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

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



Starring: Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Julia-Louis Dreyfuss

Director: Dan Scanlon

Release Date: March 6th


Pixar unleashes a new adventure in 2020 with this magical new movie.

The film is set in a 'suburban fantasy world' where humans do not exist. Instead, the neighbourhoods are populated by elves, trolls, mermaids and centaurs, while unicorns are as common as rats, raiding the neighbourhood bins for food.

The story revolves around two elf brothers who set off on a quest to find out more about their father, who dies when they were both very young, and to try and establish whether magic still exists in the world.

Dan Scanlon, who helped make Monsters' University, is in the director's chair.



Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, ?uestlove, Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs

Director: Pete Docter

Release Date: June 19th


The second Pixar outing of 2020 is a more philosophical flick.

It follows Foxx's Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz.

After a single unexpected step sends him to a fantastical place where he’s is forced to think again about what it truly means to have soul.

That’s where he meets and ultimately teams up with Fey's 22, a soul who doesn’t think life on Earth is all it’s cracked up to be...

Pete Docter, whose credits include both Inside/Out and Up, directs, with a score coming from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.


Trolls: World Tour

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Ester Dean, Aino Jawo, Caroline Hjelt, Kenan Thompson, Ron Funches, James Corden, Anthony Ramos, Gustavo Dudamel, Ozzy Osbourne, Karan Soni, Rachel Bloom, Jamie Dornan, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, Flula Borg, George Clinton, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak, J Balvin, Chance the Rapper.

Director: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith

Release Date: March 20th


After animated juggernaut Trolls was such a hit back in 2016, a sequel was ordered and the small bright colourful types are heading out on the road.

In the sequel, Kendrick's Poppy and Timberlake's Branch discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock.

While they are happy to let the world live in peace, a member of hard-rock royalty, Bloom's Queen Barb, aided by her father King Thrash, wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme.

With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all...


A Boy Called Christmas

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Zoe Colletti, Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, Maggie Smith, Kristen Wiig

Director: Gil Kenan

Release Date: TBC


Matt Haig’s festive retelling will be brought to cinemas in time for next Christmas.

The story is a reimagining of the story of Father Christmas, we follow Nikolas, a boy who sets off into the snowy white north in search of his father.

Gil Kenan, who made Monster House and City Of Ember, directs.


In The Heights

Starring: Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Melissa Barrera, Leslie Grace, Jimmy Smits, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco
Director: Jon M. Chu

Release Date: TBC


The musical that first made the name of one Lin-Manuel Miranda is given a big-screen polish for this summer.

The musical, which was created by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Miranda, is set in the Washington Heights area of New York.

The film follows Usnavi, a corner shop owner who is developing mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune.

We follow his decision-making and the cast of characters in his life over the course of the movie.

Jon M. Chu, director of Crazy Rich Asians, is in charge, working from a script from Hudes. Miranda has a small role and is a producer.


Minions: The Rise Of Gru

Starring: TBC

Director: Kyle Balda, Brad Abelson

Release Date: July 3rd


After the success of Despicable Me prequel Minions, a second instalment will come this summer.

This movie will tell the story of how the little yellow perils came to meet Felonious Gru, who would go on to become their Lord and Master…

The voice cast is TBC, but creator Pierre Coffin will be back to voice the Minions themselves.



Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Starring: Rose Byrne, Domnhall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki

Director: Will Gluck

Release Date: March 27th


After a successful run at the box office with 2018, the furry gang have been brought back together for a sequel.

The original took the classic story by Beatrix Potter and introduced us to Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero whose feud with farmer Mr McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.

The film follows Corden's Peter, who is struggling to fit into family life with Mr McGregor and his partner Bea, and can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, he heads off alone, forcing his family to come and look for him...

The sequel has been directed by Will Gluck, who directed the 2018 original.


The Secret Garden

Starring: Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Dixie Egerickx, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson, Isis Davis, Maeve Dermody

Director: Marc Munden

Release Date: April 17th


Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved children’s novel is given a new spin in 2020.

10-year-old Mary Lennox, a neglected little girl who is born in India to wealthy British parents.

When they suddenly die, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven, on his remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors.

There, she meets her sickly cousin Colin, who has been shut away in a wing of the house. Together the two children go exploring and discover a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor.

Marc Munden, who has directed hit TV series National Treasure and Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, makes his big-screen debut, working from a script from Jack Thorne.


Clifford The Big Red Dog

Starring: Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, Kenan Thompson, David Alan Grier, Rosie Perez, John Cleese

Director: Walt Becker

Release Date: November 13th


Norman Bridwell’s big-hearted children’s story is brought to life in late 2020.

Already a TV series, the story of a tiny puppy named Clifford, who grows to over 25 feet tall, will be filmed with an all-star cast.


Raya And The Last Dragon

Starring: Cassie Steele, Awkwafina

Director: Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins

Release Date: November 25th


Cassie Steele and Awkwafina come together for this animated fantasy.

For this movie, we find ourselves in a mysterious realm called Kumandra, a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world.

Steele will voice Raya, with Awkwafina portraying Sisu, the aforementioned Last Dragon.

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