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Whether seen on the big screen or a small one, "The Irishman" is among 2019’s best motion pictures and should receive its share of Oscar attention in 2020.

Just as many of the director’s previous efforts have defied pigeonholing, "Parasite" delights in ping-ponging from one genre to another, defying expectations along the way.

Run Time: 1:49
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-25
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Horror
Director: Robert Eggers
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson

The movie achieves its objective of placing the viewer in an uncomfortable situation and allowing it to play out around him or her; a riveting but decidedly non-mainstream horror film.

Run Time: 3:11
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-10-22
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Violence)
Genre: Drama
Director: Richard Attenborough
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangady, Roshan Seth, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Martin Sheen, Ian Charleson

Epic in scope and respectful in presentation, it makes up for any factual inaccuracies with the depth and power of its characterization.

Run Time: 1:58
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-10-13
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Animated
Director: Isao Takahata
Cast: Miki Imai, Toshiro Yanagiba, Youko Honna, Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel, Alison Fernandez

The timeless quality of the story and animation make it as much a pleasure to see on the second or third time as it is on the first.

Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2019-10-04
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Drama/Horror
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Shea Whigham, Bill Camp

Although it may be difficult to “like” this film in a conventional sense, it offers a powerful and unforgettable experience that few will find easy to shake.

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-09-25
MPAA Rating: "PG" (Nudity, Sexual Content, Adult Themes)
Genre: Drama
Director: Robert Benton
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry, Howard Duff, George Coe, JoBeth Williams

Contains all the elements of good, deep drama; believable acting and strong, down-to-earth writing allow the characters’ relationships to come to the fore.

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Home Release Date: 2019-09-22
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Thriller
Director: Robert Bresson
Cast: Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod, Jacques Ertaud

Doesn’t embody the standards nor incorporate the tropes one associates with escape films yet, in its own quiet, insistent way, it’s as good or better than most of them.

Run Time: 2:02
U.S. Release Date: 2019-09-20
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Science Fiction
Director: James Gray
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga

The autumn movie season has a history of hosting impressive, thought-based science fiction movies. To that list add "Ad Astra," a film that uses space exploration as a means to look inward at the essence of humanity.

It remains funny (at times uproarious), romantic, honest, and touching – all the kinds of things one wants from a smart rom-com that refuses to be guided by the genre’s tropes.