Franchise/Blockbuster Films to Watch in 2019

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It’s that time of year again! The start of a new year when we look ahead to a few of the Hollywood films that will be arriving in cinemas this year. This is the second of two lists of films slated to be released in 2019 which look the most promising. There’s no guarantee that all of these films will be the best of the year, simply that they have the potential to be, at the very least, enjoyable.

Here are the franchise and blockbuster films that will be in cinemas this year.




Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel .L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Sarah Paulson.

Synopsis: Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.



Alita: Battle Angel

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.


How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig and F. Murray Abraham

Synopsis: When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.


The LEGO Movie: The Second Part

Directed by: Mike Mitchell

Starring: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz and Maya Rudolph.



Captain Marvel

Directed by: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Starring: nBrie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.



Directed by: Tim Burton

Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, and Alan Arkin.

Synopsis: A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.



Avengers: End Game

Directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Evangeline Lilly, Jon Favreau, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson.

Synopsis: Part of the journey is the end.



Directed by: Neil Marshall

Starring: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, and Daniel Dae Kim.

Synopsis: Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.


Pet Sematary

Directed by: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer

Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow.

Synopsis: Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.



Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Starring: Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Ian Chen, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman, Cooper Andrews, Marta Milans and Djimon Hounsou.

Synopsis: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM! – this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.




Directed by: Guy Ritchie

Starring: Mena Massoud, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Billy Magnussen, and Numan Acar.

Synopsis: A live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name.

No trailer available.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Starring: Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi.

Synopsis: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.


John Wick: Chapter 3/ John Wick 3: Parabellum

Directed by: Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Mark Dacascos, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, Boban Marjanović and Laurence Fishburne

Synopsis: John Wick is still on the run following his assassination of a member of the High Table in The Continental, and with a $14 million global contract on him. Banned from every Continental service, John’s objective is to fight his way out of New York City.


POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

Directed by: Rob Letterman

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe.

Synopsis: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.



Toy Story 4

Directed by: Josh Cooley

Starring: Tom Hanks and Tim Allen

Synopsis: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Directed by: Simon Kinberg

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain

Synopsis: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.



Spider-Man: Far From Home

Directed by: Jon Watts

Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson

Synopsis: Peter Parker and his friends go on summer vacation to Europe, where Peter finds himself trying to save his friends against a villain known as Mysterio.

No trailer available.


The Lion King

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Starring: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, Beyoncé, and James Earl Jones.

Synopsis: CGI re-imagining of the 1994 Disney classic.



Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Directed by: David Leitch

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, and Idris Elba.

Synopsis: A spinoff of The Fate of the Furious, focusing on Johnson’s US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Deckard Shaw.

No trailer available.


The New Mutants

Directed by: Josh Boone

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.

Synopsis: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.



Downton Abbey

Directed by: Michael Engler

Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton.

Synopsis: Plot unknown. Movie based on the popular British television show, Downton Abbey (2010).


IT: Chapter 2

Directed by: Andy Muschietti

Starring: Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff.

Synopsis: Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

No trailer available.




Directed by: Todd Phillips

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

Synopsis: A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.

No trailer available.


Zombieland 2

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Starring: Emma Stone, Zoey Deutch,  Abigail Breslin, Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray, Jesse Eisenberg, Dan Aykroyd and Avan Jogia.

Synopsis: Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

No trailer available.



Frozen 2

Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

Starring: Kristen Bell, Evan Rachel Wood, Sterling K. Brown, Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel and Josh Gad.

Synopsis: Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom.

No trailer available.



Jumanji 3

Directed by: Jake Kasdan

Starring: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Awkwafina, Kevin Hart  Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Darin Ferraro and Sal Longobardo.

Synopsis: Plot kept under wraps.

No trailer available.


Star Wars: Episode IX

Directed by: J. J. Abrams

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher.

Synopsis: The monumental finale of the Skywalker Saga.

No trailer available.


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