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2024 Movie Releases: Your Ultimate Guide to The Year's Biggest Films.

Updated: Jan 25

Movie Magic Unveiled: Your Insider's Guide to 2024's Biggest Screen Spectacles


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  • Extensive list of Jan. movies can be found HERE.

  • Extensive list of Feb. movies can be found HERE

  • Exclusive list of Mar. movies can be found HERE


Introduction

Hey there, movie maniacs and popcorn munchers! Welcome to our not-so-humble abode where we talk about things that really matter – like movies where things go boom, people in capes fly, and the fate of the world always seems to hang by a thread (or a CGI effect). I'm here to guide you through the cinematic jungle of 2024, a year that promises more sequels, prequels, and requels than you can shake a stick at. And trust me, I've tried shaking a stick at them.


In the grand tradition of Hollywood, which never met a cash cow it didn't want to milk dry, we've got a lineup that'll make your head spin faster than a pirouette from a headless ballerina. From the colossal clash of "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" (because let's face it, they weren't going to start a book club) to the roaring engines of "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" (fuel efficiency be damned), we've got it all. And by "all," I mean enough CGI to make your eyes pop out in 3D.


So, buckle up, buttercup. We're about to embark on a journey through 2024's most anticipated flicks. And remember, this is just the appetizer. We'll be updating this smorgasbord of cinematic delights faster than you can say "sequel fatigue." So, subscribe, stick around, and check back often – because missing out would be more tragic than the ending of... well, every romantic movie ever.


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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024)

  • Description: Follows up the explosive showdown of “Godzilla vs. Kong” with Kong and Godzilla facing a colossal undiscovered threat.

  • Director: Adam Wingard

  • Stars: Dan Stevens, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry

  • Expected Release: April 12, 2024


Alright, let's dive into the monstrously exciting world of "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire," set to unleash its cinematic fury on April 12, 2024. Directed by Adam "Monster Maestro" Wingard and backed by the legendary Legendary Pictures, this flick promises to be a rollicking roller coaster of reptilian rumble. Sequel to the pandemic-hit "Godzilla vs. Kong," it's ready to stomp its way as the seventh instalment in the MonsterVerse, the 38th in Godzilla's ever-growing filmography, and the 13th for the big ape, King Kong​​.


After the box office went bananas for the previous film during COVID-19's heydays, Legendary was quick to say, "Let's make another!" And so, the cameras started rolling in July 2022 in the picturesque Gold Coast, Queensland, wrapping up by November like a well-timed Christmas present​​.


The plot? Oh, it's a doozy. We've got the almighty Kong and the intimidating Godzilla, unlikely BFFs, teaming up against a colossal, yet-to-be-disclosed threat that's giving both Hollow Earth and our own surface world a major headache. This isn't just a monster mash; it's a deep dive into Titan lore, exploring Skull Island's mysteries and the historic smackdowns that bound these gargantuan creatures to humanity​​.


Starring the dynamic trio – Rebecca Hall as Dr. Ilene Andrews, Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes, and Dan Stevens in the intriguingly vague role of Trapper – the film's cast list is as explosive as its action sequences​​. And let's not forget the magic behind the camera: Ben Seresin returns as director of photography, ensuring each frame is as breathtaking as a Godzilla roar​​.


Last but not least, the sonic landscape of this titanic tussle will be crafted by Tom Holkenborg, returning after his work on "Godzilla vs. Kong." He's joined by Antonio Di Iorio to co-compose what's sure to be an eardrum-rattling score​​.


In summary, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" isn't just a film; it's a colossal event. With a legendary cast, a director who knows his kaiju, and a setting that spans the depths of Hollow Earth to the human world, it's shaping up to be an epic worth the popcorn. So mark your calendars, grab your 3D glasses, and prepare for a monster bash like no other.


Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (2024)

  • Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke

  • Director: George Miller

  • Composer: Tom Holkenborg

  • Expected Release: May 24, 2024


Hold onto your steering wheels, folks, because "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" is roaring into theaters on May 24, 2024, and it's going to be a bumpy, explosive ride through the wastelands. Directed by the one and only George Miller, who apparently never tires of making us question the stability of our post-apocalyptic future, this film serves as both a spin-off and a prequel to "Mad Max: Fury Road." Yeah, because we all need more high-octane anxiety in our lives​​.


The star-studded cast features Anya Taylor-Joy, who bagged the role of young Furiosa after Miller saw her in "Last Night in Soho." And guess what? She was tasked with delivering the "Mad as Hell" monologue from "Network" for her audition. Talk about pressure! Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke are also jumping on this crazy train, with Hemsworth likely bringing his Thor-like charm to the wasteland​​.


The plot? Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers (because who needs a simple backstory?) and thrust into the hands of a Biker Horde led by Warlord Dementus. Sounds like a typical Tuesday in the Mad Max universe. As she navigates her way through trials and tyrants, Furiosa plots her return home through a landscape that's probably seen better days​​.


The film, a behemoth of a production, was awarded a whopping AU$175 million filming incentive and spent a total of US$233 million in Australia. That's the most ever for a film production down under. Because when you're making a Mad Max film, go big or go home, right?​​.


In summary, "Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga" is gearing up to be a turbo-charged, sand-in-your-eyes kind of cinematic adventure. With George Miller at the helm and a cast that reads like the guest list of the coolest party ever, it's bound to be a wild ride. So, fasten your seatbelts, rev up those engines, and prepare for a trip through the dystopian outback like no other.





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The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (2024)


Alright, Middle-earth enthusiasts and lovers of all things Rohan, brace yourselves for "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim," an animated fantasy film that's set to hit theaters on December 13, 2024 – yes, they pushed it back from April, thanks to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike. But hey, what's a few more months of waiting for a tale that's been brewing for, oh, just 261 years before the events of "The Two Towers"​​?


Directed by Kenji Kamiyama, because who better to animate your Tolkien fantasies, the film dives into the legendary life of Helm Hammerhand, the King of Rohan. Brian Cox lends his voice to this mighty king, whose name probably gives away his delicate approach to diplomacy. The film also features Miranda Otto, reprising her role as Éowyn, because we can't get enough of the shieldmaiden narrating epic tales​​.


The story? Well, Helm must defend against an army of Dunlendings, which sounds like a walk in the park for a guy with 'Hammerhand' in his name. The plot thickens as we explore the origins of Helm's Deep, the stronghold that later becomes the site of one of the most epic battles in Middle-earth​​.


This cinematic gem is penned by Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou, with the script based on a story by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews. And guess what? The creative director of Wētā Workshop, Richard Taylor, along with illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe, joined the film's creative team. So, expect visuals that'll make you feel like you're back in the live-action trilogy, minus the actual actors​​.


Oh, and for all you anime fans, Sola Entertainment is spearheading the animation, making it their first production using hand-drawn animation in a traditional anime style. Because when you think of Rohan, you naturally think anime, right? The film draws visual inspiration from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, so prepare for a nostalgia trip with a twist​​.


In summary, "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim" promises to be an epic animated journey into the history of Middle-earth, with all the grandeur of Rohan's past and a fresh anime flavor. So, mark your calendars, gather your fellow Tolkien nerds, and get ready to ride out once more to the land of Rohan, anime-style!


Mufasa: The Lion King (2024)

  • Description: Explores the origins of Mufasa and Simba's journey as king of the Pride Lands.

  • Director: Barry Jenkins

  • Writer: Jeff Nathanson

  • Stars: Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Kelvin Harrison Jr.


Get ready to roar with excitement (or not) for "Mufasa: The Lion King," slated to hit theaters on a not-so-soon December 20, 2024. Directed by Barry Jenkins, because who else could take on the monumental task of showing us yet another angle of the Pride Lands? This upcoming American musical drama is a live-action styled, photorealistic CGI prequel to the 2019 remake of "The Lion King." Because, clearly, we haven't seen enough of the African savanna yet​​.


The story? Oh, it's a fresh take. Rafiki narrates the life of Mufasa to Kiara (yes, the daughter of Simba and Nala), while Timon and Pumbaa provide their usual witty banter. Expect a lot of "Hakuna Matatas" and some deep, ancestral storytelling​​.


The voice cast is a mix of new and familiar. Aaron Pierre and Kelvin Harrison Jr. voice young Mufasa and Scar, while Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner return as the beloved Pumbaa and Timon. I can't wait to see how Harrison Jr. spices up young Scar's character. He promises it'll be "hilarious and very, very spicy" - as if Scar wasn't already the king of sass​​​​.


Production on this Lion King saga slowed down in July 2023 due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, because why rush greatness, right? The first footage was exclusively shown at D23 in September 2022, revealing that production was well underway. And guess what? The Moving Picture Company will return to provide the visual effects. So brace yourselves for some more ultra-realistic lions that might just make you forget you're watching CGI​​.


The soundtrack? Nicholas Britell was hired as the composer in June 2022, after collaborating with Jenkins on various projects. And, drumroll please, Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams are returning for the film, ensuring that your ears are in for a treat​​.


In summary, "Mufasa: The Lion King" is shaping up to be another visually stunning, eardrum-pleasing journey through the Pride Lands, with a side of family drama and a sprinkle of Hollywood magic. So mark your calendars, grab your lion-themed snacks, and get ready for a deep dive into Mufasa's backstory - because we all need to know more about the lion who started it all.





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Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (2024)

  • Director: Jeff Fowler

  • Writers: Pat Casey, Josh Miller

  • Stars: Idris Elba, James Marsden, Ben Schwartz

  • Expected Release: December 20, 2024


Get ready, folks! "Sonic the Hedgehog 3" is zooming into theaters on December 20, 2024, and it's going to be a blast. Directed by Jeff Fowler, who apparently hasn't had enough of speedy hedgehogs, and written by Pat Casey, Josh Miller, and John Whittington, this action-adventure comedy film is a sequel to "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" (2022) and a follow-up to "Knuckles" (2024). So, more running, more rings, and definitely more Dr. Robotnik shenanigans​​.


Plans for this third installment were announced way back in February 2022, before the second film was even released. Talk about being confident in your blue hedgehog! Filming began in the oh-so-rainy London in September 2023 and also expected to take place in Los Angeles, Japan, and Norway because Sonic loves a bit of international flair​​.


The cast includes James Marsden (probably still wondering how he got into this), Ben Schwartz (voicing our beloved Sonic), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (as Tails), and Idris Elba (because every movie needs a bit of Elba) as Knuckles. The film also teases the appearance of Shadow the Hedgehog, because the more the merrier, right?​​.


In a thrilling development, James Marsden confirmed in March 2020 that he had signed on for multiple sequels. Meanwhile, Jim Carrey, who portrays Dr. Robotnik, was contemplating retirement from acting. The producers, in a moment of panic, assured that Robotnik wouldn't be recast if Carrey retired, but they remained hopeful that they could lure him back with irresistible scripts​​.


The film began its second-unit filming in late July 2023, focusing on animated characters only, in Farnham, Surrey, England. The production with physical actors eventually started in November 2023, promising more Sonic action and presumably more running around in circles​​.


In summary, "Sonic the Hedgehog 3" is shaping up to be another whirlwind adventure with our favorite spiky protagonist. With its star-studded cast and international filming locations, it's bound to be a fast-paced, action-packed movie that'll leave audiences either exhilarated or dizzy from all the spinning. Either way, grab your sneakers and get ready for another round of Sonic madness!


Gladiator 2 (2024)

  • Description: Follows Lucius, the son of Maximus' love Lucilla, after Maximus' death.

  • Director: Ridley Scott

  • Writer: David Scarpa

  • Stars: Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Paul Mescal

  • Expected Release: November 22, 2024


Hold onto your togas, folks, because "Gladiator 2" is charging into theaters on November 22, 2024. Directed by Ridley "I'm Not Done with Rome Yet" Scott and penned by David Scarpa, this epic historical drama is a sequel to the 2000 blockbuster "Gladiator." The film stars Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington, and Pedro Pascal, with Connie Nielsen and Derek Jacobi reprising their roles from the original. Because why not bring back some familiar faces to navigate the treacherous waters of ancient Rome?​​.


The premise follows Lucius, the nephew of Commodus, who was last seen being saved by Maximus in "Gladiator." Now a grown man living "in the wilderness," Lucius has been off the Roman grid for some time. His mother thinks he's dead, but surprise, he's not! Denzel Washington plays a former slave-turned wealthy arms dealer because, obviously, every ancient Roman drama needs an arms dealer with a grudge against the emperors​​.


Development for this sequel began way back in 2001, with discussions about whether it should be a prequel or a sequel. Fast forward to 2023, and Ridley Scott, after binge-watching Paul Mescal in "Normal People," decides he's the perfect fit for the role of Lucius. Apparently, Mescal's performance in a West End play was so captivating that the "ladies in the audience were very vocal" when he took his shirt off. Talk about an audition!​​.


Production kicked off in May 2023 in Ouarzazate, Morocco, because nothing says ancient Rome like North Africa. An accident involving fire during filming injured six crew members, because what's a historical epic without a bit of real-life drama? Filming was then suspended in July due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike but was set to resume in December in Malta​​.


In summary, "Gladiator 2" promises to be an epic return to the world of ancient Rome, with a new generation of characters and plenty of drama to keep us glued to our seats. So, grab your swords and sandals, and get ready for another round of Roman intrigue, Ridley Scott style!




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Wicked: Part One (2024)

  • Description: The story of how a green-skinned woman becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.

  • Director: Jon M. Chu

  • Writers: Winnie Holzman, Gregory Maguire


Buckle up, Oz fans, because "Wicked: Part One" is floating down on its broomstick to theaters on November 27, 2024. Directed by Jon M. Chu, because who better to unravel the twisted tale of Oz? This musical fantasy film is the first of a two-part adaptation of the stage musical "Wicked," based on Gregory Maguire's novel and the 1900 classic by L. Frank Baum.


Starring Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba, the not-so-wicked witch with a penchant for green skin, and Ariana Grande as the ever-popular Glinda, this film explores the path that led Elphaba to become the Wicked Witch of the West. And if you're wondering, yes, Jeff Goldblum is the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, because who else could add that much flair to Emerald City?​​.


After years of development limbo and pandemic delays, principal photography began in December 2022 in England. But, just when things were getting wicked, production paused in the summer of 2023 due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, because why make a movie when you can add more drama to its production? The film was initially set for a Christmas release in 2024 but got moved up to avoid clashing with "Avatar 3" and "Sonic the Hedgehog 3." Priorities, people!​​.


And just when you thought one movie could contain all this wickedness, surprise! It's been split into two films. "Wicked: Part Two" is set to grace us with its presence on November 26, 2025. So, mark your calendars, practice your broomstick flying, and get ready for a magical journey to Oz that's been years in the making​​.




Bad Boys 4 (2024)

  • Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

  • Writers: Chris Bremner, George Gallo

  • Stars: Will Smith, Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens

  • Expected Release: June 14, 2024

Alright, everyone, buckle up for "Bad Boys 4," the latest installment in the saga of explosions, car chases, and witty one-liners that you never knew you needed (again). Scheduled to hit the theaters on June 14, 2024, it's directed by the dynamic duo Adil & Bilall, because who else could handle the chaos that is a "Bad Boys" movie? It's the sequel to "Bad Boys for Life" (2020) and continues the tradition of buddy-cop action comedy that the franchise is known for​​.


Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back as Detective Lieutenant Michael Eugene "Mike" Lowrey and Detective Lieutenant Marcus Miles Burnett, respectively. They're probably still wondering why they're not retired yet. Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Paola Núñez reprise their roles, adding a touch of youth and diversity to the aging duo's escapades. Tasha Smith takes over the role of Theresa Burnett, Marcus's wife, because apparently, the original actor had enough after three films. New to the party are Eric Dane, who’s reportedly the villain, Ioan Gruffudd, and Rhea Seehorn, because every sequel needs new faces​​.


The road to "Bad Boys 4" wasn't without its bumps. After the box-office success of "Bad Boys for Life," Sony quickly announced plans for a fourth film. However, in April 2022, development was briefly put on hold due to Will Smith's infamous Oscar slap. But, like any good Hollywood story, the project was back on track the following month. Smith confirmed in February 2023 that he and Lawrence would reprise their roles, with the directors from "Bad Boys for Life" returning to helm the project. Principal photography began in April 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, Florida, but was halted in July due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike​​.


In summary, "Bad Boys 4" is gearing up to be another action-packed, explosion-filled, and humor-laden ride with the beloved duo. With new cast members to spice things up and the promise of more Miami shenanigans, it's shaping up to be a summer blockbuster you won't want to miss. So, get ready to hear "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?" one more time!




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Inside Out 2 (2024)

  • Description: Follows Riley in her teenage years, encountering new emotions.

  • Director: Kelsey Mann

  • Writer: Meg LeFauve

  • Stars: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black

  • Expected Release: June 14, 2024

"Inside Out 2," the much-awaited sequel to the 2015 hit "Inside Out," is set to dive back into the mind of a now-teenage Riley on June 14, 2024. This animated coming-of-age film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, marks Kelsey Mann's feature directorial debut. He, along with producer Mark Nielsen and writer Meg LeFauve, are ready to explore the tumultuous world of teenage emotions​​.


Announced during the D23 Expo in September 2022, the film brings back the original's director, Pete Docter, and his idea of "five to 27 emotions." This concept aims to build a more truthful portrayal of Riley's emotional landscape as she navigates her teenage years​​.


"Inside Out 2" returns to Riley's mind, now undergoing a sudden overhaul to accommodate new emotions, including Anxiety, who joins Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. This new addition is set to add a fresh twist to the already complex emotional dynamics within Riley's mind​​.


The voice cast sees Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, and Lewis Black reprising their roles as Joy, Sadness, and Anger, respectively. Tony Hale and Liza Lapira join the cast as Fear and Disgust, replacing Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling. Maya Hawke voices the new character, Anxiety​​.


Amy Poehler's return as Joy came with a lucrative $5 million deal, highlighting the significant disparity in pay among the cast, leading to some recasting due to disputes over compensation​​.


"Inside Out 2" promises to be a thoughtful and engaging exploration of the complexities of growing up, reflecting the heightened emotional landscape of adolescence with its characteristic Pixar charm and depth.


Night Swim (2024)

  • Director: Bryce McGuire

  • Writers: Bryce McGuire, Rod Blackhurst

  • Stars: Wyatt Russell, Kerry Condon, Amélie Hoeferle, Gavin Warren

  • Expected Release: January 5, 2024

Alright, gear up for "Night Swim," the upcoming spine-chiller that makes you seriously reconsider your pool membership. Dropping into theaters on January 5, 2024, it's Bryce McGuire's brave leap into feature filmmaking, bringing to life a story he co-wrote with Rod Blackhurst.


The Waller family, portrayed by Wyatt Russell, Kerry Condon, Amélie Hoeferle, and Gavin Warren, move into a charming house only to discover their new pool comes with a ghostly tenant. Talk about unexpected amenities! The cast dives headfirst into this aquatic thriller, exploring the depths of supernatural poolside horror.


Produced by horror maestros James Wan and Jason Blum, "Night Swim" promises a tidal wave of chills and thrills. The production splashed onto the scene in Altadena, California, and the Los Angeles region, with a 34-day shooting schedule that thankfully didn't involve any real hauntings.


In summary, "Night Swim" is shaping up to be a deep dive into terror, with a splash of family drama and, of course, a possibly malevolent swimming pool. So, grab your floaties, but maybe leave the swimming goggles at home – you might not want to see what's lurking beneath the surface!



February Highlights: Because Who Needs Roses When You Have Popcorn?

February is not just about lovey-dovey stuff; it's also about sitting in a dark room, munching popcorn, and questioning your life choices while watching some wild movies. Here's what's hitting theaters this month:

  1. "Madame Web" (February 10, 2024): Dakota Johnson swings into the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, because let's face it, the Marvel Universe needed another character. This sci-fi/action flick promises web-slinging and probably a complicated backstory that you'll need a comic book encyclopedia to understand.

  2. "Argylle" (February 24, 2024): Action, comedy, thriller - this Apple Original has it all, plus Henry Cavill and Dua Lipa. Because nothing screams 'action-packed' like a pop star and Superman. Expect explosions, witty one-liners, and probably Cavill in a dashing suit.

  3. "Consecration" (February 10, 2024): Horror and mystery come together like a creepy, unwanted Valentine's date. With Jena Malone and Bill Skarsgård leading the pack, this IFC Films' production will have you clutching your popcorn in terror and confusion.

  4. "Sharper" (February 10, 2024): Julianne Moore in a crime/drama/mystery? Sign us up! This Apple Original promises twists, turns, and probably a few 'I didn't see that coming' moments. Plus, Sebastian Stan is there to keep things interesting and, well, sharp.

  5. "Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey" (February 15, 2024): Childhood ruined in 3...2...1... This horror take on the classic children's character by Fathom Events is like finding out Santa's not real, but way more traumatic. Brace yourselves for a Winnie the Pooh you definitely don't want to introduce to your kids.

So there you have it, February's lineup of cinematic 'treats.' From web-slinging action to childhood memories turned nightmare fuel, this month's movies are about as balanced as your average Valentine's Day chocolate binge.


Conclusion

Well, well, well, look at us – surviving through a list of 2024's blockbusters without a single popcorn break. I'm impressed with your stamina and slightly concerned about your attention span. But hey, who am I to judge? I'm just a guy who talks to himself in the dark.

As we wrap up this rollercoaster ride through the movie marvels of 2024, remember: this isn't goodbye, it's just a dramatic pause. More movies will be added to this list because Hollywood never sleeps – it just takes power naps. So, keep your eyes peeled, your subscriptions active, and your excitement barely contained.


Check back often, because we'll be updating faster than a superhero changes in a phone booth (do those still exist?). And if you don't come back, well, I'll just assume you've been abducted by aliens or have finally decided to read a book. Either way, it's your loss.

Until next time, keep your capes untangled, your popcorn buttery, and your cynicism at an all-time high. This is your not-so-humble narrator, signing off from the world where reality is overrated and the sequels never end. Cheers!


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