Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of year again, time to take a look forward at what movies should be on your radar for 2019.  Are you going to see them all?  Heck no.  These are the genre films we think borg readers will want to know about to make their own checklists for the coming year–and they are only the films we know about so far.  We pulled 78 of the hundreds of films that have been finalized or are in varying stages of final production, slated for next year’s movie calendar.

What looks to top the list for most fanboys and fangirls?  The last of the nine films in the Star Wars saga.  Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.  Shazam! is DC’s contribution.  Quentin Tarentino returns to movies to direct Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Martin Scorsese is back with an all-star cast in The Irishman (on Netflix).  M. Night Shyamalan finishes his dark superhero trilogy with GlassArnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton return in TerminatorJordan Peele is back with another horror film with Us.

Do you like sequels?  This is your year.  Another Men in Black, X-Men, Shaft, Happy Death Day, Lego Movie, Hellboy, John Wick, Kingsman, Jumanji, The Secret Life of Pets, How to Train Your Dragon, Fast and the Furious, Zombieland, Addams Family, Charlie’s Angels, Godzilla, Shaun the Sheep, Annabelle,and Stephen King’s It and Pet SemataryDisney is trying to get you to move into your local theater with another Toy Story, Aladdin, Dumbo, Frozen, and Lion King–all in one year.  Yep, lots and lots of sequels are coming.

Some films don’t have locked-in release dates yet.  Amazon Prime and Netflix haven’t revealed dates for these 2019 releases:

  • Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, a film about Jimmy Hoffa starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, and Bobby Cannavale (Netflix)
  • The Kid, a Western biopic with Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, and Vincent D’Onofrio (Netflix)
  • The Man Who Killed Hitler Then Bigfoot, starring Sam Elliott (Netflix)
  • 6 Underground, a Michael Bay film starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Hardy, Dave Franco, and Mélanie Laurent (Netflix)
  • The Last Thing He Wanted, Dee Rees directs Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, Willem Dafoe, and Toby Jones; journalist quits newspaper job to become an arms dealer for a covert government agency (Netflix)
  • The Laundromat, Steven Soderbergh directs Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, James Cromwell, about the Pentagon Papers (Netflix)
  • Radioactive, Rosamund Pike plays Marie Curie, with Anya Taylor-Joy (Amazon)

Some of these films will have revised release dates, or get pushed to 2020.

So grab your calendar and start making your plans–here are the movies you’ll want to see in 2019 (and many you might not):

January

Glass – Superhero, M. Night Shyamalan trilogy part 3, stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy; continues where Unbreakable and Split left off – January 18.

Serenity – Mystery/Thriller, stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, Diane Lane; sorry, no relation to Firefly – January 25.

King of Thieves – Heist Comedy, stars Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon, and Ray Winstone – January 25.

February

Arctic – Survival/Thriller, stars Mads Mikkelsen – February 1.

Velvet Buzzsaw – Weird comedy/horror, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Colette, John Malkovich, Billy Magnussen, Rene Russo – February 1 (Netflix).

Cold Pursuit – Thriller, stars Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, Emmy Rossum; Taken in the snow? – February 8.

The LEGO Movie: The Second Part – Comedy, stars Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Elizabeth Banks, Channing Tatum, Will Arnett, Jonah Hill; the trailers look good for this one – February 8.

Alita: Battle Angel – Sci-fi, stars Jennifer Connelly, Eiza González, Michelle Rodriguez, Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeff Fahey, Mahershala Ali; eye adjustments aside, James Cameron keeps trying to push movie visual effects technology to the next level – February 14.

Happy Death Day 2U – Horror, stars Jessica Rothe; the trailer for this one makes it certainly look like it could be funny – February 14.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Animated, stars Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, F. Murray Abraham; based on Cressida Cowell’s books – February 22.

March

Captain Marvel – Superhero, stars Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, Samuel L. Jackson; the final solo film before the summer MCU finale – March 8.

Us – Horror, Jordan Peele’s next horror film following up on Get Out – March 15.

Wonder Park – Animated, stars Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson – March 15.

The Aftermath – Historical Drama, stars Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke – March 15.

Triple Frontier – War, modern war pic stars Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal – March 15 (Netflix).

Greyhound – War Drama, stars Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue; about the captain of the HMS Greyhound fending off U-Boats in WWII – March 22.

The Informer – Crime Thriller, stars Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen; in the vein of History of Violence, The Departed, and Donnie Brasco, based on the novel Three Seconds by Roslund/Hellström – March 22.

Captive State – Sci-fi, stars Vera Farmiga, John Goodman, Alan Ruck, D.B. Sweeney, Kevin Dunn; Goodman plays a Chicago cop uniting the world against alien invaders – March 22.

Dumbo – Tim Burton’s live-action remake, stars Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Alan Arkin, Michael Keaton – March 29.

April

Pet Sematary – Horror remake, stars Jason Clarke, John Lithgow; second film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel – April 5.

Shazam! – Superhero, stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou; the previews make this look like the most fun of the year’s superhero movies – April 5.

Hellboy – Superhero, stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane, Thomas Haden Church – April 12.

Missing Link – Animated/stop motion, stars Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry – April 12.

Avengers: Endgame – Superhero, Alison Brie, Paul Rudd, Tessa Thompson, and Jeremy Renner re-join the Avengers and Guardians in Russo Bros. sequel; eagerly awaited end of Phase IV of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – April 26.

Summer Season Begins

May

The Hustle – Comedy, Remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels stars Anne Hathaway, Tim Blake Nelson, Rebel Wilson – May 10.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu – Live-Action family, stars Ryan Reynolds, Ken Watanabe, based on the franchise characters – May 10.

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon – Aardman Animated Comedy, latest in the popular, cutting edge animation Shaun of the Sheep movie series – May 15.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Action, Keanu Reeves returns again, with Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Common – May 17.

Ad Astra – Thriller, stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland; son searches for father lost on one-way mission to Mars – May 24.

Aladdin – Live action family, Disney remake stars Will Smith as the genie – May 24.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Action, stars Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Ken Watanabe – May 31.

Rocketman – Biopic, stars Taron Egerton as popstar Elton John – May 31.

June

The Secret Life of Pets 2 – Animated, stars Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Dana Carvey, Albert Brooks, Bobby Moynihan – June 7.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Superhero, stars Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Jessica Chastain; said to be the last X-Men movie from Fox – June 7.

Men in Black International – Sci-fi, stars Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson – June 14.

Shaft – Jessie T. Usher joins Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree in sequel to 2000 and 1971 movies; check out the Pantone 2019 Living Coral-colored coats; possible title Son of Shaft – June 14.

Toy Story 4 – Animated sequel, Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and other familiar voice actors return – June 21.

Ford vs. Ferrari – Action/Historical drama, stars Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Matt Damon, Josh Lucas; from Logan director and Edge of Tomorrow writers about the Le Mans auto race of 1966 – June 28.

July

Annabelle 3 – Horror sequel, stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson; sixth movie in The Conjuring franchise fits between The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 (and next year’s seventh franchise film, The Conjuring 3) – July 3.

Spider-Man: Far From Home – Superhero, Tom Holland returns as our favorite Spidey; does he return stuck on that planet with Doctor Strange?  Is he even in Avengers: Endgame? – July 5.

Stuber – Action/comedy, Dave Bautista and Mira Sorvino star in this movie about a bad night as an Uber driver – July 12.

The Lion King – Family/Disney remake, stars Donald Glover, Beyoncé, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Keegan-Michael Key, Alfre Woodard – July 19.

August

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Dark comedy/Drama, Quentin Tarentino film about Helter Skelter and Sharon Tate in 1969, stars Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino – August 9.

Hobbs & Shaw – Action, spinoff of Fate of the Furious characters, stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham – August 2.

The New Mutants – Superhero, after many delays this X-Men film stars Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Anya-Taylor Joy; the real, final Marvel film from Fox? – August 2.

Artemis Fowl – Family, Kenneth Branagh directs Judi Dench, Josh Gad and others; based on books by Eoin Colfer – August 9.

Playmobil: The Movie – Animated, stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Jim Gaffigan, Gabriel Bateman, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, Meghan Trainor, Daniel Radcliffe; stop-motion animation based on the classic toys – August 16.

September

IT: Chapter 2 – Horror sequel, stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Finn Wolfhard; follow-up to the latest Stephen King adaptation – September 6.

Spies in Disguise – Animated, stars Will Smith, Tom Holland, Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, Masi Oka – September 13.

Downton Abbey – Drama, cast returns from the TV series – September 20.

October

Gemini Man – Sci-fi, Ang Lee directs stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Will Smith; in the vein of Looper, aging assassin seeks to exit his career finds himself going against a younger clone of himself, who can predict his every move – October 4.

Joker – Joaquin Phoenix stars as DC Comics’ Joker, with Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz – October 4.

The Woman in the Window – Crime/Mystery, Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, Anthony Mackie; based on A.J. Finn novel about an agoraphobic psychologist – October 4.

Addams Family – Animated, remake, stars Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac, Finn Wolfhard; adaptation based on Charles Addams’ comics – October 11.

Zombieland Too – Comedy, original cast returns including Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg – October 11.

The Goldfinch – Drama, stars Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Luke Kleintank, based on Donna Tartt novel about an art forger – October 11 (Amazon).

You Are My Friend – Drama, Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers TV fame – October 18.

November

Charlie’s Angels – Action, remake of 2000 movie, stars Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott – November 1.

Terminator – Sci-fi, sequel, Tim Miller directs Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton – November 1.

The Aeronauts – Action/adventure, stars Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones – November 1 (Amazon).

Death on the Nile – Mystery, stars Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer; Sir Kenneth Branagh returns to direct the next adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel – November 8 (likely pushed to 2020).

Midway – War, stars Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Luke Kleintank; filming underway for WWII Battle of Midway story – November 8.

Sonic the Hedgehog – Animated, stars Jim Carrey – November 8.

Holiday Season Releases begin

The Good Liar – Drama, con artist story stars Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen – November 15.

Kingsman 3 – Action, Matthew Vaughn directs returning cast – November 15.

Frozen 2 – Animated, stars Kristen Bell – November 22.

December

Jumanji 2Comedy/Adventure sequel, no details released yet – December 13.

Cats – Musical, film version of the Broadway show with Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen – December 20.

Star Wars Episode IX – Space fantasy, sequel, J.J. Abrams returns to direct Daisy Ridley and cast, plus Richard E. Grant, Matt Smith, and Keri Russell – December 20.

Call of the Wild – Animated remake, stars Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens, Harrison Ford – December 25.

Little Women – Drama, Emma Watson leads latest remake from Louisa May Alcott’s novel – December 25.

And that’s all–come back next year for previews and reviews of some of the most eagerly awaited movies from the above list.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

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