Cinema 2020. What’s On, What’s Gone, What’s Coming?

It’s kind of tradition that I release a “coming up in cinema next year” preview. The same this time for 2020. Actually I’m quite curious myself since I hold the opinion that this year it might be hard to get my 30 cinema tickets to get the special bonus card for my local cinema. As far as I know there aren’t that many good ones coming up…but let’s see.

Note: Yes, I’m writing this intro BEFORE doing my research for 2020 😉
Note 2: Some start dates may differ from the ones below depending on the country. Also some of these movies change their premiere dates sometimes.


Please note that in some countries these movies are premiering in January 2020 and for some, they are already out by 2019.

January starts off with a highly anticipated remake, Charlie’s Angels. While in the beginning I was pretty on the edge about it, I’m currently quite excited for it. It looks like they put their own spin on it and I’m curious how it works out. We also get a strange movie, Knives Out. It has quite the star-studded cast and as long as the characters are not written one-dimensional, it could be a great movie entertainment.
One movie I dread is the new The Grudge. I’m not even linking the trailer since I have been traumatized with the other The Grudge movies – don’t make a 10 year old watch stuff like that, seriously! I don’t even know whether it’s a remake or something totally different. I don’t wanna know.
Let’s get back to the nice stuff: We get Dolittle with Robert Downey Jr. I don’t really know what to expect of that. It looks like one of these movies that have great imagery but the story itself is bland. But since RDJ has proven to be good at creating interesting and fascinating characters, I’m giving it a chance.
We also get more serious movies like Little Women about women searching for their own path.
As for comedies we got Like A Boss with Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish and Salma Hayek and My Spy with a little bit more action and having a CIA spy work with an awkward kid. We also get Bad Boys For Life with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence that is even more action based. As for horror stories we get Gretel & Hansel, as well as The Turning, if you want to start your year with some scary stuff.


The month of Valentine’s Day brings surprisingly few love movies into the cinema. I guess maybe there will be a few late notice announcements next year. Coming February 2020 is the highly anticipated Birds of Prey, a Harley Quinn movie, and I’m honestly not at all interested in it. It’s just not my kind of atmosphere and I’ve never been an overly big fan of Harley Quinn. Also this February the highly criticized Sonic: The Hedgehog. The studio had to re-do the whole animation since so many criticized it. Funny enough, it looks even more unnatural now, so I don’t know why people had so many problems with the previous one. I guess it could be fun but overall it is just people losing creative ideas and making a video game into a movie. For kids and families we get Peter Rabbit 2.
2020 has a lot of scary movies to offer. February brings The Invisible Man, as well as Brahms: The Boy II (no trailer yet, but check out the trailer for the first installment). Feel free to have a scary time watching it, I won’t. I’m gonna chicken out on them.


March is offering some diverse entertainment with the interesting looking Pixar’s Onward, which I’m gonna check out, probably. Also Disney’s Mulan, another highly anticipated life-action remake of the Disney classics. All my favorite Disney classics aired 2019, but I am gonna give this life-action a chance to prove me wrong 🙂
As for action we got Godzilla vs. Kong (no trailer yet). Don’t know what to expect, don’t know whether I care.
We got a dramatic romance movie with I Still Believe based on Jeremy Camp’s real life, and a sports drama movie The Way Back starring Ben Affleck.
Like I said 2020 has a lot of scary movies, March is bringing its own movie to the plate, A Quiet Place 2 (no trailer yet but check out the trailer for the first film). I loved the first one, so yeah, congratulations for probably being the only scary movie I’m gonna watch in 2020.


The fourth month of the year, April, takes us on quite the strange ride. First and probably the biggest of the April movies is the James Bond movie No Time To Die with Daniel Craig reprising his role as the famous character. We also (finally) get the movie The New Mutants which was actually supposed to come out in 2019 but they didn’t manage that date for whatever reason. It is supposed to be the last and 13th installment of the X-Men film series – let’s see if they can actually keep that promise. We get some comedy with the movie Bad Trip, although I don’t know if the pranks in the movie are good or too much. Well, we’ll find out in April. And if all of the above movies are too much for you, you can enjoy yourself with the next Trolls installment Trolls World Tour.


May has always been a Disney or Marvel month. Bringing the Marvel side of it: Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson starring as the titular character is set to be released then. As for Disney, it’s finally gonna release Artemis Fowl, a movie I definitely wanna check out but have no idea what to expect. We also get Legally Blonde 3 with Reese Witherspoon reprising her role as Elle Woods (no trailer yet either). As for mystery we have The Woman in the Window. Another movie with no trailer yet. If you are on the funny side and don’t want anything too heavy you can also enjoy yourself with The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run. I’m not going but you can tell me after…no, you know what? I don’t need to know what it’s about. Never been a fan of the sponge, I admit. May also brings another Fast & Furious installment, creatively named Fast & Furious 9. But tbh since they are releasing a 9th one, we all know the creativity died a long time ago.


DC Comics is coming back in June with Wonder Woman 1984. I heard the first one wasn’t bad, although I didn’t watch it, but for those who liked it, maybe check out the second installment. We get another horror movie with Candyman. And also the second installment of Top Gun, Top Gun: Maverick. This second installment is coming out 33 years (!) after the first one. Interesting. June also takes us on a musical film ride with In The Heights. Personally I am excited for it since the director is Jon M. Chu, who is bad with sequels but does great with musical and dance movies, so let’s see…
For everyone who liked Inside Out, we also get Pixar’s Soul…don’t ask me what to think about that one. It’s atmosphere seems really similar to Inside Out and I didn’t really like that one, so yeah…I’m gonna wait on reviews for that one…


July starts of the summer months for the cinemas. If you don’t know what that means: summer months in the cinema rarely have any highly anticipated movies coming out and the movies that are coming out are very rarely announced a year beforehand. Most of the movies coming out in summer are announced like 2 months prior and belong to the comedy genre. So what have we got for 2020: Tenet, a Christopher Nolan movie with action and thriller elements – no idea what to expect of that one. We also get Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds, about a guy realizing he is an NPC in a video game. This movie could go really good or really disappointing. We also have another minions installments, Minions: The Rise of Gru. They are cute but I didn’t even watch the first one in the cinema, so probably gonna skip the next one too. We also get another Ghostbusters movie, Ghostbusters 2020, that serves as a continuation of the original movies, not the one released a few years ago. The cast features a lot of young actors as well as a lot of actors reprising their roles from the original two movies. You may realize there aren’t that many trailers linked now. Mainly because most of these movies don’t have any yet. Jungle Cruise is one of the big exceptions. Starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, we have quite the unexpected and interesting lead pair but tbh I don’t know whether the story is any good. There will also be another The Purge installment (5th one) and a Bob’s Burgers movie…what the…?!


Don’t really ask me about August. I have absolutely no clue what all these movies are. So we got a lot of horror movies with Empty Man, Escape Room 2 (the first installment did surprisingly well, as far as I know) and Malignant. Then we get some probably action-heavy movie with Infinite, starring Mark Wahlberg, and a movie I cannot really judge at the moment, The One and Only Ivan – this one could go childish, comedy, touching…I really don’t know. And last but not least we get Bill & Ted Face the Music, just to add another installment to our list of movie franchises that get another installment in 2020. Seriously, Hollywood, running out of ideas?
Oh, and August is also quite far away so I’m running out of trailers…


September, school starts and we get a bunch of prequels coming our way. Starting with The King’s Man. If you haven’t already guessed it from the name, it’s a prequel to the The Kingsmen film franchise. It’s set in war times and has quite the big cast. Otherwise I don’t know much about it…did I actually watch the last installment of the franchise? I can’t remember. Also we get The Many Saints of Newark, a movie acting as a prequel for the famous TV series The Sopranos – which I’m too young and not American enough to have watched, ever. Still it’s definitely something to check out for all the Sopranos fans out there. Also we get some action stuff with Monster Hunter (pictures looked nothing like I expected them, so no idea what this movie is about) and Without Remorse, a movie based on a Tom Clancy novel, so I guess I expect some kind of good movie from this one, but I’m also quite skeptical. And just because we hadn’t had enough horror movies already, we also get Last Night in Soho. It said horror movie on the description, that’s when I stopped reading, sorry.


October comes to us with surprisingly few horror movies but a lot of different genres. We get some sci-fi/futuristic movie starring Tom Hanks with Bios. The premise sounds promising but the movie could go comedic or quite deep, so I’m on the edge about watching it. I’m gonna decide in October. We get some thriller time with Fatale…whatever that movie is about, I don’t know. Not really sticking to the horror concept of October but keeping it dark is the upcoming movie The Witches. Apparently it is a fantasy movie and the protagonist seems to be a little boy. We all know that could mean it could be really scary or go the way of a slightly scary fantasy path (see The House With A Clock In Its Walls). We get another installment with G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes. Apparently it does act as a side story though but since I haven’t watched much of the other movies, I’ll definitely skip this one. Apparently we are keeping it scarce on horror in October and I only found the release of Halloween Kills, a slasher film coming out then. Quite the unexpected movie release is coming with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. This one is based on a musical of the same name and it actually sounds interesting but this could go either way, depending on how the production and story pace goes. Last but not least (I’m using this phrase way too much) we have Death on the Nile, ANOTHER installment. It’s the sequel to the 2017 movie Murder on the Orient Express. I think those movies are quite interesting but the pace is kinda slow. Let’s see how Death on the Nile does.


The 11th month, November, will bring some bigger movies. Let’s start with the Marvel release of The Eternals. I did follow the Avengers’ adventures and most of the super hero stories but my favorite was Iron Man, so yeah…I’m gonna skip out on this one, probably. The cast is quite amazing though so I recommend to watch it if you are a comic or Marvel fan. I’m only gonna watch it, if I’m bored and don’t have my 30 tickets on my bonus card yet. Originally Fantastic Beasts 3 was set to be released in 2020 too but apparently they changed it to 2021, so sad about that one I admit. We also get a LGBT romance movie with Happiest Season starring Kristen Stewart. I’m intrigued, but I’m waiting for the trailer on that one. We get a movie called King Richard. I think it’s about King Richard, but I guess I could be wrong…
Also Disney is releasing another non-life-action movie in November, Raya and the Last Dragon. Considering they have released quite a few movies also suited for grown ups, it sounds good but the name is also quite childish so maybe this time it is actually for children.


December 2020. I can already tell you that most of the things written here normally tend to be wrong. Either the movies actually come out in November before or January after. Or they don’t come out at all. It is still so far away so it’s actually quite open what’s coming out in December. The release date on the movie Dune seems to be set in stone though, at least the news have confirmed it multiple times – let’s see….It’s a sci-fi movie and judging from the premise a heavy sci-fi movie at that. So don’t watch if you don’t actually like science fiction. We got some romantic comedy genre with Coming 2 America starring Eddie Murphy. I’m curious about it but I’m also gonna wait for the trailer. December is also supposed to bring Uncharted. I guess it’s a movie based on the game?
We get West Side Story. Another musical turned movie. Depending on how they produced it, this could either get interesting or totally cheesy. We get another installment with The Croods 2 and the surprise of the year, a Tom and Jerry movie. I have to admit, it’s probably in my top five of 2020 movies I’m curious about…if that doesn’t tell you a lot about the upcoming movies, I don’t know what will.


So this is my overview of the movies for 2020. There are quite a few interesting ones, a lot of 2nd to I-don’t-know-how-many-th installments and quite too many horror movies for my taste. I haven’t found that many movies I’m really interested in but let’s see where 2020 takes us! This was a lot of work but I also didn’t post for a long time…hm…I’m going to bed now.


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