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Movies Bostonians should know about in 2019

It’s January, which is usually the time of year when moviegoers try to catch up on all of the awards season contenders they’ve missed over the past year. Who has time to think about upcoming films when you’re still trying to see “A Star Is Born”?

Nevertheless, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2019, so we decided to pull together a short list of some of the movies with local hooks that are coming out this year, starting with five films premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which begins later this month. Note that movie release dates often move around on the calendar quite a bit prior to hitting theaters, but as of now, all of these films are slated to debut in 2019.


“Late Night”

Mindy Kaling in “Late Night.” —Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Written by and co-starring Cambridge native Mindy Kaling, “Late Night” chronicles a late-night talk show host (Emma Thompson) whose “world is turned upside down” when she hires her show’s first female staff writer (Kaling) to appease diversity concerns, according to Sundance. The film will play for festival audiences on Jan. 25, but executives have not announced a wide release date yet.

“Hail Satan?”

A promotional image for the documentary “Hail Satan?” —Courtesy of Sundance Institute

In the six years since its founding in Salem, the Satanic Temple has picked up considerable recognition, but usually more for their clever responses to the news of the day than any sort of Satanic rituals. “The Temple is calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation’s soul,” reads the documentary’s official synopsis. “But are they for real?” After it bows at Sundance, “Hail Satan?” is expected to land in theaters on

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