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2019 on the big screen

2019: It's another year of comic book blockbusters, serial sequels and reimagined reboots. Also, we get original movies from directors Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Jordan Peele. Click through the pictures for a bumper crop of exciting sci-fi, superhero, horror, action and geeky flicks on the big screen this year.

Originally published December 2018. 
Updated May 24, 2019: New official photos added for some films.  

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Aladdin

May Another Disney animated classic, Aladdin, gets the live-action treatment. 

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

May Godzilla sets out to prove he's King of the Monsters.

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Brightburn

May What if Superman... was evil? James Gunn produces this horror twist on the superhero genre.

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Toy Story 4

June Toy Story 4 reunites Woody, Buzz and their fellow playthings, with new toy Forky along for the ride.

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Men in Black: International

June Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson replace Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the Men in Black: International.

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix

June Sophie Turner is Jean Grey as the X-Men face a new version of the Dark Phoenix Saga comic storyline.

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The Dead Don't Die

June Starring Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny and Adam Driver, The Dead Don't Die looks like a zombie comedy from writer/director Jim Jarmusch. The movie also stars Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Caleb Landry Jones, Iggy Pop, RZA, Selena Gomez and Tom Waits. Phew.

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I Am Mother

Sundance A teenage girl is raised by a robot designed to repopulate Earth after humanity is wiped out. Intriguing sci-fi I Am Mother stars Rose Byrne and Hilary Swank and streams on Netflix starting in June.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

July Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino's vision of LA in the time of the Charles Manson murders. It stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and too many other stars to name.

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The Lion King

July Disney gives The Lion King the photo-real animation treatment. The cast includes Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key. 

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

July Tom Holland returns as Marvel's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, except this time he's Far From Home.

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Stuber

July Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista hail an Uber-full of laughs in action-comedy Stuber.

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17 Bridges

July Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman burns 17 Bridges in this action thriller.

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Crawl

July When a massive hurricane hits their Florida hometown a trapped father and daughter discover the rising water level is the least of their worries in creature feature Crawl.

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The Angry Birds Movie 2

August How is Angry Birds still a thing?

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Playmobil: The Movie

August Playmobil: The Movie. Well, it worked for Lego...

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Official Secrets

August Keira Knightley blows the whistle in the true story of Katharine Gun, who revealed official secrets that exposed an illegal spying operation before the Iraq War. Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Rhys Ifans also star.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

August A terrifying book of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark haunts a small town in this chilling horror film produced by Guillermo del Toro. 

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Hobbs & Shaw

August Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson are best of frenemies in Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, also featuring Idris Elba.

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It: Chapter 2

September The smash hit Stephen King adaptation sends in the clowns for a sequel, It: Chapter 2. Bill Skarsgard reprises his role as Pennywise, while James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain are the grown-up versions of the first movie's young cast.

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Ad Astra

September Brad Pitt is an astronaut searching for his missing father, played by Tommy Lee Jones, in Ad Astra. Delayed from a planned May release date, the film also stars Ruth Negga and Donald Sutherland.

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Downton Abbey

September You're cordially invited back to Downton Abbey for a big-screen version of the spiffingly posh TV hit.

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Spies in Disguise

September Will Smith is a superspy with a problem in animated comedy Spies in Disguise.

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Joker

September Joaquin Phoenix is comic book villain the Joker in this dark DC story.

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Gemini Man

October Action is written in the stars for thriller Gemini Man, in which Ang Lee directs Will Smith and Clive Owen.

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Jungle Cruise

October Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt bring Disney's Jungle Cruise theme park ride to life.

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The Addams Family

October Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard are spooky, kooky and altogether ooky as a new animated Addams Family.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

Delayed until February 2020 Gaming icon Sonic the Hedgehog chases rings with Jim Carrey as the villainous Doctor Robotnik. Fans weren't impressed with the character's new design, so much so that the studio promised a fix and pushed the film back.

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The Goldfinch

November Ansel Elgort headlines an adaptation of Donna Tartt's seminal novel The Goldfinch for Amazon.

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Charlie's Angels

November Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska and Kristen Stewart are the newest versions of '70s TV crimefighters Charlie's Angels. Elizabeth Banks writes and directs, so it should be pitch perfect.

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Midway

November On Veterans Day, Roland Emmerich steers Woody Harrelson and Aaron Eckhart through the pivotal World War II battle of Midway.

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Ford v. Ferrari

November Christian Bale is in the driving seat for the story of Ford and Ferrari's battle to win the 1966 Le Mans endurance race. The movie also stars Matt Damon and is directed by James Mangold, who also directed Logan.

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Terminator 6

November Linda Hamilton, right, reprises her role as Sarah Connor in a sixth Terminator movie.

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The Aeronauts

November Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones take off as real-life historical hot air balloonists in Amazon's The Aeronauts.

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Jumanji 3

November Dwayne Johnson is back in the game as the Rock follows up 2018's surprise hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. 

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Frozen 2

November Let it go again as Disney returns to the icy world of Frozen.

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Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon

December Shaun the Sheep encounters an impish alien in another stop-motion adventure from Aardman, taking us from Mossy Bottom to deep space in the battle against Farmageddon.

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Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker

December It's the final showdown for Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren as the Star Wars trilogy comes to a close with Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, following the shocking events of The Last Jedi.

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The Irishman

Netflix Robert De Niro is The Irishman in Martin Scorsese's gangster epic, also starring the dream team of Pesci, Pacino and Keitel. It's expected to come out late this year. 

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The Great Hack

Sundance The dark world of data exploitation is uncovered in The Great Hack, which explores the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal. It was shown at Sundance in January. 

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Little Monsters

Sundance Little Monsters is an Australian zombie movie starring Lupita Nyong'o. It was shown at Sundance in January.

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Share

Sundance A searing look at the things we Share, this movie follows a teenager reckoning with a disturbing video from a night she doesn't remember. It was shown at Sundance in January and Cannes in May. 

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The Report

Sundance Daniel Jones was the man who blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in the report that shook America. Adam Driver, Annette Bening and Jon Hamm star in this ripped-from-the-headlines drama. It was shown at Sundance in January. 

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Memory: The Origins of Alien

Sundance In space, no one can hear you watch Memory, a documentary revealing the origins of Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi chiller Alien. It was shown at Sundance in January.

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American Factory

Sundance See what happens when a Chinese billionaire opens a new American factory in working-class Ohio. The documentary was shown at Sundance in January.

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The Infiltrators

Sundance The Infiltrators are a plucky band of undocumented immigrants who deliberately get themselves detained at a shadowy, for-profit detention center. It was shown at Sundance in January.

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Light From Light

Sundance A single mom and sometime paranormal investigator investigates a haunting. Could chiller Light From Light be this year's Hereditary? It was shown at Sundance in January.

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Paradise Hills

Sundance In Paradise Hills, things are not what they seem, as Emma Roberts, Awkwafina and Milla Jovovich will soon learn... The film was shown at Sundance in January.

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Glass

January M. Night Shyamalan unites Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson from the movies Unbreakable and Split for Glass, a Shyamalaniverse crossover.

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Escape Room

January Of course there's a movie called Escape Room. Daredevil's Deborah Ann Woll leads six strangers through a series of immersive challenges that'll turn out be a killer experience. Killer, geddit?

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Happy Death Day 2U

February Groundhog Day meets Blumhouse horror -- again -- in Happy Death Day 2U.

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Cold Pursuit

February Snow joke: Liam Neeson is back in action in Cold Pursuit.

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The Kid Who Would Be King

February Patrick Stewart is Merlin in The Kid Who Would Be King, a charming update of the King Arthur myth from Attack the Block director Joe Cornish.

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Fighting with My Family

February Florence Pugh and Nick Frost star in the delightful Fighting with My Family, which grapples with the true life story of WWE wrestler Paige. Dwayne Johnson stars as himself, or rather as The Rock.

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The Prodigy

February A mother is concerned her young son may be a prodigy -- of horror!

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Alita: Battle Angel

February Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron present Alita: Battle Angel, a disappointing CG-driven fantasy action flick inspired by a classic manga.

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

February Toothless and Hiccup swoop back into action in the magical How to Train Your Dragon 3 from Dreamworks.

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The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

February Chris Pratt is bricking it once again in the entertaining The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.

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Captain Marvel

March Brie Larson is Captain Marvel, an alien fighter pilot saving Earth from shape-changing Skrulls. Samuel L. Jackson and Jude Law also star.

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Us

March Writer and director Jordan Peele follows horror hit Get Out with the chilling Us, starring Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Lupita Nyong'o.

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Captive State

March John Goodman leads this drama about an alien invasion that leaves the world in a Captive State.

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Dumbo

March Tim Burton is the elephant in the room for the latest Disney live-action remake, a dark CG-driven update of Dumbo.

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Velvet Buzzsaw

Sundance Writer-director Dan Gilroy re-teams with his Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal for Velvet Buzzsaw, Netflix's toothless horror satire set in the mega-rich art world. It's available now on Netflix. 

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Sundance Chiwetel Ejiofor makes his directorial debut to tell the true story of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. It's now available on Netflix. 

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Knock Down The House

Sundance This Netflix documentary follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other political candidates looking to Knock Down The House of American politics. It's available now on Netflix. 

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Sundance Zac Efron plays Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile serial killer Ted Bundy. it's available now on Netflix.

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Hellboy

April David Harbour is well red as the demonic comic book hero Hellboy.

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Hail Satan?

April You'll have a devil of a time with Hail Satan? It's a documentary abut the controversial religion The Satanic Temple.

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Pet Sematery

April A new version of Pet Sematary for 2019 deliciously digs up Stephen King's horror novel.

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Apollo 11

Sundance Step inside the Apollo 11 with this documentary of archive footage, some of it taken by the astronauts themselves. It was released on DVD in the US in May, after a limited release earlier this year. 

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The Inventor: Out For Blood in Silicon Valley

Sundance The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley is a documentary digging into the shocking fraud behind Elizabeth Holmes' disgraced company Theranos. It's available now on HBO. 

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Shazam!

April Zachary Levi is DC's innocent superhero Shazam.

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Avengers: Endgame

April The Avengers assemble a final time in the aftermath of Thanos' Infinity War victory. Can Iron Man, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Captain America (and Hawkeye) save the Marvel universe as they head into the Endgame?

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Tolkien

May Actor Nicolas Hoult shows us the friendships and fellowships of the young JRR Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings, in this biopic.

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John Wick 3: Parabellum

May Keanu Reeves reloads for the all-action John Wick 3.

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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu

May Gotta crack all the cases! Ryan Reynolds is the voice of everyone's favorite yellow Pokemon, except in Detective Pikachu he's a private eye... or something?

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