previews... - January 8, 2020 previews... 2020's Best Movies - Fantasy & Sci-Fi
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2020's Best Movies - Fantasy & Sci-Fi

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



Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Release date: December 18th


The complex and hugely successful Frank Herbert novel is given a second big-screen adaptation with an all-star cast.

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, the eldest son of a wealthy family who assume control of the planet Arrakis. The planet is largely desert, but it is the only producer of melange, a resource essential for intergalactic travel and hugely valuable.

A coup to gain control of the planet leads to his father being murdered and Paul vowing to get his revenge on those who did it.

Denis Villeneuve has been at the helm for the epic, with Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth and Doctor Strange scribe Jon Spaihts adapting Herbert's book.


Artemis Fowl

Starring: Ferdia Shaw, Hong Chau, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, Judi Dench

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Release date: May 29th


Initially due out in 2019, but delayed until 2020 as Disney moved things around, the lavish take on Eoin Colfer’s bestseller will arrive in the spring.

The movie, which will be based from the series' first novel, follows 12-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl as engineers a plot to kidnap a fairy for ransom money in order to fund an effort to rescue his missing father from the Arctic.

Playwright Conor McPherson has adapted Colfer’s novel with Kenneth Branagh behind the camera.



Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rupert Friend, Dylan O'Brien, Sophie Cookson, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Release date: August 7th


Mark Wahlberg headlines this large-scale fantasy.

An adaptation of D. Eric Maikranz’s novel The Reincarnationist Papers, the film tells the story of the Cognomina, a secret society of people who possess total recall of their past lives.

Into their midst comes a troubled young man, who is haunted by memories of two past lives…


Starring: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, T.J. Miller

Director: William Eubank

Release date: January 10th


Kristen Stewart leads this deep dive horror, which arrives in the next few days.

In this movie, we watch on as a crew of underwater researchers are forced scramble to safety while pursued by ravenous creatures after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.


The Tomorrow War

Starring: Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J. K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Ryan Phillippe, Sam Richardson

Director: Chris McKay

Release date: December 26th


Chris Pratt leads and produces this epic new sci-fi blockbuster.

Pratt plays Rex, a soldier drafted to fight in a future war against an invading alien force, where the fate of humanity relies on his ability to confront his past.

Chris McKay, who worked with Pratt on The Lego Movie 2, moves into live-action with this movie.

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Free Guy

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi, Camille Kostek

Director: Shawn Levy

Release date: July 1st


Ryan Reynolds spearheads this big-budget sci-fi comedy.

The film is set in Free City, an open-world video game. Reynolds plays Guy, a non-player character, who works as a bank teller.

One day, his world is turned upside down thanks to a code developed by programmers Milly inserted into Free City by the publisher Antoine.

Suddenly, Guy becomes aware of his world being a video game, and takes steps to make himself the hero, creating a race against time to save the game before the developers can shut it down.



Starring: Tom Hanks, Caleb Landry Jones, Laura Harrier, Skeet Ulrich

Director: Miguel Sapochnik

Release date: October 2nd


Tom Hanks stars in this offbeat sci-fi adventure.

Hanks plays Finch, an ailing inventor and the last man on Earth.

Desperate for something, he builds an android to keep him and his dog company and goes on a journey across the country...


Empty Man

Starring: James Badge Dale, Samantha Logan, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Marin Ireland, Aaron Poole

Director: David Poole

Release date: August 7th


The acclaimed graphic novel of the same name comes to the big screen in the summertime.

We follow Badge Dale's James Lasombra, a former police officer on the trail of a missing girl, who witnessed the violent deaths of his wife and son.

Struggling to cope, his life is thrown into further chaos when he comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.


The One And Only Ivan

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, Ramón Rodríguez, Brooklynn Prince, Ariana Greenblatt, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren

Director: Thea Sharrock

Release date: August 14th


Me Before You director Thea Sharrock takes charge of this all-star re-telling of K. A. Applegate's much-loved children's book.

The movie follows a gorilla named Ivan, who is trying to piece together his past. He does this with the help of an elephant named Stella as they hatch a plan to escape from captivity inside a run-down shopping mall.

Bryan Cranston, Ramón Rodríguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Indira Varma are in the live-action cast, while Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Brooklynn Prince, Danny DeVito and Helen Mirren lend their voices to the film.


The Witches

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Morgana Robinson, Chris Rock

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Release date: October 9th


Roald Dahl’s classic tale is given a second go on the big-screen.

Dahl's story follows a little boy who stumbles across a conference of witches while staying with his grandmother at a hotel…

Unlike in Dahl’s original story, this new take shifts the action from 1980s England to Alabama in the 1960s.

Robert Zemeckis directs, with Alfonso Cuarón producing and Guillermo del Toro helping out with screenplay duties.

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