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From ‘Thor’ to ‘Star Wars’: 29 fall movies to get excited about

After a summer of superhero movies, the serious fall season returns, with its roster of prestige films and Oscar-caliber actors_people like Cate Blanchett, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Idris Elba.

As it happens, they’re all in the same movie. A new Sam Mendes adaptation of “King Lear”? Well, no. They’re in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which opens Nov. 3. This indicates that even though superhero summer is over, Hollywood is still (wait for it) Norse-ing a hangover. And just a few weeks later (Nov. 17), we get “Justice League,” which features Wonder Woman, back for a second time this year.

And Batman. And the Flash. And Aquaman. And Cyborg.

Whither the Oscar bait?

Well, the schedule is not as packed with obvious Academy Award contenders as we might like. But we do have Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in “Victoria Abdul,” a timely true story about the furor that erupts when the queen seeks the counsel of a Muslim servant (Bollywood star Ali Fazal). Chadwick Boseman, who’s already played James Brown and Jackie Robinson, plays Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”

In a biopic with a less exalted title character, Jessica Chastain has the lead in “Molly’s Game,” the true story of a woman who ran Hollywood’s most infamous illegal poker ring, a drama written and directed by Aaron Sorkin.

Here’s a partial list of movies opening this fall, with dates subject to change.

“Mother!” (Sept. 15). Psychological horror movie from director Darren Aronofsky has a couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) moving into a house where weird people show up and bad things happen. That sounds vague, but few plot details have emerged. With Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, and Brendan Gleeson.

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