Right before I started writing this list, Bong Joon-ho’s Mickey17 was delayed indefinitely, which is heartbreaking since it was easily my most anticipated movie of this year. Either way, here are my top 10 movies to look out for in 2024!
10. Gladiator 2 (Nov 22)
Ridley Scott’s sequel to the iconic 2000 film stars Paul Mescal and is set after the death of Maximus. It follows Lucius, the son of Lucilla, Maximus’ love. What I always find so impressive about Ridley Scott’s movies isn’t just the enormous scope and titanic stakes, but how efficiently he’s able to make some of the biggest movies to ever grace the silver screen. Definitely keep an eye out for this one!
9. Challengers (Apr 26)
It’ll be a busy year for Luca Guadagnino, whose film, Queer, is also set to release sometime soon. I’m a firm believer in this filmmaker after seeing the wondrous Bones and All (2022). This April premiere is centered around a love triangle between pro tennis players and seems to be a really fun take on the traditional sports film. Trailer
8. Love Lies Bleeding (Mar 8)
Caught somewhere between a neo-western and a crime thriller, Rose Glass is set to deliver quite the balancing act. Starring Kristen Stewart as a gym manager who falls in love with a bodybuilder, their relationship eventually getting entwined in her criminal family’s schemes, it looks like a movie that’s as gorgeously shot as it is tenderly written. Trailer
7. The End (TBD)
Joshua Oppenheimer’s musical about a group of elites facing the apocalypse is a movie I’ve been looking forward to for over a year, even making my last list of most anticipated movies. Since it now has a Wikipedia page and is listed as a 2024 film, it seems the time has finally come!
6. Resurrection (TBD)
“During surgery, a woman’s consciousness falls into an eternal time zone.” This abstract plot is exactly what I’d expect from the master auteur who crafted Long Day’s Journey into Night (2018). The way Bi Gan treats narrative is absolutely fascinating to see; and since this is his first movie in six years, I fully trust that he’s going to knock it out of the park!
5. Maxxxine (TBD)
The final installment in Ti West’s X trilogy takes place six years after the farmstead massacre of the first film, with Maxine now being an LA-based actress determined to make it—until bodies start piling up around her. It’s been described as an homage to giallo horror films, which means it should be incredible.
4. Dune 2 (Mar 1)
The entire world of cinema was gutted to hear that Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to his previous sci-fi epic was postponed by a few months, but we're finally almost there (fingers crossed)! Picking up where the first film left off, this adaptation of Frank Herbert’s iconic novel continues to follow Paul Atreides as he seeks revenge against those who betrayed his father, a mission which might lead the entire universe to ruin. Trailer
3. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (May 24)
George Miller is back with a vengeance as he delivers the long-awaited prequel to his now iconic Fury Road (2015). Centered around a young Furiosa after she’s kidnapped by a biker gang, this film looks to provide even more high-octane spectacle than the first, and I can’t wait! Trailer
2. Nosferatu (Dec 25)
Of all the new horror directors to emerge this past decade, I think Robert Eggers is perhaps the most polished. He hasn’t had a single miss in three films (The Witch, The Lighthouse and The Northman), and based on what little information we have of his upcoming take on the legendary vampire film, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down. With a stacked cast and Eggers’ notorious attention to detail, this is definitely a movie I’m excited about.
1. Megalopolis (TBD)
There’s so much about Francis Ford Coppola’s upcoming sci-fi epic that I find intriguing: it’s self-financed, it’s got one of the best casts I’ve ever seen, and it’s the return of Coppola. I love a director who’s willing to take a risk, and I can’t think of a bigger risk than this dream project from one of the most celebrated directors of his generation. No trailer or promo materials have been released, but Coppola said it’ll be out ‘in a couple of months.’ Centered around a family feud amongst socialite elites in a society recovering from enormous disaster, it’s safe to say you better buckle up.