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50 Movie Releases to Look Forward to in 2020

With all the new exciting things coming in 2020, these movie releases are another thing to look forward to! Here are new movies showing in theaters from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 ranked in popularity. 


A Quiet Place Part II

  • Genre—Horror, Thriller
  • Available March 20 

Plot: “Following the events at home, the Abbott family Now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.”


The Grudge 

  • Genre—Horror, Mystery
  • Available now

Plot: “A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.”



  • Genre—Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Available July 17

Plot: “An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel, and evolution.”



  • Genre—Action, Drama, Horror
  • Available Jan. 10

Plot: “A crew of aquatic researchers work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. But the crew has more than the ocean seabed to fear.”

I’m personally excited for this movie! Not only because I really like Kristen Stewart but it also seems to blend action, drama and horror really well! 


No Time To Die 

  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Thriller 
  • Available April 8

Plot: “Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”


Birds Of Prey: and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn  

  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Crime 
  • Available Feb. 7

Plot: “After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.”

I absolutely loved Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad and I can only hope that her movie is as good as previous one! 



  • Genre—Comedy, Drama
  • Available Feb. 14

Plot: “Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.” 


Bad Boys for Life

  • Genre—Action, Comedy, Crime
  • Available Jan. 17

Plot: “The Band Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated Bad Boys for Life.”  


Black Widow

  •  Genre—Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
  • Available May 1 

Plot: “A film about Natasha Romanoff in her quest between the films Civil War and Infinity War.”



  • Genre—Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Available Jan. 17

Plot: “A physician discovers that he can talk to animals.”

Although I do enjoy a Robert Downy Jr. movie, I am a little skeptical about this one! 


Top Gun: Maverick

  • Genre—Action, Drama
  • Available June 26

Plot: “After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.”


Gretel & Hansel 

  • Genre—Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
  • Available Jan. 31

Plot: “A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.”


Wonder Woman: 1984 

  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Available June 4 

Plot: To be announced!



  • Genre—Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Available Dec. 18

Plot: “Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.” 



  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Available Nov. 6  

Plot: “The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.”


Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Family
  • Available Feb. 14

Plot: “A cop in the rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him.”


The Turning

  • Genre—Drama, Horror, Mystery
  • Available Jan. 24

Plot: “A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for is young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. A modern take on ‘Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw.” 


Ghostbusters: Afterlife

  • Genre—Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Available July 10 

Plot: “When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.”



  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Available March 27

Plot: “A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s “Mulan.”


Like a Boss

  • Genre—Comedy
  • Available Jan. 10

Plot: “Two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. One is more practical, while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle.”


Fantasy Island

  • Genre—Adventure, Horror
  • Available Feb. 14

Plot: “A horror adaptation of the popular ‘70s TV show about a magical island resort.”


The King’s Man

  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Available Feb. 14 

Plot: “As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.”


West Side Story

  • Genre—Crime, Drama, Musical
  • Available on Dec. 18

Plot: “An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love, and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.” 


The New Mutants

  • Genre—Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
  • Available April 3 

Plot: “Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and saves themselves.”


Enola Holmes

  • Genre—Drama, Mystery
  • Available: To be announced!

Plot: “Upon the disappearance of their mother, the child sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes runs away to become a fugitive private detective herself.”


Bill & Ted Face the Music

  • Genre—Comedy, Music, Sci-Fi
  • Available August 21st

Plot: “Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.”


Free Guy

  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Comedy
  • Available July 3rd

Plot: “A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.”


Fast & Furious 9

  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Crime
  • Available May 22nd

Plot: To be announced! 


Halloween Kills

  • Genre—Horror, Thriller
  • Available October 16th 

Plot: “The saga of Micheal Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.” This is a scary movie I wouldn’t mind seeing in theaters! 


Chaos Walking

  • Genre—Adventure, Sci-Fi
  • Available: To be announced!

Plot: “A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.”


The Invisible Man

  • Genre—Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Available Feb. 28 

Plot: “When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.”


The Last Full Measure

  • Genre—Drama, War
  • Available Jan. 28

Plot: “Thirty-four years after his death, Airman Wiliam H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. (“Pits”) was awarded the nation’s highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield.”


The Call of the Wild

  • Genre—Adventure, Drama, Family
  • Available Feb. 28

Plot: “A sled dog struggles for survival in the Alaskan wild.”


Godzilla vs. Kong

  • Genre—Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Available Nov. 20

Plot: “As the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla, the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters.”


Coming 2 America

  • Genre—Comedy
  • Available June 26

“Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. A sequel to the 1988 comedy ‘Coming to America’.” 


The Woman in the Window

  • Genre—Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Available May 15

Plot: “An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.” 



  • Genre—Action, Adventure, Drama
  •  Available July 31

Plot: “Biochemist Micheal Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.”



  • Genre—Comedy, Drama
  • Available Feb. 21

Plot: “Based on the classic Jane Austen Novel.” 


Monster Hunter

  • Genre—Action, Fantasy
  • Available Sept. 24

Plot: To be announced!


The French Dispatch

  • Genre—Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Available: To be announced!

Plot: “A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch” magazine.” 


The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It  

  • Genre—Horror, Thriller, Mystery
  • Available Sept. 10

Plot: To be announced! 


Jungle Cruise

  • Genre—Adventure, Family, Fantasy
  • Available July 24

Plot: “Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.”



  • Genre—Action, Drama, Fantasy
  • Available March 13 

Plot: “Ray Garrison, a slain soldier, is a re-animated with superpowers.”



  • Genre—Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Available May 15

Plot: “Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagines.” 

I am genuinely excited to see how they continue the scooby doo story! 



  • Genre—Horror, Thriller
  • Available April 24

Plot: “Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.”



  • Genre—Animation, Adventure, Comedy
  • Available March 6

Plot: “Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there.”


Venom 2 

  • Genre—Action, Comedy, Horror
  • Available Oct. 2

Plot: To be announced!


The Tomorrow War 

  • Genre—Action, Sci-Fi
  • Available now

Plot: “A man is drafted to fight in a future war where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past.”


Promising Young Woman

  • Genre—Crime, Drama, Thriller
  •  Available April 17

Plot: “A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against men who cross her path.”


In the Heights

  • Genre—Drama, Music, Musical
  • Available June 26

Plot: “A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.” 


With the diversity of all these movies coming out in 2020, the year will hold many opportunities for laughter, happiness, thriller and some good Halloween spooks!


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Lena Zarate

Winona '22

Lena is in her third year at Winona state University, and she's majoring in social work and minoring in criminal justice and ethnic studies. She hopes to get her master’s degree in social work and hopes to work with at risk youth and juvenile delinquents. In her free time she enjoys watching Netflix, playing rugby, watching true crime, volunteering, and listening to music.
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