Getting AMC A*List was pretty much the best choice I’ve made in a long time. I never actually hit the 3-movies-a-week limit. I usually get to the theatre 3 times a month. But considering how expensive movies are these days, it’s like getting two free movies a month. 2019 is gearing up to be an amazing year for movies, and I’ve put together a bucket list of must-hit movies for this year.
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Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
As a certified, card-carrying member of the Carol Corps, I believe we have all been more than patient waiting for this film to come out. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is launching their first female led film less than two months before the release of Avengers: Endgame.
Set in the 90s, Captain Marvel’s origin story will introduce us to the Kree-Skrull War and Nick Fury with two eyes. Knowing Kelly Sue DeConnick, who championed Carol’s elevation from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel, consulted on the film has me assured this movie is in good hands.
Us (March 15, 2019)
Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke are starring in Jordan Peele’s next horror movie, Us. Plot details are not well known yet, as of this writing Elizabeth Moss’s character (and many others) are unnamed on IMDB. The trailer seems to reveal a mix of thriller tropes — evil twin, home invasion, and more.
Considering Get Out’s 99% on Rotten Tomatoes (and a lasting love of Key and Peele, I even saw their gang-kitten movie Keanu), I have no doubt Us will be another must-see.
Shazam (April 5, 2019)
I had absolutely no desire to see this movie when I heard it was coming out. (Especially in light of the Shazam-Captain Marvel Mishegas.) With the exception of Wonder Woman, it’s been a long time since I have seen a DC movie that I truly enjoyed. (Okay, I liked Aquaman, but my big takeaway was that Mera is too good for everyone and should go swim her way over to Themyscira.)
However, the trailer before Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse had me hooked. Zachary Levi’s endearing charm (and weirdly believable teenage-boy-in-an-adult’s-body vibe) has me putting this movie on the list.
Avengers: Endgame (April 26, 2019)
The Russo Brothers return to direct the second half of Infinity War. (I know they changed the name, but it’s still Infinity War Part 2, lets be real here.) Everyone has theories and suspicions about how the plot will resolve itself, what happened to the people who were Snap-tured, and who will survive.
All I know for certain, is that the trailer brought my Black Widow/Hawkeye ship roaring back to life and it is a flame that will not be extinguished. (Yes, I know he has a family. Ethical non-monogamy is a thing.)
Detective Pikachu (May 10, 2016)
I don’t even know, man. I never really thought about the texture of Pokemon before. The fluffiness of Pikachu is somehow both confusing to me and makes perfect sense. If you told me a year ago I’d be looking forward to Ryan Reynolds playing Pikachu, I would have given you a very strange look. The plot seems pretty generic, but this seems poised to be the best human-animated character buddy cop movie since Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Men In Black International (June 14, 2019)
So, this is a Thor: Ragnarok AU in which Thor and Valkyrie play alien hunters. You will never convince me otherwise. This movie looks like it has more heart than any of the other MIB sequels. (BTW Men In Black was my first PG-13 movie so it will always have a special place in my heart.)
The Lion King (July 19, 2019)
I’ve been looking forward to this since The Jungle Book. My biggest issue with that film (other than the shoehorned musical numbers) was a few moments where Mowgli looked out of place with the animated animals. This quickly took a back seat to the fact that the film tried to repair a deeply racist story, and created a beautiful story in the process. Plus, the stellar cast includes a whole bunch of Marvel alums (I see you working with your friends, Jon Favreau) and brings James Earl Jones back as Mufasa. (Look at that kitten Simba. LOOK AT MY LION KITTEN.)
The New Mutants (August 2, 2019)
Dark Phoenix may be coming out in June, but this is the one I’m truly looking forward to. I’ve been a bit sour on the current run of X-Men starting with First Class. I could get onto a very long rant about the films being queer-baity and anti-semitic but that’s a rant for another day. Hit me up if you wanna hear it!
I’m excited to see an expansion of the X-verse, new characters, and a setting outside the Xavier School.
The Goldfinch (October 11, 2019)
Look, I read The Goldfinch on my kindle so I just tore through it. It was not until after I finished that I realized it was a 700+ page book. The Donna Tartt novel wove an intricate domino-effect story that begins during a terrorist bombing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. I’ve been dying for this movie since I was half-way through the book. Plus, the casting of Finn Wolfhard as the 14-year-old philosopher-drug addict Boris is more than perfect.
Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20, 2019)
I’m apparently one of those weird people who actually liked The Last Jedi. But there is a lot riding on this film. The end of an era. (You know, for now. Lucasfilm will not let this franchise die peacefully.) I’m curious to see how this will all wrap up. (Although that was my reasoning for seeing Episode 3 as a teenager and I spent the penultimate half-hour of the movie playing with my contact lens.) So… My expectations are somewhere higher than contact-lens games and lower than “This is going to be the best movie EVER.”
So Squad, what movies are you looking forward to in 2019? Any movies you want me to review? Let me know in the comments! Also, sign up for our newsletter. 2019 has big new changes coming! You’re going to want to stay on top of them!