The home cinema experience kicks it up a notch this year as cinephiles prepare for some of 2019’s biggest releases.
Once again, the comic book genre is very much a strong theme, following on from the monumental success of hits such as Black Panther, and the passing of Marvel founder Stan Lee. But that’s not all. King of the twist M. Night Shyamalan returns with the final chapter in the Eastrail 177 Trilogy, while more sequels and family favourites will all grace the big screen.
Sit back, relax, and get ready. Here are SONA’s top movie picks for your home cinema room in 2019.
There’ll be no shortage of family films in 2019, and animals are proving to be the biggest stars. Marking 25 years since the original Oscar-winning release, The Lion King, now re-imagined in CGI, will bring a whole new layer of reality to the Disney classic this July.
Pulling on the heartstrings just as much as The Lion King, if not more, A Dog’s Way Home is out now. This adorable tale shows how far a dog’s loyalty will go – even if she has to travel 400 miles to get home.
Families who prefer fantasy creatures will welcome the release of How to Train Your Dragon: the Hidden World in February. The third instalment in the HTTYD series, it’s sure to echo the original’s $500 million box office success.
‘Tis the season for a sequel
When a formula works, why wouldn’t directors want to bring out a sequel? In addition to family-friendly dragons, we’ve got a whole lot of sequels to look forward to this year.
Not so family-friendly is the grisly return of Pennywise the Clown, as IT: Chapter Two hits cinemas this September. Menacing Bill Skarsgård reprises his role as the clown who haunts our dreams, while Hollywood royalty James McAvoy joins the now adult cast.
It’s been seven years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones graced our screens once again for Men in Black III. Now, for June 2019, Chris Hemsworth takes centre stage in Men in Black: International. He’s joined by other A-listers including Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson, so we’re expecting great things.
It’s also been nine years since the last Toy Story, but there’s another story for Woody to tell this June. This time, he’s helped along by a new toy, Forky.