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Shazam! (2019)

April 5, 2019
PG-13
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

The film was officially confirmed in 2014 when Warner Bros. announced an entire slate of DC films. Shazam is part of the DC Extended Universe franchise, though it's been noted connections with other installments will be minimal. The plan originally called for Dwayne Johnson to portray Black Adam, but he instead is going to headline his own solo film. In 2017, the Shazam creative team fell into place, with David F. Sandberg directing and Zachary Levi starring. Production started in January 2018 and wrapped in May of that year.

Shazam, previously known as Captain Marvel, made his comics debut in Whiz Comics #2 in 1940.

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Hellboy (2019)

April 12, 2019
R
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Based on the graphic novels by Mike Mignola, Hellboy, caught between the worlds of the supernatural and human, battles an ancient sorceress bent on revenge.

Hellboy is a comic book character created by Mignolia, who made his first appearance in 1993's San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 before receiving a regularly published series published by Dark Horse. His powers include superhuman strength, high levels of endurance, resistance to injury, and a healing factor that makes him immune to all diseases. Hellboy can also understand ancient languages and has a utility belt with numerous tools and weapons. He ages differently from humans, with most stories portraying him between 6 and 10 human years old.

Guillermo del Toro originally brought Hellboy to the big screen with Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army starring Ron Perlman as the titular hero, which were released in 2004 and 2008, respectively. While both received positive reviews, they had underwhelming performances at the box office, hurting the chances of a third installment ever being made. After years of speculation and hope from fans, del Toro finally put an end to the talks by saying a Hellboy 3 (which would have been the biggest of the trilogy) wasn't going to happen. This opened the door for a cinematic reboot, which features Stranger Things' David Harbour as Hellboy.

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Dumbo (2019)

March 29, 2019
PG
Family, Fantasy

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

This is the latest in Disney's growing line of live-action remakes of their animated classics. It was officially announced in 2014, with Tim Burton hired as director in 2015. Principal photography commenced in July 2017, running until November of that year.

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Pet Sematary (2019)

April 5, 2019
R
Horror

Louis Creed, his wife Rachel, and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.

This is based on Stephen King's novel. It was previously adapted for film in 1989. The remake first entered development back in 2010, but wasn't green lit until 2017. After the cast was recruited, production began in June 2018. Filming wrapped in September of that year.

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Why Pet Sematary Makes a Big Change to the Story

Us (2019)

March 22, 2019
R
Thriller, Horror

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers (Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon), Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home. When darkness falls, the Wilsons discover the silhouette of four figures holding hands as they stand in the driveway. Us pits an endearing American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves.

This is the second feature film directed by Jordan Peele, who achieved phenomenal success in 2017 with Get Out. A box office hit, Get Out was one of the year's top awards contenders, winning Peele Best Original Screenplay. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Us was first announced shortly after Get Out and is set to begin filming in 2018 ahead of its 2019 release date.

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Missing Link (2019)

April 12, 2019
PG
Comedy, Adventure, Animation

Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.

The film was officially announced in April 2018. Production on the stop-motion animation started in May of that year.

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The Dirt (2019)

March 22, 2019
TV-MA
Drama, Comedy, Biography

The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history.

The film was in development for a number of years, including an attempt in the mid-2000s. In 2013, Jeff Tremaine singed on to direct, but the movie didn't begin to pick up steam until 2017, when Netflix acquired distribution rights and the cast rounded into shape. Production began in February 2018.

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After (2019)

April 12, 2019
PG-13
Drama, Romance

A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship.

This film is based on the novel by Anna Todd. Talk of an adaptation began back in 2014, when Paramount Pictures had the rights. Eventually, the project found its way to Aviron Pictures and the cast was filled out at various points in 2018. Principal photography began in June 2018 and ran until August of that year.

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The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

April 19, 2019
R
Thriller, Mystery, Horror

In 1970s Los Angeles, a social worker and her kids are haunted by La Llorona aka. The Weeping Woman, the Mexican folklore specter who preys upon children, desperate to replace her own from back when she was still living.

James Wan officially boarded the film as a producer in October 2017, back when the project was still being referred to as The Children. The cast was announced at the same time and production wrapped the following November. New Line Cinema retitled the film to The Curse of La Llorona in the summer of 2018.

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The Highwaymen (2019)

March 29, 2019
R
Crime, Drama, Mystery

A pair of police officers come out of retirement to catch the infamous outlaws Bonnie & Clyde.

This film began development back in 2005, and once was envisioned as a vehicle for Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Universal started to work on the movie in 2013, but eventually Netflix acquired the rights and the project finally gained traction. Production began in February 2018 and ran until March of that year.

The Highwaymen premiered at the 2019 SXSW Festival before being available to stream on Netflix.

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Mary Magdalene (2019)

April 12, 2019
Not Yet Rated
Drama

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.

This is the latest project from director Garth Davis, who previously made the Best Picture nominee Lion. Principal photography ran from September to December 2016.

This film was originally to be distributed by the Weinstein Company before the Harvey Weinstein scandal. In the aftermath, it was announced the studio will no longer release Mary Magdalene and producers are looking for another distributor.

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Breakthrough (2019)

April 17, 2019
PG
Drama, Biography

When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

This is based on the novel The Impossible by Joyce Smith and Ginger Kolbaba. The book itself draws inspiration from a 2015 real-life incident where teenager John Smith fell through a lake and had no pulse for 45 minutes. He made a miraculous recovery and plans to become a minister. Production on the film began in March 2018 and ran until May of that year.

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The Silence (2019)

April 10, 2019
PG-13
Thriller, Horror

When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven.

This is based on the 2015 novel of the same name. The film was in production during 2017.

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Unicorn Store (2019)

April 5, 2019
Not Yet Rated
Comedy

A woman named Kit receives a mysterious invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams.

The film was first announced in 2016 and underwent production in November of that year. It premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation before Netflix acquired the rights. Unicorn Store will finally debut for the public in 2019.

Teen Spirit (2019)

April 12, 2019
PG-13
Drama, Music

Violet is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

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The Beach Bum (2019)

March 22, 2019
R
Comedy

A rebellious stoner named Moondog lives life by his own rules.

This is the latest film from director Harmony Korine, who made Spring Breakers. McConaughey joined the project back in February 2017, with the rest of the principal cast signing on after that. Filming commenced in November 2017.

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Little (2019)

April 12, 2019
PG-13
Comedy, Fantasy

A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

Production on the film began in June 2018 and ran until August of that year. Little was an idea that stemmed from Black-ish star Marsai Martin, who at 14 is the youngest executive producer in Hollywood history.

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Dragged Across Concrete (2019)

March 22, 2019
R
Action, Crime, Drama

Once two overzealous cops get suspended from the force, they must delve into the criminal underworld to get their just due.

The film was officially announced in February 2017 and began production in July of that year. It premiered at the 2018 Venice Film Festival prior to its 2019 theatrical debut.

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Five Feet Apart (2019)

March 22, 2019
PG-13
Drama, Romance

A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love.

Principal photography on the film began in May 2018 and ran until June of that year.

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