NEW YEAR, NEW MOVIES (2019)

Right after the Holidays and the MMFF cinema bonanza, here come the first releases of 2019 to captivate your heart. Here are 9 charming reasons why your new year will be filled with wonder.

MARY POPPINS RETURNS – January 8

Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins — the beloved nanny from their childhood — arrives to save the day and takes the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure. This sequel to the 1964 original stars Emily Blount as Mary Poppins, with bright appearances from Dick Van Dyke (who was in the original film), Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

 

BUMBLEBEE – January 8

The beloved bright yellow Autobot has a movie all his own! On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen. This prequel to 2007’s Transformers is directed by Travis Knight and the first live-action Transformers film not directed by Michael Bay. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld and featnures John Cena, Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux, among others.

 

GLASS – January 16

M. Night Shyamalan is back! And he brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split in an all-new comic-book thriller called Glass. Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn from Unbreakable, while Samuel L. Jackson reprises Elijah Price (Mr. Glass). From Split comes James McAvoy, playing his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and his multiple identities, and Anya Taylor-Joy is back as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. In the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing The Beast, and now there is .a series of escalating encounters. Mr. Glass emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. Splitwas a financial and critical success, so here comes Glass to continue the good ride.

 

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL – February 6

James Cameron (Avatar) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) join forces to create this epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rose Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a strange, new future world, she is taken in by Ido, a compassionate doctor who knows that the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past lives inside her cyborg shell. Ido tries to protect Alita from her mysterious history, but her friend Hugo helps her bring back the past. Soon she learns she has unique fighting abilities that will help her fight the powers that control Iron City so she can save her friends, her family and the world she loves.

 

A DOG’S WAY HOME – February 6

A dog, Bella, embarks on a 400-mile journey home after it’s separated from its owner, Lucas, who is an aspiring medical student. Lucas meets Bella, an adorable pit bull pup when she jumps out of an abandoned building and into his arms. But he can’t keep Bella because pit bulls are banned in Denver, so Lucas has no choice b ut to send her to a foster home as he sorts things out. Bella can’t wait. She traverses 400 miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness just to find Lucas. It is a classic story of unwavering loyalty, a dog’s unmatchable devotion and the unbreakable bond between us and our pets. It is based on W. Bruce Cameron’s bestselling novel A Dog’s Purpose.

 

THE LEGO MOVIE 2 : THE SECOND PART – February 13

The citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet, Lucy, Batman and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity. This computer-animated science fiction comedy film is a direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014) and is the fourth fiolm of the franchise, following The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie and Animal Logic.

 

HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U: February 13

Two years after the events of the first film, Tree Gelbman unexpectedly re-enters the time loop and becomes determined to escape it after finding out her friends are now involved. When she discovers that Lori Spengler, the original killer, has been murdered, Tree must face the new killer in order to uncover their identity and break free of the time loop once and for all. But she must die over and over again to save her friends from the psychotic masked killer.

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD – February 20

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure. For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon,How to Train Your Dragon 2).

 

THE FAVOURITE – February 20

In the early 18th century, when England was again at war with France, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne, and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country for her while tending to Anne’s ill health and mercurial temper. A new servant, Abigail, arrives, and her charm endears her to Sarah. Sarah takes Abigail under her wing, and Abigail sees a chance to return to her aristocratic roots. Soon behind-the-scenes politics erupts between the two cousins jockeying to be court favourites of the lesser known Queen under whose reign Great Britain (England, Scotland and Ireland) united as a single sovereign state. Olivia Colman stars as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz is Sarah Churchill and Emma Stone is Abigail Masham.

 

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