For the first time in three years, the Fall Movie Industrial Complex is kicking into high gear. The red carpets of the festival are rolled out. The Oscar campaigns are ready. Long-awaited blockbusters like “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” are ready for the box office.
But after the tumult of the pandemic, can the fall movie season go back to how it was? Many hope so. After two spring editions, the Oscars returned to a more traditional date in early March. The Golden Globes, after a near-cancellation, are planning a comeback. Some films also attempt to rediscover a spirit of the past. At this month’s Toronto Film Festival, Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” booked the same theater in which “Knives Out” premiered to a packed house almost exactly three years ago.