I always struggle to make it into the new year prepared, but one of the first things that I like to do is to look at what the year has to look forward to. So I’ve spent hours scrolling through websites and blogs to find 100 Films To Look Forward To In 2019. And there’s some good ‘uns!
To help you trawl through the masses of films listed below, which starts off with January’s biggest award contenders, we’ll go through the releases in the following groups. If there’s anything in particular that you’re looking for, you can jump to certain pages by clicking these links:
- Page 2: Disney & Pixar
- Page 3: Marvel & DC
- Page 4: Sequels
- Page 5: Reboots, Remakes & Spin-Offs
- Page 6: Sky Cinema & Netflix Releases
- Page 7: Book Adaptations
- Page 8: Musicals
- Page 9: Horrors
- Page 10: Other
The Favourite (1st Jan)
From director Yorgos Lanthimos, the film is set in early 18th century England, when a frail Queen Anne (played by Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz), governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail (Emma Stone), arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Stan & Ollie (11th Jan)
With John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel, the film follows the world’s most famous comedy duo as they attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain.
Beautiful Boy (18th Jan)
Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet star in this emotional drama based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son, David and Nic Sheff. The film chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Vice (25th Jan)
Adam McKay directs this political drama about the story of Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale), an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell), reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Destroyer (25th Jan)
The film follows a police detective who reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace. Directed by Karyn Kusama, the film stars Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Sebastian Stan and Tatiana Maslany.
Green Book (30th Jan)
Directed by Peter Farrelly, the film is set in the 1960s American South and follows a working-class Italian-American bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist (Mahershala Ali).
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (1st Feb)
The true story of when Lee Israel (played by Melissa McCarthy) fell out of step with current tastes and turned her art form to deception. Directed by Marielle Heller, the film also stars Richard E. Grant.
If Beale Street Could Talk (8th Feb)
Based on the book by James Baldwin and directed by Barry Jenkins, the film follows a woman in Harlem (KiKi Layne) who embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé (Stephan James) innocent of a crime.
Boy Erased (8th Feb)
Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley and directed by Joel Edgerton, the film tells the story of Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist preacher (Russell Crowe) and his wife (Nicole Kidman), who is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.
A Private War (15th Feb)
The true story of one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike), an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless. Directed by Matthew Heineman and based on the Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War” by Arash Amel, the film also stars Tom Hollander, Jamie Dornan and Stanley Tucci.
Eighth Grade (26th April)
Written and directed by Bo Burnham, the film stars Elsie Fisher as an introverted teenage girl who tries to survive the last week of her disastrous eighth-grade year before leaving to start high school.