From highly anticipated sequels, prequels, and remakes to exciting originals, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year for movies. Mark your calendars for the year’s most exciting new releases.
IT Chapter 2 and Pet Sematary:
Release Date: Pet Sematary (April 5), IT (September 6)
I was thrilled to learn we’re getting not one, but two movies based on Stephen King books this year. The nightmares begin in April with a new version of “Pet Sematary,” King’s classic tale involving zombie cats and ancient burial grounds. Pennywise will make his return to theaters in September with the release of “IT: Chapter 2.” The second film will pick up 30 years after the first movie, featuring a new cast of grown-ups who return to defeat the evil clown for good.
Release date: May 31
This Elton John biopic features Taron Egerton in the starring role. It’s been described by the filmmakers as an “epic musical fantasy” that tells “the uncensored human story” of the singer’s breakthrough years. What else is there to say?
Release date: June 7
While 2016’s “X-Men: Apocalypse” didn’t quite live up to expectations, fans are hoping this newest installment will help the franchise regain its momentum. Centered around one of the most popular characters from the comic books, “Dark Phoenix” features Sophie Turner starring in her first major role since “Game of Thrones.”
Release date: October 11
Ansel Elgort is set to star in this adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book. With an early October release date, you’ve still got plenty of time to read the book before watching the movie. This one has a little something for everyone: romance, violence, art, crime and more. This is the first time Tart’s work will be adapted for theaters, so I’m excited to see how her work transfers from the page to the big screen.
Star Wars: Episode IX
Release date: December 20
Unlike a lot of Star Wars fans, I enjoyed Rian Johnson’s 2017 follow up to “The Force Awakens.” Luckily for everyone, J.J. Abrams is returning to direct the new trilogy’s final installment. Abrams will have to bring a number of storylines to a satisfying conclusion, and many have been speculating about General Leia’s fate after Carrie Fisher’s death in 2016.