previews... - January 9, 2020 previews... 2020's Best Movies - Drama
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2020's Best Movies - Drama

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


Death On The Nile

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, Letitia Wright

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Release date: October 9th


After the huge success of Murder On The Orient Express, 2020 will see Kenneth Branagh return as Agatha Christie's magnificently moustached detective Hercule Poirot and to the director’s chair.

Set during a luxurious cruise on the Nile River, Death On The Nile turns into another classic Christie whodunnit when a murder is discovered on board.

Gal Gadot will play Linnet Ridgeway Doyle, a rich heiress who marries a man who had previously been engaged to her best friend, a decision that brings dire consequences…


The Woman In The Window

Starring: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore

Director: Joe Wright

Release date: May 15th


Amy Adams leads the way in this lavish adaptation of A.J.Finn’s bestselling novel of the same name.

Adams plays Dr Anna Fox, a developmental psychologist who suffers from agoraphobia.

While looking out of her window at her new neighbours, she witnesses a disturbing act of violence. But should she call the police?

Playwright Tracy Letts has adapted Finn’s novel for Atonement/Darkest Hour director Joe Wright.


Queen & Slim

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Chloë Sevigny, Bokeem Woodbine, Sturgill Simpson, Thom Gossom Jr.

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Release date: January 31st


Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and hotly tipped newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith lead the way in this stylish new drama.

The pair play Queen and Slim, a couple out on their first date. While out for the night, the couple are pulled over by a police officer. After the altercation goes wrong, the pair are forced to go on the run.

Melina Matsoukas, who has directed many of Beyonce's music videos, makes her feature film debut, working from a script from Ready Player One and Master Of None star Lena Waithe.



Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O'Connor, Callum Turner

Director: Autumn De Wilde

Release date: February 14th


Jane Austen’s classic is given a new spin in 2020.

Split star Taylor-Joy plays the title role of Emma Woodhouse, a popular young woman with a terrible habit, matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all her best friend, Harriet Smith.

But these attempts don't always go smoothly...

Fashion photographer Autumn De Wilde makes her feature film debut, while Eleanor Catton, bestselling writer, has adapted Austen's novel.


News Of The World

Starring: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Michael Covino, Fred Hechinger, Neil Sandilands, Thomas Francis Murphy, Mare Winningham

Director: Paul Greengrass

Release date: December 2020


Tom Hanks and Bourne overseer Paul Greengrass come together for this period Western.

Hanks plays Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a travelling newsreader, who is tasked with bringing an orphaned girl to her living relatives, a journey which will take them across the treacherous old West.

Beautiful Boy and Candy writer Luke Davies has provided the script, an adaptation of Paulette Jiles' novel.


Promising Young Woman

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, Clancy Brown, Molly Shannon, Alfred Molina

Director: Emerald Fennell

Release date: April 17th


It’s Carey Mulligan as you’ve never seen her before in this striking new drama.

The film follows Mulligan's Cassie, who dropped out of medical school after a mysterious event abruptly derails her plans. Now, she's out for revenge, against the people who did it to her and the ones who might...

Emerald Fennell, who oversaw the second season of Killing Eve, writes and directs this one.


Deep Water

Starring: Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Rachel Blanchard, Dash Mihok, Lil Rel Howery, Jacob Elordi, Kristen Connolly

Director: Adrian Lyne

Release date: November 13th


Ben Affleck and No Time To Die star Ana de Armas come together for this dark new drama.

Affleck plays Vic Van Allen, a well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs to avoid a divorce.

It’s an arrangement that works until becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers…

A new take on Patricia Highsmith’s novel from Adrian Lyne, a director who has form in this genre with past work that includes Indecent Proposal and Unfaithful.


Call Of The Wild

Starring: Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Cara Gee, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford

Director: Chris Sanders

Release date: February 14th


Harrison Ford heads out into the wilderness in this lavish new take on Jack London’s novel.

Ford plays John Thornton, who teams up with Buck for the adventure of a lifetime.

Buck is a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush.

Chris Sanders, co-director on The Croods and How To Train Your Dragon, is in charge, while Michael Green, writer of Logan, Alien: Covenant and Blade Runner 2049, adapts London's novel.


The Many Saints Of Newark

Starring: Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Leslie Odom Jr., Joey Diaz, Ray Liotta

Director: Alan Taylor

Release date: September 25th

The long-awaited prequel to iconic drama The Sopranos finally arrives in the autumn of 2020.

The prequel will take place in the 1960s, when riots swept through Newark, New Jersey and conflicts between African-American and Italian residents were at their worst.

Writer David Chase, who created The Sopranos, has returned to script this prequel with Lawrence Konner.



Finding The Way Back

Starring: Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Al Madrigal, Brandon Wilson, Hayes MacArthur, Rachael Carpan

Director: Gavin O’Connor

Release date: March 6th


Ben Affleck makes a second appearance with another dark drama.

In the movie, Affleck plays Jack Cunningham, a former basketball star who has lost his wife and family after being unable to control his drinking.

Seeking a new path, he attempts to regain his soul by becoming the coach of a high school basketball team, the same one he starred for.

O'Connor, who worked with Affleck on The Accountant, directs and has written the script.

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