Oscars 2019: A24 follows up ‘Lady Bird’ with more festival favorites

Last year, A24 earned Oscar nominations for three of its films: “The Disaster Artist,” “The Florida Project” and “Lady Bird.” This indie studio is only six years old but has established itself as a strong Oscar competitor. This year it has another powerful slate of films, all of which have already played well at festivals.

Among these are the summer hit “Hereditary,” which marks the feature directorial debut of Ari Aster, best-known for his 2011 short “The Strange Thing About the Johnsons.” His film showcases Oscar nominee Toni Collette (“The Sixth Sense”) as a daughter dealing with the death of her mother in a gripping supernatural tale.

Below, detailed listings of each of this Oscar contenders, including release dates, creative types, cast lists, running times, plot summaries,  and receptions both critical and commercial.

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“First Reformed” (A24) – May 18
Director: Paul Schrader
Writer: Paul Schrader
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric Kyles

Summary: A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Reception: Rotten Tomatoes – 95; MetaCritic – 85
Box Office: US – $3.4 million

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“Hereditary” (A24) – June 8
Director: Ari Aster
Writer: Ari Aster
Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Gabriel Byrne

Summary: After the family matriarch passes away, a grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences, and begin to unravel dark secrets.

Reception: Rotten Tomatoes – 89; MetaCritic – 87
Box Office: US – $43 million; Rest of World – $33 million

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“Under the Silver Lake” – December 7
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Writer: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Callie Hernandez, Jimmi Simpson, Topher Grace, Zosia Mamet, Riki Lindhome

Summary: David Robert Mitchell directs this modern day noir crime thriller set in Los Angeles.

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