Artemis Fowl (2020)

“Remember the Name”

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Starring Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad (Frozen II), Tamara Smart, Nonso Anozie (Pan), Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Judi Dench (Cats)

Eleven year old Artemis Fowl (Shaw) learns of the existence of the People, a civilisation of fairy beings living in a city close to Earth’s core, when his father, Artemis Sr. (Farrell) is kidnapped by a pixie named Opal Koboi, and his abductor demands Artemis provide ‘the Aculos’ in return for his father’s life.

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Onward (2020)

Directed by Dan Scanlan
Starring Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Troll) and Octavia Spencer (Dolittle)

In a fantasy land well into its post-heroic age, magic is a thing of the past, having been abandoned in favour of the more reliable forces of science. Ian Lightfoot (Holland) is an elf high schooler who misses the presence of his late father in a family dynamic with his caring but overwhelmed mother, Laurel (Louis-Dreyfus), over-exuberant fantacist brother, Barley (Pratt), and Laurel’s new boyfriend Colt (Mel Rodriguez), a stuffy centaur police officer. On his sixteenth birthday, he and Barley receive a bequest from their father: A wizard’s staff and a spell to allow them to summon their father back to life for one day.

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The Invisible Man (2020)

“What you can’t see can hurt you.”

Directed by Leigh Whannell
Starring Elisabeth Moss (Us), Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures), Storm Reid (A Wrinkle in Time), Harriet Dyer (Killing Ground), Michael Dorman (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven)

Cecilia Kass (Moss) leaves her abusive boyfriend, wealthy optics specialist Adrian Griffin (Jackson-Cohen), with the help of her sister Emily (Dyer) . Two weeks later, hiding out with Emily’s friend James (Hodge) and his teenage daughter Sydney (Reid), she learns that Adrian has committed suicide, and learns from his brother Tom (Dorman) that Adrian left her five million dollars and a passive aggressive letter. Initially feeling liberated, a series of incidents cause Cecelia to believe that Adrian is stalking her, having found a way to become invisible.

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Peter Rabbit (2018)

“You think you know him? Well … think again!”

Directed by Will Gluck (Easy A)
Starring James Corden (Cats), Colin Moody, Margot Robbie (Sucicide Squad), Rose Byrne (Spy), Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Sam Neill (Daybreakers), Daisy Ridley (Murder on the Orient Express) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Man from UNCLE)

Peter Rabbit (Corden) live in the Lake District with his sisters, Flopsy (Robbie), Mopsy (Debicki) and Cottontail (Ridley), and their cousin Benjamin (Moody), raiding the garden of grumpy Mr MacGregor (Neill), who killed their father and wants to eat them in one or more pies, and enjoying the kindness of his neighbour Bea (Byrne), an artist and rabbit-lover who has been their surrogate mother since their own parents died. When MacGregor’s pursuit of Peter provokes a fatal heart attack, the rabbits claim the garden for their own, but a previously unknown great nephew, Thomas MacGregor (Gleeson) proves an obstacle.

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Dolittle (2020)

“He’s just not a people person”

Directed by Stephen Gaghan
Starring Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Endgame), Harry Collett (Dunkirk), Antonio Banderas (Evita), Michael Sheen (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Emma Thompson (Men in Black International), Rami Malek (Battleship), John Cena (Bumblebee), Kumail Nanjiani (Men in Black International), Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania), Marion Cotillard (Assassin’s Creed) and Frances de la Tour (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

Dr John Dolittle (Downey Jr.) is a doctor who can talk to animals, and who – together with his wife, Lily (Kasia Smutniak) – travels the world, rescuing animals and bringing them back to a sanctuary granted to them by a grateful Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley). After Lily is killed in an animated sailing incident, Dolittle becomes a recluse, until his parrot Polynesia (Thompson) leads young Stubbins (Collett) into the grounds with injured squirrel Kevin (Robinson), on the same day that Lady Rose (Carmel Laniado) enters the estate to summon Dolittle to attend the desperately ill Queen.

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Emma (2020)

“Handsome, clever and rich”

Directed by Autumn de Wilde
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds and Connor Swindells

Beautiful, intelligent, rich, aristocratic and infinitely self-satisfied, Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) sees herself as the pinnacle of both sense and sensibility in her social circle. Not wishing to surrender herself to matrimony, she instead sets about finding matches for her friends, beginning with matching her governess, Miss Taylor (Whelan), with amiable local widower Mr Weston (Graves), before moving on to her new friend, Harriet Smith (Goth), and seeking to find a socially advantageous match for ‘the natural daughter of nobody knows who.’

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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

“A whole new speed of hero”

Directed by Jeff Fowler (feature debut)
Starring James Marsden (X-Men: The Last Stand), Ben Schwartz (The Lego Movie 2), Tika Sumpter (Ride Along) and Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

Sonic (Schwartz) is a hedgehog, with the power to move at incredible speed. To keep that power from the wrong hands, his mentor and mother-figure Longclaw (Donna Jay Fulks) sends him through a sufficiently advanced scientific ring to safety. Sonic spends years living in secret near the town of Green Hills, developing a one-sided relationship with its inhabitants, especially ‘Doughnut Lord’ – local sheriff Tom Wachowski (Marsden) – and ‘Pretzel Lady’ – his wife, veterinarian Maddie (Sumpter). When Sonic’s frustration at his lonelieness finally gets the best of him, his temper sprinting releases a massive EMP and draws the attention of the government and their staff mad scientist, Ivo Robotnik (Carrey).

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The Lighthouse (2020)

“The light has its mysteries.”

Directed by Robert Eggers
Starring Willem Dafoe (Aquaman) and Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

Two lighthouse keepers (Dafoe and Pattinson) are dropped at their charge on a barren, isolated rock for a four week tour of duty. Ground down by the physical toil of the work assigned by his senior, the relentless howling of the signal siren and the antagonism of a malevolent, one-eyed seagull, the younger man – Ephraim Winslow – finds solace in masturbation and fantasies of mermaids and murder, while the senior – Thomas Wake – routinely sits naked in the lantern overnight, possibly with some sort of sex octopus.

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Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn* (2020)

* aka Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, the title having been changed after a week in some sort of desperate hope that the poor opening was due to the title burying the lede rather than the studio opting to open an action movie in Febraury.

“Prey for Gotham”

Directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs)
Starring Margot Robbie (The Legend of Tarzan), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Gemini Man), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Hands of Stone), Rosie Perez (Riding in Cars with Boys), Chris Messina (Argo), Ella Jay Basco (feature debut), Ali Wong (The Lego Ninjago Movie) and Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin)

After breaking up with the Joker, Harley Quinn (Robbie) hits rock bottom, finally blowing up the chemical factory where she was ‘reborn’ in a symbolic rejection of his toxic influence on her life. This leaves her without the protection afforded by the fear Joker commands in the underworld, and everyone she ever wronged, in particular crime boss Roman Sionis (McGregor) and his henchan Zsasz (Messina) , comes gunning for her.

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Kinky Boots: The Musical (2019)

Directed by Jerry Mitchell and Brett Sullivan
Starring Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry and Natalie McQueen

Charlie Price (Donnelly) is thrust into the management of the failing family shoe factory by his father’s death, and finds himself responsible for the livelihoods of dozens of workers, including many childhood friends. Then a chance meeting with drag queen Lola (Henry) and a chance word from factory worker Lauren (McQueen) inspires him to take the company down a new line.

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