Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2019 Movie Roundup

After seeing a drop in their average movie attendance during the summer, the studios are focusing their attention on award season and the crop of films they hope Academy members will take into consideration when filling out their ballots in January. And why wouldn’t they? Some of the fall films are amazing and Fashion Reverie is prepped and primed to keep you informed.

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The Goldfinch

“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartlett, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction, but many were intimidated by the novel’s 700-page length. This hefty tome has been concentrated into an easily digestible two-and-half hour tale of a young boy who loses his mother during a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the continued impact of that tragedy on the course of his life.  “The Goldfinch,” directed by John Crowley, is in theaters beginning September 13, and stars Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, and Sarah Paulson.

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Ad Astra

Brad Pitt recently announced his plans to step back from acting, despite raves for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and now for “Ad Astra,” the story of an astronaut on a quest to save the Earth and solve the mystery of his father doomed space expedition that took place 30 years earlier. 

“Ad Astra” is directed by James Gray and stars Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, and Tommy Lee Jones. “Ad Astra’ opens in theaters on September 20.

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Downton Abbey

Fans of the PBS series can rejoice in a return to the grounds when “Downton Abbey” debuts on the big screen. While navigating a slow slide into a more modern world, Abbey is thrown into a tizzy when it’s announced the King and Queen will be visiting the grounds. Get ready for some savage takedowns by the Dowager!

“Downton Abbey” was directed by Michael Engler, stars Matthew Goode, Maggie Smith, and Michelle Dockery. “Downton Abbey” opens in theaters on September 20.

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There is already talk that this will bring Renee Zellweger a second Oscar. After having been mercilessly exploited by MGM, her own mother, husbands, and incompetent managers, Judy Garland found herself nearly bankrupt at age 47. Attempting a comeback, the beloved entertainer spent her final days performing in London. Zellweger actually performs the songs in “Judy.” Those who were lucky enough to see Judy Garland perform in London detail that while Garland’s sparkling wit remained, her voice was nearly shot due to decades of hard living. Make sure you bring some tissues. 

“Judy” is directed by Rupert Goold and stars Renee Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, and Gaia Weiss. “Judy” opens in theaters on September 27.

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The Laundromat

With a roster of A-list stars and the crowd-pleasing director of Ocean’s 11, “The Laundromat” is guaranteed to be rollicking good time. When her idyllic vacation takes a horrifyingly tragic turn, Ellen Martin starts investigating her husband’s fake life insurance policy only to find a cesspool of fraud and money laundering, leading all way to Panama City. Inspired by true events and other illicit absurdities that the super-wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system, “The Laundromat” will not disappoint.

“The Laundromat” is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Sharon Stone. “The Laundromat is in theaters on September 27.

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Lucy in the Sky

Natalie Portman plays Astronaut Lucy Cola. After an extended time in space, Cola returns to Earth only to find herself unraveling after beginning an extra-marital affair with a NASA colleague played by Jon Hamm. “Lucy in the Sky” is loosely based on the incredible tale of Lisa Nowak who was once charged with attempting to kidnap a fellow astronaut. 

“Lucy in the Sky” is directed by Noah Hawley and stars Natalie Portman, Zazie Beetz, and Jon Hamm. “Lucy in the Sky” opens in theaters on October 4.

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The Lighthouse

Ready for some good old-fashioned horror? In December 1900, the lighthouse keepers of Eilean Mor (an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland) vanished, leaving few clues. Though many theories abound, the most popular is the extreme solitude resulted from something deeply unfortunate. Director Robert Eggers filmed this unsolved mystery in black and white, highlighting its creepy themes. Hmm, is that Sea Monster? 

“The Lighthouse” stars Robert Pattison and Willem Dafoe and is directed by Robert Eggers. “The Lighthouse” opens in theaters on October 18.

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Dolemite Is My Name

Eddie Murphy plays the comedian and singer Rudy Ray Moore, who was inspired to branch out and develop an alter-ego he could use on stage, a foul-mouthed pimp named Dolemite. When the character’s direction couldn’t take off on stage or in a comedy album, he took Dolemite to the screen and made a series of Blaxploitation movies starring his alternate persona. Look for some great 70s Blaxploitation fashion in this film.

“Dolemite Is My Name” is set for the release date of October 25 and is directed by Craig Brewer, “Dolemite Is My Name” stars Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Wesley Snipes, Mike Epps, Titus Burgess, TI, and Craig Robinson..

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Based on the story of iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman, her escape from slavery and subsequent missions to free dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity.

“Harriet” is directed by Kasi Lemons and stars Cynthia Enrivo, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, and Vondie Curtis-Hall.  “Harriet” opens in theaters on November 1.  

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