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  • Thursday, 02 Jan 2020

Award nominee: Lee in a scene from ‘The Garden Of Evening Mists’, which will be released this month in Malaysia.

PETALING JAYA: Last year saw the release of some of the biggest movies of all time, with Avengers: Endgame crowned the all-time box-office champion, and Star Wars ending the Skywalker saga.

While the upcoming 2020 releases seem pretty tame in comparison, there are still plenty of blockbuster titles to look forward to.

After Endgame’s world-conquering exploits, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next phase of movies kicks off this year in a relatively low-key manner, with Black Widow and The Eternals in November, which means Wonder Woman 1984 is probably the superhero title to beat this year.

Other highly anticipated movies this year include the usual slate of sequels, remakes and reboots, including Bad Boys for Life, Top Gun: Maverick, Mulan, Birds of Prey, Fast and Furious 9, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Dune, Godzilla vs Kong, and the 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die.

On the local front, this month sees the long-awaited release of The Garden of Evening Mists.

Based on Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng’s novel of the same title and starring Malaysian actress Lee Sinje, the movie was nominated for nine awards at last month’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, winning one (for best make-up and costume design).

Another movie with a Malaysian element to look out for is Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, which is co-written by Malaysian-born screenwriter Adele Lim and could see the introduction of the very first Disney Princess of South-East Asian origin.

On the music front, Malaysians can look forward to major concerts by the likes of Mandopop king Jay Chou (Feb 29), K-pop boyband Seventeen (Feb 22), heavy metal legends Anthrax (April 4) and Scottish Someone You Loved hitmaker Lewis Capaldi (Jan 14).

And if you’re a fan of theatre, make sure you catch the return of Puteri Gunung Ledang the Musical at Istana Budaya on July 3.

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