Highlights at the Movies 2019

Let’s take a look at the Hollywood movies that are going to draw crowds (or simply attention for one reason or other) in the U.S. throughout 2019. As always, premieres are more than likely to change. 

January

  • Glass: M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to both Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017).
  • Serenity: Steamy thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

February

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part: The first one was unexpectedly good – will the sequel deliver?
  • Alita: Battle Angel: A sci-fi project from Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron that’s been long in the making.
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World: This is meant to be the third and final chapter in this well-made franchise. 

March

  • Captain Marvel: The first of the year’s highly anticipated Marvel movies; Brie Larson is the titular character.
  • Us: Jordan Peele follows Get Out (2017) with another horror movie. The first trailer has people talking.
  • Dumbo: Tim Burton directs this live-action version of the 1941 animated Disney classic.

April

  • Pet Sematary: A remake of the 1989 horror movie that is hopefully an improvement.
  • Shazam!: Horror director David F. Sandberg takes on a humorous superhero movie. Quite a challenge.
  • Hellboy: A reboot of the 2004 Guillermo del Toro movie, directed by Neil Marshall.
  • Avengers: Endgame: The end of an era? Finally, we’ll learn what happened after the shocking events in Avengers: Infinity War.

May

  • John Wick: Chapter 3: Keanu Reeves stands ready to exact revenge one more time. Anjelica Huston joins the cast.
  • Aladdin: Another Disney classic gets the live-action treatment, this one with Will Smith as the Genie.
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters: The sequel to Godzilla (2014) has Millie Bobby Brown in the lead. The Stranger Things star knows her monsters…
  • Rocketman: Well, Bohemian Rhapsody was a hit, so maybe this Elton John biopic will also work.

June

  • Dark Phoenix: Are the X-Men movies still hot items? We’ll know in June.
  • Men in Black International: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson might breathe new life into this franchise.
  • Toy Story 4: Considering how brilliant the three predecessors are, this one has a lot to live up to.
  • Ford v. Ferrari: Christian Bale and Matt Damon star as two competitive racing drivers in the 1960s. Based on a true story.

July

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home: Tom Holland swings back into his tights, facing Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).
  • The Lion King: The third of this year’s live-action remakes of Disney classics, directed by The Jungle Book‘s Jon Favreau. This could be the biggest hit of them all.
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino’s movie about the Manson murders has a star-studded cast and will no doubt be fiercely debated.

August

  • Hobbs and Shaw: Will Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters from the Fast and Furious movies survive on their own?
  • Midsommar: Ari Aster scared the living daylights out of us with Hereditary; here’s his next horror movie set in Sweden.
  • Artemis Fowl: Kenneth Branagh directs this sci-fi/adventure flick, based on a popular young adult novel.

September

  • It: Chapter Two: Time to battle Pennywise the clown again. Stephen King’s novel was divided into two movies and this one focuses on the lead characters as adults.
  • Downton Abbey: The story continues from the lauded TV show (2010-2015), but we don’t really know any details yet.
  • Judy: Renée Zellweger is on the hunt for a second Oscar, I’m sure; she plays Judy Garland in this biopic.

October

  • Joker: Todd Phillips’s film tells the story of how a failed standup comedian becomes a killer. Joaquin Phoenix plays the famed villain.
  • Gemini Man: Ang Lee directs this sci-fi-thriller starring Will Smith as an assassin fighting a younger clone of himself.
  • The Woman in the Window: Amy Adams plays an agoraphobic woman who witnesses a crime from her apartment; Joe Wright is directing, with Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman also in the cast.
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers in this biopic.

November

  • The Terminator reboot: No title yet for this sixth movie in the franchise, but it reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.
  • Charlie’s Angels: A reboot of the 2000 action-comedy, with Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart as new angels.
  • Midway: The 1942 naval battle gets the Roland Emmerich treatment. Patrick Wilson and Woody Harrelson are in the cast.
  • Frozen 2: Anna and Elsa are back in what is likely to be one of the year’s biggest sequels.

December

  • Star Wars Episode IX: J.J. Abrams is directing the final chapter of this latest Star Wars trilogy. The film still lacks a proper title.
  • Cats: Tom Hooper, who made Les Misérables (2009), is directing this star-studded adaptation of the Broadway musical.
  • Little Women: Another version of the oft-filmed Louisa May Alcott novel, this one directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson.
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