2020 has been bringing the movies, and I’m going to be watching more than a few. Among the most-anticipated flicks of the coming year are some remakes/reboots (of course) as well as a few 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, increasingly, via streaming service—so you’ll know which films are worth your time and money.
Note: Many of these movies have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, so we’ve updated the release dates accordingly. Which means, unfortunately, that some of the movies will be or have been pushed back to 2021. But we’ll keep the films on here, since they were originally slated for 2020.
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Release date: January 24, 2020, now streaming
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant
Why it’s a big deal: If critics collectively had one thing to say about this film, it’s, “Oh thank God, Guy Ritchie is back.” The iconic director’s original stuff is terrific, his recent stuff…has its ups and downs. I really liked The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but King Arthur? Eurgh. Sherlock Holmes 2? Euuuuurgh. Alternatively, this film is the exact kind of madcap action Ritchie does best. Even if fast-paced action plus fun banter isn’t really your thing, come for Matthew McConaughey—he’s giving one of the best, most exciting performances of his career. Also, come for Henry Golding in a role that’s the exact opposite of his Crazy Rich Asians heartthrob part. Hugh Grant’s also hilarious in it, playing against type (I won’t spoil it for you) and everybody’s on their A-game. Just give it a shot, is what I’m saying. [Also, check the content warnings—there’s some violence and sexual violence in here.] Emma
Release date: February 21, 2020, now streaming
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Bill Nighy
Why it’s a big deal: I confess: I went into this film a bit wary. As schmaltzy as the 1996 film is, I absolutely loved it. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam (my forever crush) are just so cute together! But I’ve never been happier to be wrong. A) Anya Taylor-Joy is so good in this—she says she was excited to prove to people she can actually act instead of being typecast forever in horror films. (She CAN.) B) Johnny Flynn as Mr. Knightley is super-hot and a great actor and you get to see his butt. C) Bill Nighy and Miranda Hart are the funniest, although frankly nearly everybody’s funny in it (looking at you, Josh O’Connor and Mia Goth!). D) It makes you laugh and cry and think, and that’s a perfect movie-watching experience.