Here are the movies that are on my radar as we get acquainted with 2020. Some picks will be those set for awards season glory or with a strong critical buzz, others appear out of curiosity due to the production or cast, and we all want to know if a complete redesign was enough to save Sonic the Hedgehog. Order based on release date.
Uncut Gems – Release Date 10th January
Just when you thought the Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over and Murder Mystery were enough to finally wave goodbye to Adam Sandler for good, he teams up with the Safdie brothers to make Uncut Gems. Sandler stars as a charismatic jeweller who makes a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Critics have been buzzing, with some predicting a shot at an Oscar nomination.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield
1917 – Release date 20th January
A harrowing tale of two young WWI soldiers being tasked to deliver a message in a mission that will take them behind enemy lines. Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 was a shock winner at the Golden Globes, taking home Best Motion Picture – Drama, as well as Best Director, with Mendes beating out Quentin Tarrantino, Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese. Not originally seen as a threat, we’ll be paying attention come Oscar time next month.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman
Bombshell – Release date 24th January
Based on true events, this film tells the story of various former female Fox News personnel and their allegations against founder Roger Ailes. Most of the talk around Bombshell has been for Charlize Theron’s scarily accurate visual and performance as Megyn Kelly, but praise and nominations have also been given to Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman respectively.
Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow
Just Mercy – Release date 17th January
This powerful true story sees Michael B. Jordan playing young defence attorney Bryan Stevenson, who aids Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) in appealing a wrongful murder conviction. The performances here will just have been pipped for awards attention, but you’ll need some tissues with you for this affecting tale of yet another fight against injustice.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx, Rafe Spall, Tim Blake Nelson. Rob Morgan, O’Shea Jackson Jr
Beautiful day in the neighbourhood – Release date 31st January
Mr Rogers won’t mean a whole lot to us in the UK, but to Americans, he’s more beloved than family. So it’s fitting that Tom Hanks, who is beloved by every man woman and child, takes the titular role as legendary TV host Fred Rogers opposite Matthew Rhys as a reluctant Esquire journalist sent to profile him. His chances at an actual award seem slim at this stage, but he has been found deserving.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys
Sonic the Hedgehog – Release date 14th February
Originally slated for release in November 2019, the trailer tried to distract us by using Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, but it couldn’t drown out the horror it unleashed (bear in mind we hadn’t seen what evils could be dreamt up with Cats yet). So strong was the disgust at Sonic with human teeth that director Jeff Fowler swiftly announced the design team would go back to the drawing board and give audiences the Sonic kids (of the 90s anyway) knew and loved. Will it be enough? Will Jim Carey apparently back on face gurning form be something we wish got left in last decade? Find out on…..Valentine’s Day.
Starring: Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz
Birds of Prey – Release date 7th February
Harley Quinn was one of the few saving graces from Suicide Squad and here she continues to push further into popular culture in her own right with a solo adventure. Harley Quinn teams up with Black Canary, Huntress and Detective Renee Montoya to protect a young girl called Cassandra Cain – a future Batgirl in the comics.
Starring: Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Parasite – Release date 7th February
A must-see for any film fan as this South Korean black comedy thriller has made many best films of 2019 lists, as well as best of the decade. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan. A clear front runner for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars and hopefully if Roma’s success last year is anything to go by, it may have a chance for Best Picture.
Starring: Park So-dam, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik
Dolittle – Release date 7th February
No one is really that interested in this, but it’s RDJ’s next big role after playing Iron Man, so it’s gotta be worth keeping an eye on right? Another cinematic retelling of a man who can talk to animals; which looks like it’ll go back to its Victorian roots in a difference from Eddie Murphy’s 1998 version.
Starring: Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Michael Sheen, Jessie Buckley, Jim Broadbent
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before PS. I still love you – Release date 12th February
Lara Jean Covey is back! The second instalment of the teen drama that was one of Netflix’s most-watched originals in 2018.
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, John Corbett, Jordan Fisher
Onward – Release date 6th March
Pixar’s newest offering tells the story of a magical world that was once inhabited by fairies and elves, but where magic has been replaced by technology. One of the MCU’s favourite Chris’ and the MCU’s (just! Phew!) favourite neighbourhood Spiderman provide the voices of two brothers along with an all-star cast.
Starring: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer
A Quiet Place 2 – Release date 20th of March
Confession: I’m a wuss, so I haven’t seen A Quiet Place, but John Krasinski’s horror directorial debut was one of the biggest films of 2018. The latest trailer has Emily Blunt encountering actor-chameleon himself, Cillian Murphy, who warns in true Walking Dead fashion, that the monsters might not be worst danger out there…
Starring: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
Mulan – Release date 27th March
Continuing Disney’s campaign to remake everything, ever and make them even more money despite us saying we don’t want what they’re selling, Mulan rounds out March. This time, however, Disney looks to be staying far more true to the original tale and a strong trailer suggests this might be the remake we never knew we needed.
Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jet Li