1. Joker (10/4)
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Marc Maron
This is one of the best trailers I’ve ever seen, which really helps raise my excitement level, but it’s so much more than that. Joaquin Phoenix might finally win his Oscar as the titular character in this origin story of the famous Batman villain. It looks like Phoenix is carrying over all the tragic/psychotic feels that Heath Ledger brought to the role so brilliantly and to Oscar-winning acclaim in The Dark Knight. If this performance comes anywhere close to Ledger’s in its weirdness and hypnotic mayhem, it will be the one to beat. While I’m a little nervous about Todd Phillips (of The Hangover trilogy) having the chops for something this meaty, it’s still at the top of my list of must-sees.
2. Knives Out (11/27)
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer
This movie looks totally bonkers and I CAN’T WAIT. A drawing room murder mystery with this killer cast (hee hee) and Rian Johnson at the reins? YES, PLEASE!
3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12/20)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleason, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill
4. Bombshell (12/20)
Director: Jay Roach
Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie
Yes, we all saw that teaser trailer that dropped this week and I was as hooked as you probably were. Insane, right?? That was Charlize Theron??? This. Looks. Awesome.
5. Jojo Rabbit (10/18)
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson
Speaking of bonkers…. Is Taika Waititi the next Mel Brooks? If this Nazi Germany satire is as entertaining and courageous as the trailer makes it out to be, we’re in for a delicious ride. And yes, that’s Waititi himself playing Hitler.
6. 1917 (12/25)
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring Teresa Mahoney, Benedict Cumberbatch, Richard Madden, Andrew Scott, Mark Strong, Colin Firth
I know, this has Oscar bait written all over it, but how can you not eat this up? It looks stunning and you know Sam Mendes will deliver.
7. Terminator: Dark Fate (11/1)
Director: Tim Miller
Starring Mackenzie Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Tom Hopper
I admit it, I’m a sucker for this and I absolutely adore Mackenzie Davis, so to get to see her kick some major ass will have me standing in line on opening night (are there even lines anymore?). Plus, Linda Hamilton is back, along with the CGI and Edward Furlong? Really? This will either be really great or really, REALLY bad. Either way, it should be a lot of fun.
8. The Irishman (9/27)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Jesse Plemons
This is another one that has potential to be amazing or a disaster. You would think that this cast and this director would be a slam dunk, but all this de-aging technology makes me nervous. Still, it’s an absolute must-see, for Pesci and Pacino alone.
9. The Report (9/27)
Director: Scott Z. Burns
Starring Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jon Hamm, Annette Bening
Had to drop this season’s modern political drama in the mix. Based on real events with Bening playing Senator Dianne Feinstein and Adam Driver’s character investigating CIA secrets? Well, that’s just pure catnip right there.
10. The Current War (10/4)
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon
It was between this and Marriage Story for #10 on my list and I went with this one because of the epic quality it looks to have. If they can pull this off, it will be hard to ignore at Oscar time.