There is always a wave of entertaining and mostly well-reviewed movies in theaters at the end of the year and that is proving true with “Aquaman,’ “Mary Poppins’ and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse’ hitting a high-water mark at the box office.
On Christmas Day, the Golden Globe-nominated “Vice’ with Christian Bale as Vice President Dick Cheney and “If Beale Street Could Talk,’ about a couple derailed by a false accusation and arrest, are opening at theater just about the time you’ve caught your breath after the present-opening fury.
If you want to stay home in your pajamas, Neflix is offering “Roma,’ an artful look at a year-in-the-life of domestic workers in 1970s Mexico, a shoo-in for Oscar nominations (and possible wins) as Best Foreign Film, Best Picture and Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron.
But as much as we’re ready to devour the available film feast, we’re already thinking about movies coming in the new year, thanks to delectable teaser trailers.
“Avengers Endgame’ (April 26) near the top of our list, has us analyzing the trailer to see who is left standing in this seemingly final chapter for our beloved superheroes. Alas, thanks to Chris Evans’ farewell Tweet, his version of Captain American apparently won’t be moving forward with the franchise and we’re also not counting on Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) being more than a cameo in any future Avenger movie either. Just as it is in real life, one generation must move out of the way for the next.
That next generation will be championed by “Captain Marvel’ (March 8) played by Oscar winner Brie Larson, a movie that is 2019’s most anticipated by moviegoers, according to Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB). Captain Marvel, who plays a major role in “Endgame’ as well, makes her debut here when the Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races (no, not Republicans and Democrats).
The trailer for Disney’s live-action “Lion King’ (July 19) roared onto the internet with 224.6 million views in its first 24 hours. Look for this to be near the top of 2019’s box office totals.
The sentimental favorite we’re eager to see is “Toy Story 4,’ and apparently we’re not alone. The gurus at IMDB have the Pixar movie at the top its 2019’s “Most Anticipated Animated Movies’ list.
The fact there is another chapter is surprising since everything seemed to be wrapped up perfectly in “Toy Story 3,’ The last we saw of Woody, Buzz, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Jesse, Slinky Dog and the rest of the gang, they had been lovingly gifted to Bonnie, by a college-bound Andy. One of the final shots is Woody and the toy gang sitting on the porch watching Andy drive away.
At least we think that is what happened, we ugly cried through the whole damn scene.
The “Toy Story 4′ trailer shows a potential friend joining the group, a craft-project spork yes, the half-spoon, half-fork utensil, with an inferiority complex because it knows it is not a toy. Forky is voiced by Tony Hale of “Veep’ fame.
Keanu Reeves voices an unknown character (let it say “whoa’ just once, please) and apparently, because comedian Don Rickles, who died in 2017 hadn’t yet recorded his part as Mr. Potato Head, Pixar will use outtakes from previous moves to voice his character in the sequel.
Also on the most anticipated list: “Glass” (Jan. 18), the sequel to “Split” from M. Night Shyamalan; “Us” (March 15), another social thriller from Jordan Peele; “Dumbo” (March 29), a live-action Dumbo already has us in tears; “Hellboy” (April 12), David Harbor as the red guy battles the Blood Queen; “Ad Astra” (May 24), Brad Pitt as an astronaut who travels the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery; “Aladdin” (May 24), Will Smith is the genie, we’re worried; “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (May 31), Mighty Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah in one movie; “Gemini Man” (October), an over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself with Will Smith and Clive Owen; “Untitled Mr. Rogers Project” (October), Tom Hanks as everyone’s favorite TV neighbor; “Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ (October), an alien lands on Mossy Bottom Farm; “The Goldfinch” (Oct. 11), based on Donna Tartt’s novel, a wealthy family takes in a young boy whose mother dies in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; “Frozen 2,’ release and plot unknown; and “Little Women” (November), Greta Gerwig directs Saoirse Ronan again in this adaptation of the beloved book; “Star Wars: Episode IX” (Dec. 20), yes, Carrie Fisher will make an appearance.
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