In the Dark

Coming off one of the worst summer movie seasons in recent history, there is a lot riding on what’s in the pipeline for this fall. With a few exceptions like “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” nothing seemed to please audiences enough to send any movie over the elusive $300 million mark — a first in over 10 years.

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‘The Giver’Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brendan ThwaitesDirected by: Phillip NoyceRated: PG-13

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A love affair for foodies, this could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffles could bookend Lasse Hallstrom’s little truffle “Chocolat” (2000), another ode to deliciousness from the Swedish director also set in a small Fren

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‘Magic in the Moonlight’

Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone

Directed by: Woody Allen

Rated: PG-13

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This is some monkey business with the apes getting top billing over the humans in this second installment of the “Apes” reboot. But you can’t say Andy Serkis doesn’t deserve the honor. Call him the king of motion capture for his uncanny ability to create computer-generated creatures through body movement.

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After seeing this I’ve come to the conclusion that while Susan Sarandon is incapable of making a bad movie, she can certainly be in one. As Tammy’s beer guzzling granny, she elevates this to “just bearable” status, and that in itself is kind of sad because I’m a Melissa McCarthy fan.

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Jon Favreau, the beefy actor who is usually more behind the camera these days, stars in his own project as Carl Casper, a L.A. chef on the rise who is not without ego. It’s a great premise to launch what amounts to a feel-good foodie fest that wraps a road/buddy pic into a romcom — all of which together makes for a tasty dish.

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Kevin Costner

In short, this is a touchdown with Kevin Costner doing what he does best — a sports movie. Whether it’s “Field of Dreams,” “Bull Durham” or “The Love of the Game,” this is a genre that Costner owns.

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Recalling the glossy biblical epics of yesteryear like “The Ten Commandments” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and comparing them to Darren Aronofsky’s new movie, “Noah,” would be like test-driving a ‘74 Chevy and then hopping in a Tesla. Really, there is no comparison with this new modern take on the old Biblical tale of the great flood.

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I’ll take the dystopian future over fur and fangs any day. That is to say I was never a fan of the “Twilight” movies based on the best-selling young adult novels. Then along came “Hunger Games,” and so far those have been more inter­esting. Now on its heels comes another series of movie-ready young adult nov­els, beginning with “Divergent,” from writer Veronica Roth.

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