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Justin Theroux stars as Melvin Wulf in Mimi Leder's "On the Basis of Sex," a Focus Features release.

SALT LAKE CITY — Although we're heading into January's movie wasteland, the first half of 2019 has more than enough films to get people into the theaters, including the two much-anticipated Marvel movies, "Captain Marvel" and "Avengers: Endgame." Throw in some decent-looking sequels — notably "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," "Toy Story 4" and a new "Men in Black" movie — and business looks promising for studios this year.

Note: All release dates are subject to change.


'On the Basis of Sex'

Rating: PG-13

Release date: Jan. 11

It's good to be RBG. Following up last year's hit Sundance documentary, this feature film stars Felicity Jones as a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, along with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer), brings a groundbreaking case before the Supreme Court to overturn gender discrimination.

'The Upside'

Rating: PG-13

Release date: Jan. 11

This English-language remake of the popular 2011 French film "The Intouchables" (the second highest grossingnon-English language film of all time) stars Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies in a life-affirming tale of an unlikely friendship. Cranston plays a newly paralyzed billionaire and Hart the convicted felon who becomes his caretaker.

'A Dog's Way Home'

Rating: PG

Release date: Jan. 11

Who doesn't love a dog story? Based on the best-selling book by W. Bruce Cameron, “A Dog’s Way Home" tells the story Bella, a loveable pooch who travels some 400 miles to find her do-gooder human.


Rating: PG-13

Release date: Jan. 18

He's baaack! Director M. Night Shyamalan kicks off the new year with a bevy of familiar faces: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson and more. Bringing together the stories of his two previous films "Unbreakable" (2000) and "Split" (2016), "Glass" is being billed as "one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller."

'The Kid Who Would be King'

Rating: PG

Release date: Jan. 25

What might happen if a bullied, 12-year-old British schoolboy ended up with the magical Arthurian sword Excalibur? The new children's film "The Kid Who Would be King" is ready to tell the whole epic adventure. Plus, Patrick Stewart plays Merlin.


'Lego Movie 2: The Second Part'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: Feb. 8

Finger's crossed that everything is awesome once again in Lego land. With "The Lego Movie" spinoffs "The Lego Batman Movie" and "The Lego Ninjago Movie" coming out since the first film's release in 2014, it might seem incredible that in 2019 we're only on part two, but it's true. "The Second Part" follows our old buddy Emmet as he works to, well, save the world. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Tiffany Haddish lend their vocal chops.

'Isn't It Romantic?'

Rating: PG-13

Release date: Feb. 13

What's Valentine's Day without a new rom-com? In "Isn't It Romantic?" Rebel Wilson stars as Natalie, a New York City architect and love naysayer who finds, much to her horror, that she is the leading lady in a romantic comedy. Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine and Priyanka Chopra co-star.

'Alita: Battle Angel'

Rating: PG-13

Release date: Feb. 14

Directors James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have teamed up for this new technologically innovative film based on the popular graphic novel series by Yukito Kishiro. After languishing in development hell for years, "Alita: Battle Angel," which features Rosa Salazar in the title role, is finally getting its day in the sun. The movie, a mixture of CGI and live-action, follows the story of a cyborg with a mysterious past and some impressive fighting skills.

'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'

Rating: PG

Release date: Feb. 22

This latest installation in the beloved saga of Toothless the dragon, Hiccup his rider, and the whole "How to Train Your Dragon" franchise follows Hiccup's trials as he takes over the role of village chief.


'Captain Marvel'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: March 8

Marvel returns, this time with the story of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, and her journey to becoming Captain Marvel. The all-star cast includes Jude Law, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and others.

'Wonder Park'

Rating: PG

Release date: March 15

This animated film — featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Tambor, Mila Kunis, John Oliver and young Brianna Denski — follows the story of June, who, with the help of her mom, dreamed up a magical amusement park called Wonder Park. Things get interesting when June stumbles into her own world, come to life.

'The Mustang'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: March 15

Slated to debut at Sundance this year, this feature film follows a convict in a desolate Nevada prison who connects with a seemingly unmanageable mustang as part of a "outdoor maintenance" program. Bruce Dern, Matthias Schoenaerts and Jason Mitchell star.

'Where'd You Go, Bernadette?'

Rating: PG-13

Release date: March 22

From the director who gave us "Boyhood" comes this big-screen adaptation of Maria Semple's 2012 best-selling novel "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" With Cate Blanchett playing the title role of a woman who seems to have it all, the story centers Bernadette's disappearance and how her husband and daughter set about finding her.


Rating: Not rated

Release date: March 29

If Tim Burton doesn't seem like the most obvious choice to direct Disney's live-action version of their 1941 film "Dumbo," just remember the "Elephants on Parade" sequence and everything makes sense. You know the story — big-eared, sweet little circus elephant separated from his mother and discovers that he can fly — but we can expect Burton's version to be a little … different. Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and others star.



Rating: Not rated

Release date: April 5

What if all it took to become a superhero was just shouting "Shazam!" out loud? That's the way it works for 14-year-old foster child Billy Batson (Asher Angel), thanks to a little magic. Trapped inside a superheroes body — with a superhero's physique — Billy must learn to be Shazam and fight evil.

'Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: TBD

A follow-up to the popular and Oscar-nominated 2015 film "Shaun the Sheep Movie," "Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon" adds an alien to the animal menagerie over at Mossy Bottom Farm. From the studio that gave us "Wallace and Gromit," "Chicken Run" and more, this new movie has Shaun and the flock fighting to save their new alien friend from an evil organization out to snatch her away.

'The Best of Enemies'

Rated: PG-13

Release date: April 5

"The Best of Enemies" tells the true story of Anne Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), a civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a Ku Klux Klan leader, who unexpectedly find themselves as co-chairs on a two-week community meeting to address school desegregation issues in North Carolina in 1971.

'Missing Link'

Rating: PG

Release date: April 12

This animated film features the voices of Hugh Jackman as Sir Lionel Frost, an investigator of myths and monsters, and Zach Galifianakis as Mr. Link, the last living remainder of Man's primitive ancestry. The two of them, along with Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) go in search of Mr. Link's distant relatives in the mysterious Shangri-la valley.


Rating: G

Release date: April 17

We know penguins are cute, but Disneynature's new feature-length documentary "Penguins" will doubtless also convince us that they are intelligent, tenacious and definitely loveable creatures. Timed to come out for Earth Day 2019.

'Avengers: Endgame'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: April 26

Marvel isn't giving much away on this one — so far, the film's IMDB page simply reads: "In the aftermath of Thanos wiping out half of all life in the universe, the remaining Avengers must do what's necessary to undo the Mad Titan's deed" — but we can guarantee three things: The film will have plenty of punching and jokes and will make a whole lot of money. All the usuals star: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Katherine Langford.



Rating: Not rated

Release date: May 3

They may have started as toys, but UglyDolls are getting their own animated film. Featuring the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Gabriel Iglesias, Wanda Sykes, Blake Shelton, Emma Roberts and Pitbull, the film follows Moxy and her UglyDolls friends as they leave their home in Uglyville and face a whole different world at the Institute of Perfection.

'Pokemon Detective Pikachu'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: May 10

The trailer for this one had a whole lot of people scratching their heads: Ryan Reynolds stars in a life-action film based on the Pokémon franchise? Joining Reynolds is Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.


Rating: Not rated

Release date: May 24

Guy Ritchie directs this live-action feature film based on the beloved Disney animated film “Aladdin,” with Will Smith taking on the role that Robin Williams embodied back in the 1992 original. Ritchie, who isn't one to do the same old thing, puts Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) in the center of this story as she prepares to take over the throne.


Rating: Not rated

Release date: May 31

Thanks to the success of 2018's "Bohemian Rhapsody," studios are taking note of the lives of rock musicians to mine for new films. "Rocketman" tells the early story of musical prodigy Elton John (who will be in Salt Lake on Sept. 4 for what he claims is his final world tour) and his collaboration with his long-time songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

'Godzilla: King of the Monsters'

Rating: PG-13

Release date: May 31

What's the year without a new "Godzilla" movie? This year brings cinema's favorite big guy back, this time to fight a host of mythical creatures, including the three-headed King Ghidorah. Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins star.


'The Secret Life of Pets 2'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: June 7

What do our pets do all day at home while we're off working? 2016's "The Secret Life of Pets" did its best to answer that important question, but apparently there's more to say. This sequel features the voices of, among others, Indiana Jones himself: Harrison Ford.

'Dark Phoenix'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: June 7

The X-Men return, this time to fight one of their own, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). Grey, after surviving a strange attack, returns to the group more powerful but also far more threatening. Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and others join the battle.

'Men in Black International'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: June 14

This new "Men in Black" film is not so much a sequel to the hit 1997 alien-comedy, which stared Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, but instead a spinoff with a whole new cast. Chris Hemsworth teams up with Tessa Thompson to fight alien in jolly old London town.

'Toy Story 4'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: June 21

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Other than the teaser Pixar released last November, there aren't many details out there about "Toy Story 4" but we do know that the old cast — Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Patricia Arquette, Joan Cusack and Annie Potts — will return, and that "Parks and Rec" alum Rashida Jones is one of the screenwriters.

'Ford vs. Ferrari'

Rating: Not rated

Release date: June 28

This based-on-a-true-story film follows a team of American auto engineers and designers who attempt to build a car to defeat the Ferrari team at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship. Christian Bale and Matt Damon co-star.