Movies in 2019


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Alida Cummings, News Editor

As with any previous year, 2019 promises to deliver dozens of exciting movies and long-anticipated sequels for us to enjoy.

The new year, full of new movies, brings some bad news along with its good news. If you were hoping for a year of more original movies than in the past, you may be a bit disappointed. Movies in 2019 are mostly long-awaited remakes and sequels, with a few original action, sci-fi, and romantic movies thrown in-between.

Rotten Tomatoes, an online movie-rating website featuring reviews and sneak-peeks, has come out with a hotlist of the “most anticipated” movies of 2019. Highlights include a whopping handful of Marvel and superhero movies. Fans have feverishly waited for the release of the Avengers: Infinity War sequel, set to come out in May, as well as the Captain Marvel movie set to come out in March, featuring the blond superwoman of the Marvel franchise. Others include Dark Phoenix, the story of Jean Grey from the X-Men; The New Mutants, a story introducing a new generation of X-Men; Spider-Man: Far From Home; a Joker origin story; and a more kid-friendly Shazam! movie about a boy with the ability to become a superhuman adult.

2019 is also presenting us with a large variety of thrillers and action movies to enjoy. A Hellboy remake, a Godzilla sequel, a Terminator movie, Greyhound, a Men in Black spinoff (featuring Thor), another Shaft movie, Zombieland 2, Ad Astra, Charlie’s Angels, Death on the Nile, Glass, the next 47 Meters Down movie, the third John Wick movie, Us, Serenity, Kingsman 3, Gemini Man, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and a Hobbs and Shaw movie are all something to look forward to. Book, comic, and play adaptations added to the list include Goldfinch; Where’d You Go, Bernadette; Little Women; The Rosie Project; Artemis Fowl; The Kitchen; Chaos Walking; Wicked; and Alita: Battle Angel.

Audiences are also in for a number of comedies and feel-good movies, including Flarsky, The Upside, What Men Want, Rocketman, Ford v. Ferrari, The Addams Family, a Downton Abbey movie, Isn’t it Romantic?, You Are My Friend (another Mr. Rogers film), Margie Claus, Jumanji 2, and Masters of the Universe (a He-Man movie).

There is no shortage of horror movies set to release, either. Critics of 2017’s It movie pointed out how it only told half the story; now, It: Chapter Two is coming out next September to tell the other half. Other horror flicks include Grudge, an Annabelle sequel, Under the Silver Lake, The Curse of La Llorona, Pet Sematary, and Happy Death Day 2U.

2019 is also presenting kids with a host of new movies to look forward to. Toy Story 4, Star Wars: Episode IX, Frozen 2, Sonic the Hedgehog, an Angry Birds Movie sequel, a live-action Lion King and Aladdin, The Secret Life of Pets 2, UglyDolls, a Pokémon Detective Pikachu movie, the second Lego Movie, Dumbo, The Missing Link, and the third How to Train Your Dragon movie are all set to either ruin your favorite animated characters or bring them to new heights of success.

For those of you looking forward to more original kids’ films, ScreenRant says that unfortunately you’ll have to wait for 2020’s The One and Only Ivan, a movie about a gorilla.

Whichever movie you’re excited about, make sure that you buy tickets and mark your calendars. 2019 should be a movie year to remember, for good or for ill.