By JULIE DRAKE
Valley Press Staff Writer
Disney owned the global box office last year with three of the top five films released in 2018 grossing over a billion dollars each for the second year consecutive year.
“Avengers: Infinity War” led the pack with more than $2 billion, followed by “Black Panther” and “Incredibles 2,” which came in a No. 4 behind “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.”
Marvel fans have more than 100 days to wait until “Avengers: Endgame” (April 26) hits the multiplex. In the meantime, there is Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” (March 8) and “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” (Feb. 8) plus remake of “Jacob’s Ladder” (Feb. 1) and “Pet Sematary” (April 5) to keep movie fans occupied.
January is typically known as Hollywood’s dumping ground for bad movies, or at least forgettable films. But there are some interesting films coming out this January that might be worth a look. Keanu Reeves has a new movie (“Replicas”) not titled “John Wick 3,” which comes out May 17. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan returns with the creepy looking “Glass” and “The Kid Who Would Be King” (Jan. 25) looks like a fun romp for young boys and girls.
The following films’ titles and release dates listed herein are all subject to change.
“A Dog’s Way Home” (Jan. 11): A dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner and apparently befriends a mountain lion along the way. Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron.
“The Upside” (Jan. 11): A remake of the 2011 French film “Untouchable” that stars Bryan Cranston as a wealthy quadriplegic and Kevin Hart as an ex-con who’s hired as his caretaker.
“Replicas” (Jan. 11): Keanu Reeves stars as a scientist who becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.
“Glass” (Jan. 18): M. Night Shyamalan unites characters from 2000’s “Unbreakable” with 2016’s “Split” in an all-new sequel thriller to both films. Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has 24 personalities. Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price/Mr. Glass comes along for the ride.
“The Kid Who Would Be King” (Jan. 25): Louis Ashbourne Serkis (son of Andy Serkis) stars as Alex, a young boy who is bullied at school and discovers his destiny when he finds and retrieves King Arthur’s sword Excalibur. Angus Imrie and Patrick Stewart star as young and older versions of Merlin.
“Serenity” (Jan. 25): Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey stars as a fishing boat captain who is approached by his ex-wife (Oscar winner Anne Hathaway) to murder her new husband.
“Miss Bala” (Feb.1): Based on the 2011 Mexican film of the same name, director Catherine Hardwicke’s version stars Gina Rodriguez as a young woman who is pulled into the violent world of organized crime in Mexico.
“The Informer” (Feb. 1): An ex-convict (Joel Kinnaman) working undercover for the FBI heads back to prison to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” (Feb. 8): Everything is not awesome in this sequel to the 2014 film as the citizens of Bricksburg face a new threat.
“What Men Want” (Feb. 8) A remake of the 2000 film with Taraji P. Henson as a woman who is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but who gains an advantage when she develops the ability to hear their inner thoughts.
“Cold Pursuit” (Feb. 8): Liam Neeson stars as a snowplow driver who seeks revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son.
“Alita: Battle Angel” (Feb. 14): Directed by Robert Rodriguez with a screenplay by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis “Alita; Battle Angel” is a live action adaptation of the manga and anime Battle Angel Alita.
Other releases: “The Prodigy” (Feb. 8); “Isn’t It Romantic” (Feb. 14); “Happy Death Day 2U” (Feb. 14); “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Feb. 22); and “The Rhythm Section” (Feb. 22)
“Chaos Walking” (March 1): The science fiction based on Patrick Ness’ 2008 novel “The Knife of Never Letting Go” stars Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in a near future where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each others’ thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise.
“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” (March 1): The 11th and reportedly final installment of the Madea film series.
“Fighting with My Family” (March 1): Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson executive produced and stars in this comedy-drama based on the WWE career of professional wrestler Paige.
“Captain Marvel” (March 8): One of the most anticipated films of 2019 not called “Avengers: Endgame” stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers who becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
“Us” (March 14): The follow-up to writer-director Jordan Peele’s 2017 masterpiece “Get Out,” “Us” stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple who take their children to their beach house and who are confronted by a group of doppelgängers.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” (March 22): Richard Linklater wrote and directed this comedy-drama based on the novel of the same name about a daughter who goes in search of her agoraphobic mom after she goes missing before a family trip.
“Dumbo” (March 29): A live-action directed by Tim Burton and loosely based on Walt Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name.
Other releases: “Cliffs of Freedom” (March 8), “Wonder Park” (March 15); “Greyhound” (March 22); “The Beach Bum” (March 22); “Five Feet Apart” (March 22); “Captive State” (March 29); and “The Translation of Wounds” (March 29).
“Shazam!” (April 5): The superhero film based on DC Comics character stars Asher Angel and Zachary Levi as Billy Batson/Shazam — a boy who was given his powers by an ancient wizard and who transforms into an adult with superpowers when he speaks the sorcerer’s name.
“Pet Sematary” (April 5): A new adaptation of the novel by Stephen King, after the 1989 film.
“Farmageddon: Shaun the Sheep Movie” (April 5): Aardman Animations returns with a sequel to the 2015 film as Shaun and the flock encounter a cute alien with extraordinary powers.
“Hellboy” (April 12): An R-rated reboot of the Dark Horse Comics character directed by Neil Marshall, who came in after original writer-director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman did not return after two films together.
“Avengers: Endgame” (April 26): The most-anticipated film of the year. At least until December when “Star Wars: Episode IX” is released.
Other releases: “Missing Link” (April 12); “Breakthrough” (April 12); “Little” (April 12); “Under the Silver Lake” (April 19); “Penguins: (April 19); “The Curse of La Liorona” (April 19); “After” (April 19); The “Aftermath” (April 26); and “The Intruder” (April 26).