2019 to see slew of anticipated movies


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Disney’s “Aladdin” is one of many anticipated films in 2019

Aidan Segal, North Campus Editor

With eight films nominated for the top prize of Best Picture, the 91st Academy Awards are quickly approaching, but there is already anticipation for films to be released in 2019.

Streaming services are officially a threat to the movie-going experience after Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” a Netflix Original, earned a Best Picture nomination. Netflix will have even better chances of returning to the Oscar conversation with a star-studded Martin Scorsese film, “The Irishman.” Starring the legendary Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, it is a story surrounding the murder of Teamster Jimmy Hoffa. It is scheduled to come out sometime this year.

Disney will have its hands full with three live-action adaptations of the classic animated films, “Aladdin” (May 24), “Dumbo” (March 29), and the “Lion King” (July 19), as well as a “Frozen” sequel (November 22) and the fourth installment of “Toy Story” (June 21). Joining the “Toy Story” voice actors are the comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, as well as “Matrix” star, Keanu Reeves.

Director J.J. Abrams will continue the critically-acclaimed sci-fi saga with “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the final installment of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. The film is set to release in theaters December 20.

Out of the comic book pages and onto the big-screen comes a few superhero movies to be released this year including “Avengers: Endgame,” (April 26) “Captain Marvel” (March 8) and “Shazam!” (April 5). Additionally, there will be character-study of sorts of the beloved villain from the Batman franchise. “Joker” will feature the psychopathic mastermind played by Joaquin Phoenix and released for the general public on October 4.

Perhaps the most anticipated film of 2019 is Quentin Tarantino’s Charles Manson era thriller, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” starring Hollywood’s finest Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. Tarantino suggests that the film will be akin to his neo-noir classic, “Pulp Fiction” from 1994. Even more exciting for cinephiles, Sony chairman Tim Rothman says it is the best script he has read in 30 years.