By Vineel Dean
‘The Goldfinch’ (Drama)
The Goldfinch, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt, the dramatic coming-of-age story may not be a huge hit, but it’s sure to be thought-provoking and emotional counter to some of the other movies hitting theaters in September. It tells the tale of young Theodore Decker (Elgort), who loses his mother in a terrorist bombing in a museum. As he grows up and spirals into a life of crime, his touchstone and source of comfort is a small painting of a goldfinch by Rembrandt pupil Carel Fabritius. This one has the potential to be beautiful. Cast: Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard, Aneurin Barnard, and Luke Wilson.
‘Ad Astra’ (Sci-Fi, adventure, Action)
Brad Pitt’s long-awaited sci-fi drama is one of the more mysterious and intriguing movies hitting screens this year. Twenty years after his father disappeared on a space mission, astronaut Roy McBride (Pitt) travels across the far reaches of space to unravel the mystery of his father and the survival of Earth. Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga. Director: James Gray
Downton Abbey (Period Drama)
Fans can delight in returning to the trials and everyday tribulations of the denizens of Downton Abbey this fall, this time on the big screen. In the movie, the Crawley family and the staff of the estate are sent into a tizzy when they’re informed the King and Queen of England plan to stop by for a visit. Expect intrigue and gossip and all the upscale British fun that you’ve come to love from the hit TV series. For fans of the series, and any lovers of Britain-set period movies. Cast: Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Tuppence Middleton, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Director: Michael Engler
‘Rambo: Last Blood’ (Action, Adventure, Thriller)
Rambo fans and anyone nostalgic for old-school ’80s action flicks will love this. In keeping with the trend of sequels coming years after the last movie in the franchise, Rambo: Last Blood comes 11 years after the last Rambo movie. In his latest adventure a decade in the making, Rambo (played, of course, by Sylvester Stallone) goes up against a Mexican cartel. Not much else is known about the movie, but it’s reported to be Rambo’s last film, so fans of Stallone and the Rambo franchise will want to hustle to the theater to see it while they can. Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal. Director: Adrian Grunberg
Joker: Action, Adventure Thriller
Joker centers on the iconic arch-nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Set in 1981, Joker follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. With seemingly everyone paying attention to his reign of terror, Joker soon becomes an icon of fear and, to some, inspiration. Cast: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Douglas Hodge, Michael Uslan, and Marc Maron
Gemini Man: (Action/Adventure.)
Director Ang Lee’s American science fiction thriller features Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Benedict Wong. Will Smith stars as Henry Brogan, a middle-aged assassin who is considering a career change when he is unexpectedly confronted with a younger clone of himself. The latter has a preternatural and potentially deadly ability to anticipate his thoughts and actions. Brogan must uncover why he was sent explicitly after Brogan and what other purposes this project serves. Cast: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong.
The Current War: (Drama)
Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have an excellent idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules.