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The best new movies of 2019 – the films you need to see this year

From “Star Wars’ to ‘The Lion King’, take a peek at some of the most anticipated film releases of 2019

By Time Out Film |
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This year promises to be a truly huge 12 months in movies. So big, in fact, that our most anticipated movies of 2019 has become an ever-growing list. Whether it’s Disney’s three live-action remakes (‘The Lion King’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Dumbo’), the epic finale of a superhero era (‘Avengers: Endgame’), another instalment of a giant science fiction space opera (‘Star Wars: Episode IX’) or the return of some old favourites (‘Toy Story 4’), there are some enormous films for you to sink your teeth into. 

Of course, it’s not all big-budget beasts. Another music biopic comes our way with ‘Rocketman’, this time focused on the life of Elton John, ‘Hereditary’ director Ari Aster returns with ‘Midsommar’, a tale of a festival gone awry, and ‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele is back with more zeitgeisty horror beats thanks to ‘Us’. There’s even the long rumoured ‘Downton Abbey’ film. So get the popcorn ready: here are the most anticipated films of 2019.

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Star Wars: Episode IX

The latest, sure-to-be-enormous instalment is rumoured to pick up a year after ‘The Last Jedi’. Taking the reins again is JJ Abrams (‘The Force Awakens’) as the light side and the dark side resume hostilities. The plot is very much under wraps, but we do know that Billy Dee Williams will be back as cloak-wearing space scoundrel Lando Calrissian.

Release date: December 19

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Uncut Gems

American indie wunderkinds Josh and Benny Safdie made serious waves with their debut, crime thriller ‘Good Time’. Their follow-up stars Adam Sandler, in a role once earmarked for Jonah Hill, as a New York jeweller who has to turn to crime to pay off his debts.

Release date: TBC

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The Irishman

Martin Scorsese reunites his old ‘Goodfellas’ muckers Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and throws in Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel for good measure, in a Mob epic that’s coming to Netflix – and the odd cinema screen – sometime this year. Dust off your shinebox.

Release date: TBC

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