I’ve always loved musicals, which is why I can’t help but be infinitely curious about Waves. Nearly the entire film is set to music, but it features a mix of “iconic contemporary songs” as well as a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (the brilliant minds behind the scores of The Social Network and Gone Girl.) This sounds totally unique, and with A24 distributing the film and Lucas Hedges and Sterling K. Brown starring, I’m completely on board. (Release date: TBA)
With the exception of Thor: Ragnarok, I’ve found all of Taika Waititi’s films to be hilarious and brimming with creativity. However, Jojo Rabbit seems to be aiming a bit higher than his other movies, as it’s a dark satire for a very sensitive subject. I would expect this movie to be a tone-deaf mess if it were in the hands of anybody else, but if anybody could pull it off, it’s Taika. Mark my words: this one has the potential be to really special. (Release date: TBA)
Us is unquestionably my most anticipated movie of the year. Get Out was so good that I would happily watch Jordan Peele direct paint dry, so him making another horror movie is a dream come true. I also couldn’t be happier about the fact that Peele seems to be distinguishing this film from Get Out, as he has said that Us won’t be about race and is like a “monster horror movie,” so I’m intrigued to see how he tackles different social issues and facets of the horror genre. Saying I’m excited is an understatement: I wish opening night was tomorrow. (Release date: March 21)
This movie could be eight hours long and I wouldn’t care. Ten years of filmmaking is coming to an end in what will surely be the most dramatic fashion possible, and I couldn’t have more confidence in the Russo Brothers to pull it off. Oh, and start getting ready now to say your goodbyes; this is going to be an epic swan song for the original cast members, and we’re about to get our socks knocked off while watching it. (Release date: April 26)
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
I thought Detective Pikachu sounded like a disaster waiting to happen, but after that trailer? I’m all in. This is going to absolutely destroy at the box-office, and I couldn’t be happier for a film that looks so charming and fun.
(Release date: May 10)
Ford v. Ferrari
I’ve never been particularly interested in cars or movies based on historical events, but Ford v. Ferrari is the exception to both rules. I’m sold on the talent behind the camera alone, as this features James Mangold coming hot off the heels of directing Logan, in addition to the screenwriters of Edge of Tomorrow. The talent in front of the camera isn’t too shabby, either. Who wouldn’t want to see Matt Damon and Christian Bale share the screen? There’s nothing more fun than a good old rivalry, and I hope Ford v. Ferrari emphasizes its title for every ounce of its worth.
(Release date: June 28)
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Homecoming wonderfully rejected many of my issues with Marvel movies, so of course I’m eagerly awaiting its sequel. Setting the film in Europe is an excellent way to throw Peter Parker out of his comfort zone, and it’s about time that we finally get to see Mysterio make his big-screen debut (being played by none other than Jake Gyllenhaal.) This is sure to be an unapologetically fun time at the movies, and that’s perfect for its early-July release. (Release date: July 5)
This is director Ari Aster’s first film since Hereditary (which was my favorite movie of 2018,) so Midsommar’s spot on this list was an absolute certainty. Aster is once again returning to the horror genre, as he has referred to Midsommar as being like a “Scandinavian folk horror movie.” This is sure to strike fear into the hearts of anybody who has seen Hereditary (myself included) and I can’t wait to subject myself to whatever oddity or horrors he has in store. (Release date: July 9)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Tarantino? 60’s Hollywood? An all-star cast? I keep having to pinch myself to believe that this movie is actually real. Every new piece of information or image that is released furthers my excitement, but who am I kidding? This movie has had my money from the day it was announced. (Release date: July 26)
Say what you will about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there’s no denying that Rian Johnson is an immensely talented filmmaker. I was hoping that his next project after The Last Jedi would be an original film and I’ve always thought he could make a killer (no pun intended) murder/mystery movie, so I’m thrilled that Knives Out is his opportunity to do both. Oh, and that cast? Wow. (Seriously, IMDb this thing. It’s bonkers.) (Release date: November 27)
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