Fall is always a great time for movies. After all its when all the Oscar contenders begin to roll out. (Many of which may premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival.) But all those choices could be dizzying! To narrow things down this season, consider penciling these seven must-see films into your scheduleand the best part about them? They are all directed by women.
With major awards ceremonies having a history of shutting out female filmmakers for considerationthere have only been five women nominated for best director in Oscars history, and Kathryn Bigelow is the only woman to ever win the categorythis new crop of female-led films serves as a reminder that some of the most interesting Hollywood stories are, yes, indeed coming from women. From a group of savvy strippers in Hustlers to the trials and tribulations of being a 19th-century teenager in Little Women, theres something for every moviegoer this fall. Here are the seven films were most excited for this fall.
1. Hustlers (September 13)
This star-studded affair, directed by Lorene Scafaria, follows a clever group of strippersJennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, and more!who band together to con their wealthy Wall Street clients. The screenplay is actually based on a real-life New York Magazine article, titled The Hustlers at Scores, but this fictional movie version? Consider it the perfect hybrid: Oceans 8 meets Showgirls.
2. Harriet (November 1)
Director Kasi Lemmons tells the story of abolitionist Harriet Tubman (played by Cynthia Erivo), who escaped slavery and became an American hero by freeing hundreds of slaves and changing the countrys history forever. Its largely believed that it will be a major player in the upcoming awards season. Added bonus: Janelle Mone costars as a mentor who prepares Tubman for her mission.
3. Charlies Angels (November 15)
This reimagined version of the 1970s action seriesdirected by Elizabeth Banks, who also plays a Bosley in the filmstars Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska as three weapon-wielding angels who work for their mysterious boss, Charlie. Noah Centineo, the internets collective boyfriend, also costars. Now its also hard to outdo the 2000s trio of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymorebut with Stewart proclaiming, I think women can do anything, before proceeding to beat up a dude? Its a strong start.
4. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (November 22)
Directed by Marielle Heller, this biographical drama is based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and TV star Fred Rogers (known as Mister Rogers), who is played by Tom Hanks. The plot follows Junod, a jaded magazine writer who is assigned to profile Rogers and in the process learns about empathy and kindness; consider it the feel-good movie that 2019 most definitely needs.