David’s List of the Best Upcoming Movies of 2024

2024 movies

As 2023 draws to a close, movie enthusiasts reflect on a year that, while not groundbreaking, marked a gradual shift towards stability in the cinema industry.

Despite the reshuffling and postponements that characterized some releases, a general trend towards the familiar rhythms of moviegoing reemerged.

Looking ahead, 2024 holds a bounty of cinematic treasures. The film landscape is abuzz with anticipation for a diverse array of films.

As the final moments of 2023 fade, film buffs eagerly await the release of new titles that promise to captivate audiences across various genres.

#15 – Alien: Romulus

Set to premiere on August 16, 2024, the much-anticipated addition to the Alien film series, Alien: Romulus, aims to return to the franchise’s science fiction horror roots.

Over the years, the Alien universe has expanded, bringing audiences a spectrum of interactions between humans and the dread-inducing Xenomorphs.

Each chapter added to the series contributes to the chilling and often deadly experiences humans face when confronting these creatures.

  • Director: Fede Alvarez
  • Timeframe: Takes place after Alien and before Aliens
  • Reveal status: Details remain under wraps

Though the specifics of the movie’s plot are still a closely guarded secret, the involvement of Fede Alvarez, known for his horror film credentials, signals an emphasis on the eerie and terrifying elements that originally defined the series.

Fans are eager to see how this new chapter weaves into the larger narrative of the Alien saga.

#14 – Civil War

On April 26, 2024, audiences will witness the premiere of “Civil War,” the latest venture by filmmaker Alex Garland.

Known for his thought-stimulating science fiction works, Garland pivots to portray a not-so-distant America engulfed in self-conflict.

The tense imagery presented in the “Civil War” trailer paints a grim projection of the current societal fissures in the U.S.

Director: Alex Garland
Upcoming Film: Civil War
Previous Works: Ex Machina, Annihilation

  • Themes: Social, political, and racial divisions
  • Tone: Ominous, provoking reflections on contemporary American strife

Anticipation surrounds the film’s debut, as it promises to spark conversations on the portrayal of a fracturing nation and its potential reality.

Garland’s penchant for the existential and cerebral characters within his narratives suggests “Civil War” will challenge viewers, offering a speculative glimpse that may resonate with present-day tensions.

#13 – Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Release Date: April 24, 2024
Director: Adam Wingard
Notable Events:

  • “Godzilla Minus One,” marking Toho’s return to Godzilla films, succeeded internationally following its 2023 debut.
  • The Apple TV+ series “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters” expanded the MonsterVerse, further exploring Legendary’s monstrous entities.

Legendary Pictures continues to expand its colossal MonsterVerse with “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” a sequel of the 2021 blockbuster “Godzilla vs. Kong.”

Helmed by returning director Adam Wingard, this film is poised to push the boundaries of monstrous storytelling even further.

Fans of the gargantuan Godzilla and the mighty Kong are anticipating their next adventure.

How this film shapes the ongoing narrative of these iconic titans and their shared world remains one of 2024’s most awaited cinematic reveals.

#12 – Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Release Date: March 29, 2024
Trailer: Official Teaser Trailer

  • Continuation of Legacy: Acts as a direct successor to Ghostbusters: Afterlife and nods to the original films from the ’80s.
  • Old Meets New: Brings together classic Ghostbuster veterans with new additions to the spectral-fighting team.
  • Setting: Shifts the action back to New York City, the heart of the Ghostbusters saga.

Following Ghostbusters: Afterlife, an invigorated chapter in a long-standing series, Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire emerges as the latest installment.

This film upholds the charm and spirit of the franchise while reaching out to a newer audience eager for ghostly thrillers.

The anticipation for Frozen Empire has been stoked by a teaser that hints at the film’s promise.

With parts of it set in New York, the birthplace of ghostbusting, and featuring a mix of original cast members alongside newer faces, the film is poised to blend familiarity with fresh energy.

Fans are keeping their eyes peeled for how this new movie will carry forward the Ghostbusters’ story.

#11 – The Chronicles of Imperator Furiosa

Key Details:

  • Premiere Date: May 24, 2024
  • Sneak Peek: Official Teaser for “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” now available

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” will delve into the origins of the fierce warrior Furiosa, who first captured audiences’ attention in the heart-pumping 2015 movie “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

In that film, Furiosa emerged as a new icon of strength within the chaotic world of Mad Max, originally portrayed by Charlize Theron.

This spin-off takes us deeper into Furiosa’s earlier years, now with Anya Taylor-Joy embodying the younger iteration of the fierce protagonist.

Fans eagerly anticipate Taylor-Joy’s interpretation of the character, as well as how Chris Hemsworth will shape the role of Dementus, the antagonist set to clash with Furiosa.

The film promises to bring the same energetic action and visual spectacle that “Mad Max: Fury Road” delivered, potentially elevating the legacy of the Mad Max universe yet again.

Keep an eye out for this highly anticipated action adventure as it gears up to hit theaters.

#10 – A Quiet Place: Day One

Set to premiere on June 28th, 2024, the universe of A Quiet Place expands with a new entry.

This upcoming film takes us back to the initial moments when aliens first made their appearance on Earth. Unlike the previous films, this installment will not follow the Abbot family’s narrative.

Title: A Quiet Place: Day One
Director: Michael Sarnoski (known for Pig)
New Entrants: Lupita Nyong’o, Alex Wolff, Joseph Quinn
Storyline: Chronicles the onset of the alien invasion

Audience anticipation runs high as fans wait to uncover the origins of the extraterrestrial threat that reshaped human existence.

With a shift in directorial vision, Sarnoski steps in with fresh creativity to depict the day the world was plunged into silence.

The film promises new faces and insights, aiming to add depth to a world where a breath can mean the difference between life and death.

#9 – The Upcoming Film Argylle

  • Premiere Date: February 2, 2024
  • Director: Matthew Vaughan
  • Notable Cast:
    • Bryce Dallas Howard
    • Sam Rockwell
    • Henry Cavill
    • John Cena
    • Dua Lipa
    • Bryan Cranston
    • Sofia Boutella
    • Ariana DeBose
    • Samuel L. Jackson

Although the official trailer wasn’t timely shared on certain platforms, the excitement for the motion picture “Argylle” is palpable.

Matthew Vaughan, renowned for his unique spin on the action genre with projects like “Kingsman” and a striking blend of “James Bond” sophistication with potent action reminiscent of “Kick-Ass” and “John Wick,” is steering this new venture.

“Argylle” is anticipated to be a riveting action flick with Vaughan’s distinctive mix of humor, action, and narrative.

While there is no new “Kingsman” movie on the horizon for 2024, “Argylle” promises to captivate audiences with a similar energy and a star-studded ensemble.

#8 – The Latest Adventure of Po in Kung Fu Panda 4

  • Release Date: March 9, 2024
  • Main Character: Po, the Dragon Warrior
  • New Role: Spiritual Leader
  • Main Antagonist: A cunning chameleon
  • Studio: DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation brings audiences back to the vibrant world of martial arts and Chinese folklore with their yet another installment of the Kung Fu Panda series.

In this fourth film, Po confronts a novel set of trials as he steps into the position of spiritual leader while simultaneously going toe-to-toe with his latest adversary – a deceptive chameleon.

Fans of Po’s journey have eagerly anticipated his return to cinemas, and Kung Fu Panda 4 has generated buzz with its promise to enrich Po’s saga.

This new chapter promises to blend the familiar humor and heart of the series with a fresh angle on Po’s continuous growth as a hero.

#7 – Wicked

Hollywood continues to transform beloved musicals from the stage to the cinema. Taking center stage in November 2024 is Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated film version of “Wicked.”

This adaptation of the acclaimed musical is confirmed to unfold in two parts, offering audiences a comprehensive retelling of the original story.

The cast is studded with stars:

  • Cynthia Erivo tackles the role of Elphaba Thropp, known to many as the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Ariana Grande will charm as Galinda Upland, or Glinda the Good Witch.
  • Notable actors including Michelle Yeoh and Jeff Goldblum round out the ensemble, contributing to the film’s allure.

While a trailer has not been released, anticipation brews among fans who are eager to experience this musical phenomenon on the big screen.

How this dual installment rendition of “Wicked” will fare with audiences is yet to be determined, but the prospects have certainly captured the imagination of theater and film enthusiasts alike.

#6 – Ballerina

The John Wick saga broadens its horizon in 2024 with “Ballerina,” a spin-off that spotlights the shady world where assassins double as poised dancers.

Ana de Armas steps into the role of Rooney, a character molded from the franchise’s portrayal of fierceness wrapped in elegance, previously hinted in John Wick: Chapter 3.

  • Actress: Ana de Armas
  • Character Journey: Revenge pathway for her slain family
  • Connection: Continues lore from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

After exhibiting her knack for action in No Time to Die, de Armas is poised to captivate audiences anew within the stylish and brutal backdrop of the John Wick universe.

Looking past the fact that ‘Ballerina’ won’t bless viewers with a trailer until later, the anticipation is palpable for the balletic rhythm of vengeance that awaits.

#5 – Deadpool 3

  • Release Date: July 26, 2024
  • Main Cast:
    • Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
    • Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
  • Expected Features: R-rated content, cameo appearances from the Marvel universe

The wait for Wade Wilson’s next escapade ends with the anticipated release of “Deadpool 3,” succeeding 2018’s hit sequel.

This solo Marvel Cinematic Universe feature for 2024 is set to deliver the thrills and wit synonymous with the red-suited antihero.

With the inimitable Ryan Reynolds at the helm, audiences will witness the charismatic return of Hugh Jackman’s clawed warrior, Wolverine, and their dynamic on-screen interaction.

Fans should also stay vigilant for familiar faces from the bygone era of 20th Century Fox’s superhero films, with potential sightings of characters like Elektra, X-23, and others.

Additionally, rumors suggest surprise visits from characters in the broader MCU landscape, which is poised to stir excitement and nostalgia.

Setting a precedent, “Deadpool 3″ marks the MCU’s maiden foray into R-rated territory, promising the franchise’s signature blend of action, sharp wit, and irreverent humor—”Deadpool” style.

It’s shaping up to be the blockbuster fanfare of the year for superhero cinema enthusiasts.

#4 – Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Release Date: May 24, 2024
Trailer: Official Teaser Available

Continuing the compelling narrative of the reimagined Planet of the Apes series, “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” marks the beginning of a fresh trilogy, unfolding three centuries after the last saga’s conclusion.

The highly anticipated sequel promises to extend the lore of this fictional universe, further exploring the dynamics of an evolving ape society and the remnants of humanity.

While the plot details remain under wraps, the teaser offers glimpses into a world where the scales of dominance have tipped in favor of our simian counterparts.

Fans eagerly await to see how the forthcoming film will navigate the intricacies of a civilization where humans no longer hold sway.

The franchise, which took its first steps in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and subsequently progressed with sequels in 2014 and 2017, has captivated audiences with its depiction of the evolving relationship between humans and apes.

Expectations are high as the new chapter promises to challenge the status quo and delve into the untold futures of both species.

#3 – Inside Out 2

Release Date: June 14, 2024
Trailer: Official Teaser Available

In 2015, Pixar introduced audiences to “Inside Out,” a compelling tale revolving around Riley and her personified emotions. This animation triumph captured hearts globally, presenting an inventive look into a young girl’s psyche.

Fast forward to nine years after the original charmed viewers, “Inside Out 2” is set to premiere, promising to navigate the complex emotional landscape of Riley’s teenage years.

  • Riley’s Emotional Evolution: Entering her teenage phase, Riley encounters new, maturing emotions, including the particularly impactful feeling of anxiety.
  • Returning Cast: Familiar voices like Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear, and Anger reprise their roles, stirring anticipation among fans.
  • Expectations: The movie is projected to be another standout, delivering Pixar’s signature blend of heartfelt storytelling.

While the full journey of “Inside Out 2” is eagerly awaited, early glimpses suggest another memorable venture into the human mind, translating complex emotions into an engaging narrative that resonates with both the young and the young at heart.

#2 – Joker: Folie à Deux

Release ScheduleSet for October 4, 2024
Trailer AvailabilityNot yet released
Leading RolesJoaquin Phoenix returns as Joker, Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn

In 2019, audiences witnessed a fresh depiction of the Joker’s origins with Arthur Fleck’s transformation into the notorious criminal mastermind, capturing the attention and praise for its deep dive into a man’s descent into madness. Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal was especially lauded for bringing depth and nuance to the role.

The sequel, “Joker: Folie à Deux,” marks the return of Phoenix in the titular role and introduces a fresh take on Harley Quinn, portrayed by Lady Gaga.

The upcoming film is tipped to be more than just an average superhero flick, presenting the dynamic between Joker and his partner in crime.

Eager anticipation surrounds the movie, which is expected to be a singular standout for DC in 2024, akin to what “Deadpool 3” is to Marvel.

With no promotional clips to tease the audience yet, the buzz is all about the potential chemistry between Phoenix’s Joker and Gaga’s Harley Quinn.

Dune Part Two

The continuation of the science fiction saga Dune hits theaters on March 1, 2024.

With the excitement mounting from the cliffhanger of the previous film, audiences eagerly await the unfolding of Paul Atreides’ compelling story on the desert planet, Arrakis.

Expectations for the Sequel:

  • Director: Denis Villeneuve returns to helm the sequel, carrying forward his distinct visual and narrational style.
  • Plot: The narrative picks up with Paul Atreides aligning with Chani and the Fremen.
  • Plot: The central theme revolves around vengeance against those who betrayed his family and the weight of his destined role affecting the universe’s balance.
  • Cast:
    • Returning: Key characters reprise their roles, continuing the journey with the audience.
    • New Additions: Fresh faces such as Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, and Christopher Walken amplify the film’s star power.

Production Journey:

  • Originally slated for release in November 2023, the film faced delays due to industry disputes, pushing the premiere to early 2024.
  • The success of 2021’s Dune has set high expectations for its sequel to deliver the same depth in storytelling and cinematic quality.

Villeneuve’s Vision:

Villeneuve’s work in Dune was well-received for its expansive world-building and gripping narrative.

With the same creative force behind Dune: Part Two, the film is anticipated to fulfill the vast narrative and thematic ambitions introduced in the first installment, much to the delight of fans and newcomers alike.

Cultural Significance:

Continuing Frank Herbert’s classic tale, the second installment is not just a cinematic event but a cultural one.

It aims to honor the legacy that has captivated audiences with its intricate depiction of politics, power, and prophecy.

Public Anticipation:

Curiosity and anticipation revolve around how the sequel stands up to its predecessor and whether it will push the boundaries further.

With high stakes and intense performances, this film is positioned to be a major highlight of the year for science fiction enthusiasts.