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25 Most Anticipated Movies Coming To Theatres In 2024 That You’ll Want To Catch On The Big Screen

Upcoming new movies in 2024

Music geeks have their fill of elation with the stream of concerts in Malaysia in 2024. But movie buffs won’t be feeling left out, for sure. From long-anticipated sequels of blockbusters to buzzy new releases, the lineup of new movies in 2024 encompasses alien invasions, family-fun animations, natural disasters, thrilling actions, and doses of Ryan Reynolds.

To help you plan your movie excursions, we’ve compiled a list of movies releasing in Malaysia in 2024 that you don’t want to miss, especially when – hint hint – one of them features a mini Barbenheimer collab.

Read on to find out more.

1. Challengers – 25th April


We’ve seen the picture and we’ve seen the memes. The film Challengers, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is every bit a tease as it has been before its release.

Starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist, the film has all the action taking place on the tennis court – sport, competition, friendship and love. After a bad injury,a former tennis prodigy, Tashi, ends up becoming the manager of her husband Art, who is also a famed tennis player. When she suggests for him to enter a low-level championship match, they are reunited with Patrick, Art’s former best friend who also happens to be Tashi’s ex.

Release date: 25th April 2024
Genre: Romantic, Sports

2. The Fall Guy – 2nd May

The Fall Guy
is something of a Barbenheimer collab, and also a love letter to all stunt performers.

Fresh off “Kenergy” from Barbie, Ryan Gosling is back as stuntman Colt Seavers, who is searching for the missing leading man of a new mega-budget movie that is directed by his love interest, Jody, played by the phenomenal Emily Blunt of Oppenheimer.

The film is an exhilarating mix of action, comedy and romance, with Colt doing the most as he tries to win back the love of his life at work, and help solve a criminal plot outside of his job.

Release date: 2nd May 2024
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance

3. Deadpool & Wolverine – 2nd May


What’s a blockbuster year without a Marvel Studios movie? MCU fans will be stoked to see that Deadpool & Wolverine is on this list – a Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman face-off will be epic.

Apart from the trailer, little to no details about the storyline have been disclosed for this instalment. The official synopsis for the movie states that “Wolverine is recovering from his injuries when he crosses paths with the loudmouth, Deadpool. They team up to defeat a common enemy”. We’re sooo in for a treat.

Release date: 2nd May 2024
Genre: Action, Comedy

4. Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes – 9th May


Apes seem to be the thing in 2024 – Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire was released earlier this March. The gorilla fever will be going strong on 9th May, when Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes is set to hit the big screens.

Set three centuries after the events in the previous movie, the story continues with a new ape leader building his own empire by enslaving other clans who are in search of a secret human technology. Meanwhile, a young ape named Noa and a feral human girl Mae embark on a journey to find freedom.

Release date: 9th May 2024
Genre: Action, Adventure

5. IF – 16th May


Following his directorial debut with A Quiet Place, actor cum director John Krasinski is taking on a lighter approach with this live-action slash animated fantasy comedy titled IF. Short for Imaginary Friends, the film and its story refers to those who have been left behind by children who dreamt them up when they were younger, and who have moved on from them as adults.

The film features a dazzling host of actors, some of whom will be starring in the movie including Ryan Reynolds – yay – Fiona Shaw, and Cailey Fleming, as well as those who will be lending their voices such as Emily Blunt – double yay – Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Steve Carell, Matt Damon, and Awkwafina.

Release date: 16th May 2024
Genre: Animation, Comedy

6. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – 23rd May

Furiosa: The Mad Max Saga
is finally rolling out in the cinemas after what seems like forever, serving as a prequel to the blockbuster 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road.

Taking on a role that Charlize Theron nailed in the original movie is Anya Taylor-Joy, who plays the younger version of Imperator Furiosa snatched away from her tribe by a biker gang led by Warlord Dementus. Set in a sandy dystopian world, the movie expands more on Furiosa’s origins, early life story, and the journey finding her way back home.

Release date: 23rd May 2024
Genre: Action, Adventure

7. The Garfield Movie – 23rd May


The world’s most famous cat from Jim Davis’ comic strip Garfield is being made into a fully animated movie called The Garfield Movie. Actor Chris Pratt will be voicing the lazy, loveable ginger tabby cat who gets involved in a high-stakes heist after an unexpected reunion with his long-lost street cat dad, Vic.

Release date: 23rd May 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure

8. Bad Boys: Ride Or Die – 13th June


We all know for a fact that the Bad Boys will always come back – and they definitely are in 2024. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are so back as our favourite Miami detectives with the next and fourth film of the series, Bad Boys: Ride Or Die.

The boys are assigned to investigate corruption within the Miami PD when a setup turns them into fugitives, forcing them to work outside the law to solve the case and save themselves.

Release date: 13th June 2024
Genre: Action, Comedy

9. Inside Out 2 – 13th June


The highly-anticipated sequel to the 2015 Oscar Winning Pixar film Inside Out 2 brings viewers back to the animated emotions of the now-teenage Riley, voiced by Amy Poehler. Familiar emotions including Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust struggle to get her back on track when new feelings such as Anxiety, Envy, Ennui, and Embarrassment take over the teenage girl’s mind.

Release date: 13th June 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure

10. The Bikeriders – 20th June


There’s no way we’re missing out on a movie that has a broody Austin Butler and a brawny Tom Hardy revving about on sexy Harley-Davidson bikes in their black leather jackets. Directed by Jeff Nichols, The Bikeriders is a gritty period film inspired by a 60s photobook that follows the story of a Midwestern bikers club from the perspective of a strong female character, Kathy.

As the wife of Benny – a young member of the outlaw motorcycle club called The Vandals – she grapples with her husband’s involvement in the group as the club slowly evolves into a violent crime syndicate. Benny is torn between two choices – staying loyal to the club’s unpredictable leader Johnny, whom he looks up to as a father figure, or placating his increasingly wary wife and staying out of trouble.

Release date: 20th June 2024
Genre: Crime, Drama

11. A Quiet Place: Day One – 27th June


Seems like these blind, faceless creatures with extreme sensitivity to sounds aren’t going anywhere. John Krasinki’s post-apocalyptic horror franchise is now in its third film titled A Quiet Place: Day One, being a prequel of sorts starring Lupita Nyong’o and Djimon Hounsou.

This instalment goes back to the beginning of the alien invasion, when humans were unaware of the existence of such monsters. To make it more terrifying, it takes place in New York City – the loudest city in the world – which makes it all the more harder to survive.

Release date: 27th June 2024
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

12. Despicable Me 4 – 4th July


Universal’s popular animation franchise is back seven years after its last full film – Despicable Me 4. It welcomes back our beloved super-villain-turned-anti-villain Gru, and the usual Minion mayhem.

Baby Gru Jr. is the latest addition to Gru’s growing family consisting of his wife Lucy and his three adopted daughters. Apart from the stress he is facing from his stubborn son, Gru is forced to go on the run after facing nemesis Maxime Le Mal, an escaped criminal, and his femme fatale girlfriend Valentina.

Fans can look forward to Steve Carell’s return as the voice of Gru, along with exciting new voices including Will Ferrell, Joey King, Sofia Vergara, and Stephen Colbert.

Release date: 4th July 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

13. Twisters – 18th July


A human-versus-natural disaster movie is what we need at times to get us sucked in. Twisters is a standalone story, despite having a nearly identical name and theme to the 1996 box office hit of the same name. But the titular tornadoes in both films are pretty much the only similarities.

Directed by Oscar-nominated writer-director Isaac Lee Chung, the film stars Alex Powell as the self-proclaimed “Tornado Wrangler” Tyler Owens with a cockiness overflowing the movie trailer, and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kate Cooper, a cautious storm tracker. Owens persuades Cooper to test an experimental weather alert system, and the duo end up facing cataclysmic forces.

Release date: 18th July 2024
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

14. Harold And The Purple Crayon – 18th July


Based on the 1995 children’s book written by Crockett Johnson, Harold And The Purple Crayon is the book’s first live-action adaptation that stars Zachary Levi, Tanya Reynolds, Zooey Deschanel and Lil Rey Howery.

The film serves as a sequel to the original book, where Harold is all grown up and still with his magical purple crayon that can make anything come to life simply by drawing it. When he draws himself off the book’s pages and into the physical world, he finds that he has a lot to learn about real life.

Release date: 18th July 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

15. Alien: Romulus – 15th August


One thing’s for certain – we’ll never run out or get tired of Alien movies. Alien: Romulus is the seventh instalment of the Alien franchise with a timeline set between the first and second movies.

The sci-fi horror film tells the story of a group of young space colonisers trapped in a derelict space station with a terrifying creature.

Release date: 15th August 2024
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

16. Beetlejuice Beetlejuice – 5th September

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice
is the perfect movie to usher in the season of spooks for many reasons. First, it’s a Tim Burton classic. It stars a cast that has been titular in his iconic movies. And it is every bit an eccentric and ghostly movie.

Reprising their roles from the 1988 cult-classic Beetlejuice are Michael Keaton as the crude bio-exorcist Betelgeuse, and Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara as their iconic roles of Lydia and Delia Deetz respectively. Newcomers Jenna Ortega and William Dafoe will be joining the team, who are taksed to prevent mayhem from happening when the portal to the Afterlife is accidentally opened.

Release date: 5th September 2024
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Comedy

17. Transformers One – 12th September


The previous Transformers movies have been live-action ones that make it seem like the robots would jump out of your screens anytime. But Transformers One is the first animated feature-length film for the series in decades.

The sci-fi film brings us back to the distant past of planet Cybertron, which tells the origin story of young Optimus Prime and Megatron, and how they went from brothers-in-arms to legendary foes. The ensemble voice cast is a star-studded one, which includes Chris Hemsworth, Brian Tyree Henry, Scarlett Johansson and Keegan-Michael Key.

Release date: 12th September 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Action

18. The Wild Robot – 19th September


You know you’re in for a rollercoaster ride of emotions if it’s a DreamWorks movie. The Wild Robot is an animated film adaptation of Peter Brown’s book series of the same name.

Voiced by Lupita Nyong’o, Roz the robot gets stranded on an uninhabited island after a shipwreck, and gradually learns to adapt to the different surroundings by bonding with the animals there.

Release date: 19th September 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama

19. Joker: Folie à Deux – 3rd October


The sequel to Todd Philip’s Joker film has been creating a whole lot of buzz ever since it was confirmed to be in the works. Joker: Folie à Deux will have Joaquin Phoenix returning as DC’s most disturbing villain, alongside Lady Gaga as Joker’s most iconic love interest, Harley Quinn.

Their twisted romance begins in no other than an insane asylum. As it blooms, Joker sees hope in his bleak and lonely confinement. What stands out about this film is the musical take on the characters and story, with the trailer featuring Joker and Quinn waltzing across rooftops and performing extravagantly at bars.

Release date: 3rd October 2024
Genre: Crime, Drama, Musical

20. Gladiator 2 – 21st November


With the first movie being such a huge success, Gladiator 2 sure has some big Roman sandals to fill.

Director Sir Ridley Scott is back to helm the highly anticipated sequel which follows Lucius Verus, played by Paul Mescal, as a new gladiator all geared up in the arena for epic sprawls against charging rhinos and vicious beasts.

Mescal is also joined by an ensemble of other bigshots including Pedro Pascal, Denzel Washington, and Connie Nielson.

Release date: 21st November 2024
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

21. Moana 2 – 28th November

See the line where the sky meets the sea –
it seems to be calling out to Moana again, because Moana 2 is being released this year.

Disney’s oceanic sequel has Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reprising their iconic characters as the adventurous Moana and the demigod Maui respectively. After the roaring adventure that viewers were swept away on in the first movie, this upcoming one is sure to thrill with a riveting voyage, seamonsters, and eargasmic sing-along tracks.

Release date: 28th November 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

22. Wicked: Part 1 – 28th November


A Broadway gem since 2003, Wicked is now ready to defy gravity with its big screen adaptation.

The film itself is a retelling of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, and a prequel to The Wizard Of Oz – long before Dorothy arrived in the wonderful land of Oz, the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of West were once young aspiring witches who formed an unlikely friendship before they became enemies.

With Ariana Grande slated to play the sweet and popular Glinda, and Cynthia Ervio to play green-skinned Elphaba, the Jon M. Chu’s film is sure to work its magic when Part 1 drops this November. The sequel, or Part 2, is tentatively set to be released on 26th November 2025.

Release date: 28th November 2024
Genre: Fantasy, Musical, Romance

23. The Lord Of The Rings: The War Of Rohirrim – 12th December


There’s no denying the imprint that the Lord of The Rings franchise has made, both in the book community and the cinema verse. To further satiate fans of the lore, the franchise is still expanding with the upcoming Lord Of The Rings: The War Of Rohirrim, which spotlights the complicated history of the Kingdom of Rohan and its founder, Helm Hammerhand.

Release date: 12th December 2024
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

24. Mufasa: The Lion King – 19th December


2024 is the year of prequels and villain origin stories, it seems. Mufasa: The Lion King narrates the events that unfold before young Simba was born, and centres around his father Mufasa before he became the King of Pride Rock and his relationship with his brother, Scar.

Directed by Barry Jenkins, the “live-action” musical film promises an original and intriguing story of the beloved Disney movie that we all know and love, as well as swelling scores, of course.

Release date: 19th December 2024
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama

25. Sonic The Hedgehog 3 – 26th December


It feels like Sonic The Hedgehog just released a new sequel. But they’re back again with yet another one. Sonic The Hedgehog 3 is the third instalment of the action-adventure film that’s based on a video game franchise, and will be introducing its iconic villain and Sonic’s archenemy Shadow, who will be voiced by none other than the amazing Keanu Reeves.

The upcoming movie will focus quite a bit on the backstory of Shadow, including how he was created. Voice star Ben Schwartz will return as Sonic, alongside other major stars who will be lending their voices as well, including Idris Elba and Jim Carrey. Video game fan or not, there’s no way we’re saying no to Keanu Reeves voice gracing our ears.

Release date: 26th December 2024
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

New movies to watch in Malaysia in 2024

With a host of new titles to be excited about this year, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got your movie schedule all planned out. So get your buckets of popcorn ready and bookmark this list to experience a year of absolute box-bangers.

For more movie listicles, here’s some highly-raved Malaysian movies and classic Christmas movies for Malaysians to return to.

Cover image adapted from: Digital Spy, GSC, Universal Pictures, IMDb, Disney