Best new films 2018/19: trailers and release dates

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Whether you want to plan your cinema trips or your Blu-ray purchases, we’ve rounded up a bunch of trailers for the films (and some TV shows) we think are worth looking out for - with an emphasis on system-shaking blockbusters.

The Christmas season is fast approaching, the recent New York Comic Con 2018 brought a slew of new trailers for 2019, and the teasers for Captain Marvel, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Good Omens, Aladdin and more has us excited about the future releases coming our way.

We'll be updating this page as new trailers are released, so be sure to keep coming back for all the latest teasers.

Daredevil

Series three snaps the focus back to what made Daredevil so compelling: Matt Murdock vs Wilson Fisk. Kingpin is back, and he’s hell-bent on regaining control over Hell’s Kitchen and destroying an already-broken Matt.

There’s also the introduction of another villain (Agent Poindexter) that should be interesting, but really we’re beyond excited to see Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk back on our screens. He’s easily the most compelling, complex and terrifyingly convincing villain in the entire Marvel Universe (sorry, Thanos) and D’Onofrio’s electrifying portrayal is nothing short of magnificent.

Release date: 19th October (Netflix)

Halloween

It's another Halloween film. Except this slasher effort swipes away and erases all trace of the previous sequels and reboots.

Set 40 years later, Halloween serves as a direct sequel to, um, Halloween, as Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their roles as Laurie Struder and Michael Myers respectively.

Can this film stand on its own or will it drown in homage to the original? We'll have to wait and see.

Release date: 19th October

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody has had a rocky road to the big screen.

Sacha Baron Cohen was in line to play Freddie Mercury but dropped out. Rami Malek took the lead, and then mid-shoot, director Bryan Singer was fired and Dexter Fletcher was brought in.

The story chronicles the years leading up to Queen's Live Aid performance in 1985 and the footage looks promising. Whatever its quality, it's bound to have some cracking tunes.

Release date: 24th October

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

The sumptuous trailer has us hooked. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman's novella and Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, The Nutcracker film looks a magical feast - otherworldly realms, fantastical creatures and jaw-dropping set pieces that will have Tim Burton green with envy.

The star-studded cast includes Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Richard E. Grant, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman, and while the plot seems well-trodden, we hope this is one of Disney's more memorable live-action hits.

Release date: 2nd November

Overlord

Overlord is an idea plucked from the mind of J.J. Abrams - it's a horror film set during World War II.

The film follows two American soldiers who drop behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day. They infiltrate a Nazi-occupied village that's also a base for supernatural experiments.

There's always a trick or two with Abrams. Could this be another Cloverfield film in disguise?

Release date: 7th November

The Girl In the Spider's Web

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn't set the box office alight, so now we have a new director and a new Lisbeth Salander.

Stepping into the role of the fearsome anti-heroine is Claire Foy, fresh off her time on Netflix's The Queen. It sees Lisbeth and journalist Mikael Blomkvist stuck in a web of spies, cybercriminals and government officials.

Foy is an interesting choice and director Fede Alvarez can do gruesome if his Evil Dead remake is any marker. The Fincher effort sets a tough target to beat, though.

Release date: 9th November

Widows

Directed by Steve McQueen – a man What Hi-Fi? accidentally bumped into on one occassion – Widows sees four women take on the debt left by their husbands' criminal activities.

Based on a ITV series but with a Chicago backdrop, Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriquez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo play the widows who have to finish the job their husbands started.

Talk of Oscars has swirled around this film, and considering the talent involved that's not a surprise. This crime thriller looks smarter than most.

Release date: 9th November

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

After gadding about New York in Fantastic Beasts, the sequel is a mix of the old and new.

The Crimes of Grindelwald sees Hogwarts and its illustrious headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) return, as the threat to the wizarding world increases with the nefarious Gellert Grindlewald (Johnny Depp) out of prison.

Grindelwald sees Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Dan Fogler all return, as well as Ezra Miller, who's back from the dead with a much-improved haircut.

Release date: November 16th

Robin Hood

There's been no shortage of Robin Hood films and we have another one starring Taron Edgerton (Kingsman) as the legendary outlaw.

This version pitches him as younger than we've seen before, making this a bit of a Robin Hood: Origins. Is that a good or bad thing? We're unsure.

A sense of fun, like Errol Flynn's Adventures of Robin Hood or Alan Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham in Prince of Thieves would not go amiss here.

Release date: 21st November

Creed II

After Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed came out of his late father's legacy in Creed, he's now fighting a demon from his father's past.

That demon is called Drago, in this case Vicktor Drago - son of Ivan Drago - the man who killed Adonis' father in the ring.

Ryan Coogler did not direct this due to his commitment to Black Panther, but the first was an entertaining reboot of a much-loved series. Let's hope this film can go the distance too.

Release date: 30th November

Ralph Breaks the Internet

The first Wreck It Ralph was lovely, but left us with the possibility of much, much more. This sequel goes up a notch confidently, and it shows.

Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) find a wi-fi router in their arcade and it sends them to the internet.

Cue new worlds and characters, but like Spielberg's Ready Player One, this film is a cornucopia of references.

Imagine a world that includes The Muppets, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel Comics and you have Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Release date: 30th November

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines sees cities surviving on a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels and 'eating' up smaller towns to restock their resources.

Based on Philip Reeve's popular book series, it comes with a script written by The Lord of the Rings trio Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens and Peter Jackson.

If the film delivers on the images in the trailer, it's bound to be a crazy tale.

Release date: 14th December

Aquaman

Jason Momoa's 'dudebro' Aquaman fared poorly in Justice League, but now he has the chance to strike out on his own.

Aquaman sees Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry embrace the mantle of hero to try and diffuse a war brewing between surface dwellers and underwater people.

We're hoping this is more Wonder Woman than Dawn of Justice and with James Wan directing, we're ever so slightly optimistic.

Release date: 14th December

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This Spider-Man film isn't tied to the MCU series; instead it follows the life of Miles Morales in an alternate universe.

Miles will be one of many Spider-Men in a film that stylistically draws huge inspiration from the look of the comic books.

We're up for more variety in our super-hero diet, and this looks like a colourful and eclectic offering.

Release date: 14th December

Mary Poppins Returns

Sequels don't have the best of reputations, but reviving the characters from a five-decades-old beloved family film? That sounds like one precarious gamble. 

But... Emily Blunt is utterly charming, capable, and perfect for filling in the shoes Julie Andrews once inhabited, director Rob Marshall (Annie, Chicago) has form in delivering entertaining musicals, and the trailer shows just how effective the magic of nostalgia is when done right. 

And this looks very much like Disney getting it right.

Release date: 21st December

Bumblebee

The last Transformers film hurt our heads. Based on the talent involved with Bumblebee, we're confident this film will be softer on our craniums.

It takes place in 1987 and stars Hailee Stenfield in the lead role. It's also directed by Travis Knight, who was responsible for the brilliant Kubo and the Two Strings.

We're more upbeat than we have been for a long time about a Transformers film. Bumblebee might be the genuinely 'good' giant robot film we've been waiting for.

Release date: 26th December

Alita: Battle Angel

Manga adaptation Battle Angel Alita was on James Cameron's wishlist before he made Avatar. Cameron remains onboard the project as producer, passing over the directorial reigns to Robert Rodriguez.

Alita is a tale of a cyborg who can't remember who she is or where she came from, but is determined to find the truth about her origin in a world that's unrelentingly harsh.

Though she looks like the recipient of a Snapchat filter, it stays true to the character. This could be a return to form for Rodriguez, who needs it after Sin City 2.

Release date: 26th December

Deadly Class

Marvel golden boys the Russo Brothers (The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War) turn their Midas touch to this adaptation of Rick Remender's comic book series.

Set in the late 1980s, it follows the lonely orphan Marcus Lopez Arguello as he finds himself enrolled in a secret assassin school in San Francisco, where the kids of crime families from around the world are sent to learn the family trade. But this is more Kill Bill than Hogwarts. 

There's a strong sense of anarchy and socio-political commentary running through the comics amidst the normal high-school tropes of bullies, romance, fitting in and murder.

Release date: 16th January 2019 (Syfy)

Star Trek: Discovery

After an interesting start, Discovery appeared to fade a little, ending up being a solid (if not essential) Star Trek series.

The second series picks up the threads from the first, with Spock making an appearance and Captain Christopher Pike will take command of the USS Discovery.

The second run also looks to resolve issues fans had regarding this story's place in the timeline. Expect some more variety in the tone and style of episodes too.

Release date: 18th January 2019

Glass

After Split surprised us all and morphed into a side-quel to Unbreakable, Glass looks to unite the main characters from those stories.

Bruce Willis' David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson's Elijah Price (Mr Glass) and James McAvoy's Kevin all appear in an institution for people who believe they have super-powers that's supervised by Sarah Paulson's Dr. Ellie Staple.

Of course two of those three do have powers, while Mr Glass holds secrets important to both men as he seeks to manouevre them for his own gain.

If M. Night Shyamalan can putt then all is forgiven (except for The Last Airbender, that's unforgivable).

Releae date: 18th January 2019

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

By the time this third and final film in the Train Your Dragon series comes out, it will have been nearly five years since the last one.

The sequel saw Hiccup find his mother, but lose his father. Now he's the village chief, but his peaceful reign is tested when he and his dragon, Toothless, travel to an undiscovered land where they encounter a new threat.

This series has managed to match Pixar's level of quality, so we have high hopes this trilogy can sign off in a blaze of dragon fire.

Release date: 1st February 2019

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The LEGO Movie looked like an advert for toys, but won many people over with its charm.

It's, unbelievably, been almost five years since the first film came out pumping out a mantra of 'everything is awesome' and the LEGO characters are facing a new threat - the LEGO DUPLO® invaders from space who prefer to wreck things than build them.

Can they capture lightning in a bottle for a second time? It's a hard ask, but you wouldn't bet against these small LEGO bricks.

Release date: 8th February 2019

Captain Marvel

Marvel's next hugely-anticipated release takes us back to the mid-1990s, with Brie Larson playing Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel – a former U.S. Air pilot who joins an elite force of super-powered individuals.

It's the first time a Marvel film has had a female superhero taking the spotlight, and Larson already looks like she can take on most of the Avengers single-handedly. She is, after all, one of the most powerful individuals in Marvel Comics lore.

With pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury and a rookie Agent Coulson popping up, not to mention the promise of a tie-in with Infinity War, this should be one of the highlights of 2019's film calendar.

Release date: 8th March 2019

Mowgli

Disney's Jungle Book was a visually stunning film, though this version - now due to be released by Netflix - has a more adult tone.

Andy Serkis is in the directing chair, and he's clearly had a look at his smartphone's contact list and dialled up a few friends.

The film can count Christian Bale (Bagheera), Cate Blanchett (Kaa) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan) among its roster.

Don't expect any songs either; it'll be closer in tone to Rudyard Kipling's original book.

Release date: 2019

American Gods

The weird and wonderful American Gods is back with a second series that looks just as dreamlike, epic and, well, weird as the first one. The highlight (especially for the book’s fans) is that we finally get to see The House on the Rocks - a real life labyrinthine museum and funhouse in Wisconsin - where Mr Wednesday rallies the old gods for one last fight.

Release date: 2019 (Amazon Prime Video)

Dumbo

This follows in the wake of Disney's prior 'reimaginings' as the studio continues to mine its past for new interpretations.

Dumbo is about a young elephant whose oversized ears help him to fly. This act saves the travelling circus, but the animals soon learn that not all is well.

With Tim Burton directing, Dumbo is sure to have a bit of weirdness to it, and the cast is pretty outstanding. Another surefire hit for Disney?

Release date: 29th March 2019

Shazam!

A lack of fun has been a criticism oft levied at DC Comics. That's likely to change with the comedic tones of Shazam!

Shazam! is the story of Billy Batson, a kid who's granted the powers of an adult superhero (and morphs into Zachary Levi) every time he says "Shazam".

It's like Tom Hanks in Big, only if the character suddenly morphed into a massively muscled superhero.

Silly as it sounds, Shazam! sounds like the injection of comedy DC needed.

Release date: 5th April 2019

Aladdin

The words “Guy Ritchie” and “Disney film” shouldn’t be possible in any sentence, but here we are. Beloved Disney film Aladdin is getting the live-action remake treatment, and oh boy do we hope this is good. 

The teaser trailer gave us a tantalising glimpse of vast, sandy dunes and the familiar cave of wonders, and the cast of Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine) and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar) look the part. With the Genie being voiced by Will Smith (just about the only person who could step into the former shoes of the late, great Robin Williams), we’re cautiously excited about this one.

Release date: 24th May 2019

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The titans have re-emerged! After Godzilla reared his lizard head in 2014, others followed in his wake.

Cryptozoological agency Monarch is trying to stem the tide as Godzilla faces off against Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah.

Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins return, and they're joined by Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown.

Where Godzilla underwhelmed, this could be the heavyweight fight we wanted the first go around.

Release date: 31st May 2019

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

The upcoming X-Men film takes on a storyline we’ve seen before: Jean Grey being consumed with the all-powerful Dark Phoenix force, ending in betrayals, deaths and destruction for her fellow X-Men and friends.

We like the look of the trailer’s more down-to-earth and character-focussed feel - it's a welcome change from the sprawling mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse

But we haven’t really seen much of the new Jean Grey (played by Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) so far, so here’s hoping Dark Phoenix can make the emotional impact it needs to as Sansa - sorry, Jean - unleashes her rage in the new film.

Release date: 7th June 2019 (USA)

The New Mutants

With Legion, Logan and The Gifted entertaining audiences, the X-Men series expands further with The New Mutants.

Described as a superhero horror film, The New Mutants features five young mutants coming to terms with their powers inside a secret facility. Can they escape and save themselves?

With the filmmakers citing Stephen King and haunted-house movies as touchstones, The New Mutants may boast as many shocks as it does thrills.

Release date: 2nd August 2019

Good Omens

An angel and a demon work together to stop the Apocalypse from happening because they simply like living on Earth too much. 

Add in an assortment of righteous angels, sneering demons, a witch, a witchfinder, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and four young kids and their dog - and you have a delightful, zany, eons-spanning story from the minds of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Adapted from the cult-favourite 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the six-part series boasts David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm, Josie Lawrence, Nick Offerman and Frances McDormand amongst its starry cast. We can’t wait for this one.

Release date: 2019 (Amazon Prime Video, BBC Two)

The Boys

Sick of superheroes? Looks like the world of Amazon's The Boys are too, where the superhero industry is picture-perfect and wield absolute power.

But all's not what it seems, and the CIA hires a group of superhero-hating human vigilantes to take the heroic (or are they?) supers down. Based on Garth Ennis's satirical comic series, this looks like a fun take on the Marvel/DC tropes and the many, many superhero-based shows and films that are all the rage now. 

Also, it has Karl Urban in it - how can we resist?

Release date: 2019 (Amazon)