Last year saw a cornucopia of good Hollywood movies that ranged from comedy and drama to horror and action. Is it the same in 2020?
Here are some of the most talked about Hollywood movies for release this year:
“Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)”
The eighth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and a follow-up spin-off to the 2016 film “Suicide Squad,” the movie sees Harley Quinn join forces with Black Canary, Helena Bertinelli, and Renee Montoya to save Cassandra Cain from Gotham City crime lord Black Mask.
Ever since the trailer of the movie was released October last year, it has already garnered more than 19 million views.
“Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)” stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Chris Messina, and Ewan McGregor. Filipina-Korean Ella Jay Basco also marks her feature film debut.
The movie opens in cinemas on Feb. 7.
“Sonic The Hedgehog”
“Sonic The Hedgehog” rolls out in theatres on Valentine’s Day.
The movie was initially announced for release in the US on Nov. 8, 2019. But, due to overwhelmingly negative reviews the first trailer got when it came out April 30 last year, Paramount delayed the film in order to redesign “Sonic,” whose original design drew the biggest share of criticism. The redesign, unveiled in a new trailer released on Nov. 12, 2019, garnered positive reaction with almost 27 million views.
Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega,” Sonic” tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination.
The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.
“A Quiet Place Part II”
After the warm reception it received in 2018, many are excited over the sequel to “A Quiet Place.”
The American horror film written and directed by John Krasinski, stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles.
Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily, Millicent, and Noah) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
Since the trailer was released last Wednesday, New Year’s Day, it has already accumulated 11 million views.
Paramount Pictures plans to release “A Quiet Place Part II” in theaters on March 20.
Also out on March is Walt Disney Studios’ American war drama film “Mulan” based on the Chinese folklore “The Ballad Of Mulan.” The upcoming movie is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1998 animated film of the same name.
The film stars Liu Yifei as the eponymous character, alongside Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li in supporting roles. It is directed by Niki Caro, with the screenplay by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek, and Elizabeth Martin.
In the movie, the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders. Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation and a proud father.
Currently, the teaser of the film has been watched 28 million times since it was released last July. The trailer has already collected 10 million views since Dec. 5.
“Mulan” hits theaters on March 27.
Featuring another female lead is Marvel Entertainment’s American superhero “Black Widow” based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.
Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Directed by Cate Shortland, written by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, the movie stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, alongside David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.
Set after the events of “Captain America: Civil War (2016),” the film sees Romanoff on the run and forced to confront her past.
The official trailer is 200,000 away from 38 million views following its release last Dec. 2.
“Black Widow” is expected to be in theaters on May 1.
“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run”
The live-action/computer-animated adventure comedy film “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run” is also scheduled to open in cinemas in 2020.
SpongeBob SquarePants, his best friend Patrick Star and the rest of the gang from Bikini Bottom will hit the big screen in the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event. After SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.
The movie will be released on May 22 by Paramount Pictures in RealD 3D.
“Wonder Woman 1984”
A month after featuring a female superhero, in a different universe, there’s also Princess Diana of an all-female Amazonian race rescues US pilot Steve.
With director Patty Jenkins back at the helm and Gal Gadot returning in the title role, “Wonder Woman 1984” is Warner Bros. Pictures’ follow up to the DC Super Hero’s first outing, 2017’s record-breaking “Wonder Woman.” The film also stars Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, and Connie Nielsen.
The film marked as the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) following “Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)” to be released early this year.
The official trailer is already closed to 24 million views after it was released last Dec. 8.
The movie is set to open in theaters on June 5.
This summer, another installment of “Ghostbusters” will be released, with story set 30 years later.
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.
The upcoming movie is the direct sequel to “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989). It is the fourth film in the Ghostbusters franchise.
The American fantasy comedy film stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, and Celeste O’ Connor. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts reprise their roles.
The film’s trailer has already garnered 13 million views since Dec. 9.