March Movie Preview

We’re finally getting some good movies this month! March will be Disney’s first big tests for 2020 with the release of Pixar’s Onward and their live-action Mulan remake. Winter horror movies continue to be released and some of the first indie darlings will launch as well. Here are five movies I’m most excited for or intrigued by coming out this month.  

Onward (Mar. 6)

Rating: PG
Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer

Two teenage elf brothers receive a gift from their deceased father and must go on an epic quest to bring him back for one final day.   

Why I’m excited: It’s Pixar, what more do you need? The more I’ve learned about this story, the more excited I get. It should be a heartfelt journey of family and saying goodbye. And casting Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as brothers was a genius move on Pixar’s part, too.   

See this if you liked: Up, Inside Out, Toy Story

First Cow (Mar. 6)

Rating: PG-13
Starring: John Magaro, Orion Hall, René Auberjonois

A lone explorer and a Chinese immigrant start a successful business with a special cow in the Oregon Territory.  

Why I’m excited: A24 has given us some of the best movies of the past decade, and just the title First Cow is enough to interest me in this movie. Other than that, I don’t know anything about this movie. But A24’s stories are often portraits of humanity, connection and the human experience that are full of emotion and heart.     

See this if you liked: Room, Moonlight, Lady Bird

The Hunt (Mar. 13)

Rating: R
Starring: Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank

Twelve strangers wake up in a mysterious clearing to find out they’re being hunted by a small group of wealthy elites and must fight back to survive.    

Why I’m excited: The Hunt was originally scheduled to come out last year but was put on hold after recent mass shootings. The film is supposed to be incredibly political and specifically targets the current political climate. It’s expected to make everyone angry, so I can’t wait to see what it actually says.

See this if you liked: Joker, Get Out, The Purge

A Quiet Place Part II (Mar. 20)

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou

After a tragedy strikes their home, a family must fight for survival in a world of silence.

Why I’m excited: The first A Quiet Place was a surprising hit, and I really loved its interesting premise and how the characters were able to survive. All the actors were incredible, so I’m excited to see what they do next. Hopefully Part II doesn’t ruin the uniqueness of the original and is able to naturally build on the story.   

See this if you liked: A Quiet Place, Us, The Invisible Man  

Mulan (Mar. 27)

Rating: PG-13
Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jet Li

Mulan takes her ailing father’s place in the Chinese army and must pose as a man to defy tradition and save her family and country.   

Why I’m excited: This Disney remake seems to be the first one that really has a point of existing. Other remakes have taken the original stories almost verbatim and changed as little as possible. Making Mulan a more epic and grounded war story should pay homage to the original Chinese legend as well as the Disney classic.

See this if you liked: Beauty and the Beast (2017), Aladdin (2019), Cinderella (2015)

Most anticipated movies of 2020

2019 was a record-setting year for movies. Beloved franchises like The Avengers, Star Wars and How to Train Your Dragon closed out final chapters of their franchises and original stories like Parasite, Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit also did well, delivering a wide variety of movie options for moviegoers to enjoy.

Now with 2019 behind us, we can look forward to a new decade with endless possibilities. Here are 10 of the biggest and most anticipated movies to look forward to next year.

Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Feb. 7)

Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was the only decent piece of 2016’s Suicide Squad, so it makes sense that DC would try to salvage what they could to bring new life to their cinematic universe. The outrageous title shows that this movie will be like nothing we’ve seen before from a superhero franchise. Between Birds of Prey, Black Widow and Wonder Woman 1984, female heroes and villains will have a big year in 2020, but after Joker, it will be interesting to see how DC markets their shared universe moving forward.

Mulan (Mar. 27)

This live-action remake has the potential to truly be a unique retelling of Mulan’s story, unlike most of Disney’s previous remakes, which did little more than make the same movie as before. This version of Mulan looks much more serious and grounded (there’s no Mushu and it’s not a musical), so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays with audiences going to see it with nostalgia for the original cartoon on their minds.

Black Widow (May 1)

Marvel begins Phase 4 by looking back. Black Widow is certainly an interesting choice to kick off Phase 4, but it’s certainly something fans have wanted for years. Natasha deserves her own story and as one of the main heroes we know so little about, there will be plenty to cover in her solo movie. I just hope it gives this iconic character a respectable sendoff since this could be the last time we see her in this universe.

Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5)

Wonder Woman was a breath of fresh air for the DCEU back in 2017 and gave us some truly iconic superhero moments. Now, the sequel jumps to the 1980s and has Diana facing the Cold War and new foes while a blast from her past confuses everything. I loved the first Wonder Woman and the 80s so this should be another favorite for superhero fans.

Soul (June 19)

Soul is the second of two original movies Pixar will release next year. After a few years of (somewhat unnecessary) sequels to their greatest hits, it’s nice to see Pixar telling new stories again. Soul looks like the more interesting of the two 2020 Pixar offerings and already gives off serious Inside Out vibes (one of my personal favorites). Hopefully Soul matches that same level of creativity and emotion to bring another Pixar hit.

In the Heights (June 26)

Has anyone had a better decade than Lin-Manuel Miranda? Following the earth-shattering success of Hamilton, Miranda’s first musical is coming to the big screen. In the Heights tells the story of the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City with Miranda’s trademark lyrical wizardry. Anthony Ramos (another Hamilton alum) leads the cast in this incredible story of a Latinx community’s hopes and dreams.

Bill & Ted Face the Music (Aug. 21)

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is an incredible underrated masterpiece that came to me at a truly formative time in my life (seventh grade). The original movie was followed by a less-than-stellar sequel in 1991, but now that Hollywood will reboot or revive literally anything that came out in the 1980s and early 90s, a third film is scheduled for next year. It’s turned out to be perfect timing with Keanu Reeves experiencing a resurgence in his career in 2019. I cannot wait to see what middle-aged Bill and Ted are like and how the music of Wyld Stallions will save the future this time.

The King’s Man (Sept. 18)

The original Kingsman movie is one of my favorite movies of all time, so I’m super interested in this origin story of the elite spy agency. The first two Kingsman movies relied so heavily on gadgets and technology, so it’ll be challenging to make that a crucial part of this story when it’s set in the 1910s. And with a third Kingsman starring Eggsy potentially on the way, I’ll bet this will somehow tie in to that story as well.

The Eternals (Nov. 6)

This feels like Marvel’s biggest gamble since Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s about a group of beings that not even many die-hard Marvel comics fans know much about but could change the MCU as we know it. The Eternals has an incredible cast (Angelina Jolie! Richard Madden! Salma Hayek! Kumail Nanjiani!), so here’s hoping that the story matches their star power.

West Side Story (Dec. 18)

The original West Side Story is a cornerstone of movie musicals. Normally, I would be opposed to remaking something so iconic, but with Stephen Spielberg at the helm of this new version with a great cast, it has a chance to be worth seeing. I think the Jets/Sharks dynamic will also be interesting in today’s climate, especially given the racial divide between the two gangs.