Ending the year off right with these movie releases


Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman 1984.” The movie will be released Dec. 25. Photo by Warner Brothers.

Brett Shultz, Staff Writer

Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman 1984.” The movie will be released Dec. 25.
Photo by Warner Brothers.

You walk into Regal theater with your friends on a cool summer night. You wait in line and get a large popcorn and a large soda. Carrying your snacks, you make it to your seats in the theater. When the movie starts, you silence your phone and quiet down to watch the film. Those days are now all in the past. The shutting down of Regal theaters and lack of movie productions due to the pandemic have put an end to movie nights with friends. While many movies have been delayed due to COVID-19, some are still set to release in the last few months of 2020 in theaters and streaming services. 

Pixar will release “Soul” will release on Dec. 25 on Disney+. Lending their voices for the movie, Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx will be starring in this release. This film is about a middle school music teacher (Foxx) whose soul leaves his body and is transported to a place where they train souls to enter newborns. In this place, he meets a soul (Fey) that has been trapped there for years. “Soul” will release on Dec. 25 on Disney+. 

“The Croods: A New Age” is a sequel to the 2014 animated comedy that will be released Nov. 25. All the main voice actors for the animated characters are returning including Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage and Emma Stone. The movie may not be historically accurate, but the caveman family will provide laughs for your family this Thanksgiving.

“Free Guy,” starring Ryan Reynolds, is a comedy about a non-playable character (NPC) in a videogame who becomes self-aware. 

Director Shawn Levy describes the movie by saying, “… Free Guy is about Guy, who’s a bank teller. He works in a bank, and his bank gets robbed 17 times a day, and eventually, he realizes that’s weird and not normal.” This movie releases Dec. 11 and should make the audience laugh out loud with Reynold’s comedic performance. 

Kenneth Branagh directs “Death on the Nile,” a murder mystery like the director’s prior work, “Murder on the Orient Express.” Starring in the mystery will be Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening and Letitia Wright. Branagh plays the main detective, Hercule Poirot, as he solves the mystery of who killed one of the passengers on the S.S. Karnak Cruise Ship. You should expect this whodunit to release on Dec. 18. 

Eddie Murphy stars in the sequel to the 1988 comedy “Coming to America.” “Coming 2 America” will see many of the main cast returns like James Earl Jones, Wesley Snipes and Arsenio Hall. Prince Akeem Joffer (Murphy) is set to become king of Zamunda, an African kingdom, but first he must go back to America to meet his son that he never knew about. The comedy will be released Dec. 18. 

After the success of the first film, “Wonder Woman 1984” is set decades later. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine return. Newcomer to the series, Kristen Wiig, will play Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman’s many villains. The movie is set during the Cold War and you will see Princess Dianna (Gadot) reunite with love interest Steve Trevor (Pine) to fight some formidable foes. 

2020 has not been a big year for Hollywood and the film industry, but these movies are still scheduled to be released.  COVID-19 has affected everything, but these movies leave audiences hoping for some excitement during the last couple of months of the year.