2018 was an incredible year for film and television, and despite being referred to as the year of the “death of the cinema,” movies are still hitting the big screen as popular as ever. Before 2019 escapes us almost as fast as 2018 did, here’s a list of our favourite (and most anticipated) 2019 movies you’ll want on your radar this year.
1. Late Night
Mindy Kaling has been around the block when it comes to comedy, especially in television as the creator, executive producer, and star of her own series, but she’s yet to take a lead role on the big screen – until now. Late Night, a new film from Nisha Ganatra, the director/producer of Amazon’s Transparent ( as well as episodes of The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Girls). This new movie finds Kaling hired as the single woman in a writers’ room full of men for a late night talk show hosted by Katherine Newbury (played by Emma Thompson), but it might be too late for her to make an impact on the show as the ratings are falling and the network isn’t happy.
We first saw a glimpse of JD Dillard when he first debuted his first movie, a low-budget superhero film titled Sleight at Sundance and now he’s back with his brand new movie titled “Sweetheart” that stars Kiersey Clemons (as Dope) who is a woman who has washed ashore on an abandoned tropical island. When night falls, she quickly realises that she’s not alone after all and must find a way to defend herself against whatever is lurking on the island.
3. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Many of us know Zac Efron from his childhood hit High School Musical, but did you ever imagine you’d see the actor as serial killer Ted Bundy? Probably not. In “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” we see Zac Efron trade in teenage look we’ve all come to know for Bundy’s disarming every-man quality – the quality that made it so easy for him to prey on women during his crime spree. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile tells the story of Ted . Bundy through the lens of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (played by Lily Collins) who was in a relationship with Bundy at the time and even ended up turning him into police herself. Extremely Wicked hails from filmmaker Joe Berlinger, who primarily makes documentaries – he’s responsible for the Paradise Lost films about the West Memphis Three, as well as several other notable docs. Extremely Wicked marks his return to narrative films after his somewhat troubled debut: 2000’s Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.
4. Beach Bum
It’s been six long years since “Spring Breakers,” and Harmony Korine is finally back with another Florida-centric odyssey about outcasts living by their own rules. Matthew McConaughey also returns to the big screen as Moondog, the wandering stoner poet at the centre of Korine’s latest adventures, that the character has already become something of an icon on the basis of production photos alone. Korine’s riff on the lowbrow humour of the Cheech and Chong variety is bound to thrill fans of his work as well as the genre itself — a fresh and exciting kind of overlap that will leave watchers smiling.
The movies cast also includes big name actors like Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, and Martin Lawrence, who is long overdue for a return to film comedy. The movie also features a number of faces which you may recognise from other area’s of entertainment, including musician Snoop Dogg who plays the important character of Moondog’s right-hand man Lingerie, who helps the artist piece his life together even as it goes up in smoke. With “Spring Breakers” cinematographer Benoit Debie back behind the camera once again, off-beat locales, and quirky plot twists, tied together under a singular vision of society thrown in with some sarcastic humour we’ve grown to love on the margins as only Korine can tell it.