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The kids are back in school, football season is kicking off, and film lovers now turn their attention to the fall movie slate. After a somewhat subdued summer at the megaplex, theaters and movie studios alike are hoping the titles set to come out over the rest of the year will be enough to bring some interest, and some revenue, back to film exhibition.
Two movies likely to add quite a bit of juice to the global box office are Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Black Adam. Wakanda Forever will look to gracefully handle the tragic death of Black Panther actor and revive interest in the sputtering MCU, while Black Adam is DC’s latest attempt at rebranding its cinematic universe, this time with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson front and center.
But if superheroes aren’t your thing, this fall will also see the release of The Fabelmans, Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical reflection of childhood, as well as Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, which will see director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig return to the Knives Out universe for a new film coming from Netflix. Netflix is also set to release White Noise, a new film from director Noah Baumbach based on the novel by Don DeLillo.
A somewhat unique entry in this fall’s landscape is Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, which stars Daniel Radcliffe as the spoof master himself, Weird Al. However, the movie’s trailer suggests it will be more absurdist comedy than docudrama.
Some other titles to watch this fall are Don’t Worry Darling, Olivia Wilde’s latest directorial effort, as well as Armageddon Time, starring Jeremy Strong and Anne Hathaway from director James Grey, and Babylon, the latest from director Damien Chazelle.
And if all that isn’t enough, there’s plenty more where that came from, including a little movie James Cameron is set to release called Avatar 2: The Way of Water, a direct sequel to what is the second highest grossing movie of all time at the U.S. box office. I am nothing if not intrigued.
I’m Evan Rook.
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