Movie Junkies, These Are The Films To Look Forward To In 2019

While I'm not exactly fond of the oft-spouted "new year, new me" philosophy, the start of the year does give us stuff to look forward to. If you're into art, this month will be bountiful, what with Singapore Art Week kicking off next week.

For movie junkies, 2019 will prove to be quite a treasure trove, especially with several big superhero franchises launching the next leg of their respective storylines — X-Men, Spider-Man, DC's Shazam and more — and of course, the mother lode that everyone's waiting for, Avengers: Endgame.

Below, our list for 2019 — a mix of Hollywood blockbusters, indie efforts and horror flicks.

#1: Glass

Release date: January 17
Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The final piece in M. Night Shyamalan's comic book inspired trilogy that started with Unbreakable (2000), followed by Split (2016), Glass sees the titular, super-fragile villain from Unbreakable paired up with indestructible hero David Dunn from the same movie, along with Split's multiple-personalities mad man. Sounds like a madhouse of fun to us.

#2: Captain Marvel

Release date: March 7
Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law
Directed by: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

You know Captain Marvel was always going to pop up. Marvel's first flick headlined by a solo female superhero, this is the film you absolutely have to catch before going into Avengers: Endgame as pilot Carol Denvers (the "real" name of Captain Marvel) has been touted as the Marvel Cinema Universe's strongest hero yet (yes, even compared to the likes of Thor). Brie Larson's Captain Marvel will be a pivotal addition to the Avengers and likely a key reason for Thanos' eventual defeat.

#3: Us

Release date: March 15
Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker
Directed by: Jordan Peele

The latest flick by Oscar-winning director Jordan Peele, it looks set to be even scarier than his seminal debut, Get Out (if you haven't caught it, you're really missing out). Centred around a family of four who are on a beach vacation, the story takes a chilling turn when they discover they're being hunted — by their own doppelgangers. Watch the gripping trailer here.

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#4: Ad Astra

Release date: May 24
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: James Gray

If you're into sci-fi, you'll want to look out for the highly anticipated Ad Astra. Set in the future (duh), it follows Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer (played by Brad Pitt), who sets off to scour the solar system in the hopes of finding his father, who left 20 years prior to Neptune in order to find signs of alien life.

#5: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Release date: July 26
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino — the fact that these four names starring in the same movie together ought to make Once Upon A Time In Hollywood a must-watch. A mystery crime flick helmed by Tarantino, it focuses on the story of the Manson Family murders — including the real-life high-profile murder of '60s actress Sharon Tate — once considered to one of the most promising up-and-comers in Hollywood.

#6: Midsommar

Release date: TBA
Cast: Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Vilhem Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Ellora Torchia, Archie Madekwe
Directed by: Ari Aster

Many critics placed Ari Aster's Hereditary (illustrated above) as the scariest flick of 2018 — with audiences reportedly fainting or walking out of screenings. While there aren't much details yet, Midsommar follows a couple who travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s countryside village for its mid-summer festival. As you might imagine, what was supposed to be a heavenly holiday quickly dissolves into violence through pagan cult rituals.

#7: Little Women

Release date: December 25
Cast: Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh
Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Boasting the dreamy pairing of Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet again, Greta Gerwig returns from Lady Bird to direct yet another take on Louisa May Alcott's classic American novel Little Women which follows the lives of four sisters from childhood to womanhood.

This article is originally published on Female Singapore.


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