January can be a bleak month following the excitement of Christmas: cold and dark with summer seeming a long way off. Here then is our pick of some of the best looking films and books to look out for in 2020, to give us all something to look forward to!
10th January sees the release of 1917, a Sam Mendes film about two young British soldiers in World War One in a race against time to save their comrades from attack. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch, and Colin Firth as well as George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman in the lead roles.
This new version of Mulan is one of several Disney films to get a live action makeover this year. Out in March, it sees Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei plays Mulan, who disguises herself as a man to fight in place of her father in China’s imperial army, with the film also starring Jason Scott Lee, Jet Li and Donnie Yen.
No Time to Die
James Bond fans have to wait until April for No Time to Die to appear at the cinemas. It’s the 25th outing for the hero, and is rumoured to be Daniel Craig’s last. In the film, Bond finds himself pulled out of retirement to fight a new villain played by Rami Malek, the actor last seen as Freddie Mercury in last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
One for Avengers fans, Marvel Studios releases Black Widow in May. Starring Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, it follows the events of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and sees Natasha Romanoff alone and on the run from the US government for helping Captain America escape with Bucky. She finds herself forced to revisit unfinished business and coming face-to-face with the Red Room: the mysterious organisation that trained her and hundreds of girls like her.
A great one for the summer holidays, this looks set to be more popular than the last Ghostbusters outing in 2016, not least because it sees Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver reprise their original roles. Fans of Stranger Things will also be excited to see it stars Finn Wolfhard who plays Mike Wheeler in the Netflix show. The film sees a mum and her two children move to a small town where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy left behind by their grandfather.