We’re set for a huge year of films arriving in Malta’s cinemas.
Disney is working on three live action remakes of classic animations as well as two bumper sequels such as Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4.
Elsewhere, there are star-studded crime thrillers and plenty of superheroes to keep us all entertained over the next 12 months.
These are 10 of the biggest releases set in 2019 at the Eden Cinemas in St Julian’s.
What we know: Tim Burton is directing the upcoming remake of 1941 animated classic Dumbo, bringing his trademark visual flair and idiosyncratic storytelling to the fore. One thing’s certain — you’ll have seen just about everything when you see this elephant fly.
Release date: March 29
Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle.
Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers – Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner – must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos, the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.
What we know: One of the most idiosyncratic superheroes, Hellboy, is back in cinemas in 2019. Stranger Things star David Harbour has beefed-up beyond belief in preparation for the role taking over the mantle from Ron Pearlman.
Release date: April 2019
What we know: The diamond in the rough is back in action in Aladdin, yet another Disney remake happening in 2019. Will Smith has the unenviable task of stepping into Robin Williams’ pointy slippers as the Genie.
Release date: May 2019
Toy Story 4
What we know: The Toy Story franchise is reaching infinity and beyond in 2019, welcoming Buzz, Woody and the gang back one last time. Bring the tissues kids (and mum and dad), it’s going to get emotional.
Release date: June 2019
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
What we know: Quentin Tarantino is teaming up with Brad Pitt and Leonardo Di Caprio for one of the most hotly-anticipated films of the year, in this crime drama based around the Manson Family murders.
Release date: July 2019
The Lion King
What we know: Jon Favreau is back in the director’s seat for the Lion King, after leading Disney’s 2016 Jungle Book reboot. Beyonce and Donald Glover lead a steller voice cast, while Funny or Die’s Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen voice the duo Timon and Pumba.
Release date: July 2019
It: Chapter Two
What we know: Pennywise returns to haunt the citizens of Derry, 27 years after the events of hit 2017 horror It. Jessica Chastain leads an impressive cast, which also includes James McAvoy, Bill Hader and the returning Bill Skarsgard.
Release date: September 2019
What we know: Joaquin Phoenix is taking on the role of Batman’s greatest adversary in this upcoming origin story from director Todd Phillips – marking the first big screen portrayal of the character since Heath Ledger’s performance in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
Release date: October 4
What we know: The biggest Disney film of recent times is getting a long-awaited sequel in 2019, with Frozen 2 arriving in the Winter. Expect more winter wonderment, empowering female leads in the form of sisters Anna and Elsa, as well as more anthems on the soundtrack.
Release date: November 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home
What we know: Spider-Man is swinging into the Eden Cinemas in 2019, with Tom Holland continuing his excellent run in the title role. The film sees Parker and his pals head out on a European vacation.
Release date: December 8