Awards season has officially begun, which means it’ll be 2019 before you know it. And while you’re probably still trying to get through your pre-Oscars “To Watch” list, it’s never too early to start thinking about what to see in the new year. Traditional wisdom will tell you that January through March is a dead zone at the theater—too late for awards hopefuls, too early for summer blockbusters—but there are plenty of intriguing new releases worth marking in your calendar. Here are ten movies coming out in the winter of 2019 that should be on your radar.
The Rhythm Section (February 22)
You may remember this movie as the one in which Blake Lively plays an assassin, or the one that had to shut down production after Lively injured her hand during a stunt. Lively’s character Stephanie is “on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash—a flight that she was meant to be on.” If that’s not grabbing your attention, the movie also stars Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown, and is directed by Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale).
Us (March 15)
Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out was always going to be buzzy, and though details on Us have been kept under pretty tight wraps, it’s already destined to be one of 2019’s most intriguing new releases. Reuniting Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Us centres on a couple who take their kids to a beach house for a weekend getaway, with a group of friends that includes Elisabeth Moss. Per the official synopsis, their relaxing evening turns into chaos after some “shocking visitors arrive uninvited.” Eep.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (March 22)
Based on Maria Semple’s novel of the same name, which became a sensation after its 2012 release, Where’d You Go, Bernadette stars Cate Blanchett as an agoraphobic woman whose sudden disappearance throws her family into chaos. Directed by the legendary Richard Linklater, the movie co-stars newcomer Emma Nelson as Bernadette’s daughter Bee, and a bunch of supporting faves including Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer.
The Perfection (Date TBD)
Though no release date has been confirmed yet for this intriguing thriller, Netflix picked it up back in October at Fantastic Fest, where it gathered a lot of critical buzz. Allison Williams (of Girls and Get Out) and Logan Browning (of TV’s Dear White People) star as rival cello prodigies—and that’s just about all we know, since the film’s “twisted and shocking” plot has been kept a mystery.