Seven films you need to be excited about for 2019

If you weren’t excited for the new year, you definitely will be once you get the scope on the films we’ll be seeing hit cinemas next year. Here at the AU Review, we have compiled a list of 7 films being released in Australia in 2019, so gather the family ’round and get ready for some Christmas holiday cheer!

What Men Want – 10 January

Starring Taraji P. Henson (The Karate Kid, Think Like a Man, Think Like a Man Too) as Ali Davis, comes the remake of 2000s film What Women Want. Ali is a successful sports agent who, constantly being boxed out by her male colleagues, gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts. This leads her to discover many things in her journey to outsmart her male colleagues, but probably the most important thing: what men want. This comedy will surely be a hit fan for the ladies.

Glass – January 17

In the harrowing continuation to 2000 film Unbreakable and sequel 2016 film Split comes Glass, starring recurring characters from the last two films, including Bruce Willis (Die Hard series, Pulp Fiction, The Whole Nine Yards) as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson (Snakes on a Plane, The Avengers, The Hitman’s Bodyguard) as Elijah Prince/Mr Glass and James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Atomic Blonde, Submergence) Kevin Wendell Crumb. The film follows main character David Dunn as he tracks down Kevin’s super Beast form with the help of Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor Joy), who escaped the previous film’s shocking end battle, and Mr Glass, the first film’s antagonist. Definitely keep your eyes out for this one.

Everybody Knows – March 7

Everybody Knows is a film where family and community bonds are put to the test. Starring Penelope Cruz (Vanilla Sky, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Murder on the Orient Express) as Laura, a mother whose daughter is kidnapped among the festivities of her sister’s wedding in Spain, the film handles dark secrets which become revealed in a nail-biting mystery.

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – March 28

Next year sees The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part hit cinemas, the sequel to the hilarious first film, The Lego Movie. We yet again follow Finn, five years after the events of the first film. This time, he faces intergalactic invaders with the help of friends both new and old. A lego-tastic film for everyone.

Dumbo – March 28

From the 1941 film comes the remake of Dumbo, a story which follows an orphaned elephant with big ears who overcomes cruelty and makes friends in a journey of discovering who you are and how no matter what, you are special and unique no matter your appearance. A classic film brought to life for the whole family.

The Lion King – July 18

Another remake, this time from the original 1994 film The Lion King. This film will please many movie-goers with its picturesque cinematography which will bring an animated and fun-loving film into beautiful, life-like quality. The story follows Simba (Donald Glover) a lion cub whose father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones) is killed by his uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and who, with his childhood best friend Nala (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) and two sidekicks, Timon (Billy Eichner) and Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), must defeat his uncle’s rule over their home, the Pride Lands.

Artemis Fowl – 28 November

Based on the exhilarating book by Eoin Colfer, the film follows 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl and his battle against a powerful and hidden race of fairies who might be the cause of his criminal father’s disappearance. Starring Judi Dench (Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Casino Royale), Josh Gad (Love & Other DrugsThe Wedding RingerBeauty and The Beast) and breakout child actor Ferdia Shaw, this film will be an adventure nobody would want to miss.