Since we’re a bit late to the punch at Thought for Your Penny, we’ll be listing movies from February onward.
1. Fantasy Island (Blumhouse/Columbia)
This remake from director Jeff Wadlow above is a horror adaptation of the popular TV show. Sony Pictures is releasing the film on Valentine’s Day, so it’ll be competing with a ton of new movies at the box office, including Sonic below. Still, with a cast including Michael Pena as Mr. Roarke surrounded by a talented ensemble, this should prove interesting.
2. F9: The Fast Saga (Universal)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re likely aware of the Fast and Furious franchise, which includes The Rock himself. While he won’t appear in this film, due to disputes with Tyrese Gibson, John Cena, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sung Kang are joined by Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, and more.
3. Birds of Prey (Warner Bros/DC)
The Harley Quinn-led feminist movement in DC is producing great content, and this movie finds her finally breaking up with Joker and setting up a bigger presence in both Gotham and the greater DC Universe. Between the movie and animated series, there’s a lot for Harley fans to get revved up about this year.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
By the time you read this, we’ll finally know whether or not this video game-based movie is a hit or a miss. So far, the changes Paramount made since the awful original debut seem to have been cleared up, and things are moving fast.
5. Snake Eyes (MGM/Paramount)
There are two G.I. Joe movies to get excited about this year, but Snake Eyes has the most potential to expand on the ninja characters fans love. As a die-hard G.I. Joe fan who grew up on military bases in the 1980s, I always wanted to see this franchise expand into some of the amazing stories that could be told. It’s far more fun than Teenaget Mutant Ninja Turtles or Transformers. Yo, Joe!
6. Black Widow (Marvel/Disney)
After supporting everyone in just about every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Scarlett Johannson and her S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha are finally getting their own movie. We’re in the post-Thanos era now, and this fresh start for a new story arc is sure to get comic fans buzzing.
7. Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount)
Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer return to movies nearly 35 years later to show what became of Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Admiral Tom “Iceman” Kazansky ever since they lost that lovin feeling. They’re joined by Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and more in a pass-the-torch movie.
8. Bill & Ted Face the Music
The Bill & Ted reboot brings back stars Keanu Reeves and Bill Winters, both of whom are now older than George Carlin was as Rufus in the original. Phone booth time travel is hot with Doctor Who, and this precursor to Rick and Morty could be a sleeper hit of 2020. It’s another pass-the-torch movie.
9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Sony Pictures)
This reboot erases the last Ghostbusters movie that was too focused on putting women in charge to respect canon. This time it seems Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman, and Paul Rudd are keeping the canon while moving the film to explore other parts of the U.S. It also feels a bit more horror than comedy, so it’ll be interesting to see what we get this time.
10. The King’s Man (20th Century Fox)
If you’re not already familiar with this spy action comedy series, you need to immediately get acquainted. The third installment finds Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Rhys Ifans, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Arterton, and more, as one man and his protege race across time to stop history’s worst tyrants.
11. The New Mutants (20th Century Studios)
This mutant adventure has been a long time in the making. The thirteenteenth X-Men movie is focused on another X-team to see if they can replicate Deadpool’s success. It’ll be a superhero horror film that’s sure to be bloody and show some awesome uses of superpowers we haven’t already seen in Watchmen, The Boys, and every other super property doing it these days.
12. Free Guy (Twentieth Century Fox)
Speaking of Ryan Reynolds, his movie set in a video game world was the buzz of New York Comic-Con. Director Shawn Levy already has our attention, and this trailer combines elements of Deadpool with Grand Theft Auto and Powerless. It’s sure to be a trip for the rather large niche audience that will understand all the easter eggs.
13. Bad Trip (Orion Pictures)
Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery, and Eric Andre have an inventive hiden camera road trip comedy that looks worth the watch. It’s directed by Kitao Sakurai, who worked with Andre on his Adult Swim show and was delayed quite a bit from its original October 25, 2019 release date. By April, we’ll see if this film was worth the wait.
14. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (Nickolodeon/Paramount)
Tom Kenny voices SpongeBob in this real-world animation movie that nearly broke the internet with its Keanu Reeves cameo. Join Bob, Patrick, Plankton, and all the rest on another adventure in 2020.
15. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (Sony Pictures)
The first Peter Rabbit had audiences in stiches, so it’s no wonder it’s returning for a second round. Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne, and David Oyelowo will be lending their faces to the movies, while James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Sia lend their voices to animal characters. It’s sure to be a delightful spring movie for the entire family.
16. Onward (Disney/Picar)
Disney Pixar has two movies everyone’s looking forward to in 2020. The first centers around two elf brothers, played by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt, who seek magic in the world when their father died while they were too young to know him. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, and Ali Wong also have voice roles.
17. Soul (Disney/Pixar)
The second anticipated Pixar movie this year is Soul, which features a middle school music teacher (played by Jamie Foxx) who dreams of playing at a legendary jazz club. It’s sure to be a soulful musical and the inclusion of Tina Fey, Questlove, and Daveed Diggs looks promising.
18. No Time to Die (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
The 25th James Bond movie finds Daniel Craig in his final outing as the veneral MI6 Agent 007. Director Cary Joji Fukunaga will surely put a violent cap on his run with Ian Fleming’s character. Craig pulled the series in a much more serious direction after the glamour of Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal, and the addition of Rami Malik as a villain almost guarantees I’ll love this movie.
19. Dune (Warner Bros.)
I’m personally not a fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune, but enough people are that this is sure to be a blockbuster of 2020. Oscar Isaac, Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, and Jason Momoa are just a few of the actors in this star-studded ensemble cast. And the desert worms, vehicles, weapons, and everything else happening on this desert planet will span two movies and could be our next Lord of the Rings fantasy.
20. Wonder Woman 1984 (DC Films)
Warner Bros and DC are hoping if Dune doesn’t take off, at least it can pull out some more cash from its Wonder Woman Franchise. And why not? Gal Gadot has proven herself more than capable of box office magic, and Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, and the rest of the cast are only amping up the anticipation fans of Marvel’s biggest competition.