Our rears returned to cinema seats in 2023, thanks to a few huge movie releases. Barbie, The Super Mario Brothers Movie and Oppenheimer ruled the year and brought in more movie goers than we’ve seen in many years. That’s going to be a tough act to follow. However, the new year brings plenty of promise and some fabulously forecasted films to bring us back to the theaters. Here are 8 of the most anticipated movies of 2024, according to experts.

As in most years, theaters will be booming with sequels, prequels and redos. Movies like Deadpool 3, Kung Fu Panda 4 and A Quiet Place: Day One will undoubtedly be popular. But it’s a Broadway favorite that may break the bank. Does anyone make anything purely new anymore? It doesn’t seem like that is the case for the new year, with a couple of exceptions. And those are 2 highly anticipated musical biopics, that are sure to have fans singing their way into cinemas.

Working off information from AMC Theaters, Screen Rant, Wired and Ranker, I’ve complied a list of 2024’s top 8 most anticipated movies. There is truly something for everyone on this list. There’s sci-fi, musicals, biopics, action and of course, plenty of drama. There are some big names returning to the silver screen, like Ryan Reynolds, Timothée Chalamet and Ariana Grande. We’ll meet some rising stars and ensemble casts.

Will 2024 be the year you get off the couch and back into the theaters? I’m excited to to see some of these chosen few, in this list of 8 of the most anticipated movies of 2024. I wish, as usual, there were more comedies represented in theaters, but I’m down for musicals, sci-fi in small does, and some action. So pass the popcorn, and please silence your phones. Let’s go to the movies!

 

  • 8. Mean Girls

    RELEASE DATE: January 12, 2024

    This isn’t your mama’s “Mean Girls.” And by that I mean it is not a remake of the legendary 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. The 2024 version is actually an adaptation of the Broadway musical, that has been running since 2018. Of coure the gist of the storyline is in tact. Cady goes to high school and struggles to find herself among the clicks. She gets sucked into the world of the “plastics” and drama ensues. The new version is directed by Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr. and is once again written by Tina Fey.  The movie stars an ensemble cast:  Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auliʻi Cravalho, and Christopher Briney. Tina Fey and Tim Meadows reprise their roles from the original film.

  • 7. Argylle

    RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2024

    Argylle is a spy action movie, written by Jason Fuchs of La La Land fame. A stellar cast will be a huge draw to this flick. It stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Catherine O’Hara, singer Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, John Cena and Samuel L Jackson. The story is about an introverted spy novelist (Bryce) who flirts with the real world of espionage. She gets thrown into a world where “nothing and no one, is at it seems” (Wikipedia).

  • 6. Back To Black

    RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2024

    This highly anticipated new biographical movie is based on the life of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse. English actress Marisa Abel plays the part of Winehouse, and was named a 2023 Screen International Star of Tomorrow. The film gets it’s name from the singer 2006 groundbreaking album, Back to Black.  The movie is told from Winehouse’s perspective. It’s a look at the artist’s life and career and her tumultuous relationship with her ex, Blake Fielder-Civil.

  • 5. A Quiet Place: Day One

    RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2024 

    The hugely popular A QUIET PLACE  franchise of horror movies is back. But this time, it’s a prequel. You will travel back to the first day the aliens came to Earth. No John Kransinski and Emily Blunt in this installment. But an exciting cast, nonetheless.  A Quiet Place: Day One stars Luipta Nyong’o, Joseph Quinn, Alex Wolff, and Djimon Hounsou. Written and directed by Michael Sarnoski, the prequel will divulge how the mysterious and deadly alien invasion kicked off and decimated the planet. Just some light viewing for your summer. : )

  • 4. Dune: Part Two

    RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2024

    It should be called Dune: Take 2, as this movie was originally set to be released in 2023. Despite the delays, due to production, this is truly one of the most anticipated films of 2024. Could it be in part because of one of the hottest actors in Tinsel Town, Timothée Chalamet? Likely as Chalamet is coming off his recent stellar performance in Wonka. Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: The Movie introduced the actor as the character Paul Atreides. He and his family fight to survive a war and a dangerous desert planet. In this new installment, he’s still fighting, but this time it’s for revenge. He’s out to get those who wiped out his family.

  • 3. Mickey 17

    RELEASE DATE: March 29. 2024

    The genius before the Oscar winning film, Parasite, is back. This new Bong Joon Ho film is an adaptation of Edward Ashton’s novel, Mickey 17, and stars Robert Pattinson, Mark Ruffalo and Toni Collette. The story goes…a clone refuses to give up his gig when his replacement comes into the picture. This sci-fi flick from the South Korean filmmaker is reportedly going to knock us out of our socks.

  • 2. Bob Marley: One Love

    RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2024

    Legendary Jamaican singer/songwriter Bob Marley, against all odds, became one of the world’s most famous reggae music makers. The movie about his life, his struggles and his music is on the way for 2024. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, James Norton, Tosin Cole and Umi Myers. Marley’s message of peace, love and harmony among men and women stands strong today, and his music is respected worldwide by all ages.

  • 1. Wicked (Part 1)

    RELEASE DATE: November 27, 2024

    The iconic and long-running Broadway musical becomes a movie in 2024. What’s bound to bring the butts into the seats is the highly anticipated performance of pop star Ariana Grande.   If you didn’t already know the story, Wicked, is a fresh take on the land of Oz. Where the true heroine is “wrongfully cast as the wicked witch.” (Ranker) In the end, she turns out to be a “freedom fighter who battles against the wizard for her homeland.” Other performers include Cynthia Erivo, Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Yeoh and Jonathan Bailey. 

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