2020 Motion Picture Slate: Mark your calendars for movies to see in 2020 from studios such as Disney, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Paramount and more! - SahmReviews.com

We cover an assortment of topics on the site ranging from foods to tech, travel to entertainment. For the past few years, we’ve shifted our focus to mostly board games because 1) they’re awesome, 2) they’re great for family bonding, 3) they teach life lessons and 4) people haven’t been able to go anywhere. It hasn’t been a problem since we love games, but I’ve felt a loss not being able to talk about movies as much as we used to. On February 27, 2020, I posted an article about March 2020 movies to see. My “Movies to See” series had been a regular feature since 2015 where it started as an annual post then gradually morphed into a monthly one. Throughout that time, we offered behind-the-scenes interviews, movie overviews and other TV and movie-themed content. We’ve seen several movies in the theater lately including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World: Dominion to name a few. It’s been nice to return and I want people to recognize that’s it’s entirely possible. So I’m going to try to craft more of these “Movies to See” posts with upcoming features that are available at the theater. I know there are many (many, MANY) releasing on streaming services as well, but for now I’m going to keep the article focused on the big screen. Since Independence Day weekend is synonymous with the release of major blockbusters, I figured now is as good of time as any to kick things off (again)!

If you are planning to see a movie this month and want to take in the latest releases, check out this list which includes feature films from Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Warner Bros.. Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate Entertainment and more! 

Minions: Rise of Gru

Release Date: July 1, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Cast: Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, with Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin
Studio: Universal Pictures, Illumination
Official Website: Minions: The Rise of Gru
Follow on Social: #TheRiseofGru #Illumination #Minions

Long before he becomes the master of evil, Gru is just a 12-year-old boy in 1970s suburbia, plotting to take over the world from his basement. It’s not going particularly well. When Gru crosses paths with the Minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—this unexpected family joins forces. Together, they build their first lair, design their first weapons, and strive to execute their first missions.

Mr. Malcom’s List

Release Date: July 1, 2022
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Cast: Freida Pinto, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Park, Zawe Ashton and Theo James
Studio: Bleecker Street
Official Website: Mr. Malcolm’s List
Follow on Social: #MrMalcolmsList

When she fails to meet an item on his list of requirements for a bride, Julia Thistlewaite is jilted by London’s most eligible bachelor, Mr. Malcolm. Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman…or the perfect hoax.

The Forgiven

Release Date: July 1, 2022
Genre: Drama
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Matt Smith, Ismael Kanater, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbey Lee, Mourad Zaoui, Marie-Josée Croze, Alex Jennings with Saïd Taghmaoui and Christopher Abbott
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Official Website: The Forgiven movie
Follow on Social: #TheForgiven

Speeding through the Moroccan desert to attend an old friend’s lavish weekend party, wealthy Londoners David and Jo Henninger are involved in a tragic accident with a local teenage boy. Arriving late at the grand villa with the debauched party raging, the couple attempts to cover up the incident with the collusion of the local police. But when the boy’s father arrives seeking justice, the stage is set for a tension-filled culture clash in which David and Jo must come to terms with their fateful act and its shattering consequences.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Release Date: July 8, 2022
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson, Jaimie Alexander, Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe and Natalie Portman
Studio: Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios
Official Website: Thor: Love and Thunder
Follow on Social: #ThorLoveAndThunder

The film finds Thor on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced – a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who – to Thor’s surprise – inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Release Date: July 15, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family
Cast: Michael Cera, Ricky Gervais, Mel Brooks, George Takei, Aasif Mandvi, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, Kylie Kuioka, Cathy Shim and Samuel L. Jackson
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Official Website: Paws of Fury
Follow on Social: #PawsofFury

A hard-on-his-luck hound Hank finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s evil plot to wipe their village off the map. With help from a reluctant teacher to train him, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. The only problem… cats hate dogs!

Where the Crawdads Sing

Release Date: July 15, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer, Jr. and David Strathairn
Studio: Sony Pictures
Official Website: Where the Crawdads Sing
Follow on Social: #CrawdadsMovie

From the best-selling novel comes a captivating mystery. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world; but when one of them is found dead, she is immediately cast by the community as the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what actually happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal the many secrets that lay within the marsh.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Release Date: July 15, 2022
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Jason Isaacs, Lesley Manville and Anna Chancellor
Studio: Focus Features
Official Website: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Follow on Social: #MrsHarrisGoesToParis

MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS is the enchanting tale of a seemingly ordinary British housekeeper whose dream to own a couture Christian Dior gown takes her on an extraordinary adventure to Paris.

Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down

Release Date: July 15, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly
Studio: Briarcliff Entertainment
Official Website: Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down
Follow on Social: #GabbyMovie

GABBY GIFFORDS WON’T BACK DOWN tells the extraordinary story of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, her relentless fight to recover following an assassination attempt in 2011, and her new life as one of the most effective activists in the battle for gun violence prevention and in promoting understanding of the language condition aphasia. Featuring extensive verité filming of Gabby and her husband, astronaut-turned-Senator Mark Kelly; interviews with Barack Obama and other friends and colleagues; and exclusive access to stunning videos taken in the weeks following her near-death experience, this film is the story of a rising star transformed by an act of violence, and a close-up portrait of the marriage that sustains her.

The Gray Man

Release Date: July 15, 2022 Limited theatrical release before hitting Netflix
Genre: Action, Thriller
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush, Wagner Moura and Alfre Woodard
Studio: Netflix

THE GRAY MAN is CIA operative Court Gentry, aka, Sierra Six. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy, Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death. But now the tables have turned and Six is the target, hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen, a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out. Agent Dani Miranda has his back. He’ll need it.


Release Date: July 22, 2022 (Get Tickets)
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott and Brandoh Perea
Studio: Universal Pictures
Official Website: Nope movie
Follow on Social: #NopeMovie

Oscar® winner Jordan Peele disrupted and redefined modern horror with Get Out and then Us. Now, he reimagines the summer movie with a new pop nightmare: the expansive horror epic, Nope. The film reunites Peele with Oscar® winner Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah), who is joined by Keke Palmer (Hustlers, Alice) and Oscar® nominee Steven Yeun (Minari, Okja) as residents in a lonely gulch of inland California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.

My Old School

Release Date: July 22, 2022
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Cast: Alan Cumming
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Official Website: My Old School film
Follow on Social: #MyOldSchool

In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. Brandon had been privately tutored in Canada while he accompanied his mother, an opera diva, on tour before her tragic death. The preternaturally bright student surprised teachers by blazing toward his goal of entering medical school, displaying a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. Brandon found friends despite his initial awkwardness, taking bullied students under his wing, introducing classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starring in the school’s production of South Pacific. But then his unbelievable secret was revealed. Filmmaker Jono McLeod returns to his old school for a nostalgic look at the strange but true story of his former classmate, Brandon Lee.


Release Date: July 29, 2022
Genre: Comedy, Thriller, Mystery
Cast: B.J. Novak, Issa Rae, Ashton Kutcher, Boyd Holbrook, J. Smith-Cameron, and Dove Cameron.
Studio: Focus Features
Official Website: Vengeance the Film
Follow on Social: #Vengeance

A journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with.

DC League of Super-Pets

Release Date: July 29, 2022
Genre: Animation, Family, Action/Adventure
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Official Website: DC League of Super Pets
Follow on Social: #DCSuperPets

In “DC League of Super-Pets,” Krypto the Super-Dog and Superman are inseparable best friends, sharing the same superpowers and fighting crime in Metropolis side by side. When Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto must convince a rag-tag shelter pack—Ace the hound, PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel—to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the Super Heroes.

As you can see, there’s a lot of variety waiting for an audience. If you’re not comfortable with the crowds, check with your theater about showings that involve more spacing between viewers or even private screenings. We discovered it’s actually pretty affordable to do a multi-person screening of current movies. Just gather some friends, chip in and go.

Which movie(s) are you most excited to see in the theater?

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