Most Anticipated Films to be Released in 2020

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Forget the elections and sports, cinema will provide the best entertainment of 2020.

As we countdown into a new decade, some truly epic movies will be ushering their way into a cinema near you. There is something for every type of cinephile and here are 10 of the most exciting offerings. Note: the dates mentioned refer to the date of each film’s world premiere, check your local schedules for specific dates.


No Time to Die (2 April) 

When we last saw James Bond in 2015’s Spectre, he had successfully captured his archenemy and was setting off for a holiday with his new love. But, that holiday will be short-lived, Bond is called back into service to “confront a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.” Oscar-winner Rami Malek also stars in what will be Daniel Craig’s fifth, final and (by all accounts) awesomest performance as Bond.


Dolittle (17 January) 

The doctor who can talk to animals has gone from the page to a musical film in 1967, a funny Eddie Murphy film in 1998 and now a star-studded fantasy starring Robert Downey, Jr.. Downey Jr’s Dolittle will voyage to a mystical island to find a cure for Queen Victoria who is ill. Joining Dolittle will be a menagerie of lively animals voiced by such stars as Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson and Selena Gomez. It certainly looks like a voyage worth joining!


Mulan (27 March)

Disney will once again wave its magic wand on one of their classic animations and give us a live-action adaptation of it. Liu Yifei will play the role of Hua Mulan, a brave girl who disguises as a man to serve in the Imperial Chinese Army and help defend her country against a dangerous enemy. This film is also notable for being one of the few Disney films to be directed by a female (Niki Caro), don’t miss it.


Sonic the Hedgehog (14 February) 

With this movie, Jim Carrey makes his return to the big screen all whilst video game character Sonic makes his debut on the big screen. The whole family will love seeing the energetic adventures of everyone’s favourite, blue hedgehog. Will he defeat Carrey’s twisted Dr. Robotnik? Watch it and see.


The Gentlemen (1 January) 

If superheroes and animation isn’t your thing and you feel like watching something more grounded, Guy Ritchie has you covered. Set in London and starring the always-cool Matthew McConaughey and the always-amusing Hugh Grant, this promises to be a rollicking crime caper.


Birds of Prey (7 February) 

Birds of Prey (or to use its full title: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will see Australia’s Margot Robbie reprise her role as the wild villainess Harley Quinn. Quinn will join forces with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to defeat the evil gangster known as Black Mask. Make sure you flock to your nearest theatre and see it.

Onward (6 March) 

A year just wouldn’t feel complete without a magical movie by Disney/Pixar. In 2020, it will be Onward. It tells the story of two young elf brothers (voiced by universally beloved actors Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) who live in a magic world that is losing its magic so they set off on a quest to find it. If you’re in need of a fun, escapist movie experience next year then this one should work like magic.

Black Widow (1 May)

With Avengers: Endgame, we waved goodbye to several characters and story arcs within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But with Black Widow, we wave hello to an exciting new phase of Marvel films. Not much has been revealed about this one except that it will follow Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and show what she got up to between the films Civil War and Infinity War.

Bad Boys for Life (17 January)  

One of the coolest movie duos in history, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, star in their third film as detective friends Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett. They’re a little older and their world is a little more dangerous but their appetite for action and their hunger to defeat the criminals is as strong as ever. You’ll feel very bad if you miss it.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (10 July) 

A nostalgic treat for those who know and love the original Ghostbusters films of the 1980s. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will be reprising their roles alongside some fresh new, characters in what will be a spooky and entertaining thrill ride.