7 Movies to Watch in 2024

As 2023 draws to a close, moviegoers are considering their most exciting movie experiences of the year, despite the complications of the SAG-AFTRA strike. “Barbie” broke box offices and women’s hearts as the stereotypical Barbie (played by Margot Robbie) traveled from Barbieland to the real world. Spider-Man enthusiasts enjoyed yet another adventure in Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse featuring a teenage Miles Morales with Spider-Woman, Gwen Stacy. Faith-based films surprised many as The Jesus Revolution and Liberty Sound exceeded expectations at the box office, proving that faith-based films are just as desirable in theaters as secular films.

The new year will bring more anticipated movies filled with joy, laughter, endurance, talking points and God’s light. If you’re wondering what to watch in 2024, we’ve got you covered.

“Freud’s Last Session”

End the year by witnessing two great minds debate the existence of God and human nature. The film depicts a fictional debate in 1939 between Sigmund Freud (Anthony Hopkins) and C.S. Lewis (Matthew Goode). Freud’s Last Séance was originally a play by Marc Saint-Germain. The film is directed by Matt Brown, known for “London Town”, “Ropewalk” and “The Man Who Knew Infinity”.

Freud’s Last Session is undeniably a serious film, but discerning moviegoers will appreciate the father of psychoanalysis discussing the nature of God with the author of Chronicles of Narnia. The film debuted on October 27 at the 2023 AFI Film Festival.

“The Book of Clarence”

The Book of Clarence is sure to be a topic of conversation among Christians and lay people alike this January. This work of fiction takes place during the ministry of Jesus and follows Clarence, a poor Jerusalemite who tries to profit from the glory and power of the Messiah. His journey takes him down an unexpected path of faith and self-discovery.

The film is directed by Jeynes Samuel, who also directed the 2021 hit The Harder They Fall. Clarence is played by LaKeith Stanfield, who recently starred in Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Other cast members include Teyana Taylor, James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Omar Sy and RJ Cyler.

Director Samuel has always believed that great stories can be told around biblical times.

“I’ve always loved those things where they kind of give the Bible a little bit of leeway because the story runs parallel to it,” Samuel said in a Deadline Q&A. “A man trying to prove he’s a nobody, a man who believes he can do anything. And that belief gets him into trouble with the neighborhood terrorists, so to speak. Then he finds himself on a path of self-discovery, redemption and awakening. I know I could tell a great story like that, but in a biblical age, it would just be something to marvel at.”

The film will be released in theaters on January 12.

“Bob Marley: One Love”

The story of the king of reggae comes to the big screen. “Bob Marley: One Love” will span the legendary singer’s life from 1976 to 1978, celebrating what Paramount Pictures says is “the iconic work of art that has inspired love and unity for generations.”

The film was directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Kingsley Ben-Adir (“Barbie”, “Secret Invasion”) plays Bob Marley. Lashana Lynch, who had roles in “The Woman King” and “The Marvels,”

plays Rita Marley, Bob Marley’s wife. This movie is a family affair; the film’s producers include members of the Marley family: wife Rita Marley, son Ziggy Marley, and daughter Cedella Marley contributed to the film.

“We talk all the time. Every step of the way, the script, the casting, the hair, the makeup,” Green said in an interview. “I want this to be for people who know and love Bob and who can still learn things about his life that they didn’t know, and introduce him to a new generation.”

The film is slated to hit theaters on February 14.

“Ordinary Angels”

Sometimes ordinary people do extraordinary good deeds. The film “Ordinary Angels” tells the true story of the Schmidt family’s struggle to find a liver transplant for their youngest daughter with the help of passionate and determined hairdresser Sharon Stevens.

Oscar winner Hilary Swank plays Sharon Stevens. Schmidt’s patriarch is played by Alan Ritchson, who starred in the hit Amazon Prime show Reacher. John Gunn directed the film.

Kevin Downs, the film’s producer, told the Washington Examiner that he hopes the film will inspire people “to not just talk about how we can love our neighbor, but actually show how we can love our neighbor in ways that put others first . “

Even the actors feel the hope emanating from the film.

“I was drawn to this beautiful true story because it is such a powerful reminder that angels live everywhere among us,” Swank said in a statement to today.com. “And that faith, hope, courage and positivity is a powerful fuel for miracles.”

This story will inspire hope and remind people that God still uses ordinary people for extraordinary miracles.

“Ordinary Angels” opens in theaters on February 23.

“King Arthur”

“King Arthur” tells a story of endurance and great friendship between a man and his dog. Michael (Mark Wahlberg) prepares for a grueling race across the Dominican Republic with his team of adventure athletes. During the grueling race, Michael encounters the same stray dogs he encountered hundreds of miles ago.

“King Arthur” is based on Mikael Lindnord’s true story told in his 2017 book Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home. Lindnord captained the Swedish Peak Performance team in the 2014 Adventure World Championship in Ecuador, where he met Artur. Later, Lindnord adopts Arthur and takes him back to Sweden.

The cast includes Simu Liu, Juliet Rylance, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ali Suliman and Paul Guilfoyle. Simon Selan Jones directed the film.

Arthur is now dead but will never be forgotten by his family.

“Arthur’s beautiful soul touched many people; to us in the family, he was the best family member you could ever dream of,” Lindnord said in a statement. “He was like a guardian angel to our children.

Moviegoers can watch this inspiring story in theaters on March 22.

“Ghostbusters: The Frozen Empire”

Ghostbusters return to battle a chilling new ghost. Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace and Finn Wolfhard reprise their roles from 2021’s Ghostbusters: The Afterlife. The original cast also joins the battle against this icy new ghost. Stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts are seen in the trailer. Gil Kenan directed the film.

“It’s an absolute honor to pick up the proton pack and step behind the camera for the next chapter in the Spengler family saga,” writer and executive producer Gil Kenan told Deadline. “I just wish I could go back to 1984 and tell the sixth-form kid at Mann Valley West that one day he would be able to direct a Ghostbusters movie.”

Fans of the Ghostbusters franchise can enjoy the latest installment in theaters on March 29.

“Beetlejuice 2”

Fans have been saying his name since 1988. Now the wait is over. He’s back! “Beetlejuice 2” will star Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Catherine O’Hara and Jenna Ortega. Tim Burton will direct the film.

Keaton, who plays Beetlejuice, is excited to keep aspects of the film similar to the original.

“We both agreed that if it was going to happen, it should be done as close as possible to the way we did it the first time,” Keaton said of his discussions about the sequel with Burton. “Inventing things, making things happen, improvising and riffing, but literally handmade things, like people creating things with their hands and building something.”

Fans will be able to see the lovable and funny poltergeist again on September 6.

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