POPAXIOM’s Most Anticipated Films of 2019

The year 2018 has officially come to a close, so it’s time to get excited for what 2019 has in store for us! There are plenty of great films coming out, from reboots of some beloved series to the finales of some of the biggest franchises to ever come out of Hollywood. Be sure to make your way out to your local multiplex to see one (or all) of these exciting 2019 releases below.

Honorable Mention

Little Women — Greta Gerwig’s follow-up to her critically-acclaimed coming-of-age film Lady Bird is an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women. It features a huge ensemble cast including Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird), Timotheé Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name), Emma Watson (the Harry Potter series), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady). This has “awards contender” written all over it.

Happy Death Day 2U — The first Happy Death Day was a pleasant surprise in 2017. It took its Groundhog Day premise and presented an interesting spin on it with an endlessly entertaining blend of comedy and horror. Let’s hope that this film doesn’t wear out the device’s welcome. It looks like the film’s twist — the killer is targeting everyone, not just the protagonist — will keep it feeling fresh and fun.

Captain Marvel — The MCU releases its first female-led film in March with Captain Marvel, the story of a pilot who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes and must stop a war between two alien races. The trailers so far have been solid, but not mind-blowing. That being said, who can resist an MCU film at this point? Also, the film is expected to contain some vital information for a film that appears later on this list.

10. Escape Room

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January was typically a dumping ground for mediocre films in which the studios have little confidence and expansions of the past year’s prestige films. However, in the past few years, studios have begun to realize that January is an untapped goldmine. This year, two January films have made their way onto POPAXIOM’s list of most anticipated films. The first is Escape Room, a PG-13 horror film. Even though it is possible (and even likely) that this is holding our expectations too high, it seems like it could be a lot of fun. It looks like a Saw movie with more creative traps, and the biggest issue with that franchise is that it is too focused on the gore. The PG-13 rating means that this film will have to turn to other methods for scares.

9. Glass

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The other January film to make its way onto this list is Glass. M. Night Shyamalan is a hit-or-miss director, and his last film, Split, proved to be a refreshing return to form. Serving as a follow-up to that film and his earlier film Unbreakable (one of his best), Glass sees Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Samuel L. Jackson return to their roles. It may end up being a bit overstuffed, but it is still sure to be a heck of a lot of fun. It seems like audiences feel the same way, as it is tracking to be a hit at the box office.

8. Rocketman

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After co-starring with him in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Taron Egerton gets to portray Elton John in the biopic Rocketman. John’s music is some of the best of all time, so at worst, this film will be a good time at the movies listening to his music. That being said, it has the makings of both a summer blockbuster and an awards contender if pulled off correctly, so let’s hope that director Dexter Fletcher (who completed Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer was fired) delivers.

7. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Not a whole lot is known about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood other than it has a massively talented cast, it’s set in 1969 Los Angeles during the time of the Manson murders, and is the next film by Quentin Tarantino. That’s enough to make it one of the hottest and most exciting films of 2019, though. If it contains Tarantino’s signature quick wit, it is sure to be a hoot.

6. Avengers: Endgame

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After that cliffhanger ending in Avengers: Infinity War, who isn’t ready to see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes team back up to reverse “The Snap.” Okay, we all know that the snap is going to be reversed — Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out in July, after all — but it will still be a fun ride seeing them get there. Furthermore, this is expected to be the last film for some fan favorite heroes, it will be a bittersweet send-off for many viewers.

5. Shazam!

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Shazam has always been one of the cooler DC superheroes. As a kid, it was always cool to see Billy Batson, a normal kid, become a superhero. From the trailers, it looks like Zachary Levi nailed the character. This may also end up being the best DCEU film yet, as it seems like it will be more lighthearted in nature with an emphasis on fish-out-of-water comedy. Maybe this will redeem Aquaman?

4. Climax

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Ever since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, Gaspar Noe’s film Climax has been an exciting prospect. It will certainly be weird, and likely won’t connect with most audiences, but that weirdness is a significant part of the appeal. Based on the trailer, it is going to be a trippy, nightmarish film that is light on substance and high on style. It will be a sight to behold.

3. Pet Sematary

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After 2017’s excellent adaptation of It (the second half of which is coming out in 2019, but didn’t quite make this list), it seems like yet another Stephen King tale is going to make its way to the big screen. The premise of Pet Sematary has always been creepy, and this film looks like it is going to deliver, as the trailer is one of the freakiest to come out in a very long time.

2. Men in Black: International

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Although many are (rightfully) wary of reboots, it seems like Men in Black: International may be the rare one that lives up to the original. Featuring an all-star cast including Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson and directed by F. Gary Gray, this seems like it is going to be a stylish, fun action flick. This looks like it will be one of the most fun movies of the entire year!

1. Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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This film seems explicitly designed to cater to nerds and geeks everywhere. Both of the trailers released for Godzilla: King of the Monsters have been awesome. The 2014 Godzilla film was pretty awesome, and this one looks even cooler because it has some fan-favorite nemeses of the mutant lizard — like King Ghidorah and Mothra! May can’t come soon enough!

What do you think of our list? What are your most anticipated films of 2019? Let us know in the comments!


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Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.


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