Top 5 Most Anticipated Films of 2019

Brennan Dubé | @BrennanForFilms

While still taking into account each movie’s potential in the money-making department, to compile these five films I looked past just dollar signs and also looked at their potential in terms of award-winning capability, nostalgia, and the huge upside if these films turn out to be great!

5. Captain Marvel

Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Main Cast: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Clark Gregg, Jude Law

‘Captain Marvel’ is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will come out on March 8th of 2019. The film holds a budget of $150 million dollars and will definitely be a spectacle on the screen. Brie Larson stars as lead in the movie and this will mark the first time a female character will play the sole lead in an MCU movie. This is significant as it will be a great test for the untitled ‘Black Widow’ movie and may potentially open a door for Marvel. We were initially aware of the film during the post-credits scene in ‘Infinity War’ which foreshadowed her arrival. The film is said to be an origin story and will take place in the 1990s.

4. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Main Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning

Director Quentin Tarantino is back, this time with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ The film is a mystery-crime movie centered around the Manson family murders which occurred in August of 1969. The film is sure to have its own flair and with an incredible cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, this film has enough intrigue already! The film is set for release on July 26th of 2019. The film definitely has award-winning potential as Tarantino has had great past success with almost every single one of his films having been at least nominated for an Academy Award.

3. Glass

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Main Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy

When this trailer dropped several months ago it sent the internet in a frenzy. This movie has a downside and a massive upside. The film will act as a sequel to Shyamalan’s critically acclaimed films, ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split.’ ‘Glass’ has the potential to be Shyamalan’s huge comeback, with an excellent cast this film definitely has award-winning potential if everything is conveyed perfectly. The movie has the capability to be eerily unique and twisted, as well as artistically astounding. If Jackson, Willis, and McAvoy all hit home runs, this could be one for the absolute ages.

2. The Lion King 

Director: Jon Favreau 

Main Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen

Disney’s live-action remakes continue in 2019 with ‘The Lion King’ highlighting them all. Some skeptics may doubt the necessity of live-action remakes but with the star-studded cast and the same director that brought us ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016), this film is surely going to be a hit. The trailer garnered record-breaking views for Disney on YouTube and will definitely be a massive hit at the box office next summer. The film is set for release on July 19th, 2019.

1. Avengers: Endgame

Director: Antony Russo and Joe Russo

Main Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson

When ‘Infinity War’ came out it was more than a superhero movie, more than just a blockbuster. It was an experience. Massive amounts of people went to see it, it was the talk of the internet for weeks following and it ended up grossing over $2 billion worldwide, only the fourth movie to do so. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ is set for release April 26th. For starters, the ‘Endgame’ trailer broke the record for being the most viewed trailer on YouTube 24 hours after release with 289 million views. This film will extend that experience and give us the answers we so desperately crave after ‘Infinity War.’ The entire globe plans on seeing this and that is why it is the most anticipated film of 2019!

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August Movie Preview

Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

August 3

Christopher Robin: Disney’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’ returns in this live-action film starring Ewan McGregor who plays a grown-up Christopher Robin that returns to the ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ to recapture his childhood and meet up with the original group of woodland creatures he grew so close to in his childhood. The movie should be a solid hit at the box office and if it possesses the Disney magic then it will surely be a sensation.

The Spy Who Dumped Me: This comedic action flick stars Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. This movie should appeal to millennial or even adult audiences as it does have the R rating (14A depending on where you may live).

The Darkest Minds: This film is brought to you by the makers of the hit Netflix show, ‘Stranger Things’ and if it can capture that audience it may be able to muster up a decent amount of money at the box office. The tween sci-fi feature follows a premise that states 98% of children have died on earth and the remaining 2% have garnered superhuman abilities. In spite of the neat premise, due to its extremely lackluster marketing and poor early reviews, the film is expected to have an insanely difficult time making a profit off of its $34 million dollar budget.

August 10

The Meg: ‘The Meg’ is probably going to be one of the last major summer blockbusters of 2018. This film features a prehistoric 70-foot shark, the Megalodon. A crew led by Jason Statham will attempt to take down this massive shark as it ravages the seas. Safe to say this film will be a wildcard at the box office.

Slender Man: This film will follow the story of teenage girls who attempt the famous ‘Slender Man’ ritual in an attempt to debunk the legend, following this they soon grow to fear that the legend is true when one of them goes missing. This horror/thriller should be a solid hit at the box office especially with the ‘Slender Man’ title attached.

BlacKkKlansman: This Spike Lee film will tell the true story of a black cop that worked undercover and in partnership with a white officer to undermine and take down a local Ku Klux Klan group in the area. The film has generated rather positive reviews from critics.

August 15

Crazy Rich Asians: Based on the book of the same title, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a drama/comedy film that will hope to tap into the box office and generate a good revenue in August. The film’s director has stated this film is “more than a movie” and it is more of a “movement.” Aside from the laughs it hopes to instill, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hopes to be a strong study of culture and love.

August 17

Alpha: ‘Alpha’ is a historical adventure/drama that will follow the story of a lost boy who embarks on a journey home all while being accompanied by a wolf as his best friend. This film hopes to tell the tale of the first bond between man and canine. It is live action.

Mile 22: ‘Mile 22’ stars Mark Wahlberg and will feature a cast to the likes of John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan and yes, Ronda Rousey. This action/thriller will look to tap into audience that are predominant fans of intense, action-packed popcorn flicks. On a budget of $35 million, ‘Mile 22’ should do well at the box office.

August 24

The Happytime Murders: This film stars Melissa McCarthy and takes place in a world where puppets exist and are inferior to humans. This film has mustered up some controversy including allegations from Sesame Street that using a childs program with an adult comedy would smear the reputation.

Searching: ‘Searching’ is an intense, psychological thriller film that has received great reviews from critics. Originally slated for an early August release, ‘Searching’ was bumped to late August to avoid high competition at the box office. The film is told almost entirely from a computer screen and will follow a father who tries to uncover clues about his missing daughter by going through her history and contacting her friends.

August 31

Kin: ‘Kin’ is another film that is produced by the same people that produced ‘Stranger Things.’ This film should have more success than ‘The Darkest Minds’ as it features a more notable cast and it has been propped up by more marketing and a larger budget. It is a sci-fi/action film.

Destination Wedding: Two friends are invited to a mutual friends’ wedding. While at the wedding these two become close and blow off steam about each other and their friends. This romantic comedy stars Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder and will round out the August movie season.

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July Movie Preview: A Rundown of the Biggest Hits

Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

July 4

The First Purge

This will be the fourth installment in the ‘Purge’ franchise. However, it will be the first not directed by James DeMonaco although he will still return to write and produce this film. On a budget of just $13 million, Universal Pictures should make a solid profit on this film considering two of the last three ‘Purge’ films have surpassed $100 million at the box office. This prequel action-thriller will be a hit at theaters due to the ‘Purge’ name attached to it. Despite poor reviews from critics, these films continue to obliterate their budgets and draw in crowds that enjoy a good thrill.

July 6

Ant-Man and the Wasp

The sequel to the 2015 film ‘Ant-Man’ will open up in theaters this Friday. Riding the wave of ‘Infinity War’, it should make some rather significant cash. The first film opened to $57 million in July of 2015. It went on to gross over $500 million globally, a little low in terms of Marvel movies but still a good draw considering ‘Ant-Man’ is much lower profile than the other heroes featured in the past few years. ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ will draw in the family crowd and the superhero fans, and should go for a win at the July box office.


‘Whitney’ is a documentary about Whitney Houston that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It will get its theatrical release this Friday. The film will have a limited release, meaning it won’t be released nationwide right away. Instead, it will slowly expand its theater count as most documentaries do. The documentary will feature never before seen footage and rare performances as well as exclusive demo recordings by Whitney Houston.

July 13


The Dwayne Johnson action/thriller, ‘Skyscraper’ will be released this month and should play out like any usual Dwayne Johnson film. If it follows the course of ‘Rampage,’ which was released earlier this year, it will open around $30 million and go on to gross a good sum at the box office.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’ debuts this month and is the first ‘Transylvania’ film to be released in summertime. This animated feature should do well and with a very conservative budget of $65 million, they will be able to make a strong profit. Both previous films opened to $42.5 and $48.4 million respectively. The third may see a different result due to a summertime release, but I still expect it to be a good draw among families as most wide release animated films are.

Eighth Grade

This A24 studio film received high praise at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is expected to be a big hit among critics when it opens this month. The movie is a coming of age comedy-drama. Early screened critics have this film currently sitting at a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

July 20

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

This is the sequel to the hit 2008 film ‘Mamma Mia!’ which went on to be the 5th highest grossing film of 2008. It grossed $615 million on a budget of just $52 million. The sequel is expected to follow up with similar success, considering much of the star-studded cast is returning and there haven’t been many true musicals as of late. The musical film fans may be craving something and that would definitely help this sequel.

The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington returns to star in ‘The Equalizer 2,’ an action/thriller. The film should have a good draw among action movie fans and it gets a small jump on the next ‘Mission Impossible’ film, which comes out the following weekend. The first film had a budget of $73 million and went on to gross $192 million globally. This will release in the first weekend following the World Cup which may help out its chances with doing better in foreign markets.

Unfriended: Dark Web

This found footage horror/thriller film is a stand-alone sequel to the 2014 film ‘Unfriended’ which went on to gross $64 million dollars on a budget of just $1 million. The movie was filmed secretly last year and had a surprise announcement in March of this year.

July 27

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

This will be the sixth film in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise. Tom Cruise continues to defy all odds with some never before seen stunts in this film. The movie will get a good draw from casual movie goers as well as action movie fans. Should ‘Fallout’ do well, expect more ‘Mission: Impossible’ movies to come.

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

This animated film based on the television series is releasing this month. The movie is written by the writers of the show and is directed by series producers, Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath. Warner Bros. will hope that this animated superhero comedy will get a good draw from the family audiences.

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Upgrade: Movie Review

By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R 

‘Upgrade’ was released here in Canada this past weekend, so I decided to go check it out. I’ve heard good things about this lower budget sci-fi flick so I was somewhat excited for the lights to go down and the movie to begin rolling. Safe to say, ‘Upgrade’ was a treat and I definitely had a pretty good time with this film. Here is my review of ‘Upgrade.’

This film stars Tom Hardy doppelganger Logan-Marshall Green, Betty Gabriel, Benedict Hardie and Simon Maiden. This is a low budget sci-fi feature that is about a man on a path to seek revenge after his life has been flipped upside down. He gets a chip inserted in him that is able to enhance his abilities to do many things. This essentially makes him an upgraded human. Here we have our movie. I found ‘Upgrade’ took a little bit to pick up, but when it did, it truly was a fun ride. The film offers a unique take on futuristic science fiction and opens a world that I truly want to see more of.

The film’s acting was mainly good, but dialogue at times was somewhat cheesy. There were times early on in this film where I found things happened a little too conveniently, and dialogue just didn’t go well with the overall flow of the film. The story was sweet and simple, but executed really well, making for an effective movie. The unique camera angles and truly entertaining action sequences are the greatest glow of this film. Fight scenes put me at the edge of my seat, as the choreography and strong camera work elevated them in all the right ways. ‘Upgrade’ had quality build up for the majority of the movie as it was able to wind up the intensity as the film progresses. The payoff for me was one of the weakest spots of the film.

‘Upgrade’ also featured some overall weak antagonists that didn’t add a ton to the story. A stronger antagonist would benefit the movie, but I did not find that this detracted from it much at all. Despite being a low budget film, the visuals and special effects satisfied me. Director Leigh Whannell ensured this film had solid pace and it did flow quite well after a slow start. Sure, it’s not the perfect film, but it is a fun and enjoyable time for sure.

The big plus: Superb fight sequences and a pretty simple yet solid premise makes for a really entertaining time.

Where it lacks: Poor dialogue and pacing early on may give you a hard time getting into this movie, and when you finally do get into it… the overall payoff lacks impact.

Score: 77/100

I will say that this movie thoroughly entertained me and I hope to see it again. ‘Upgrade’ introduced me to a premise and a world that I would love to see more of in the future. Definitely see this movie if you haven’t as it really is a good alternative to the norm these days. ‘Upgrade’ was cool like I wanted ‘Hotel Artemis’ to be. I truly did have fun with this movie and props to the filmmakers for crafting a good low budget summer film.

Upcoming Releases:

 June 4: The First Purge

June 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Whitney

July 13: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Skyscraper, Siberia, Eighth Grade

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado: Movie Review

By Brennan Dubé | @Brennan_Dube71R

‘Sicario’ hit the big screens in 2015 and mustered up tons of buzz. Critics loved it and the intense crime-thriller went on to gross $85 million internationally. This type of critically acclaimed movie doesn’t usually muster up a sequel but here we are three years later. Here is my review of ‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado.’

‘Day of the Soldado’ is directed by Stefano Sollima (did not direct the first) and is written by Taylor Sheridan who helmed the writing of the first film. Josh Brolin and Benecio Del Toro reprise their roles in the sequel but Emily Blunt does not return. The first film was quite the fulfilling tale, it included a well-told story that was portrayed wonderfully by the actors within the movie. Although the first films finish wasn’t uplifting or happy, it did feel fulfilling.

This sequel did surprise me and it’s very clear when watching this film that the story is somewhat abrupt. However, I am thankful for a sequel because Benecio Del Toro really did steal the show in the first film and he truly is such a draw. His character again steals the show in this film despite in my opinion, not being as motivated.

The cartel are now smuggling terrorists into the United States and the U.S government has officially put the cartel on the terrorist watch list. This means the DEA have way more jurisdiction and leeway to go in and basically start a war with the cartel. Here we have our movie. This film, in my opinion, is much less layered and motivated than the first. The pace lacks at times. That is very evident in the middle portion of the film, where it begins to transcend into a quite different direction entirely. I do believe Sheridan did the best job possible at writing this sequel, and I am glad Blunt’s character was not part of the story. She did a great job in the first film, but her presence would feel forced in ‘Day of the Soldado’. Props to the filmmakers and Sheridan for not being tacky with this movie.

‘Day of the Soldado’ offers up some good action and some truly brutal sequences. Josh Brolin gets a lot more hands on in this film and he is always fun to watch. This truly is the year of Brolin as he has ‘Infinity War’, ‘Deadpool 2’ and ‘Day of the Soldado’ now out. Benecio Del Toro does awesome again as previously stated and although I strongly feel his character motivations were rather blurred in this film, he offers a well enough acting job that it gets pulled off. Well done again, Benecio. The supporting cast does a solid job and younger actress Isabela Moner does a pretty good job in this movie. The other young actor who plays a larger role in this film, Elijah Rodriguez, also does a good job despite again some flaws in his story arc.

The score is incredible just like the first film. Many of the same riffs are used in this movie and all around the sounds and music really help to enhance the story and the tension. This movie, just like the first, does a great job at building tension and intensity. ‘Day of the Soldado’ does lose its main drive and waivers from its strongest plot points as the film progresses, and where the first film was a truly realistic take, this one has times that feel far-fetched and a couple sequences that feel out of place. This resulted in a loss of proper pacing and the movie feeling like a stepdown from the first.

The big plus: Josh Brolin, Benecio Del Toro, more violence than the first film. Truly has some intense moments that reflect the strengths of the first.

Where it lacks: Character motivations that aren’t as compelling as they are in the first film and plot points that are somewhat unfocused make this sequel feel like a stepdown from its predecessor.

Score: 71/100

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ makes for a solid intense action-thriller with a good enough storyline that it passes on that. The acting is great again and our two main stars are so great in these roles and incredibly compelling to watch. A really great score helps to elevate intense moments but on the flipside the set up and sometimes payoff lacks.

Box Office Forecast:

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ and ‘Uncle Drew’ open up this weekend. Initially both these films were projected to open with $10-15 million dollars but early estimates show that ‘Day of the Soldado’ will look for a potential $20 million dollar opening. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ should win the weekend for a second one in a row but is expected to have a significant drop off from its debut last weekend. ‘Fallen Kingdom’ should garner another $60 million dollars this weekend. ‘Incredibles 2’ will look to pick up another $40 million and hold onto second place.

Upcoming Releases:

June 4: The First Purge

June 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp, Whitney

July 13: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Skyscraper, Siberia, Eighth Grade

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