by Ronan Solomon, Staff Writer
For many, the fall is the best time of the year for film. Casual moviegoers may be looking forward to the winter holidays and the appropriately themed feel-good movies that come with them, while more dedicated cinephiles are eagerly anticipating the awards season as studios release their most prize-worthy gems before December 31 in order to qualify for this upcoming February’s Oscars. Cinematic excitement is in the air, and the Payton community is no different.
The Paw Print talked to two students to see what upcoming films they have their eye on.
“I’m most excited to see ‘The Lighthouse,’ because the director Robert Eggers directed one of my favorite films, ‘The Witch’ (2016). I’ve already heard glowing praise about this film from my favorite critics and the performances, writing, and cinematography looks spectacular. I’m also really anticipating ‘Little Women’ by Greta Gerwig because it’s my favorite book of all time and the cast has some of my favorite actors including Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, and more!” said Bea Hawkins ’21.
Others agreed. “This upcoming fall has a thrilling slate of movies. However, there is one movie in each month that stands out to me. In October, we have ‘Joker,’ which has already won numerous awards such as the coveted Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In November, ‘Frozen 2,’ Disney’s highly anticipated sequel to an instant classic, will be released to the delight of Disney fans everywhere. Finally, December brings ‘The Rise of Skywalker,’ the final movie in the modern Star Wars trilogy. All three of these movies will likely be very good, and I am excited for them all,” said Ryan Thomas ’21.
Without further ado, here are 34 new films you won’t want to miss in the final three months of 2019.
‘Joker’ (4th): Joaquin Phoenix portrays the classic DC comic book villain in his first solo film, depicting a failed comedian’s dark descent into chaotic madness as an outcast of society.
‘The Addams Family’ (11th): Based on the classic cartoons and TV shows, updated for the 21st century with 3D animation and an ensemble cast of talented actors voicing the iconic gothic family.
‘Gemini Man’ (11th): The newest action film from Taiwanese director Ang Lee features an aging Will Smith fighting against a younger version of himself who’s been targeting him.
‘Parasite’ (11th): The new Korean film from director Bong Joon-Ho features two families of different classes, the wealthier of which attracts the other’s interest with dangerous consequences.
‘The Lighthouse’ (18th): In director Robert Eggers’ sophomore effort, two lighthouse keepers on a remote island in the 1890s attempt to keep themselves from going insane in this fantastical black-and-white mystery.
‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ (18th): Five years after Maleficent hit theaters in 2014, Angelina Jolie returns in the sequel as the villainous queen from Sleeping Beauty.
‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ (18th): The sequel to the comedic zombie movie comes after a decade since the original, with the main cast returning for a new adventure.
‘Jojo Rabbit’ (18th): Director Taika Waititi returns with a polarizing anti-hate satire on Nazis surrounding a young German boy attempting to understand the evolving world around him.
‘The Irishman’ (1st): The newest film from iconic director Martin Scorsese is a 210-minute epic, coming to Netflix, starring Robert de Niro as a mobster who recounts the true crime story of his life.
‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ (1st): The sixth film in the action franchise ignores the third, fourth and fifth movies to continue the original narrative as Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger return to fight a new generation of terminators.
‘Motherless Brooklyn’ (1st): Edward Norton plays detective with Tourette’s Syndrome who investigates the death of his mentor in 1950’s New York.
‘Harriet’ (1st): Cynthia Erivo stars in the first ever biopic made about Harriet Tubman, as the film explores her journey to free thousands of slaves via the Underground Railroad.
‘Marriage Story (6th): Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver play a married couple in Noah Baumbach’s new film on Netflix which depicts a husband and wife going through a difficult divorce.
‘Midway’ (8th): Disaster movie director Roland Emmerich’s new film recreates the pivotal WWII Battle of Midway which depicts the US fighting against the Japanese via air and sea.
‘Last Christmas’ (8th): Emilia Clarke plays a down-on-her-luck woman who, working in a department store during the holidays, meets a mysterious man played by Henry Golding who changes her life.
‘Doctor Sleep’ (8th): The sequel to 1980s ‘The Shining’ picks up decades later stars Ewan McGregor as a grown up Danny Torrance struggling with supernatural entities once more.
‘Ford v Ferrari’ (15th): Matt Damon and Christian Bale star as an engineer and a racecar driver who have to build a Ford supercar that can beat Ferrari in a race.
‘Charlie’s Angels’ (15th): Naomi Scott, Kristen Stewart, and Ella Balinska star as Charlie’s Angels in this reboot of the classic show and later films, which is an action comedy.
‘The Lodge’ (15th): This new horror film is about two children trapped inside a lodge who must fight for survival against mysterious supernatural forces.
‘Frozen 2’ (22nd): Disney’s sequel to the massively popular 2013 princess movie has the cast returning for another adventure in a brand new magical location.
‘21 Bridges’ (22nd): This action thriller stars Chadwick Boseman leading a manhunt for several criminals in NYC, which causes the city’s 21 bridges to be shut down so the suspects cannot escape.
‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ (22nd): Tom Hanks stars in this biopic as TV icon Fred Rogers as he’s being interviewed by a man whose life ends up being changed by his advice.
‘Knives Out’ (27th): Rian Johnson directs an ensemble cast making up a dysfunctional family who come together for a birthday party for the patriarch – but when he mysteriously dies during the party, everyone becomes a suspect for murder.
‘Queen and Slim’ (27th): A couple’s first date turns deadly when the man, played by Daniel Kaluuya, kills a police officer in self defense after being pulled over, sending them on a run from the law across the country.
‘Black Christmas’ (13th): A group of sorority girls team up to defend themselves against a killer on their college campus during the holiday season.
‘Uncut Gems’ (13th): Adam Sandler stars in one of his first true dramas, a crime thriller about an NYC jewelry dealer who must find a way to pay off a large debt.
‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ (13th): The cast of Welcome to the Jungle return for an adventure in the same world – except this time, it’s a new video game map with more difficult challenges.
‘A Hidden Life’ (13th): Director Terrence Malick’s new film deals with an Austrian farmer facing danger from the Nazis after refusing to fight for them in WWII.
‘Cats’ (20th): Based on the classic Broadway musical, an ensemble cast stars as CGI humanoid cats in this live action film.
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ (20th): The widely anticipated final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy has the Resistance and the First Order facing off one last time as several character arcs reach their climax.
‘Bombshell’ (20th): Fox News’ female employees launch a campaign to take down boss Roger Ailes due to sexual harassment.
‘Little Women’ (25th): Based on the classic novel, the newest remake of “Little Women” is directed by Greta Gerwig and stars an ensemble cast including Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet – focusing on a group of young sisters and their lives following the Civil War.
‘1917’ (25th): In WWI, two young soldiers must save a thousand men from entering a dangerous trap across enemy territory.
‘Spies in Disguise’ (25th): This new animated comedy stars Will Smith and Tom Holland as two spies who have to team up on a mission to save the world after an accident causes things to go wrong.