Most anticipated movies of 2019

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It seems like there are about a thousand movies already slated for release next year, and most of them look pretty good. I have a pretty serious allergy to anything that involves science fiction or superheroes but I think this year there might just be something for everyone.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to.

1.Serenity
Not a whole lot has been released about this film, but with a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Diane Lane, you can’t go wrong. The plot involves Hathway’s character hiring her ex-husband (McConaughey) to murder her new husband. While it’s got all the elements of a Lifetime thriller, the cast can make it great. I’m intrigued.

2.Downton Abbey
This one makes the list because I realize there are people in the world who are straight-up obsessed with it, including my mother and her friend Alice. “Alice calls it binge watching,” my mother once explained to me. Mom, everyone calls it binge watching. But that’s neither here nor there. I don’t really get this show. I watched a few episodes with my mom when she brought a box set on a visit to my then-home in Florida. I couldn’t understand a thing those people were saying. Now that sounds discriminatory toward British people but it’s really not. I understand Gordon Ramsay just fine (maybe that’s because he just yells a bunch of curse words). In “Downton Abbey” there also are a lot of characters and a lot of sidebar plots that are hard to follow, prompting me to feel the need to develop an Excel spreadsheet. I also am concerned that I don’t know what “downton” means. Feels like it’s missing that other “W.” However, I am a person of hope, and perhaps they can tie this movie together in a two-hour synopsis that dummies like me can keep up with.

3.The Kitchen
When you bring together Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish and put them on the big screen– portraying the wives of locked-up gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s – um, yeah, I’m gonna watch that film.
While it’s serious subject matter – the wives take over their husbands’ illegal operations while the men are behind bars – I can’t imagine there not being a few laughs with McCarthy and Haddish in leading roles. Movies with a female-dominated cast always catch my attention, especially when they’re funny females.
Also, shout out to Margo Martindale, a native of my mother’s hometown Jacksonville, Texas, who also appears in this film.

4.Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie star in this film about the Manson murders of 1969. Because Quentin Tarantino is at the helm, you can bet it’s going to be more gory than necessary but the subject matter remains fascinating, even after all these years.

5.The Goldfinch
Scheduled for release in November of this year, “The Goldfinch” is based on the massive novel by Donna Tartt that took me about a year to read, but was totally worth it. It tells the story of a young boy who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum. His mother dies in the attack and the child lives a troubled existence during his adolescence. Now, I read this book several years ago and I’m not entirely sure how it sustained my attention without much of a plot – but it did. And I can’t wait to see the movie, which stars Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson and Nicole Kidman.

6.The Irishman
This is totally gonna be a man movie, but it looks like it might be worth watching for the ladies too. With Martin Scorcese at the helm and Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel taking on leading roles, it could be this year’s “Goodfellas” or “The Godfather.” Apparently this flick is based on the book written by DeNiro’s character – mob hitman Frank Sheeran – who takes credit for Jimmy Hoffa’s murder. Hoffa, a mob boss who disappeared in 1975 and was declared dead in 1982, although no one was ever prosecuted for the crime. And you all know how I love a good crime story.

7.Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
This one intrigues me because the plot is so original. Bernadette, played by Cate Blanchett, is an anxious, eccentric person who goes missing, leaving her daughter to launch an effort to track her down. Directed by the fabulous Richard Linklater and starring Kristin Wiig, Laurence Fishburne and Billy Crudup, there’s not much information being leaked out, which means it’s probably going to have some twists and turns. It’s scheduled for release in March.

8.Deadwood
Based on the HBO series and starring the great Timothy Olyphant of “Justified,” one of the best shows ever, “Deadwood” the movie is coming to theaters later this year. I’m looking forward to this one and may have some more news to share on it in the near future. I didn’t watch the show when it aired, and I’m not totally into westerns, but I’m down for it.

9.Isn’t it Romantic
I have loved Rebel Wilson since she played Kristen Wiig’s eccentric roommate in “Bridesmaids” and was the breakout star of the “Pitch Perfect” trilogy. This movie looks pretty cliché. A girl gets bumped on the head and realizes that life is not ponies and rainbows and Meg Ryan movies. It feels a little exploitative that Hollywood – on the heels of the “time’s up” and “me too” movements – is perpetuating a storyline of “chubby girls can find love too.” This plot came under fire in Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty.” Funny women typically use self-deprecating humor, even though it sometimes discourages viewers rather than uplifts. I’m just happy to see Rebel Wilson as the leading lady. She’s beautiful and funny and I sure hope this movie will inspire confidence in young women rather than having them walk away thinking if they lose a few pounds Liam Hemsworth will fall in love with them. It’s also possible that the appeal of this movie is that viewers won’t have to think too much.

10.Taylor Swift’s Reputation stadium tour
OK, so it’s not a movie slated for release in 2019. It’s a concert that dropped on Netflix last week, but it’s fantastic and you don’t have to leave the house or put on pants to watch it. Ladies, don’t make your significant other watch with you unless you’re willing to watch Texans, Rockets and golf for the rest of the year. I realize I’m too old to be obsessed with a pop star who opens the show wearing what appears to be a long-sleeved sequined swimsuit, but I won’t apologize. I feel like Taylor wouldn’t either.

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