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The Year to Come: The Best and Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

Best Movies 2024: The Holdovers

In 2023, Hollywood was defined by the cultural phenomenon that was Barbenheimer, and Barbie and Oppenheimer continue to dominate the conversation as we inch closer to the 2024 Academy Awards in March. Of course, they won’t be the only films in the race. In fact, a few of the biggest Oscar contenders have yet to be released, and that means it’s time to talk about the best movies of 2024.

It’s early days, yes. But a few of the most hotly anticipated films of 2024 have already screened at film festivals or been released internationally. And of course, there are films like Dune: Part Two, Challengers, and Force of Nature: The Dry 2 that were delayed by the writer and actor strikes in 2023.

Basically, there are a lot of great films ahead, and we can’t wait for them to be released. Without further ado, here are the movies we’re looking forward to seeing in 2024.

The Best Movies of 2024

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.
Australian release date: January 1, 2024. Buy tickets here.

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.

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.
Australian release date: January 4, 2024. Buy tickets here.

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.
Australian release date: January 11, 2024. Buy tickets here.

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 has the chance to atone. Not only is The Holdovers just a great, feel-good dramedy, it’s already on the path to Oscars glory. At the 2024 Golden Globes, Giamatti was awarded Best Male Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his role, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph also won Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

Mean Girls

Directed by: Samantha Jayne, Arturo Perez Jr.
Written by: Tina Fey
Starring: Reneé Rapp, Angourie Rice, Tina Fey
Synopsis: Cady Heron is a hit with the Plastics, an A-list girl clique at her new school when she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.
Australian release date: January 11, 2024. Buy tickets here.

Mean Girls is back, and this time, they’re singing. Rebooting one of the most beloved teen films in recent history is no easy task. Mean Girls 2024 doesn’t pack the same punch as the 2004 film, but that’s okay. With elements from the original film, the hit Broadway musical, and new elements for a new generation of movie goers, perhaps Mean Girls 2024 will find its own fandom.

Related: “It’s a Fair Question”: Angourie Rice Also Wondered If We Needed Another ‘Mean Girls’

Still to Come: The Most Anticipated Movies of 2024

January

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.
Australian release date: January 18, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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. Bring your tissues — when I caught this at the Adelaide Film Festival in October, 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.
Australian release date: January 25, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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

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: January 25, 2024

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.
Australian release date: January 25, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

He Went That Way

Directed by: Jeffrey Darling
Written by: Evan M. Wiener
Starring:  Zachary Quinto, Jacob Elordi, Patrick J. Adams
Synopsis: A journey of curious tensions and bonds between two and at times three interesting characters all on their own path.
US release date: January 5, 2024, Australian release date TBC

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.
Australian release date: January 18, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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.
Australian release date: January 18, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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

February

Drive-Away Dolls

Directed by: Ethan Coen
Written by: Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke
Starring: Pedro Pascal, Matt Damon, Margaret Qualley
Synopsis: Jamie regrets her breakup with her girlfriend, while Marian needs to relax. In search of a fresh start, they embark on an unexpected road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals.
Australian release date: February 22, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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.
Australian release date: February 29, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Force of Nature: The Dry 2

Directed by: Robert Connolly
Written by: Robert Connolly, based on the novel by Jane Harper
Starring:  Eric Bana, Anna Torv, Deborra-Lee Furness
Synopsis: Five women participate in a hiking retreat but only four come out the other side. Federal agents Aaron Falk and Carmen Cooper head into the mountains hoping to find their informant still alive.
Australian release date: February 8, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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.
Australian release date: February 1, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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.

The Rooster

Directed by: Mark Leonard Winter
Written by: Mark Leonard Winter
Starring:  Phoenix Raei, Hugo Weaving, John Waters
Synopsis: When the body of his oldest friend is found buried in a shallow grave, Dan, a small-town cop, seeks answers from a volatile Hermit who may have been the last person to see his friend alive.
Australian release date: February 22, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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.
Australian release date: February 22, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

March

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Directed by: Gil Kenan
Written by: Gil Kenan and Jason Reitman
Starring: Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, Annie Potts
Synopsis: When the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second ice age.
Australian release date: March 28, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Kung Fu Panda 4

Directed by: Mike Mitchell and Stephanie Stine
Written by: Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Starring: Lucy Liu, Angelina Jolie, Ke Huy Quan
Synopsis: After Po is tapped to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace, he needs to find and train a new Dragon Warrior, while a wicked sorceress plans to re-summon all the master villains whom Po has vanquished to the spirit realm.
Australian release date: March 28, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Miller’s Girl

Directed by: Jade Halley Bartlett
Written by: Jade Halley Bartlett
Starring: Martin Freeman, Jenna Ortega, Bashir Salahuddin
Synopsis: A creative writing assignment yields complex results between a teacher and his talented student.
Australian release date: March 21, 2024

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: March 28, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Directed by: Anna Hints
Written by: Anna Hints
Starring:  Kadi Kivilo, Maria Meresaar, Elsa Saks
Synopsis: In the darkness of a smoke sauna, women share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences, washing off the shame trapped in their bodies and regaining their strength through a sense of communion.
Australian release date: March 7, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

April

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: April 4, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

Civil War

Directed by: Alex Garland
Written by: Alex Garland
Starring:  Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman, Kirsten Dunst
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.
US release date: April 26, 2024, Australian release date TBC

May

Deadpool 3

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: May 2, 2024

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: May 2, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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 teamup with Mad Max.
Australian release date: May 23, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

If

Directed by: John Krasinski
Written by: John Krasinski
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming
Synopsis: A young girl who goes through a difficult experience begins to see everyone’s imaginary friends who have been left behind as their real-life friends have grown up.
Australian release date: May 16, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

June

Ballerina

Directed by: Len Wiseman
Written by: Shay Hatten
Starring: Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Synopsis: A young female assassin seeks revenge against the people who killed her family.
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:  TBC
Australian release date: June 20, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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:  TBC
Australian release date: June 27, 2024. Bookmark this page for tickets.

July

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

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)

September

Beetlejuice 2

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.

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 4, 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 25, 2024 (Australian release date TBC)

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

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.

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

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: TBC. Bookmark this page for tickets.

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