Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

It’s January, which is often the time of yr when moviegoers attempt to make amends for the entire awards season contenders they’ve missed over the previous yr. Who has time to assume about upcoming movies once you’re nonetheless attempting to see “A Star Is Born”?

Nevertheless, there’s lots to stay up for in 2019, so we determined to drag collectively a brief checklist of among the motion pictures with native hooks which are popping out this yr, beginning with 5 movies premiering on the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which begins later this month. Note that film launch dates typically transfer round on the calendar fairly a bit previous to hitting theaters, however as of now, all of those movies are slated to debut in 2019.


“Late Night”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

Mindy Kaling in “Late Night.” —Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Written by and co-starring Cambridge native Mindy Kaling, “Late Night” chronicles a late-night speak present host (Emma Thompson) whose “world is turned upside down” when she hires her present’s first feminine employees author (Kaling) to appease variety issues, in accordance with Sundance. The movie will play for competition audiences on Jan. 25, however executives haven’t introduced a large launch date but.

“Hail Satan?”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

A promotional picture for the documentary “Hail Satan?” —Courtesy of Sundance Institute

In the six years since its founding in Salem, the Satanic Temple has picked up appreciable recognition, however often extra for his or her intelligent responses to the information of the day than any kind of Satanic rituals. “The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation’s soul,” reads the documentary’s official synopsis. “But are they for real?” After it bows at Sundance, “Hail Satan?” is predicted to land in theaters on March 29.

“Selah and the Spades”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

“Selah and the Spades.” —Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

The debut movie by writer-director Tayarisha Poe is about a woman named Selah Summers, the chief of the strongest of 5 factions that “run the underground life of the prestigious Haldwell boarding school,” in accordance with Sundance. Though Haldwell is meant to be situated in Pennsylvania in the movie, producer Lucas Joaquin advised that the movie was primarily shot at Academy at Penguin Hall in Wenham, and in addition options scenes shot in Hamilton, Marblehead, Newton, and Peabody. “Selah and the Spades” can be in search of distribution at Sundance, so no nationwide launch date has been decided.

“The Report”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

Adam Driver in “The Report.” —Courtesy of Sundance Institute

“The Report” is predicated on the true story of Daniel Jones (Adam Driver, “Star Wars”), the lead investigator for the US Senate’s examine of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, who should combat to make public the “brutal, immoral and ineffective” ways of the federal government company’s ways, in accordance with Sundance. Featuring a deep supporting forged that features John Hamm (“Mad Men”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), and Boston native Maura Tierney (“ER”), the movie has not introduced a large launch date.

“The Sunlit Night”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

Jenny Slate in “The Sunlit Night.” —Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Jenny Slate will get worldwide in her latest movie, with the Milton native taking part in a painter who travels to Norway and befriends a Russian émigré (Alex Sharp, “UFO”), with the 2 discovering “a future and family that they didn’t know they had,” per Sundance. Also that includes Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover”) and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”), “The Sunlit Night” doesn’t have a large launch date but.


“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”

After their profitable battle towards fussy guardian Will Ferrell in the primary “Lego Movie,” Emmett (Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World”), Wyldstyle (Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks, “The Hunger Games”), and the remainder of the Lego gang face a brand new, ominous menace in the type of Duplo invaders from outer house. It all sounds a bit infantile, however anybody who noticed the primary movie is aware of how nicely the author/director duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller can carry plastic to life. “The Second Part” will snap into place on Feb. 8.

“The Prodigy”

Another entry in the “terrifying child psychopath” style, “The Prodigy” stars Boston native Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”) as she struggles to lift her very creepy, seemingly homicidal son. Are supernatural forces at work? Or is he simply super-duper tousled? You’ll need to catch the movie beginning Feb. 8. to seek out out the reply.

“Triple Frontier” 

Ben Affleck is again, this time for Netflix. This action-drama chronicles a bunch of former Special Forces operatives led by the Cambridge native as they plot to rob the world’s most violent drug cartel located in the risky “triple frontier” border between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. Co-starring Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Garrett Hedlund (“Mudbound”), Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarachy”), and Pedro Pascal (“Game of Thrones”), “Triple Frontier” will debut on the streaming platform and in choose theaters on March 15.


“Avengers: Endgame”

Marvel has been its typical zealously protecting self in regards to the storyline for “Avengers: Endgame,” which follows the remaining Avengers as they cope with the lack of half of their squad — and 50 p.c of all dwelling creatures in common — because of the actions of Thanos (Josh Brolin) in “Infinity War.” Does Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) maintain the important thing to humanity’s salvation? Will “Avengers: Endgame” mark the tip of Sudbury native Chris Evans’ time as Captain America? Hopefully a few of these questions can be answered when the movie arrives on April 26.

“John Wick: Chapter 3”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

Keanu Reeves in “John Wick: Chapter 3.” —Lionsgate

As of now, there’s little or no data out there about the third installment of Keanu Reeves’ John Wick collection. Halle Berry has joined the forged, Reeves rides a horse in some unspecified time in the future, and Nahant native Jason Mantzoukas will play a personality referred to as “Tick Tock Man,” which sounds each hilarious and ominous on the identical time. “John Wick: Chapter 3” will arrive in theaters on May 17.


Unlike the aforementioned “The Prodigy,” the place the origins of the titular little one’s psychopathic tendencies are in doubt, it’s clear the place the kid on the heart of “Brightburn” will get his powers: house. In what seems to be a twisted model of the “Superman” origin story, an alien little one crash-lands on Earth, the place he’s raised by dad and mom performed by Elizabeth Banks and David Denman (“The Office”). The shot of the movie’s superhero horror protagonist eerily floating exterior a window, his cape billowing in the wind, is chill-inducing. “Brightburn” will fly into theaters on May 24.

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”

The second trailer of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” exhibits plenty of monster-on-monster carnage, together with some that takes place in Boston. At least a small quantity of filming for “King of the Monsters” occurred in the town, although based mostly on how completely Godzilla and his foe destroyed Fenway Park in the film’s second trailer, we suspect particular results had been closely concerned. The movie is scheduled to smash its means into theaters on May 31. 

“The Secret Life of Pets 2”

After the runaway success of the primary “Secret Life of Pets,” Illumination already has began an all-out advertising blitz for its sequel, releasing particular trailers for a number of of the movie’s furry characters. Among the returning voice forged are Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, and Milton native Jenny Slate, whereas Lexington native Pete Holmes is among the many new names offering their vocal skills for the movie. Notably absent from the forged is Newton native Louis C.Ok., whose protagonist position as Max the canine from the primary movie can be performed by Patton Oswalt. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” will sniff its means into theaters on June 7.


“Ford v. Ferrari”

Christian Bale and Matt Damon can be in the drivers’ seat in “Ford v. Ferrari,” the story of Ford’s efforts to dethrone the long-dominant Ferrari in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race in France. Damon will play Ford Automotive designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby, whereas Bale will painting British driver Ken Miles. Not a lot is thought about how carefully the plot of the movie will mirror actuality. Paparazzi did catch Damon being lit on fireplace for one scene. “Ford v. Ferrari” will race into theaters on June 28.

“Limited Partners”

Two greatest pals (Rose Byrne and Tiffany Hadish), begin a magnificence firm collectively, however their bond is examined when a rich firm makes a buyout provide. The female-led comedy additionally options Salma Hayek and Boston native Ari Graynor among the many top-billed forged, and can hit theaters on June 28.

“The New Mutants”

Twentieth Century Fox goes in a really completely different route with the X-Men franchise in “The New Mutants.” Rather than studying to hone their powers at Professor X’s Mutant Academy, 5 younger mutants are confined in a secret facility, shut away from the world. The film was filmed in a number of areas across the state, together with Medfield State Hospital, a former psychiatric hospital that additionally has served as a filming location for “Shutter Island” and “The Cell.” The movie’s unique 2017 launch date was delayed, with the movie now set for Aug. 2.

“Boss Level”

Two phrases: Rob Gronkowski. Two extra (barely doubtful) phrases adopted by a query mark: Hollywood actor? Gronk could have an opportunity to a minimum of briefly exhibit his on-screen chops in an unspecified position in “Boss Level,” an motion film about a retired particular forces officer (Mel Gibson) trapped in a unending time loop on the day of his demise. Featuring Michelle Yeoh (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Naomi Watts (“The Ring”), and Ken Jeong (“The Hangover”), “Boss Level” is presently scheduled to be launched on Aug. 16.


“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” —Lacey Terrell

After the runaway success of the Fred Rogers documentary “Wont You Be My Neighbor?,” it got here as little shock when the primary picture of Tom Hanks sporting the long-lasting purple sweater of the late public tv host had film followers buzzing for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” With a supporting forged that features Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) and Kingston native Chris Cooper, the movie will arrive in theaters on Oct. 18.

“Charlie’s Angels”

Elizabeth Banks scores her third entry on this checklist, this time because the director and co-star of the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” reboot. Beyond directing and producing, Banks additionally will play Bosley, a fellow worker of the Townsend Agency who was performed by Bill Murray in the 2001 movie and serves as comedian aid for the kick-ass Angels: Kristen Stewart (“Twilight”), Naomi Scott (“Power Rangers,” which additionally featured Banks), and Ella Balinska (“Midsomer Murders”). The film will punch and kick its means into theaters on Nov. 1.

“Knives Out”

Local cities like Waltham and Maynard obtained a style of Hollywood glitz late in 2018 when Chris Evans returns to his dwelling territory to movie “Knives Out,” a “modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style,” per Variety, from director Rian Johnson (“The Last Jedi”). Besides Evans, the movie’s A-list forged consists of Daniel Craig (James Bond in the 4 most up-to-date Bond movies), Toni Collette (“Hereditary”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”), Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You”), and Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water”), and can slice into theaters on Nov. 27.

“Little Women”

Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

Filming for ‘Little Women’ came about in the Back Bay on Sunday. —Elise Marmon

“Little Women” was huge information across the state this previous fall, with actors in period-appropriate apparel popping up throughout Massachusetts for “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig’s movie adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 150-year-old novel. The film boasts a formidable ensemble, together with Emma Watson (“Harry Potter”), Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”), Laura Dern (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”), Eliza Scanlen (“Sharp Objects”), Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”), Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”), and Kingston resident Chris Cooper (“Adaptation”), a lot of whom had been spied on set. The movie was scheduled to shoot from October by means of December 2018 in Boston, Canton, Concord, Harvard, Ipswich, Lawrence, Stoughton, and the Lexington/Burlington space, and is slated to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2019.

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