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Movie Preview 2024: The 20 Films We Can’t Wait to See

Be on the lookout for our critic-picked sequels, thrillers, musicals and more


spinner image Kingsley Ben-Adir in "Bob Marley: One Love," Tina Fey in "Mean Girls," Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in "The Fall Guy" and Javier Bardem in "Dune: Part Two."
(Clockwise from top left) Kingsley Ben-Adir in "Bob Marley: One Love," Tina Fey in "Mean Girls," Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt in "The Fall Guy" and Javier Bardem in "Dune: Part Two."
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Hooray! The Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strikes are settled, so movies are coming back to theaters and streamers in 2024. From Robert De Niro’s gangster movie Alto Knights to sequels to blockbusters Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, Gladiator, Dune, Bad Boys and The Joker, there’s plenty to put on your must-watch calendar. Check AARP’s Entertainment page for updates, and mark your calendars with this must-watch guide.

Coming in January

Mean Girls, NR (Jan. 12, in theaters)

Why is Tina Fey, 53, playing pushy math teacher Ms. Norbury again, in the musical version of her hit 2004 film about teen cruelty — this time with Jon Hamm, 52, as the coach? It’s been 20 years, but as Fey told Seth Meyers, “We couldn’t age out — teachers work forever.”

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The Underdoggs, R (Jan. 26, Prime Video)

Remember The Bad News Bears? In this R-rated modern update, Snoop Dogg, 52, plays a washed-up former NFL player who runs afoul of the law — and is sentenced to community service in the form of coaching a peewee football team in his Long Beach, California, hometown. The kids throw more attitude than touchdown passes, but Snoop may be just the mentor they need.

Coming in February

Argylle, PG-13 (Feb. 2, in theaters)

When reality starts imitating her spy stories, a novelist (Bryce Dallas Howard) turns to a real spy who’s allergic to cats (Sam Rockwell, 55) and his ally (Samuel L. Jackson, 75). Catherine O’Hara, 69, plays her mom, and the bad guy is Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, 67.

The Taste of Things, PG-13 (Feb. 14, in theaters)

Gourmets and film fans alike are salivating over this French romance about a famous 19th-century chef (Benoît Magimel) and his cook and lover (Juliette Binoche, 59, Magimel’s ex in real life), who won’t marry him. Except (just maybe) if he cooks for her.

Willie and Me, NR (Feb. 9, in theaters)

A German housewife (Eva Hassmann, 51) sells her dull husband’s Porsche to finance a trip to the Las Vegas farewell concert of Willie Nelson, whose tunes and winsome screen presence light up a lightweight comedy. See Willie act, sing and kick up his heels in a German folk dance — not bad for a guy who’s 90.

Bob Marley: One Love, NR (Feb. 14, in theaters)

We’re eager to see Kingsley Ben-Adir play the Jamaican superstar, and curious to hear him sing reggae hits — the actor’s voice is blended with those of the real Bob and his son Ziggy Marley. (Note to fact-forward fans: The scene where he gets shot while rehearsing “I Shot the Sheriff” really happened.)

Ordinary Angels, PG (Feb. 23, in theaters)

A recovering alcoholic hairdresser (Hilary Swank, 49) rallies her townsfolk to get a 3-year-old a lifesaving liver transplant as a historic snowstorm shuts down Louisville. It’s based on an inspiring true story.

Coming in March

Dune: Part Two, PG-13 (March 1, in theaters)

The first part of the desert-planet epic about giant worms and the heroes (Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, 54) who fight them was really just a long, gorgeously shot setup for this likely more action-packed finale.

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One Life, NR (March 22, in theaters)

Anthony Hopkins, 86, plays Nicholas Winton, the “British Schindler” who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, NR (March 29, in theaters) 

In this sequel, new ectoplasm battlers (Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, 54) return to the New York firehouse HQ of the 1984 movie, consult the original ghostbusters (Annie Potts, 71, Bill Murray, 73, Ernie Hudson, 78, and Dan Aykroyd, 71) and fight the fearsome Death Chill.

Coming in May

The Fall Guy, PG-13 (May 3, in theaters)

Stunt double turned John Wick auteur David Leitch directs a movie about a stuntman (Ryan Gosling) trying to find the actor he used to double for, in order to save a film directed by his ex-girlfriend (Emily Blunt).

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, NR (May 24, in theaters)

The last Mad Max movie was cinematically nonpareil, and hopes are high that Anya Taylor-Joy’s Furiosa can match Charlize Theron’s fantastically tough 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road character.

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Ballerina, NR (June 7, in theaters)

An assassin (Ana de Armas) seeks vengeance on her family’s killers in a John Wick spinoff, with Anjelica Huston, 72, as her trainer. It costars Gabriel Byrne, 73, the late Lance Reddick, Norman Reedus, 55, and Keanu Reeves, 59, as Wick. 

Bad Boys 4, NR (June 14, in theaters)

Will Smith, 55, and Martin Lawrence, 58, fight crime in a sequel that’s rumored to boast more comedy than usual, as well as action.

Horizon: An American Saga, R (June 28, in theaters)

Kevin Costner, 68, writes, directs and stars in his passion project, an epic about the settlement of the American West before and after the Civil War. 

Coming in fall

Beetlejuice 2, NR (Sept. 2, in theaters)

Director Tim Burton, 65, reunites with Michael Keaton, 72, and Winona Ryder, 52, in a sequel to the beloved 1988 comedy about a ghost who’s eccentric even by ghost standards.

Joker: Folie à Deux, NR (Oct. 4, in theaters)

In a musical sequel to the 2019 hit, the Joker (Joaquin Phoenix), a flopped stand-up comic turned madman, is joined by Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn, his partner in crime. The title is, roughly, French for “two people who go crazy together.”

Alto Knights, NR (Nov. 15, in theaters)

Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi, 90, scripts this saga of two mob bosses at war, Vito Genovese and Frank Costello — both of them played by Robert De Niro, 80!

Gladiator 2, NR (Nov. 22, in theaters) 

In a sequel to his 2000 best picture Oscar winner, Ridley Scott, 86, directs a no-doubt-buff Denzel Washington, 69, as a rich man who supplies the Romans with weapons and gladiators for their games. His secret? He was once a gladiator who earned his freedom.

Wicked, NR (Nov. 27, in theaters)

Michelle Yeoh, 61, makes her singing debut as Madame Morrible in a two-part adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, with Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba (a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West) and Ariana Grande as Glinda the Good.

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