Though we might only have a few weeks left in 2019, there is no shortage of exciting films still set to come out between now and the end of December, and a lot of them are directed by women. After years of being neglected by the industry, female filmmakers are finally starting to get some big opportunities. From prestige pictures and artisan films to big action blockbusters, here are the top female-directed films that you’ll be able to enjoy at a theatre near you in the coming weeks!
Charlie’s Angels, November 15
It’s been more than 16 years since the spy trio known as CHARLIE’S ANGELS have been up on the big screen, but now director Elizabeth Banks is bringing the heroes back, with this iteration starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska in the lead roles. And not only is Banks at the helm of the project, but she is also a co-writer, a producer, and has a supporting role as one the Angels’ handlers, Bosley.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, November 22
Director Marielle Heller has only directed two films thus far in her career: 2015's THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL and 2018's CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? But she has already proven herself to be a tremendous talent, and it appears that success train is continuing to roll with her third feature. A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a biopic about the influence of beloved television host Fred Rogers, played by Tom Hanks, on a cynical journalist, played by Matthew Rhys, and the movie is riding high on a wave of buzz following its festival premieres earlier this fall.
Frozen II, November 22
In the six years since the release of the first FROZEN, co-director Jennifer Lee has seen her career soar to some extreme heights, including the fact that she is now the chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios. That job has given her a lot of new responsibilities, but didn’t stop her from reuniting with co-director Chris Buck to make FROZEN II. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven are all back for a new adventure that will dive into the story behind Elsa’s powers.
Queen & Slim, November 27
QUEEN & SLIM is a film with a lot of talented female power behind the lens, as it's not only helmed by acclaimed music video director Melina Matsoukas (making her feature directorial debut), but also written by actor/writer Lena Waithe. A romantic thriller, the story centers on Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) as a couple on a first date who find their worlds turned totally upside down when an incident with a police officer goes horribly wrong.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, December 6
Following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival back in early summer, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE has been earning acclaim as one of the best movies of the year, and soon audiences will be able to judge for themselves. Written and directed by French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, it's a simple story about a young artist commissioned to paint a young bride before her wedding without her awareness, and they wind up getting to know each other during the day as the artist completes her work at night.
Little Women, December 25
LITTLE WOMEN is a story that has been adapted countless times at this point, the first being made all the way back in 1917. But writer/director Greta Gerwig is bringing the classic Louisa May Alcott story back to the big screen in 2019 in what looks to be stunning fashion. It certainly helps that the LADY BIRD filmmaker has assembled one of the best casts of the year to tell the story of four sisters coming of age in the aftermath of the American Civil War, with the ensemble including Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Timothée Chalamet, among many others.
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