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The Rest Of The Year’s Movies Feel Mighty Familiar

The Good, The Bad and The Rock.

Sequels, spin-offs, reboots, shameless cash-ins – call them what you will, but as far as movies go, the rest of 2019 has got a real case of the repeats. 

That’s not necessarily a bad thing of course.  Some sequels work, some don’t.  We’ve even just seen a franchise manage both within a year (compare the outstanding Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with the “who-asked-for-this?” pointlessness of Far From Home). 

We’ve taken a look at four of the biggest upcoming “repeat releases” to sort the Godfather IIs from the, well, Godfather IIIs.

Joker (Oct 4)

The Batman franchise has been rebooted so many times we’ve lost count.  But even so, the latest attempt does look like it could be something pretty special. 

Just check out any of Joaquin Phoenix’s recent movies (or, allegedly, his real-life exploits) and then try telling us there’s anyone better to play a comedian descending into unhinged madness. 

And what’s that? De Niro’s in it too?  We’re sold.

Terminator: Dark Fate (Nov 1) 

Since T2, the Terminator franchise has been pure “law of diminishing returns” stuff.  So when we say we’re super-excited about the latest instalment, we’re probably heading for seismic disappointment.  But we don’t care – we’ll never grow bored of watching Linda Hamilton go all-in as (*adopts robotic Austrian accent*) “Sar-ah Con-nor”. 

And as for Arnie?  Well he did say he’d be back…

Star Wars:  The Rise of Skywalker (Dec 19)

Disney’s efforts to squeeze every last drop from the Star Wars franchise continue…

We know Star Wars fans still furious about Episode VIII.  While it’s probably time (in the words of another upcoming sequel) they “Let It Go”, they’re right that it wasn’t a great movie. 

Will the final (but not actually final) part of the saga win the doubters back?  If past history is anything to go by, this one’s going to split the room.

Hobbs and Shaw (Aug 2)

Fans of “ridiculously high numbers after film titles” needn’t worry – Word has it that The Fast & The Furious 9 and 10 will be being released in the coming years.  But for now, the franchise has decided to take the “arch-enemies form unlikely partnership”-spin off route. 

With “The Rock” (who also has a ‘sequel-to-a-reboot’ out this year with Jumanji: The Next Level) and “The Stath” playing Hobbs & Shaw, though, we’re wagering this’ll be far more enjoyable than it has any right to be.

Whoa, déjà vu.