19 most anticipated films by women in 2019

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 03: Director Reed Morano, winner of the award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ episode ‘Offred’, poses in the press room during the 70th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The Rhythm Section (Nov. 22)

The Plot: A woman (Blake Lively) plots revenge against the people who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her entire family.

Based on Mark Burnell’s novel of the same name — Burnell is acting as screenwriter — The Rhythm Section looks to continue our love affair with Blake Lively. After her phenomenal (should have been an Oscar-worthy) performance in Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor last year, Lively is continuing to play complicated, crafty women in this feature, and I can’t wait. If the movie is successful, the book is actually part of a series, and there needs to be way more women starring and helming franchise features.

The film is from director Reed Morano, a cinematographer turned director who won an Emmy for her work directing The Handmaid’s Tale. This marks Morano’s third feature film. In 2015 she helmed the emotionally charged drama Meadowland and recently did the post-apocalyptic feature I Think We’re Alone Now.

The movie was originally planned for a release earlier this year, but presumably based on word of mouth, it’s being held for a prime awards release date in November. Hopefully, this means there’s enough confidence from the studio that we could see this nominated come Oscar time and give Lively the nomination she should have had this year!