2019 a Year of films





GLASS

Release date: 18 January 2019 

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy

Plot: Since the millennium, director M. Night Shyamalan has loosened Marvel and DC’s stranglehold with the darker Unbreakable saga – now series finale Glass finds troubled protagonist David Dunn (Bruce Willis) tracking skin-shedding psychopath Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), while shadowy puppet-master Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) pulls the strings.

Reason to be excited: Crumb is one of the most terrifying bad guys in modern cinema – and we need to see his downfall, just so we can sleep at night.


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THE FAVOURITE

Release date: 1 January

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz

Reason to be excited: It’s unusual for all three central turns to risk stealing the movie, but The Favourite features true big-screen royalty with some of the strongest female performances you’ll see this year.

 

VICE

Release date: 25 January

Director: Adam McKay

Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Sam Rockwell

Reason to be excited: The Big Short proved McKay’s deft touch for making heavy topics zing, and with Vice reuniting cast-members Bale (Cheney) and Steve Carell (Donald Rumsfeld), plus Amy Adams (Lynne Cheney) and Sam Rockwell (Bush), this is politics made popcorn-friendly.

STAN & OLLIE 

Release date: 11 January

Director: Jon S. Baird

Stars: John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson

Reason to be excited: To quote the critics, Reilly and Coogan are “absolute perfection” as Laurel and Hardy. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, then you’ll laugh some more.

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Release date: 18 January 

Director: Josie Rourke

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden

Reason to be excited: It’s costume drama at its most dramatic – a story of scheming, power, jealousy and love told by two true queens of the screen.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD

Release date: 1 February 2019

Director: Dean DeBlois

Voices: Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Gerard Butler

Plot: In this epic conclusion to the story of young Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon Toothless, the duo’s bond is tested like never before. With Toothless’ help, Hiccup must tackle a new enemy, darker than any he’s ever faced, to secure the future of dragon-kind and fulfil his destiny as leader. A love interest for Toothless adds extra fire to the tale.

Reason to be excited: Its inspiring story and enchanting animation will brighten the gloomiest of winter days.


THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART

Release date: 8 February 2019

Directors: Mike Mitchell, Trisha Gum

Voices: Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pratt

Plot: Wave goodbye to the Bricksburg you knew from the first Lego Movie – and join Emmet (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett) in Apocalypseburg: a dustbowl wasteland plagued by cyborgs, sewer babies and baristas who just can’t get your coffee order right.

Reason to be excited: Those Lego folks are incapable of making a bad movie, and with original writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller back onboard, you can set your faces to ‘LOL’.

 

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL

Release date: 8 March 2019

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Stars: Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Jude Law

Plot: Heroes don’t come much more conflicted than Carol Danvers (Brie Larson): a former US Air Force ace who becomes the all-powerful Captain Marvel when her human DNA is spliced with the Kree alien race. Danvers’ jaw-dropping skills lead her to join the elite intergalactic Starforce squadron...

Reason to be excited: First appearing in 1968, Danvers has been dubbed “Marvel’s mightiest Avenger”. You gotta be curious to see her in action.


DUMBO

Release date: 29 March 2019

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito

Plot: Everyone remembers Disney’s classic 1941 animation about the airborne baby elephant – now the story is reborn as a live-action spectacular, straight from the spidery imagination of director Tim Burton. 

Reason to be excited: Last time Burton got his hands on a Disney classic – 2010’s Alice In Wonderland – he took it to the outer reaches. Just wait until you see what he’s done to Dumbo…


US

Release date: 15 March

Director: Jordan Peele

Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

Plot: Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, each stranger takes the appearance of a different family member.

Reason to be excited: Visionary filmmaker and Academy Award winner Jordan Peele, who created the blockbuster Get Out, follows that success with another original and provocative thriller.

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AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Release date: 26 April 2019

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans

Plot Can the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Hulk, etc, with a little help from Ant-Man and the Quantum Realm – find a way to resurrect their friends and defeat Thanos once and for all?

Reason to be excited: Infinity War was 2018’s biggest film – and deservedly so, delivering incredible action and exposition from start to finish, and ending with one of the most astounding climaxes in cinema history. Expect this fourth Avengers chapter to be bigger still, and likely even more jaw-dropping.


PET SEMATARY

Release date: 5 April

Director: Kevin Kolsch

Stars: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow

Plot: Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home.

Reason to be excited: Starry Eyes filmmakers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer will most likely transition from indie powerhouses to rising stars in mainstream, major-studio horror with the release of Pet Sematary this April.

ALADDIN

Release date: 24 May 2019

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud

Plot: Under Arabian skies, a poor street-thief falls for the sultan’s daughter. Finding himself battling an evil sorcerer as he sets out to win Princess Jasmine’s affection, Aladdin comes across a mysterious lamp that’s home to a powerful genie.

Reason to be excited: A soundtrack of old favourites plus new songs from the Oscar-winning duo behind La La Land (2016) and The Greatest Showman (2017) means it’s time to warm up those vocal chords!


THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2

Release date: 31 May 2019

Director: Chris Renaud

Voices: Kevin Hart, Lake Bell, Tiffany Haddish

Plot: After the huge success of the first movie, the pets are all back, but things are changing. Maniacal bunny Snowball has turned superhero, Duke has to make a traumatic trip to the vets and Chloe has developed a catnip problem...

Reason to be excited: The first movie was ingenious, and if the clever touches in the trailers so far are anything to go by, this is one creature feature you won’t want to miss.


GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

Release date: 31 May 2019

Director: Michael Dougherty

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins

Plot: The latest chapter in the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures MonsterVerse sees the humongous Godzilla colliding with some of cinema’s other most iconic mythic beasties, including Mothra, Rodan and the terrifying three-headed King Ghidorah.

Reason to be excited: The ultimate monster movie, this really is the no-holds-barred mash-up you dreamed of playing with your toys as a kid.

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Release date: 7 June 2019

Director: Simon Kinberg

Stars: Sophie Turner, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy

Plot: What happens when one of your own goes bad? That’s the question facing Professor Charles Xavier and the rest of the X-Men after Jean Grey is hit by a mysterious cosmic force, one which makes her infinitely more powerful… and dangerous!

Reason to be excited: Director Simon Kinberg has described this latest chapter as a “dark drama”, more in the vein of Logan than the early X-Men movies. While we loved Bryan Singer’s take on the day-saving Mutants, the thought of Jean Grey truly unleashed is tantalising.


TOY STORY 4

Release date: 21 June 2019

Director: Josh Cooley

Voices: Patricia Arquette, Tom Hanks, Keanu Reeves

Plot: Whether you’re a big kid or bringing your own, there’s no resisting the long-awaited fourth serving of the saga that launched Disney/Pixar to infinity (and beyond). With Andy off to college, Buzz (Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang break out of Bonnie’s toy box for the road-trip to end them all.

Reason to be excited: You’ve grown up with the Toy Story crew since 1995 – and it’s always nice to catch up with old friends.


MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL

Release date: 14 June 2019

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Rebecca Ferguson

Plot: This spin-off of the popular sci-fi film series sees a London-based team of Men In Black become involved in a mysterious murder that sends them on a globetrotting adventure. The movie is set in the same universe as the original trilogy, and there is also a brand new cast!

Reason to be excited: The incredible new cast reunites Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson from Thor: Ragnarok, plus Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson, Rafe Spall and loads more!

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THE LION KING

Release date: 19 July 2019

Director: Jon Favreau

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Donald Glover

Plot: Having brought The Jungle Book to spectacular life in 2016, director Jon Favreau takes on another beloved Disney classic in this beautifully realised photorealistic CGI adaptation of The Lion King. Donald Glover voices furry king-in-waiting Simba, a lion cub born as heir to the kingdom who must battle betrayal, tragedy and self-doubt to take his rightful place as leader.

Reason to be excited: All the terror, joy and heartbreak is even more real in this visually spectacular live-action adaptation. And Simba as a lion cub is just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen.


SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

Release date: 5 July 2019

Director: Jon Watts

Stars: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya

Plot: Rumoured to be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame (gasp!), Peter Parker and his school chums go on a summer jaunt to Europe, where the Webbed Wonder meets Jake Gyllenhaal’s master hypnosis and magician Mysterio.

Reason to be excited: Spider-Man: Homecoming was an utter delight, with Tom Holland proving the perfect fit as Peter Parker. Expect the same mix of humour, heart and heroics in this sequel, but with a European twist.

HOBBS AND SHAW

Release date: 2 August 2019

Director: David Leitch

Stars: Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson

Plot: If you’re a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, you’ll already be glued to the bone-crunching bromance between supercop Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and semi-reformed terrorist Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Now, in their first spin-off movie, cinema’s most argumentative odd couple are forced to bury the hatchet as the world is threatened by a new international super-crim, Brixton (Idris Elba).    

Reason to be excited: In an Instagram post, Johnson has promised the “showdown of all showdowns”. And when has he ever let us down?


ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD

Release date: 26 July 2019

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Plot: It’s the summer of ’69 in LA and former TV star Rick Dalton is down on his luck. Along with his long-time stunt double, he’s out to make a new name for himself in the movie world – but with cult leader Charles Manson inciting violence in the city and actress Sharon Tate as a neighbour, Dalton finds drama right on his doorstep.

Reason to be excited: ‘Big-budget Quentin Tarantino’ says it all. The roll call of stars he’s enlisted is the cherry on top – Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell… phew!


THE NEW MUTANTS

Release date: 2 August 2019

Director: Josh Boone

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Antonio Banderas

Plot: As the 13th movie in the X-Men franchise, this fantasy-horror is a flesh-creeping curveball from the MCU, following five troubled teenage mutants as they try to escape a sinister top-secret medical facility. Imagine The Shining meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – with bigger scares and more spandex.

Reason to be excited: Marvel has never gone full-horror before – and The New Mutants promises to shred our nerves faster than Wolverine prepping a salad.  

IT: CHAPTER TWO

Release date: 6 September 2019

Director: Andy Muschietti

Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader

Plot: Set 27 years after the first film, the members of the Losers Club have grown up and moved away – literally and figuratively – from the horrifying events in Derry. But a phone call pulls them back to the scene and unites them in their promise to put an end to the terrifying shapeshifting being that prays on children once and for all.  

Reason to be excited: Just when you thought it was safe to peer into sewers again, the maniacal clown is back, and this time he’s dialling up the terror.


DOWNTON ABBEY

Release date: 13 September 2019

Director: Michael Engler

Stars: Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith

Plot: Four years after the nation’s small-screen love affair with Downton Abbey came to an end, series creator Julian Fellowes reunites us with the characters we know and love. What’s next? We’re promised some new faces, and a film that will charm, thrill and entertain.

Reason to be excited: With the original cast members on board, it’ll be like catching up with old friends. Listen out for more wonderful one-liners from the Dowager Countess, Maggie Smith.


SPIES IN DISGUISE

Release date: 13 September 2019

Directors: Nick Bruno, Troy Quane

Voices: Tom Holland, Will Smith

Plot: Super-suave Lance Sterling is the very essence of an international spy. In fact, he’s the world’s greatest spy. Socially awkward scientist Walter Beckett, meanwhile, is the behind-the-scenes inventor of the nifty gadgets Lance deploys on his missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, the unlikely duo must work together in new ways to save the world from certain doom.

Reason to be excited: Since 2002, Blue Sky Studios has treated us to hours of animated joy with its Ice Age and Rio sagas. Expect to be shaken and stirred once more.

JOKER

Release date: 4 October 2019

Director: Todd Phillips

Stars: Robert De Niro, Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz

Plot: It’s a funny story… actually it’s a funny origins story set in Gotham City in the 1980s. Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is trying his hand at stand-up comedy. But, after bombing with audiences night after night, he becomes an agent of chaos – the Joker – turning to a life of crime to get his revenge on the city that shunned him in a brand new story that stands alone from the rest of the DC universe.

Reason to be excited: Produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Todd Philips (The Hangover), this is the perfect marriage of grit and grins befitting the infamous clown.


THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Release date: 18 October 2019

Directors:  Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac

Plot: Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, this animated action-comedy will follow the Addams family whose lives begin to unravel when they face-off against a crafty reality-TV host.

Reason to be excited: The Addams Family are a satirical inversion of the ideal American family; an eccentric, wealthy clan who delight in the macabre and are unaware that people find them bizarre or frightening.

UNTITLED TERMINATOR REBOOT

Release date: 1 November 2019

Director: Tim Miller

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis

Plot: Reportedly set in Central America, the latest Terminator reboot is likely to follow the events of the second film. Specific details are being kept closely under wraps, but rumour has it a new character, Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), will take on a new robot assassin played by Gabriel Luna, while original heroine Sarah Connor will also return, alongside franchise superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Reason to be excited: Linda Hamilton is back. Schwarzenegger is back. Cameron is back. Could this finally be the reboot that returns the franchise to its glory days?


FROZEN 2

Release date: 22 November 2019

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Stars: Kristen Bell, Evan Rachel Wood, Idina Menzel

Plot: With nearly a year to go until the film’s release, information about Disney’s frosty follow-up falls into the slim-to-none category. We know that it’s set after the events of the first film, and that the sisters will find themselves wrapped up in an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle.

Reason to be excited: From Idina Menzel (Elsa) and Kristen Bell (Anna) to Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) and Josh Gad (Olaf), all the original cast are back and there are some intriguing new additions to, including Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling K. Brown. Let it go? More like bring it on!


KINGSMAN 3

Release date: 8 November 2019

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson

Plot: The gentleman spies are back in an origin story that resets the pocket-watch to World War I and the dramatic roots of the Kingsman agency. The star of the early movies, Taron ‘Eggsy’ Egerton, has ruled himself out of this third instalment, but we’re in the capable hands of Ralph Fiennes: a man who knows a thing or two about debonair British kick-assery.   

Reason to be excited: With the new Bond movie presently derailed by Danny Boyle’s departure, this is the best place to get your hit of homegrown espionage in 2019.

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Release date: 20 December 2019

Director: J.J. Abrams

Stars: Oscar Isaac, Richard E. Grant, Daisy Ridley

Plot: The concluding part of the Star Wars sequel trilogy is about as eagerly awaited as movies come. When we last saw Rey, Leia and friends, the Resistance was on the run ready to rise again. But defeating the First Order once and for all is going to take a monumental effort (with a large helping of luck thrown in), especially as Kylo Ren is apparently now 100 per cent evil. Or is he?

Fun fact: New additions to the cast include Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, Keri Russell and former Doctor Who, Matt Smith.

Reason to be excited: At long last, our many, many, many questions will be answered. (At least we hope they will!) Plus, Christmas just ain’t Christmas without a new Star Wars movie!


UNTITLED JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE SEQUEL

Release date: 13 December 2019

Director: Jake Kasdan

Stars: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black

Plot: Even though the kids destroyed the video game at the end of the first movie, it turns out those infamous drums are still beating. Building on the mythology introduced in the 2017 film , the sequel introduces a new story and new characters alongside returning favourites Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart. Welcome (back) to the jungle!

Reason to be excited: In true sequel style, everything will be bigger! Bearing in mind the first movie included stampeding rhinos, motorbike gangs and, well, The Rock, we can’t wait!


CATS

Release date:  20 December 2019

Director:  Tom Hooper

Stars: Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift

Plot: The musical tells the story of a group of cats called the Jellicles, and the night they make what is known as 'the Jellicle choice', and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Reason to be excited: It's one of the most successful stage musicals of all time, and the all-stars cast includes Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson and James Corden.

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