Throughout the fall semester, The Montclarion staff will be anticipating, watching and reviewing a host of exciting films and television series. Let’s take a look ahead and preview a few of the many exciting releases that are coming up in the next few months:
It Chapter Two
Releasing on Sept. 6, just two days after classes begin, is the sequel to 2017’s “It.” Based on the 1986 horror novel by legendary writer Stephen King, “Chapter Two” will follow up on the first film’s characters 27 years later as Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise the Clown returns to once again torment the small town of Derry, Maine. It will feature a remarkable cast as the grown-up “Losers Club,” such as James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Isaiah Mustafa and Bill Hader, as well as the return of the young actors from the first film such as Finn Wolfhard and Sophia Lillis.
Releasing on Sept. 27, “Abominable” is an animated film from DreamWorks. Set in Shanghai, China, the film tells the story of Yi, a young girl voiced by Chloe Bennet, who longs to leave the city and find adventure. After finding a yeti on the roof of her apartment building, Yi sets out to return the creature to Mount Everest. As expected, the animation looks incredible and the yeti looks adorable in DreamWorks’ latest work.
Set for release on Oct. 4, “Joker” stars Joaquin Phoenix as the eponymous comic book supervillain. However, this movie promises to be quite different from previous superhero movies released by Marvel and DC. “Joker” looks much more psychological, telling the story of a stand-up comedian who is slowly driven insane by the world around him. Heavily inspired by films like “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy,” this movie should appeal to lovers of both comic book films and intense thrillers.
Zombieland: Double Tap
A sequel to 2009’s “Zombieland,” “Zombieland: Double Tap” will finally release after a decade of planning and development. This horror-comedy will see the return of the first film’s cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin. Details on the plot are few and far between, so hopefully we can expect to see as many surprises as we did the first time. The film is set to release on Oct.18, which is also the 10-year anniversary of the first movie’s release.
Queen & Slim
Releasing on Nov. 14 is “Queen & Slim,” a romantic thriller that appears to be the tale of a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. The film stars the duo of Daniel Kaluuya, known for starring in 2017’s “Get Out,” and Jodie Turner-Smith, who has previously appeared on “True Blood” and “Nightflyers.” In this intense thriller, which is also the first film from director Melina Matsoukas, a couple’s first date quickly turns into a desperate escape from justice.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
This heavily anticipated biopic will see actor Tom Hanks take on the role of beloved television personality Fred Rogers from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Mr. Rogers was renowned for his kindness, generosity and compassion both on television and in reality. The film’s plot will revolve around Lloyd Vogel, a cynical journalist played by Matthew Rhys, whose perspective on life is transformed during an interview with Rogers. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” promises to be heartwarming and dramatic, and the casting of Tom Hanks is a perfect fit. The biopic will hit theaters on Nov. 22.
Also releasing on Nov. 22 is “Frozen II,” the sequel to Disney’s acclaimed 2013 animated musical. With a returning cast of talent such as Idina Menzel as Elsa and Kristen Bell as Anna, this film will pick up three years after the first story and will reportedly answer many of the questions left from that film. Fans of the first movie’s music will be excited to know that “Frozen II” will feature seven new songs, which are sure to be just as catchy and memorable.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The end of 2019 is sure to thrill sci-fi fans, with the release of the long-anticipated ninth film in the Star Wars saga. “The Rise of Skywalker,” a follow-up to 2017’s “The Last Jedi,” will be not only the end of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, but will allegedly bring about the end of an era for the franchise. While not many details about the plot have been revealed, it has been confirmed that most of the cast from the previous two Star Wars films will return, including Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and John Boyega as Finn. This last film in the Skywalker Saga will release on Dec. 20.
This is just a small sample of the large variety of exciting movies coming fall 2019, and I think everyone will find something that appeals to them. We at The Montclarion will no doubt be checking out and reviewing these films, along with many others throughout the semester. Be sure to pick up future issues to read our thoughts and opinions on these upcoming releases.