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The Latch Selections: The Best and Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

best movies 2024: Civil War

The 2024 Academy Awards are behind us, and with the Cannes Film Festival in full swing and Sydney Film Festival right around the corner, it’s time to turn our attention to the best movies of 2024.

The beginning of the year saw the release of the last few Oscar contenders of 2024, with hot titles like Anatomy of a FallThe Holdovers and May December hitting cinemas. Following award season, we got the belated release of titles like Dune: Part TwoChallengers and Force of Nature: The Dry 2, all of which were pushed back by the 2023 Hollywood strikes.

We’ve also seen the release of some great indie films, like The Iron ClawLove Lies Bleeding and Monkey Man this year, and the release of Civil War has marked A24’s biggest cinematic release to date.

Of course, it’s still only May, and there are plenty of great films on the horizon in 2024, including Furiosa: A Mad Max SagaGladiator 2, and Sundance darling A Real Pain, which will mark Kieran Culkin’s first role since Succession ended. At Cannes, we’ve also seen the premiere of Francis Ford Coppola’s wildly divisive Megalopolis, as well as plenty of buzzy titles we’re adding to our watchlists, like The Apprentice, The Substance, Emilia Pérez, Wild Diamond and My Sunshine.

Without further ado, here are the best movies of 2024 so far, and the most hotly anticipated films that are still to come this year.

The Best Movies of 2024

All of Us Strangers

Directed by: Andrew Haigh
Written by: Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Taichi Yamada
Starring: Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Carter John Grout
Synopsis: A screenwriter drawn back to his childhood home enters into a fledgling relationship with a mysterious neighbour as he then discovers his parents appear to be living just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before.
Where to watch: Streaming on Disney+

Adapted from Taichi Yamada’s StrangersAll of Us Strangers is a striking, haunting, and deeply moving film about love, grief, loneliness, and the nature of the human condition. Make sure you’ve got tissues handy — when I caught this at the Adelaide Film Festival in October last year, the whole cinema was audibly sniffling.

Anatomy of a Fall

Directed by: Justine Triet
Written by: Justine Triet and Arthur Harari
Starring: Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud, Milo Machado Graner
Synopsis: A woman is suspected of her husband’s murder, and their blind son faces a moral dilemma as the main witness.
Oscar wins: Best Original Screenplay
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

A gripping and tense courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Fall features star performances from its cast, from Best Actress nominee Sandra Hüller to the entire supporting cast — human or not. Surely if there was an Oscar for best animal performance, there’s no question it would go to Messi, the border collie who plays Snoop in the film.

Related: How ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Reversed French Art Cinema’s Box Office Decline

Challengers

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
Written by: Justin Kuritzkes
Starring:  Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, Mike Faist
Synopsis: Follows three players who knew each other when they were teenagers as they compete in a tennis tournament to be the world-famous grand slam winner, and reignite old rivalries on and off the court.
Australian release date: In cinemas now. Buy tickets here.

With a tight, smart script and star-making performances from stars Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, Challengers is set to become one of the hottest films of 2024. It’s got an enticing love triangle, flashy tennis sequences, and plot twists that will keep you guessing, this is a film you won’t want to miss.

Related: Challengers: New Zendaya Tennis Film Reviewed by an Expert in the Psychology of Competition

Civil War

Directed by: Alex Garland
Written by: Alex Garland
Starring:  Kirsten Dunst, Cailee Spaeny, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman
Synopsis: In the near future, a team of journalists travel across the United States during a rapidly escalating civil war that has engulfed the entire nation.
Where to watch: In cinemas now. Buy tickets here.

One of the more stressful cinematic experiences I’ve had recently, I jumped out of my seat on three separate occasions while watching this. The film is gripping, gruelling, and grim to watch, but Kirsten Dunst is fantastic, and whether you like it or not, Civil War is sure to linger in your mind long after you’ve left the theatre.

The Color Purple

Directed by: Blitz Bazawule
Written by: Marcus Gardley, based on the novel by Alice Walker and the musical stage play by Marsha Norman
Starring: Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks
Synopsis: A decades-spanning tale of love and resilience and of one woman’s journey to independence. Celie faces many hardships in her life, but ultimately finds extraordinary strength and hope in the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.
Oscar nominations: Best Supporting Actress (Danielle Brooks)
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

One of the year’s secret musicals, The Color Purple is the film adaptation of the Broadway production of Alice Walker’s novel. While the film itself has been met with mixed reviews, critics have been unanimous in their praise for Best Supporting Actress nominee Danielle Brooks’ performance

Dream Scenario

Directed by: Kristoffer Borgli
Written by: Kristoffer Borgli
Starring: Lily Bird, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson
Synopsis: A hapless family man finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. When his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.
Where to watch: Streaming on Netflix

If you enjoyed Nicolas Cage in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, you’ll likely enjoy Dream Scenario as well. Cage is on point once again in this absurdist horror/satire that takes on cancel culture and celebrity worship — without becoming exhausting.

Dune: Part Two

Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Written by: Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts, based on the novel by Frank Herbert
Starring:  Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson
Synopsis: Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family.
Where to watch: In cinemas now. Buy tickets here, or rent on Prime Video

After being delayed for release by last year’s Hollywood strikes, Dune: Part Two has proven itself to be well worth the wait. A visually stunning, technical masterpiece, Dune is the kind of film that deserves to be seen on the big screen, where it can be fully appreciated for all its accomplishments.

The Fall Guy

Directed by: David Leitch
Written by: Drew Pearce, based on the television series created by Glen A. Larson
Starring:  Ryan Gosling, Hannah Waddingham, Emily Blunt
Synopsis: Colt Seavers is a stuntman who left the business a year earlier to focus on both his physical and mental health. He’s drafted back into service when the star of a mega-budget studio movie, which is being directed by his ex, goes missing.
Australian release date: In cinemas now. Buy tickets here.

A high octane, high quality action comedy starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt? Sign us up! The Fall Guy is smart, funny, and a whole lot of fun. Beyond that, it will also leave you with a new level of respect for the stunt people who pull off the death-defying action sequences we love to see on the big screen.

Related: ‘Fast X’ Is the Perfect Reminder That It’s Time for a Best Stunts Oscar

Ferrari

Directed by: Michael Mann
Written by: Troy Kennedy Martin, based on the book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, the Machine by Brock Yates
Starring:  Adam Driver, Shailene Woodley, Giuseppe Festinese
Synopsis: Set in the summer of 1957, with Enzo Ferrari’s auto empire in crisis, the ex-racer turned entrepreneur pushes himself and his drivers to the edge as they launch into the Mille Miglia, a treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy.
Where to watch: Streaming on Paramount+

Michael Mann is an acclaimed director, and for good reason. Now, he’s back with Ferrari, an exploration of the man behind one of the most iconic car manufacturers of all time. Anchored by excellent performances from Adam Driver and Shailene Woodley, Ferrari is able to switch lanes with ease, as it explores elements of sports, business and family dramas.

The Holdovers

Directed by: Alexander Payne
Written by: David Hemingson
Starring:  Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa
Synopsis: A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go.
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

It’s been two decades since Paul Giamatti was snubbed for an Oscar nomination for his work in Sideways, Alexander Payne’s 2004 comedy that single-handedly tanked the entire merlot industry. Now, Payne and Giamatti are back with The Holdovers, and the Academy took the opportunity to (somewhat) atone for its sins by giving Giamatti the nomination he deserved.

While Giamatti didn’t take home the Oscar in the end, his co-star Da’Vine Joy Randolph won Best Supporting Actress for her work as Mary Lamb. Beyond that, The Holdovers is just a great, feel-good dramedy, and it’s worth your time.

How to Have Sex

Directed by: Molly Manning Walker
Written by: Molly Manning Walker
Starring:  Anna Antoniades, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Lara Peake
Synopsis: Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday – drinking, clubbing and hooking up, in what should be the best summer of their lives.
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

Molly Manning Walker’s directorial debut, How to Have Sex, is a coming of age story that grapples with the issue of consent in a world of clubbing and hook up culture. With a powerhouse performance from newcomer Mia McKenna-Bruce at its centre, How to Have Sex is one of 2024’s unmissable films.

The Iron Claw

Directed by: Sean Durkin
Written by: Sean Durkin
Starring: Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson
Synopsis: The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s.
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

A powerful film with Zac Efron’s powerhouse performance at its centre, The Iron Claw is a gripping, tragic drama that examines how masculinity and family dynamics impact both father and sons.

Love Lies Bleeding

Directed by: Rose Glass
Written by: Rose Glass and Weronika Tofilska
Starring: Anna Baryshnikov, Kristen Stewart, Dave Franco
Synopsis: Gym manager Lou falls for Jackie, a bodybuilder who is passing through town en route to a competition in Las Vegas.
Australian release date: Rent on Prime Video

A wild ride from start to finish, Love Lies Bleeding is an unhinged neo-noir that will make you laugh, gasp and cry, often in quick succession. It’s a campy crime drama that will hook you in quickly and refuse to let you go until the end.

May December

Directed by: Todd Haynes
Written by: Alex Mechanik and Samy Burch
Starring: Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Charles Melton
Synopsis: Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, a married couple buckles under pressure when an actress arrives to do research for a film about their past.
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore are firing on all cylinders in this film that’s so high-camp it’s close to diabolical. Where the topic is serious and often deeply unsettling, Haynes keeps the crowd hooked with expertly placed jokes, and the result is a multi-layered film that will be on your mind for days.

Monkey Man

Directed by: Dev Patel
Written by: Story by Dev Patel, with screenplay by Dev Patel, Paul Angunawela and
John Collee
Starring: Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Pitobash
Synopsis: An anonymous young man unleashes a campaign of vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor and powerless.
Where to watch: In cinemas now. Buy tickets here, or rent on Prime Video

A chaotic and often stressful watch, Dev Patel’s directing debut is a mile-a-minute action thriller that delivers. It’s heavy on the violence and features some killer fights as Patel takes you on a guided tour of India’s crime underworld.

Perfect Days

Directed by: Wim Wenders
Written by: Takuma Takasaki, Wim Wenders
Starring:  Kôji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano
Synopsis: A janitor in Japan drives between jobs listening to rock music.
Australian release date: In cinemas now. Buy tickets here, or rent on Apple TV

A beautiful film about seeing the beauty in life’s smallest moments, Perfect Days is the kind of film that will remind you to slow down, breathe, and live in the moment.

Priscilla

Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Written by: Sofia Coppola, based on the book Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon
Starring: Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi, Ari Cohen
Synopsis: When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend.
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

Sofia Coppola steps back into her zone with Priscilla, showing us the flipside to Baz Luhrmann’s frenzied Elvis extravaganza. Priscilla is a small, quiet, melancholic look at Priscilla’s life, with the pitch-perfect combination of glamour and loneliness we’ve come to expect from a Coppola film.

Related: ‘Priscilla’: A Bold Feminist Retelling of Elvis’ Dark Fairytale Marriage

The Zone of Interest

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer
Written by: Jonathan Glazer, based on the novel by Martin Amis
Starring:  Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Freya Kreutzkam
Synopsis:  The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.
Where to watch: Rent on Prime Video

An absolutely harrowing experience, The Zone of Interest is a film that will haunt you. Your ears are constantly drawn to the horrific sounds in the background, in stark contrast to the intentionally mundane affairs playing out in front of you, as director Jonathan Glazer pushes you to confront the mundanity of evil.

Related: ‘The Zone of Interest’: New Holocaust Film Powerfully Lays Bare the Mechanisms of Genocide

Still to Come: The Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

May

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Directed by: George Miller
Written by: George Miller and Nick Lathouris
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Burke
Synopsis: The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before her encounter and team up with Mad Max.
Australian release date: May 23, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

June

Bad Boys: Ride or Die

Directed by: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah
Written by: Chris Bremner and Will Beall, based on characters created by George Gallo
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens
Synopsis: This Summer, the world’s favourite Bad Boys are back with their iconic mix of edge-of-your seat action and outrageous comedy but this time with a twist: Miami’s finest are now on the run.
Australian release date: June 6 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Despicable Me 4

Directed by: Chris Renaud, Patrick Delage
Written by: Mike White
Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove
Synopsis: Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith, and Agnes welcome a new member to the family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad. Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal and his girlfriend Valentina, and the family is forced to go on the run.
Australian release date: June 20, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Horizon: An American Saga

Directed by: Kevin Costner
Written by: Jon Baird and Kevin Costner
Starring: Kevin Costner, Abbey Lee, Sienna Miller
Synopsis: Chronicles a multi-faceted, 15-year span of pre-and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American west.
Australian release date: June 28, 2024.

Inside Out 2

Directed by: Kelsey Mann
Written by: Meg LeFauve
Starring:  Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black
Synopsis: Follow Riley, in her teenage years, encountering new emotions.
Australian release date: June 13, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

A Quiet Place: Day One

Directed by: Michael Sarnoski
Written by: Michael Sarnoski, story by John Krasinski and Michael Sarnoski, based on characters by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck
Starring:  Lupita Nyong’o, Djimon Hounsou, Alex Wolff
Synopsis: Experience the day the world went quiet.
Australian release date: June 27, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

The Watchers

Directed by: Ishana Shyamalan
Written by: Ishana Shyamalan, based on the novel by A.M. Shine
Starring:  Dakota Fanning, Olwen Fouéré, Georgina Campbell
Synopsis: A young artist gets stranded in an extensive, immaculate forest in western Ireland, where, after finding shelter, she becomes trapped alongside three strangers, stalked by mysterious creatures each night.
Australian release date: June 13, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

July

The Bikeriders

Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Written by: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, Tom Hardy
Synopsis: It follows the rise of a Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members.
Australian release date: July 4, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Deadpool and Wolverine

Directed by: Shawn Levy
Written by: Shawn Levy, Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, Rhett Reese, Ryan Reynolds, Zeb Wells, Paul Wernick, based on characters created by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Emma Corrin, Jennifer Garner
Synopsis: Wolverine joins the “merc with a mouth” in the third instalment of the Deadpool film franchise.
Australian release date: July 25, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Fly Me to the Moon

Directed by: Greg Berlanti
Written by: story by Keenan Flynn and Bill Kirstein, screenplay by Rose Gilroy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Woody Harrelson, Channing Tatum
Synopsis: Marketing maven Kelly Jones wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s already difficult task. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as back-up.
Australian release date: July 11, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Kinds of Kindness

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Screenplay by: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
Starring: Emma Stone, Jesse Plemons, Willem Dafoe
Synopsis: Kinds of Kindness is a triptych fable, following a man without choice who tries to take control of his own life; a policeman who is alarmed that his wife who was missing-at-sea has returned and seems a different person; and a woman determined to find a specific someone with a special ability, who is destined to become a prodigious spiritual leader.
Australian release date: July 11, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Longlegs

Directed by: Oz Perkins
Written by: Oz Perkins
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Maika Monroe, Alicia Witt
Synopsis: In pursuit of a serial killer, an FBI agent uncovers a series of occult clues that she must solve to end his terrifying killing spree.
Australian release date: July 11, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Twisters

Directed by: Lee Isaac Chung
Written by: Michael Crichton and Mark L. Smith
Starring:  Glen Powell, Kiernan Shipka, Maura Tierney
Synopsis: An update to the 1996 film Twister, which centred on a pair of storm chasers who risk their lives in an attempt to test an experimental weather alert system.
Australian release date: July 19, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

August

Alien: Romulus

Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Written by: Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, based on characters creators by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett
Starring: Isabela Merced, Cailee Spaeny, Archie Renaux
Synopsis: While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonisers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe.
Australian release date: August 15, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Blink Twice

Directed by: Zoë Kravitz
Written by: E.T. Feigenbaum, Zoë Kravitz
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Adria Arjona, Channing Tatum
Synopsis: When tech billionaire Slater King meets cocktail waitress Frida at his fundraising gala, he invites her to join him and his friends on a dream vacation on his private island. As strange things start to happen, Frida questions her reality.
Australian release date: August 22, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Borderlands

Directed by: Eli Roth
Written by: Eli Roth and Joe Crombie
Starring:  Olivier Richters, Ariana Greenblatt, Cate Blanchett
Synopsis: A feature film based on the popular video game set on the abandoned fictional planet of Pandora where people search for a mysterious relic.
US release date: August 9, 2024 (Australian release date TBC)

It Ends With Us

Directed by: Justin Baldoni
Written by: Christy Hall, based on the book by Colleen Hoover
Starring: Blake Lively, Justin Baldoni, Jenny Slate
Synopsis: Adapted from the Colleen Hoover novel, Lily overcomes a traumatic childhood to embark on a new life. A chance meeting with a neurosurgeon sparks a connection but Lily begins to see sides of him that remind her of her parents’ relationship.
Australian release date: August 8, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

MaXXXine

Directed by: Ti West
Written by: Ti West
Starring: Mia Goth, Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney
Synopsis: In 1980s Hollywood, adult film star and aspiring actress Maxine Minx finally gets her big break. But as a mysterious killer stalks the starlets of Hollywood, a trail of blood threatens to reveal her sinister past.
Australian release date: August 1, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Trap

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Hayley Mills, Marnie McPhail
Synopsis: A father and teen daughter attend a pop concert, where they realise they’re at the centre of a dark and sinister event.
Australian release date: August 8, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

September

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

Directed by: Tim Burton
Written by: Alfred Gough, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Miles Millar, with Michael McDowell and Larry Wilson (characters)
Starring: Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Jenna Ortega, Monica Bellucci
Synopsis: This is a follow-up to the comedy Beetlejuice (1988), about a ghost who’s recruited to help haunt a house.
Australian release date: September 5, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Speak No Evil

Directed by: James Watkins
Written by: Christian Tafdrup, Mads Tafdrup, James Watkins
Starring: James McAvoy, Aisling Franciosi, Dan Hough
Synopsis:  A family invited to spend a weekend in an idyllic country house, goes from a dream vacation to a psychological nightmare.
Australian release date: September 12, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

October

Joker: Folie à Deux

Directed by: Todd Phillips
Written by: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, based on characters created by Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson
Starring:  Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Brendan Gleeson, Lady Gaga
Synopsis:  TBC
Australian release date: October 3, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Terrifier 3

Directed by: Damien Leone
Written by: Damien Leone
Starring: Lauren LaVera, David Howard Thornton, Samantha Scaffidi
Synopsis: Art the Clown is set to unleash chaos on the unsuspecting residents of Miles County as they peacefully drift off to sleep on Christmas Eve.
US release date: October 24, 2024

November

Gladiator 2

Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: David Scarpa
Starring:  Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, Connie Nielsen
Synopsis: Follows Lucius, the son of Maximus’ love Lucilla, after Maximus’ death.
Australian release date: November 22, 2024

Moana 2

Directed by: David G. Derrick Jr.
Written by: David G. Derrick Jr.
Starring: Voices of Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Tudyk
Synopsis: After receiving an unexpected call from her wayfinding ancestors, Moana journeys to the far seas of Oceania and into dangerous, long-lost waters for an adventure unlike anything she has ever faced.
Australian release date: November 28, 2024

Wicked Part One

Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Written by: Winnie Holzman, Stephen Schwartz, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire
Starring:  Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, Jonathan Bailey
Synopsis: The story of how a green-skinned woman framed by the Wizard of Oz becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. The first of a two-part feature film adaptation of the Broadway musical.
Australian release date: November 28, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

December

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim

Directed by: Kenji Kamiyama
Written by: Jeffrey Addiss, Phoebe Gittins, Will Matthews, Arty Papageorgiou, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Starring:  Brian Cox, Miranda Otto, Shaun Dooley
Synopsis: The untold story behind Helm’s Deep, hundreds of years before the fateful war, telling the life and bloodsoaked times of its founder, Helm Hammerhand, the King of Rohan.
Australian release date: December 12, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Mufasa: The Lion King

Directed by: Barry Jenkins
Written by: Jeff Nathanson
Starring: Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Aaron Pierre
Synopsis: Simba, having become king of the Pride Lands, is determined for his cub to follow in his paw prints while the origins of his late father Mufasa are explored.
Australian release date: December 20, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

A Real Pain

Directed by: Jesse Eisenberg
Written by: Jesse Eisenberg
Starring: Kieran Culkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Olha Bosova
Synopsis: Mismatched cousins David and Benji reunite for a tour through Poland to honor their beloved grandmother. The adventure takes a turn when the odd-couple’s old tensions resurface against the backdrop of their family history.
Australian release date: December 26, 2024

2024 Films We Don’t Have a Release Date for Yet

13 Sentimentos (aka Perfect Endings)

Directed by: Daniel Ribeiro
Written by: Daniel Ribeiro, Rafael Gomes (story consultant)
Starring: Michel Joelsas, Helena Albergaria, Artur Volpi
Synopsis: Like the perfect ending of a great film – that is the way filmmaker João describes the end of his 10-year relationship with Hugo. Despite breaking up, they remained best friends. However, reentering the dating scene brought a whirlwind of emotions, revealing that reality can’t be controlled like a movie script.
Australian release date: TBC

Anora

Directed by: Sean Baker
Written by: Sean Baker
Starring: Mikey Madison, Yura Borisov, Ivy Wolk
Synopsis: Anora is a comedy about a sex worker shot in New York City and Las Vegas.
Australian release date: TBC

The Apprentice

Directed by: Ali Abbasi
Written by: Gabriel Sherman
Starring: Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Strong, Maria Bakalova
Synopsis: The story of how a young Donald Trump started his real estate business in 1970s and 80s New York with the helping hand of infamous lawyer Roy Cohn.
Australian release date: TBC

Babes

Directed by: Pamela Adlon
Written by: Ilana Glazer, Josh Rabinowitz
Starring: Elena Ouspenskaia, Sandra Bernhard, Oliver Platt
Synopsis: TBC, plot under wraps
Australian release date: TBC

Bird

Directed by: Andrea Arnold
Written by: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Barry Keoghan, Franz Rogowski, James Nelson-Joyce
Synopsis: Bailey lives with her brother Hunter and her father Bug, who raises them alone in a squat in northern Kent. Bug doesn’t have much time to devote to them. Bailey looks for attention and adventure elsewhere.
Australian release date: TBC

Blitz

Directed by: Steve McQueen
Written by: Steve McQueen
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Harris Dickinson, Stephen Graham
Synopsis: Follow the stories of a group of Londoners during the events of the British capital bombing in World War II.
Australian release date: TBC

Blue Sun Palace

Directed by: Constance Tsang
Written by: Constance Tsang
Starring: Damien Brown, Yvonne YF Chan, Leo Chen
Synopsis: When tragedy strikes, an unexpected bond forms between two migrants in the Chinese community of Queens. Far from home, their labor-filled lives intertwine as they grieve and search for familial connections.
Australian release date: TBC

Christmas Eve in Miller’s Point

Directed by: Tyler Taormina
Written by: Eric Berger, Tyler Taormina
Starring: Michael Cera, Elsie Fisher, Maria Dizzia
Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a family gathers for what could be the last holiday in their ancestral home. As the night wears on and generational tensions arise, one of the teenagers sneaks out with her friends to claim the wintry suburb for her own.
Australian release date: TBC

Emilia Pérez

Directed by: Jacques Audiard
Written by: Jacques Audiard (co-writer), Thomas Bidegain (artistic collaborator and collaborating writer), Léa Mysius (collaborating writer)
Starring: Selena Gomez, Zoe Saldana, Edgar Ramírez
Synopsis: Mexico, today. Lawyer Rita receives an unexpected offer. She has to help a feared cartel boss retire from his business and disappear forever by becoming the woman he’s always dreamed of being.
Australian release date: TBC

The Girl With the Needle

Directed by: Magnus von Horn
Written by: Line Langebek Knudsen, Magnus von Horn
Starring: Vic Carmen Sonne, Trine Dyrholm, Besir Zeciri
Synopsis: Copenhagen 1919: A young worker finds herself unemployed and pregnant. She meets Dagmar, who runs an underground adoption agency. A strong connection grows but her world shatters when she stumbles on the shocking truth behind her work.
Australian release date: TBC

I Saw the TV Glow

Directed by: Jane Schoenbrun
Written by: Jane Schoenbrun
Starring:  Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Ian Foreman
Synopsis: Two teenagers bond over their love of a supernatural TV show, but it is mysteriously cancelled.
Australian release date: TBC

Megalopolis

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Written by: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring:  Adam Driver, Nathalie Emmanuel, Giancarlo Esposito
Synopsis: An architect wants to rebuild New York City as a utopia following a devastating disaster.
Australian release date: TBC

Mickey 17

Directed by: Bong Joon Ho
Written by: Bong Joon Ho, based on the novel by Edward Ashton
Starring:  Mark Ruffalo, Robert Pattinson, Toni Collette
Synopsis:  A disposable employee is sent on a human expedition to colonise the ice world Niflheim. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact.
Australian release date: January 31, 2025. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Miséricorde (aka Misericordia)

Directed by: Alain Guiraudie
Written by: Alain Guiraudie
Starring: Jacques Develay, Jean-Baptiste Durand, Catherine Frot
Synopsis: Returning to Saint-Martial for his late boss’s funeral, Jérémie’s stay with widow Martine becomes entangled in a disappearance, a threatening neighbour, and an abbot’s shady intentions.
Australian release date: TBC

My Sunshine

Directed by: Hiroshi Okuyama
Written by: Hiroshi Okuyama
Starring: Keitatsu Koshiyama, Kiara Takanashi, Sôsuke Ikematsu
Synopsis: Two young skaters, polar opposites in personality, team up to train for a figure skating duo, their growing bond blurring the lines between partners and more as winter unfolds.
Australian release date: TBC

My Old Ass

Directed by: Megan Park
Written by: Megan Park
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Maddie Ziegler, Maria Dizzia
Synopsis: Elliott Labrant, who has been advised by her future self not to fall in love, is sure she can do so after being given the advice. That is, until she meets the boy her older self warned her about.
Australian release date: TBC

Nightbitch

Directed by: Marielle Heller
Written by: Marielle Heller, based on the novel by Rachel Yoder
Starring: Amy Adams, Scoot McNairy, Mary Holland
Synopsis: A woman pauses her career to be a stay-at-home mother, but soon her domesticity takes a surreal turn.
Australian release date: TBC

Oh Canada

Directed by: Paul Schrader
Written by: Paul Schrader, based on the book by Russell Banks
Starring: Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Jacob Elordi
Synopsis: Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam, shares all his secrets to de-mythologize his mythologized life.
Australian release date: TBC

Rumours

Directed by: Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson, Guy Maddin
Written by: Evan Johnson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alicia Vikander, Charles Dance
Synopsis: The leaders of seven wealthy democracies get lost in the woods while drafting a statement on a global crisis, facing danger as they attempt to find their way out.
Australian release date: TBC

The Shrouds

Directed by: David Cronenberg
Written by: David Cronenberg
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, Guy Pearce
Synopsis: Karsh, an innovative businessman and grieving widower, builds a device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud.
Australian release date: TBC

Slow

Directed by: Marija Kavtaradze
Written by: Marija Kavtaradze
Starring: Greta Grineviciute, Kestutis Cicenas, Pijus Ganusauskas
Synopsis: Dancer Elena and sign language interpreter Dovydas meet and form a beautiful bond. As they dive into a new relationship, they must navigate how to build their own kind of intimacy.
Australian release date: TBC

The Substance

Directed by: Marija Kavtaradze
Written by: Marija Kavtaradze
Starring: Greta Grineviciute, Kestutis Cicenas, Pijus Ganusauskas
Synopsis: Dancer Elena and sign language interpreter Dovydas meet and form a beautiful bond. As they dive into a new relationship, they must navigate how to build their own kind of intimacy.
Australian release date: TBC

The Surfer

Directed by: Lorcan Finnegan
Written by: Thomas Martin
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Julian McMahon, Nicholas Cassim
Synopsis: When a man returns to his beach side hometown in Australia, he is humiliated in front of his teenage son by a local group of surfers who claim ownership over the secluded beach of his childhood.
Australian release date: TBC

When the Light Breaks

Directed by: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Written by: Rúnar Rúnarsson
Starring: Elín Hall, Katla Njálsdóttir, Mikael Kaaber
Synopsis: Una grapples with grief while harbouring a secret, unable to fully express her emotions, as she navigates challenging events swirling around her.
Australian release date: TBC

Wild Diamond

Directed by: Agathe Riedinger
Written by: Agathe Riedinger
Starring: Malou Khebizi, Idir Azougli, Andréa Bescond
Synopsis: Liane, 19, lives with her mother and sister in Fréjus in the south of France. Consumed by aspirations of beauty and stardom, she auditions for a reality show called “Miracle Island.”
Australian release date: TBC

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