Plan your movie view­ing from now un­til Christ­mas,

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 11.09.2009 -

IN RE­CENT times, the last quar­ter of the cin­e­matic year has con­formed to an unlovely pat­tern. As the leaves turn brown, we are of­fered a se­ries of stink­ing duds – nei­ther De­cem­ber se­ri­ous nor sum­mer es­capist – that you wouldn’t let even the dog watch. Then, as Christ­mas looms, one or two fam­ily films creep in, fol­lowed by the wor­thy Os­car con­tenders and the lat­est film in the Lord of the Nar­nia Pot­ters cy­cle.

Hap­pily, the last quar­ter of this year (in­deed, this decade) looks a darn sight more promis­ing. Oc­to­ber is, for once, packed with in­ter­est­ing prospects: the new Pixar; the lat­est from Ricky Ger­vais, Shane Mead­ows and Wes An­der­son. Those few films that are yelling at the Academy seem rea­son­ably in­trigu­ing: Rob Mar­shall’s Nine, Steven Soderbergh’s The In­for­mant, The Coens’ A Se­ri­ous Man. And nei­ther of the two po­ten­tial block­busters – James Cameron’s Avatar and Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are – are se­quels.

The in­dus­try will, of course, be pay­ing clos­est at­ten­tion to Cameron’s 3-D, com­put­er­gen­er­ated puz­zler. Is Avatar The Jazz Singer of the new cen­tury or just an­other ex­er­cise in hy­per-hype?

You’ll know in about three months.

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