2020 Film Releases In South Africa

Upcoming Films Releases in 2020

Information provided by the film distributors in South Africa: Ster Kinekor, FilmFinity, Empire Entertainment Africa, UIP SA, and Black Sheep Films.  Dates subject to change.Report broken links  

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January to December 2020

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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers, a popular kid’s TV show host in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor This drama is directed by Marielle Heller and written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, inspired by the 1998 article “Can You Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod, published in Esquire. Read more / Review / Trailer / Showing from 15 May

A HIDDEN LIFE (formerly titled Radegund) In this historical drama written and directed by Terrence Malick, August Diehl plays Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector who faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II. Also starring Valerie Pachner, and Matthias Schoenaerts with both Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz in their final performances. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 31 January

A MILLION PIECES At the age of 23, James Frey (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a drug addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There, he found much more than traditional treatment. He found similar broken souls yearning and fighting for a better life. This is a story of recovery and love, a story of friendship and hope. This is an account of his six weeks in rehab. Written and directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and based on the book of the same name by James Frey. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 3 April

A QUIET PLACE: PART II Members of the Abbott family and a mysterious stranger fight for survival against otherworldly creatures that hunt by sound. This horror is the sequel to A Quiet Place (2018). The sequel film, written and directed by John Krasinski, stars Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy, and Djimon Hounsou. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 20 March

AFTER WE COLLIDED This romantic drama stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, directed by Roger Kumble, and written by Anna Todd and Mario Celaya. It is based on the 2014 new adult fiction novel of the same name written by Anna Todd and it is the sequel to the film After. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 18 September

ANTEBELLUM Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.This thriller horror is written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. It stars Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and Gabourey Sidibe. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 April

ANTLERS A small-town Oregon teacher, Julia Meadows (Keri Russell) and her sheriff brother Paul (Jesse Plemons), become entwined with a young student in her school who is harbouring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. This supernatural horror is directed by Scott Cooper from a screenplay by C. Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca, and Cooper, based upon Antosca’s short story “The Quiet Boy”, which was published in Guernica. Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 17 April

ARCTIC JUSTICE (also known as Arctic Dogs Polar Squad) is a computer-animated comedy film co-written and directed by Aaron Woodley and co-directed by Dimos Vrysellas.  Swifty the Arctic Fox works in the mailroom of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service, but he has much bigger dreams. He yearns to become a Top Dog, the Arctic’s star husky couriers. To prove he can do it, he commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a mysterious package to a secret location. Once there, he stumbles on a hidden fortress overseen by the nefarious Otto Von Walrus. The blubbery evil genius commands an army of oddly polite puffin henchmen. Swifty discovers Otto Von Walrus’ villainous plan to drill beneath the snow-packed surface to unleash masses of ancient gas to melt the Arctic and become the world’s supreme ruler. To stop this sinister scheme, Swifty enlists the help of his friends: PB , a neurotic polar bear, Lemmy, a scatterbrained albatross, Jade Fox, a brainy engineer, Leopold and Bertha, two conspiracy theorist otters and Magda, his curmudgeonly boss.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 January

ARTEMIS FOWL This science fantasy adventure follows the journey of 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, as he seeks to find his father who has mysteriously disappeared. It is based on the first novel in the series of the same name by Eoin Colfer. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and written by Conor McPherson, the film stars Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, and Judi Dench. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 May

THE ARTIST’S WIFE Claire (Lena Olin), the wife of famed artist Richard Smythson (Bruce Dern) and once a promising painter herself, lives in the shadow of her husband’s illustrious career. While preparing work for a new exhibition, Richard is diagnosed with dementia. As Richard’s memories and moods become lost and erratic, Claire attempts to shield his illness from the art community while trying to reconnect him with his estranged daughter and grandson. Claire, who has taken up painting once again, must decide whether to stand with her husband in the shadows or step into the spotlight herself. Directed by Tom Dolby, screenplay by Dolby, Nicole Brending and Abdi Nazemian. Read more/ Showing from 7 August

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE The once inseparable duo of Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence) is coming apart: an aging Burnett has become a police inspector while Lowery, suffering a midlife crisis, is assigned to head up AMMO, a “young guns” group of millennial cops with whom he has nothing in common. They reunite once again when a fierce Romanian mob boss, whose brother they defeated years earlier, exacts retaliation on Mike just as the duo are about to officially retire. This buddy cop action comedy is directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a screenplay by Joe Carnahan and Chris Bremner, based on characters by George Gallo. It is the sequel to Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003) and the third and final instalment in the Bad Boys trilogy. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 January

BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR The story of best friends Barb and Star, who leave their small Midwestern town for the first time to go on vacation in Vista Del Mar, Florida, where they soon find themselves tangled up in adventure, love, and a villain’s evil plot to kill everyone in town. This comedy is directed by Josh Greenbaum, from a screenplay by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo. It stars Wiig, Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr. and Wendi McLendon-Covey. Read more / Showing from 31 July

BECAUSE OF STALIN  This documentary by by Johnathan Andrews tells a personal story of tragic losses in the Gulag camps, escapes, deceit and a journey to freedom. Mordechai Perlov (93 year old living in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a Lithuanian Jew who was deported 14 June 1941 from Raseiniai, Lithuania, to Ust’-Lokchim in the Komi Republic (USSR), by the NKVD. The story of Mordechai Perlov is a story of the tragic violation of innocent people’s human rights under the communist regime of Stalin, and is an example to us of a man who found meaning and purpose in life despite near indescribable hardships and trauma. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 27 March

BHAI’S CAFE This South African film centres on the Patel Family and their cafe, the cornerstone of the Wynberg community in Cape Town. The cafe comes under threat from a ruthless property developer, as Bhai’s daughter, Rashmi, is swept off her feet, in true Bollywood fashion, by Patrick, the son of the property magnate. At the same time, Bhai and his family rally the community to square off with the property developer to stave off the bulldozers and save the Cafe. Directed by Maynard Kraak from a screenplay by Darron Meyer and Aaron Naidoo, based on a story by Rawoot and Executive Producer / Actor, Mehboob Bawa. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 14 February.

BIRDS OF PREY (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). The story follows Harley Quinn (portrayed by Margot Robbie) as she joins forces with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to save Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from Gotham City crime lord Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). This superhero film is based on the DC Comics team of the same name, It’s the eighth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and a follow-up movie of 2016 film Suicide Squad, and is directed by Cathy Yan and written by Christina Hodson. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 7 February

BLACKBIRD A terminally ill mother arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies. This drama is a remake of Bille August’s Danish film Silent Heart and is directed by Roger Michell, screenplay by Christian Torpe. With  Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska and Susan Sarandon. Read more / Showing from 17 July

BLACK WIDOW Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Natasha Romanoff finds herself alone and forced to confront her past. is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the twenty-fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Cate Shortland, written by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, based on Black Widow by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck. It stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, alongside David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 May

BLOODSHOT After he and his wife are murdered, Marine Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is resurrected by a secret team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman, biotech killing machine – Bloodshot. As Ray first trains with fellow super-soldiers, he cannot recall anything from his former life. But when his memories flood back and he remembers the man that killed both him and his wife, he breaks out of the facility hellbent on revenge, only to discover that there’s more to the conspiracy than he originally thought. This superhero film is based on the Valiant Comics character of the same name. The film is directed by David S. F. Wilson (in his feature directorial debut) and written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. It also stars Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell, and Guy Pearce. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 13 March

BLUE STORY Best friends Timmy (Stephen Odubola) and Marco (Micheal Ward) go to the same high school in Peckham but live in neighbouring London boroughs. When Marco’s beaten up by one of Timmy’s primary school friends the two boys wind up on rival sides of a never-ending cycle of postcode gang war in which there are no winners … only victims. This British drama was written, directed, and narrated by Rapman (Andrew Onwubolu) through the medium of rap. The film is Rapman’s feature directorial debut and is based on his 2014 YouTube series of the same name. Read more / Showing from 7 February

BOB’S BURGERS: THE MOVIE is an upcoming animated musical adventure comedy film based on the TV series of the same name. This will be the second film based on a FOX animated series, the first being The Simpsons Movie in 2007. Bob and Linda Belcher run Bob’s Burgers restaurant in an unnamed seaside town and live above their restaurant with their three quirky kids, Tina, Gene and Louise. The critically acclaimed animated TV show has been renewed for a 10th season on Fox. The show is known for its sassy humour, family love and musical numbers. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 17 July

BOMBSHELL From award-winning director Jay Roach and screenwriter Charles Randolph, comes the explosive story of the women who brought down a powerful media mogul. Based on the real-life chain of events of the Fox News scandal – which saw multiple women accuse former Fox News CEO and chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment – it offers a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time. While the drama portrays a workplace where women face demeaning comments, policing of their appearance and unwanted sexual propositions by male executives, it focuses specifically on Ailes’s female victims and their battle to bring him to justice. It follows the stories of two women in particular – Gretchen Carlson (played perfectly by Nicole Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (depicted by Charlize Theron). In 2016, Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment, which led more women, including Kelly, to come forward with allegations against him. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 24 January

BRAHMS THE BOY 2 When a young family moves to the Heelshire’s residence, terror strikes when a boy from the family discovers a doll called Brahms that appears to be eerily human. Directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Menear. A sequel to the 2016 film The Boy Read more/ / Trailer / Showing 28 February 

BURDEN Inspired by true events. Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund) who opened the world famous Redneck Shop and KKK Museum on the historic town square of Laurens South Carolina in 1996, then was subsequently wrenched out of the clutches of this hate family through the love of a single mother (Andrea Riseborough) and the faith of a African American, Baptist Minister (Forest Whitaker). Mike Burden was raised and indoctrinated into the KKK by Klan leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson), rising to the ranks of Grand Dragon through his affinity for violence and seemingly set on a lifetime path steeped in racism and bigotry, until he meets and falls in love with a single mother, deeply opposed to the hate group, eventually forcing him to make a choice. After being cut off and shut out of his Klan family, with nowhere else to turn, Mike begs for help from his mortal enemy, civil rights activist Reverend David Kennedy. Against all odds and wisdom, Reverend Kennedy proves the power and conviction of his faith when he accepts Mike’s disavowal of the Klan and welcomes him into his home and his church. Together, they face down irate, vengeful and violent Klan members and win over Reverend Kennedy’s skeptical parishioners, forming a true bond and forging a path towards redemption and forgiveness. Written and directed by Andrew Heckler. Read more / Video interview with Andrew Heckler / Trailer /  Pending

THE CALL OF THE WILD In the Canadian Yukon in the 1890s, the gold rush is happening. At this time, the sled dogs who can cover the tough terrain along the river Klondike are coveted by many and they become a valuable asset. As a result, Buck is stolen and sold. This live-action CGI-animated adventure film is based on the Jack London’s 1903 novel The Call of the Wild and the remake of Twentieth Century Pictures’ 1935 film of the same name. The film is directed by Chris Sanders, written by Michael Green, and stars Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Omar Sy, Karen Gillan, Bradley Whitford and Colin Woodell. Read more/ Trailer / Showing from 28 February

CANDYMAN A “spiritual sequel” to the first film, this new Candyman returns to the neighbourhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.This horror is directed by Nia DaCosta, written by Jordan Peele and Win Roselfeld, based on characters by Clive Barker. It’s a direct sequel to original 1992 film and stars Tony Todd as the titular character, alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, and Colman Domingo in supporting roles. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 12 June

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET A young woman spills all of her secrets to a stranger on a plane when she thinks it’s about to crash. She later meets the man and discovers he is her company’s new CEO, and he knows all of her humiliating secrets. Romantic comedy film directed by Elise Duran, based on the novel of same name by Sophie Kinsella, with the screenplay was adapted by Peter Hutchings. Read more / Trailer / Released on 3 January

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT (also known as The Conjuring 3) A chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defence. This supernatural horror is directed by Michael Chaves from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson. It is the sequel to 2013’s The Conjuring and 2016’s The Conjuring 2, and is the eighth instalment in the Conjuring Universe. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 11 September

COVERS Set in the fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene, Dakota Johnson plays an aspiring music producer who endures an exhausting job as the assistant to a legendary singer (Tracee Ellis Ross) while trying to launch her own career. This comedy is directed by Nisha Ganatra (Late Night) and written by Flora Greeson. Read more/ Showing from 29 May

DARK WATERS An attorney (Mark Ruffalo) links a number of unexplained deaths to one of the world’s largest corporations, DuPont. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life – to expose the truth. This legal thriller is directed by Todd Haynes and written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. It is based on the 2016 article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich, published in The New York Times Magazine. Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 31 January

DEATH ON THE NILE The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, on a vacation in Egypt and becoming involved in a love triangle gone murderously bad. This mystery thriller is directed by Kenneth Branagh, with a screenplay by Michael Green, based on the 1937 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The film is a sequel to 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and stars Branagh returning as Hercule Poirot, as well as Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, and Russell Brand. The film is the third screen adaptation of Christie’s novel, following the 1978 film, and a 2004 episode of the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 9 October

DEEP WATER A married couple who’ve fallen out of love with each other begin playing deadly mind games against one another that begins seeing those around them dying. This psychological thriller is directed by Adrian Lyne, based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, from a screenplay by Zach Helm and Sam Levinson. Starring Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Lil Rel Howery, and Rachel Blanchard, it marks Lyne’s return to filmmaking after an 18-year absence; his last film was Unfaithful (2002). It marks the first erotic film release from Disney since Color of Night (1994). Read more / Showing from 13 November

DOLITTLE Fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Stephen Gaghan, from a screenplay by Gaghan and John Whittington, and a story by Thomas Shepherd. It is based on the character Doctor Dolittle created by Hugh Lofting, primarily The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr), famed doctor and veterinarian of Victorian England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of animals for company. But when Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and encounters wondrous creatures.. Read more/ Trailer / Released on 10 January

DOWNHILL After being scarred by an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple (Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell) is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. This black comedy is directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash and is a remake of Force Majeure by Ruben Östlund. Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Read more / Showing from 10 April

DRAGON RIDER A boy teams with a dragon and a forest brownie in order to locate a new home for the dragon in this German animated fantasy film based on the novel of the same name by Cornelia Funke. Read more / Showing from 4 September

DUNE Paul Atreides leads nomadic tribes in a battle to control the desert planet Arrakis. In this epic science fiction film is directed by Denis Villeneuve with a screenplay by Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Villeneuve. It is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, and will cover roughly the first half of the book. The film stars an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 18 December

EMMA Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. This British comedy-drama is directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton. The film also stars, Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 March

THE EMPTY MAN On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-police officer, who witnessed the violent deaths of his wife and son, comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity. This supernatural horror is directed and written by David Prior, based on the Boom! Studios’ graphic novel of same name by Cullen Bunn and Vanesa R. Del Rey. The film stars James Badge Dale, Samantha Logan, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney, Marin Ireland, and Aaron Poole. Read more / Showing from 7 August

ESCAPE ROOM 2 Director Adam Robitel will return for Escape Room 2, along with original writer Bragi F Schut (who co-wrote the first movie with Maria Melnik) and producer Neal H Moritz. Details of plot and cast to be confirmed. Read more / Read more about Escape Room / Showing from 21 August

THE ETERNALS In a story spanning over 7000 years, the Eternals, an immortal alien race created by the Celestials, protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants. This superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics race of the same name. It is the twenty-fifth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Chloé Zhao, written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, and features an ensemble cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan and Kit Harington. Read more / Announcement / Showing from 6 November

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which first premiered on stage in 2017, was inspired by a 2011 BBC documentary about a gay teenager named Jamie who pursues his dream of becoming a drag queen. This British-American musical drama is  directed by Jonathan Butterell (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Tom MacRae and Dan Gillespie Sells, based upon the musical of the same name. It stars Max Harwood, Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and Shobna Gulati.  Read more / Showing from 30 October Read more / Showing from 30 October

FANTASY ISLAND In this supernatural horror the enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Michael Peña), makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives. Directed by Jeff Wadlow and written by Jillian Jacobs, Chris Roach, and Wadlow, it is based on the 1977 ABC’s television series of the same name created by Gene Levitt. Read more / Showing from 14 February

FAST & FURIOUS 9 Plot unknown. This action film is  directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan and Daniel Casey. A sequel to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, it is the tenth instalment in The Fast and the Furious franchise and the ninth film in the main series. It features an ensemble Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and Michael Rooker. Read more / Read more about the Fast & Furious franchise / Showing from 22 May

FATHERHOOD Based on true story and book about Matt Logelin, whose wife died shortly after childbirth, leaving Matt to raise their daughter Maddy on his own. Directed by Paul Weitz from a screenplay he wrote alongside Dana Stevens, based upon the memoir of Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love, by Logelin. It stars Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodard, Melody Hurd, Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, and DeWanda Wise. Read more / Showing from 29 January 2021

FLATLAND Questioning issues of race, class and gender, ‘Flatland’ is a portrait of femininity set against the backdrop of a hostile frontier land, that interrogates what it means to be a woman today – in South Africa and the world at large. Directed by Jenna Bass and starring Faith Baloyi, Nicole Fortuin and Izel Bezuidenhout. The unique, contemporary drama, which opened Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section at the beginning of 2019, is a journey of self-discovery for three different but equally trapped women – a pregnant teenager, a young bride, and a middle-aged cop – played out against the backdrop of the Karoo. Showing from 10 April

FOUR KIDS AND IT Four children are upset to discover that their beach holiday is actually a bonding trip with potential step-siblings. During an argument, they stumble across the Psammead, “a magical, sandy, grumpy creature” who can grant them a wish a day, albeit reluctantly. Based on the eponymous 2012 novel by Jacqueline Wilson, directed by Andy De Emmony from a screenplay by Simon Lewis. Starring Paula Patton, Russell Brand, Michael Caine and Matthew Goode. Read more/ Showing from 24 April

FREE GUY A bank teller called Guy (Ryan Reynolds) realizes he is a background character in an open world video game called Free City that will soon go offline. This science fiction action comedy is directed by Shawn Levy, from a screenplay by Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, and a story by Lieberman. Read more / Showing from 10 July

THE GENTLEMEN (formerly known as Toff Guys and Bush) This crime comedy written and directed by Guy Ritchie, from a story by Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies, and Ritchie, follows American expat Mickey Pearson who has created a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he is looking to cash out his business, it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant. Read more / Showing from 13 March

GHOSTBUSTERS 2020 This fantasy comedy follows a family moving back home to a small town where they begin to learn more about who they are and the secrets of the town itself. It is the direct sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), and the fourth film, overall, in the Ghostbusters franchise. It is directed by Jason Reitman from a screenplay by Reitman and Gil Kenan. The film stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd, while Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts reprise their roles from the original films. Read more / Showing from 10 July

GODZILLA vs KONG In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever. This monster film is directed by Adam Wingard and written by Terry Rossio. A sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017), it is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. The film is also the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 12th film in the King Kong franchise, and the fourth Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio.[a] The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir. Read more / Showing from 20 November

GREENLAND A detached married couple must get their son and themselves to safety after being randomly selected to enter an underground bunker, as a massive object from space threatens to destroy the world in less than 48 hours. This thriller is directed by Ric Roman Waugh from a screenplay by Waugh, Chris Sparling and Mitchell LaFortune. It stars Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn, Andrew Bachelor and David Denman. Read more Showing from 17 April

GRETEL & HANSEL (also known as Gretel & Hansel: A Grim Fairy Tale) A dark fantasy horror based on the German folklore tale Hansel and Gretel. The film is directed by Oz Perkins, produced by Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Dan Kagan, and the screenplay is written by Perkins and Rob Hayes. The story is described as being set a long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside and focuses on a young girl (Sophia Lillis) who leads her little brother (Sam Leakey) into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil. Read more / Showing from 21 February

GREYHOUND During the early days of the United States’ involvement in World War II, an international convoy of 37 Allied ships, led by Commander Ernest Krause, crosses the treacherous North Atlantic while being hotly pursued by wolf packs of German U-boats. The film focuses on Krause, a career officer who was finally given command of a destroyer, USS Greyhound. Unlike the prototypical hero, he must battle his own self-doubts and personal demons to prove he belongs alongside the conflict with the enemy. This war drama is directed by Aaron Schneider and stars Tom Hanks, who also serves as writer and producer. It is based on The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester. The film also stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham and Rob Morgan. Read more / Showing from 8 May

GRIEKWASTAD It tells the tale of the search to find the truth behind the murders that shocked and divided a community. The film stars Arnold Vosloo as Colonel Dick De Waal, the meticulous investigating officer of the strange and sinister murder case. Directed by award-winning director and producer Jozua Malherbe, written by Tertius Kapp, based on the bestselling true crime novel by Jacques Steenkamp.  Read more / Showing from 27 March

GRUDGE A single mother and young detective, Muldoon (Andrea Riseborough), discovers that a suburban house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighbourhood. Supernatural horror film written and directed by Nicolas Pesce and produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Taka Ichise. A reboot of the 2004 American remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On: The Grudge (both of which were directed by Takashi Shimizu). It is the fourth instalment in The Grudge film series. The film’s events take place at the same time as those of the 2004 film. Read more / Released on 17 January

HALLOWEEN KILLS It is a sequel to 2018’s Halloween and the twelfth installment in the Halloween franchise. This slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, with James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers. Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Dylan Arnold, Kyle Richards, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens reprise their roles from the 2018 and 1978 films, and also stars Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Longstreet. Read more / Showing from 30 October

HAPPIEST SEASON This romantic comedy captures the story of a young woman (Kristen Stewart) whose plan to propose to her girlfriend (Mackenzie Davis) while at her family’s annual holiday party is upended when she discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents. Written and directed by Clea DuVall . Showing from 20 November

HARRIET Based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo), who escaped slavery and led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Focus Features’ website highlights the movie by saying, “Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.”is a 2019 American biographical film about slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, who wrote the screenplay with Gregory Allen Howard. Read more / Showing from 7 February

THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD An action comedy directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor and Brandon and Phillip Murphy. It is a sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Three years after the events of the original film, bodyguard Michael Bryce continues his friendship with assassin Darius Kincaid as they embark on a new adventure to save Sonia, Darius’s wife, from new threats. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman. Read more / Showing from 28 August

HONEST THIEF A bank robber tries to turn himself in because he’s falling in love and wants to live an honest life…but when he realizes the Feds are more corrupt than him, he must fight back to clear his name. This crime thriller film directed by Mark Williams from a screenplay by Steve Allrich and Mark Williams. The film stars Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh. Read more / Showing from 7 August

HORIZON LINE Former lovers Sara and Jackson (Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon) find themselves reunited ahead of their friend’s tropical island wedding. As the only passengers on a single-engine Cessna plane making its way over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, a spark soon rekindles. However, when their pilot suddenly suffers a heart attack, the couple must fight for their lives to stay airborne and find their way back to land. Marcimain’s survival thriller was written by 10 Cloverfield Lane‘s Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken. Showing from 9 October

I STILL BELIEVE This Christian biographical drama is directed by the Erwin Brothers and based on the life of singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp. Based on Camp’s memoir of the same title, it focuses on Camp’s romance with his first wife, Melissa, whom he married in October 2000 despite knowing she was dying. The couple were informed after their honeymoon that Melissa’s cancer had spread. She died in February 2001, four-and-a-half months after they married. It dramatizes Camp’s teenage years, his rise as a well-known singer, and meeting his second wife, Adrienne. Read more / Showing from 20 March

INFINITE The story centers on a schizophrenic man named Evan Michaels, who, haunted by memories of his past two lives, joins the organization, uncovering dangerous secrets. Based on The Reincarnationist Papers
by D. Eric Maikranz, scripted by John Lee Hancock and Ian Shorr. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Read more / Showing from 7 August

THE INFORMER Pete Koslow, a reformed criminal and former special operations soldier, is working under cover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step toward freedom, Koslow must return to the one place he’s fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens to identify him as a mole. Based on the novel of the same name by Roslund/Hellström. This film adaptation was directed by Andrea Di Stefano and written by Matt Cook and stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen.Read more / Trailer / Showing from 28 February

IN THE HEIGHTS A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. A musical drama directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film stars Anthony Ramos in the role of Usnavi. Read more / Showing from 7 August

THE INVISIBLE MAN In this science fiction psychological horror Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss), trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell. It is a very loose modern adaptation of both the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and a remake of the 1933 film adaptation of the same name. The film stars Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid and Harriet Dyer. Read more / Showing from 13 March

JOJO RABBIT Satirical black comedy film written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on Christine Leunens’s book Caging Skies. Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for The Wilderpeople), brings his signature style of humour and pathos to this World War II satire. Roman Griffin Davis portrays the title character, Johannes “Jojo” Betzler, a Hitler Youth who finds out his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. He must then question his beliefs, while dealing with the intervention of his imaginary friend, an idiotic version of Adolf Hitler (Waititi). Read more / Trailer/ Showing from 7 February

JUDY Winter 1968: Showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town.  It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard Of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through.  Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband. And yet Judy is fragile.  After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.  Will she have the strength to go on? Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, JUDY celebrates the voice, the capacity for love and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”. Directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation by Tom Edge of the Olivier- and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. Read more / Trailer / Released on 10 January

JUNGLE CRUISE Set during the early 20th century, a riverboat captain named Frank takes a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers. All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition. This adventure film is based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti. Read more / Showing from 24 July

JUST MERCY Legal drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, screenplay by Cretton and Andrew Lanham. It tells the true story of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), who with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) appeals his murder conviction. With the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson).  One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie.  In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 February

KING OF STATEN ISLAND A semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson growing up in Staten Island, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand up comedy. This comedy is directed by Judd Apatow from a screenplay by Pete Davidson, Judd Apatow and Dave Sirus. Read more / Showing from 19 June

KING RICHARD The film is based on a script by Zach Baylin, following the true story of the hardscrabble but iron-willed father (Will Smith) of of tennis champs Venus and Serena Williams who had a plan to make his daughters the greatest tennis players in the world. Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, starting with the US Open in 1999. Venus Williams has seven Grand Slam singles, starting with Wimbledon in 2000. The sisters have combined for 14 Grand Slam doubles championships. Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Showing from 27 November

THE KING’S MAN As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man and his protégé must race against time to stop them. This period action spy film is directed, co-written, and produced by Matthew Vaughn, and co-written by Karl Gajdusek, from a story by Vaughn. It is a prequel to the Kingsman film series, which is loosely based on the comic book series Kingsman, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Read more / Showing from 25 September

KNUCKLE CITY A new movie by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka. Beginning in 1994, ‘Knuckle City’ tells the story of Dudu Nyakama (Bongile Mantsai), an aging, womanising, professional boxer from the township and his career-criminal brother Duke (Thembekile Komani) who take one last shot at success and get more than they’ve bargained for. Qubeka says the energy of the Mdantsane landscape and the visceral fight for survival that is palpable on the streets inspired in him a deep yearning to chronicle the lives of its people through film. “It is my intention to capture the essence of life in Mdantsane, and the restless pursuit of being a champion within a society that often dictates you are a failure. I am determined to give audiences a glimpse into a world rarely seen, and a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted individuals inhabiting our land.” Showing from 28 February / Trailer

LES MISERABLES Stéphane (Damien Bonnard) has recently joined the Anti-Crime Squad in Montfermeil, in the suburbs of Paris, France, where, Victor Hugo set his famed novel “Les Miserables”. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga) – both experienced members of the team – he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures the encounter, threatening to expose the reality of everyday life. Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ladj Ly’s short film of the same name, Les Misérables is a provocative insight into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police. Screenplay by director Ladj Ly and Giordano Gederlini. Read moreReleased on 17 January

LETTERS OF HOPE Set in 1976 apartheid South Africa, This Xhosa-film tells the story of 16-year-old Jeremiah, who really wants to be a policeman and can’t understand why his father won’t let him. His father is the local postman and expects Jeremiah to take after him. When his father is killed, Jeremiah is exposed to the real reason why he did his job – he was operating a secret courier service that delivered letters from exile and prison. Will Jeremiah step up to take over from where his father left off – delivering letters of hope to the families of freedom fighters? Directed by Vusi Africa. Showing from 29 May.

LIKE A BOSS A comedy directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly. Two female friends (Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne) with very different ideals decide to start a beauty company together. One is more practical, while the other wants to earn her fortune and live a lavish lifestyle. Things take a turn for the worse when their benefactor (Salma Hayek) starts stealing from them. Read more / Showing from 31 January

LITTLE WOMEN This coming-of-age period drama explores the lives of the March sisters in 1860s New England, in the aftermath of the American Civil War. This new adaptation focuses more on the sisters’ young adult lives, particularly after Meg, Jo, and Amy leave their family home, the film jumps back and forth in time and focuses more on themes than narrative. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, it is the eighth film adaptation of the 1868 novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, James Norton, Louis Garrel, with Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep. Read more / Showing from 21 February

THE LOVEBIRDS On the very brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night. This romantic comedy is directed by Michael Showalter, from a screenplay by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall and Martin Gero. It stars Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, Anna Camp, Kelly Murtagh, Moses Storm, and Betsy Borrego. Read more / Showing from 24 April

LOVE SARAH A young woman who enlists the help of her mother’s best friend and her eccentric estranged grandmother to fulfil her late mother’s dream of opening a bakery in Notting Hill. Starring Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Shelley Conn, Rupert Penry-Jones and Bill Paterson.  Directed by Eliza Schroeder from a screenplay by Jake Brunger (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole). Showing from 8 May.

MALIGNANT This horror film directed by James Wan and written by Wan and Ingrid Bisu is based on Wan’s 2011 graphic novel Malignant Man. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel, George Young, Maddie Hasson, Michole Briana White and Jacqueline McKenzie. Read more / Showing from 21 August

THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK It is set in the 1960s and 1970s in Newark, New Jersey and explores the formative years of New Jersey gangster, Tony Soprano. This crime drama film directed by Alan Taylor and written by David Chase and Lawrence Konner as a prequel to Chase’s HBO crime drama series The Sopranos. The film stars Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen, Joey Diaz, Michael Gandolfini and Ray Liotta. Read more / Showing from 25 September

MATERIAL 2 In this sequel we follow the Kaif family as they balance family values and personal choices, whilst bringing in elements of comedic satire. It stars Riaad Moosa, Joey Rasdien, Denise Newman. Showing from 2 October / Read more about Material

MILITARY WIVES With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement. This British drama is directed by Peter Cattaneo, from a screenplay by Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard. It stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng. Read more / Showing from 20 March

MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU This 3D computer-animated comedy from Illumination tells an origin story of the adventures of the Minions, working for a then tyrannical leader, Gru. It is a sequel to the film of 2015, Minions, and spin off/prequel to the main Despicable Me film series, directed again by Kyle Balda, with co direction by Brad Ableson, based on characters by Sergio Pablos, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.  Read more / Showing from 26 June

MRS LOWRY & SON This biographical drama is set in Pendlebury Greater Manchester, chronicling the life of the renowned British artist L. S. Lowry. It was directed by Adrian Noble from a screenplay written by Martyn Hesford who also wrote the original play, and considers the relationship between Lowry and his mother Elizabeth, who was bed-ridden and bitter and had reservations over her son’s career in painting.  She actively tries to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at her disappointment in him. It stars Timothy Spall in the title role with Vanessa Redgrave, Stephen Lord, David Schaal and Wendy Morgan in supporting roles. Read more / Showing from 24 April

MOFFIE It is based on the memoir, Moffie, by André-Carl van der Merwe and tells the story of a conscript who embarks on his military service in 1981 South Africa. Read interview with director Oliver Hermanus / Showing from 13 March.

MONSTER HUNTER A United Nations military team falls into a portal to an alternate world, where Hunters fight giant monsters. Two groups work together to defend the portal, thwarting monsters from entering and invading Earth. This fantasy action thriller is directed and written by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is loosely based on the video game series of same name, produced by Capcom. The film is being produced by Impact Pictures and Constantin Film. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Perlman, Meagan Good and Diego Boneta. Read more / Showing from 4 September

MONSTER PROBLEMS A young man (Dylan O’Brien) learns how to survive a monster apocalypse with the help of an expert hunter. Directed by Michael Matthews from a screenplay by Matthew Robinson. Read more / Showing from 17 April

MORBIUS Jared Leto plays film’s titular, blood-craving antihero, directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Life) and introduces the popular character who has been both enemy and ally to Spider-Man over the years. Morbius was a brilliant biochemist whose efforts to cure his own rare blood disorder result in him acquiring powerful abilities along with an insatiable hunger for blood. He first appeared in a 1971 issue of The Amazing Spider-Man and is the creation of Roy Thomas and Gil Kane — giving him the distinction of being the first Spider-Man villain not created by Stan Lee. Over the years, Morbius fought against and alongside Spider-Man at various points, often while struggling to control his vampiric hunger. Like Venom, he spent a considerable amount of time as a violent vigilante, often using criminals to sate his cravings for blood. This comic book film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the second film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. The screenplays was crafted by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and it also stars Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson. Read more / Showing from 31 July

MOSLEY A computer–animated film produced by New Zealand animation company Huhu Studios. The film tells the story of Mosley, a “thoriphant” who rebels against his life of servitude and embarks on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Uprights. It was written and directed by Kirby Atkins who stars in the title role along with his young daughter Leah, playing the character of Rue. It is the first official New Zealand–Chinese co-production and the first New Zealand animated film. Read more / Showing from 31 January

MULAN Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father. “Mulan” features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin suggested by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” Read more / Showing from 27 March

MY SPY follows JJ a hardened CIA operative (Dave Bautista) who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) where he has been sent undercover begrudgingly to surveil her family. When Sophie discovers hidden cameras in her apartment she uses her tech savviness to locate where the surveillance operation is set. In exchange for not blowing JJ’s cover Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy. Despite his reluctance JJ finds he is no match for Sophie’s disarming charm and wit. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 13 March

MY SWEET MONSTER An incredible Russian animated story about the obstinate princess Varvara, who runs away from the palace, after getting tired of her father – Tsar Elisey constant admonitions to her. She gets captured by the forest bandit Buka and turns his life into a mess. The princess tries to bring to the forest her own rules and becomes an object of the bandit’s envy. However, tasting hatred, you can taste love.  Directed by Maxim Volkov from a screenplay by Aleksandr Arkhipov and Maxim Volkov. Read more / Showing from 10 July

THE NEW MUTANTS Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. This superhero horror is based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. It is the thirteenth and final instalment in the X-Men film series. The film is directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee, based on New Mutants by Chris Claremont andBob McLeod. It stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga. Read more / Showing from 3 April

1917 At the height of the First World War during Spring 1917 in northern France, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), are given a seemingly impossible mission to deliver a message which will warn of an ambush during one of the skirmishes soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich. The two recruits race against time, crossing enemy territory to deliver the warning and keep a British battalion of 1,600 men, which includes Blake’s own brother, from walking into a deadly trap. The pair must give their all to accomplish their mission by surviving the war to end all wars. This British war film is directed by Sam Mendes and written by Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns, based in part on an account told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes. Read more / Trailer / Released on 17 January

NO TIME TO DIE James Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. This spy film is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, and the twenty-fifth instalment in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions. The film features Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as the MI6 agent James Bond.[3] Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah and Billy Magnussen joining the cast. Read more / Showing from 3 April

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN A gorilla named Ivan lives in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade with an aging elephant named Stella and a dog named Bob with no recollection of how they got there. They are owned by Mack, the owner of the Big Top Mall. When an abused baby elephant named Ruby shows up and is taken under Stella’s trunk, Ivan starts to care for her as well and along with the janitor’s daughter Julia, they help to turn things around at the mall. This fantasy drama is directed by Thea Sharrock, from a screenplay written by Mike White, and based on K. A. Applegate’s children’s novel of the same name. Sam Rockwell stars as the voice of the titular Ivan. Starring Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, Ramón Rodríguez, Brooklynn Prince, Ariana Greenblatt, Danny DeVito, and Helen Mirren. Read more / Showing from 14 August

ONWARD This computer-animated urban fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures is set in a magical world populated with elves, trolls, mermaids, centaurs, fauns, satyrs, unicorns, gnomes, sprites, goblins and all other mystical creatures. This world, however, where fairy tale was once the reality, is losing its sense of magic. Many of its inhabitants found it was hard for them to master magic, so they instead worked on solving their problems and getting by with easy, science-created answers, today using modern-day machines such as mobile phones and cars instead of magic. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, find themselves embarking on a quest to discover if there is still some magic left in the world so that they can spend one day with their father, who had died when they were too young to remember him. Using a magic staff they received as a prearranged gift from their father, Barley has had Ian try to bring him back with a spell that will do it for 24 hours only for Ian to bring back just his legs, causing both of them to find a way to bring back the rest of him before the 24 hours are up. It is directed by Dan Scanlon, screenplay by Scanlon and C. S. Anderson. Read more / Showing from 6 March

ORDINARY LOVE (aka Normal People) A story of love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us. Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star as Tom and Joan, a married couple with an easy relationship and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humor. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as the pair face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen in the future. It is written by award-winning Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty, making his feature-writing debut. Read more / Showing from 14 February

THE ORGAN DONOR This re-imagining of the horror film ‘Saw’ is the ninth instalment in the Saw franchise. The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, from a screenplay by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, based on a story by Chris Rock. The film stars Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols. Read more / Read more about the SAW franchise / Showing from 15 May

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (re-release) This 2004 biblical drama was produced, co-written and directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel as Jesus of Nazareth, Maia Morgenstern as the Virgin Mary, and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene. The film primarily covers the final twelve hours of Jesus’ life, beginning with the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, the insomnia and grievance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the brutal scourge and crucifixion, ending with a brief depiction of his resurrection. It depicts the Passion of Jesus largely according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It also draws on pious accounts such as the Friday of Sorrows along with other devotional writings, such as the reputed Marian apparitions attributed to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. Read more / Showing from 10 April

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all. This comedy-drama is written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the Victorian era novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. It stars Dev Patel as the title character, alongside Peter Capaldi, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, and Ben Whishaw. Read more / Showing from 29 May

PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY While Thomas McGregor and Bea are on their honeymoon, Peter Rabbit runs away from home. While on the road, he befriends a rabbit that is an old friend of Peter’s father. This live-action/computer-animated comedy is directed by Will Gluck and written by Patrick Burleigh and Gluck. It is the sequel to Peter Rabbit, and is based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. The film stars the voice of James Corden as the title character, with Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley, and David Oyelowo also starring. Read more / Showing from 3 April

PETS UNITED A Chinese-German joint production, the animated film is directed by Reinhard Klooss, whose best known works include the 2010 German animated comedy adventure film “Animals United.” When Roger (a Robin Hood-esque, stray dog) and Belle (an elegant yet spoilt pet cat) are thrown together amidst the chaos of a robot take-over of their home city, they must push all their preconceptions aside in order to survive, as they embark on a high-stakes, action-packed adventure. Showing from 29 May

THE PHOTOGRAPH When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae Morton (Issa Rae) hurt, angry and full of questions. When a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box is found, Mae finds herself on a journey delving into her mother’s early life and ignites a powerful, unexpected romance with a rising-star journalist, Michael Block (LaKeith Stanfield). Written and directed by Stella Meghie. Read more / Showing from 28 February

POPPIE NONGENA The drama tells the story of a South African isiXhosa mother, whose life revolves around finding stability for her family during a period of insufferable upheaval in the country when African women were forced, by arrests, fines and forced removal, to leave their homes and resettle in remote areas designated as black homelands. When her husband, Stone, became too ill to work, Poppie was deemed by the law to be an “illegal” resident in her own country. She engaged in a desperate struggle with the authorities for permission to stay, moving from house to house, applying for permits, applying for extensions, extensions of extensions, and using every means at her disposal to remain with her children. Caught in the crossfire of her children’s needs, her husband’s illness, community anger and repressive laws, she was finally forced to give in just as the 1976 riots for freedom erupted. Clementine Mosimane (The Wild) plays the role of Poppie, alongside Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Kanarie), veterans Chris Gxalaba (Long Walk to Freedom), Rolanda Marais (Binnelanders), David Minaar (Torings) and Lida Botha (Pad Na Jou Hart).  Written and directed by Christian Olwagen, based on the award-winning novel by Elsa Joubert . Showing from 31 January

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be — she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past. This drama-thriller is written and directed by Emerald Fennell in her directorial debut. With Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Clancy Brown. Read more / Showing from 26 June

QUEEN & SLIM Romantic drama film directed by Melina Matsoukas (in her feature directorial debut) and written by Lena Waithe, from a story by James Frey and Waithe.  Described as a modern day take on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, the plot follows two African-Americans who must go on the run after killing a police officer during a traffic stop gone wrong. A couple (Ernest “Slim” Hines & Angela “Queen” Johnson)’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, the officer shoots Queen, and Slim ends up shooting the officer with the officer’s own gun. Now cop killers, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for black people across the country. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. Read more / Showing from 14 February

RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON In a mysterious realm called Kumandra, a warrior named Raya searches for the last dragon in the world. This animated fantasy film by Walt Disney Animation Studios marks the 59th film produced by the studio, it is directed by Paul Briggs and Dean Wellins, co-directed by John Ripa, with a screenplay by Adele Lim. Read more / Showing from 27 November

RICHARD JEWELL The film is based on an article published by Vanity Fair in 1997 and chronicles Richard Jewell’s life during the events that led to an attack at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Jewell (Paul Walter) works as a security guard at AT&T when he discovers the plot that resulted in the Centennial Olympic Park bombing. He then heroically saves lives after a bomb was detonated during the 1996 Summer Olympics. However, the FBI identifies him as one of many suspects and this leads to his unjust vilification by journalists and the press. The FBI clears him after 88 days. This biographical drama is directed and produced by Clint Eastwood and written by Billy Ray, based on the 1997 article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner, published in Vanity Fair. Read more / Showing from 13 March

RIDING WITH SUGAR A coming-of-age, feel-good story about a young refugee who, despite many setbacks, finds his way, finds love and a chance to create a better life in Cape Town. Once a scholarship student with a great future, Joshua (Charles Mnene, UK) dreams of winning a BMX cycling championship as a means to finding a better life, but fate intervenes in the form of an accident that shatters his knee. He is given shelter and a job by Mambo (Hakeem Kae-Kazim, UK) who houses refugee teenagers from all over Africa. When Joshua meets Olivia (Simona Brown, UK), a talented young dancer of mixed race from a well-to-do family, it brings him into a world he has never known before. Her insights cast a shadow over Mambo’s agenda and cause Joshua to rise above all odds and find a way to a brighter future. Written and directed by Sunu Gonera. Read more / Showing from 12 June

RON’S GONE WRONG The computer-animated film tells the story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps the world becoming every kid’s new Best Friend. But when an eleven-year-old boy ends up with one that doesn’t work, his attempts to teach it become a hilarious, heart-warming exploration of what real friendship means in a world of algorithms and social media. Directed by Alessandro Carloni and Jean-Philippe Vine, from a screenplay by written by Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith and Jean-Philippe Vine. Read more / Showing from 6 November

RUN Raised in total isolation by her mother, a teenage girl’s life begins to unravel as she discovers her mother’s sinister secret in this captivating suspense thriller form the creators of the hit movie Searching .Directed by Aneesh Chaganty, from a screenplay by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. It stars Sarah Paulson and Kiera Allen. Read more / Showing from 14 August

SCOOB! The story features Scooby-Doo on how he met Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma and formed Mystery Inc., and soon face their biggest challenge yet: a plot to summon the ghost dog Cerberus. This computer-animated adventure comedy film featuring characters from the Scooby-Doo franchise, produced by the Warner Animation Group and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[1][2] The film is directed by Tony Cervone from a screenplay by Kelly Fremon Craig and a story by Matt Lieberman. Read more / Showing from 15 May

THE SECRET: THE DARE TO DREAM Drawing from The Secret by Rhonda Byrne,  the tells a story crafted around the core principles of the Law of Attraction. Katie Holmes plays a character called “Miranda Wells”, a grieving widow whose life changes for the better. The pivotal moment comes when she encounters a handyman (Josh Lucas) during a terrible storm. As she gets to know him, he explains his unique perspective on life… The philosophy that just happens to be at the heart of The Secret. Playwright Bekah Brunstetter has written the script, which was co-written by Rick Parks, with Rhonda Byrnesassisting in the writing process. It is directed by Andy Tennant. Read more / Showing from 17 April

THE SECRET GARDEN Secrets of an isolated Yorkshire estate begin to be uncovered by an orphaned girl sent to live there with her uncle in this British fantasy drama directed by Marc Munden, based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Screenplay by Jack Thorne, an English screenwriter and playwright. It stars Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth and Julie Walters. Read more / Showing from 8 May

SERIOUSLY SINGLE This South African romantic comedy centres on Dineo, who is the definition of a serial monogamist. She dates to fall in love. She falls in love to get married. But she never gets married. She always ends up dumped. When she meets Lunga Sibiya, he seems to be the man she’s waited her whole life for, a man who shares her values when it comes to love and relationships. Or so she thinks… After a messy breakup with Lunga, her commitment-phobic bestie, Noni, helps Dineo face what she dreads most: life as a single woman. The film stars Fulu Mugovhani (Ayanda), Tumi Morake (3 Days to Go), Bohang Moeko (Housekeepers) and Yonda Thomas (Isidingo, Saints and Sinners). “The film is essentially a quirky, witty, comedy about what it means to be black and female in the South African dating world,” say co-directors Katleho and Rethabile Ramaphakela. The screenplay was written by Lwazi Mvusi (Farewell Ella BellaRead more / Showing from 1 May

SNAKE EYES This origin story of the character Snake Eyes, a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books, and animated series. He is one of the original and most popular members of the G.I. Joe Team, and is most known for his relationships with Scarlett and Storm Shadow. Snake Eyes is one of the most prominent characters in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero franchise, having appeared in every series of the franchise since its inception. He is portrayed by Ray Park in the 2009 live-action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. This action film is directed by Robert Schwentke and is slated to be the third installment of the G.I. Joe franchise, as well as the first installment since G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013. Read more / Showing from 16 October

SODIUM DAY A South African drama­/comedy­/tragedy slice­-of-­life film about a tumultuous day in the life of a mixed bag of students at a poor government school on the Cape Flats called John Shelby High. Grade 12Y (the class letter is after the surname of the class teacher) is the only class doing Mathematics at a matric level at the school. The class is made up of a cynical and disenfranchised mixed group of black and coloured students, and the latent racism that still exists in this environment often rises to the surface. A newly qualified white substitute teacher arrives to teach maths, though he isn’t a maths teacher…he’s qualified as a History and English teacher. Through his eyes we are introduced to the characters in the class. Directed by Riaz Solker. Showing from 12 June

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Sonic is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog from another world, who comes to Earth to escape villains seeking to harness his energy. After accidentally causing a massive power outage while hiding out in the town of Green Hills, Montana he is targeted by the military and they hire the malevolent roboticist Dr. Robotnik to hunt him down. Meanwhile, former-SFPD officer-turned-Green Hills sheriff Tom Wachowski meets and soon befriends Sonic. With the help of his wife Annie Wachowski and his friend Billy Robb, they must help Sonic escape the military and Doctor Robotnik and stop Robotnik from using Sonic’s energy for universal domination. This Japanese-American adventure comedy animation film is based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game franchise by Sega. The film is directed by Jeff Fowler (in his feature directorial debut) from a screenplay by Patrick Casey, Josh Miller, and Oren Uziel and a story by Casey and Miller. Read more / Showing from 21 February

SOUL Joe Gardner, a middle school music teacher, has long dreamed of performing jazz music onstage, and finally gets a chance after impressing other jazz musicians during an opening act at the Half Note Club. However, an accident causes Gardner’s soul to be separated from his body and transported to the “You Seminar”, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child, and Gardner must work with souls in training, such as 22, a soul with a dim view on life after being trapped for years at the You Seminar, in order to return to Earth before it’s too late. This computer-animated fantasy adventure comedy is produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers, from a screenplay by Pete Docter, Mike Jones, Kemp Powers and Tina Fey, from a story by Docter. Read more / Showing from 19 June

THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN SpongeBob and Patrick are on a rescue mission to save Gary who has been “snailnapped” by Poseidon, and they travel to the Lost City of Atlantic City. The movie will reveal the origin of SpongeBob meeting Gary for the first time as kids. This 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy adventure is based on the animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Directed by former series writer Tim Hill, who wrote the screenplay with Michael Kvamme, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, this is the first SpongeBob SquarePants movie to be fully animated in stylized CG instead of the regular traditional 2D animation. The regular voice cast of the series are expected to reprise their respective roles from the series and the previous films, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015). Read more / Showing from June 12

STREET DANCER 3D A dance epic based on the multifarious colors of dance and the unity that occurs between two different groups coming together for a single cause. Set in London, the film is about 2 rival dance groups from India and Pakistan, who’ve been competing against each other every time they meet, be it at a cafe or at an underground street battle, until they eventually realize that they stem from the same roots and have a common purpose to stand for their people from the Asian subcontinent. Followed by the backdrop of a global dance competition, the film showcases how these underdogs stand strong against all odds. This Indian Hindi-language dance film is directed by Remo D’Souza. The movie features Varun Dhawan, Shraddha Kapoor, Prabhu Deva and Nora Fatehi in the lead roles. Read more / Showing from 24 January

TABALUGA (also known as Tabaluga & Lilli) A German animated fantasy family film directed by Sven Unterwaldt Jr., based on the media franchise of the same name created by German Rock musician Peter Maffay. The story follows a young dragon, Tabaluga, who teams up with an ice princess, Lilli, to save the world from the evil snowman, Arktos. Read more / Showing from 20 March

TENET (stylized as TENƎꓕ) is an upcoming action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan and produced by Nolan and Emma Thomas. It stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. Nolan’s intense secrecy means we have very little concrete information on what Tenet is actually about. One description of Tenet comes to us from Variety, quoting an insider who says the film is a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster.” So… not much there, really. We know the film will screen in IMAX and that it deals with international espionage. Showing from 17 July

TOM AND JERRY This live-action/animated comedy film based on the Tom and Jerry cartoon characters and the 1940–1967 theatrical cartoon series created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It is being directed by Tim Story and will star Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, and Rob Delaney. Read more / Showing from 25 December

THE TOMORROW WAR The fate of a futuristic war rests upon one man’s (Chris Pratt) abilities to confront the ghosts of his past. Humanity is losing to an alien invasion, so to fight back, scientists develop a way to draft soldiers from the past to fight the war. This military science fiction action war film is directed by Chris McKay, from a screenplay written by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque. Read more / Showing from 25 December

TOORBOS Explores the Afrikaner feminine, through her fragility and power, this magical realist period drama, set in South Africa’s Knysna forest of the 1930’s, follows the free-spirited Karoliena as she is coaxed into marriage to a townsman and has to navigate the realities of progress, oppression of society, denying her true self, love and war back to her own personal freedom.  An accomplished and assured feature from novelist Rene Van Rooyen, who adapted renowned writer Dalene Matthee’s 2003 best-selling novel.  It stars Elani Dekker and Stiaan Smith in the lead roles as Karoliena Kapp and Johannes Stander, respectively.  Read more / Showing from 1 May

TOP GUN: MAVERICK Pete “Maverick” Mitchell mentors a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots. This action drama is directed by Joseph Kosinskir and written by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Christopher McQuarrie, and Eric Warren Singer. It is the sequel to Top Gun (1986) and stars Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris, with Cruise and Val Kilmer reprising their roles from the first film. Read more / Showing from 3 July

THE TREE The story of Grace, a homeless refugee who is kidnapped on the streets of Cape Town after she sets out to earn some money to buy medicine for her child. The child, now lost, wanders the city streets alone. A policeman and his girlfriend drift apart. A nurse yearns for motherhood. The film looks at how five wildly disparate lives begin to intersect in painful and surprising ways. Directed by Louw Venter. Showing from 28 August

TROLLS WORLD TOUR Four years after the events of the first film, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands, each devoted to a different form of music: Pop, Funk, Classical, Techno, Country and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger, and a whole lot louder, as member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), 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 — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille, Satin (Icona Pop), Cooper (Ron Funches), DJ Suki (Gwen Stefani), and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all. This computer-animated musical comedy is the sequel to the 2016 film Trolls, directed by Walt Dohrn with co-direction by David P. Smith. The screenplay was crafted by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Bob Dolman, Trevor Munson, Lisa Krueger, and Rick Yancey, based on Troll dolls by Thomas Dam. Read more / Showing from 10 April

TROUBLE A pampered dog named Trouble must learn to live in the real world, while trying to escape from his former owner’s greedy children.
Kevin Johnson directs this animated film. Read more / Showing from 24 April

THE TURNING In this supernatural horror, a deeply haunting tale has been passed down to terrify audiences for more than 100 years. On a mysterious estate in the Maine countryside, where newly appointed nanny Kate (Mackenzie Davis) is charged with the care of two disturbed orphans, she discovers that both the children and the house are harbouring dark secrets and things may not be as they appear. Directed by Floria Sigismondi and written by Carey W. Hayes, Chad Hayes, and Jade Bartlett, it is a modern adaptation of the 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Read more / Showing from 31 January.

UNDERWATER Mysterious creatures terrorize crew members aboard a research station located seven miles below the surface of the ocean. Science fiction thriller film directed by William Eubank and written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad. Read more / Trailer Released on 10 January

UNHINGED This psychological thriller takes an ordinary, everyday incident to its most terrifying conclusion in telling the story of Rachel (Caren Pistorius), a mother who leans on her horn at the wrong time, to the wrong guy (Russell Crowe). Road rage doesn’t begin to describe what he is about to do to her and everyone she knows. The film is directed by Derrick Borte (American Dreamer), written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye). Showing from 11 September

VENOM 2 Sony’s weird take on the Spider-Man anti-hero/villain, Venom, brings back Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and his friendly alien symbiote. This superhero film is on the Marvel Comics character Venom, it is the sequel to Venom (2018). The film is being directed by Andy Serkis from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Michelle Williams is set to return as Anne Weying and Woody Harrelson will star as the villain Cletus Kasady, known as Carnage. Read more / Showing from 2 October

VERGEET MY NIE The film is based on a 90’s love story of Mardaleen Coetzer and Hugo Derks. Portrayed by Marguerite Van Eeden and Sean-Marco Vorster, the couple are introduced to one another on the North West University’s campus in Potchefstroom. He falls head over heels in love, but she doesn’t return his affections. Years later they run into each other again in the United Kingdom, and here their journey to love starts again … but not without a few hurdles on their way. Directed by André Felts and scripted by Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo. Read more / Showing from 14 February

THE WAR WITH GRANDPA Forced to give up his room to his grandfather (Robert De Niro), a scheming boy devises a series of outrageous pranks in an attempt to make him move out.This comedy is directed by Tim Hill. Based on the novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith, the screenplay was written by Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse, Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. Read more / Showing from 5 June

WAVES Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, it traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban family as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. It stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucas Hedges, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Sterling K. Brown. Read more / Showing from 27 March

THE WAY BACK (also known as Finding The Way Back) A widowed, former basketball all-star lost family foundation in a struggle with addiction and attempts to comeback by becoming the coach of a disparate, ethnically mixed high school basketball team at his alma mater. This sports drama is directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Brad Ingelsby, and starring Ben Affleck. Read more / Pending

WENDY In this re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, a young girl is kidnapped and taken away from her home to an island where a mysterious pollen has disrupted the cycles of age and time. The film follows a friendship-love story-adventure as she and a joyous, reckless, pleasure-mongering young boy swirl in and out of youth and as the ecosystem around them spirals toward destruction. This fantasy drama is written and directed by Behn Zeitlin. The film stars Devin France, Yashua Mack, Tommie Lynn Milazzo, and Shay Walker. Read more / Showing from 5 June

WEST SIDE STORY Teenagers Tony and Maria, despite having affiliations with rival street gangs, the white Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks, fall in love in 1950s New York City. Exploring forbidden love, and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds, this romantic musical film is directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. The film stars Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler and is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. The film’s screenplay is expected to hew more closely to the Broadway script than to the 1961 film adaptation directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. Read more / Showing from 18 December

THE WITCHES A little boy stumbles across a conference of witches while staying with his grandmother at a hotel, and gets transformed into a mouse by the Grand High Witch. This dark fantasy comedy is directed by Robert Zemeckis, and written by Zemeckis and Kenya Barris. It is based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, and is its second feature length adaptation of the novel, following the film of 1990. It stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Rock. Read more / Showing from 9 October

WITHOUT REMORSE A former Navy SEAL turned CIA operative seeks revenge after his girlfriend is killed by a Baltimore drug lord in this action film directed by Stefano Sollima and written by Taylor Sheridan. It is based on the 1993 novel Without Remorse by Tom Clancy. The film stars Michael B. Jordan.Read more / showing from 18 September

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW An agoraphobic child psychologist witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbours, leaving her to determine whether to alert the police. directed by Joe Wright, from a screenplay written by Tracy Letts. The film stars Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Fred Hechinger, and Anthony Mackie. Read more / Showing from 15 May

WONDER WOMAN 1984 Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s and finds a formidable foe by the name of the Cheetah. This superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is a sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and is the ninth instalment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, who wrote it with Geoff Johns and David Callaham from a story written by Johns and Jenkins. It stars Gal Gadot in the title role, with Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Connie Nielsen, and Robin Wright in supporting roles. It is the fourth live-action theatrical film featuring the title character, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Wonder Woman and Justice League (2017); it will be the second full-length feature film centred around the character. Read more / Showing from 5 June

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THE OUTPOST This war-drama tells the story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in north-eastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally built to engage the locals in community development projects, Combat Outpost Keating — located at the bottom of three steep mountains just 14 miles from the Pakistani border — faced a constant threat of being attacked by the Taliban, putting the U.S. soldiers stationed there at significant risk. When the brass finally chose to close the base, the Taliban enemy found out and decided to make a statement. Directed by Rod Lurie, based on a 2012 novel The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper. Screenplay by
Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. It stars Orlando BloomScott EastwoodCaleb Landry JonesMilo GibsonJack Kesy and Will Attenborough.  Read more / Pending