With the gaming industry booming this year with a plethora of new games and next-gen consoles, the movie industry is also not-so-quietly promising to deliver some thrills as well. Last year’s impressive roster of films, from Parasite to the war epic 1917, all brought a level of quality to the table. This year, two very anticipated movies will release from a couple of the best filmmakers working today, along with a handful of other films that you really should keep an eye on in 2020.
Note:This list isn’t in any particular order, rather just highlighting the ten most anticipated ones that we think you should paying attention to.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Releases: July 16, 2020
Christopher Nolan, the director behind some of cinemas finest modern movies like The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, The Prestige, and Interstellar, will return to the world of science fiction following a slight detour in 2017 when he directed the historical war epic, Dunkirk. Tenet sees Nolan returning to his roots, taking the concept of time and once again flipping it on its head. This is shaping up to be the biggest film of 2020 by talent involved and concept alone. Catch Tenet in theaters on July 16, 2020.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Releases: December 18, 2020
Next to Christopher Nolan, Denis Villeneuve has really made a name for himself this decade, having directed Sicario, Arrival, Prisoners, and Blade Runner 2049. His next film is certainly a very ambitious undertaking. Villeneuve is set to direct Dune, based on the classic epic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert. This will be the first film in a two-parter, and will roughly cover the first half of the book. Dune is another highly anticipated and massive release this year, be sure not to miss it on December 18, 2020.
A Quiet Place Part II
Director: John Krasinski
Releases: March 18, 2020
Set to release in the next couple of weeks, A Quiet Place Part II is the sequel to the surprisingly excellent 2018 horror film, A Quiet Place. Set some time after the events of the first film, humanity has seemingly returned to normal following the invasion of mysterious creatures who would hunt by sound. However, since this is a sequel, things don’t always stay peaceful. If you enjoyed the first movie, Part II should already be very high up on your must-watch list.
Wonder Woman 1984
Director: Patty Jenkins
Releases: June 4, 2020
2017’s Wonder Woman proved to the world that the DCEU still had life left in it, and could trade blows with the juggernaut that is the MCU. After the success of the first movie, you knew a sequel would be inevitable. Enter Wonder Woman 1984, which sees the Amazonian princess return to square off against a new arch-nemesis, Cheetah, who possesses super speed, strength, and agility. Wonder Woman 1984 releases June 4, 2020.
Godzilla vs. Kong
Director: Adam Wingard
Releases: November 19, 2020
If, like me, you’re a fan of monster movies, love Godzilla, and want to see a giant lizard throw down with a giant ape, then Godzilla vs. Kong has you covered. Set in the new Monarch-based monster universe, this showdown of the century takes the recent Godzilla and pits him against Kong: Skull Island‘s watchful protector. 2014’s Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters were all pretty fun, if flawed, monster movies. Let’s hope that Godzilla vs. Kong is something special come November 19, 2020.
No Time to Die
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Releases: November 25, 2020
Agent 007 returns in what is presumably Daniel Craig’s last film as the suave James Bond. No Time to Die is helmed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who you may recognize from the television show True Detective or a writer on Stephen King’s It movies. Also starring Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz, No Time to Die is definitely one for the spy fans, releasing November 25, 2020.
Director: Andy Serkis
Releases: October 2, 2020
While the first Venom was pretty fun but ultimately a little underwhelming, Venom 2 seemingly has a lot more going for it. With Ruben Fleisher being replaced by director Andy Serkis, and the film potentially now securing an R-rating, we have some hope. Not much is actually known about the film other than a rivalry between Eddie Brock’s Venom and Cletus Kasady’s Carnage, but we’ll see how this anticipated sequel holds up come October 2, 2020.
Director: Cate Shortland
Releases: May 1, 2020
The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have ended and ushered in a new era with Avengers: Endgame and it’s follow-up, Spider-Man: Far From Home, but their next project, Black Widow, will (obviously) be a prequel set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Agent Natasha Romanoff must face a deep conspiracy while confronting her past. It’s pretty much an espionage movie, and for those with a keen eye, also throws in a few homages to Metal Gear Solid. Nice. Black Widow releases on May 1, 2020.
The New Mutants
Director: Josh Boone
Releases: April 3, 2020
The New Mutants is the wild card of this entire list. Given the success of past X-Men films, and the utterly abysmal failure of recent ones, it’s hard to gauge which side of the fence The New Mutants sits. It’s been through production hell for a while, so we’re cautiously optimistic that they managed to pull a miracle with this horror-focused and promising new mutant film. The New Mutants releases on April 3, 2020.
Last Night in Soho
Director: Edgar Wright
Releases: October 16, 2020
Whenever Edgar Wright is involved in making a film, I don’t need to tell you to go see it if you’re a fan. The Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director made his name on unconventional comedies and splicing of genres, and this time, he’s tackling the psychological horror with Last Night in Soho. We know little about the film, but because it’s Wright, you definitely wanna add this one to your list come October 16, 2020.
There are countless other films that I couldn’t quite slide on this list, from Bill & Ted Face the Music, Monster Hunter, Top Gun: Maverick, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Fast & Furious 9, and more. I open the question to you guys: which movies are you most excited for in 2020?