Need a list of the new movies out now? You got it. Here's an updated breakdown of when 2020 new movies will be released and where you can watch them.
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Movies Out Now
You might not be able to watch them in theaters, but we've broken down the movies out now (and new movies that are getting some serious buzz). A few factors we included in our methodology for new movies to stream included: Rotten Tomato scores, director and screenwriter filmography, and Google Search trends.
Here's a list of new movie releases that you can currently stream:
Greyhound (Apple TV+)
Palm Springs (Hulu)
Da 5 Bloodz (Netflix)
For the full list of 2020 new movies out now — including new Netflix movies and new movies on Amazon Prime — keep scrolling below. And remember, tune back in to see if COVID-19 has changed or delayed any movie release dates for 2020. We'll update this post as more movie release news is announced.
What new films are out in 2020?
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Blue Fox Entertainment
Samuel Goldwyn Films
John Lewis: Good Trouble
The Truth (La Verite)
The Old Guard
The Painted Bird
Made in Italy
Out Stealing Horses
Let Him Go
Bill & Ted Face the Music
2020 new movies out now
Parkland Rising is a documentary that chronicles the high school students and families who became leaders of a national movement for gun reform in the wake of the tragic 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl, which killed 17 people. With a subject matter that is unfortunately continually relevant, Parkland Rising is one of the top summer movies of 2020 to watch.
Where to watch: Parkland Documentary
Spelling the Dream
No good summer movie guide would be complete without an inspirational documentary. Spelling the Dream is one of top new Netflix movies of summer 2020, chronicling the journey of four Indian-American students as they compete in their dream to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The documentary also tells the story of Indian-American dominance at this spelling bee, interviewing various experts and bee contestants to help explain this trend that has emerged over more than the last decade of competitions.
Where to watch: Netflix
Judy & Punch
Judy & Punch is a dark comedy inspired by the traditional 17thcentury puppet show Punch and Judy. In the film, things are a bit darker, with Punch drunkenly abusing both Judy and their baby, and Judy seeking revenge in return. Mia Wasikowska — star of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass — plays Judy (while Damon Herriman plays Punch).
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) plays the popular American horror/mystery novelist Shirley Jackson in this biographical drama. Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door. So far, Josephine Decker’s Shirley has earned strong reviews from critics, making it one of the top summer movies to keep your eye on.
Da 5 Bloods
Easily one of the top new Netflix movies of summer 2020 is Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. In this new film directed by Lee, a squad of Vietnam War vets meets up years after the war in Ho Chi Minh to retrieve something valuable they left behind during the war. The squad, with Delroy Lindo starring, battles with enemies without and within as they struggle to recover their treasure in present-day Vietnam and get out alive. In addition to Lindo, the film stars Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, and Chadwick Boseman. Da 5 Bloods was co-written by Kevin Willmott, who worked on the screenplay for Lee’s 2018 award-winning film BlacKkKlansman.
Where to watch: Netflix
The King of Staten Island
The King of Staten Island is the first movie directed by Judd Apatow since 2015’s Trainwreck. Starring comedian Pete Davidson, alongside Marisa Tomei, Bill Burr, Bel Powley, and Steve Buscemi, this film follows a young man who must get his life together after his mom starts dating a new man who, like his deceased father, is a firefighter. Apatow is a master of summer movies, with all but one of his films — This Is 40 — coming out during the summertime, and no summer movie guide would be complete without him.
Where to watch: Netflix
Sometimes Always Never
Bill Nighy stars in this film as Alan, a tailor who has spent years searching for his son Michael, who went missing after storming out over a game of Scrabble. As Alan helps his family and youngest son Peter deal with Michael’s disappearance, he becomes engaged in unraveling a mystery involving an online player who believes he can beat Michael in Scrabble. Sometimes Always Never is directed by feature film newcomer Carl Hunter. The screenplay is by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, a writer with some notable films under his belt, including 2004’s critically-acclaimed Millions.
The Short History of the Long Road
For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair crisscrosses the country in a lovingly refurbished RV, relishing their independence and making ends meet by doing odd jobs. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, NM, in search of a mother she never knew. When her motor-home unexpectedly breaks down, she forges a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo) and senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an airplane co-pilot, 7500 pits him against a group of terrorists who try and seize control of a Berlin-Paris flight. Taking its title from the air traffic code for an aircraft hijacking, 7500 follows Gordon-Levitt’s struggle to save the lives of the passengers and crew while trying to keep the hijackers from entering the cockpit. Director Patrick Vollrath is a newcomer to feature-length films but was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film (Live Action) at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016 for the German film Everything Will Be Okay (Alles wird gut).
Directed by Shannon Murphy, this Australian coming-of-age comedy/drama tells the story of a seriously ill teenager, Milla, who falls madly in love with small-time drug dealer Moses, a.k.a. her parents' worst nightmare. But as Milla's first brush with love brings her a new lust for life, things get messy and traditional morals to go out the window. Milla soon shows everyone around her how to live like you nothing to lose. Babyteeth has a screenplay written by Rita Kalnejais, based upon her stage play of the same name. Since its release in June, Babyteeth has earned very high marks from film critics, making it one of the top summer movies of 2020 to be excited for.
Where to watch: VOD
Mr. Jones is a historical and biographical thriller, following Welsh journalist Gareth Jones as he travels the Soviet Union in the 1930s and his discovery of a massive famine in Ukraine that killed millions. A Polish film, directed by Agnieszka Holland, Mr. Jones stars James Norton as Jones, as well as Vanessa Kirby and Peter Sarsgaard. Upon its release, it was selected to compete for the Golden Bear, the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
John Lewis: Good Trouble
John Lewis: Good Trouble is directed by documentary veteran Dawn Porter, who also directed the critically acclaimed documentaries Trapped in 2016 and Gideon’s Army in 2013. This summer’s documentary chronicles the career of George House Representative John Lewis and his six decades of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health-care reform, and immigration, as well as explores his childhood experiences, especially his fateful meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1957.
Relic is another horror film to make our summer movies 2020 list and is brought to you by IFC Midnight, which distributes horror, thriller, and paranormal movies by IFC Films. Relic follows the story of a daughter, mother, and grandmother as they are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that fills their family’s home. This film marks the directorial debut of Natalie Erika James, who also wrote the screenplay with Christian White, and stars a British and Australian cast, including Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin, and Bella Heathcote. Relic premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23 and is set for wide release on July 3.
The Truth (La Verite)
The Truth, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, tells the story of a stormy reunion between scriptwriter Lumir and her famous mother and actress, Fabienne, against the backdrop of Fabienne's autobiographic book. Kore-eda has directed a string of critical favorites over the years, including After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) in 2017, The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) in 2018, and Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku), which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
One of the top summer movies to watch in 2020 is the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton.” Disney+ released the filmed version of the original Broadway musical, with writer Lin-Manuel Miranda in the starring role of Alexander Hamilton. Director Thomas Kail has only directed for television, but his credits include FX’s miniseries about stage life, “Fosse/Verdon.” Critical reviews of this filmed version of “Hamilton” have been very strong, saying that it expertly captures the magic of the live Broadway production. “Hamilton” is available through Disney+ and was released on July 3, 2020.
Where to watch: Disney+
The Old Guard
Year after year, Charlize Theron has returned to star in highly anticipated summer movies. In summer 2020, Theron stars in The Old Guard, playing a warrior named Andy who leads a covert group of mercenaries that protect the mortal world from threats for hundreds of years — a task that’s possible due to a unique trait they share: the inability to die. The team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and has its abilities put to the test. The Old Guard also features KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The director is Gina Prince-Bythewood, whose past credits include The Secret Life of Bees and Love and Basketball.
Where to watch: Netflix
If you have a hankering for seeing a movie with a “Groundhog Day”-style premise, then look no further than Hulu’s “Palm Springs” this summer. Starring Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti and J.K. Simmons, among others, “Palm Springs” tells the story of Samberg and Milioti to meet by chance at a wedding held in Palm Springs, only to realize that they are stuck that the venue in an endless loop not unlike Bill Murray’s experience in “Groundhog Day.” The good news is “Palm Springs” manages to build a unique film based on this premise and has garnered excellent critical reviews ahead of its release on July 10, 2020. Watch the preview below.
Where to watch "Palm Springs": Hulu
Tom Hanks makes an appearance on our summer movie guide, starring in Greyhound, a film about an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain leading a convoy that’s being hunted by Nazi U-boats. Hanks’ last foray into World War II movies was 1998’s Academy Award-winning, box office-smashing Saving Private Ryan, and movie fanatics are hoping Greyhound will follow suit. Director Aaron Schneider is known for helming the critically acclaimed 2010 film Get Low, which included an all-star cast of Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, and Lucas Black.
The Painted Bird
IFC Films is churning out a lot of summer movies in 2020 and The Painted Bird is definitely one of theirs you should take note of. Directed by Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul, the film is based on the 1965 novel of the same name and follows a young boy in Eastern Europe during the carnage of World War II. The Painted Bird competed at various major film festivals in 2019, including the 76th Venice International Film Festival and the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Critics have rated it highly, but warn about the brutality of some scenes.
If you’re looking for a period biopic, then Radioactive should be one of the summer movies of 2020 you should watch. Rosamund Pike (who was nominated for Best Actress for her lead role in the 2014 film Gone Girl) plays famous scientist and pioneer of radiation Marie Skłodowska Curie. The movie is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Lauren Redniss. Director Marjane Satrapi has had experience in directing critically acclaimed adaptations of graphic novels before, directing 2007’s Persepolis, which went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008.
James Franco’s younger brother Dave Franco makes his directorial debut with The Rental. Starring Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, and Toby Huss, the story follows two couples as they rent an Airbnb vacation home and begin to suspect the owner of the home is spying on them. Franco co-wrote the screenplay along with Joe Swanberg, who’s penned several well-reviewed films, including the 2017 film Win It All.
The Fight is another documentary to add to your summer movies 2020 list. Produced by Kerry Washington, The Fight follows the legal battles that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have been facing during the Trump administration. The documentary had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 24, where it won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking and has already garnered strong reviews from critics.
Summerland is yet another summer 2020 movie set during World War II, this one taking place on the seaside cliffs of southern England. It tells the story of a reclusive writer named Alice who takes in an evacuee named Frank. Initially wanting to get rid of the evacuee, Alice (played by Gemma Arterton) eventually opens up to Frank when they realize they have more in common in their pasts than she had thought.
Boyz in the Wood
Boyz in the Wood came out in 2019 but is getting its American release in August through Amazon Studios. This British comedy is the directorial debut of Ninian Doff and stars comedic veteran Eddie Izzard as a mysterious huntsman named 'The Duke' — who is hunting four boys as they try to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award (a trek across the Scottish Highlands). Boyz in the Wood is a blend of comedy and horror, filled with satire and social commentary throughout, which has made it one of the most critically acclaimed summer movies of 2020.
Made in Italy
If you’re a Liam Neeson fan, then Made in Italy should be on your list of summer movies of 2020 to watch. This film is directed by James D’Arcy, known for his acting in award-winning films like 2013’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and 2017’s Dunkirk, among others. Made in Italy tells the story of a bohemian artist, played by Neeson, who travels from London to Italy with his estranged son to sell the house they inherited from his late wife. It might sound somber, but this is actually a comedy, making it a welcome addition to our summer movie guide.
Out Stealing Horses
Out Stealing Horses is a Norwegian drama based on the 2003 award-winning novel of the same name, written by Per Petterson. Set in Nov. 1999, Stellan Skarsgård stars as Trond, a 67-year-old recluse who meets a neighbor who says he knew Trond back in the summer of 1948 when he was only 15 and growing up during (and after) the Nazi occupation of Norway during World War II. Skarsgård has racked up several awards and nominations over his long career in film. Director Hans Petter Moland has worked with him numerous times in the past. Moland is an accomplished director and his film Out Stealing Horses was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.
An American Pickle
Based on Simon Rich’s New Yorker novella, this comedy-drama stars Seth Rogen as Herschel Greenbaum, a laborer who immigrates to America in 1920 with dreams of building a new life for his family but is accidentally brined for 100 years after falling into a vat of pickles.
What would you risk for five minutes of pure power? In this new Netflix film, a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) teams with a teenage dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier fueled by a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) to take a magical pill that grants mysterious superpowers just in order to track down and stop the group responsible for
Sound of Metal
This new Amazon film has a very interesting premise, telling the story of a heavy-metal drummer whose life is completely upended when he begins to lose his hearing. Starring Riz Ahmed, known for films such as Rogue One, Jason Bourne, and the award-winning HBO miniseries The Night Of, Sound of Metal premiered in the Platform Prize program at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on Sep. 6, 2019. Critical reviews of Sound of Metal have been excellent, making it a promising addition to our 2020 summer movie guide.
IFC Films has more horror/thrillers up its sleeve for summer 2020. Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe as a successful author, Veronica Henley, who finds herself pulled into a twisted reality after her abusive ex-husband finds her and incapacitates her while she’s walking home one night. Veronica races time to navigate the unstable fantasy world and free herself from it. Little else is known about the plot of the film, but with a title like Antebellum, it seems likely some of the setting will be in the pre-Civil War south.
Chemical Hearts is a new romantic drama from Amazon Studios, based on the novel Our Chemical Hearts. Seventeen-year-old Henry Page (Austin Abrams) has never been in love. He fancies himself a romantic, but the kind of once-in-a-lifetime love he's been hoping for just hasn't happened yet. Then, on the first day of senior year, he meets transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart) and it seems all that is about to change. When Grace and Henry are chosen to co-edit the school paper, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious newcomer. As he learns the heartbreaking secret that has changed her life, he finds himself falling in love with her — or at least the person he thinks she is.
Let Him Go
In Let Him Go, a retired sheriff, Kevin Costner, and his wife, Diane Lane, who are grieving over the death of their son, set out on a journey to find their only grandson. The film is written and directed by Thomas Bezucha, who also wrote and directed The Family Stone. Bezucha has also written screenplays for other directors, such as the award-winning Potato Peel Pie Society and The Guernsey Literary.
Directed by Michael Almereyda, this film stars Ethan Hawke as brilliant inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla and follows his story, interacting with the likes of Thomas Edison and Anne Morgan, daughter of the famed business magnate, J.P. Morgan. Almereyda has directed both documentaries and feature films, with his two most recent films — the 2017 feature Majorie Prime and the 2017 documentary Escapes — being critically acclaimed.
The New Mutants
The latest addition to the beloved X-Men series was set to release at the start of April, but Marvel fanatics will have to wait until further notice to meet The New Mutants. Release Date: Aug. 28
Bill & Ted Face the Music
This one is a guilty pleasure, starring the leads of the original Bill & Ted movies — Alex Winter as Bill and Keanu Reeves as Ted — led by director Dean Parisot who directed the hilarious sci-fi parody comedy Galaxy Quest in 1999. Bill & Ted Face the Music picks up with the two time-travelers and would-be rockers as middle-aged dads still struggling to turn out a hit song and fulfill their destiny. This latest Bill & Ted installment also brings back the original screenwriters, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, which really makes it an authentic sequel to the originals and one of the top summer 2020 movies to look out for. Release Date: Sep. 4
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Based on the novel of the same name by Iain Reid, I'm Thinking of Ending Things stars Jesse Plemons and Jessie Buckley — and will be available for you to stream on September 4.
Tenet is director Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated new film, his first since 2017’s Dunkirk. With a screenplay also written by Nolan, little of the plot has been revealed. Armed with only one word — Tenet — and fighting to prevent World War III, the protagonist — played by Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington, star of BlacKkKlansmen — journeys through a mysterious world of international espionage on a mission that involves inverting time and stopping Armageddon. One thing that does seem clear is that Tenet will have some mind-bending characteristics, not unlike Nolan’s past film Inception. Other stars include Robert Pattison, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, and perennial Nolan favorite, Michael Caine. This is easily one of the most anticipated summer movies of 2020. Release date is still unknown.
Like any of Disney’s live-action remakes of its animated classics, Mulan is one of the most highly anticipated summer movies of 2020. The film stars Liu Yifei as Mulan, along with Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li — as the Emperor of China — in supporting roles. Director Niki Caro has turned out an excellent repertoire of films over the years, including the Academy Award-nominated movies Whale Rider in 2002 and North Country in 2005. The screenwriters, too, are veterans of the trade, with Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa having penned past critical and commercial hits, including Jurassic World, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Lost World: Jurassic Park. Release date is still unknown.
New Releases Coming Out Soon
The Devil All the Time
In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Pattinson), twisted couple (Clarke and Keough), and crooked sheriff (Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.” The Devil All the Time w star Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Jason Clarke, Riley Keough, Sebastian Stan, Eliza Scanlan, Bill Skarsgård, Mia Wasikowska, Harry Melling, and Haley Bennett. Watch the creepy preview below. Distributor: Netflix (Release Date: Sep. 18)
Con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) have spent their entire lives training their daughter to swindle, scam, and steal. Now, they've convinced a stranger to join their scam, only to have their world "turned upside down." Watch the preview for Kajillionaire below. Release Date: Sep. 18
Judas and the Black Messiah
Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI — who worked with petty criminal William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) to help them silence him and the Black Panther Party. Watch the intense preview for Judas and the Black Messiah below. Release date is TBD.
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