Summer is over, and it’s time to get down to brass tacks — that is, movies of quality. But autumn is a time of great fruitfulness, and the movies coming out are a diverse lot: not just award-gobblers but blockbusters, family entertainment, dumb thrillers, the odd horror film for Halloween. If you’re stoked for one type of big movie, may we recommend something smaller with which it might share an obvious, or possibly tiny and probably inconsequential, quality? Here’s our guide to the plethora of riches for the next few months.
'The Martian' (Oct. 2) / 'Queen of the Desert' (Fall)
Common connection: Inhospitable locations
Where would you rather be stranded? On the Angry Red Planet with Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott? Or on our planet’s own dry spots with Nicole Kidman and director Werner Herzog? The first has a terminally worried supporting cast including Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jessica Chastain (doing space drama from earth once again). But “Desert” has James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson, who now seems to exclusively work with weirdo auteurs.