Movies to come in 2020 by Jack Cline

Yes, 2020 will be yet another year full of sequels, prequels, spinoffs and remakes, only a few of which we’re actually looking forward to, writes Jack Cline. So here’s a trawl through the movies next year that look a lot more promising than the next Conjuring or Fast & Furious…

ALL NEW: Sam Mendes’ 1917 is an astonishingly well-made and deeply involving WWI adventure starring George MacKay, Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch. Recounting the true story of female harassment at Fox News, the riotously entertaining Bombshell features knockout performances from Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. Perhaps the most original filmmaker working today, Christopher Nolan returns this summer with Tenet, an action drama involving espionage, time travel and Robert Pattinson. And then there’s Jack Whitehall playing gay in a Disney movie. Jungle Cruise is based on a theme park ride, but it looks like a comical African Queen remakewith Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.

INTRIGUING REMAKES: It’s been 35 years since David Lynch took a stab at Frank Herbert’s epic novel Dune, and now another awesome filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) has filmed it, starring Timothée Chalamet. And Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan looks like something special: a proper full-on Chinese action movie that’s earthier and a lot more exciting than the cartoon was. They’ve even ditched the annoying comedy dragon.

SEQUELS & PREQUELS: Probably the most hotly anticipated film of the year, Daniel Craig is back as Bond one more time in No Time to Die, with Rami Malek as the villain. Superhero women make a welcome return to action in Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984. And if extremely old franchises are your thing, you’ll be excited to see Tom Cruise still playing beach volleyball (we can hope) in Top Gun: Maverick, plus Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Bill & Ted Face the Music (excellent!). As for prequels, Kingsman gets a backstory starring the gorgeous Harris Dickinson in The King’s Man, and the Sopranos get a backstory in The Many Saints of Newark.

SONG & DANCE: The gayest musical heading our way is Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, about a Yorkshire teen who wants to be a drag queen. Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the musical In the Heights, about neighbours living in north Manhattan. The movie version looks great. And Steven Spielberg directs a new film of iconic musical West Side Story starring Ansel Elgort (aka Baby Driver).

AND FINALLY, if waiting for those seems like too much work, these terrific films arrive on VOD this month: François Ozon’s powerful true abusive priest drama By the Grace of God (6 Jan), Almodóvar’s gorgeously introspective Pain and Glory (13 Jan), the sexy gay French romp The Shiny Shrimps (13 Jan), the gay-tinged biopic Judy (27 Jan), the fabulously pink-washed satire Greener Grass (27 Jan), and tough gay Austrian thriller Nevrland (27 Jan).

2019: Best & Worst by Jack Cline


Pain and Glory

The Irishman

The Blond One

Wild Rose

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


By the Grace of God

Amazing Grace




Rambo: Last Blood

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Isn’t It Romantic

Escape Plan 3

Triple Frontier


Dark Phoenix

Tell It to the Bees

The Laundromat

Red Joan


The Shiny Shrimps

Carlos Acosta in Yuli

Mena Massoud in Aladdin

Carloto Cotto in Diamantino

Tom Holland in Spider-Man:
Far From Home


Jack Reynor in Midsommar

Luke Evans in Ma

Cesar Vicente in Pain and Glory

Aaron Taylor-Johnson in
A Million Little Pieces

Jake Phillips Head in
The Souvenir


Sorry We Missed You

For Sama

Are You Proud?

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Hail Satan?


Moonlight (2016)

Weekend (2011)

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Carol (2015)

Pain and Glory (2019)

Tangerine (2015)

It’s Only the End of the World (2016)

God’s Own Country (2017)

The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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