Can 'Justice League,' 'Blade Runner' deliver a daring fall for film?

By Ann Hornaday
The Washington Post
Posted10/1/2017 7:00 AM
  • "Justice League"

    "Justice League"

Summer 2017 has already gone down as one of Hollywood's worst in recent memory, notwithstanding such standouts as "Wonder Woman," "Dunkirk" and the little-rom-com-that-could, "The Big Sick."

Filmgoers of discerning taste know Hollywood typically holds back the good stuff for turtleneck weather, and this year is no exception.

Here's a look at what the fall season (through Nov. 17) holds for film buffs:

Oct. 6

"Blade Runner 2049"
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"Blade Runner 2049" -- Thirty years have passed, and a new blade runner (Ryan Gosling) comes to ask his predecessor (Harrison Ford) for some needed advice.

"Lucky" -- The spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton) and the characters who inhabit his desert town.

"Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House" -- A portrait of the FBI leader called "Deep Throat" for his work in helping journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal.

"Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House"
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"My Little Pony: The Movie" -- A dark force threatens Ponyville, and Rainbow Dash and her friends must save their home.

"The Mountain Between Us" -- Stranded after a plane crash, two strangers survive hundreds of miles of wilderness.

Oct. 13

"Goodbye Christopher Robin"
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"Goodbye Christopher Robin" -- An intimate look at the relationship between beloved children's author A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired "Winnie the Pooh."

"Happy Death Day" -- A college student relives the day of her murder until she discovers her killer's identity.

"Happy Death Day"
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"The Florida Project" -- Moonee, a precocious 6-year-old, and her mother live week to week in a budget motel managed by a stern owner (Willem Dafoe).

"The Foreigner" -- Jackie Chan stars as a restaurant owner hunting the Irish radicals who killed his daughter. With Pierce Brosnan.

"Loving Vincent" -- More than 65,000 frames of hand-painted oil paintings piece together the story of Vincent van Gogh's life.

"Marshall" -- The true story of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) as a young NAACP attorney.

"Professor Marston & the Wonder Women" -- The true, kinky story of how Harvard psychologist William Moulton Marston created the Wonder Woman character.

Oct. 20

"Geostorm" -- The world's leaders gather to create a network of satellites to control the global climate, but the system goes awry.

"Only the Brave" -- The story of the "Granite Mountain Hotshots," elite Arizona firefighters who fought one of the deadliest wildfires in history.

"The Snowman" -- A detective (Michael Fassbender) and his team investigate the disappearance of a victim during a first snowfall.

"Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" -- Madea and the gang return for a romp at a haunted campground with monsters and goblins.

Oct. 27

"Jigsaw" -- Law enforcement officers chase the ghost of a dead man in this horror film by the Spierig brothers.

"Suburbicon" -

"Suburbicon" -- An idyllic suburban community masks an underbelly of deceit and violence. With Matt Damon.

"Thank You for Your Service" -- U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate into civilian life. Based on the book by David Finkel.

Nov. 3

"A Bad Moms Christmas" -- Three women band together as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of hosting and entertaining for Christmas. With Mila Kunis.

"The Killing of a Sacred Deer" -- Yorgos Lanthimos' psychological thriller about a surgeon (Colin Farrell) who forms a dangerous bond with a sinister young boy. Nicole Kidman co-stars.

"Novitiate" -- In the early 1960s, a young woman struggles with issues of faith and sexuality to be a nun.

"Thor: Ragnarok" -- Thor (Chris Hemsworth) races to Asgard to stop its destruction at the hands of Hela.

Nov. 10

"Daddy's Home 2" -- Father and stepfather Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) join forces for Christmas, while their own dads (Mel Gibson, John Lithgow) also arrive for more chaos.

"Last Flag Flying"
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"Last Flag Flying" -- Richard Linklater directs this comedy-drama starring Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell.

"Murder on the Orient Express"
"Murder on the Orient Express" -

"Murder on the Orient Express" -- A passenger on a European train must solve a murder before the killer strikes again.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" -- A woman (Frances McDormand) ignites a town controversy when she paints public signs directed at the revered sheriff (Woody Harrelson).

Nov. 17

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
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"Justice League" -- Wonder Woman, Batman and other superheroes assemble to face the threat of the villain Steppenwolf and his army.

"Lady Bird" -- Saoirse Ronan stars as a teenager seeking to escape her small town to attend college in New York.

"The Star" -- A small donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond the village mill and gathers the courage to break free.

"Wonder" -- Based on the best-selling novel, August Pullman navigates school life with facial differences that his family and classmates struggle to accept.

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