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15 Highly Anticipated Films Showing in 2020

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Multiple streaming platforms may be sprouting from nowhere left and right, but nothing will ever beat taking a seat in red folding chairs and tuning out all of one's cares for an hour and half or two in the solace of a cinema. For cinephiles that are awaiting the next blockbuster, here are the sequels, film adaptations, and originals that will grace the big screen this year:


Bad Boys For Life

Expected Release: January 2020

Can you believe it’s almost been 20 years since the last Bad Boys film and Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are still at it? Like many of these overdue sequels, the third Bad Boys film follows Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery just as they are on the cusp of retirement. They take on one more mission to take down a Romanian mob boss.

Birds of Prey

Expected Release: February 2020

Suicide Squad owes much of its success to Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn, and DC’s bigwigs recognize that with the upcoming Birds of Prey film. It’s not much of an origin story, and instead follows the demented Quinn after she breaks up with the Joker and comes together with the all-female superhero group Birds of Prey, which includes the Black Canary and The Huntress.

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Bloodshot

Expected Release: March 2020

Based on a comic book that’s neither in the Marvel or DC worlds, Bloodshot follows a character of the same name. He was a former soldier who was the first successful subject of Project Rising Spirit, a plan to create super soldiers with the ability to heal rapidly with the help of nanotechnology.

A Quiet Place Part II

Expected Release: March 2020

One of the more highly anticipated sequels of the year, The Quiet Place Part II continues to follow the Abbott family, as they must leave the house and fend for themselves against the extraterrestrial creatures. Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou join the cast, but their roles are still unclear at this point.

Mulan

Expected Release: March 2020

More of Disney’s live-action remakes, the 2020 version Mulan has sparked many online debates and controversies. First, the departure from its funny, animated film counterpart turned off many of its original fans. Later, Liu Yifei who plays the titular character expressed her support for the Hong Kong police amid the violent turn taken at protests. This led to the hashtag #BoycottMulan to trend on Twitter. The reception has been shaky for this one, but it might be worth seeing if you’re able to detach all the disputes surrounding it.

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Black Widow

Expected Release: May 2020

Natasha Romanoff of the Avengers has her personal story told in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 24th production. It’s set after Captain America: Civil War, when the trained assassin in confronted by issues from her past.

Artemis Fowl

Expected Release: June 2020

Inspired by the graphic novel written by Irish author Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl tells the story of a 12-year-old criminal mastermind, who kidnaps a fairy and hold her for ransom in order to find his missing father.

Wonder Woman 1984

Expected Release: June 2020

The sequel to the hit movie is set before the events in Justice League as Diana Prince, AKA Wonder Woman, takes on villains Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.

In The Heights

Expected Release: June 2020

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu is tasked with the difficult duty of bringing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical In The Heights to the big screen. It touches on the lives of the Hispanic-American community living in Washington Heights, New York.

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Bill & Ted Face the Music

Expected Release: August 2020

Another movie about learning to face one’s age, Bill & Ted Face the Music is the third film in the Bill & Ted franchise. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their roles as the titular characters who are now middle-aged family men. A visitor from the future informs them that the fate of the entire universe depends on a song that they must create.

The King’s Man

Expected Release: September 2020

Ralph Fiennes steps in as the Duke of Oxford, who guides young Conrad (Harris Dickinson) in the prequel to King’s Man. History’s most notorious villains, including Grigori Rasputin, concoct a plan to start a war and the very first members of the British secret service organization race to stop them.

The Witches

Expected Release: October 2020

This dark children’s tale is based on the Roald Dahl novel of the same name. It follows a young boy who stays at a hotel with his grandmother, who says she is a retired witch hunter. The boy comes across a conference of witches and is transformed into a mouse.

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The Eternals

Expected Release: November 2020

An exciting new development from the MCU, The Eternals feature a cast of heavyweights such as Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, and Gemma Chan, among others to star as immortal aliens. The Eternals were meant to be the defenders of the earth and are sworn to protect the planet against their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Dune

Expected Release: December 2020

Set in a dystopic world, a nobleman from the House Atreides is assigned stewardship at the desert planet of Arrakis, also known as Dune. He takes his family to live there and together they navigate through the new world, as he takes over the mining operation of a valuable spice.

Coming 2 America

Expected Release: December 2020

Following the events of the last film in 1988, Prince Akeem Joffer is preparing to take his place as king of Zamunda. He finds out that he has fathered a son in America, Lavelle. Akeem and his loyal aide Semmi journey to America once more to find Lavelle and groom him to be the crown prince.

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