Over the last couple weeks our staff has been saying goodbye to 2018 with a look back at the best movies, games, and trailers, but this week is all about looking AHEAD. Our writers have recovered from their holiday celebrations and today are bringing you their picks for the Top 5 Most Anticipated Films this year:
I think most will agree that 2018 was a pretty stellar year for movies. With both original films and sequel hits, everyone had something to watch last year. That said, 2019 looks positively INSANE. Seriously, in looking up stuff to narrow down my picks, I couldn’t believe the amount of great looking films. Normally, I don’t struggle much with my top five “must see” picks, but this year I struggled. I can’t tell you how many times I moved films from my main list to honorable mentions. This is a great sign of the year ahead:
Star Wars: Episode IX – Star Wars is commonplace on my most anticipated lists, but that doesn’t lessen the hype for me in the least. Being this is the final film in the Sequel Trilogy, I can’t wait to see how this story wraps up. Considering just a few years ago we weren’t expecting to see ANY new Star Wars films, I’m ridiculously excited to see the end of this trilogy era.
The Lion King – The Lion King is, hands-down, my favorite Disney animated film and for the most part, I’ve really enjoyed the live-action remakes they’ve been doing. After that chill inducing first trailer over Thanksgiving, I’m more ready to see this film brought to life than I ever thought I would be.
Avengers: Endgame – After the stunning ending of Infinity War (which was incredibly well done all around), how could I NOT want to see how it all comes together. With the majority of our beloved heroes ‘snapped’ from existence, defeating Thanos is going to be even more difficult and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – I LOVED the Godzilla reboot from 2014 and have been impatiently waiting for the sequel (originally slated for 2018). Godzilla is one of my favorite franchises of all time and from all we’ve seen of King of the Monsters, it looks to pay homage to the monster’s origins, while giving a fresh spin for modern audiences. Couple that with the lead into Godzilla’s impending showdown with King Kong and I’m all in for this one.
Glass – I feel like I’ve been waiting on Glass for a lot longer than we actually have. Split was such a good movie and its end reveal to be connected to M. Night’s Unbreakable had my literally jumping up and down. Seeing an actual continuation of the story setup in both has me giddy, and the trailers so far have been phenomenal. Let’s hope M. Night Shyamalan’s return of great movies continues with Glass.
Honorable Mentions: Captain Marvel (ONLY because I forced myself to include only one Marvel film), IT: Chapter 2, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Detective Pikachu, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984.
Oh my goodness, 2019 is going to be an amazing year for movies! I’ve revised my must-see list so many times, I have no idea how I’m going to see them all, but these are the picks I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with no matter what:
Avengers: Endgame – Even before I knew the title, the follow-up to Infinity War was always going to be on my list. Somehow the Avengers are going to save the universe from what Thanos did and I’m very interested to see how it all plays out. Plus, I’m very much looking forward to seeing Captain Marvel make her entrance into the larger MCU.
Captain Marvel – I do not know the last time I was this excited for a standalone superhero film, I really don’t. After seeing two trailers, so far this film is looking to be everything I’ve ever dreamed of seeing in a superhero film. And the best part? It looks like this film is going to skip the “awkward new superhero” phase that so many origin films seem to possess. Plus, I can’t wait to see an explanation for how Fury knew to contact the captain at the exact moment he did.
Star Wars: Episode IX – Despite The Last Jedi receiving a polarizing response (to say the least), I remain beyond excited for the sequel trilogy to wrap up at the end of 2019. Whatever happens, it will be the definitive end of the Skywalker saga (and presumably the last numbered entry in the series) and I have great hopes that J.J. Abrams will do justice to the story he began with The Force Awakens.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Even though I’ve seen the rebooted Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, I was not onboard with the idea of the Monsterverse until I saw the first trailer for this film. After seeing that Rodan, Mothra and even King Ghidorah will be brought into the franchise, I can’t believe I ever doubted this concept. The film looks gorgeous and promises climactic monster battles that fans have dreamed about for years (that scene between King Ghidorah and Godzilla though, wow!!)
John Wick 3 – After catching up on the first two John Wick films last winter, I swore I wouldn’t let the third film pass by without watching it in theaters, which is exactly what I plan to do. This film should wrap up Wick’s story, hopefully in a way that proves satisfying. We already know there’s going to be a crazy horseback chase through New York City and that Halle Berry’s involved in the film. And beyond that, I’m curious to know how John gets out of this alive (and he might not).
Honorable Mentions: The LEGO Movie 2; Artemis Fowl; Dark Phoenix; Detective Pikachu
Glass – So Split was a surprising return to form for M. Night Shyamalan, a filmmaker who I think has a lot of potential when sticking with his strengths. I’m hoping Glass is more of the same, a “twist” on the popular superhero genre, if you will. With Willis and Jackson back in the fold, and the always-great James McAvoy, this is a movie I’ve been eagerly awaiting since that final scene in Split.
Avengers: Endgame – Who isn’t excited to see this movie? I mean, after 10+ years of Avengers films, and one of the the biggest cliffhangers in the history of movies, we have to see how it ends.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – There was a time when I wouldn’t have been excited for another Tarantino film. But with modern filmmakers borrowing so much from each other and what has worked in the past, I am willing to give Tarantino my attention to see what he can come up with, even if it ends up as pretentious. If anything, the casting has enough wow factor on its own.
It: Chaper Two – 2017’s It was a surprisingly enjoyable film, one of my favorites of the year. So, of course I’m interested in seeing this sequel and finale. I’m very interested to see how the filmmakers tackle the jump forward in time and if they can replicate the magic of the original film with what is almost an entirely new cast.
Terminator ? (Again) – It doesn’t have a title yet, and it may not even release in 2019, but after many years of struggling through downright terrible Terminator sequels, I’m ready for this partial reboot. With James Cameron involved, I really hope they are able to right the ship and deliver a film that can finally stand next to the fantastic original and its sequel.
Honorable Mentions: John Wick 3 (with Boban!), Hellboy, Star Wars Episode IX, Joker, Captain Marvel.
Star Wars: Episode IX – I loved The Last Jedi, but it seems like not many others did. With Episode IX, they are supposedly fixing a lot of the timeline connections and over story “plot holes”. I hope to see a lot of returning character from the Star Wars Universe and even more some newly added characters!
Glass – Split totally shocked me. This movie not only was something really different, but to find out SPOILER that this film connects to Bruce Willis’s Unbreakable blew my mind! I can’t wait to see more actions, personality, and amazing story telling!
Captain Marvel, Endgame, & Spider-Man – 2019 will be a huge year for Marvel. With all these films, I think we can easily say this will be the best year Marvel has had in some years. Be ready folks, it’s about to get crazy for Marvel fans!
US – I think I have watch the trailer a total of 15 times. Jordan Peele is looking to have s very bright career as a director and writer! This movie is looking to bring something new to the horror genre, as did Get Out. I can’t wait to see his future work!
Cloverfield Sequel – JJ Abrams announced that a “true” Cloverfield sequel is coming “soon” as in most likely in 2019. This franchise gets me more excited than superheroes and I love it. The viral campaigns are just as fun as the movies, and finally (FINALLY) having a true sequel is so exciting. We can all forget Paradox exists, but 10 Cloverfield Lane is honestly one of my favorite all time movies, and JJ’s production totally killed it with the most underrated 2018 film Overlord.
US – My goodness are horror movies making a come back, and at the front of them all is easily Jordan Peele. He blew us away with Get Out, and Us seems to be living up to be just as great. He, combined with Blumhouse Productions in general, is making us horror fans so excited again! Glass and so many other projects in the works, they can’t let us down.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – Honestly the last film really hit hard in the emotions, and they got a lot of heat for it, and then the promise to go even further this time around. I’m not prepared! The director has promised to explain why dragons don’t exist in “todays world” through his last story for the franchise, and I don’t think it will be happy.
The Lion King – On one side of the fence you have people mad at Disney for remaking everything, then on the other side you have the rest of us that are totally thrilled about everything! The Lion King looks like the best remake yet!
Zombieland 2 – One of the best movies ever made is getting a sequel and all of the cast are signed up to be a part of it. What could go wrong? (Ignores Ghostbusters) I’m so excited that it’s finally getting done.
Sonic – Can I sneak this one in? Please don’t suck….please don’t suck.
Honorable Mentions: (Because honestly I’m a Spider-man fan, love comic books, and I’m looking forward to these for the same reasons as everyone else!) Spider-Man Far From Home, Shazam!, Joker, Avengers Endgame, Star Wars, The Adams Family, IT Chapter 2, Pet Cemetery, and John Wick 3.
Glass – Do I really need to explain why I’m looking forward to this movie. Go watch Unbreakable, when you’re done watch Split. That’s more than enough explanation why I’m looking forward to Glass.
Spider-Man: Far From Home – Tom Holland is doing a pretty good job as spiderman right now, but for me it’s become more about the villains. Homecoming did great in casting Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture. The one villain many people wanted to see since Spider-Man 2 was Mysterio, and now we have him. Jake Gyllenhaal as the actor/stuntman turned criminal is even better news .. well it is for me, I think Jake is a damn good actor and can’t wait to see this one.
Star Wars: Episode IX – I’m ready for the 42 year saga of the Skywalker family to end. There’s more to that galaxy far away than them, let’s close this sucker out on a high note and get to the rest of the galaxy.
Avengers: Endgame – Another movie series that I really don’t have to explain why I want to see it. If you’re on this website reading this article I’m 95% sure you are waiting for this movie to drop also.
Captain Marvel – Marvel has been hounded to release a Female led Solo MCU movie for quite some time now. I honestly know very little of Carol Danvers as Capt Marvel. I was more familiar with Carol Danvers when she became Binary in X-Men. Either way, when this one releases I’ll be looking forward to it and how they tell her story.
Isn’t It Romantic – A film like this normally would not make my most anticipated list, but I just could not help myself. Don’t judge me! I’m a huge Pitch Perfect fan, and love Rebel Wilson. Furthermore, I love the fact that it is a romantic comedy that makes fun of romantic comedies. It opens Valentine’s Day weekend so you can treat yourself for Valentine’s Day whether you have a date or not.
Shazam! – I love superhero movies of all kinds, but the stories within that genres that have always had a special place in my heart are the ones that involve just an ordinary person that was able to accomplish extraordinary things. This was a big reason Spider-Man is still so popular to this day. If the trailer is any indication of the movie, it will be the perfect amount of action meets playful comedy.
Avengers: Endgame – Who hasn’t been waiting for this film? The dramatic ending of Avengers: Infinity War left everyone sitting on the edge of their seat, and it was so unfair to make us all wait! After Thanos wasted half the planet, I’ve been dying to see the heroes come for some payback. It will be interesting to see how they pull that off, and somehow fix the situation.
The Lion King – I’m really enjoying all of the live-action adaptations of the cartoon movies I watched religiously as a kid. I could not help but feel nostalgic when I viewed The Lion King trailer because this was literally my favorite cartoon movie of the 90’s, and I’m almost willing to bet I still know all the songs by heart. Furthermore, can we pause a moment to appreciate how visually stunning quality of the trailer?
It: Chapter 2 – This choice is one part nostalgia, one part curiosity. I have always been a huge Stephen King fan, and almost feel compelled to see a film if it has his name anywhere in the credits. Afterall, he is the horror movie king! However, I’m excited to see how everything comes together in this sequel when the original characters come back as adults for the final battle.
Honorable Mentions: Glass, Aladdin, Zombieland 2, Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Mike (The Casual Cinecast)
The Irishman – Martin Scorsese. Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci together again? Not to mention the rest of the cast’ In all seriousness though, this movie has me excited. Netflix has famously poured more and more money into this thing, as it keeps growing in budget. Netflix has really upped their movie game after this last year, so my faith is in them and Scorse.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – This is supposed to be Tarantino’s last film, though I somehow doubt it. The very idea of it sounds kind of bad to my ears, but then again, so did Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds before they came out. So I’ll trust QT for now. Plus this has a very cool title and even cooler cast so far with Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio, Morgot Robbie, and more.
Toy Story 4 – This is a movie I didn’t really want. I thought this franchise was done. Pixar and Toy Story have yet to let me down…. That said, it will take a lot to top Toy Story 3.
Us – Jordan Peele’s new movie…. That is really all I care to know at this point. I will likely be avoiding the trailers from here on out!
Star Wars: Episode IX – The amount of childish behavior surrounding the The Last Jedi, has me a bit worried about this one. I worry they might offer fanservice over a good movie. However, as someone who likes most of what Disney Star Wars has offered me so far, I hope they can stick the landing. Although, no matter what the movie is actually like, we should all prepare to hear about how it sucks for a long time after.
Justin (The Casual Cinecast)
Star Wars Episode IX – I’m a massive Star Wars fan and while I didn’t like Solo and only felt okay about Rogue One, the actual entries into the new trilogy we’ve gotten so far have both been quite good. So I’m excited about Episode IX. I look forward to seeing how and if they wrap up this trilogy’s arcs and the ability to speculate what comes next in our main Star Wars storylines.
It: Chapter Two – I recently rewatched the first chapter of It for the second time and it only improved my appreciation of just how good that film is. I’ve never read the book or seen the original version of It so I have no idea what to expect from this next chapter and will absolutely avoid trailers from here on out. I’m just ready to continue on with this story and see where all the characters I loved from the first film are now and what happens next!
Ad Astra – I like a good sci-fi film and I like Brad Pitt. I’m not sure I’ve seen Brad Pitt in space before so I’m intrigued. The story of a man traveling to space to find his missing father with James Gray (We Own The Night, The Lost City of Z) as director has me sold on seeing this film.
Parasite – There’s not much known about this film except that it is from South Korean director Joon-ho Bong (Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother) and that’s enough for me. I was disappointed in Okja but he’s had enough hits for me to be excited about his return to what seems like a new South Korean thriller.
Pain and Glory – I haven’t watched as much Almodovar as I should, but what I have seen has all been pretty great. His films are always deep with human emotion and rich with color and beautiful cinematography. In this film, he works with his two regulars, Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz in a story about a film director in his decline. Seems potentially like Almodovar channeling Fellini which sounds like a winning combo to me.
Due to traveling and all the stuff involved with the holidays, a couple of our contributors weren’t able to get their full thoughts down in time, but there were able to share their general lists with us.
John Wick 3
Toy Story 4
How to Train your Dragon 3
Avengers End Game
Star Wars Episode IX
John Wick III
Star Wars: Episode IX
Captain Marvel/Avengers: Endgame/Spiderman:Far From Home
There are a ridiculous amount of good looking films coming out in 2019, and with the New Year just getting started there’s nothing but hope and anticipation for them all. Let’s just cross our fingers these movies turn out to be worth the wait. What films are you most looking forward to this year?