Grab your calendars, kids. It’s time for my 10 favourite upcoming films of 2019 on day 19 (oh how I enjoy a bit of symmetry) of the Almost Famous Writer advent calendar.

New Year’s resolution no. 1: watch as many great films as possible. Such a goal requires careful planning (obviously) and thus it’s high time to get a lay of the cinematic land and cherry-pick my ultimate favourites. 

The Favourite

Release date: Jan 3, 2019

Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred DeerThe Lobster) is back and he brought an absolute stellar cast with him. Olivia Colman (from Broadchurch) stars as Queen Anne in this historical comedy, in which Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and servant Abigail (Emma Stone) battle each other for the queen’s favor. 

The House That Jack Built

Release date: Jan 10, 2019

It’s super controversial, it got very STRONG reactions at Cannes and it starts Uma Thurman: yep, that’s the new Lars von Trier (Melancholia, Antichrist). The House That Jack Built chronicles the life of a highly intelligent serial killer (Matt Dillon) and is already making headlines because it would be too explicit, too gory and too creepy. But in the carefully created world of Von Trier, what’s new?

Mary Queen of Scots

Release date: January 17, 2019

If Saoirse Ronan stars, I’m in. The Irish actress has starred in my some of absolute favourite films (AtonementBrooklyn) and just love everything she does. This year she co-stars with Margot Robbie in historical drama Mary Queen of Scots, with Ronan as the Queen of Scots and Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I. 


Release date: March 15, 2019

Jordan Peele’s horror/satire/masterpiece Get Out was one of the biggest surprises of 2017 for me, as I notoriously don’t like horror but was completely blown away by Peele’s film. In 2019 Peele returns with the follow-up, titled Us, with very little known about the actual film except for some great casting so far, including Lupita Nyong’o and Elisabeth Moss (from The Handmaid’s Tale). 


Release date: March 29, 2019

Tim Burton + magical elephants + Eva Green = reason enough to go to the movies. In 2019 Burton (Alice in WonderlandEdward Scissorhands) brings the classic Disney animation to life, starring Eva Green and Collin Farrell. 

Avengers: Endgame

Release date: May 3, 2019

If you’re not already hyped about Avengers: Endgame, this is the time to get HYPED. After the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers, it seems that at least Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is alive so I have hope for the other half of the cast to miraculously be alive as well. I’ve been so invested in all these characters for so long and Avengers: Infinity Wars was truly one of the most intense movie experiences of my life, so bring on that new installment. 

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Columbia Pictures Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” © 2018 CTMG

Release date: July 26, 2019

Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and true crime: it’s a match made in heaven. Tarantino (Inglourious BasterdsKill Bill) travels back to the 1970s and the Manson family murders. 

Downton Abbey

Release date: September 20, 2019

Ah… Downton Abbey. Need I say more, old chap?

The Goldfinch

Via IMDb

Release date: October 22, 2019

Even though I’m still waiting on a film adaptation of The Secret History, I’ll make do with The Goldfinch, the Donna Tartt film adaptation hitting theaters in 2019. The story revolves around the young Theodore Decker (Ansel Elgort), who is taken in by a very wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother got killed in a museum bombing. 

Frozen 2

Release date: November 27, 2019

We just can’t let it go, can we? At least Josh Gad is returning as snowman Olaf, so you’ll bet I’ll be running the the movies as soon as this snowstorm hits. 

And those were the 10 movies I’m most excited to see in 2019. As most films are still pretty far away, here’s a hint for tomorrow’s article on Almost Famous Writer: Ziggy

Featured image: Yorgos Lanthimos © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film