Reel Reviewer Column: A new decade of cinema

Jason Day previews the most anticipated film releases of 2020.

January

JoJo Rabbit (out New Year’s Day)
Controversial WWII comedy that portrays Hitler as a genial fool and Nazi war efforts as comically ineffective. 1917 (January 10) Cited as the definitive WWI movie is this epic with a cast including George McKay and Colin Firth.

Bombshell (January 17)
Charlize Theron leads this drama about the sexual harassment scandal that brought Fox News’ CEO to book.

Frozen II (January 4 & 5)
Sequel to Disney’s animated blockbuster, showing at MK Gallery. To book: bit.ly/MKGalleryFilm

February

Birds of Prey (February 7)
Suicide Squad sequel. Margot Robbie’s deranged character Harley Quinn assembles disaffected women for revenge on a crime lord.

March

A Quiet Place 2
I gave A Quiet Place four out of five saluting the bravery of John Krasinski for stripping his script of dialogue. Co-star and real-life wife Emily Blunt returns.

April
No Time to Die

The 25th James Bond film is presumed to be Daniel Craig’s last. Oscar winner Rami Malik plays the baddie.

May

The Personal History of David Copperfield
Armando Iannucci adapts the timeless Dickens classic and has fun upending things, casting Indian actor Dev Patel in the title role, who traverses Victorian London society.

June

Top Gun: Maverick
This sequel might have the longest stretch in following its forbear – 34 years since Tom Cruise first appeared as pilot Maverick in the legendary ode to the US Air Force.

July

Ghostbusters Afterlife
The 2016 reboot underperformed at the box office, so the producers here opt for a mixed cast that includes Finn Wolfhard and most of the cast from the original two movies.

August

Bill & Ted Face the Music
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return as former High School slackers, asked by a visitor from the future to compose a song that will save the world.

September

Last Night in Soho
I interviewed a fashion graduate from the University of Northampton, whose designs feature in this Edgar Wright horror set in sixties London. It sounds incredible and is a movie I will definitely see.

October

Halloween Kills
The 2018 reboot to this horror franchise eliminated all of the other sequels to John Carpenter’s 1978 original. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as plucky Laurie Strode.

November/December

Dune
David Lynch’s 1984 version of Frank Herbert’s galactic war novels failed so spectacularly at the box office, he removed his name from the credits. Timothy Chalamet stars in this remake.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the January 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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