The most anticipated films of 2019
What do you look for in a movie? Drama, twists and turns, shock-factor, laughs, lessons? Well, whatever floats your cinematic boat, this year looks like it’ll deliver. What follows is our cut of the best films to see in 2019 – we chose these for their vision, their talented performances and gripping stories. Here’s hoping they excite you, too.
Darkly funny and tragic in equal measure, Olivia Coleman shines in the impressive company of Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Jackal luminary Joe Alwyn, in this tale of rivalry in the early 18th century court of Queen Anne. A monarch dogged by personal loss and inadequacy (Queen Anne miscarried 17 children), Coleman’s performance mixes moments of uplifting wit with aching pathos. Directed by The Lobster’s Yorgos Lanthimos, it’s entertaining, surprising and brilliantly odd.
Out 1 January
A superhero film that’s not entirely naff, Glass threads together strings from two of M Night Shyamalan former cinematic triumphs; Unbreakable and Split. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with ‘The Beast’. The stage is set for a comic book thriller like no other.
Out 16 January
Mary Queen of Scots
Another historical saga worth watching, Mary Queen of Scots is a bawdy tale of the rivalry between Queen Mary and her English contemporary Queen Elizabeth. Director Josie Rouke (former Artistic Director at the Donmar Warehouse) has in her own words ‘feminised’ the story – painting compelling pictures of powerful women struggling against a grim world filled with sinister male courtiers and councillors. Ronan and Robbie do both their parts justice, and the film delivers a historic epic that nonetheless feels timely in today’s world.
Out 18 January
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
The deadpan title is a positive first sign that the second instalment of this romp around the lego galaxy will be as entertaining as its predecessor. And the trailer, which appears to show a second animated Lego movie with just as much wit as the first. And yes, we know it’s ostensibly for kids, but don’t tell us you didn’t watch at least some of the first one and titter.
The Lion King
The live action remake of everyone’s favourite childhood film is fast approaching. The cast sounds promising (who doesn’t want to listen to John Oliver as Zazu?) and the trailer looks suitably heroic, but will it steal our hearts in quite the same way as the original? There’s only one way to find out.
19 July 2019
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
We’re looking forward to Tarantino’s next cinematic romp despite the fact that there’s almost no information about it online as yet. What we do have are some early release stills and a short blurb. The blurb says, rather dryly, ‘A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles’, and the photographs suggest this might just be the most stylish movie of 2019.
Out 26 July
Starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, this new Warner Bros. action blockbuster tells the origin story of Batman’s nemesis, while purportedly sticking one in Trump’s eye too. In the last few days, reports of the film’s ‘pointed social commentary’ have emerged, supposedly targeting the current President.
Out 4 October
Star Wars: Episode IX
It’s the next Star Wars, enough said.
Out 19 December
This marks Saorise Ronan’s second big screen appearance of 2019, and the eighth attempted adaptation of Louise May Alcott’s acclaimed novel. The cast list alone suggests that Director Greta Gerwig is going all-out at trumping previous big-screen efforts; Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet and James Norton all feature.
Out 25 December
“The Last Thing He Wanted”
Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway and Willem Dafoe star in Dee Rees’s next Netflix film, which tells the story of a journalist who quits her job to take up arms dealing for a covert government agency. We’re keen to see this, who knows if it might give us all an idea for a business plan…
Out late 2019
Martin Scorsese. Robert De Niro. Al Pacino. Joe Pesci. A gangster film. In New York. That’s all we know, but we can’t wait.
Out late 2019