2020 is a spectacular year for cinema with so much sensational storytelling on the way. Here is another selection of upcoming movies we can’t wait to see on the mother of all screens…
Inspiring True Stories
In January, JUST MERCY explores the career of human rights activist Bryan Stevenson and the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free. DARK WATERS is a compelling David and Goliath account of how a lawyer risked his career, marriage and the safety of himself and his family by standing up to powerful American corporation, DuPont. The company had been releasing toxic chemicals into a water supply, poisoning people and animals, and this is an account of the real-life battle to stop them. Also coming in January is A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD in which one of the world’s most cherished actors, Tom Hanks, plays one of America’s most beloved television personalities, Fred Rogers.
In April, DREAM HORSE starring Toni Colette and Damian Lewis tells the incredible story of how an impoverished Welsh community formed a syndicate and bought and raised a champion racehorse on an allotment in their forgotten village. Kevin Hart is a single parent raising his young daughter alone following the death of his wife in FATHERHOOD. Based on Matthew Logelin’s memoir, this is from ABOUT A BOY director Paul Weitz and is also releasing in April. Will Smith stars as Richard Williams in KING RICHARD in November. This chronicles how Venus and Serena Williams were moulded into tennis superstars by their determined father and coach.
Guy Ritchie’s riotous ride through the lethal London criminal underworld, THE GENTLEMEN, is in cinemas now. Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hardy and Hugh Grant are among the excellent ensemble cast in a glorious return to the style of Ritchie’s earlier works SNATCH and LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS. 1917, Sam Mendes’ gripping war survival story which was filmed in one, nearly uninterrupted shot, making it a more authentic and immersive experience arrives on Friday 10th January.
Later in January comes the stylish and provocative QUEEN & SLIM. Drawing comparisons to BONNIE & CLYDE, this is about a young black couple on the run from police after being pulled over for no reason by a white officer while on their first date. In May, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman star in Hitchcockian thriller THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW about an agoraphobic woman spying on her neighbours.
In September comes LAST NIGHT IN SOHO which jumps between 1960s London and the present day as a chilling murder-mystery unfolds. Also releasing in September is Sopranos prequel THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK. This illuminates the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano, played by Michael Gandolfini, son of the late James Gandolfini who played Tony in the popular television series.
In November, Ben Affleck finds himself the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance (again!) in DEEP WATER. This is from Adrian Lyne, director of FATAL ATTRACTION (his first time directing in almost 20 years) and based on a novel by the queen of suspense, Patricia Highsmith, author of the books that generated THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and CAROL.
In April, the world’s most familiar secret agent, James Bond, is back in NO TIME TO DIE. This could be one of the most eagerly anticipated Bond films yet, due to the involvement of Phoebe Waller-Bridge of hit TV shows Fleabag and Killing Eve who has co-written the screenplay. The plot of July’s TENET from writer and director Christopher Nolan is cloaked in secrecy but rumoured to be a time-travel adventure involving the world of international espionage. Both INCEPTION and DUNKIRK by Nolan were among the biggest films of the last ten years and this looks certain to enjoy the same spectacular success.
THE KING'S MAN in September is a prequel to the KINGSMAN films which director Matthew Vaughn has described as a love letter to the old-time Bond movies. This one takes place during the early 1900s and concerns the formation of the spy agency, a race against time and a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds.
With so much sensational storytelling planned for 2020, we’ve had to post our preview in four parts, you can read part one here, part three here and part four here.
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