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6 Flicks Picks: 2019 Movie Releases Rankings

Posted by Anthony Mango Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Welcome to a special edition of 6 Flicks Picks to jump-start the year 2019!

Naturally, this breakdown won't be listing the releases of every single movie that will be coming out in the year—partially because that's too daunting of a task and partially because even the studios don't know all of those yet—but it will still follow the same format as far as the picks go.

This will be much harder, as there are hundreds of films that will be coming out, but it still boils down to the same concept: if I had to pick only six movies that I could watch, which ones would they be?

Without further ado, let's take a look at what makes my cut for 2019!

What movies are coming out 2019 6 Flicks Picks


What is so difficult about this type of thing is that I have to go by the general breakdown of the big releases, as there can definitely be movies that pop up that I'm completely unaware of that are smaller in scale. A major summer blockbuster is already in promotion now, but what about the little indie flick?

Those end up being ignored in this generic year scope, but on the monthly basis, they'll get much more attention, so keep that in mind.

This year, I had a list of over 30 movies that I was interested in right out of the gate, to varying degrees. Of course, some of those are definite theater experiences, while some might not even be a film I watch at all, even at home, as I haven't seen trailers for everything (case in point, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). I know I'm going to see Fighting With My Family, even though it looks awful, cause I'll cover it for Smark Out Moment, and with AMC A-List, I might just stumble on something random.

Normally, I do a "What Didn't Make the List" breakdown, but this year, I think I'm going to take things one step further and do a tier-ranking of the 24 things that didn't make the list and then the final cut of the top 6 in order.

Bottom Tier Honorable Mentions:

30. Alita: Battle Angel OR Charlie's Angels — This entirely depends on what Charlie's Angels turns out to look like. I don't have much interest in either of these movies, but they're at least on the bottom of my list for the year, which is something. This will be one of those things where I'm sure another film that isn't on my radar would definitely overtake this spot, but I just don't know about the smaller movies right now.

29. The Addams Family — I liked the two films as a kid. This animation looks weird as hell, and I don't like that, but I might be checking this out.

28. Frozen 2 — I'll have to watch it for the Oscars, as I'm sure it'll be nominated for Best Animated Film, and the first one wasn't bad (just overrated).

27. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — The first two were decent. Same scenario of Best Animated Film preparation.

26. Son of Shaft — Why? I don't know. It's Samuel L. Jackson. I saw his Shaft film even though I have no ties to the series, as it's not from my generation, but hey, maybe this will be cool.

25. Hellboy — I saw the previous two films, and even though this isn't a continuation of that, it's still an offshoot of the same idea. Granted, I wasn't a fan of the comic series, so this doesn't have any strong ties to me, but it's a superhero film and I tend to see most of those.

Low Tier Honorable Mentions:

24. Men in Black International — I guess I have to watch MIB 2 and 3 first, right?

23. Jumanji 3 — Is this even happening? If so, I'm down. I thought Welcome to the Jungle was decently entertaining.

22. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Quentin Tarantino made two of my favorite movies, Reservoir dogs and Pulp Fiction. I haven't enjoyed any of his other films as much as those two, but I still have a devotion to him to want to see his movies.

21. Brightburn — What is this weird horror superhero film's deal? I'm intrigued. Evil Superman. Neat.

20. Sonic the Hedgehog — Oooooh boy...this could be awful...and it probably will be. If they have Sonic 2's Robotnik theme, though, I'm gonna be pumped in the theater.

19. The New Mutants — I put this on my honorable mentions for last year, and they pushed the film back. I have even less interest in it now. I just don't think this is going to work as a horror film idea with FOX in control and the muddled franchise. I think it'll be one of those weird experiments that fails to accomplish anything. But it's an X-Men film, so of course I'll see it.

Middle Tier Honorable Mentions:

18. Pokemon: Detective Pikachu — How the hell did such a stupid concept churn out a trailer that made me actually interested in this, instead of laughing about it? It tapped into the nostalgic part of my childhood that loved Pokemon and screw it, I'll see this.

17. It: Chapter Two — The first part was decent and I had seen the older version, too, so why not?

16. Dark Phoenix — Yes, this is a few spots about The New Mutants, but that's only because I'll still get to see Cyclops and Magneto and Professor Xavier. I still think it'll be a wreck of a film.

15. Joker — Ugh. I feel like this whole idea of random experimentation and no unified game plan for DC films is not a good idea and this Joker film will be beyond stupid...but it's a Joker film and he's my favorite villain in anything, so...

14. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — Admittedly, I think the first Lego Movie is overrated, but I still enjoyed it enough to want to see this. Just not enough for it to make the top 6 or anything.

13. Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Visually, this movie looks beautiful. Whether or not there's an actual story around it that is interesting enough to justify wasting time until the monsters pop up is a different story. But it's Godzilla. I've been a fan of that character since I was a kid, and even though I was never the most invested in the world, I always liked something about that franchise, so I'm down.

Top Tier Honorable Mentions:

12. Terminator 6 — Terminator 2 is my favorite movie of all time. Ever. It pretty much always has been, for my entire life. But Terminator 3, Salvation, and Genisys were so problematic that I can't under any good conscience believe this is going to be anything but crap, and that makes me sad. Remember that when it comes to me bringing up Star Wars later on this list.

11. Zombieland Too — I'm not the biggest zombie fan in the world. In fact, I think the genre is kind of lame and they only work as villains in the context of destructible fodder, in a sense, and I have no interest in gore porn. However, Zombieland was a pleasant surprise that I actually enjoyed quite a bit. When they announced a sequel, I was already sold, even though I don't know much about the film itself and haven't seen a trailer yet.

10. Kingsman: The Great Game — I absolutely LOVE the first Kingsman movie, and the second one was really disappointing on several levels. This one, being a prequel, could right some of those wrongs or at least be a separate good film, and I hope they get back to the magic of what the first one was all about.

9. Star Wars: Episode IX — The Force Awakens shook my devotion to Star Wars, but The Last Jedi legitimately hurt my love for the Star Wars franchise so much that I unsubscribed from several YouTube channels and podcasts that I would check out weekly, I haven't bothered to watch TLJ or Solo for a second time, I have no interest in any of the spinoff things like The Mandalorian, and so on. This film absolutely has to undo what The Last Jedi did for my fandom. This should have been my #1 or my #2, and it only barely makes the top 10 just because Kingsman was disappointing and Terminator was killed long before Star Wars.

8. Aladdin — It's funny, the three animated films that are my favorite of all time are Aladdin, Toy Story and The Lion King, and they're all getting movies this year. They haven't released a trailer for this yet, which is why it is lower on the list even though it's probably my favorite animated film (maybe Toy Story beats it out...tough call, but Lion King is #3). I really hope this kicks ass.

7. Glass — When I saw Split, I just assumed it would be an interesting movie, but the twist at the end got me so excited, because I think Unbreakable was the best of M. Night's films and had untapped potential. This movie looks interesting as hell and I'm so down for Mr. Glass running the show.

What Made the Final Cut:

6. Shazam! — You'll never hear me say that Captain Marvel is one of my favorite superheroes, and DC is so damn flawed that I can't trust that this will be great. Still, there's something about how this comes off as a little different that I'm vibing with, and I like that.

5. Toy Story 4 — Remember how I said this was one of my three favorite animated films? Well, apparently, it's a tear-jerker, and the idea of Forky might sound stupid to some, but I thought that that was a pretty interesting direction to take the series. You sold me. The previous three are great and this probably will be, too.

4. Captain Marvel — You'll never hear me say that Captain Marvel is one of my favorite superheroes. I feel like we just went through this. Oh, wait, we did, but that's not Captain Marvel anymore, he's Shazam. This one is Captain Marvel, and he's....wait, it's not Captain Mar-Vell, it's Ms. Marvel. Goddamn this would be confusing to someone who wasn't in on the joke that I'm making right now. Anyway, this trailer didn't wow me enough to be super amped for it, but it falls under the MCU branch and I can't possibly at this point expect anything but good stuff coming from that team. This will likely be great.

3. Spider-Man: Far From Home — Again, it's the MCU, and it's Spider-Man, and yay.

2. The Lion King — Remember how I said this was one of my three favorite animated films? Well, couple that with how the trailer looked AMAAAAAAZING and you've got one of the movies I'm most excited to see, for sure.

1. Avengers: Endgame — Come on. You knew this was going to be #1 before you even clicked on this. OF COURSE this is the top ranked movie of the year. It's the culmination of everything we've seen for 10 years in a franchise that just keeps getting better!!


Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.