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Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013, 9:38 a.m.

Fall preview offers hope for film fans

  • The late James Gandolfini, in his final role, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Enough Said," which opens Sept. 20.

    Toronto International Film Festival

    The late James Gandolfini, in his final role, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Enough Said," which opens Sept. 20.

  • This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in a scene from "The Wolf of Wall Street." (AP Phot...

    This film image released by Paramount Pictures shows Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in a scene from "The Wolf of Wall Street." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures, Mary Cybulski)

  • Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play stranded astronauts in "Gravity," opening Oct. 4.

    Warner Bros

    Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play stranded astronauts in "Gravity," opening Oct. 4.

  • Tom Hanks plays the real-life sea captain taken hostage by Somali pirates in "Captain Phillips," opening Oct. 11.

    Sony - Columbia Pictures

    Tom Hanks plays the real-life sea captain taken hostage by Somali pirates in "Captain Phillips," opening Oct. 11.

  • Jennifer Lawrence, shown here with Sam Claflin, returns in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." It opens Nov. 22.

    Lionsgate

    Jennifer Lawrence, shown here with Sam Claflin, returns in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." It opens Nov. 22.

What was your favorite summer movie this year? On second thought, how about we change the subject?
Movie summer 2013 is getting a bad grade from a lot of folks, maybe deservedly so. A few underperforming blockbusters (and at least one enormous dud, "The Lone Ranger") will do that.
And so Hollywood, perpetually focused on the near future, turns its hope to the autumn season, which is decorated with fewer sequels and a handful of honest-to-gosh serious movies. Hearing reports from launching-pad festivals like Venice and Telluride, it sounds like there are some genuinely exciting things on their way to tide us over through Thanksgiving.
These include the spectacle of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney drifting through orbit, Tom Hanks fending off pirates, and a slavery saga that's been winning awestruck accolades. If this doesn't sound the ingredients for some expensive Oscar campaigns, I don't know what does.
So let's check out the roster, with the usual warning about opening dates changing (as they frequently do). Here's what's coming after the Labor Day lull wears off.
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