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The summer blockbusters came and faded quickly, leaving us very little this month. But soon enough, more options will arrive, some worth the ticket, a snub or further inquiry. I know what I like, so here’s what I’m stoked, don’t care or curious about.
Stoked: “The Creator,” Sept. 29
“Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards is back with an original sci-fi film with a timely villain: A.I. It looks breathtaking with a cast to match. He hasn’t failed yet, and this one looks like his opus.
Don’t care: “Saw X,” Sept. 29
Yes, the powers that be reached double digits with this franchise. That’s not inherently bad, but torture porn can only go so many places, especially when the most compelling character in the series died in the third film … or did he? Don’t care.
Don’t care: “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour,” Oct. 13
I’m sure Swift can put on a show, and she sports plenty of absurdly catchy tunes to match. But this doc won’t address the real story behind the Eras Tour: People went mad to get those pricey tickets. Celebrity hysteria is far more intriguing than a run-of-the-mill musician pic that won’t be brave or honest.
Curious: “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Oct. 20
The marketing for Scorsese’s latest flick is a lie. Never expecting exact grand opus thrills or snappy pacing. Still, the man delivers, and his first Western doesn’t show signs of breaking that pattern.
Don’t care: “Pain Hustlers,” Oct. 27
Fool me once with a Tarzan film, shame on you. Fool twice with those “Harry Potter” prequels, shame on me. I can’t imagine director David Yates has a winner with a pharma-conspiracy thriller, though Chris Evans, Emily Blunt and Andy Garcia star. Maybe stream it someday.
Stoked: “The Killer,” Nov. 10
David Fincher knows his way around death. That’s pretty central in “Zodiac,” “Se7en” and his Netflix series “Mindhunt.” This international manhunt thriller will certainly continue the auteur’s near-perfect streak.
Curious: “The Marvels,” Nov. 10
“Captain Marvel” is a mid-range film, but that’s not Brie Larson’s fault, despite the tedious vitriol of mediocre trolls online. The film just lacks a pulse. I can’t imagine that happening again, but the recent Marvel slump makes this one a questionable contribution. Luckily, three promising leads set up across films and Marvel TV series should give the film team plenty to work with.
Don’t care: “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbird & Snakes,” Nov. 17
A “Hunger Games” origin story featuring a young Snow. Sure, why not. It just comes too long after this one.
Don’t care: “Napoleon,” Nov. 22
Ridley Scott and Joaquin Phoenix join together for a biopic about the French conqueror. It sounds like Oscar bait and might nab some critical love. I just don’t care. Scott’s work lacks consistency over the past 10 years, so my faith has waned on the “Alien” director’s new entries.
Curious: “Wish,” Nov. 22
What we know about the next Disney princess story is minimal, but the House of Mouse tends to care more about these animated features. That’s a bit thin, but enough for a wish.
Stoked: “The Boy and the Heron,” Dec. 8
Hayao Miyazaki is back one last time. Frankly, anything he creates deserves some love, and this one seems both magical and intense. Reviews are already in since it premiered in Japan, so Dec. 8 can’t come soon enough.
Yes, we don’t need a Willy Wonka origin story, but I have one reason not to pan this alleged cash grab: the “Paddington” director is at the helm. If you know, you know. If you don’t, then you should know.
Curious: “The Color Purple,” Dec. 20
When the film musical returned to the big screen with gusto in the early 2000s, plenty of options held up. Lately, not so much. I can only hope this novel-to-film-to-Broadway-to-film adaptation sticks the landing.
Curious: “Rebel Moon: Part One-A Child of Fire,” Dec. 22
Zack Snyder knows his way around some pretty visuals, and that first Netflix trailer shows off all the glitz and glamour of this rejected “Star Wars” pitch that’s now an original story. Confused, no worries, this one might have some of that energy too. I hope it’s good, I really do. But I have not truly, freely, without minor notes, enjoyed a Snyder film since “300.”
and the Lost Kingdom,” Dec. 25
The top-grossing film in the DC Extended Universe finally earns a sequel way too late in the game. This one marks the end of that DCEU, as the DC Universe will reboot everything basically. Will this one bring back the drumming octopus? Hopefully. No matter what, director James Wan delivers some rather entertaining actioners, so this one could let a lost universe go out big or simply fizzle out.
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