Now that I officially recapped my favorite movies of 2019, here’s a look ahead at some of my most anticipated movies for 2020. I did this last year and ended up with six of the movies in my Top 10 of the year, so hopefully this year’s list bodes just as well (or even better).
10. No Time to Die
Maybe I’m a fool to get excited for a direct sequel to Spectre that was plagued by behind-the-scenes production issues, but, hey, it’s Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond and it has an amazing cast and director to boot. Here’s hoping.
If there’s one thing that can break my Pixar fatigue, it’s a Pixar movie centered around jazz music with an original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. This has a lot of potential.
I’m still a bit awestruck at what the Russo brothers did with Infinity War and Endgame, so I’m eager to see what they can do when working outside the restraints of the MCU with Cherry. In addition to being a departure for the Russos, Cherry also should give Tom Holland some room to flex his acting chops in a way that he hasn’t been able to before, so expect some big stuff from him as well.
7. The Eternals
The Eternals is a pivotal moment for Marvel, setting the standard for just how weird and bold they’re willing to get with the future of the MCU. My fingers are crossed that Feige is letting Chloe Zhao run away with it on this one and create something truly epic with her individual stamp all over it.
6. Nightmare Alley
…it’s a new Guillermo del Toro movie! Oh, and it has a great cast. Enough said.
5. The Green Knight
David Lowery turned a movie about Casey Affleck with a bedsheet over his head into one of the best movies of the last decade, so seeing what he can do with a story epic in scale and a great ensemble cast is mighty intriguing.
After an agonizing six years of waiting, we finally get a new David Fincher movie this year and I couldn’t be more excited. This movie about the creation of Citizen Kane has the potential to act as Fincher’s period-piece companion to The Social Network, which is honestly enough to send chills down my spine just thinking about it.
3. Last Night in Soho
I love horror movies, I love psychological movies, and I love Edgar Wright movies, so Last Night in Soho sounds pretty darn amazing by happening to be all three. Edgar Wright has always seem poised to make a full-on horror movie ever since Shaun of the Dead, and there has never been a more perfect time to do so after he recently flexed his dramatic chops with Baby Driver.
Tenet looks to be a dizzying mash-up of Memento and Inception, and this isn’t even considering the fact that Nolan is collaborating with new behind-the-scenes talent and proclaiming this is his most ambitious movie yet. So, yeah, I guess you could say I’m ready to buy my opening night IMAX tickets as soon as tomorrow.
Dune is a novel so staggering in scope that a proper adaptation might seem impossible, but if anybody is up to the challenge it’s Denis Villenueve and an all-star cast for the history books. Much like Dune was a breakthrough novel for the sci-fi genre in the 60’s, this Dune adaption has the potential to be be a pivotal moment in blockbuster filmmaking that will blow all our freaking minds.
Honorable mentions: The French Dispatch, Top Gun: Maverick, Wonder Woman 1984, In the Heights, Bill & Ted Face The Music, Untitled PTA Movie, Candyman