Fall Arts Preview 2019: Film

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

It’s fall, and that can only mean one thing: Halloween horrors. And yet, curiously, there is an almost complete lack of schlocky cash-grabs stocking the autumnal release calendar — the biggest release is the black-and-white, critically acclaimed, thinking person’s horror Lighthouse. Go figure. Beyond scares, there’s the usual awards-ready fare, including a number of biopics putting actors in the nomination express lane: Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers, and Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman, to name a few. There’s even talk of Adam Sandler being good in something — strange, we know.

If you’re seeking popcorn entertainment, there’s Brad Pitt being blasted into outer space in Ad Astra, Joaquin Phoenix painting on a smile in Joker, and Arnie reuniting with Linda Hamilton for another Terminator. But, ultimately, the next few months — much like

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