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Ready or not, here come the fall movies

There is a lot of pressure on the films of fall, which are each year supposed to redeem the films of summer. But summer movies aren’t supposed to be good, they are supposed to make money, and for the most part the blockbusters did just that the last few months.

“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” was the only fall-like film of the summer and it would be unfortunate if Quentin Tarantino’s imaginative tribute to 1960s-’70s Hollywood and revisionist fairy tale was forgotten when awards season rolls around. It deserves to be in the mix, and several films from the list below will surely be in the mix as well.

As always, release dates are subject to change and some of the fall films will be platformed in major cities before rolling out into the hinterlands.


Plenty of Oscar-bait here, beginning with “Judy “(Sept. 27), which chronicles the last week in the troubled life of Judy Garland. Renee Zellweger is attracting awards talk for her performance in the title role. Also on the 27th, Meryl Streep, a long-time collector of awards, pursues Gary Oldman’s insurance scammer in “The Laundromat.” Steven Soderbergh directs.

Heath Ledger’s iconic Oscar-winning performance as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” would scare most actors away from trying it, but the edgy Joaquin Phoenix isn’t most actors. He is drawing early raves for “The Joker,” an origin story directed by Todd Phillips that won the award for best picture recently at the Venice film Festival. Also on the 4th, Eddie Murphy returns from wherever he has been to portray ’70s comedian Ray Moore, who reinvented himself as a blaxploitation filmmaker in “Dolemite Is My Name.”

Rising star Timothee Chalamet plays Henry and Joel Edgerton is Falstaff in “The King” (Oct. 11), a new take on Shakepeare’s “Henry V.” Edgerton wrote the

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