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The best new movies of 2020 – the most exciting films opening this year

From the return of James Bond to ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, take a peek at some of the most anticipated film releases this year

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die
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By Time Out Film |
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While 2019 might have seen us say goodbye to a number of our favourite film franchises (for now, at least), 2020 is not only ushering a new decade but a new year of massive movies. 

Science fiction fans shouldn’t be lacking now we’ve reached the end of the Skywalker Saga – in December 2020, Denis Villeneuve will unleash the first part of his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’, starring Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac and Rebecca Ferguson, while the month before will give Marvel fans a hit of superheroes with the hotly anticipated ‘The Eternals’. 

Christopher Nolan is also makes a comeback this year with ‘Tenet’, a Robert Pattinson-starring spy movie featuring time travel, and there’s the return of SoCal slackers Bill and Ted, too. Everyone’s favourite British spy is also back for Bond 25, ‘No Time to Die’. 

Of course, there are new films, too, and some indie gems that are bound to become firm favourites. So dish out the popcorn: here are the most hotly anticipated films of 2020.

Recommended: the best films of 2019.

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Film, Thrillers

The Lighthouse

This black-and-white gothic thriller from Robert Eggers (‘The Witch’) has a deliciously hallucinogenic quality and features superb turns from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

Opens Jan 31.

Photograph: Neon
Film, Drama

Parasite

Inventive and darkly funny, this treat from Bong Joon Ho (‘Okja’) won the Cannes Palme d’Or last year. Choi Woo Shik plays a young man who blags his way into a wealthy Seoul household.

Opens Feb 7.

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ONWARD
Photograph: Disney/Pixar
Film, Animation

Onward

High-concept Pixar alert: the studio that rarely makes a misstep is back with a new magical world in which two brothers cast a spell to try to bring back their dead dad. The slenderest of plot synopses and we’re already welling up. It’s a project that feels especially substantial for not being a sequel.

Opens Mar 6. 

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time To Die
Photograph: Danjaq, LLC and MGM
Film, Action and adventure

No Time to Die

A new Bond film is always an event. Probably Daniel Craig’s last, the twenty-fifth features script work from Phoebe Waller-Bridge and a role for Londoner Lashana Lynch (‘Captain Marvel’).

Opens Apr 2.

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A still from Sarah Gavron's film Rocks
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Film, Drama

Rocks

Sarah Gavron’s drama about teenage girls in London is a multicultural treat with moments of pathos and joy. Breakout star Bukky Bakray plays the schoolgirl trying to juggle family life with friendships.

Opens Apr 10.

Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984
Photograph: Clay Enos/Warner Bros.
Film, Action and adventure

Wonder Woman 1984

Patty Jenkins returns to direct Gal Gadot in this sequel that plunges Wonder Woman right into the heart of the ’80s, with perms, neon and New Order dominating the lively trailer. Kristen Wiig co-stars.

Opens Jun 5.

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Tenet
Photograph: Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros.
Film, Action and adventure

Tenet

Christopher Nolan directs John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Robert Pattinson in a time-travel spy epic – we’re hyperventilating already. Washington takes centre stage as the hero trying to stop a third world war.

Opens Jul 17.

Jennifer Hudson wearing a red dress
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Film, Drama

Respect

Jennifer Hudson plays soul legend Aretha Franklin in a biopic directed by Liesl Tommy, which also stars Forest Whitaker and Mary J Blige. Franklin consulted on the film before her death, so expect a credible watch and belting tunes.

Opens Aug 21.

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BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC
Photograph: Patti Perret
Film, Comedy

Bill & Ted Face the Music

As must we all eventually. But isn’t it more enjoyable facing the music with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter? For this decades-belated sequel, we catch up with their iconic SoCal airhead slackers in middle age, older now, though not necessarily wiser. Once again, Wyld Stallyns are called upon to save the world with guitar pyrotechnics. 

Opens Aug 21. 

Edgar Wright on the red carpet
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Film, Horror

Last Night in Soho

Edgar Wright’s London-set psychological horror stars Thomasin McKenzie (‘Jojo Rabbit’) as a modern-day fashion student who experiences the swinging ’60s. Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith co-star alongside Diana Rigg.

Opens Sep 18.

 

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Richard E Grand
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Film, Drama

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

The West End musical sensation hits the big screen in a crowded year for them, one that will also include ‘In the Heights’ and Steven Spielberg’s remake of ‘West Side Story’. Making this effort stand out: the exuberance of its pro-drag stance, and the addition of impish spirit animal Richard E Grant to the cast.

Opens Oct 21. 

Angelina Jolie
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Film, Action and adventure

The Eternals

Chloé Zhao (‘The Rider’) helms the next Marvel superhero film, with heavyweight actors including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek and Barry Keoghan.

Opens Nov 6.

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Timothee Chalamet on the red carpet
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Film, Science fiction

Dune

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve is sure to give the classic sci-fi novel an interesting spin. This first of a two-parter stars Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin and Timothée Chalamet.

Opens Dec 18.

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