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Screen savers?

September 22, 2013


Sept. 22--So long, blockbusters. Hello, award contenders.

That's the typical thinking, anyway, as the movie scene switches from summer to fall: Give audiences the breezy, easily forgettable (but ridiculously expensive to produce) movies when the weather is warm.

When the sweaters come out, load them up with "meaningful" films.

That's not all true, of course.

Some pretty good films make their way into the summer lineups and fall rarely is as satisfying as the industry wishes us to believe. Such is the world of movie making.

This season is no different.

While there's a wealth of diversity among movie subjects, from a boat crew taken hostage ("Captain Phillips") to the return of an incompetent news team ("Anchorman 2: The Legend continues"), there's not much to suggest this will be a recordbreaking quarter for Hollywood. In fact, movies such as "The Fifth Estate" (about Wikileaks), "Diana" and even the big-budget "Ender's Game" have the look of box-office losers.

It doesn't mean movie fans won't find something to like, though. There's little doubt we'll be trekking to Tinseltown for thrills ("Carrie"), action ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"), animated fun ("Frozen") and all-star family dramas ("August: Osage County"). We'll hope some of the smaller movies -- "Inside Llewyn Davis," perhaps?

-- make their way to Pueblo even if they're not huge award magnets.

We'll be disappointed by some, but those will be matched, and probably exceeded, by the redeemers -- the ones that make us remember why we love going to the movies.

Welcome to fall. We'll see you at the theater.


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