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February 23rd, 2020

in the heights spotlight pageThe film adaptation of the hit musical “In The Heights” is one of the highly anticipated movies for 2020. Courtesy photoELLY GRIMM •Leader & Times

 

2020 is already a few weeks in, but there are already several upcoming movie releases creating buzz that people are anxiously awaiting as the year goes on. I was looking up what movies are looking to be released this year and there are several I’m already looking forward to possibly seeing this year. 

Like my other lists, I’m not looking to actively exclude any films, these are just some of the films I’m personally excited for this year. 

 

No Time to Die (April 10)

The next film in the James Bond franchise (also reported to be Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007) will see Bond recruited to rescue a kidnapped scientist and he finds himself hot on the trail of a mysterious villain (Oscar winner Rami Malek) armed with a dangerous technology. I saw the trailer for this movie the day it dropped several weeks ago and I was instantly psyched after watching it. I’ve enjoyed Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond since his fantastic debut in “Casino Royale” and I can’t wait to see how Craig’s swan song turns out. Malek (who I recently watched and was wowed by in “Bohemian Rhapsody”) should also make for a great villain and I can’t wait to see what he does with his role. I also can’t wait to hear the Bond song this time around, which will be sung by Billie Eillish, so it should be a hit. Overall, Bond’s next adventure should provide plenty of entertainment. 

A Quiet Place Part II (March 20)

The sequel to 2018’s surprise hit will see the remaining Abbott family as they must now go into the unknown and face the terrors of the outside world as they continue to fight for survival in silence. I absolutely loved “A Quiet Place” the first time I saw it and was amazed at how those involved with the project were able to make everything work. The ending of the movie definitely left open the opportunity for a sequel and I can’t wait to see the next part of the story. I watched the trailer on Twitter shortly after I saw it was trending and I think I breathed once throughout the whole time because that’s how stuck I was by everything. If the trailer is any indication of the quality of the finished movie, I think audiences will be very pleased. Admittedly though, I can’t help but wonder why it’s not being released in the fall closer to Halloween?

 

In The Heights (June 26)

An adaptation of the hit Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, this movie will follow three days in the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. I’ve listened to the show’s soundtrack a few times, and the music is great – and with the talent lined up for the movie (notably Anthony Ramos, who was in the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton”), the music (and relevance to current events) should translate very well to the screen. The cinematography also looks fantastic and it sounds like the entire cast and crew put their entire heart and soul into making this work. Miranda himself was a big part of making this movie happen (which I know because I follow him on Twitter) and if everything comes together the way it should, this movie musical will be a powerhouse – which, after the horror flop of “Cats,” is what the movie musical genre needs. 

 

Wonder Woman: 1984 (June 5)

This will be a sequel to 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and will feature the titular hero (Gal Gadot) as she faces Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility. I absolutely loved the first movie when I saw it on my birthday in 2017 and after seeing the trailer a few weeks ago, I’m just as excited for this one. Gal Gadot will put forth another great performance as Wonder Woman and I can’t wait to see Kristen Wiig in a more villainous role as I only know more of her comedic work. With the cast and main production crew remaining the same (namely director Patty Jenkins) as its predecessor, I foresee this being another great outing for Wonder Woman. 

 

Mulan (March 27)

The next installment in Disney’s live-action remakes, this will follow fearless heroine Mulan as she joins the Chinese army to save her ailing father from being drafted. I’ve heard there are going to be several differences from the original animated movie (which I grew up absolutely in love with as a little girl), but I’ll be intrigued to see what those will be should I be lucky enough to go see it in theaters. The talent involved looks fantastic, the cinematography looks gorgeous and overall, I think it will be a great movie that should surprise a lot of people. 

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