When it comes to escapism at the end of a long workday, nothing hits the spot quite like a good crime thriller, and 2020 is the year that you’ll be spoiled for choice.
The Guardian has flagged a few films that they reckon have earned the title of ‘most exciting movies of 2020’.
We chose our favourite five out of the bunch, including Jennifer Lawrence’s first film in a while, and one starring a rapidly ageing Mark Ruffalo.
So without further ado, let’s get to it.
There isn’t a trailer for this one yet, but everything points towards a winner.
Jennifer Lawrence has been missing from action for far too long; this is her ball-busting comeback, as a New York mafia mum who becomes an FBI informant. It’s based on a Pulitzer-prize winning memoir from 1992; what makes this especially inviting is that Paolo Sorrentino is directing, and it will be his first film with a female lead.
Intriguing. We’ll get that trailer to you as soon as it drops.
Promising Young Woman
Killing Eve series two showrunner Emerald Fennell directs this super-buzzy thriller. It stars Carey Mulligan as the duplicitous title character, whose past is valiantly trying to catch up with her. This looks like a bracing change of tack into neo-noir for Mulligan, a great actor in need of a surprising second act. Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Jennifer Coolidge and Molly Shannon co-star.
Sean Durkin’s mostly UK-set thriller features Jude Law and Carrie Coon as a couple who relocate from Washington in the 1980s and wind up going bananas inside their isolated manor house. It is Durkin’s second feature after Martha Marcy May Marlene, and features Anne Reid in the number three role, which can only be an enticement.
I was wondering what had happened to Jude Law…
The Woman In The Window
An all-star cast and a bit of mystery. What’s not to love?
Dodgy novelist AJ Finn’s Rear Window-ish thriller is being brought to the big screen by Joe Wright (with Tracy Letts on scripting duties); Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Anthony Mackie round out the cast. Could this be the film to finally bag Adams an Oscar?
Todd Haynes’s thriller has been out for a while in the US. It comes to the UK in February, trailing acclaim for Haynes’s slight change of direction and Mark Ruffalo’s leading turn as a corporate lawyer who uncovers troubling links between unexplained deaths and the chemical company DuPont, which settled a class-action suit for $671m in 2017.
There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months if you’re a crime/ thriller junkie.
Head on over to the Guardian to check out the rest of their list.
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