previews... - January 10, 2020 previews... 2020's Best Movies - Comedy
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2020's Best Movies - Comedy

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2020's best movies. We continue today with the comedies...



Starring: Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Ollie Locke, Sophie Cookson, Shirley Henderson, Pearl Mackie, Asa Butterfield

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Release Date: February 21st


Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan reteam for this controversial comedy.

Coogan plays Sir Richard McCreadie, a brash retail tycoon who is planning his lavish 60th birthday celebrations on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Reeling after a damaging public inquiry, McCreadie wants to use the party to relaunch his brand and his image. But that’s not going to be an easy task...



Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Zoë Chao, Zach Woods

Director: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

Release Date: February 28th


Comedy heavyweights Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss come together for this remake of Swedish comedy Force Majeure.

The story follows a family who head off to the Alps for a skiing vacation, who find themselves threatened by an avalanched.

When the avalanche hits, Ferrell’s Pete priorities his own safety over that of his family, an event which forces each member of the family to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.


King Of Staten Island

Starring: Pete Davidson, Bel Powley, Bill Burr, Maude Apatow, Jimmy Tatro, Pamela Adlon, Moisés Arias, Marisa Tomei, Steve Buscemi

Director: Judd Apatow

Release Date: June 19th


Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson team up for this new comedy.

The movie is written by Apatow and Davidson and is based on Davidson’s own life growing up in Staten Island, New York. It will take in his upbringing as well as the loss of his father, a firefighter who died during the September 11th attacks.


Like A Boss

Starring: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Porter, Salma Hayek

Director: Miguel Arteta

Release Date: February 21st


Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish co-headline this broad new comedy.

Haddish and Byrne play Mel and Mia, two friends who are living their best lives running their own cosmetics company they’ve built from the ground up.

Sadly, they find themselves in crippling debut and forced to entertain the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry in Hayek's Claire Luna.

It's a process that will test their life-long friendship to destruction...

Miguel Arteta, director of cult comedies Youth In Revolt and Duck Butter, takes charge. He works from a script from Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly.



Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoë Chao, June Diane Raphael, Diplo, Eddie Izzard, Ice Cube, Bill Pullman

Director: Nisha Ganatra

Release Date: May 8th


Dakota Johnson and comedian Tracee Elis Ross team up for this comedy, which is billed as a love story set in the heart of Hollywood’s music scene.

The film will feature plenty of real-life stars, with Diplo and Ice Cube confirmed to be part of the cast.

Nisha Ganatra, who won a Golden Globe for her work on Transparent, and directed 2019’s Late Night, is behind the camera.


Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Wendi McLendon-Covey

Director: Josh Greenbaum

Release Date: July 31st


Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo star and provide the script for this buddy comedy.

The pair play best friends Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida.

No sooner have they arrived then they somehow find themselves tangled up in adventure, love, and a villain's evil plot to kill everyone in town.


The Lovebirds

Starring: Issa Rae, Paul Sparks, Kumail Nanjiani, Anna Camp

Director: Michael Showalter

Release Date: April 24th


The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani and Insecure star Issa Rae are brought together for this movie.

We follow Nanjiani’s Eric and Rae’s Julie, a couple on the very brink of breaking up. As their relationship enters its final throws, the pair unintentionally become embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery.

As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, can they save their relationship too?

Showalter, who oversaw The Big Sick, reteams with Nanjiani for this one.


Blithe Spirit

Starring: Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Judi Dench, Leslie Mann, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Dave Johns, James Fleet

Director: Edward Hall

Release Date: May 1st


Noel Coward’s beloved play is brought to the big screen in 2020 with an all-star cast.

Dan Stevens leads as Charles Condomine, a writer who decides to invite the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance along with a group of his friends.

Hoping to gather material for his next book, the scheme backfires on Condomine when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira.

Horrified that he has remarried, Elvira decides to stick around and to be as disruptive as possible...

Edward Hall, theatre director and son of Peter Hal, makes his feature film debut with his one.


This Nan’s Life

Starring: Catherine Tate, Matthew Horne, Niky Wardley, Katherine Parkinson

Director: Josie Rourke

Release Date: June 19th

Catherine Tate’s rude and rambunctious grandma Joanie Taylor is brought to the big screen in 2020 for this feature-length special.

Written by Tate and collaborator Brett Goldstein, the movie will be overseen by Mary Queen of Scots director Josie Rourke.


The Personal History Of David Copperfield

Starring: Dev Patel, Aneurin Barnard, Peter Capaldi, Morfydd Clark, Daisy May Cooper, Rosalind Eleazar, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse

Director: Armando Iannucci

Release Date: January 24th


As well as his new TV comedy Avenue 5, Armando Ianucci also delivers an irreverent take on Charles Dickens' classic in January. 

The film stars Dev Patel as Copperfield, with Peter Capaldi, Daisy May Cooper, Gwendoline Christie, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton and Ben Whishaw also in key roles. 

The story follows the good-hearted David Copperfield throughout his life, from his journey as an unwanted orphan and into adulthood.

We watch on as he sets out to be a writer and follow his quest for family, friendship, romance and status. 

Iannucci directs and has adapted Dickens' novel with regular co-writer Simon Blackwell. 

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