The Most-Anticipated Movies Of 2019

Get Ready For All The New Movies Coming In 2019 With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to look ahead at the films to have on your radar...

Get Ready For All The New Movies Coming In 2019

With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to look ahead at the films to have on your radar as the new year rolls around.

Not that this past year in film has been one to disregard. There were the movies that became firm awards favorites – “The Shape of Water”, “Lady Bird”, “Phantom Thread” – and it was a strong year for comedy, with “Game Night” and “Blockers” managing to impress audiences as well as critics, while horror continued its 2017 renaissance with releases such as “A Quiet Place” and “Hereditary”. There was the standard dose of Marvel box office domination in the form of “Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War”, plus the inevitable deluge of sequels (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, “Incredibles 2”, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”, “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” … the list goes on).

Captain Marvel

Aliens! Action! Mystery Parentage! Brie Larson stars as Marvel’s latest superhero, Carol Danvers, who discovers her powers as Captain Marvel. Set in the 1990s, the story has Danvers searching for her true identity while trying to save the Earth during a war between alien races. If she can’t juggle it all, who can? Danvers grew up among the Krees, noble warriors whose line includes Annette Bening. Jude Law marches through the trailer, in a role he has been forbidden to talk about, and Samuel L Jackson appears as Avengers stalwart Nick Fury. “Avengers: Endgame” may get more pre-release attention next year, but Captain Marvel might be the fresher film in the franchise.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s films always make noise. This one has a double dose of movie stardom plus extra-chilling hints of violence. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the fading star of a television Western and Brad Pitt is his stunt double, in a story set in 1969, soon before the Manson murders. Margot Robbie plays soon-to-be- Manson victim, Sharon Tate. Al Pacino appears as the DiCaprio character’s agent. All those stars don’t come cheap: the film reportedly cost $95 million. With its allusion to the epic Once Upon a Time in the West, by one of Tarantino’s directing heroes, Sergio Leone, this film clearly has big ambitions.

The Lion King

Disney gives one of its most beloved animated films a high-tech remake, using lifelike computer-generated images. James Earl Jones, once again the voice of Mufasa, was apparently the only irreplaceable actor from the 1994 film. Here Donald Glover is the voice of the adult Simba, with Beyoncé as his love, Nala, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is the villainous Scar. Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner add comic relief as Pumbaa and Timon. With some help from Beyoncé, Elton John has reworked songs from the original, including the can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head ‘Circle of Life.’

Rocketman

For someone who is not on screen, Elton John is having a big year at the movies. In this authorised musical biopic, labeled “a true fantasy”, Taron Egerton sings and acts as Elton in the years leading to his 1977 breakthrough. There will be glittery jackets, giant eyeglasses, and flashbacks to his days in rehab. The director, Dexter Fletcher, took over shooting the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, after Bryan Singer walked away. “Rocketman” could tap into the same taste for get-up-and-dance movies with a dark undertone.

Star Wars: Episode IX

They Will. Not. Stop. Coming. Yet another Star Wars installment, this one the third in the “sequel trilogy” of “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi”. The old franchise can’t promise originality, but the trilogy has thrived on the dynamism of its younger cast. Daisy Ridley is the heroine, Rey, Adam Driver is Kylo Ren – possibly the best dark character since his granddad, Darth Vader – and John Boyega is the wholesome Finn. Leftover footage from previous films will bring back Carrie Fisher as Leia, now a General in the Resistance. JJ Abrams, of The Force Awakens, directs.

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