Fellow film buffs are in for a cinematic treat in 2019! From action-packed thrillers to live adaptations of our favourite Disney movies, here are 12 highly-anticipated movies that should be on top of your must-watch list in the new year.
Glass (17 Jan)
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy
M.Night Shyamalan reunites familiar characters from his cult classic Unbreakable and Split to bring us an explosive sequel that picks up from where the 2016 film left off. Following a series of escalating encounters, incarcerated mass murderer Mr. Glass discovers that security guard David Dunn is on a pursuit to locate Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman alter-ego, The Beast. Unbeknownst to them is the shadowy presence of Mr Glass’ other identity, Elijah Price, who seemingly holds secrets that answer critical questions about both of them.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (31 Jan)
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera
Five long years after the 2014 sequel, we finally get to see Hiccup and Berk take to the skies in 2019. Since becoming the chief of Berk and realising his dream in creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless gets distracted when he discovers a mate in an untamed, elusive Night Fury. Things take a turn for the worse when danger threatens the village, tasking both dragon and rider to make impossible decisions in order to save their kind.
Happy Death Day 2U (14 Feb)
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Ruby Modine
For fans of the slasher film who’ve been wanting a sequel, you can now rejoice as Happy Death Day 2U takes you back into Tree’s life, where she unexpectedly re-enters the time loop. Realising that her friends are now experiencing the same loop as her, she is resolved to escape the time loop once and for all. Unfortunately, with her original killer murdered, Tree has to uncover the identity of the new killer before she runs out of time.
Captain Marvel (7 Mar)
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Move aside boys, it’s time for our heroine to save the day. Since the official announcement and introduction of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, the wait is now over for MCU fans! This origin movie will see how Carol Danvers protects Earth during a galactic war between two alien races, and how she eventually becomes one of the Universe’s mightiest heroes.
Dumbo (28 Mar)
Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green
In this live adaption of the 1941 Disney animated film, meet a young elephant with oversized ears named Dumbo. Despite being the laughing stock in an already struggling circus, the discovery of Dumbo’s incredible hidden talent gives the circus an opportunity to make a comeback, attracting a conniving entrepreneur in the process. When the circus plans to go ahead with the new partnership, Dumbo and his friends discover that underneath its shiny veneer sits a treasure trove of dark secrets waiting to be uncovered.
Shazam! (4 Apr)
Starring: Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong
Despite the many trials and tribulations of this DC comic character, Shazam is finally getting the recognition he deserves with his very own live-action film. Imagine transforming into a superhero with just one word – that’s what Billy Batson, a 14 year-old foster kid experiences after his strange encounter with a magical being from another realm. Unfortunately for Billy, he is not privy to the abilities his superhero alter-ego possesses, which poses a huge problem when an evil villain emerges. Together with his foster brother, Billy has to learn what his new powers are, and how he can use them in order to stop the villain from threatening mankind.
Avengers: Endgame (24 Apr)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
Following the devastating and shocking end of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is left reeling with the loss of half of its entire population; courtesy of Thanos’ ideology. In an effort to undo the Mad Titan’s deed, the remaining Avengers will have to assemble once more no matter the consequences – and restore order to the universe once and for all.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (9 May)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe
Even with all the negative comments about the appearance of Pikachu in this film, you cannot deny that the little yellow monster grows on you. Coupled with the hilarious voice and facial motion capture of Ryan Reynolds, this is a film that has the potential to be a box office hit. In a world where humans and pocket monsters live alongside harmoniously, a young man comes across an intelligent Pikachu whom only he can understand and communicate with. Seeking the truth behind his father’s disappearance, he forms an unlikely alliance with the small budding detective and uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the world they live in.
Aladdin (23 May)
Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari
Get swept away on a magic flying carpet into the enchanting city of Agrabah in this live-action remake of Aladdin. Just like its animated counterpart, the story revolves around Aladdin, a street urchin who falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine, and how he wins her heart with the help of a genie from a magical lamp. Accompanied with songs and scores by the original maestro Alan Menken, it’s nostalgia rebooted!
Dark Phoenix (7 Jun)
Starring: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Nearly a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are now national heroes sent on increasingly risky missions for the sake of mankind. When Jean Grey begins to develop her incredible powers that threaten to corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, the team will have to decide if it is worth risking the fate of humanity for the life of their team member. As Dark Phoenix is slated to be the first in a new line of films that focuses on the younger versions of the original X-Men characters, we’re hoping that Disney’s proposed acquisition of 20th Century Fox and the X-Men’s eventual integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t derail those plans!
Toy Story 4 (21 Jun)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack
Besides seeing our favourite toys reunite on screen nine years after the third instalment, Woody and his gang are back to embark on another adventure with a new addition to their crew – where they will learn just how big the world can be for a toy. As Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have both hinted that it’s going to be an intense tearjerker, it might be a good idea to keep the Kleenex handy for the screening!
The Lion King (19 Jul)
Starring: Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones
As one of the most highly-anticipated Disney remakes, The Lion King needs no introduction. But for the uninitiated, it’s about a young lion cub tricked by his traitorous uncle into thinking that he caused his father’s death, and as a result, flees into exile in despair. He eventually learns the truth and the weight of his responsibilities in adulthood, which determines his return to the Pride Lands. Though there’s been no word on how the devastating scene with Mufasa will unfold, we’re pretty sure this live-action masterpiece will hit you right in the feels.
Which movie are you looking forward to the most in 2019? Tell us in the comments below!