By Zach Hester
As of last weekend, I have seen 27 movies this year. That seems like a lot compared to the average moviegoer, but it’s just over half of what I plan to see for the rest of the year. Without further ado, here’s the latest on every movie I plan to see for the rest of 2019.
(I had Cats on this list…but the trailer freaked me out too badly.)
Playing Catchup with these: Booksmart, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Rocketman, The Mustang
1917. There aren’t many recent films with a World War I setting that I know of, and no, 2017’s Wonder Woman does not count. The movie will display a one-take editing technique like 2014’s Birdman did and follow two young British soldiers during the Third Battle of Ypres. Sam Mendes returns to the director’s chair for the first time with this war epic that is destined to be showered with Oscars next February. 1917 debuts in theaters on December 25.
Ad Astra. Brad Pitt is already in rare form after an excellent performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last month. Ad Astra, which tells the story of Pitt’s character searching for his father lost in space, looks to see him above and beyond in another out of this world film. Ad Astra hits theaters on September 20.
The Addams Family. Yet another Addams Family incarnation, but this time, they’re animated. The trailer for this film already looks promising and with a voice cast that includes Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, and SNOOP DOGG as Cousin Itt, I’m hooked. The Addams Family debuts on October 11.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I challenge you to find a better choice than Tom Hanks to play the iconic television star Mr. Rogers. Matthew Rhys costars as a journalist assigned to profile Rogers. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood hits theaters on November 22.
Black Christmas. This 1974 slasher originated the horror trope of “the killer’s call is coming from inside the house.” It already had one poorly received remake in 2006, but here’s to hoping that this version can do the original justice. Black Christmas enters theaters on December 13.
Charlie’s Angels. Everyone I have talked to is apprehensive about seeing a Charlie’s Angels remake led by Kristen Stewart. Those same people must’ve missed all her spectacular films AFTER the Twilight series. I hope this flick full of girl power turns out well. Charlie’s Angels debuts on November 15.
Clemency. This movie does not even have a trailer yet and I’m already giddy about it. It stars Alfre Woodard in what many describe as a tour de force role as prison warden Bernadine Williams. I don’t have much more information outside of that, but this will be on my radar from now until my butt is in a theater seat watching it. Clemency is scheduled to be released on December 27.
Frozen 2. It seems like just yesterday that the first Frozen took over the world. That was 2013. Yes, SIX years ago. Now in 2019, filmmakers Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee hope to strike gold twice. Frozen 2 hits theaters on November 22.
The Goldfinch. This adaptation of Donna Tartt’s 2013 novel comes at the start of Oscars season. It stars Ansel Elgort as a young man delving into the world of art forgery. With a supporting cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson and Finn Wolfhard, the film looks to be strong. Only time will tell. The Goldfinch enters theaters on September 13.
Harriet. There’s a powerful moment in the trailer for Harriet where she is asked to pick a new name to mark her freedom and she replies “Harriet Tubman.” It’s the “be free or die” mentality of this Civil War epic that makes me so excited for it. Cynthia Erivo could very well get her EGOT, should she win the Oscar for this film next year. Harriet is scheduled to be released on November 1.
The Irishman. Martin Scorsese reunites with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino for this Netflix feature. The film, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, tells the story of a mob hitman reflecting on his career and the role he played in the disappearance of Pesci’s character, Jimmy Hoffa. The Irishman is expected to begin streaming on Netflix later this year.
It: Chapter Two. I’m hesitant to think that this film will be better than the 2017 one. As the Losers Club ages 27 years to enter the modern era, only time will tell if this sequel can hold up. It: Chapter Two hits theaters on September 6.
Joker. As a very thorough method actor, Joaquin Phoenix seems like a natural fit to delve into the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story. The trailer looks very promising and as its debuting at the Venice International Film Festival, Joker looks to be angling for awards season AND a big box office. Joker debuts in theaters on October 4.
The King. I will watch Timothee Chalamet in anything. He could literally make a two-hour nonstop take of him reading the Bible and I would laude it as a creative masterpiece. In this Shakespearean epic chronicling the life of Henry V, Chalamet plays the titular king. The one image I’ve attached above already has me hooked. The King is expected to begin streaming on Netflix later this year.
The Laundromat. The Laundromat stars Meryl Streep as a woman whose dream vacation takes a wrong turn and goes to Hell. This Steven Soderbergh-directed drama focuses on the Pentagon Papers and boasts a stellar cast led by Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. The Laundromat will debut at the Venice Film Festival on September 1.
The Lighthouse. More than anything else, The Lighthouse seems like a vehicle to earn Willem Dafoe his long-eluded Academy Award for Best Actor. The film, which is the first from director Robert Eggers since 2015’s The Witch, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim. Let’s hope it holds up. The Lighthouse will be released in theaters on October 18.
Little Women. This film is destined to be spectacular based on the cast and the talent behind the camera. It’s directed and written by Greta Gerwig. It’s scored by two-time Academy Award winner, Alexandre Desplat. It stars Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, and so many more. I think I’ve said enough to hook you. Little Women hits theaters on December 25.
Marriage Story. The next big film from writer/director Noah Baumbach looks like a modern day Kramer v. Kramer. The story follows “a stage director and his actress wife who fight out a coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.” Marriage Story looks to be an Oscar vehicle for Scarlett Johansson, who has actually never been nominated. Marriage Story will have its world premiere on August 29 at the Venice Film Festival.
Midway. The legendary Battle of Midway was a turning point in World War II in the Pacific Theater. This film debuts at the beginning of November and could be the perfect turning point from Halloween films to awards season. It stars Ed Skrein, Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas and Darren Criss. Midway will fly into theaters on November 8.
Parasite. The latest film from South Korean Bong Joon-ho seems destined to be this year’s Roma, but can it go higher than that? It won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is angling to win more than “Best Foreign Feature” at awards shows this year. Parasite will be distributed in the United States by Neon on October 11.
Queen & Slim. The directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas is a modern take on “Bonnie & Clyde.” With Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Widows) and relative newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith in the lead roles, the film looks strong in comparison to other films that have taken inspiration from the original crime duo. Oh, and Flea is in it? Random. Queen & Slim will be released on November 27.
The Report. Will Annette Bening finally win an Oscar for her portrayal of California Senator Dianne Feinstein in this film? One can only hope. This film follows a Senate staffer who leads an investigation on torture accusations against the CIA in the wake of the September 11 attacks. In addition to Bening, the movie stars Adam Driver in the lead role with Jon Hamm, Matthew Rhys and Jennifer Morrison supporting. The Report releases theatrically on November 15, before streaming on Amazon Prime on November 29.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Who knew that J.J. Abrams would have to save Star Wars twice in four years? Well, here we are and here he is to director the final installment in the franchise’s sequel trilogy. The movie features amiliar faces from the first two films and new roles for Keri Russell, Dominic Monaghan and *allegedly* Matt Smith as a young Emperor Palpatine (GIVE THAT TO ME NOW). Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will debut on December 20.
Zombieland: Double Tap. It must be really difficult to get the same four lead cast members in a sequel created a decade later. However, Ruben Fleischer has done that for Zombieland: Double Tap. The first movie is one of my favorite comedies from this millennium so let’s wait and see how this holds up. Zombieland: Double Tap enters theaters on October 18.