100 Films To Look Forward To In 2019

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Colette (11th Jan)
Based on the life of the French novelist Colette, the film follows its titular character (Keira Knightley) as she is pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. Upon their success, she fights to make her talents known, challenging gender norms. Directed by Wash Westmoreland, it also stars Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson, and Denise Gough.

Mary Queen of Scots (18th Jan)
Directed by Josie Rourke, the film is based on John Guy’s biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. It chronicles the 1569 conflict between their two countries and also stars Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, and Guy Pearce.

The Mule (25th Jan)
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film follows a 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran (Eastwood himself) who is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel. Based on The New York Times article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick, which recounts the true story of Leo Sharp, the film also stars Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest, and Andy García.

Escape Room (1st Feb)
Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive in this thriller directed by Adam Robitel. It stars Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani.

Fighting With My Family (1st March)
Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, this biographical sports comedy is based on the 2012 documentary, The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family, depicting the WWE career of the professional wrestler, Paige. It stars Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, and Dwayne Johnson.

Missing Link (5th April)
Produced by Laika Entertainment and written and directed by Chris Butler, Mr Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend. It will feature the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Timothy Olyphant, Emma Thompson, and Zach Galifianakis.

Captive State (12th April)
Directed by Rupert Wyatt, the film is set in a Chicago neighbourhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. It explores the lives on both sides of the conflict – the collaborators and dissidents and stars John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ashton Sanders, and Jonathan Majors.

Greta (19th April)
A young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Huppert) in this thriller directed by Neil Jordan. The two quickly become friends—but Greta’s maternal charms begin to dissolve and grow increasingly disturbing as Frances discovers that nothing in Greta’s life is what it seems.

Red Joan (19th April)
The true story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Directed by Trevor Nunn, it stars Judi Dench as Stanley (Melita Norwood in real life), alongside Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, and Tereza Srbova.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (10th May)
In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy (Justice Smith) comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) who seeks to be a detective. Directed by Rob Letterman, the film is based on the 2016 video game of the same name.

Ad Astra (24th May)
Astronaut Roy McBride travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. Directed by James Gray, the film stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Kennedy.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (26th July)
From director Quentin Tarantino, the film is centred on the Manson Family murders in 1969 Los Angeles. It follows a faded TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror. The film has a huge cast list, also including Margot Robbie, Kurt Russell, Damian Lewis, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, and Tim Roth.

Downton Abbey Movie (13th Sep)
The plot is currently unknown for this film based on the popular British television show, Downton Abbey. Directed by Michael Engler, it stars Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Tuppence Middleton, Elizabeth McGovern, Imelda Staunton, Joanne Froggatt, and Hugh Bonneville.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (1st Nov)
Directed by Marielle Heller, Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism and is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour.

Sonic The Hedgehog (26th Dec)
Directed by Jeff Fowler, the film is based on the video game franchise published by Sega. It follows a cop in the rural town of Green Hills who helps Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him. The film stars Ben Schwartz as Sonic the Hedgehog and Jim Carrey as Sonic’s nemesis, Dr Robotnik, alongside James Marsden, Tika Sumpter, Adam Pally, and Neal McDonough.

The Irishman (TBC)
Martin Scorsese’s latest passion project is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses
by Charles Brandt and follows Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a labour union official with mob connections, who recalls his involvement in the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), an American labour union leader.

Replicas (TBC)
Directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, a scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve, and Thomas Middleditch.

The Beach Bum (TBC)
Written and directed by Harmony Korine, the film stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Isla Fisher, Snoop Dogg, Martin Lawrence, and Jonah Hill, and follows a rebellious stoner named Moondog who lives life by his own rules.

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