Holy ‘Cats’! ‘The Lion King’ Reigns! Here’s the Scoop on 19 Big Movies in 2019


I interrupt your New Year’s resolution to adapt to a plant-based diet to bring an important announcement: The 2019 movie lineup has the potential to be epic with an explanation point. Just consider, for example, that you will get follow-ups to beloved classics such as Toy StoryStar WarsFrozen and Avengers — and that’s just the Disney slate. Here’s a sneak peek at the 19 films that will motivate you to get off the couch. Or at least get off it to grab the remote control and turn up the volume.

Dated spoiler alert: The end of Split was a doozy thanks to a surprise appearance from Bruce Willis’ David Dunn, the ever-durable security guard from 2000’s Unbreakable. In this sequel from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan, Dunn attempts to track down this disturbed man (James McAvoy) with 24 multiple personalities. The thriller also features the evil titular character (Samuel L. Jackson). Please let it not feature McAvoy’s character once again eating innocent women alive.

For 18 years, we’ve had to watch Mel Gibson shave his legs and sing “Bitch” in his bathroom. Now it’s time for Taraji B. Henson to channel the opposite sex. She’s a sports agent who gets an edge over her sexist male colleagues when she develops the ability to hear the guys’ inner-thoughts. Costarring Pete Davidson and Shaquille O’Neal. 

Rebel Wilson top-lines her first film, playing a New York architect who tries to lose a man in 10 days even though it’s serendipity. Actually . . . she’s a down-on-her-luck cynic who hates the artifice of rom-coms. Then she bumps her head and wakes up stuck in her own shiny happy rom-com — complete with a huge apartment and hunky boyfriend (Liam Hemsworth). How will she find her way back to reality and realize once and for all that she’s a pretty woman?

If you saw A Simple Favor — you did, yes? — then you know Blake Lively is more than capable of selling a bonkers premise. Her character in this thriller assumes the identity of an assassin to track down the people responsible for the death of her family in a not-so-accidental airplane crash. It’s based on the first of Mark Burnell’s“Stephanie Patrick” series of four novels. So maybe don’t expect third-act closure.

How generous of Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Jordan Peele to follow his masterful Get Out with a coming-of-age true story about a groundbreaking celebrity magazine! Wait, scratch that. All that’s known about this tightly guarded socio-thriller is that it revolves around two couples, one white and one black, vacationing at a beach. The cast includes Lupita Nyong’OElisabeth Moss and Black Panther’sWinston Duke.

Come on. Thanos (Josh Brolin) didn’t actually kill off Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Right? Right?????!!!! We’ll find out for sure in this ominously titled fourth installment. All the superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe are set to appear, including late-to-the-party characters Captain Marvel (Brie Larson, who gets her own movie on March 8), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).