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Films to look forward to in 2020: January to June

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2020 is bringing all the movie magic

The Personal History of David Copperfield
Release date: 24 January
It turns out that when you mix the razor-sharp talent of writer and director Armando Iannucci with one of Dickens’ most-loved works, you end up with an incredibly lively and likeable ensemble film that manages to feel both classic and modern. Fans of The Death of Stalin and The Thick of It will enjoy this adaptation traversing the life of our hero David Copperfield (Dev Patel), passed from place to place since boyhood (some places rather better than others) all the while trying to find his place in the world. The cast is bursting at the seams with talent including the likes of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Peter Capaldi. Between them and Iannucci’s writing, the larger-than-life characters that Dicken’s penned so perfectly are in very safe hands. 
Birds of Prey
Release date: 7 February 

 Margot Robbie’s turn as Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad was such a hit that when a spin-off focusing on the character was announced it came as no surprise to anyone. The unpredictable Harley has left her puddin’, the Joker, and finds herself teaming up with fellow vigilantes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to form the Birds of Prey to protect a young girl from Gotham crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). After the success of 2017’s female-driven Wonder Woman, we’re excited to see the DC Extended Universe bringing badass women centre stage once more.
Release date: 6 March
Imagine if you had the power to bring back a lost loved one for one more day, only to accidentally just bring back half of them: this is the premise of Disney Pixar’s next animated family feature, Onward, set in a world where gnomes, elves, mermaids and more are all real but magic is getting harder to muster as the population become more reliant on tech. Two teenage elf brothers (voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland), whose dad died when they were too young to remember, must try to find the magic left in the land after a botched spell to bring him back for a day goes wrong and only brings back his legs. The Disney Pixar collaborations keep delivering so we’re expecting big things from this adventure, set to be popular for the Easter holidays. 
A Quiet Place Part II

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Release date: 20 March

When A Quiet Place arrived in cinemas in 2018, it was applauded for its originality as an intelligent modern horror - and proved that John Krasinski was far more than just Jim from The Office. Krasinski takes the helm again as writer and director of this sequel, picking up after the dramatic climax of the first movie. Evelyn (Emily Blunt) has no choice but to leave their shelter with her children to find other survivors and navigate a world where any sound can trigger killer creatures. The trailer, dropped on New Year’s Day, introduces fellow as-yet-unnamed survivor played by Cillian Murphy - but he suggests those who survived may not be worth saving. However, the real draw of the trailer is the promise of flashbacks of the start of the terrifying invasion. Shh – remember not to scream. 
Release date: 27 March

Another year, another Disney live action remake. This time it’s 1998 classic Mulan that’s getting a modern makeover and y’know what? It actually looks pretty promising, even if there is no Eddie Murphy-voiced Mushu in this one. When war comes to China, the young Mulan disguises herself as a man and enlists in the Imperial army in place of her elderly father, hoping to bring honour to her family in her own way, at a time when a woman’s worth was all wrapped up in marriage. Showing Mulan (Liu Yifei) as a strong woman with her own will and agency is a fantastic message, but unlike other recent Disney remakes, this version will not include any musical elements, meaning classics such as Reflection and I’ll Make a Man Out of You will sadly not be featured.  
No Time to Die

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Release date: 2 April 

Bond is back for his 25thouting, and the last with Daniel Craig playing the world’s most famous spy. From what we know so far, five years have passed after the events of 2015’s Spectre and Bond has left the 00 service – that is, until old friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter enlists him for a mission the likes of which he’s never faced before. With Oscar-winner Rami Malek as the villain and Lashana Lynch as a welcome new addition as a 00 agent, as well as the script getting the Phoebe Waller-Bridge treatment, we’re excited to see the big action set pieces that we all know and love blended with something fresh to bring Bond into 2020. 
Promising Young Woman

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Release date: 17 April 
When the trailer dropped in December, a film that hadn’t really been on our radar quickly became one of our most anticipated films of the year. Carey Mulligan is Cassie, a young woman who goes out every weekend, pretends to be inebriated and lures self-proclaimed ‘nice guys’ to show their true colours when presented with an unconscious woman in a bar. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, known for being the showrunner on season two of Killing Eve, as well as playing Camilla is season three of The Crown, Promising Young Woman looks set to be a revenge thriller full of dark humour and a strong message for the #MeToo age.   
Black Widow

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Release date: 1 May

Marvel are launching into their Phase Four titles with the highly anticipated Black Widow. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War but before the last two Avengers movies (no spoilers), Scarlett Johansson is back as Natasha Romanoff, finding herself on the run and heading back to where her story began as part of the KGB elite force of Black Widows. With Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking on the role of Red Guardian, Cap’s Russian super soldier counterpart, and both Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh as Black Widow operatives from Natasha’s past, this is set to be an excellent female-driven blockbuster to kick off the summer months. 
Wonder Woman 1984
Release date: 5 June 
You can’t deny that 2020 is so far looking good for strong women, both in front of and behind the camera, and this sequel to the 2017 smash Wonder Woman is a prime example. Patty Jenkins returns to direct as well as featuring on the writing team of this eighties-set sequel that sees Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) somehow reunited with her love Steve Trevnor (Chris Pine) - despite his assumed death - and up against Kristen Wiig’s villainous Cheetah. The trailer promises more excellent action sequences with Diana getting a whole new set of armour, and we’re hoping for lots of 80s nods, à la Stranger Things. 
In the Heights
Release date: 26 June 
He might be known for Hamilton, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first big Broadway musical, In the Heights, is getting the Hollywood treatment this summer. Focusing on a tight-knit community on a corner of Washington Heights, from the local matriarch to the young bodega owner Usnavi (played by Hamilton alumni Anthony Ramos in the role originated by Miranda), expect high energy and high emotions in this big screen adaptation.