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Our long summer nightmare of terrible movies is over. For the rest of the year, we’ll no longer slog through the bloated dregs of Hollywood. So long, After Earth. See you never, Elysium. This nonsense was a waste, and now — at last! — the world can move on to real, capable, promising films, from Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street to Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past. There’s only one problem: With so many great movies headed your way, when will you have enough time to see them all?
POPULAIRE — A period comedy set in 1958, this French delight follows a nimble-fingered secretary who trains to become the fastest typist in the world. (9/13)
SALINGER — A documentary almost as secretive as its famously camera-shy subject. After eight years of exhaustive research and production, director Shane Salerno is ready to reveal J.D. Salinger’s secrets to the world — or so he claims — in this comprehensive biopic of the iconic writer. Until it’s released, though, anyone who ever cracked open a copy of The Catcher in the Rye shares one question: Is this guy a phony? (9/13)
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 — Horror mastermind James Wan returns to throw another round of paranormal turmoil at a nice married couple, who should probably just take a vacation at this point. Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson star. (9/13)
THE FAMILY — Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones star in this action comedy about a mafia boss, his family and the FBI agent assigned to watch over them after they move to France under the Witness Protection Program. Luc Besson directs, so here’s a reminder: Do not see any movies made by Luc Besson after 1997. (9/13)
WADJDA — The first feature-length film directed by a Saudi woman, Wadjda is a triumph simply because it exists. Haifaa al-Mansour, who also wrote the screenplay, turns a story about a little girl and the bicycle she covets into a parable about sexism and women’s rights in Saudi society. (9/20)
THE WIZARD OF OZ IN 3D — Like anybody needs to be told why it’s great to see Margaret Hamilton’s wickedness in three dimensions. Please. (9/20)
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