It's officially the month of Halloween,so it's only appropriate that all of the most anticipated movies of the coming weeks fit the theme in one way or another.Not only is the top film by a wide margin about one of the most iconic comic book villains ever and a perennial staple of cosplayers, but it's followed up by the sophomore effort from the man who brought us The Witch, a sequel to a zombie horror-comedy, a psychological thriller infused with dark comedy, and another sequel to a fantasy filmabout one of the most iconic Disney villains ever. In other words, there's a lot to be excited about this month, so read on to find out the fivemost anticipated movies of October, as voted byRotten Tomatoes users and our fans on social media.
1. Joker 201969%
8,357Want-to-See Votes #1 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fans OpensOctober4
No surprise here. Todd Phillips' realistic take on the Batman arch-villain was always going to be the most anticipated film of the month, if popular buzz was anything to go by. Not only did the film win the top prize at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, it's generated a lot of discussion around its themes and its unflinching portrayal of a severely disturbed man who is driven to violence. Despite all of the controversy surrounding it or maybe because of it, the movie has mostly impressed the critics and is looking to rack up a monster opening weekend. It was the top pick across all of our social polls, and it racked up the highest total of Want-to-See votes of any film this month by a landslide and a half.
#2 pick by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter fans Opens October 18 limited
It's a little bit surprising that The Lighthouse is so high on this list, if we're being honest, because director Robert Eggers' first film, The Witch, was an infamous example of the audience's reaction to the filmnot lining up with the critical acclaim. The Lighthouse is likely to be divisive in its own way, as its decidedly more experimental and abstract than The Witch was. Filmed in a 4:3 aspect ratio in black and white, the story revolves around a pair of New England lighthouse keepers at the turn of the century who are left alone to tend to their task and slowly go mad. Or do they? This is another film that's already achieved Certified Fresh status, based on the reviews it got after its premiere at Cannes, but it will be interesting to see if audiences will adjust their expectations of it after their experiences with The Witch.
2,411 Want-t0-See Votes #3 pick by ourFacebook and Twitter fans, #4 pick by our Instagram fans OpensOctober 18
Did anyone ask for a sequel to Ruben Fleischer's wildly popular 2009 horror-comedy Zombieland? Probably not. Does that make us any less excited that we're getting one anyway? Absolutely not. After the worldwide commercial success of Venom, Fleischer returns to the film that put his name on the map, successfully reuniting the core members of the original cast 10 years later for a follow-up adventure. The first film was Certified Fresh at 90% and became an instant fan favorite; will this new movie be just as well received? It's hard to say, but as our social polls indicated, there are plenty of fans who can't wait to find out.
4.Parasite Gisaengchung 2019100%
1,137 Want-to-See Votes #3 pick by our Instagram fans, #4 pick by our Facebook and Twitter fans OpensOctober 11 limited
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has been a critical darling foralmost two decades now he has yet to direct a Rotten film, and while previous efforts like The Host, Snowpiercer, and Okjacertainly found their way into the pop culture conversation, none of them has earned him quite the same kind of praise as Parasitehas. As of now, the film is Certified Fresh at 100% — and that's not a soft 100% either; it's got over 110 reviews — and the word “masterpiece” is being tossed around like confetti. The story revolves around a family of struggling con artists who cleverly weasel their way into the lives of a wealthy, upscale household before their plans are interrupted by new threat. It won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival by a rare unanimous vote, and some are even talking about potential Oscar nominations. This one opens in limited release, but it may expand if it does well during its initial run.
Lastly, we have a sequel to the 2014 film Maleficent, which reimagined the titular Disney villain of Sleeping Beauty as a somewhat sympathetic, potentially misunderstood character. Angelina Jolie was spectacular in the role, but critics felt the rest of the film largely fell below expectations, and it ended up with a 53% on the Tomatometer. This film brings Jolie back in the role, as well as Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, who becomes engaged to Prince Phillip played by Harris Dickinson, who replaces Brenton Thwaites from the last movie and unknowingly sets into motion a war that may pit her against Maleficent herself. Though the first film didn't exactly resonate with critics, it made a lot of money, and people loved Jolie in the role, so it makes sense that we're getting a sequel. Whether or not audiences turn out for this one remains to be seen.
Welcome to the year when your patience finally pays off. The movies 2020 is offering have us almost hyperventilating — mostly because it feels like we've been waitingforever for many of them to land in theaters. We're finallygetting the next James Bond film, No Time to Die, with director Cary Fukunaga taking over for once-attached Danny Boyle, and Daniel Craig returning for one last time?. Plus, there are long-awaited follow-ups to Bad Boysand Legally Blonde, and Tom Cruise is back to race across the sky in Top Gun: Maverick. Plus, Wonder Woman returns in Wonder Woman 1984, and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow will kick off Marvel's Phase Four.It's not all sequels and reboots though, and if you're a musical fan, you're in for a treat, with Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights coming to the big screen, courtesy of Crazy Rich Asiansdirector Jon M. Chu, and Miranda penning the original animated musical feature, Vivo, for Sony. It's never too early to get excited about movies, so start marking these titles in your calendar.[Updated on 9/5/19]
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The Grudge 2020 Directed by:Nicolas PesceStarring:Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, John Cho, Demian Bichir, Lin ShayeOpening on:January 3, 2020
A remake of the American remake of the Japanese horror favorite, Grudgeonce again focuses on a vengeful ghost with a long memory. Critical darling Andrea Riseborough stars, and director Nicolas Pesce has some form: critics called his The Eyes of My Mothera haunting slasher.
Bad Boys for Life 2020 Directed by: Adil El Arbi, Bilall FallahStarring: Will Smith, Martin LawrenceOpening on:January 17, 2020
Bad Boys and Bad Boys IImay both be Rotten, but they live in the hearts of many action fans as exemplary buddy-cop flicks, and both have Audience Scores of 78%. While original director Michael Bay isnot coming back for Bad Boys for Life, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is overseeing the film, and we have confidence that directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah of Black and Gangsta will match his signature style and pace.
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle 2020 Directed by: Stephen GaghanStarring: Robert Downey Jr., Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard, John CenaOpening on:January 17, 2020
After a pair of poorly received films starring Eddie Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. is ready to take up the mantle of Doctor Dolittle in a new screen adaptation directed by Stephen Gaghan Gold, Syriana. This film will be based more on the second book by author Hugh Lofting, and it will co-star Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen, with the voices of Tom Holland, Marion Cotillard, Selena Gomez, John Cena, Emma Thompson, and more.
Birds of Prey And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn 2020 Directed by:Cathy YanStarring:Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Ball, Mary Elizabeth WinsteadOpening on:February 7, 2020
We last saw Margot Robbie's wily Harley Quinn get in all kinds of trouble in Suicide Squad. What happens when she joins Birds of Prey, DC's all-ladies team of adventurers? Sheer. Unadulterated. Mayhem. Along for the ride will be Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who were cast as Black Canary and Huntress, respectively, in September, and Rosie Perez, playing Renee Montoya. The will face off against Ewan McGregor as the Black Mask.
Peter Rabbit 2 2020 Directed by: Will GluckStarring:TBDOpening on:February 7, 2020
First the garden, then the world. The plot for this sequel to the surprise hit loosely based on the work of Beatrix Potter is still under lock and key, but we're sure it will involve James Corden's cheeky rabbit causing all sorts of PG-rated trouble. We do not expectany blackberries to be involved, however.
The King's Man 2020 Directed by:Matthew VaughnStarring:Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Charles Dance, Daniel Brühl, Stanley Tucci, Djimon HounsouOpening on:February 14, 2020
While both a third installment of the Kingsman franchise and a Statesman spinoffare still on the way, audiences will first get a taste of how the whole thing came to exist in the first place with this prequel, set in the early 1900s. Ralph Fiennes leads an all-star cast in an origin story that will show how a group of ex-soldiers formed the spy agency.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2020 Directed by:Jeff FowlerStarring:James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Tika SumpterOpening on:February 14, 2020
The first trailer for this adaptation of the classic video game famously drew the ire of Sonic fans around the world, prompting the studio to announce that it would be updating the look of the character.Thisled to a push back from its original 2019 release date — but on the plus side, those same fans were all about Jim Carrey as villain Dr. Robotnik.
Bloodshot 2020 Directed by: Dave WilsonStarring: Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Sam HeughanOpening on:February 21, 2020
Who is Bloodshot? If the Valiant Comics assassin's relaunch series was any indication, that is the big question. An unstoppable super-soldier powered by nanomachines, Bloodshot's past is a mystery to him, and he's on a mission to find out who he is and who — or what — is controlling him. With Vin Diesel as the titular character,expect a heavy side of testosterone with this slice of sci-fi.
Onward 2020 Directed by:Dan ScanlonStarring:Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-DreyfusOpening on:March 6, 2020
Marvel stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt lend their voices to Pixar's latest film, a fantasy adventure set in a contemporary world filled with magical creatures about a pair of elf brothers who set off on a road trip to discover if there is any real magic left to be found.
Godzilla vs. Kong 2020 Directed by:Adam WingardStarring:Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on:March 13, 2020
It's the showdown we've been waiting for since 2014's Godzilla. Director Adam Wingard —who has proven he knows how to provide the thrills with The Guestand You're Next— helms this climactic entry in Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse series, which continues in 2019 with Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Who will win when the giant ape takes on the king?
A Quiet Place 2 2020 Directed by:John KrasinskiStarring:Emily bluntOpening on:March 20, 2020
Who was lighting those fires we saw in the distance in the original A Quiet Place?We may just find outin the sequel, which it was announced in October 2018 that John Krasinski would be writing. We later learned Krasinski would also return to direct, and that Emily Blunt would also be reprising her role from the first film.
Following Disney's live-action remake trend comes Mulan, directed by Niki Caro of Whale Riderand North Countryfame. Featuring Chinese star Liu Yifei as the titular character and a host of other Chinese legends like Donnie Yen, Gong Li, and Jet Li, this one is poised to conquer the global box office and — if it taps into the animated original's magic — our hearts.
Cyborg 2020 Directed by:TBDStarring: Ray FisherOpening on:April3, 2020
Despite being part machine, Cyborgwas one of the most human elements of 2017's Justice League. We're jacked to see how DC evolves his character and pits him against some of the world's deadliest technological terrors please be Metallo, please be Metallo, please be Metallo. While there's a lot of love for Ray Fisher, and the movie has been in development since 2014, some are skeptical it will move forward given that Warner Bros. has not committed to a writer or director.
The New Mutants 2020 Directed by:Josh BooneStarring:Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Alice BragaOpening on:April 3, 2020
The Fault in Our Starsdirector Josh Boone collects some of today's hottest young stars — including Split's Anya Taylor-Joy, Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams, and Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton — to play next-generation X-Men from Marvel's comic book series of the same name. But the New Mutants' dark path is riddled with horrors as they discover their abilities while imprisoned in a secret facility.
No Time To Die 2020 Directed by:Cary FukunagaStarring:Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana LynchOpening on:April 8, 2020
True Detective director Cary Fukunaga takes the reins for the 25th James Bond film, with Daniel Craig returning for his fifth and presumably final turn as 007. He's joined by series regulars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, and Ben Whishaw, as well as returning characters played by Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright. Recent Best Actor winner Rami Malek is reported to play the villain, while it's presumed Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch will play a newer 007 who may have to relinquish her famous code number back to Bond when he comes out of retirement.
Trolls World Tour Trolls 2 2020 Directed by: Walt Dohrn, David P. SmithStarring: Anna Kendrick, Jamie Dornan, Sam RockwellOpening on:April17, 2020
After saving their colors and learning the true value of happiness in the Certified Fresh Trolls, thehigh-haired crewreturns for another groovy adventure with Anna Kendrick again starring as Queen Poppy. She will be joined by a star-studded cast including Sam Rockwell, Chance the Rapper, Anthony Ramos, Karan Soni, Flula Borg, and Jamie Dornan.
Black Widow 2020 Directed by:Cate ShortlandStarring:Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel WeiszOpening on: May 1, 2020
The first Marvel property to kick off its Phase 4 will be this prequel focusing on Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff. We don't quite know what the story surrounding the character will be, but we do know that she'll be joined by David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and rising star Florence Pugh, among others. And who knows? Maybe Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye will make an appearance.
Greyhound 2020 Directed by:Aaron SchneiderStarring:Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Lee NorrisOpening on:May 8, 2020
Tom Hanks is no stranger to WWII movies see: Saving Private Ryan, and he'll return to the theater of war to command the naval ship Greyhound, which was pursued by German U-boats across the Atlantic Ocean along with 36 other Allied ships. Director Aaron Schneider Get Low won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short back in 2003.
It's been 15 years since we last saw Elle Woods Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde, and, like, why wouldn't we want to see her again?!It's been some time since Oscar winner Witherspoon has had a hit movie comedy, but if you told us this was gonna be a smash we wouldn't object.
“She's a Barbie girl, in her Barbie World” — but not for long. When Barbie is exiled from “Barbieland” for not being perfect enough, she has to make it on her own in the real world.At least that was the synopsis of this long-in-development projectbefore it recently moved studios from Sony to Warner Bros. Anne Hathaway and Amy Schumer had been attached at various points, but the latest news is that Margot Robbie has landed the role. It was also recently announced that Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach would write the script, with Gerwig also possibly on hand to direct.
Fast & Furious 9 2020 Directed by:Justin LinStarring:Vin Diesel, Lucas Black, Tyrese GibsonOpening on:May 22, 2020
It's full-throttle and pedal to the metal for the Toretto crime/adventure/anti-terrorism/what-even-are-they family yet again. Director Justin Lin was the man to turn the franchise around, delivering the series' first Fresh entry on his third try with 2011's Fast FiveCertified Fresh at 73%; since then, every Fastmovie has landed on the red end of the Tomatometer.If you can't wait for 2020 to see some bonkers car-based set pieces, check out Fastspinoff Hobbes and Shawin 2019.
Director Kenneth Branagh and stars Judi Dench and Josh Gad, who all worked together on last year's Murder on the Orient Express, reunite for this adaptation of the popularfantasy book series that centers on a young criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy in hopes of ransoming her to an evil pixie in exchange for his father.
Wonder Woman 1984 2020 Directed by:Patty JenkinsStarring:Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen WiigOpening on:June 5, 2020
As villain Cheetah, Bridemaids' Kristen Wiig climbs aboard the Wonder Womansequel, which sees Gal Gadot returning to her Amazon-princess role that catapulted the first film to a $412.5 million box office, a Certified Fresh 92% Tomatometer score, and the No. 2 spot in our list of the64 Best Superhero Movies of All Time. The action is set during the Cold War in the '80s and finds Chris Pine reappearing as Wonder Woman's love interest Steve Trevor, despite his apparent death in the first film.
Candyman 2020 Directed by:Nia DaCostaStarring:Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah ParrisOpening on:June 12, 2020
Longtime fan and contemporary horror maestro Jordan Peele is producing this sequel to — not a remake of — the classic 1992 horror film about themurdered son of a slave whose ghost haunts the Chicago neighborhood where the Cabrini Green housing projects once stood. We don't know yet what direction the new story will take, but we know that Nia DaCosta Little Woods is directing, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Aquaman and Teyonah Parris If Beale Street Could Talk will star, with Tony Todd reprising his role as the iconic title character.
Soul 2020 Directed by:Pete DocterStarring:Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger, Daveed DiggsOpening on:June 19, 2020
The second Pixar offering of the year features Jamie Foxx as a jazz-loving middle school teacher whose soul is separated from his body during an accident and transported to a training center for newer souls preparing to enter the bodies of newborn babies. There, he meets a soul in training voiced by Tina Fey who has been trapped there for years.
In The Heights 2020 Directed by: Jon M. ChuStarring: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smits, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha PolancoOpening on:June 26, 2020
Crazy Rich AsiansdirectorJon M. Chu adapts Lin-Manuel Miranda's breakout musical, In the Heights.The show, which kicked off the Hamiltoncreator's career, won four Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Chu demonstrated real skill with spectacle in Crazy Rich Asians, and the new movie shares similar themes of reclaiming one's heritage — it follows the stories of several characters in New York's heavily Latino neighborhood, Washington Heights, over three days.
Top Gun: Maverick 2020 Directed by: Joseph KosinskiStarring: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jay Ellis, Miles Teller, Thomasin McKenzie, Monica BarbaroOpening on:June 26, 2020
Great balls of fire, we're getting a Top Gun sequel after 31 years. Not a whole lot is known about the movie, except that the filmmakers have recruited a cast of some of the most in-demand young actors in Hollywood — including Miles Teller, who will play Goose's son, and Leave No Trace 's Thomasin McKenzie— and that Val Kilmer is officially back as Iceman. And as the trailer released during Comic-Con promises, itwillagain feature Tom Cruise riding motorcycles, playing volleyball, and flying jets like a madman.
We last saw the minions wreaking havoc in 1960s England before they met up with a young Gru.Perhaps their next adventure will be their first with him. Whatever shenanigans the yellow ones, voiced by Pierre Coffin, get up to, expect them to be at it again for Minions 3and Minions 4and so on: the first Minionsmovie made more than $1.5 billion globally and helped the Despicable Mefranchise become the highest grossing animated franchise of all time.
Ghostbusters 2020 2020 Directed by:Jason ReitmanStarring:Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Paul RuddOpening on:July 10, 2020
Jason Reitman will direct a sequel to the original Ghostbustersfranchise, unrelated to theall-female rebootdirected by Paul Feig in 2016. We still don't know much about what the story will be, but as casting news trickled in, we did learn that Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace will play a brother and sister, with Carrie Coon as their single mother, and Paul Rudd is in the film in an undisclosed role. We're still waiting on word if, as Sigourney Weaver stated in an interview, the remaining original Ghostbusters will appear in the film.
Tenet 2020 Directed by:Christopher NolanStarring:John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Pattinson, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Himesh PatelOpening on:July 17, 2020
We know that Christopher Nolan's next film will be called Tenet, and we know who's on board to star in it, and we know that the story will have something to do with international espionage. But, in true Nolan fashion, that's about all we know at this point. And for a lot of fans, that's enough.
Jungle Cruise 2020 Director:Jaume Collet-SerraStarring:Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul GiamattiOpening on:July 24, 2020
Following the path that Pirates of the Caribbeancharted so successfully, this new film franchise? is based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star, respectively, as a riverboat captain and a scientist on a hunt for a magical cure in this Depression-era action adventure. Comedian Jack Whitehall also joins in the fun, playing Blunt's character's brother. Collet-Serra has had a string of action-thriller hits working with Liam Neeson Commuter, Non-Stop, Unknown, so there's a chance this one could be slightly darker than anticipated. The movie was originally slated to premiere in 2019, but was bumped infall 2018.
Green Lantern Corps 2020 Directed by:TBDStarring:TBDOpening on:July 24, 2020
In brightest day, in blackest night, a new Green Lantern movie is in our sights! Rumored to involve characters like John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and, of course, Hal Jordan, Green Lantern Corpsis reportedly more of a space operathan 2011's Green Lantern. There has been little movement on the project in recent years, butwe'll be keeping it on the list until we hear if it's officially cancelled or delayed. We're thatexcited for a second try at this world.
Sony/marvel Morbius 2020 Directed by:Daniel EspinosaStarring:Jared Leto, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Tyrese GibsonOpening on:July 31, 2020
The first true test of Sony's break with Marvel overSpider-Man and the various characters related to him will come in the form of Morbius, based on the Spidey villain who suffers from a rare blood disease and inadvertently turns himself into a vampire in a misguided attempt to cure himself. Jared Leto, who sparked a lot of online chatter with his portrayal of the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad, will play the title character.
We don't know who will star in the film yet, or how the story will play out, but this year's Escape Room was a surprise hit, so we're curious to see where they will go next with the high-concept premise.
Bill & Ted Face the Music 2020 Directed by:Dean ParisotStarring:Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving,Jillian Bell, Kristen Schaal, Anthony CarriganOpening on:August 21, 2020
Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan have all grown up, but their time-traveling adventures aren't over yet. In this decades-later sequel, the goofy duo are visited by someone from the future who tells them they must create a song to save the world. Will the Wyld Stallyns be up to the task? Of course they will.
Monster Hunter 2020 Directed by:Paul W.S. AndersonStarring:Milla Jovovich, Meagan Good, Ron Perlman, Tony JaaOpening on:September 4, 2020
Based on Paul W.S. Anderson's track record, we're going to go ahead and guess this isn't going to be some revelation in the video game adaptation genre.Nevertheless,being that Monster Hunter is a hugely popular property that promises huge spectacle on the big screen, this movie may just have the same appeal that something like Godzilla: King of the Monsters had.
The Many Saints of NewarkDirected by:Alan TaylorStarring:Michael Gandolfini, Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Billy Magnussen, Ray Liotta, Corey Stoll, Alessandro NivolaOpening on:September4, 2020
Whether you feel that the end of The Sopranos — you know, that controversial fade to black — was fitting and poignant or anti-climactic and unsatisfying, you probably jumped at the news that a Sopranos movie was in the works. With the late James Gandolfini no longer around, however, the only way to go was a prequel, and who better to portray a young Tony Soprano than Gandolfini's son himself, Michael? Alan Taylor directs this look back at the early years of the iconic TV mobster, with Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, and Ray Liotta in supporting roles.
Last Night in Soho 2020 Directed by:Edgar WrightStarring:Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg, Terence StampOpening on:September 25, 2020
Any time Edgar Wright has a new movie coming out, it's something to look forward to. But throw in the fact that he's assembled a cast that includes up-and-coming young stars like Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie, as well as legendary vets like Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp? And the fact that it's a horror film inspired by both Don't Look Now and Repulsion? Yes, please, and thank you.
BIOS 2020 Directed by: Miguel SapochnikStarring: Tom HanksOpening on:October 2, 2020
Tom Hanks is back, breaking our hearts again. Here he plays a sickly inventor — and the last human left on a post-apocalyptic earth — who creates a robot to protect the life of his dog when he dies and keep them both company while he's alive. Will said robot be as lovable as, say, Wilson? Time will tell. Director Miguel Sapochnik boasts an epic resume, particularly in TV — if you need any convincing on this one, just know he directed Game of Thrones ' “Battle of the Bastards” episode.
Death on the Nile 2020 Directed by:Kenneth BranaghStarring:Kenneth BranaghOpening on:October 9, 2020
Kenneth Branagh will return as detective Hercule Poirot following the surprise success of 2017's Murder on the Orient Express, which Branagh also directed. No word on who will be cast as the sailing suspects in this latest Agatha Christie adaption.
This date was originally reserved for another Hasbro property, namely Micronauts, but seeing as how development has stalled a bit on that one, we're getting a G.I. Joe spinoff instead. Specifically, we're getting an origin story or maybe not? for Snake Eyes,the mute ninja/commando previously portrayed by Ray Park in the live-action film franchise. Snake Eyes' past has always been shrouded in mystery, save for the fact that he was once close friends with enemy ninja Storm Shadow and the fact that an explosion not only severely disfigured his face but also fried his vocal cords. In other words, it makes sense that this willbe a prequel, especially since they've hired Henry Golding to play the role.
Halloween Kills 2020 Directed by:David Gordon GreenStarring:Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Anthony Michael HallOpening on:October 16, 2020
The duo of director David Gordon Green and writer Danny McBride proved successful in the 2018 sequel-that-nullified-all-the-other-sequels, Halloween, so they recently announced two more films to close out a new trilogy. The second installment, which sees the return of the newly badass Laurie Strode Jamie Lee Curtis and her grown-up daughter Judy Greer, will hit theaters just before, well, Halloween.
The Witches 2020 Directed by:Robert ZemeckisStarring:Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley TucciOpening on:October 16, 2020
Robert Zemeckis will direct this remake of Roald Dahl's The Witches, which was first brought to the big screen by director Nicolas Roeg in 1990. Zemeckis has some big shoes to fill: the original tale of an annual convention of the world's witches that is interrupted by an inquisitive young boy sits at 100% on the Tomatometer and it's opening sequence has been terrifying young kids for decades. Anne Hathaway, who will star as the Grand High Witch, has even bigger shoes to fill, though: Anjelica Huston's performance as the world's head witch has made the character one of the most memorable kids' villains in cinema.
The Eternals 2020 Directed by: Chloé ZhaoStarring:Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Brian Tyree HenryOpening on:November 6, 2020
The second film of Marvel's Phase 4goes cosmic again with The Eternals. Much of the cast was announced in bits and pieces, with a big reveal at Comic-Con 2019 and a key addition made in August. In brief, the Eternals are powerful immortals who helped shape humanity and history on Earth, and the cast includes a lot of big names, from Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek to Kumail Nanjiani and a couple of Game of Thrones kings, Richard Madden and Kit Harington. Plus, directorChloé Zhao is no slouch herself; she had one of 2018's best-reviewed films in The Rider. We'll just have to see how well she makes the transition to big-budget, special effects-driven blockbusters.
Vivo 2020 Directed by:Kirk DeMiccoStarring:TBDOpening on:November 6, 2020
Hamiltongeeks rejoice:Lin-Manuel Mirandahas written an entire animated musical.Miranda's Vivo, a Sony Animated Pictures movie,centers on a monkey with a song in his heart who travels from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida to — so the plot descriptions say — “fulfill his destiny.” There are serious animation chops behind this one — it comes to us by The Croodsdirector, Kirk DeMicco, and Miranda himself was responsible for a chunk of the music in Certified Fresh smash Moana.
Set in aworld in which robots have become kids' besties, Ron's Gone Wrongfocuses on one 11-year-old boy who finds his robo-friend is busted. His attempts to teach the busted bot some new tricks are set to draw big laughs, and maybe a few tears. The project has big animation talent behind it, including co-directorsAlessandro Carloni who directed Kung Fu Panda 3 andJean-Philippe Vine who worked on the Shaun the Sheep TV series and Pixar's Inside Out.
Matt Damon stars in this thriller about an Oklahoma oil-rig worker who travels to Marseille, France to unravel a mystery and clear his daughter's name when whenshe is imprisoned for a crime she says she didn't commit. The film co-stars Abigail Breslin likely as the daughter and is directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy, who won a pair of Oscars for 2015's Spotlight, so there's considerable pedigree behind this project, and there's no reason not to be optimistic about it.
Dwayne Johnson teams up with writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber for the third time the pair previously collaborated on Central Intelligenceand Skyscraper for this film which is said to be about an Interpol agent chasing after the world's most-wanted art thief. An Interpol “Red Notice” is kind of like an international arrest warrant.Gal Gadot has signed on to the project, but it's not yet known who she will play.
Raya and the Last Dragon 2020 Directed by: Paul Briggs, Dean WellinsStarring:Awkwafina, Cassie SteeleOpening on:November 25, 2020
In this animated film from Disney, Cassie Steele lends her voice to the title character, a young warrior in a fantastical land who embarks on a quest to find the last dragon. Awkwafina, who's been on a roll as of late, will provide the voice of said dragon, but outside of that, we don't know much else about the film, which was officially announced at D23 in late August.
Dune 2020 Directed by:Denis VilleneuveStarring:Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, ZendayaOpening on:December 18, 2020
Acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on the massive challenge of re-adapting Frank Herbert's sprawling sci-fi epic more than 30 years afterDavid Lynch attempted the sameand, according to many fans, fell short. At the very least, Villeneuve has assembled an impressive cast just look at those names! so it's now up to him and his co-writersto fashion an engaging script from the daunting source material.
This Indiana Jones-styled action-adventure film, based on the popular video game series of the same name, has been floating around in development for more than a decade, but it wasn't until June of 2019 that we got some solid forward movement on it. Tom Holland was confirmed to star in the film, and it's scheduled to go into production in early 2020, but it currently does not have a director attached. Last we heard, this film — like a few other big franchise movies coming out in 2020 — will be a prequel to the video game series.
The Croods 2 2020 Directed by:Joel CrawfordStarring:Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Emma StoneOpening on:December 23, 2020
We don't know if the creatures in The Croodswere prehistorically accurate, but we do know the family adventure was prehysterical! Sorry about that. The whole family returns for the sequel, withNicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, and more reprising their roles. Original co-director Kirk DeMicco is off making Vivosee November releases, and so first-time feature director Joel Crawford, a veteran story artist, takes the reins.