Five films you’ll need to see in 2019

2018 is has been a pretty good year for films so far. From the blockbuster triumphs of Black Panther, Ready Player One and Incredibles 2, through to Wes Anderson‘s Isle Of Dogs and Lynne Ramsay‘s haunting, You Were Never Really Here, there’s been plenty of high and low budget “hits”. There have been nerve shredding new horror films like, A Quiet Place and Hereditary; funny films, both high and low brow, in the shape of The Death Of Stalin and Game Night, and fascinating sci-films like Annihilation and Mute.

As we shuffle past 2018’s half way mark a lot of studios are already teasing us with stuff to look forward to next year. A few movies have performed quite badly in the box office this year like the Solo film, Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, Pacific Rim: Uprising, the Tomb Raider and Death Wish reboots, and Aardman Animation’s, Early Man, so there’ll be plenty of Hollywood execs hoping the first half of 2019 has a few less flops.

So, what’s in store? Well, it goes without saying that the folk behind the big, BIG blockbusters, Star Wars: Episode IX, Wonder Woman 1984, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Ang Lee‘s Gemini Man, and the new Marvel films, Gambit and Captain Marvel, will be hoping the recent blockbuster wobbles don’t continue. Those massive fantasy movies aside, here’s Slacker Shack‘s list of five big films due for release next year that are (hopefully!) worth getting really giddy about:

Following on from the huge success of, Get Out, Jordan Peele’s next film, Us, is being billed as a, “social horror-thriller“. It’s set to star, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss. Very little is known about the film but, like Get Out, it’ll be written by Peele.

The Goldfinch
A film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning, best-selling novel, The Goldfinch is due for release early next year. Directed by John Crowley (who directed 2015’s Brooklyn) the plot sees a New York boy named Theo (played by Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort) taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From adolescence into early manhood he careers through a series of criminal misadventures that find him living in Las Vegas with his loser father and, later, involved in art forgeries. The film’s impressive cast includes, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino‘s “ninth” film has already raised a bit of controversy (well over a year ahead of it’s release) due to it’s subject matter. Early reports said the script focused on the infamous murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson‘s followers, but Tarantino has stated that the murders are only an element of the film and not it’s main focus. In a statement earlier in the year he described the film as, “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor … Sharon Tate.” Big name stars rumoured to be starring alongside Pitt and DiCaprio include, Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Burt Reynolds, Damian Lewis and Tim Roth.


The New Mutants
In amongst at least half a dozen superhero blockbusters next year comes another Marvel comics adaptation, The New Mutants. The film’s cast includes, Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, Antonio Banderas, Strangers ThingsCharlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy (from The Witch) and Alice Braga. The is the first in a trilogy of mutant horror films, and is intended to be the thirteenth installment in the X-Men film series. And whilst it’s clear that cinemas and tv viewer’s alike are suffering from a bit of superhero fatigue, I’m hoping this one will be a hit due to rumours the script is in part based on the Demon Bear graphic novel, which is a favourite of mine as it features the eternally brilliant art of Bill Sienkiewicz. Check out the teaser trailer below:

M. Night Shyamalan may be responsible for a handful of cinematic turkeys (see, Lady In The Water, The Last Airbender and After Earth), but the idea of a film that comes as a sequel to two of his better films, Unbreakable and Split, seems like a winner. The plot sees Unbreakable‘s security guard, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) using his supernatural abilities to track down Split’s Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man with 24 personalities. How Samuel L. Jackson‘s, Elijah Price character will feature is a mystery but the concept sounds interesting.

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