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The early months of 2020 have seen unprecedented changes in the movie industry as Hollywood continues to figure out how best to respond a global crisis. Part of that response has been to bring movies to the home market earlier than usual, with at least one film, Trolls World Tour, opting to release on home entertainment media on the same day as its theatrical debut. 

With all of that said, there is still a wealth of exciting movies to look forward to this year, even if we have to wait a little bit longer for some of them. Daniel Craig returns for his fifth – and final? – outing as James Bond in No Time to Die (which is now scheduled for a Thanksgiving release), Tom Cruise takes up flying again in Top Gun: Maverick, and Gal Gadot embraces the ’80s in Wonder Woman 1984.

And if you’re a musical fan, 2020 has you covered, with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights coming to the big screen, courtesy of Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, and Steven Spielberg’s new take on West Side Story arriving just in time for holidays.   [Updated on 4/14/20]

CLICK MOVIE TITLES BELOW FOR INFO

Wonder Woman 1984

1. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production

Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2017 superhero film ‘Wonder Woman.’

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Gabriella Wilde, Gal Gadot

Godzilla vs. Kong

2. Godzilla vs. Kong (2020)

Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | Post-production

As the gigantic Kong meets the unstoppable Godzilla, the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Eiza González, Rebecca Hall, Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgård

The Croods 2

3. The Croods 2 (2020)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Filming

The prehistoric family the Croods are challenged by a rival family the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.

Director: Joel Crawford | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Leslie Mann

Bad Boys for Life

4. Bad Boys for Life (2020)

R | 124 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
Rate
59 Metascore

Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett must face off against a mother-and-son pair of drug lords who wreak vengeful havoc on their city.

Directors: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah | Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig

Votes: 71,718

Minions: The Rise of Gru

5. Minions: The Rise of Gru (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val | Stars:Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless

 

6. G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Announced

The GI Joe force is reinstated for a confrontation when the Cobra terrorists acquire a deadly new weapon.

Director: D.J. Caruso

Red Notice

7. Red Notice (2020)

Action, Adventure, Comedy | Filming

An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Ritu Arya

 

8. Friday the 13th

Horror, Mystery, Thriller | Announced

Reboot of the classic horror film which will premiere forty years after the original.

 

9. Venom 2 (2020)

Action, Comedy, Horror | Post-production

Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2018 film ‘Venom’.

Director: Andy Serkis | Stars: Tom Hardy, Amber Sienna, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson

Free Guy

10. Free Guy (2020)

Action, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

A bank teller discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi, Ryan Reynolds, Joe Keery

11. The Devil All the Time (2020)

R | Drama, Thriller | Completed

In the 1960s after World War II in Southern Ohio, bizarre, compelling and mentally disturbed people suffer from the war’s psychological damages.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Tom Holland, Riley Keough, Bill Skarsgård, Robert Pattinson

No Time to Die

12. No Time to Die (2020)

PG-13 | 163 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller | Completed

James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes

Tenet

13. Tenet (2020)

Action, Drama, Thriller | Post-production

An action epic revolving around international espionage, time travel, and evolution. Possibly about a man trying to prevent World War 3 through time travel and rebirth.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kenneth Branagh

Death on the Nile

14. Death on the Nile (2020)

Crime, Drama, Mystery | Post-production

While on vacation on the Nile, Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey

Bloodshot

15. Bloodshot (2020)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

5.7
Rate
44 Metascore

Ray Garrison, a slain soldier, is re-animated with superpowers.

Director: Dave Wilson | Stars: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Toby Kebbell

Votes: 26,973


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Mulan

16. Mulan (2020)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li

The Facebook group topic for the week of April 6, 2020 to April 12, 2020 is ‘

What is something you have done that you are fairly confident you are the ONLY person in the POZitive Attitudes group to have ever done?

Post your comment on the Facebook POZitive Attitudes page as a reply to this post.

The topic this week April 5-11,2020 is ‘Staying Home During the Pandemic; 10 steps to coping with isolation.’     Read the article and pick one of the 10 steps that you are doing and comment on it with a small paragraph of what you are doing and how it’s working.  Post your comment as a reply to this post on the POZitive Attitudes Facebook page.    You’re also encouraged to reply to other people’s comments.    The object is to stay engaged and thinking positively.      Thanks for your input.

Many of us have wisely decided to stay at home and avoid crowds and the risk of either catching the virus or unintentionally infecting other people. You may find yourself feeling isolated, depressed, bored, worried, ruminating, and hopeless. You are not alone. We are going through a national traumatic experience where many people believe their lives are imminently threatened, that the economy will collapse and never recover, and that life will never be the same.

The key thing to keep in mind is that we actually don’t know what will happen, but we do know that an enormous national and world effort is underway to try to contain the spread and lessen the effects. We are at the early stage and we are never going to know what the next month or two will bring until that time comes. Meanwhile, we are all in a national emergency together. And we have been asked to reduce our interactions, distance ourselves, and–in some cases—stay at home.

We know that isolation and passivity are the perfect storm for getting depressed and staying depressed. It is possible that you wake up in the morning, worried, anxious and depressed and think that there is nothing to do and that you are completely isolated. How can you cope with this indefinite period of being housebound?

  1. Normalize your feelings. We often feel we cannot tolerate our unpleasant emotions—that we should be coping better. This is like feeling bad about feeling bad. But it is normal to feel anxious, afraid, helpless and overwhelmed when dealing with a trauma. This is a trauma. We are all fearful of horrible things happening to people we know and to ourselves. You are not a robot. You are entitled to feel bad. But you are also entitled to do what you can to feel less bad—even to feel better at times. So, let’s work on what we can control—and realize that we cannot control what we do not know.
  2. Reach out to friends and family. Just because you are “shut in” doesn’t mean you are “shut off.” Make a list of friends—even people you haven’t had contact with in the past several years. Think about family members—list them as well. Then begin to email or text some of them that you would like to touch base with and check in. In fact, has it occurred to you that your smartphone is actually a phone? I know; I seldom call people on the phone, but this “novel” experience can really be uplifting. So, think about taking that step and call some people. Video platforms are also very useful. Use Skype or Zoom or other free services to actually see each other. Keep track of your experience and how it feels after. Try to reach out to someone every day.
  3. Schedule daily activities. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. I am probably like you that there are a lot of things that I have procrastinated on. The night before the next day, make a list of things that you can do during the next day. This is your TO DO LIST FOR TOMORROW. The great thing about a list for the next day is that you wake up and you know that there are things that you will do. This will give you an hourly purpose, a sense of being effective, and will help distract you from your worries. My TO DO LIST FOR TODAY is phone and video sessions with patients, talking with colleagues, writing a blog, reading some articles, calling some friends, organizing my tax information, eating lunch, making dinner, watching a video, getting some exercise and spending time with my wife. Sounds like a pretty good day to me. Each activity has a purpose. At the end of the day look at your TO DO list and check off what you did and what it feels like to have done it. If there are items you missed, put them on the list for tomorrow. Make a list for the next week, month, and two months. This is a classic CBTtechnique called Activity Scheduling and Behavioral Activation. The more you do, the more you keep busy, the better you will feel.
  4. View this as free time. You probably are familiar with the feeling that you never have enough time to do what you want to do. But now you have plenty of time. Of course, realistically you won’t be able to do a lot of things that you have enjoyed in the past. But try to think of this as a sabbatical—you are on your own to do what you choose to do for a couple of weeks. (We don’t know, of course, how long we will need to do this.) But this is your time to do what you want to do. So, use it wisely. Ruminating and worry will not help. Get back to your list of things to do. Do them.
  5. Do what you have been putting off. When thinking about your free time you can identify the tasks that you have been putting off. For me it is getting the last batch of information for my tax returns. That’s something I seem to put off every year, but I find that it is actually less burdensome than I thought it would be. So, make a PROCRASTINATIONLIST and start working on it. This might be household chores, reorganizing that closet, decluttering your apartment or house, contacting people you have fallen out of touch with, or cleaning your home.
  6. Get some exercise. You can stream YOUTUBE videos that can serve as your personal trainer to nag you to get some exercise in your home. You don’t need a fancy gym to exercise. You can do Yoga, sit-ups, run in place, and other exercises right at home. Getting your pulse rate up, pushing yourself a little more will get those endorphins going. Go for it. Just DO IT.
  7. Eat and drink wisely. When we are stressedwe often overeat or eat junk food or drink too much. Keep an eye on this problem. In fact, why not dedicate this time to getting really healthy? Think about this as a retreat, a spa, a healthy time where you will plan your meals and limit or even eliminate drinking. Another opportunity that you have right now is to cook creatively. I like to try new recipes that I look up or experiment with my own ideas—which are not always a great success. You can even get back to the basics your grandparents knew—like making your own bread, healthy soups, and other creative and delicious things for your home-made menu.
  8. Make a list of reading and videos. I read a lot—but I am always feeling that I don’t have time for all the reading I want to do. So now is the time for that. It’s wonderful that you can access a lot of free books through your public library— you can download e-books and audiobooks for free. Go to your public library website and see how you can access these items. Now is a time to get absorbed in a good read—something that is not related to pandemics.
  9. Support someone who is having a difficult time. We are all in this together and we need to support each other. One way of feeling connected and finding meaning is to check on someone who might be having an especially difficult time—perhaps someone who lives alone or someone who is prone to depressionand anxiety. Making that call or sending a text to see how they are doing might make someone feel less isolated. And you will feel better doing it. Ironically, sometimes when we help someone else we give the most help to ourselves.
  10. Challenge your hopelessness. We need to take this pandemic seriously because many people will die. But we don’t know what the future might be. The chances of any one person dying from this is very small. But, still, take it seriously by following the CDC guidelines. It is possible that things might subside or that the virus will not be as virulent as we now believe. We don’t know. But rather than trying to predict the future try to focus on today and the next week. Don’t use your emotions to predict what life will be like next month. We know that things have improved significantly in recent weeks in China. Maybe that can happen for us as well.

Keep in mind that you do have control over what you do every day. Try these steps and reach out to others for suggestions. Every day is up to you. Keep track of everything that you are doing—and plan to do.

We’re going to try to have a topic each week.    The object is to get people to engage and get to know each other.   I encourage you to participate and also suggest topics.
This week of March 29 April 4, 2020 our topic is about your senior year in High School, 21 questions to copy, paste, change answers and post to the POZitive Attitudes Facebook group.  Add a picture if you dare. It takes about 5 minutes, so let’s have some fun and get to know each other a little!!

Below  are the 21 questions to answer on POZitive Attitudes FACEBOOK Group Page. To participate, see my post on Facebook, then copy & past answers.  Then post it on our FACEBOOK Group Page.

Graduated Class of: 

1. What did you drive? 

2. What job did you have in high school? 

3. What sports did you play? 

4. Where did you live? 

5. Were you in choir/band? 

6. Ever get suspended? 

7. If you could, would you go back? 

8. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? 

9. Did you skip school? 

10. Go to all the football games? 

11. Favorite subject?

12. Do you still have your yearbook? 

13. Did you follow your “original” career path? 

14. Do you still have your senior ring? 

16. Favorite shoes?

17. Favorite thing to eat at lunch? 

18. Favorite artist/band?

19. Top Song 

20. Top Movie

21. High School mascot

  1. (Copy & paste, change the answers, post!)

We’re going to try to have a topic on Facebook each week.    The object is to get people to engage and get to know each other.   I encourage you to participate and also suggest topics.  This week of March 29- April 4, 2020 our topic is about your senior year in High School, if you can remember that long ago. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be! It takes about 5 minutes, so let’s have some fun!! Add a picture if you have one.

We just created a private Facebook group called ‘POZitive Attitudes’. This will allow people to engage with each other while maintaining social distancing.  An approval to join the  Facebook page will be sent to POZitive Attitudes once you request to join. Steve and the Page administrators will be accepting members.

 

How to access the POZitive Attitudes on Facebook.

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1. Go to your Facebook account (this is example):

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3. The POZitive Attitudes page is totally private and requires approval after your request to join. Note that the postings will also appear on your regular Newsfeed, but ONLY you and Group members can see it. 

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4.  INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN THIS POZitive Attitudes Facebook Page. Group members Will appear on Top of Page(as shown below), then you can INVITE more members to join.  See Below.


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We are survivors and will come out of this in a positive way!

 

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We just created a private Facebook group called ‘POZitive Attitudes’.      This will allow people to engage with each other while maintaining social distancing.       Request to join and I will approve you.