Movies to watch in 2019

by vrtualme | created - 10 Sep 2018 | updated - 27 Sep 2019 | Public

This is a list of movies being released in 2019 that I want to see.

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1. It Chapter Two (2019)

R | 169 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

58 Metascore

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa

Votes: 237,579 | Gross: $211.59M

9.6 "Our adult Losers' Club will be Jessica Chastain (Beverly Marsh), James McAvoy (Bill Denbrough), Bill Hader (Richie Tozier), James Ransone (Eddie Kaspbrak), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom), and Andy Bean (Stan Uris).

Also joining the cast are Will Beibrink (I Saw the Light), who will portray Beverly's abusive husband Tom Rogan, and Xavier Dolan and Taylor Frey as a gay couple involved in a tragic incident which heralds the killer clown's reappearance after 27 years. Of course, Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise, as will director Andres Muschietti and the entirety of the first film's young cast, who will appear in flashbacks."

2. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.

Director: Michael Chaves | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook

Votes: 95,241

? Speaking with Metro, Farmiga let slip that she's pretty sure the new film will use werewolves to scare audiences. "I could be wrong," she said. "They could be scrapping it. But the last I heard it has something to do with some werewolf case."

3. The Crooked Man

Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | Announced

In 1980, a young mother buys a zoetrope for her 7 year old daughter to cope with the death of her husband. Unfortunately for them, the dark spirit that inhabits the toy doesn't play nice.

? "Yet another entry in the Conjuring universe, The Crooked Man will be based on the character introduced in one of the freakiest scenes of The Conjuring 2."

? "Horror Film Set In Oz"

5. Eli (I) (2019)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in isn't as safe as he thought.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: Charlie Shotwell, Kelly Reilly, Max Martini, Lili Taylor

Votes: 32,984

1.4 "Writer David Chirchirillo contributed one of the most brutally satisfying segments of the 2014 horror anthology ABC's of Death 2, and his screenplay for Eli—about a sick boy who experiences ghostly goings-on at a secluded clinic—garnered some attention after making the 2015 Black List. Ciaran Foy (Sinister 2) is attached as director, and also notable is the involvement of production house Intrepid Pictures, which has contributed to such recent creepy favorites as Hush, Oculus, and the Netflix Stephen King adaptation Gerald's Game. All the right ingredients for a creepy good time are here, and we'll see how the recipe comes together when Eli hits theaters on January 4, 2019."

6. You Should Have Left (2020)

R | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

46 Metascore

A former banker, his actress wife, and their spirited daughter book a vacation at an isolated modern home in the Welsh countryside where nothing is quite as it seems.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Amanda Seyfried, Avery Tiiu Essex, Colin Blumenau

Votes: 19,187

? "David Koepp is a veteran Hollywood screenwriter, having penned such classics as Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way, the original Mission: Impossible, and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. As a director, his output has been less widely seen; his most successful effort was 1999's Stir of Echoes, an underrated psychological thriller based on a story by the great Richard Matheson. In 2019, Koepp will reunite with that film's star, Kevin Bacon, for You Should Have Left, an adaptation of a 2017 novel by German author Daniel Kehlmann.

The Shining-flavored story of the novel focuses on a screenwriter who takes off with his wife and six-year old son for a retreat in the Alps, hoping to write the sequel to his breakout hit. But things quickly go awry as supernatural events start to manifest themselves, suggesting that this particular retreat may not exactly obey all the laws of reality. The film adaptation may nix the main character's screenwriter occupation (and thus, the writers' block which is the first chink in his psychological armor) to focus on the mistrust and suspicion between Bacon's character and his much younger wife (Amanda Seyfried) — but either way, plenty of mind-bending creepiness is sure to be on tap. Koepp adapted the novel for the screen himself (as he did with Stir of Echoes), and since this is yet another Blumhouse production with some serious star power in front of the camera, we could be looking at a massive sleeper hit."

7. Ma (2019)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller

Votes: 50,277 | Gross: $45.37M

? "It's not a remake, reboot or adaptation, but it is another Blumhouse picture — and the succinctly titled Ma will reunite the uber-talented Octavia Spenver with director Tate Taylor, making his first foray into horror. The two last collaborated on 2011's The Help, but they're taking a sharp turn from period drama to psychological thriller with the story of a lonely woman who befriends a group of teenagers, and who is not at all what she seems.

The script, penned by Scotty Landes (Workaholics), was snatched up by Jason Blum as part of his first-look deal with Universal; Juliette Lewis and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) have also joined the cast. There is no official release date yet, but the Blumhouse pipeline is an efficient one, and we should see Ma hit screens sometime late in 2019."

8. The New Mutants (2020)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

43 Metascore

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Director: Josh Boone | Stars: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga

Votes: 69,021

8.2 "Since it will be the first true horror film of the X-Men franchise, this seems like a reasonable approach. The trailer released ahead of the film's initial release date promised a claustrophobic, creepy good time, but this is a film in which tone will be everything. The recent deal between Fox and Disney — which will almost certainly see the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool end up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point — doesn't seem to have affected Fox's plans for New Mutants, which will appear in theaters too soon for any cross-pollination to take place. Despite rumors that the long delay and Disney deal meant the project might be shelved, it's been confirmed that New Mutants will arrive in theaters (and on IMAX screens) on August 2."

9. 3 from Hell (2019)

R | 115 min | Action, Horror

50 Metascore

After barely surviving prison, the demented Firefly clan go on the run, unleashing a whole new wave of murder, madness and mayhem.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Jeff Daniel Phillips

Votes: 13,609

? "Despite the characters' apparent deaths at the conclusion of 2005's The Devil's Rejects, fans of horror maestro/hard rocker Rob Zombie have been pining for the return of mass murderers Otis, Baby and Captain Spaulding ever since. It took over a dozen years, but in 2018, Zombie confirmed that he'd be bringing the murderous trio back in 3 From Hell, concluding the series he started with House of 1000 Corpses in 2003.

The film has wrapped shooting, and while there's no firm release date, Zombie has said to expect it sometime in 2019. He's even started screening a teaser trailer for fans at his shows, grainy images of which have found their way online. There are thus far no plot details, but Zombie has assembled a respectable cast of horror and B-movie all-stars including Dee Wallace, Clint Howard (brother of Ron, recently seen in Solo: A Star Wars Story) and the great, grizzled character actor Danny Trejo. In a year rife with long-awaited horror sequels, 3 From Hell may be the longest-awaited of them all — here's hoping Zombie ups the disturbing, gory ante in that special way only he can."

10. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

55 Metascore

Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 164,249 | Gross: $26.80M

? "If you enjoy heavy doses of wit along with your buckets of gore, then the chances are good you're a fan of 2009's Zombieland. The film follows plucky college kid Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) as he navigates the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse, picking up the similarly regionally-named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and sisters Wichita and Little Rock (Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, respectively) as they attempt to find shelter from the roving hordes. Horror-comedies are traditionally a tough sell, but Zombieland was a surprise hit, improbably becoming the highest-grossing zombie movie of all time. A sequel had been speculated about for years, but apparently, the stars have now aligned in favor of director Ruben Fleischer returning, along with the entire cast, just in time for the tenth anniversary of the original.

Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick also return, having pumped up their stock considerably in the interim with their work on Deadpool and Deadpool 2. Plot details are scant; speaking with Vulture, Wernick said "We are sitting on information that we can't entirely share at this moment," but he did relate that the production is shooting for an October release. Fans of the original film have never stopped clamoring for more, so it's safe to say they'll be packing the theaters for another round of slapstick-inspired, zombie-killing mayhem — an experience they'll probably make it out of alive, so long as they don't forget the rules."

11. The Grudge (2020)

R | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror

41 Metascore

A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.

Director: Nicolas Pesce | Stars: Tara Westwood, Junko Bailey, David Lawrence Brown, Zoe Fish

Votes: 23,575

8.16 "This revival holds significant promise for one good reason: the involvement of writer/director Nicolas Pesce, whose 2016 debut feature Eyes of My Mother was a master class in suspense and atmosphere. Pesce will direct from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Buhler, who scripted Midnight Meat Train as well as one of the more disturbing segments from the 2014 anthology film ABC's of Death 2. John Cho (Star Trek Beyond) and Lin Shaye (the Insidious series) have joined the cast, and Sam Raimi (producing through his Ghost House Pictures imprint) has expressed a great deal of excitement, saying that the new adaptation will draw on the source material rather than the 2004 version. Grudge is scheduled to arrive on August 16; presuming a lawsuit filed by a producer of the original doesn't slow things down, you may want to get in a few weeks' worth of showers beforehand."

12. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman

Votes: 69,056 | Gross: $74.15M

7.3 "Returning screenwriter Gary Dauberman has been riding a ridiculous hot streak, having penned the first two Annabelle installments in addition to spinoff The Nun, not to mention Stephen King's It and its sequel. This time around, Dauberman will be taking over the reins as well in his directorial debut. James Wan will return to produce through his Atomic Monster production company; no plot details are yet available, but it's a safe bet that the story will involve another hapless family falling under the spell of the murderous doll. The as-yet untitled sequel will reach the big screen on July 3."

13. Hellboy (2019)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

31 Metascore

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane

Votes: 85,121 | Gross: $21.90M

1.11 Milla Jovovich

14. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, causing the X-Men to decide if her life is worth more than all of humanity.

Director: Simon Kinberg | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 172,715 | Gross: $65.85M


15. Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Votes: 301,442 | Gross: $140.37M

4.5 Zachary Levi

16. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

60 Metascore

Diana must contend with a work colleague and businessman, whose desire for extreme wealth sends the world down a path of destruction, after an ancient artifact that grants wishes goes missing.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal

Votes: 239,496 | Gross: $46.37M

11.1 "New footage from Wonder Woman 1984, released exclusively at Warner Bros.' film slate panel during San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, features Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman crash-landing in a shopping mall and whipping out her glowing Lasso of Truth to wrangle in two bad dudes brandishing guns."

17. Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

An augmented human and Sarah Connor must stop an advanced liquid Terminator from hunting down a young girl, whose fate is critical to the human race.

Director: Tim Miller | Stars: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes

Votes: 165,441 | Gross: $62.25M

11.22 "Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions just dropped the first official photo from Terminator 6, sending franchise fans across the globe into fits of fist-pumping glee. Sarah Connor is back, gang, and we're not going to pretend we aren't over-the-moon excited about it."

18. Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

53 Metascore

In the riveting conclusion of the landmark Skywalker saga, new legends will be born-and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver

Votes: 410,326 | Gross: $515.20M

Dec "It looks like the late Carrie Fisher will be in Star Wars: Episode IX." "Matt Smith"

19. Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood (2019)

R | 161 min | Comedy, Drama

83 Metascore

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch

Votes: 653,512 | Gross: $142.50M

7.26 "Best known for his role as Dewey Crowe on FX's crime drama Justified, Herriman joins Leonardo DiCaprio as fictional actor Rick Dalton, Brad Pitt as Rick's stunt double Cliff Booth, Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Rafal Zawierucha as Roman Polanski, and Lena Dunham and Dakota Fanning as Manson Family cult members Catherine "Gypsy" Share and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, respectively. Being a larger-than-life Tarantino flick, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood touts a cast list including dozens more stars — like Clifton Collins Jr., Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Michael Madsen, to name just a few.

Set in the "height of hippy Hollywood" in 1969, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood centers around Rick and Cliff's struggles to make it in a town they no longer recognize, in which they feel they no longer belong. However, the pair's luck may pick up thanks to one very special person: Rick's next-door neighbor, the blonde bombshell actress and model Sharon Tate, the wife of film director Roman Polanski. But in the final year of the swinging '60s, peril lurks in the City of Angels, as convict Charles Manson and his quasi-commune exact a plan to murder Tate and four others in the home she shared with her famous husband."

20. Chaos Walking (2021)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

38 Metascore

Two unlikely companions embark on a perilous adventure through the badlands of an unexplored planet as they try to escape a dangerous and disorienting reality where all thoughts are seen and heard by everyone.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demián Bichir, David Oyelowo

Votes: 36,203 | Gross: $13.29M

3.1 "The movie takes place on a planet where almost all the women have been killed off by a virus and the thoughts of men can be heard through a series of words and images called Noise. As the story begins, a young man (Tom Holland) meets a woman (Daisy Ridley) who may have the key to unlocking the world's many secrets."

"Mads Mikkelsen"

21. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

PG-13 | Action, Drama | Completed

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer

"Over 30 years after Top Gun turned Tom Cruise into a legitimate star, the A-list actor is returning for part two. And he's not the only original cast member making a comeback. According to The Wrap, Val Kilmer is set to star as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, so we've got our fingers crossed for more biting action."

22. Doctor Sleep (2019)

R | 152 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

59 Metascore

Years following the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrance must protect a young girl with similar powers from a cult known as The True Knot, who prey on children with powers to remain immortal.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 172,276

"The Shining 2" "Over 35 years after publishing the original novel, Stephen King returned to the psychic world of Danny Torrance with Doctor Sleep. Published in 2013, the plot follows a middle-aged Danny as he overcomes alcoholism and uses his "shining" abilities to help hospice patients find peace. But things get a bit complicated after befriending a young girl with incredible powers, as she's being hunted by a cult that wants to feed off her psychic energy.

There are some impressive stars joining the cast. Ewan McGregor will play the older Danny Torrance and Rebecca Ferguson of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is co-starring as the villain known as Rose the Hat, while Westworld vet Zahn McClarnon is on board to play her lover and lieutenant, Crow Daddy. Here's hoping that Stephen King actually likes this adaptation."

23. Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

PG-13 | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

65 Metascore

Once told they'd save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving

Votes: 41,762

"Bill & Ted Face the Music takes place nearly 30 years after their Bogus Journey, and it finds the two excellent rock stars (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, respectively) stuck in a serious mid-life crisis. After a visitor from the future shows up with a dire warning, Bill and Ted must travel through time and write a musical masterpiece that will save all of space-time. Along the way, the duo will be joined by their daughters, who haven't been cast as of this writing. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) will direct, original screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon will pen the screenplay, and the legendary Steven Soderbergh (Out of Time, Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike) will produce. Even though a lot of time has passed since the last film, screenwriter Ed Solomon told Collider that part three will "maintain the tone, the sweetness, the absurdity" of the first two while being "something unique — something people haven't seen before."

24. The Intruder (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 102 min | Thriller

39 Metascore

A young married couple buy a beautiful house on several acres of land, only to find out that the man they bought it from refuses to let go of the property.

Director: Deon Taylor | Stars: Michael Ealy, Meagan Good, Dennis Quaid, Joseph Sikora

Votes: 16,291 | Gross: $35.42M

25. What Men Want (2019)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

49 Metascore

A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Kristen Ledlow, Josh Brener, Kellan Lutz

Votes: 26,995 | Gross: $54.61M

26. Klaus (2019)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Directors: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso

Votes: 123,791

the voices

27. Don't Breathe 2 (2021)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Horror

46 Metascore

The sequel is set in the years following the initial deadly home invasion, where Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives in quiet solace until his past sins catch up to him.

Director: Rodo Sayagues | Stars: Stephen Lang, Madelyn Grace, Brendan Sexton III, Adam Young

Votes: 36,117

28. Polaroid (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the Polaroid camera she finds. It doesn't take long to discover that those who have their picture taken with it, soon die.

Director: Lars Klevberg | Stars: Kathryn Prescott, Tyler Young, Samantha Logan, Keenan Tracey

Votes: 13,176

29. The King's Man (2021)

R | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | Completed

In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou

30. Serenity (2019)

R | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

37 Metascore

A fishing boat captain juggles facing his mysterious past and finding himself ensnared in a reality where nothing is what it seems.

Director: Steven Knight | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke

Votes: 39,338 | Gross: $8.55M

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