The 2019 Film Release Calendar: October

New year, new movies.

I begin every new year by taking a look at what movies there are to come out. It helps me to be aware of stuff so I can actively track it throughout the year, and I think it’s helpful for most people who care about movies to at least be informed of what’s going on. Far too often do I talk to my friends who are casually into movies, and they have no idea what’s coming out or when the stuff they want to see is supposed to come out.

Of course, when I do something, I really do it, so instead of just a casual preview of the big 35 movies of the year, I go all out. You’re gonna get everything as it’s currently scheduled to come out, plus another 200 or so movies that are not dated but are finished and ready to come out, plus another 100 or so that I’ve been tracking from previous years. I dare to say that no one on the internet goes as deep into their coverage as I do.

Today is October.


Gemini Man

An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

It’s Ang Lee, directing Will Smith, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

Honestly, if this is anything less than 3.5 stars, it might as well be Unforgivable.

That said, I’m going 4 stars. Ang Lee, even when the movies aren’t great, are interesting. The problem with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was that the story wasn’t interesting. This story should be interesting. So let’s go in on it. What’s the worst that could happen? I’ll be wrong and take 3.5 stars. It should never be allowed to go lower than that.


A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer.

Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. No fucking clue what to make of this.

Have to say 4 stars. Just on instinct. Because based on what this wants to be, it should be that good. If it doesn’t, then it disappointed and did not achieve what it set out to achieve. Honestly, if this goes full what it should go, I might even hope it can go a half a point higher than that.

Personally, I’d say I’ll probably get 3.5 stars out of this. But I have to go 4, because this is a situation where they set expectations for themselves the minute they cast who they cast and stated the references are what they are. They want something different and are seemingly aiming for quality, so now I expect quality. Bring it on.

The Woman in the Window

An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.

Written by Tracy Letts, directed by Joe Wright, starring Amy Adams. And Gary Oldman. And Julianne Moore. And Anthony Mackie. And Brian Tyree Henry. And Wyatt Russell.

I was gonna say 3.5 stars on the thriller aspect, but with all those people this better fucking be 4 stars.

It sounds like a Gone Girl kind of movie, but Joe Wright is the kind of guy who can elevate something like this. So let’s see him elevate it. What can this be at worst, 3.5 stars? 4 stars is the fulcrum for something like this.

The Addams Family

Animation looks kinda dark. Which is what it should be.

Cast is interesting, and the directors made Sausage Party.

3 stars. It’s PG, so I’m not expecting a whole lot, but it’s The Addams Family, so you have to figure 3 stars is the baseline for this. How often does a non-Disney/Pixar American animated movie go higher than 3 for me anyway?

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

This hasn’t shot yet and will almost certainly not come out.

That said — please make this movie. I know it’ll probably be terrible, but if you tell it the right way, it can be okay. The problem is making it a continuous narrative and not the anthologies that the show was. That’s where you fall into the traps. That said, please do this. My life isn’t any worse without it, and it won’t be worse with it. There’s no way it’ll be anything other than “meh.”

Still don’t think this comes out this year, because it hasn’t shot yet. But 3 stars in case it does. Gotta give it the Goosebumps rating to start until it shows me otherwise.

The Goldfinch

A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

This is John Crowley’s followup to Brooklyn. Shot by Roger Deakins.

On that alone, I have to say 4 stars. Not hugely interested in the synopsis, but hey, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close got 4 out of me, so why should this be any different? This sounds a lot like that. That meets, I don’t know, The Fisher King.

The people behind the camera and the release date tell me they have aspirations for this. So let’s treat it as such. 3.5 will make sense if it goes there. Anything higher will be a really nice surprise. 3 stars will be a huge letdown. I think I can get 4.

Zombieland 2

Columbus, Tallahasse, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

More of this? Okay, then.

Can’t imagine this will be nearly as smart as the first one was. But it’s Zombieland, so I’m here for it.

3.5 stars. Anything more, and it’s as good as the first one. Anything less and it’s the kind of let down you’d expect, but still doesn’t sit well. This way, if it hits the 3.5, it’s fine and did the job. This is the baseline for a Zombieland movie. Let’s see if they ruin it.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

It’s Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers.

That’s it. That’s all you need.

Marielle Heller directs, coming off Can You Ever Forgive Me?

This movie better be 4 stars or better or else a lot of people are gonna be pissed.

Honestly, I hope it’s 5 stars. I’d love for this to be 5 stars, 4.5 stars. I’ll take 4. 3.5 will be okay, but slightly disappointing. Anything less and I’m gonna be mad.

It’s Mr. Rogers, guys. You can’t fuck this up. A DOCUMENTARY about the man was my #1 movie this past year. You better come correct.

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