PETER RABBIT 2
In ten words: Peter goes to the dark side and stuff gets broken
Why the buzz? Kids loved how naughty the first film was and this doubles down on that, as Peter runs away to the city and falls in with a bad bunny voiced by cult comedian TJ Miller. With Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley, you’ve got one of the year’s coolest casts - all playing rabbits.
Why you’ll go: Because you’re never too old for super cute, talking bunnies
A QUIET PLACE PART II
In ten words: Smartest horror film of the decade gets a sequel - shhhh
Why the buzz? The first film - set in a world where making a noise gets you killed - was so brilliant, and left so many questions unanswered, that we want director John Krasinski to drop some clues. But he’s staying silent. Appropriately.
Why you’ll go: Because in 2018 Emily Blunt discovered a way to kill the monsters - and then the film ended. You’ve been holding your breath ever since
FAST & FURIOUS 9In ten words: World’s longest-running car chase screeches into its 20th year
Why the buzz? Everyone loves an FF movie and this one could roar off in a different direction since Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham aren’t in it (they were busy with Hobbs & Shaw) while Jordana Brewster, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are back – joined by WWE wrestler John Cena
Why you’ll go: Each FF film raises the vehicular stakes and the last one had nuclear subs - so how will they top that? Spaceships? (It has been hinted…)
In ten words: Coolest Avenger Scarlett Johansson in female-directed superspy spinoff movie
Why the buzz? Marvel are almost as secretive as the Bond folks, but we know this is set in Russia between the events of Civil War and Endgame and pits Natasha Romanoff against dark forces from her past, with a distinct John Wick vibe.
Why you’ll go: Because you’re so happy you get to see Johansson as Black Widow again, all things considered 😢
THE CROODS 2In ten words: Progress finds a prehistoric family, so do some annoying neighbours
Why the buzz? This sequel takes the Crood brood and plonks them directly into the line of evolution. Moving into an idyllic walled garden comes with its downsides: like The Bettermans and some quite upset Punch Monkeys...
Why you’ll go: Because the first one was hilarious - and you’re intrigued by what a Punch Monkey is.
In ten words: Female Indiana Jones on a boat? I’m down with that
Why the buzz? The great thing about films based on Disneyland rides - remember a thing called Pirates of the Caribbean? - is that the story can go anywhere you want. This starts with a 1910s treasure hunt on an Amazon steamer and gets progressively crazier from there. Should be tons of fun.
Why you’ll go: To see Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson in the same film. Apparently they “started laughing the moment [they] met”
NO TIME TO DIE
In ten words: Daniel Craig’s last Bond film, kind of a big deal
Why the buzz? Nothing on earth gets people more excited than Bond, and the secrecy is a huge part of it. All we know is that Bond is dragged out of semi-retirement by his CIA friend Felix in a race to stop a villain (Rami Malik) armed with terrifying new technology. Oh yes, and Killing Eve’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-wrote it.
Why you’ll go: Because with Craig leaving, you know something HUGE is going to happen at the end
ETERNALSIn ten words: Madly ambitious superhero adventure spans 35,000 years of human history
Why the buzz? This is where Marvel’s ‘Phase Four’ really gets going, with a whole new group of ten immortal heroes defending a bigger, weirder, post-Avengers world. How weird? Look up Jack Kirby’s art for the original 1970s comics. Your eyeballs will never be the same again.
Why you’ll go: Because of the epic scope, the cast (Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington), the fact that it’s Marvel’s first deaf superhero and child superhero...and that’s only what we know so far.
TOP GUN: MAVERICK
In ten words: 30-years late sequel to the ultimate 80s action film
Why the buzz? Hard to say who’s most excited: the original fans, their 80s-loving kids or Tom Cruise, who gets to fly hundred-million dollar modern warplanes (Tom always does his own flying). Val “Iceman” Kilmer is back, Jennifer Connelly is the new female lead and John Hamm, who plays an instructor, said, “They showed me 15 minutes of footage and I left the trailer with my chin on the ground.”
Why you’ll go: To sing Danger Zone, even if that’s not in the film
THE KING’S MAN
In ten words: 1910s prequel to the brilliantly over-the-top Kingsman films
Why the buzz? It takes the mad gun fu of the Egerton/Firth films and sets it in the time of Rasputin, biplanes and tweed waistcoats and everyone, especially Ralph Fiennes, is clearly having the time of their lives
Why you’ll go: Gemma Arterton’s character is ‘Mary Poppins on steroids’ according to director Matthew Vaughn and that is something you NEED to see
MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU
In ten words: How I became despicable with the help of yellow creatures
Why the buzz? Because Minions are huge! Did you know the Despicable Me and Minions films are the highest-grossing animations ever? $3.7 billion buys a lot of bananas. They’re even bringing out Lego Minions. World domination is within their grasp.
Why you’ll go: To see how little boy Felonius Gru from the end of the first Minions film became grown up Gru - it’s bound to involve ray guns. And hair lose