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Upcoming movies to look out for before 2019 ends!

Writer: Casey Chong


One of the most highly-anticipated December movie releases has to be "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker".
One of the most highly-anticipated December movie releases has to be
"Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker".

Looks like we are approaching the end of the year, and that means with the coming year-end school holiday season as well as the festive month (read: Christmas) just around the corner, this would be the best time to catch some of the exciting local and international movies in cinemas. So, mark your calendar and check out this list of 10 upcoming movies to watch for.

"Frozen 2" (November 21)

A scene from "Frozen 2".

The first "Frozen" was no doubt one of the best and most popular Disney animated features in the recent memory. Besides, who could forget the Oscar-winning hit song "Let It Go"? Sure, the song has been overplayed since its release back in 2013 while characters like Elsa the Snow Queen, Anna and the talking snowman Olaf, have become an enduring fan favourite among many young and older moviegoers. Despite both of its critical and financial success, "Frozen" was more of a one-off movie. Anything beyond that would probably be dismissed as a cash-grab sequel... and yet, here we are. This time, "Frozen 2" follows Elsa's (voiced by Idina Menzel) journey along with her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) as well as Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and the reindeer Sven, to uncover the mystery surrounding Arendelle's dark past. Like the first movie, expect soon-to-be-popular hit songs ("Into The Unknown" quickly comes to mind), breathtaking animation and engaging characters. And given the fact it arrives in a timely manner during the year-end school holiday, it's impossible to ignore "Frozen 2".

"Jumanji: The Next Level" (December 13)

The gang's back for the second round in "Jumanji: The Next Level".

Remember back in 2017 when a lot of people who idolised the late Robin Williams' "Jumanji" didn't exactly warm up with the idea of reviving the classic 1995 movie? Well, all that has changed now as Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle" became a bigger-than-expected hit at the worldwide box-office. And given its enormous popularity, it comes as no surprise that we are getting another "Jumanji" movie with the same director (Jake Kasdan) and same set of cast (Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas). Whether or not it's going to be the same old formula, it remains to be seen here. But whatever it is, "Jumanji: The Next Level" will likely to be doing well during the year-end holiday season.

"Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker" (December 19)

Rey (Daisy Ridley) in a scene from "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker".

The previous "Star Wars" movie (read: "The Last Jedi") may have been angered and divided both die-hard fans and casual moviegoers. Whether it might hurt the chance for "Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker" of making big money in the box-office is another question altogether, but one thing is for sure, it will still ignite that curiosity for most people to turn out in droves to see how J.J. Abrams -returning to the franchise after 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" - is able to retcon and wrap up the divisive Skywalker saga once and for all.

"Last Christmas" (November 24)

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding in "Last Christmas".

In the age where Hollywood prefers to play safe with existing IPs from comic-books to franchise revivals, it has since becoming a rare sight to see a rom-com on the big screen. Instead, you are likely to see this age-old genre relegated to a streaming platform, like Netflix. Fortunately, there's an exception during this year-end holiday season as we'll be getting the festive-themed "Last Christmas" in cinemas. Directed by Paul Feig of "Bridesmaids" fame, the title itself is based from the late Wham!'s eponymous 1984 hit song in which the late George Michael sang alongside Andrew Ridgeley. It boasts a lovely onscreen pair of Emilia Clarke and our very own Henry Golding of "Crazy Rich Asians" fame. Not to mention it also has a stellar supporting cast including Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson.

 

"Ip Man 4: The Finale" (December 24)

Donnie Yen squares off against Chris Collins in "Ip Man 4: The Finale".

Seriously, just how many "Ip Man" movies some of us need to watch? Not that the first three "Ip Man" movies were bad, in fact, they remained the quintessential "Ip Man" movies if compared to the rest of its like-minded competitors. But the real reason is because director Wilson Yip has made a fitting conclusion in the third movie. Still, it's nice to see Donnie Yen slip into his iconic Wing Chun grandmaster role for the fourth time, and this time, he gets to fight Scott Adkins, Chris Collins and Wu Yue (the latter two who previously appeared in Wilson Yip's "Paradox").

"Spies In Disguise" (December 25)

Will Smith teams up with Tom Holland in "Spies In Disguise".

Taking a break from the usual animal-themed animations (see "Ice Age" and "Rio" franchise), it's nice to see the Blue Sky Studios offering a refreshing change of pace by introducing us to a super-spy human protagonist (voiced by Will Smith). Okay, not entirely since he ends up unexpectedly transformed into a pigeon later in the movie. Either way, this is exactly Smith's wheelhouse, given its familiar action-comedy vibe and the very idea of watching the otherwise cool-looking Will Smith turn into a pigeon would be a whole lot of fun. Besides, "Spies In Disguise" has got the ever-reliable Tom Holland voicing the sidekick role as the young scientist Walter Beckett.

Cinema Online, 23 November 2019


Related Movies:
Frozen 2 (21 Nov 2019) [Showtimes] [Trailers]
Last Christmas (24 Dec 2019) [Trailers]
Jumanji: The Next Level (13 Dec 2019) [Showtimes] [Trailers]
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (19 Dec 2019) [Showtimes] [Trailers]
Ip Man 4: The Finale (Cantonese) (24 Dec 2019) [Trailers]
Spies In Disguise (25 Dec 2019) [Trailers]

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