Fall movies bow to biopics as personal stories fill the screen

October 3, 2014 11:46 AM

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Fall movies bow to biopics as personal stories fill the screen

You can take that a couple of ways when it comes to this year's fall-movie season. For one thing, like always, the midsummer blockbusters will be tucked away, and the August burn-offs that the studio had no faith in will dwindle; whatever's left will go back in mothballs for another year (at least). Now it's time to trot out the prestige pictures, in hopes of something catching the short-term memory of Academy Awards voters.

But this year, that phrase has a second meaning. This fall there is an unusually large number of films based on real people and their (presumably film-worthy) lives. Fact may well be stranger than fiction; we're about to find out, in concentrated fashion, whether it's more entertaining, too.

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