2019 is shaping up to be one of the best years for entertainment so if you need me, i’ll be at the movies with a bucket of popcorn. Check out some of the movies we’re hotly awaiting to hit the big screen and let us know what you’re excited to see.
Alita: Battle Angel, out NOW
This is the action/sci-fi cross over I didn’t know I’d been waiting for. Early reviews have been raving about how epic this film is and with an intriguing premise and a badass female heroine, I can’t wait to check this out.
In the twenty-sixth century, a female cyborg is rescued from the scrap heap by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a scientist. With no memory of who she is or any recognition of the world around her, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of the world and find out who she really is.
Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Keean Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Lana Condor
Happy Death Day 2U, out NOW
To say I loved the first film would be an understatement. A truly brilliant and gritty thriller/horror, this sequel looks like it’s set to have just as many twists and turns as its predecessor.
Jessica Rothe and writer-director Christopher Landon return for the sequel to the 2018 Blumhouse slasher, set two years after the events of the first film. Tree Gelbman (Rothe) re-enters the time loop to determine why she was entered into it in the first place. She must also face a revenge-seeking Lori (Ruby Modine, who returns), who has been resurrected by the power of the time loop.
Starring Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Jessica Rothe, Rachel Matthews, Ruby Modine, Sarah Yarkin, Charles Aitken, Caleb Spillyards
Captain Marvel, in cinemas 7 March
A female led superhero movie that looks totally badass – you bet I’m exciting. Brie Larson is an f’ing Queen and an Insta delight and I can’t wait to watch her on the big screen kicking ass and taking names in what has also been a male dominated genre.
Set in the 1990s in a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film follows Carol Danvers (Larson) as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small group of allies at the centre of the maelstrom.
Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Rune Temte, Algenis Perez Soto, Mckenna Grace, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Jude Law
US, in cinemas 28 March
Was anyone else completely surprised and taken by Jordan Peele’s film Get Out? It was a horror/thriller revelation and ever since I saw the trailer for US I’ve been buzzing waiting to catch this. US looks as bone chillingly eerie as Get Out and if it is half as good, it’ll easily become a favourite.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele follows his debut feature Get Out with another horror-thriller. Two parents (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house to unwind with friends (Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), but relaxation turns to tension and chaos with the arrival of shocking strangers at nightfall—strangers that look just like them.
Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Tom Pelphrey, Shahadi Wright Joseph
Pet Sematary, in cinemas 4 April
I can’t deny that this remake looks just as amazing as the original which I saw at a sleepover as a kid and have never forgotten. If you love a horror, this looks like one to watch.
Jason Clarke and John Lithgow star in this remake of the ’80s supernatural horror classic, based on the novel by Stephen King.
After Louis Creed (Clarke) moves his family out to the country, he discovers that they are now living near a pet cemetery that rests on an ancient burial ground. When his toddler son is killed in a car crash, he takes the boy’s body to the cemetery… where it is resurrected in demonic form.
Starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie
Little, in cinemas 11 April
Did you know that Marsai Martin who plays the younger version of the lead character also executive produced this movie making her the youngest exec. producer in Hollywood’s history? Set to be a hilarious comedy in the same vein as Big, Little will definitely be one I catch on the big screen.
Just before a do-or-die presentation, Jordan (Hall) awakes as a 13-year-old version of herself in her adult self’s penthouse. Her assistant April (Issa Rae, TV’s Insecure) is the only one who knows that her boss is now trapped in an awkward tween body, just as everything is on the line.
Starring Marsai Martin, Issa Rae, Regina Hall, JD McCrary, Justin Hartley, Mikey Day, Blair Jasin, Chelsea Hayes, Rachel Dratch
The Curse of the Weeping Woman, in cinemas 18 April
Oh shit, now that is how a horror is supposed to look. Love a scary movie that is shrouded in real life folklore and this take on the tale of La Llorona looks amazing. I first saw the trailer for this at a media screening for Aquaman and the whole audience was terrified…can’t wait!
In 1970s Los Angeles, La Llorona is stalking the night—and the children. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. Their only hope to survive La Llorona’s deadly wrath may be a disillusioned priest and the mysticism he practices to keep evil at bay, on the fringes where fear and faith collide.
Starring Linda Cardellini, Sean Patrick Thomas, Patricia Velasquez, John Marshall Jones
The Aftermath, in cinemas 25 April
Who doesn’t love a war-time drama? The Aftermath looks set to be an epic love story and if that isn’t enough, it stars Alexander Skarsgård who I will always make time for.
Post-WWII drama from the director of Testament of Youth, starring two-time Oscar nominee Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan), and Jason Clarke (Everest). Based on the novel by Rhidian Brook, the story follows a British couple relocated to a Hamburg home during the reconstruction, only to end up confronted by the German who previously owned the house.
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Kate Phillips, Jannik Schümann, Fionn O’Shea
Aladdin, in cinemas 23 May
It’s a whole new world indeed with Will Smith starring as the legend that is Genie. I am excited AF for this retelling of Aladdin, a childhood classic and you know I’ll be first in line on opening day eagerly awaiting to see how Guy Ritchie has bought Arabia to life.
Guy Ritchie directs this live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney classic, with Will Smith the wish-granting Genie.
Starring Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, Navid Negahban, Numan Acar
The Lion King, in cinemas 18 July
Be honest, how many of you teared up when you first saw the trailer? Yet another retelling of a Disney classic that I suspect you’ll see more adults at then kids on opening weekend. The shot-for-shot remake of the original trailer gave me goosebumps and I am counting down the days until this gem hits the big screen.
The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau helms this CG-animated re-imagining of the 1994 Walt Disney classic. Stars Donald Glover as Simba.
Starring Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, JD McCrary, John Oliver, Hugh Jackman
There are so many amazing movies hitting the big screen this year, so I thought I’d throw in a few notable mentions to make sure they’re on your radar too.
- IT: Chapter Two
- Avengers: End Game
- Dark Phoenix
- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
- MIB: International
What movie are you excited to see?
- Grab the popcorn…DVDs we’ve been watching in January
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review – an epic addition to the Harry Potter universe
- Crazy Rich Asians review – charming, funny & romantic AF
- The Spy Who Dumped Me Review – a MUST watch with your hot mess BFF
- Skyscraper review – an action popcorn blockbuster with The Rock at the helm
- Need Some Movie Inspo? Here’s What We’ve Been Watching In December
Written by Steph Graham
The girl you want by your side during any major life event, Steph is a decorating boss and a baking Queen. You’ll usually find her getting tipsy at a bottomless brunch, playing basketball and Insta-stalking the Hemsworth brothers.
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