With the year half over, the Cinelinx crew breaks down the films they’re most excited to see that are still on the horizon for the back half of 2019.
We’re just a little over half-way through 2019(!!) and the year has already delivered on great films and disappointments. There are still SEVERAL big, and small, movies set to release this year that have the potential to blow everyone away. Our team has gathered to break down the films they’re looking forward to most on the back half of 2019.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – While I have to wait until the very end of the year to see it, there’s no denying my excitement for The Rise of Skywalker. The marketing has been light (for now), but nonetheless impressive and I can’t wait to see how they tie it all together.
Knives Out – I’m always eager for a new Rian Johnson film, but considering the incredible cast he’s pulled together, along with the murder mystery story…I’m 100% on board the hype train for this one.
IT: Chapter 2 – Crazy how tastes can change over time. I’ve gone from actively avoiding horror films to putting them on my most anticipated films lists (though I’m still a weenie). IT was such a stunning adaptation of the novel and I’m eager to see if they can bring the magic back to finish it up.
Joker – I know, I know…Do we really need ANOTHER take on the Clown Prince of Crime? Let alone an origin story? Probably not, but Joaquin Phoenix is always a blast to watch and I was really intrigued by the first trailer. Considering the general lack of DC related films until next year, I’m hopeful this one can deliver a surprise.
Terminator: Dark Fate – Fuck it. I want to see if they can pull it off. I know history has not been kind to any Terminator sequel that wasn’t Judgement Day, but I’m still hopeful that this franchise can find its way back. Not to mention Linda Hamilton looks amazing back in action.
Star Wars Episode IX – It’s Star Wars.
Jumanji: The Next Level – At this point the Rock is the last true movie star. Combine that with the charm of Welcome to The Jungle, his chemistry with Kevin Hart, add in Jack Black and the always stunning Karen Gillian and you got a great flick!
Hobbs & Shaw – Again, it’s The Rock vs Idris Elba, with Jason Statham!
Last Blood – Rambo was such an awesome action film, and to finally see and ending installment to the Rambo series is exciting!
The Lion King – NANTS INGONYAMA BAGITHI BABA! SITHI UHHMM INGONYAMA!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – it’s the end of a saga. I saw the first one when I was 8 years old in NYC and now at 50 I finally get to see this end.
Spiderman : Far From Home – I’m still not impressed with Tom Holland as Spidey, but it’s still spidey. I’m going to see the movie no matter what.
Zombieland: Double Tap – I love zombies, I like all the actors in this movie … especially Emma Stone. I mean this is a no brainer.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – at first I didn’t want to see this movie at all, then I saw the trailer. Idris Elba as a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier looking for a virus that can kill ½ the planet … that’s not Black Superman. He’s Black THANOS and I am here for it!!
Knives Out – I’m not a big whodunit fan at all. The only movie of the genre I’ve honestly enjoyed was Clue (1985). It was the movie I’ve gauged almost every whodunit by (I’m picky and stubborn, don’t judge me) and nothing has even come close to it. That was until I saw the trailer for Knives Out. I understand its just a trailer but from what I saw in two minutes and 17 seconds it makes me think I will be watching a movie that will be [to me] the equivalent or even better than Clue.
Justin (Casual Cinecast)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Really hoping for a return to form here from Tarantino after feeling extremely disappointed in Django Unchained and mildly disappointed and pretty middle of the road on The Hateful Eight. Tarantino on top of his game and making fun, popular and cool films is something we need from Hollywood right now (pun intended).
Parasite – Bong Joon-ho is a director I have long admired for his South Korean thrillers/dramas like Memories of Murder, The Host and Mother. After trying some more English-speaking films in Snowpiercer and Okja, he’s returned to the South Korean thriller/drama genre with Parasite and, in doing so, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year.
The Farewell – Awkwafina is an actress that came out of nowhere for me and surprised me with her ability to steal scenes and be hilarious in films like Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s Eight. I’m looking forward to seeing her a bit more subdued and natural in this film about a Chinese family who discovers their grandma only has a short time left to live.
Honey Boy – From his marathon of watching all his films to a fashionable paper bag on his head to appearing in Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Shia LeBeouf’s been taking some risks and expressing himself in a way that fascinates me in the last decade or so. So I’m excited to see how interesting of a film he’s written in Honey Boy. Could it be this year’s Eighth Grade?
Joker – I couldn’t have been less interested in this film when it was announced but after seeing the trailer, I’m intrigued. It might not be my most anticipated film of 2019, but it’s one that I catch myself thinking about from time to time and I’m curious if they just might pull off something grand.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker – So, the less I say about my opinion of The Last Jedi, the better, but what I can say is I am looking forward to seeing how this story continues, and ends. There’s always something special about a Star Wars movie in theaters during the holidays, and this may be our last one for a little while.
Terminator: Dark Fate – The good Terminator films have James Cameron involved. The bad ones do not. This one does – so you do the math.
Parasite – In my mind, some of the most interesting, innovative, and exciting movies of the last decade have come out of South Korea. Some of those movies were Bong Joon-ho films. I’m very excited to see what he does with this one. Winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes is a big deal, and I expect this film will make waves during Oscar season.
The Lighthouse – Willem Defoe and R-Patz square off against each other as a pair of Lighthouse keepers in a period piece that is part drama, part horror, part adventure. From the shots I’ve seen so far, there is brilliant black and white cinematography to accent the film’s harrowing visuals. Well-made, exciting, small-scale films are what I live for, and this one checks all the right boxes.
Jo Jo Rabbit– Going with a more comedic but also somewhat tragic tone, this film from Taika Waititi finds the comedian portraying a child’s imaginary friend, who happens to be Adolf Hitler. From the moment I heard about the plot of this film, I thought it was interesting, unique, and full of potential. I can’t wait.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker – Like most, I’m very eager to see how the Skywalker Saga finally comes to an end. This has the potential to be the biggest movie of the second half of the year, just like Avengers: Endgame was the biggest movie of the first half.
Midsommar – How excited am I about this film? Let me put it this way, I normally avoid horror films and I’m genuinely excited to go see this one, that’s how good I think it’s going to be.
Fast and Furious present: Hobbs & Shaw – If the trailers are anything to go by, this film is going to be a lot of fun to watch. It looks over the top enough that I think it’s going to work and be awesome.
Frozen II – A followup to one of the most popular Disney films in the last ten years? Yes please!
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – I’ve wanted a sequel to Maleficent for years and I’m thrilled it’s only a few months away.
There are plenty of stellar looking films coming up for 2019 (hopefully we won’t see any big delays on them) and we’re hoping they all deliver on the goods. Which films are you looking forward to most for the rest of the year?