There's a lot to look forward to in 2019, from the presidential races kicking off, to the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. But what we're really looking forward to is a year of queer and queer-friendly cinematic excellence. With biopics of iconic queer artists, female-led action franchises, and some of our favorite LGBTQ actors, we'll be at the theater for most of the year.
In 2016, M. Night Shyamalan gave us a totally ripped James McAvoy as the Beast in Split. This year, we not only get the return of McAvoy's perfectly sculpted butt, but we also get Sarah Paulson as a red-wigged psychologist, which is perfect because "More Sarah Paulson" was one of our New Year's resolutions. Glass premieres Friday, January 18.
What Men Want
In 2000, Mel Gibson starred in What Women Want, a romantic comedy about a man who can suddenly read women's complicated minds. But since that concept was about as outdated as Mel Gibson, Taraji P Henson is leading a gender-reversed remake that follows a woman trying to dominate a man's world. What Men Want premieres Friday, February 8.
Isn't It Romantic
Rebel Wilson serves some big girl leading lady realness in this self-aware parody of every awful romantic comedy. After suffering a concussion, she wakes up in a stereotypical romantic comedy, featuring choreographed musical numbers, PG-13 sex scenes, and a gay sidekick that "sets gay rights back like 100 years." Isn't It Romantic premieres Wednesday, February 13.
Following her beautiful performance in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Chloe Grace Moretz's next project is a breathtaking sapphic thriller. When she befriends a lonely widow (Isabelle Hupert), a young woman discovers their encounter may not have been an accident. Greta premieres Friday, March 1.
One of the queer community's most provocative visionaries gets the long overdue big screen treatment he deserves. Matt Smith stars as the titular photographer in this biopic that traces his rise to fame in the '70s to his death in 1989. Mapplethorpe premieres Friday, March 1.
Director Jordan Peele's follow up to Get Out looks just as chilling. Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke as parents whose family vacation is interrupted by an unexpected visit from their own doppelgangers. Us premieres Friday, March 15.
After selling out its only theater in Kenya, where a ban was temporarily lifted on the film to make it eligible for an Oscar nomination, this queer romance is coming to the states. As love blossoms between two Kenyan girls, they must choose between happiness and safety. Rafiki premieres Friday, April 19.
The magnificent life and career of Elton John is immortalized through this fantastical biopic. Taron Egerton stars as the artist in an uncensored story of his rise to fame as a gay music icon. Rocketman premieres Friday, May 17.
Men in Black: International
With films like Sorry to Bother You and Annihilation, 2018 gave us Tessa Thompson in some great supporting roles. But 2019 will give us Tessa Thompson, badass leading lady. Clad in black suit and tie, she joins Chris Hemsworth in kicking some alien ass. Men in Black: International premieres Friday, June 14.
With a franchise that's seen the likes of Farrah Fawcett and Drew Barrymore, it's gonna take some big talent to fill the shoes of another Charlie's Angels reboot. But with Kristen Stewart starring and Elizabeth Banks directing, we can expect this adaptation to be just what we need. Charlie's Angels premieres Friday, November 1.