Just when one movie season begins, another one is already upon us. We’re still recovering from Cannes and relaxing into summertime, but this week brought a spate of new announcements about the fall. First, there was word that the New York Film Festival would give its opening night slot to Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as tightrope walker Phillipe Petite, who famously walked across the two World Trade Center buildings (a feat previously chronicled in the Oscar-winning documentary “Man on Wire”). Zemeckis, who previously brought “Flight” to the posh New York gathering as its closing night selection, undoubtedly has a track record for delivering crowdpleasers. Even so, this particular effort isn’t his most anticipated effort — though that may change soon.
However, even if “The Walk” wows the crowds at Lincoln Center, it’s going to face plenty of competition this fall. Also this week, we learned that the Toronto International Film Festival would be relaxing its policy prohibiting films that screen at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day from screening during TIFF’s heavily trafficked opening weekend. That was just one more reminder that both gatherings will offer a fresh set of promising fall season movies that hopefully deliver in terms of quality — but will almost certainly inject a whole new crop of awards season contenders into the Oscar race.
In the latest episode of Screen Talk, deputy editor and chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson dig into these particulars and come up with a meaty list of fall season movies they’re hoping to check out.
But it’s not all about the next few months. Our co-hosts close by touching on two new releases: “Love & Mercy,” which they both recommend, and “Entourage,” which Thompson will discuss further on next week’s Very Good TV Podcast. Needless to say, they both think you’re better off seeing one of these movies over the other. Listen to the full episode above.
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