It's the same every year. Only with the Oscar nominations and the upcoming ceremony will a cinema year really be shelved. Before we focus on the big films of 2020, let's look back. 2019 was able to convince with a variety of terrific film productions. One of the biggest surprises of this year's Oscar nominations was the success of Parasite. Many cineastes and film experts had it on the slip, but since this is a South Korean production, only a few expected a nomination outside the "Best Foreign Film" category. If you think wrong, the Oscar Academy continues to develop and reward the satirical family tragedy with a total of six Oscar nominations, including in the king category "Best Picture". Greta Gerwig's second film "Little Women", which is celebrated by critics, also made six nominations, but unfortunately the nomination for Best Director for Greta Gerwig failed to materialize. Pity!
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Films that even made ten nominations Sam Mendes' war film 1917, Scorsese's newest gangster film The Irishman and tarantinos Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, One could now believe that the great clearers were already there if it weren't for a man named Arthur Fleck who had been destroyed by society. The Joker adaptation by Todd Phillips was crowned the absolute Oscar King with eleven nominations. That puts Joker on the throne with the most Oscar nominations for a comic book adaptation of all time – a shame for The Dark Knight, who was "only" rewarded with eight nominations at the time. There is still some time before the award ceremony that can be used perfectly to take a look at the cinema year 2020, which is full of highlights. Clear the stage for the most important blockbuster films in 2020!
Knives Out – Murder Is a Family Thing (Rian Johnson)
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After the never-ending controversy around Rian Johnson's Star Wars The Last Jedi the American filmmaker returns with his latest work, Knives out, back to the worldwide cinemas. The crazy Agatha Christie-inspired crime film is about a murder of the head of the Thrombey family and the investigative work of detective Benoit Blanc, which takes place in a close family circle, played by bond star Daniel Craig. Cleverly set camera cuts reveal the family's lies step by step, and the plot is brought forward in an exciting way. Alone in the trailer material so far you can see the actors' euphoria and the fun with the roles, especially Daniel Craig, who seems to be really blossoming outside of the bond suit. Also impressive: the reports on a second part are already piling up and even a franchise seems to be under discussion. Whatever your opinion of The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson proves once again that he is one of the most exciting names in Hollywood today.
Bad Boys For Life (Adil El Arbi)
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Bad boys are back! After 15 years and a multitude of changes in personnel, the third buddy film about Mike Lowry & Marcus Burnett is finally coming to the cinemas. The action film, staged by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, is breaking new ground, as is to be expected. Marcus Burnett is finally a police inspector, while Mike Lowry, played by Will Smith, is deep in a midlife crisis. The relationship with the new partner simply does not want to bear fruit. However, when an Albanian mercenary appears and targets the duo, it becomes clear that only in a duet can they face the impending danger. If Bad Boys 3 can build on the success of the old classics? We will see.
Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)
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One of the currently very bright stars in the cinema is Taika Waititi. The New Zealander is on an absolute high. To Thor: Ragnarok, one of the most popular Marvel films, Waititi hits the next hit. Jojo Rabbit tells the story of young Nazi boy Jojo Betzler, who grew up in Germany during the Second World War. He goes to the holiday camp, celebrates the National Socialists and even goes so far with his loyalty that Adolf Hitler is his best friend. His imaginary best friend, played by Waititi himself. All of this changes, however, after Jojo learns that his mother, played by Scarlett Johansson, hides a Jewish girl who is not at all compatible with the Nazi anti-Jewish propaganda. The creative comedy film lives from an interesting premise and a loving production, but especially from the special humor of the Kiwi Waititi.
Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
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Greta Gerwig is not only since her directorial debut Lady Bird from 2017 a famous name in the film landscape, she previously shone in various films by Noah Baumbach or Joe Swanberg as a co-director, co-writer or as an actress. With Little Women, her second film is now coming to the cinemas. Based on Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women, the story of the four March sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth is told. These are played by Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen. In the 19th century, the four sisters struggled through an America dominated by gender roles, each on their very own agenda for their own happiness. The brilliant cast is completed by Hollywood young star Timothée Chalamet. One of the very big theatrical releases of the first quarter of 2020 and also one of the best, according to journalists, critics and fans from the USA.
Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn (Cathy Yan)
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Margot Robbie recently shone in Tarantino's latest movie cracker Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, for her next film she slips back into the popular role of DC icon Harley Quinn. Who does not know it, after escaping from a longstanding and unhealthy relationship, one is completely reoriented and reinvented. So does Harley, who is looking for new play partners after the separation from Joker in Gotham. The ex-psychiatrist joins the Birds of Prey, consisting of Black Canary, Huntress and police officer Renee Montoya. Although was Suicide Squad a film that was torn apart by critics and fans alike, but Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was able to convince through the bank and quickly became one of the most popular current cinema icons. Exactly this is now available with Birds of Prey – The Emancipation of Harley Quinn.
Sonic The Hedgehog (Jeff Fowler)
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One of the most famous gaming mascots, the blue hedgehog Sonic, gets a canvas adaptation. The first official pictures caused a lot of excitement on the worldwide network. The Sonic design kicked off a huge shit storm and was the basis for countless memes. After a cinema move and one redesign the blue hedgehog is finally getting into the finish line. The US government wants to use Sonic's forces for their advantages and sends them – surprise! – Oberfiesling Dr. Robotnik to chase Sonic. The crazy professor played by comedy legend Jim Carrey actually wants to use Sonic's powers for himself and is already secretly planning for world domination. Fortunately, Sonic is not completely on its own. He receives support from his new best Erdlings friend Tom Wachowski, a village sheriff portrayed by James Marsden. Whether we can also count on iconic characters like Amy Rose, Tails, Knuckles and Shadow is quite likely, but is not yet officially known. By the way, Sonic is spoken in the German version by YouTuber Julien BAM,
The Gentlemen (Guy Ritchie)
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After the two blockbuster films King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Aladdin Guy Ritchie is finally returning to his roots: a British gangster film. The Gentlemen tells the story of London drug lord Mickey Pearson, played by Matthew McConaughey. The marijuana empire is extremely lucrative for Mickey, but despite everything, he seems to be yearning for a new life: a life in the British upper class with a focus on his beloved wife Rosalind. But first Mickey has to find a buyer for his plantations. The London underworld is not long in coming and so a greedy struggle for the million dollar business quickly develops. The Gentlemen will be released in German cinemas at the end of February.
Mulan (Niki Caro)
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Adapting Disney classics as real films is a trend for the mouse company. The jungle Book, DumboAladdin The Lion King… the latest flick from this previously average group is Mulan. The original from 1998 is based on old Chinese folk tales. Mulan, portrayed by Yifei Liu, learns that old and weak men, including her father, are also drawn to war against the defense of the Huns. To protect him, she dresses up as a man to take the role in his place. Mulan's ancestors are not very enthusiastic about the project and so send the little dragon Mushu to their side. He tries his best to dissuade the young fighter from her plan … and fails. Directed by Niki Caro, who is best known for her 2002 film Whale Rider.
James Bond – No Time to Die (Cary Joji Fukunaga)
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After a lot of reports that Daniel Craig vacates the position of the Bond actor, it came to the much-awaited relief for fans: Daniel Craig stays on board and Bond number 25 comes. In No time to die Bond takes a break from active duty and takes a vacation in Jamaica. As expected, however, this does not last very long. An old friend visits Bond to free a scientist from the clutches of a mysterious villain. The last film with Daniel Craig is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is best known as the man director of the first season of True Detectives and the mini series Maniac,
X-Men: New Mutants (Director)
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X-Men with a difference. For a long time it was quiet about the newest X-Men branch X-Men New Mutantswho tells the story of a group of teenagers whose alleged hospital stay turns out to be a horror trip. The film was postponed, it was completely deleted from the cinema lists, revised and, and, and … and a large part of it was mainly the Fox takeover of Disney. The unusual Marvel film about the mutants Magik, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Cannonball and Sunspot will be released in the cinemas on April 16 (probably), if nothing should change again.
Black Widow (Cate Shortland)
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After almost twelve years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there will finally be a solo film, who puts the battle-proven ex-assassin Black Widow in the spotlight, Natasha Romanoff was trained as the ultimate killer in Russia as a child, but later switched sides and worked for the American government under Nick Fury. The film deals with Natasha's somber childhood, but mainly takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. The opponent is the taskmaster, popular with comic fans, who is masterful at copying his opponents and thus always adapts perfectly to his rivals. Directed by the Australian director Cate Shortland.
Wonder Woman 1984 (Patty Jenkins)
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We switch from the female Marvel top to the most important woman in the DC universe. Wonder Woman is making a comeback with her second solo film, Wonder Woman 1984. Fortunately, the role of the Amazon once again slips into Gal Gadot, direction and script come from Patty Jenkins and even Chris Pine returns in a mysterious way. The focus of the plot is Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, retired k. a. Cheetah. In the comics, the British archaeologist develops into a cheetah-transformed villain who is one of Wonder Woman's best-known rivals. It is played by Kristen Wiig. When Wonder Woman 1984 even started the great debut superhero fans can expect one of the most important films of the year.
Tenet (Christopher Nolan)
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Christopher Nolan has not only been one of the big fish in the Hollywood pond since his Dark Knight trilogy. After his war film Dunkirk, this time Nolan concentrates again on a film that is reminiscent of earlier works. Tenet is about … yes, what exactly is Tenet about? A big secret has long been made around the plot, with the first trailer then we were a little smarter: A man played by John David Washington is recruited to work with a team on a mysterious job. If you believe the scenes shown in the trailer, then he even had to die for this job. The goal: to prevent World War III. The time that can be controlled seems to be extremely important. Tenet should be one of the biggest theatrical releases of the year and film fans should mark July 16 in bold on the calendar.
Ghostbusters: Legacy (Jason Reitman)
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After the last Ghostbusters movie, which was almost torn apart by humanity, Sony tries another attempt to breathe new life into the classic, This time with Stranger-Things-Star Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and Mckenna Grace, who has gained popularity in the cinema landscape, especially through the film released in 2017. For financial reasons, a small family moves into their deceased father's dilapidated estate in a small province in Oklahoma. In the house, Trevor finds old tools from his grandfather that, after some research, can only mean one thing: his grandfather was a ghostbuster! Gimmicks quickly become serious and a mystical threat brews among them. The trailer can definitely convince and so we hope for more than just a nostalgic spirit of the old days …!
The King's Man: The Beginning (Matthew Vaughn)
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Matthew Vaughn loads one more time for a happy spy meeting, This time, the popular British franchise focuses on its beginnings and tells of the beginning of the Kingsman espionage organization, around 1900. The Conrad played by Harris Dickinson begins his craft with the help of the Dukes of Oxford, with whom he focuses on a variety of historical Figures meet, among others, the Dutch artist Mata Hari and the British General Herbert Kitchener. Who fan of the previous Kingsman series is, he is definitely in good hands here.
Last Night in Soho (Edgar Wright)
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If you find the name Edgar Wright in the release lists, then you can be sure: this is a film that you should definitely have on your list. In the past, the nerd icon has created a real cult with films like Scott Pilgrim against the rest of the world, Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. There is only few directors who leave such a clear fingerprint on their workas Wright does. His last film Baby Driver, won three Oscars in 2018 and made critics and fans enthusiastic. Not much is known about his latest project, Last Night in Soho. Only that the planned horror thriller is about a woman and the London district of Soho. He also told Empire magazine that the film was set in the 1960s. Oh, and the theatrical release is also known: 24.09.2020.
Pixar's Soul (Pete Docter, Kemp Powers)
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Small or large, Pixar films are made for everyone. A golden law that has existed for many years. The next Pixar film, Souls, is about the music teacher Joe Gardner, spoken by Jaimie Foxx, who teaches at a school in New York. But Joe dreams of more. One day he wants to fulfill his greatest dream and make his passion the essence of his being: jazz music. Just as he gets closer to his dream, however, something unpredictable happens: he lands in a fantastic place and meets the mysterious 22, spoken by Tina Frey, who believes that life on earth is not everything that destiny has to offer. Joe finds himself in a new situation where he has to find out what it really means to have a soul. Souls is staged by Pete Docter, who is already with the monster Inc, Top and Everything is upside down ingenious Pixar classics.
Godzilla Vs. Kong (Adam Wingard)
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With Godzilla vs. Kong finally release Warner Bros and Legendary Films 2020 with their MonsterVerse figureheads in theaters. The sequel too Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island presents an earth haunted by giant creatures called titans. Humanity finds itself cornered, the secret organization Monarch is looking for the origins of the titans and another group is targeting the creatures to wipe them out once and for all. In addition, as the name suggests, the monster lizard and the giant monkey meet in a duel. However, other titans from the MonsterVerse will also appear, such as Mechagodzilla. The film has recently been postponed again by almost eight months to guarantee the best possible cinema experience. We will find out in November whether this will work, you can always count on epic moments,
Marvel's Eternals (Chloé Zhao)
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Marvel's Eternals is the next big number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The old MCU that came with last year Avengers: Endgame its end was replaced by a new one. The Eternals will play an extremely important role in this and will be a harbinger of where the journey will go. The Chinese director Chloe Zhao has been nominated several times at Cannes and Sundance and even won awards. The comic book series created by Marvel legend Jack Kirby tells the story of the Eternals, created as a group of super people by Celestials. A war broke out between the two of them, whether to use all sorts of different skills to subjugate planets or not. The cast impresses enormously: Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanijani, Kit Karrington, Richard Madden, and many more. Funfact: Marvel-Titan Thanos is a descendant of the first Eternals, which gives a lot of scope to connect the new Marvel phase with the old one. Marvel's Eternals would conclude the year 2020 perfectly if it weren't for "One More Thing".
Dune (Denis Villeneuve)
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The cinema year is the absolute craze for the end. Dune gets a cinematic reboot donated. The 1984 David Lynch film allowed many freedoms and was more of a controversial status and received little support. The man behind the camera this time is none other than Denis Villeneuve, who with "Blade Runer 2049", "Arrival" and "Enemy" has shown what a brilliant director he is. The people in front of the camera But they are at least as impressive: Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Charlotte Rampling, Stephen Hederson, Josh Brolin and Hollywood's newcomer star: Timothee Chalamet. He takes on the leading role of the talented young man Paul Atreides, who is sent on a fateful journey to one of the most dangerous planets in our universe. The future of his family and people depends on it. The remake of Frank Herbert's popular sci-fi novel will be released on December 23, 2020. A perfect Christmas gift for all movie fans.
What are your cinema highlights of the year? Did we forget important films for you? Let us know in the comments and if you are big series fans (who isn't!), We recommend our special on the most important series 2020. Have fun!
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