The Best New Movies of 2020

Grab the popcorn—it's going to be a great year for films.

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It looks like 2020 is going to bring the movies, and I'm going to be first in line at the theater for more than a few. Among the most anticipated flicks in the coming year are some remakes/reboots, of course, as well as a couple superhero movies (a Hollywood staple). But there are also some original ideas and big gambles, so hopefully it'll be a nice balance of the nostalgic and the new. We'll update this list as the year goes on and as these movies start to come out—either in theaters or via streaming service—so you'll know which films are worth your time and money. For now, these are the flicks we just can't wait to see.

The Grudge

Release date: January 3, 2020

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Demian Bichir

Why it's a big deal: Okay, so the fact that it comes out in January isn't a great sign (it's historically known as the bad movie month), but I'm hopeful. I've loved king of horror Sam Raimi since the original Evil Dead, and he's a producer here. Nicolas Pesce, whose directorial debut was the apparently terrifying The Eyes of My Mother, will hopefully bring the same twisted energy. The original, which looks a bit schlocky now, scared the sh*t out of me when it came out in 2004. Hopefully this one will have a Sarah Michelle Gellar throwback cameo?

A Quiet Place Part II

Release date: March 20, 2020

Starring: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe

Why it's a big deal: The first film was such a success, thanks in part to its compelling concept that made for a unique watching experience. Seriously, movie theaters would fall completely silent, and the merest onscreen sound would become outlandishly terrifying. This one is also directed by Blunt's husband John Krasinski (is there anything he can't do?). Since the last film ended on a cliffhanger, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's an extension of the original that doesn't get boring.


Release date: March 27, 2020

Starring: Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee

Why it's a big deal: If you grew up with the original, like me, you're already locked and loaded into this new live-action version. I love that they've cast talented Chinese actors who, by the looks of it, are absolutely crushing the material. The fact that some of the classic Disney music plays softly in the background of the trailer hits my nostalgia button, hard. This is the first of the live-action Disney films I'm actually excited about.

The Lovebirds

Release date: April 3, 2020

Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Anna Camp

Why it's a big deal: The murder mystery is back, and I could not be more delighted. (I am an Agatha Christie and Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling obsessive, people, and I watched Knives Out the second it was released.) This one has two of my favorite actors, Nanjiani and Rae, whom I'd watch in anything. The Big Sick director Michael Showalter is back directing Nanjiani, so, yea. I'm in.

No Time to Die

Release date: April 8, 2020

Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Lashana Lynch

Why it's a big deal: If you or your S.O. is a Bond fan, you'll definitely want to watch this—it's the 25th film in the series, it's probably Daniel Craig's final Bond film, it's got True Detective's Cary Fukunaga directing, oh and it's jam-packed with stars, including Lashana Lynch as the first female 007. If you're not really into it, just sit back and enjoy everything exploding and a bunch of gorgeous actors, including my fave up-and-comer Ana de Armas. Even if it doesn't end up making a ton of sense, like Quantum of Solace, it'll be a fun ride.

Black Widow

Release date: May 1, 2020

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz

Why it's a big deal: Please, please, please let this be good. The first Phase 4 Marvel movie is actually a prequel, but it finally gives Scarlett Johansson her time to shine. Over the course of the franchise, she's become the beating heart of a sometimes-overstuffed universe, and I hope the fact that she's technically (*spoiler alert*) dead post-Endgame won't mean this is the last we'll see of her. I also love Midsommar's Florence Pugh, and I will watch Rachel Weisz and Chief Hopper in anything.

Wonder Woman 1984

Release date: June 5, 2020

Starring: Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine (!)

Why it's a big deal: I was worried that bringing back Chris Pine for this sequel felt a bit gimmicky when it was first announced (*spoiler alert*, he dies in the first film), but I'm digging the way it's being done: Smarmy villain Pedro Pascal (my love) does a "favor" for Diana so that he can do...something evil with crystals. TBD. Kristen Wiig is always a treat, and it's about time she got to play a supervillain. Plus, the movie comes out during my birthday month! I'm taking it as a sign that I should ask for movie tickets as a present.

Top Gun: Maverick

Release date: June 26, 2020

Starring: Tom Cruise (duh), Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jay Ellis, Monica Barbaro

Why it's a big deal: If you haven't watched the original, stop reading, go watch, come back. Everyone ready? This OTT flick, which is both a classic and a parody of itself, has been honored and satirized for more than 30 years now. So, at least for fans of the original, this is probably the most anticipated movie of the year. But, if you weren't a fan or have no clue what I'm talking about, it's a pretty sure thing that a lot of care will be taken to make this good. It's probably worth a watch, no matter what.

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