The 15 movies we're most excited about in 2019

Dumbo (29 March)

Disney is going hard on live-action (and/or lifelike) remakes of its beloved animated films, and the first of three is Dumbo. Unlike the others, this one has the brilliantly creative mind of Tim Burton behind the lens.

Is it beautiful? For sure. Is it sure to wreck you emotionally? No doubt in our minds. We're not sure why Disney needs to roll out remakes every few months, but Burton is a director with vision, and this star-studded cast (along with a strong CG assist) ought to help make it a compelling flick.

Shazam! (5 April)

The more that the DC Extended Universe films have gotten away from the grimdark aesthetic of Batman v Superman, the more successful and appealing they've been – as evidenced by the success of both Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

Well, Shazam! is taking it in a very different kind of direction, opting for a strongly comedic approach in which a young kid transforms into the cape-wearing hero. Think Big, but it's also a flashy superhero flick. It's kind of an unexpected turn for the DCEU at this point, but it definitely looks like a fun one – especially with Zachary Levi in the role.

Avengers: Endgame (26 April)

If you've seen Avengers: Infinity War, then you know just how utterly grim that ending was, and how dramatically it raises the stakes for Avengers: Endgame.

We won't get into Infinity War spoilers at all for the stragglers out there, but the first Endgame trailer above shows what the heroes are working with – and still manages to be funny at the end, despite the dramatic tone. Endgame is expected to cap off this incredible era of Marvel Studios films and help set the path for the next wave of films, so you can count on it being essential viewing in 2019.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (10 May)

Well, this looks wild. Pokémon Detective Pikachu translates Nintendo's beloved catch-'em-all game franchise and anime series into a live-action/CG hybrid with a Ryan Reynolds-voiced Pikachu... who speaks English and helps solve a mystery.

Say what now? This first trailer is a fever dream of classic Pokémon references and funny gags, and honestly… it works. It seems delirious, and yet we can't help but want to see this strange and unexpected new take on Pikachu and crew.

Rocketman (24 May)

After the success of Bohemian Rhapsody, we may well see a flood of music industry biopics – but Rocketman has been in the pipeline for a while now. And likewise, it looks pretty darn compelling based on this first trailer.

Taron Egerton seems to do a pretty strong Elton John impression, plus Rocketman has more of a whimsical touch to this look at the performer's rise – at least when it's not showing his apparently frequent bouts of self-destruction.

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