30 films worth seek­ing out be­tween now and mid-Novem­ber, in­clud­ing Thor, Blade Run­ner 2049

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ - MARK

es­pite stand­outs like Won­der Woman, Dunkirk, Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and The Big Sick, Hol­ly­wood wasn’t un­cork­ing the cham­pagne as its sum­mer movie slate came to an end.

The sum­mer’s $3.8 bil­lion in box-of­fice dough was ac­tu­ally a de­cline of al­most 15% from last year. And even more alarm­ing was news that this past sea­son’s num­ber is its low­est since 2006.

But as we slip into the warmer clothes, and the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val puts a wrap on an­other star-stud­ded year, it’s time to look ahead to a fall film slate that’s packed with Os­car fare and su­per­heroes alike.

With Ge­orge Clooney’s Subur­bicon, Jes­sica Chas­tain’s Molly’s Game and Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! earn­ing raves at TIFF, and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Rag­narok and Zack Sny­der’s Jus­tice League poised to take fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters in new di­rec­tions, we make our picks for the flicks you should keep an eye out for at a the­atre near you from now un­til mid-Novem­ber. Sept. 22

Young Mas­ter Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his ninja war­rior pals and their wise-crack­ing men­tor Mas­ter Wu (Jackie Chan), must de­feat an evil war­lord — who also hap­pens to be Lloyd’s dad. Don’t worry, the kids and grand­kids can fill you in on the rest.

De­bonair spy Eg­gsy Un­win (Taron Eger­ton) gets to go state­side to once again save the world in this se­quel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2014 hit based on the Mark Mil­lar comic. De­spite Colin Firth’s death in the first movie, his char­ac­ter Harry re­turns. Chan­ning Ta­tum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and El­ton John also star.

Af­ter find­ing Os­car gold at TIFF with last year’s crowd-pleas­ing La La Land, Emma Stone stars as ten­nis champ Bil­lie Jean King in a biopic that ex­am­ines her his­toric 1973 match against Bobby Riggs (played by Steve Carell). Riggs, decades re­moved from any sort of ten­nis rel­e­vance, came up with the $100,000 win­ner-takeall match. King was game, want­ing to prove a woman could be just as good as a man in ten­nis.

Jake Gyl­len­haal chases an Os­car in this biopic of 2013’s Boston Marathon bomb­ing sur­vivor Jeff Bau­man. Ta­tiana Maslany co-stars with David Gor­don Green di­rect­ing. Sept. 29

Tom Cruise re­unites with his Edge of To­mor­row di­rec­tor Doug Li­man for a story that de­tails the real-life ex­ploits of a pi­lot who was re­cruited by the CIA and finds him­self mixed up with Cen­tral Amer­i­can drug car­tels. Cruise’s per­for­mance is al­ready be­ing hailed as one of his best in years.

Twenty seven years af­ter the orig­i­nal, five med­i­cal stu­dents em­bark on a dan­ger­ous ex­per­i­ment to con­duct neardeath med­i­cal ex­per­i­ments. Kiefer Suther­land (who starred in the orig­i­nal) re­turns as Dr. Nel­son Wright. The cast also in­cludes Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Do­brev. Oct. 6 Thirty years have passed since the events of the first film. Now a new blade run­ner, LAPD Of­fi­cer K (Ryan Gosling), un­cov­ers a long-buried se­cret that sends him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Har­ri­son Ford), a for­mer blade run­ner who has been in hid­ing for three decades. The top-se­cret film is a pas­sion project for di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t ner­vous try­ing to breathe new life into Ri­d­ley Scott’s scifi clas­sic. “Once I made peace with the idea (that) what I was about to try was in­sanely dif­fi­cult and my chances of suc­cess were very nar­row, I be­came free,” he told the New York Times in a re­cent in­ter­view. “It’s the best movie I’ve ever made, I think.” Jared Leto and Robin Wright co-star.

Af­ter their plane crashes in the wilder­ness, two strangers (played by Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) must band to­gether to sur­vive. Oct. 13

Liam Nee­son plays Mark Felt, the FBI No. 2 who was the “Deep Throat” whistle­blower in the 1970s Water­gate scan­dal.

One of the buzzi­est films to screen at TIFF, in­die wun­derkind Sean Baker’s (Tan­ger­ine) lat­est shines a spot­light on kids and adults liv­ing on the fringes of Or­lando. With Willem Dafoe. Luke Evans plays psy­chol­o­gist Wil­liam Moul­ton Marston — the man who in­vented Won­der Woman — with the film ex­am­in­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween him­self, his wife Elizabeth (Re­becca Hall), and their shared ro­man­tic part­ner Olive Byrne (Bella Heath­cote). “It’s fun­da­men­tally a love story be­tween the three of them,” di­rec­tor An­gela Robin­son told EW. Oct. 20 Ger­ard But­ler has saved the pres­i­dent, now he’s go­ing to save the world. Af­ter an un­prece­dented series of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, the world’s lead­ers cre­ate an in­tri­cate net­work of satel­lites to con­trol the global cli­mate. But when some­thing goes awry, But­ler’s sci­en­tist char­ac­ter is tasked with solv­ing the satel­lite pro­gram’s mal­func­tion.

Michael Fass­ben­der is in pur­suit of an elu­sive killer in this adap­ta­tion of book No. 7 in Jo Nesbo’s best­selling crime series in­volv­ing Nor­we­gian po­lice de­tec­tive Harry Hole. “I’m nor­mally a slow reader, but I flew through eight of them,” Fass­ben­der told EW in a re­cent in­ter­view.

Billed as the true story of the Gran­ite Moun­tain Hot­shots — a fire­fight­ing team that bat­tled the 2013 Yar­nell Hill Fire in Ari­zona. The cast in­cludes Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges.

Andy Serkis, known to most movie fans as Gol­lum in the Lord of the Rings series, di­rects An­drew Garfield in this biopic based on Robin Cavendish, who was stricken with po­lio at the age of 28 and went on to be­come an ad­vo­cate for the dis­abled. Oct. 27

Ge­orge Clooney teams with the Coen broth­ers — “the boys” as he called them dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion at TIFF — for a dark com­edy about an exec (played by Matt Da­mon) who em­barks on a get-rich-quick scheme with deadly con­se­quences. “Peo­ple are an­gry,” Clooney said of the film — his sixth as a di­rec­tor — that mixes in so­cial com­men­tary with a sub­plot about a black fam­ily mov­ing into the idyl­lic town. “It’s cer­tainly an­gry and it got an­grier as we were shoot­ing.”

The eighth film in the Saw fran­chise comes seven years af­ter the sup­posed “Fi­nal Chap­ter.” In this re­boot, po­lice in­ves­ti­gate af­ter a new series of mur­ders seems to mimic the crimes of the orig­i­nal series’ Jig­saw killer.

Re­turn­ing U.S. sol­diers strug­gle to in­te­grate back into fam­ily life af­ter a tour of Iraq. With Miles Teller and Amy Schumer.

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