Can Wonder Woman, Luke Skywalker and Thor save the movies’ most serious season? – Orange County Register

It’s fall, the time when people who think about movies usually get excited about thoughtful films.

Maybe not so much this year, though. Following a disastrous summer at the box office, cinephiles of all stripes are most concerned about the health of the theatrical industry. Many, therefore, hope that the season’s surest things among summer-like blockbusters – “Thor: Ragnorok,” “Justice League,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – do well enough in the next three-and-a-half months to financially save the year.

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Add to that the phenomenal success of “It” over the last week or so, and you can bet there are cautiously high hopes from Burbank to Boston that other fall fantasies might find the sweet commercial spot enjoyed by the likes of “Gravity” and “The Martian” in recent autumns.

These could include the long-awaited sequel “Blade Runner 2049” with Ryan Gosling and the 1982 original’s star Harrison Ford, Guillermo del Toro’s fall festival darling “The Shape of Water,” reboots of “Jumanji” with Dwayne Johnson and “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” (one of last summer’s few megahits) Karen Gillan and “Flatliners” with Ellen Page and the 1990 film’s Kiefer Sutherland, and several reimagined horror franchises (“Leatherface,” “Jigsaw,” “Dementia 13,” the probably not-at-all reimagined “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween”) with dreams of spillover from “It’s” nightmarish popularity.

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None of this will inhibit moviemakers with serious intentions, though, from flooding us with their wares through this traditional awards-chasing season. This year especially, it seems like everybody who’s ever lived is getting that easiest of prestige picture, the biopic, for consideration.

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