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With the summer film season coming to a close, the box office winner will be “The Avengers” with “The Dark Knight Rises” a close second; both earned $100 million-plus. Already trailers for fall and holiday season movies are popping up in theaters, signaling that it’s time to look ahead.


September has never been a strong month for movie openings. Vacations end, school starts and the box office take goes down. The releases for September are usually weak, with one huge exception for 2012.

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  • Hope Springs’
  • Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Directed by: David Frankel
  • Rated: PG-13

If you are expecting a light-hearted affair about the golden years of marriage, that’s a fair expectation. But this dramedy defies the standard definition of romantic comedy with its frank look at intimacy issues.

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  • ‘Moonrise Kingdom’
  • Starring: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray
  • Directed by: Wes Anderson
  • Rated: PG-13

Enough of wondering if this delightful new movie from Wes Anderson is going to come to local theaters — just be glad it is within driving distance because it’s worth the trip.

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  • ‘The Watch’
  • Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn
  • Directed by: Akiva Schaffer
  • Rated: R


If no one turned out last weekend to watch “The Watch,” don’t blame the wall-to-wall coverage of the Olympics. There just wasn’t much to see. This is not a total disaster, but it comes close.

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‘The Dark Knight Rises’


Starring: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway


Directed by: Christopher Nolan


Rated: PG-13

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