30 Must-see Movies in 2019
2019 is going to be another big year for cinema, with lots of eagerly awaited must-see movies coming to a screen near you.
There are treats for little ones, like Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon and Playmobil: The Movie, live action versions of classic Disney movies (Aladdin, Dumbo and The Lion King), comic book adventures (including new Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men movies), the ninth Star Wars movie, pokemon Pikachu’s first cinema adventure and the movie debut of a certain speedy blue hedgehog – just to mention a few.
These treats, and many more, will be reviewed at Movies4Kids nearer to their release, but in the meantime check out our list of 30 must-see movies coming your way this year…
(note, UK release dates are correct at time of going to press, US dates added when different from UK)
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
February 1st (USA February 22nd)
The final instalment in the HTTYD trilogy, this animated adventure has a now grown-up Hiccup fighting a new foe while dragon Toothless discovers he may not be the only Night Fury left on earth.
Alita: Battle Angel
February 6th (USA February 14th)
Based on the Manga series and produced by Terminator’s James Cameron, this highly anticipated sci-fi adventure stars Rosa Salazar as the cyborg rescued by Dr Ido (Christoph Waltz), who discovers she has amazing abilities.
The LEGO Movie 2
Chris Pratt returns to voice optimistic LEGO character Emmett in this sequel that has our favourite blocky pals facing a new threat from LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space.
The Kid Who Would Be King
February 15th(USA January 25th)
When young Alex discovers the sword Excalibur, he embarks on a legendary modern day adventure with wizard Merlin (Patrick Stewart) against the evil Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).
The first Marvel adventure of the year has Brie Larson starring as Carol Danvers, who becomes one of Earth’s greatest heroes in a galactic battle between two alien worlds. Set in 1995, the movie also stars Samuel L Jackson, Jude Law, and Djimon Hounsou.
Disney’s classic animated movie about adorable flying elephant Dumbo gets the live action treatment, with Tim Burton directing his Batman Returns stars Michael Keaton and Danny De Vito. Have tissues ready.
April 5th (USA April 12th)
Stop-motion animation studio Laika delivers a comedy adventure with Hugh Jackman voicing the explorer who discovers legendary creature Link (Zach Galifianakis). Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry also star.
April 8th(USA March 15th)
Little girl June’s imagination creates a magnificent amusement park in this animated adventure that features the voices of Jennifer Garner, John Oliver and Mila Kunis.
Everyone who saw Avengers: Infinity War will buy a ticket for this follow-up to see which of their favourite Marvel characters survived Thanos’s fists of fury. Did Spider-Man/Doctor Strange/Star-Lord really turn to dust? And could this be the movie in which the ‘other’ Marvel universe characters (Deadpool and X-Men) finally cross over to the Avengers universe?
Everyone’s favourite Pokemon gets the lead role in this adventure in which the son of a missing detective teams up with his partner, Pikachu to find out what has happened. Mixing animation with live action, the movie stars Justic Smith, Bill Nighy and Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu.
The second (of three) live action adaptations of Disney classic animated movies to come to cinemas in 2019, this has Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Mena Massoud as young Aladdin and Will Smith as the genie he awakens from the magical lamp. Guy Ritchie directs.
The Secret Life Of Pets 2
May 31st (USA June 7th)
Those cute and cuddly pets are back, once again getting into scrapes when their owners aren’t looking in this animated comedy adventure. Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell and Albert Brooks are amongst those providing the voices.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Game Of Thrones’ Sophie Turner stars as the young Jean Grey, who develops powers that turn her into Dark Phoenix in this X-Men adventure that also stars James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.
Men In Black International
A new adventure featuring the men and women in black whose job it is to protect the earth from the scum of the universe. This time, Chris Hemsworth stars as Agent H and is joined by Tessa Thompson as Agent M and Emma Thompson as their boss. Liam Neeson also stars.
Toy Story 4
The gang are all back for this fourth Toy Story movie, and this time Woody, Buzz, Jessie and pals end up on a road trip with new pal ‘Forky’. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return to provide their voices along with Jordan Peele, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton and Keanu Reeves.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Tom Holland returns to the role of young Spider-Man in a new live action adventure that has Peter Parker and his friends crossing paths with a new bad guy – Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio – while on vacation in Europe.
The Queen’s Corgi
July 5th(no US release date confirmed)
Expect some fluffy animated cuteness in this story of Rex, the Queen’s favourite corgi, who goes on an adventure away from the safety of Buckingham Palace. Jack Whitehall voices Rex, Jullie Walters voices the Queen, and the voice cast also includes Ray Winstone and Tom Courtenay.
The Lion King
Another live action version of an animated Disney classic, and this one is directed by Jon Favreau, who did such a great job with The Jungle Book. James Earl Jones voices Mufasa once again and is joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Donald Glover as Simba and Beyonce as Nala.
July 26th(no US release date confirmed)
The Horrible Histories books have already been translated into a successful TV series and comic stage plays for kids, and now there’s a movie version. Roman teen Atti finds himself sent to cold and wet Britain, where he is captured by Celt warrior Orla.
Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy adventure based on the Eoin Colfer book. Artemis and his servant Butler seek the existence of fairies as part of a plan to resuce Artemis’s father – Ferdia Shaw stars, alongside Judi Dench, Josh Gad and Nonso Anozie.
Playmobil: The Movie
August 9th(no US release date confirmed)
The cute kids’ plastic toys get their own animated movie in which Marla has to embark on an epic journey to find her brother Charlie, who has disappeared into the Playmobil world. Daniel Radcliffe, Meghan Trainor and Adam Lambert provide the voices.
Spies In Disguise
August 9th(USA September 13th)
Will Smith voices the cool spy who finds himself turned into a pigeon in this animated comedy adventure that also features the voices of Karen Gillan and Tom Holland.
Dora The Explorer
August 16th(USA August 2nd)
Dora The Explorer makes the leap from animated TV heroine to live action movie character in this new movie starring Isabela Moner as young Dora, Michael Pena as her dad and Benicio Del Toro as the voice of Swiper.
Angry Birds 2
October 11th(USA August 16th)
A sequel to the hit 2016 movie, that itself was based on the popular game. Peter Dinklage, Nicki Minaj and Jason Sudeikis are among the voice cast.
Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
October 18th(no US release date confirmed)
Hurrah! Everyone’s favourite sheep gets a sequel, and this time it is an alien adventure after a creature crashlands near Shaun’s home of Mossy Bottom Farm.
The Addams Family
October 25th(USA October 18th)
First it was a newspaper cartoon, then a B&W TV series, then a live action movie, and now The Addams Family is rebooted once more as an animated version of Charles Addams’ creepy and kooky characters. Charlize Theron voices Morticia, Oscar Isaac is Gomez, and Chloe Grace Moretz is Wednesday.
Frozen fans have been waiting six years for a sequel and here it is – not much about the plot is known but Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa (Idina Menzel), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) all return for this second icy musical adventure.
The hardest working actor in Hollywood – aka Dwayne Johnson, who has two other movies out in 2019, and Jungle Cruise in 2020 – returns for this comedy adventure sequel, along with Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart.
Star Wars 9
The conclusion to the Force Awakens Star Wars trilogy is shrouded in secrecy (of course) with not even the title being released at this point. We do know that Rey, Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren and Finn all return (and archive footage is being used for Princess Leia, following the death of Carrie Fisher) and are joined by new characters played by Richard E Grant, Matt Smith and Keri Russell.
Sonic The Hedgehog
He’s fast, he’s blue and he’s a hedgehog. The SEGA Games character is on the run from the government in this adventure that also stars James Marsden and Jim Carrey as Dr Ivo Robotnik.