11 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in January 2020

Coming to theaters in January 2020 – there are some films shown above not below and vice versa

The following are movie trailers and my early thoughts for all films tentatively scheduled coming to theaters in January 2020. If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is updated throughout the year).

The list below does not include independent films and/or streaming original films from Netflix and Amazon. I would like to keep track of those as well, but trying to target specifically wide theater releases (or what appear to be wide releases) so most readers can see these films worldwide in a major chain theater (hopefully) near your home. New streaming films being released will be handled separately based on the service, most likely, as already doing for Shudder.

SIDENOTE: I have nothing against small, independent theaters (we have a good one called The Grand Cinema close by), but am trying to focus on the films I have the greatest likelihood to see, review and rate each month. Obviously, with release schedules that change based on location, sharing any kind of coming soon movie list is not an exact science. Any errors and/or omissions are mine.

Movie release dates are subject to change by the studios, so it’s possible within the next 45 days or so one or more of the movies profiled below will have its release date moved.

As of this posting, there are 11 movies scheduled, presented in order of scheduled opening date below. 10 of the 11 have trailers, so I’ve added my anticipation (10 = most excited as possible to see, 0 = not interested at all). Can’t promise I’ll do this every month, but am going to try and do so, probably posted sometime around the middle of each month for the next month.

This is a reference for FIRST LOOK and PREVIEW posts. I try and FIRST LOOK and/or PREVIEW films that either we’re personally most interested in seeing and/or have very popular interest by others.

January 2020 Movies

The Grudge

The Grudge (2020) official trailer – opens January 3, 2020

This one looks like it might be scary. I’ve never seen any of the original Grudge movies and not sure I’ll be doing so before this comes out in a few weeks. I look more forward to seeing truly scary horror films over horror-comedy films and this looks like the former.

Anticipation for The Grudge: 6/10

Like A Boss

Like A Boss official trailer – opens in theaters January 10, 2020

Have seen this trailer as preview in the theater more than any other in this list of January 2020 movie releases. I’m sort of luke warm to cool on what’s happening here. I don’t find anything Tiffany Haddish has starred in as funny. Her voice is grating on me. The plot seems not very interesting to me either, what little we know from the trailer. The trailer didn’t even make me smile, although admittedly some have laughed at the goat milk spit out scene.

Anticipation for Like A Boss: 3/10


Underwater Official Trailer – opens in theater January 10, 2020

Got to wipe away Kirsten Stewart from my mind in Charlie’s Angels and any movie deep on the bottom of the ocean is off to a good start. We don’t know what is living down there and while this has been explored in several other stories, it’s an interesting and often scary place. All that pressure under miles of water. Yes, I’m interested.

Anticipation for Underwater: 6/10

The Informer
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Jan 10, 2020 to March 13, 2020 (LIMITED)

The Informer official trailer – opens in theaters March 13, 2020

Seems like standard fare thriller from the trailer. Nothing stands out as super creative or amazingly fresh to me. Could be how the trailer is cut. Not that excited by this trailer.

Anticipation for The Informer: 2/10

Bad Boys for Life

Bad Boys for Life official trailer #1
Bad Boys for Life official trailer #2 – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as buddy cops for this third entry in the franchise. I found the first two to be funny in parts. They have good chemistry together, but aren’t as fun as say Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours. Haven’t been many buddy cop trilogies that I was clamoring to see the third one. Martin Lawrence is my favorite of the two by far in this comedy team. I just don’t find Will Smith that special. Yes, he has been in some good films.

Anticipation for Bad Boys for Life: 3/10


Doolittle official trailer – opens in theaters January 17, 2020

The trailer barely grabs my interest, except for the fact that Robert Downey, Jr is starring. Not sure about his accent, kinda reminds me a bit of the one he used in Tropic Thunder (!). He makes just about every film he is in better. I’m worried about this being a terrible and unnecessary reboot movie about a man who talks to animals. Have seen the story told several times before and Downey Jr. isn’t a comedian, so not sure if his potentially(?) serious/ironic take on Doctor Doolittle will be exciting. Very apprehensive about this one, but, again, interested because of the main star. I heard he was paid $20 million for top bill in this one. Will see next month if it was worth it. Worried.

Anticipation for Doolittle:: 3/10

The Gentlemen

The Gentlemen official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

Like the mystery/detective vibe, but wonder if it’s more thriller? Not feeling super compelled toward this one as a thriller, but more interested in a mystery. Can’t decide based on trailer which it is. Do like Matthew McConaughey, so that bumps up curiosity a little.

Anticipation for The Gentlemen: 3/10

The Turning

The Turning official trailer – opens in theaters January 24, 2020

January 2020 will be the first time I’ve ever paid that attention to everything being released. Already noticing that there are more horror movies being released than other types of movies. January could be an October-like month for me as I like horror movies. As for this one? Has a V.C Andrews groove to it. What’s with the children? Yeah, sign me up for this one!

Anticipation for The Turning: 5/10

Nowhere (trailer yet) to Run?

RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Jan 24 to May 8, 2020

…is a thriller starring Sarah Paulson and is scheduled to open in theaters January 24, 2020 (UPDATE 1/18/2020: Release date has changed to May 8, 2020). No official trailer has been released by Lionsgate as of this writing.

The mystery around an intentional lack of marketing (see: Is @Lionsgate Run (2020) screening WIDE January 24, 2020 – if not, when?) — or inferior/incompetent marketing, whichever it is — is increasing my intrigue. Seems like a trailer is pretty important for a movie that released in like 45 days. I mean, yesterday we got the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer and that isn’t out for another six plus months!

Can’t give any anticipation based on the trailer without one.

Gretel and Hansel

Gretel and Hansel official teaser trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Oooo another spooky one! Seems odd to title it backwards (do the kids eat the adults in this one? Now that sort of reverse cannibalism would make heads turn). If it’s pure horror and not comedy horror than it gets at least a 4 from me. Fairy tales can be cool, especially the grim variety. Will pump it up one more for that. Hoping it’s not too cliched, but fearing that almost as much as the potential subject matter.

Anticipation for Gretel and Hansel: 5/10

The Rhythm Section

The Rhythm Section official trailer – opens in theaters January 31, 2020

Read the FIRST LOOK that is linked above to see my detailed comments on this one. Of all 12 films being released in January 2020, I’m most looking forward to seeing this one.

Anticipation for The Rhythm Section: 7/10

Ranking the January 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)

Keep in mind that my anticipation for a film can change daily, even hourly, based on new information that I read about the film or see in a video. Therefore, the anticipation is merely a number I’m applying to my feelings today, right now, and it is very subject to change. In the next post, tweet, video or an hour from now. Only here for comparison purposes as I do this with the Opening Week posts. Those numbers are within a couple days of seeing the movies.

  1. The Rhythm Section – 7 / 10
  2. Underwater – 6 / 10
  3. Gretel & Hansel – 5 / 10
  4. The Turning – 5 / 10
  5. Doolittle – 3 / 10
  6. The Gentlemen – 3 / 10
  7. The Grudge – 3 / 10
  8. Like A Boss – 3 / 10
  9. Bad Boys for Life – 3 / 10
  10. The Informer – 2 / 10 (release date changed to March 13, 2020)
  11. Run – No Rating (release date changed to May 8, 2020)

What movies in January 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?

FIRST LOOK: 75+ Movies Coming To Theaters In 2020

Coming 2 America in December 2020
Wonder Woman 1984 coming in 2020
Bill & Ted’s Face The Music hits theaters in 2020
Daniel Craig’s last jaunt (?) as James Bond is coming in 2020
A horror remake of the hit TV show is on the way next year

Note: this post will be updated periodically to include links to new coverage as it is posted and becomes available throughout 2020.

UPDATE 4/11/2020: With the coronavirus pandemic, most theaters have closed and planned release dates have changed. Tiles from the end of March – ??? (unknown) have been pushed to new dates later in 2020 or 2021 or are TBA (To Be Announced). A strikethru on the release date and/or title indicates the planned date has changed.

The original source for this post in October 2019 was Cinemablend which at that time posted an incomplete list of movies coming in 2020. I’ve shortened to the month only since these dates are bound to change and move around anyway. More new movies will be added and others dropped, this remains a fluid document, with many changes to be made throughout 2020.

Again, this is a post to be bookmarked and return to for (sometimes) frequent changes.

Bolded title movies I’m looking most forward to seeing

FIRST LOOK – contains the first time a movie was looked at with the information at that time. As a monthly movies coming soon posts are released (typically 30-45 days before the new month to allow for studio release changes), it will be linked in the date heading and contain more information about the movies scheduled to come out during that month.

JANUARY 2020 (9 movies)

FEBRUARY 2020 (12 movies)

MARCH 2020 (10 movies)

APRIL 2020 (9 movies originally planned, 1 movie released on VOD)

  • The New MutantsFIRST LOOK (delayed & moved to TBA)
  • The Lovebirds FIRST LOOK (delayed, purchased by Netflix, release date unknown)
  • Trolls World Tour ⭐️⭐️½ – FIRST LOOK (moved from April 17 to April 10, 2020 VOD)
  • Bad TripFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from February 2020, move #2 to TBA)
  • My SpyFIRST LOOK (delayed & move #1 from January 2020, move #2 from April, move #3 purchased by Amazon Prime Video no release date announced)
  • The Secret: Dare To Dream (delayed, no release date announced)
  • Monster Problems (delayed, move #1 from March 2020 to April 17, 2020, move #2 to Feb 21, 2020)
  • Promising Young Woman (delayed, no release date announced)
  • Antebellum (delayed, no release date announced)

MAY 2020 (11 movies originally planned, 1 wide release left scheduled)

  • Black WidowFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved to November 6, 2020)
  • The High NoteFIRST LOOK – (delayed, moved from May 8 to release on VOD May 29) [formerly titled “Covers”]
  • Legally Blonde 3 (delayed, no release date announced)
  • Scoob! FIRST LOOK – (delayed, VOD release May 15, 2020)
  • Spiral: From The Book of SawFIRST LOOK (delayed, no release date announced)
  • The Woman in the Window (delayed, no release date announced)
  • Fast & Furious 9 – (delayed, moved to 2021)
  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (delayed, moved to July 31, 2020)
  • Artemis Fowl (delayed, will be released June 12 on Disney+)
  • Run (delayed, move #1 from January 2020, move #2 release date unknown)
  • Irresistible FIRST LOOK – (delayed, move from May 29 to June 26 VOD)

JUNE 2020 (9 movies originally planned, 3 VOD, 0 wide theater releases)

  • The King of Staten Island – FIRST LOOK – (moved from June 19 to VOD on June 12)
  • Irresistible – FIRST LOOK – (delayed, move from May 29 to June 26 VOD)
  • Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash [LIMITED?] – FIRST LOOK (June 30)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 FIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from June 1 to Aug 24, 2020)
  • Candyman (delayed, moved from June 1 to September 25, 2020)
  • Greyhound (delayed, move #1 from May to June 12, 2020, move #2 to AppleTV release date “TBA 2020”)
  • Soul (delayed, moved from June 19 to November 20, 2020)
  • Fatale (moved AHEAD from Oct 20, 2020 to June 19, move #2 delayed to Oct 30, 2020)
  • In The Heights (delayed, moved from June 26, 2020 to June 18, 2021)
  • Top Gun 2: Maverick (delayed, moved from June 24 to December 23, 2020)

JULY 2020 (13 movies)

  • Unhinged (July 1) – FIRST LOOK
  • Tenet (July 17)
  • Mulan – FIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from March 27 to July 24, 2020)
  • Free Guy (delayed, moved from July 3 to December 11, 2020)
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (delayed, moved from July 3, 2020 to July 2, 2021)
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife (delayed, moved from July 10, 2020 to March 5, 2021)
  • The Forever Purge Movie (delayed, moved from July 10 to “TBA”)
  • Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (delayed, moved from July 17, 2020 to April 9, 2021)
  • Jungle Cruise (delayed, moved from July 24, 2020 to July 31, 2021)
  • Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar [LIMITED] (delayed, moved from July 31, 2020 to July 16, 2021)
  • Rumble (delayed, moved from July 31, 2020 to January 29, 2021)
  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (delayed, moved from May 22 to July 31, 2020, movie #2 to August 7, 2020)
  • MorbiusFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from July 31, 2020 to March 19, 2021)

AUGUST 2020 (7 movies)

  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (delayed, moved from May 22 to July 31, 2020, movie #2 to August 7, 2020)
  • The Empty Man (August 7)
  • Infinite
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (delayed, move #1 February 2020, move #2 from April to August 7, 2020)
  • Escape Room 2
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Bill & Ted Face The Music – these rock and roll high schoolers from San Demis have needed their trilogy completed — excellent!
  • Wonder Woman 1984FIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from June 1 to Aug 24, 2020)
  • Spell

SEPTEMBER 2020 (6 movies)

  • The King’s Man (delayed, moved from March 2020)
  • Monster Hunter – based on the popular video game. Looks like several movies in 2020 based on videogames.
  • The Conjuring 3
  • Without Remorse
  • Last Night in Soho
  • A Quiet Place: Part II FIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from March 20 to Sept 4, 2020)
  • The Many Saints of Newark
  • Praise This
  • What About Love
  • Candyman (delayed, moved from June 1 to September 25, 2020)

OCTOBER 2020 (7 movies)

  • BIOS – live action or animated? See Tom Hanks is in this one, so that’s a definite interest.
  • Venom 2 – Marvel MCU
  • Death on the Nile
  • Snake Eyes – a GI Joe flick
  • Halloween Kills – Jamie Lee Curtis is back for another crack at Michael Myers? Get that white mask warmed up already!
  • The Witches – based on Roald Dahl story, has potential
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

NOVEMBER 2020 (7 movies)

  • The Eternals (delayed, no release date announced)
  • Black WidowFIRST LOOK (delayed, moved from May 1 to November 6, 2020)
  • Ron’s Gone Wrong
  • Stillwater
  • Vivo
  • Happiest Season
  • King Richard – biopic on tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams and their father
  • No Time To DieFIRST LOOK– (delayed, moved from April 10, 2020)
  • Godzilla vs. KongFIRST LOOK– always interested in these monster vs. monster movies. A favorite of mine since very young age.
  • Soul (delayed, moved from June 19 to November 20, 2020)
  • Raya And The Last Dragon (delayed, moved from Nov 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021)

DECEMBER 2020 (5 movies)

  • Dune – Frank Herbert’s famous novel, will they do it justice?
  • Uncharted
  • Coming 2 America – Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall doing this again? Can’t wait to laugh at this one! Cast list includes Wesley Snipes, too? This should be fun. Clever sequel title!
  • Free Guy (delayed, moved from July 3 to December 11, 2020)
  • West Side Story – adaption of famous Broadway musical directed by Steven Spielberg. Could have major interest.
  • The Croods 2
  • Top Gun 2: Maverick (delayed, moved from June 24 to Decemer 23, 2020)

What’s not coming in 2020?

James Cameron’s Avatar first sequel is not coming until December 2021. So … those eager like myself, will need to wait another year to see how that epic turns out.

FIRST LOOK / Preview Coverage Throughout 2020

I’ll have extended FIRST LOOK and preview coverage as the 2020 films draw nearer. A new feature at the blog starting 1/17/2020 is FIRST LOOK Fridays, where at least *2* coming soon to theater films will be posted.

2020 Most Anticipated Movies

I am most excited and most looking forward to these 5 of 20 bolded titled above (in order of anticipation and interest):

  • Coming 2 America
  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Bill & Ted Face The Music
  • Fantasy Island
  • No Time To Die (“Bond … James Bond.”)

Three of the five are sequels, one is based on a popular TV show and the other is a franchise film. There are some original stories out of the other 15 that are of great interest, but admittedly, I tend to look most forward to the known over the unknown. Ironically, I tend to most like the unknown, so go figure.

2020 Marvel & DC & Other Superhero/Comics Movies by Month

Superhero and characters based on comics have been very popular. The following are all movies in 2020 based on comics and/or superheroes:

  1. Birds of Prey – DC – February 7, 2020
  2. Bloodshot – Valiant Comics – March 13, 2020
  3. The New Mutants – Marvel – April 3, 2020
  4. Black Widow – Marvel – May 1, 2020
  5. Wonder Woman 1984 – DC – June 5, 2020
  6. Morbius – Marvel – July 31, 2020
  7. Venom 2 – Marvel – October 2, 2020
  8. The Eternals – Marvel – November 6, 2020

What movies are YOU looking forward to seeing above?

10 New Movies Coming Fall 2019 Ranked By Interest

10 movies coming to theaters in the next 90 days on my Leterrboxd watchlist

Above pictured are the 10 movies I’m most looking forward to seeing. Am ranking them below based on most interested to least interested, this isn’t how I think the ranking of best to worst will turn out:

  1. Rambo: Last Blood (September 20) – PREVIEW– Want to see this one mostly to check out the experience in 4DX, not because I think it has the potential to be the best one on this list. Hope we can make it happen this week.
  2. Terminator: Dark Fate (November 1) – PREVIEW– Can James Cameron catch lightning in a bottle a third time? He isn’t directing, and Arnold and Linda Hamilton are seniors, so I’m not sure. Definitely very curious how this will do. I’ve been disappointed by everything since T2, so hoping the magic returns for this one.
  3. Judy (September 27) – PREVIEW– this could be a real tearjerker, but I’ve been a fan of Judy Garland since the first time I saw The Wizard of Oz.
  4. Doctor Sleep (November 8) – I often am disappointed by film sequels and books with sequels haven’t historically been much fun to watch either, but if anybody can write a sequel that’s good, it’s Stephen King. But will the screen adaption do the book justice?. I’m reading this on the Kindle to prepare for the movie and to see if even the book is something I enjoy. Wish this was coming out on Halloween. That is the best time to see a horror film based on a Stephen King novel.
  5. Joker (October 4) – A movie based on a comic book villain? I’m really digging this idea. The Joker is just such a cool antagonist. This has me really curious where this idea will lead.
  6. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (November 22) – Tom Hanks in any picture is something I’m interested in watching. He seems to very rarely miss on whatever film he’s in and the subject matter for this one — Mister Rogers – seems to be right in his wheelhouse. Yes, bring this on.
  7. Ad Astra (September 20) – Have been intrigued by the preview trailers in the theater for this space sci-fi flick starring Brad Pitt. Seems like something I would enjoy.
  8. Charlie’s Angels (November 1) – Elizabeth Banks has been in some good movies that I enjoyed, so looking forward to this only because the original source material I liked and I think she might have a curious and less salacious take on what was once known as “jiggle TV..” Most reboots that have come out I’ve pretty much hated, so I have one eye squinted on this one. Optimistic and suspicious.
  9. Villains (September 20) – Kara wants to see this one. I don’t know much about it, but that’s why it is here, because she doesn’t actually tell me she wants to see very many movies.
  10. Last Christmas (November 15) – OK, so this one is 60 days or so away, but it’s closer to our favorite time of year: Christmas. We both enjoy Christmas movies. This one may or may not be a dud, but it’s on here to remind that 60 days from now we will be closer to Christmas mode. Usually around Thanksgiving that kicks in. Can expect a bunch more Christmas flicks the next time I do this list.

Almost made it to the list above (in no particular order):

  • Abominable (September 27) – preview interesting, but animated films usually don’t get me super excited.
  • Lucy In The Sky (October 4) – preview, summary and trailer.
  • Gemini Man (October 4) – have seen a ton of previews for this one. Curious.
  • The Addams Family (October 11) – only interested because source TV material is good.

Goal is to see everything above in the theater and probably other films coming soon not mentioned above. It will be interesting to look back and on this post and see how much they were enjoyed compared to preview interest level. Am curious what others are looking forward to seeing?

Why Aren’t More Coming Soon Movies Available To Watch in Theaters?

3 of these movies available to watch as of 9/13

Keith & the Movies blog way back in March 2019 asked an interesting question that led me to ponder another question I don’t understand. Maybe somebody reading can explain the following:

None of these available to watch as of 9/13

There are over 20 new movies “coming soon” on the Rotten Tomatoes page for this coming week. And yet of these 20 movies, the same 3-5 movies will be showing at Regal theaters in our area (I’m about 45 minutes from Seattle, so not exactly in the middle of nowhere with one theater that gets almost no new movies).

That’s a very small percentage of the overall movies that are supposed to be opening. Do individual chains get exclusive movies? For example, I see that <i>Freaks</i> is playing tomorrow at the AMC movie theater (only one AMC theater in the area).

8 movies and zero available to watch

To repeat the caption for emphasis: none of the eight movies above are showing in any of the dozen Regal Cinemas near me on their release dates. Not one. Why is this?

None of these eight movies are available anywhere (nearby) either. Sigh. Why not?