By Jon Rico 2020 is upon us! A new year brings a new slate of movies to look forward to for all audiences to enjoy. Join me as I take a look at a number of movies slated for release this year. Bad Boys For Life-January 17
Director: Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah
Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Joe Pantoliano
Plot: The Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)- February 7
Director: Cathy Yan
Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Chris Messina, Rosie Perez
Plot: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
Director: Dan Scanlon
Cast: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer
Plot: Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there.
A Quiet Place Part II-March 20
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Noah Lupe
Plot: Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Nelson Lee
Plot: A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’
New Mutants-April 3
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga
Plot: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.
No Time To Die-April 10
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Christoph Waltz, Jeffrey Wright
Plot: Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Black Widow-May 1
Director: Cate Shortland
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, William Hurt, Ray Winstone
Plot: A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quests between the films Civil War and Infinity War.
Wonder Woman 1984-June 5
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal, Kristen Wiig, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen
Plot: Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2017 superhero film ‘Wonder Woman.’
Top Gun: Maverick-June 26
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jean Louisa Kelly, Miles Teller, Ed Harris, Glen Powell
Plot: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.
Free Guy-July 3
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lil Rel Howery
Plot: A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC (non-playable character) inside a brutal, open-world video game.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife-July 10
Director: Jason Reitman
Cast: Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Annie Potts, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Bokeem Woodbine
Plot: When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Clémence Poésy
Plot: An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel, and evolution.
Bill & Ted Face The Music-August 21
Director: Dean Parisot
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Kristen Schaal, Jillian Bell, Anthony Carrigan, Kid Cudi
Plot: Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It-September 11
Director: Michael Chaves
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Julian Hilliard
Plot: Plot unknown. The third installment of The Conjuring franchise.
Last Night in Soho-September 25
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Matt Smith, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp
Plot: A young girl, passionate in fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Venom 2-October 2
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Tom Hardy, Stephen Graham, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris
Plot: Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2018 film ‘Venom’.
Marvel’s Eternals-November 6
Director: Chloé Zhao
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Worthington, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Brian Tyree Henry, Barry Keoghan
Plot: The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.
Godzilla vs Kong-November 20
Director: Adam Wingard
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza Gonzalez, Rebecca Hall, Jessica Henwick, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Danai Gurira, Julian Dennison, Bryan Tyree Henry
Plot: As the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla, the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters.
Director: Denis Villenueve
Cast: Timothy Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, David Dastmalchian
Plot: Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.
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