The Twenty: Most Anticipated Films of 2019
We rounded out The Ten Best Movies of 2018. We even covered The Ten Best Television Seasons of Last Year. But why keep looking at 2018 when 2019 is already here.
2019 is packed with huge movie releases all year long. From three live action Disney remakes, to possibly the two highest anticipated Marvel Studios films to date, to more DC movies, another Lego movie, plenty of other superheroes, and even the return of John Wick and the Men in Black.
With so many movies coming out this year, I thought it best to list my Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2019. The problem… I couldn’t come up with just ten (did I mention there are so many great movies coming out?). So this version of The Ten is actually THE TWENTY.
20. Bergman Island
Mia Hansen-Løve directs a story about an American filmmaking couple that visits the home island of Ingmar Bergman. Bergman is one of my favorite classic filmmakers and knowing that there is a film coming out paying homage to him in some form, has me excited to see the end result.
19. Pale Blue Dot
Natalie Portman joins Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, and Ellen Burstyn in Noah Hawley’s Pale Blue Dot. The movie is one of many astronaut themed films in 2019, and it tells the story an astronaut’s return home from space, only to lose her grip on sanity when her colleague and lover has another affair with a trainee astronaut.
18. Ad Astra
Brad Pitt plays an autistic astronaut travels in search of his father, who’s been missing for twenty years in James Gray’s dramatic blockbuster expected to be an award contender. The cast also includes Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, and Jamie Kennedy. Yes, Jamie Kennedy. Where the hell has that weirdo been?
Maybe the biggest surprise, at least to me, on my list. Shazam is, let’s be honest, a second tier hero in the DC Universe, a Universe that can’t seem to get their act together for the big screen. With Wonder Woman 1984 getting pushed back to 2020, this is their big title for the new year, and everything about it looks to lighten the tone of everything done so far.
16. The Dead Don’t Die
Sure, we’re getting Zombieland 2, which could actually be fun, but the Bill Murray zombie movie we’ve been waiting for also stars Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, and Chloe Sevigney. The director (Jim Jarmusch), cast (Daniel Craig also rumored), and plot (very vague right now) have me excited for a zombie film for the first time in a long time.
15. Dolor Y Gloria
Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz reunite for Pedro Almodovar’s film that tells the story of a filmmaker reflecting on his life, loves, and career. The Playlist calls Dolor Y Gloria self-reflective and a little Fellini-ish for Almodovar, and we couldn’t agree more.
14. Captain Marvel
The final Marvel film before the entire expanded universe goes through some irreversible changes. Brie Larson has been cast for this role for some time now, and we’ve had a few trailers to tease us for a flash back in time, but in all honesty we have to be excited for every Marvel Studios movie at this point because they’re all worth watching (besides Thor: Dark World).
13. The Many Saints of Newark
Alan Taylor, who’s Thor: Dark World I earlier took a jab at, is taking on The Sopranos prequel feature. The film is set to focus on the early days of the Soprano and Moltisanti families, set against the Newark race riots of the 1960s. If you were a fan of The Sopranos, it’s exciting to see something regarding that franchise back on the screen.
12. Men In Black: International
I’ll be honest, Men in Black 2 was fine, and Men in Black 3 was forgettable, but the franchise as a whole is a blast and something that can go many different directions. So when it was announced that Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth would be reuniting, I got a bit excited. And then when I saw the first trailer, I decided I was ready for it now.
11. The Addams Family
Let’s put Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, and Nick Kroll together for an animated feature about The Addams Family. Whoever first said that sentence was a genius, and also powerful enough to make it happen as the 2019 Addams Family reboot is all of the above and something to look forward to.
10. John Wick: Chapter 3
Keanu Reeves returns with the likes of Ian McShane, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, and Lance Reddick for what many anticipate to be the finale for the John Wick films. Reeves resurrected his status as an action star with John Wick, and the franchise hasn’t had a low point since the opening of the first (c’mon, they killed the dog!).
9. Spider-Man: Far From Home
When Tom Holland took on the role of Peter Parker and Sony made-up with Marvel, the whole Spider-Man game changed. The best two Spider-Man movies have come out since then, and we’re getting even more in 2019. Jon Watts is back to direct the second installment, and we have Jake Gyllenhaal joining in on the fun.
Disney has three live-action remakes coming out this year alone. As they continue to work through their animated catalogue to cash-in on these easy adaptations, some people are getting frustrated and others, like me, are getting excited. The live-action adaptations have been good so far, and with what we’ve learned about Aladdin, one of the best animated Disney films, this is an easy favorite of the three coming this year.
7. The Trial of The Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin has a long-standing history of making some solid dramatic features, and his storytelling should lend well to the true story of the seven defendants tried in the aftermath of the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. With the current temperature of politics, this should get interesting.
6. The Day Shall Come (Chris Morris Project)
Chris Morris is not widely known, but if you saw his last comedy, Four Lions, you know he’s good for creating some comedy. Well he’s back in 2019 with a very secret comedy starring the likes of Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Denis O’Hare, Kayvan Novak, and Pej Vahdat. Nothing about this mystery project has me worried. Not even the mystery.
5. Star Wars: Episode IX
J.J. Abrams is back in the driver seat for the final installment of the third Star Wars trilogy to date, and as somebody who has a Star Wars tattoo, it’s safe to say I’m excited. Honestly, The Last Jedi was underwhelming, and it became an even bigger issue when it became an issue to say you disliked it. But even with a dive in the middle, the finale should return to form and no matter what, it’s still Star Wars.
4. The Irishman
The story of union official and mobster Frank Sheeran, who claims to have been involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa, as directed by Martin Scorsese. The film stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, and Anna Paquin, which makes for an exciting film before we’ve even seen it.
3. JoJo Rabbit
Get this, Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Thor Ragnarok) is back with a World War II timepiece starring Scarlett Johansson. The movie is about a young German boy in Nazi Germany whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler. Through the midst of his Hitler filled adventures he discovers that his family is hiding a Jewish girl in their house. Let that all sink in.
2. Avengers: Endgame
This one is a no brainer. Any nerd (you are on Project-Nerd) is anticipating the follow up to Avengers: Infinity War. The Russo Brothers did an amazing job bringing what has been done in the comics to the big screen. With the teaser trailer giving us little to work with, we shouldn’t expect much more before its April release.
1. Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino is back directing, are you ready for this, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Luke Perry, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr, Al Pacino, Scoot McNairy, Mike Moh, Lena Dunham, Maya Hawke, Damon Herriman, Rumer Willis, Dreama Walker, Margaret Qualley, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, James Marsden and more in a movie about a fading movie star and his stunt double getting caught up in the Manson Murders.
The list was the hardest I’ve made in years. There are so many great movies coming out this year that I am still excited for but couldn’t fit in the top twenty. So besides these ten, make sure you also catch Jordan Peele’s Us, Toy Story 4, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, The Lion King, Zombieland 2, It: 2nd Chapter, The Devil All the Time, and the many others we are out of room to list.
As always, if you disagree with anything on my list, you can let us know in the comments below.