We're now a few days into 2020, and with all that's going on in this strange world of ours, trips to the cinema to escape our reality are going to be a must in the coming weeks and months! We've had a quick look at all of the films that are currently scheduled to drop from January to December 2020; here are our 22 must-see favourites. Let's hope they live up to the hype!

NOTE: All release dates are for UK nationwide cinemas. Cinema dates across the United States and the globe may differ.

22. Bad Boys For Life - released January 17th, 2020

Directed by Adil El Arbi, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, comes the third instalment in the Bad Boys movie franchise. We're confident after watching the trailer that, despite Michael Bay not being involved (after sitting at the helm for the originals), the flair that the franchise is so renowned for will be sewn right through this release.

21. Dolittle - released February 7th, 2020

Robert Downey Jr. takes on the titular role here, with Stephen Gaghan sitting in the director's chair. Antonio Banderas, Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, Marion Cotillard and John Cena all also star in the flick, which is based heavily on the second Doctor Dolittle book, by author Hugh Lofting. We're expecting plenty of laughs when this one hits cinemas in February!

20. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) - released February 7th, 2020

An R-rating in the United States means that director Cathy Yan has been able to go all out with Birds of Prey, which sees Margot Robbie return to the role of Harley Quinn. Here, she'll be joined as Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya; an all-female team who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty and cause chaos.

19. Sonic the Hedgehog - released February 14th, 2020

Following the truly shocking special effect work done on the original Sonic the Hedgehog trailer, director Jeff Fowler took his team back to the drawing board - quite literally - as the studio announced Sonic would be getting an updated look. Thankfully, the world-famous video game hero now looks much more palatable; here's hoping the rest of the film is up to par! James Marsden and Ben Schwartz star, with Jim Carrey playing the villainous Dr. Robotnik.

18. Fantasy Island - released February 14th, 2020

Jeff Wadlow takes directorial lead with Fantasy Island; an exciting new adaptation of the popular TV drama of the same name with a twisted concept. As a group of guests (including Lucy Hale and Maggie Q) are invited to a secluded vacation spot, they're offered to live out their wildest fantasies for a price. This of course spirals out of control, leaving the participants in danger as they must work together to survive. 

17. Onward - released March 6th, 2020

Pixar return with a brand new entry to their historical archive this March, with Dan Scanlon serving as director and Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all lending their voices to the animated characters involved. Holland and Pratt play a pair of elf brothers who set off on a quest to see if they can fully reanimate their late father, with what promise to be hilarious and at times, emotionally moving results.

16. A Quiet Place Part II - released March 20th, 2020

John Krasinski is back to direct the highly-anticipated sequel to his original horror flick, A Quiet Place, with Emily Blunt once again leading the cast. Following the Abbott family following the dramatic events of the first movie, audiences will once again be holding their breaths through the tension and scares.

15. Mulan - released March 27th, 2020

Disney's live-action movie reboots continue this year with Mulan, as Niko Caro takes to the job of director and Liu Yifei picks up the role of the titular character. We imagine the global box office is going to be mighty for this one; whether it can live up to the success of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast remains to be seen. 

14. James Bond: No Time To Die - released April 3rd, 2020

Cary Fukunaga is handed directorial reins in what is rumoured to be the final James Bond film in which Daniel Craig plays the famous secret agent. No Time To Die has been wrapped in secrecy since its announcement, but we now know that Rami Malek is going to be playing what's touted to be the main villain role, with Lashana Lynch as the latest to take on the 007 mantle - that is of course until Bond is forced out of retirement.

13. The New Mutants - released April 10th, 2020

Josh Boone is the director of this new Marvel flick, which sees Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton and Alice Braga playing next-generation X-Men who aren't quite as well-known to the general public as their former generation mutants. Imprisoned in a secret facility, the youngsters must work together as they discover their abilities, if they're to escape their real-life horror. After so many delays in release, we're expecting huge things when The New Mutants finally hits cinemas.

12. Antebellum - released April 24th, 2020

Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe, Jena Malone, and Kiersey Clemons, in a psychological thriller that doesn't give away too much information in its trailer. Monáe plays a successful writer who's trapped in an alternate reality, which she must work hard to escape from if she wishes to survive.

11. Black Widow - released May 1st, 2020

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been asking for a Black Widow solo movie ever since the character made her debut up on the big screen, and Scarlett Johansson now has the opportunity to prove that her hero is more than capable of handling her own film. Cate Shortland sits in the director's chair, with Florence Pugh, David Harbour and Rachel Weisz all also starring. What we'll really be keeping an eye on however, is whether or not Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye will make a surprise appearance. 

10. Wonder Woman 1984 - released June 5th, 2020

Following the huge success of the first Wonder Woman movie from director Patty Jenkins, finally comes its sequel, with Gal Gadot once again taking the titular role. Chris Pine returns as the Amazonian princess's love interest Steve Trevor, so it's going to be interesting to see just how that character makes their comeback after their supposed fatality in the first film.

9. Soul - released June 19th, 2020

Pete Docter is responsible as director for another big Pixar release in 2020, with Soul. Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger and Daveed Diggs lend their voices to the animated characters of the movie, with Foxx playing a middle school teacher whose soul is separated from his physical being following an accident. It all sounds extremely deep and incredibly moving, so we can't wait to see how the jazz genre of music is woven throughout. Expect lots of teary-eyed parents with their kiddies watching this one.

8. Minions: The Rise of Gru - released July 3rd, 2020

A Minions sequel was always going to happen, following the $1.5 billion box office takings after the first flick. Kyle Balda and Brad Abelson team up as directors in the follow-up, but that's about as much as we know about the movie. We'll have to keep our fingers crossed for more information in the coming weeks!

7. Ghostbusters: Afterlife - released July 10th, 2020

The all-female Ghostbusters reboot was a novel idea, but one that fell flat on its face. So, fans of the original films will be excited to hear that a direct sequel to those two movies is coming in the form of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The film sees Jason Reitman as director, with new stars included Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and Mckenna Grace. Expect appearances from the original cast, and the Ecto-1 which was shown off in the flick's first trailer.

6. Top Gun: Maverick - released July 17th, 2020

It may have been 31 years since the last Top Gun movie, but that doesn't mean we can't get excited about this year's long-awaited sequel, Maverick! Joseph Kosinski is the director with Tom Cruise leading the film, alongside a cast including Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Val Kilmer, Jay Ellis, Miles Teller and Monica Barbaro.

5. Morbius - released July 31st, 2020

Jared Leto is Morbius, the Living Vampire in an upcoming Sony Marvel release, that's directed by Daniel Espinosa. Morbius is a man who suffers from a rare blood disease, and in an attempt to cure himself, he inadvertantly turns himself into a vampire.

4. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It - released September 11th, 2020

Michael Chaves is the director of the next instalment in the Conjuring franchise, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga back once more to reprise their roles as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. This is the third official chapter in the series, following all of the successful spinoffs, and will focus on a real-life case where the real-life duo investigated a murder suspect, who used demonic possession as a defence for their crimes.

3. Death on the Nile - released October 9th, 2020

Kenneth Branagh is back as Hercule Poirot, following the success of Murder on the Orient Express. The actor will also serve as director, with big names such as Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Annette Bening and Letitia Wright making up the cast. If you love a whodunit, then this is definitely gonna be one for you!

2. Halloween Kills - released October 16th, 2020

David Gordon Green saw success when he brought a direct sequel to the original Halloween movie to the big screen in 2018, and so the second instalment in the new trilogy is expected to do big things. Jamie Lee Curtis is making a comeback once more as Laurie Strode, with her daughter (played by Judy Greer) also pegged for a return. Bring on the mayhem!

1. Godzilla vs. Kong - released November 20th, 2020

Warner Bros. are ploughing on with their MonsterVerse film series, after the release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry are amongst the cast of this new addition, with Adam Wingard serving as director. Will Godzilla and Kong really be going toe-to-toe in the movie, or is it simply a title designed to lure us in? We won't find out for some time, so we're looking forward to seeing a trailer!

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