nab the rest. Grab a deep breath * inhale * – Gemma Chan, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Angelina Jolie, Barry Keoghan, Ma Dong-seok, Lia McHugh, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, and Lauren Ridloff. Done, sold, no further info needed. Just in case, however, you should know that The Eternals is an utterly nuts property involving giant Celestial deities and their raging superpowered offspring where Earth is their prize. This film is certainly taking the MCU to its next cosmic phase and will be the cause of seriously dense plot going forward. Of the two Marvel flicks released this year, The Eternals is the one you absolutely cannot miss. (Brad Gullickson)

Godzilla v Kong (November 20)

Interest in Legendary’s Monsterverse seems to be dying down, as evidenced by the lukewarm response to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but the ultimate showdown between these two titans is bound to get the franchise back on track. And when you consider that King of the Monsters showed that gargantuan beasts are everywhere, it’s highly likely that these icons of monster movies will have some other threatening creatures to contend with. This is going to be a monster mash and hopefully, the human characters are interesting as well. (Kieran Fisher)

Coming 2 America (December 18)

Thirty-two years after the original film, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall return to their Zamundan royal roots. Now, normally, we may be rolling our eyes at such a tardy sequel, but with Craig Brewer at the helm, we find ourselves pleasantly optimistic. Brewer and Murphy proved themselves a dynamite duo on Dolemite is My Name, and the director has also shown that he can mine solid gold from overly-celebrated properties (look, you gotta give his Footloose remake a shot, cuz it’s even better than the original – true story). Plus, the whole darn kingdom seems to be back. Not only will Murphy and Hall return for Coming 2 America, but so will James Earl Jones, John Amos, Shari Headley, and Vanessa Bell Calloway. Calvin Lockhart’s Colonel Izzi sadly can’t make it, but his close relative General Izzi can in the form of Wesley Snipes. (Brad Gullickson)

West Side Story (December 18)

Steven Spielberg returns with his passion project: A reimagining of the seminal 1961 musical, beloved by audiences around the world. West Side Story traces the rivalry between two teenage gangs in New York’s West Side, the Puerto Rican “Sharks” and the white “Jets”, and the tension that ensues when a forbidden romance blossoms from their rift. The new production has turned heads thanks to a curious bit of lead casting (Ansel Elgort as Tony, newcomer Rachel Zegler as Maria) and a promotional still that revealed the film’s muted color palette, so different from the vibrancy of the original. But with playwright Tony Kushner penning the script and legend Rita Moreno on board as executive producer, as well as a supporting cast packed with Broadway professionals, could it be that we have another Spielberg masterpiece on our hands? Yes, it could… (Jenna Benchetrit)

May the Devil Take You: Chapter Two (TBA)

Horror movies about curses and old Beelzebub are a dime a dozen, but the first May the Devil Take You works better than most of them because it’s genuinely unnerving and a whole lot of fun. The film revolves around a family-in-peril following their father’s death, as their old man made a deal with the devil that they must pay for. What ensues is a lot of effective scares with moments of pitch-black humor, all of which culminates in a gore-soaked finale that’s reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead movies. Details about the sequel are being kept close to the vest for now, but the little information available suggests that the dark lord still wants his payment, and he’ll unleash hell to make it happen. (Kieran Fisher)

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