There are many films to look forward to in 2024, but only so many are likely to turn out to be the biggest movies of the year. It should go without saying, and we are sure many would agree, that the bigger the movie is the bigger the screen it deserves to be seen – or, more accurately, experienced – on. No moviegoing experience is grander or more immersive than IMAX.
Film lovers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in some of Hollywood’s most exciting films in breathtaking IMAX at participating AMC Theatres locations all across the country. Below are four high-profile movies that are coming out in 2024 which we believe you would be most satisfied by if seen in IMAX.
Dune: Part Two
One of the most acclaimed, high-concept, big budget sci-fi epics of 2021 was DUNE, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide and went on to earn 10 Academy AwardⓇ nominations – including Best Picture – and take home six statuettes – including Best Achievement in Visual Effects. However, that was only the first part of co-writer and director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of author Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, which is also the first time the thrilling story hit the big screen since David Lynch released his version in 1984.
Timothée Chalamet returns to the role of the formerly royal Paul Atreides, who is out for revenge against the tyrannical forces that destroyed his family, with help from Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen. Additional DUNE cast members reprising their roles include Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, and Stellan Skarsgard, while newcomers include Florence Pugh, Austin Butler, and Christopher Walken. What better way to return to this mysterious, mesmerizing, sand-filled world when DUNE: PART TWO comes out March 1 than in IMAX.
Advance Tickets DUNE: PART TWO opens March 1
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
Earlier in 2021, one of the most hard-pressing and widely debated questions on every person’s mind was who will win: Godzilla or Kong? Well, as it turned out – unlike the conclusion of these iconic titans’ first cinematic crossover from the early 1960s, in which the big ape was victorious over the gargantuan reptile – both were the winners against an even greater threat to each other and to humanity: Mechagodzilla. The world has not seen the last of this ground-breaking alliance.
Director Adam Wingard’s sequel to GODZILLA VS. KONG – and the fifth feature-length installment of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ modern MonsterVerse franchise – sees humanity in danger from a new larger-than-life creature that appears to come from the same biological kingdom as Kong. However, that does not mean he can take on this other big ape on his own, which is why he enlists the help of his radioactive former rival for another battle that will bring the world to its knees. The only efficient way to capture beings of this size on camera would be to shoot in the IMAX format, which is just how GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE was filmed, thankfully.
GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE opens March 29
Joker: Folie à Deux
October 4th will see a return to one of the darker realities of the DC Multiverse where the star of the show is the most fearsome member of Batman’s rogues gallery. But, this time will be a whole new song and dance and he will not be alone either.
Joaquin Phoenix is reprising his Academy Award-winning role of mentally disturbed birthday-clown-turned-criminal Arthur Fleck in the upcoming follow-up to director Todd Phillips’ smash hit drama, JOKER. The next chapter brings things into a whole new direction by presenting the story as a musical and introducing this world’s version of the titular villain’s partner in crime and in love, fan-favorite character Harley Quinn, played by the multi-talented Lady Gaga. JOKER: FOLIE À DEUX is primed to be a kind of immersive, maddening descent that only the IMAX format could do justice.
JOKER: FOLIE À DEUX opens October 4
Sony Pictures has its own franchise of Marvel movies that (despite some hints of crossovers throughout the years) is mostly kept separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline. One of the most successful films from this area of the Marvel Multiverse is 2018’s VENOM – which puts one of Spider-Man’s most iconic adversaries at the forefront as a more heroic figure. The blockbuster would spawn a sequel with 2021’s VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE, but there is more to be seen coming up.
Tom Hardy is set to return as disgraced reporter Eddie Brock and as the voice of the alien symbiote that transforms him into the titular anti-hero after bonding together. BAFTA nominee Kelly Marcel, who wrote the first two installments, is set to make her directorial debut with the currently untitled threequel, which will also add Juno Temple and Chiwetel Ejiofor into the cast. What sort of otherworldly dangers Brock and his buddy are in for this time in VENOM 3 have yet to be revealed, but we can bet that it will look spectacular in IMAX when it opens November 8.
VENOM 3 opens November 8
Any chance that a film lover can get to catch a flick in IMAX is one worth taking and we believe these four blockbusters above are most deserving of that opportunity. See for yourself when they arrive at an AMC Theatres location near you!