So many biggest film events of the year, Avengers: End Game, Captain Marvel, Shazam, Aladdin, X-men: Dark Phoenix,…. have been and gone. Thankfully, there are plenty of great new films still to come and some of them aren’t Marvel films. Here we round-up the movies to look out for and the best films of 2019 so far.
Toy Story 4
Release date: June 2
Buzz Lightyear first appeared in Andy’s toy collection in 1995. Now, almost 25 years later the fourth instalment of Toy Story is due to be released. Buzz, Woody, Mr Potato Head and the rest of the toys are now in the possession of new owner Bonnie. And Woody has a problem with a new toy. “When Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy,” Disney says. At the moment this is about all we know about Toy Story 4.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Release date: July 5
Wait, you’re saying, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker probably didn’t die in the first Infinity War? Yeah, no one’s buying that, especially because he’s back for this sequel. (Though maybe it’s an Infinity War prequel? Hell, Marvel’s done weirder things.) Anyway, Peter and his school friends are on vacation in Europe, where he probably has to perform some Spidey heroics.
The Lion King
Release date: July 5
The third Disney remake of an animated film to drop in 2019 is the highest profile. Can you roar Beyoncé? Jon Favreau — who did the whole photorealistic CG animals thing in The Jungle Book — helped the Mouse assemble a cast that almost makes this endeavor worthwhile. Donald Glover is Simba. Beyoncé is Nala. Billy Eichner is Timon. And, obviously, James Earl Jones is back as Mufasa, because why mess with something that good.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Release date: July 26
For his next film, Tarantino went big – although arguably, he usually does. His cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as two aspiring TV stars hoping to succeed in the film industry in 1969 Los Angeles. The film is set in the context of an America rocked by the Manson Family murders – the killings perpetrated by a cult formed in California and led by Charles Manson. By the end of the 60s, Manson was predicting an apocalyptic war based on racial tensions. Apology of violence and cult of deranged leaders: it is not hard to see how it all makes well for a classic Tarantino.
It: Chapter Two
Release date: September 6
While the first installment of IT was a box office, critical, and spooky success, Chapter 2 had a big task ahead of it: Finding the right actors to embody the children of Derry terrorized by Pennywise. Luckily, the cast assembled is somewhat uncanny. At this point we just assume Sophia Lillis is going to grow up into Jessica Chastain. Anyway, the Oscar nominee — along with the likes of James McAvoy and Bill Hader — are all set to perform the “The Ritual of Chüd.”
Joker release date: October 4
Joaquin Phoenix plays a failed stand-up comedian turned psychotic anarchist in this comic-book inspired caper helmed by Todd Phillips, the director of the Hangover trilogy. Plot details are sparse, but it’s expected to be a dark tale inspired by Alan Moore’s graphic novel The Killing Joke that will delve into the origins of the iconic character. Bewilderingly, this is the first in a brand new series of standalone films based on DC Comics characters, but one that is separate from the existing DC Universe of Justice League, Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad (which also features the Joker character, played to mixed reviews by Jared Leto). Why so complicated ?
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Release date: December 20
As the culmination of the third Star Wars film trilogy, Episode IX will probably be 2019’s most anticipated movie of the year. Whether you loved The Last Jedi or hated it, the misadventures of Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron are going to be the only thing anyone wants to talk about for a good portion of next year, so you might as well mark your calendar to pre-order tickets now.